Tony Ward has predicted "exciting times" for Limerick FC after being named Honorary President of the club he won the FAI Cup with 34 years ago.
Ward, now 61, was part of the Shannonsiders’ Cup-winning squad in 1982, during what he described as “a golden era”, and he hopes that the current generation can enjoy similar success going forward.
“I deem it an honour and a privilege to be asked to be involved," said Ward. "What I love about it is it’s integrating the old with the new.
“For me to be bridging the gap, so to speak, between the class of ‘80 and ‘82 which was the golden era of Limerick football, certainly up to now, I was only too delighted. I will do anything I can to promote the city and to promote Limerick Football Club.
“I think there are very exciting times ahead off the field with the move back to the Markets Field and also with what’s happening on the field. I was in UCD last Friday night and I was really impressed with what I saw against a very good UCD side.
“In relation to football, I’d love to see young players in Limerick who are with junior clubs really aspiring to play in what is a one-club city with that club, which is Limerick FC.
“But put the whole package together – it’s to encourage positivity, help young lads in the community, to integrate sport where possible, and to take it forward in the most positive light and way we can.”
Limerick are flying in Division 1 so far this season, ten points clear at the summit and looking nailed on for an immediate return to the top flight.
They suffered the drop last year after being edged out by Finn Harps in a promotion/relegation play-off.