Saturday, September 26, 2009
ALBERT ROVERS 1993
ALBERT ROVERS 1993
Some of Cork's most illustrious footballers have sported the famous red and
black of Albert Rovers and made the club a force in Munster football over the
years. Founded in 1946, the club is based in the Albert Road and Marina area.
Indeed, the "Jewtown" corner, opposite the Marina Filling Station, has been
the players' match day pick up point from year one right down to the present.
From the start, Alberts fielded junior and senior sides. Rovers is quite a an
appropriate name as the club has been "at home" in many different venues:
Southern Park (Blackrock), Ballinure, Knockraha, Bottle Hill, Water Rock
(Midleton), Farmer's Cross, and in Lakewood (Ovens).
They almost set up a home of their own in the early eighties. The target then
was to fully develop a pitch on the Carrigrohane Road but this was eventually
abandoned due to the prohibitive costs. Nowadays, Alberts play their football
on AUL Number One, off the Skehard Road, Blackrock.
The name of Albert Rovers has been engraved on major national and provincial
trophies. In 1950, a powerful side defeated League of Ireland teams Cork
United and Waterford on their way to winning the Munster Senior Cup. In 1954
and 1959, they won the FAI Intermediate Cup and captured the Munster Senior
League title in 1959 and 1960.
The club then hit a comparatively lean period but fielded a formidable junior
side which reached the quarter-final of the FAI Junior Cup in 1968. Back in
senior football again, the club won the Elvery Cup in 1974, followed by a
terrific 8 - 0 triumph over Crosshaven in the 1976 Pop Keller Cup final.
A season in the League of Ireland followed for Alberts in 1977. In the
following season, they were back in the MSl and also continued to field a
strong side in Division Two of the AUL Junior leagues.
During 1978 and 79, there was a League of Ireland team called Cork Alberts
who, though it had connections with Rovers, was a separate entity and played
home fixtures at Turner's Cross. Throughout the 1980s, very strong schoolboy
and minor squads represented the club. Pat Horgan (later to manage victorious
UCC Collingwood Cup teams) managed the junior side that, in 1984/85, won
promotion from AUL 2 to AUL 1.
The club went out of senior football after 1990 but many of the players stayed
to play leading roles in the strong junior sides, one in first division, the
other in second. These AUL teams are now the only two being fielded by the
club who are no longer represented in underage football.
Albert Rovers finished two points off the top of League 1 in 1991/92 and were
beaten finalists in the City Challenge Cup. The second string, Albert Utd,
managed by Michael Dalton, finished second in League 3A in the same season and
a few points off the top of League 2A in the next.
In 1992/93, the first team, managed then by Seamus Cotter, were Cork area
qualifiers for the Munster Junior Cup and were most unlucky losers to eventual
finalists Mungret Regional who won with a late goal.
Success was just around the corner when, last May, Albert fashioned a
thrilling 2 - 1 victory over Grangevale in the City Challenge Cup final at
Turner's Cross. This fine victory was a fitting reward for Cotter's hard work
over the season. The event was celebrated in style, a generous helping hand
given by sponsors John Treacy (Venue Bar) and Willie O'Leary (Marina Bar).
The winning team was; Ger Condon, Brendan Allen, Tadgh Leonard (captain),
Willie O'Brien, John Lowry, Noel Hayes, Steve Walsh, Richard Lowry, Peter
Creedon, Martin Davies, and Barry Twomey. Sub used: Philip Graham. Others
who contributed to the run were: Patsy O'Herlihy, Mark Murray, Mark Healy,
John O'Connor, Gary Connolly, Aidan Foley, Colin McTaggart, John Allen, Martin
Cooney, and Pat Harrington.
This is an experienced bunch of players and should serve Alberts well in the
seasons to come. There is still a burning ambition to have a place of their
won, to win more competitions, to move on to higher levels.
The club officers are Seamus Cotter, Finbarr Desmond, and John Lowry. Amongst
those active at committee level are: John O'Mahony, Jim O'Sullivan, Michael
O'Connor, and Tim Leonard. The managers are Joe Whelton and Trevor Duggan and
their assistants are Seamus Cotter and Finbarr Desmond.
Supporters, sponsors, and others willing to work are always welcome to the
club which is now providing a platform for the youth of the area. It has a
great tradition. It has enjoyed the good years and survived the bad, and
stands proud among Cork football clubs as it looks forward to the fiftieth
birthday celebrations in a few years time.
With that 50th anniversary in mind, the club is researching its history and
would dearly like to hear from ex players and members. Chairman Seamus Cotter
can be contacted at 364463 and secretary Finbarr Desmond at 13 Maryville