Athenry Soccer Club tour to London and Luton

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Programme – March 13 – 16, 1981
Friday, 13th March:
5.00 a.m.: Depart from The Square, Athenry by Coach.
10.00 a.m.: Check in at Dublin Airport.
11.00 a.m.: Depart from Dublin Airport.
12.30 p.m.: Arrive Heathrow Airport, London.
1.00 p.m.: Depart for Ivanhoe Hotel by Coach.
Rest of Evening Free.
Saturday, 14th:
1.00 p.m.: Depart for Match. Luton Town v Bristol Rovers.
Meet the players after match.
Sunday, 15th:
1.00 p.m.: Match v Elgin Allstars.
Reception after match.
Monday, 16th:
FREE DAY
9.00 p.m.: Depart from London Airport.

Tony Grealish

The move of Tony Grealish from Orient to Luton Town caused one or two eyebrows to be raised. After all, weren’t both similar-type clubs toiling away in the second division with attendances and incomes averaging roughly the same.

“I wanted a change badly. I was determined to move on,” stated Tony whose game has blossomed considerably at his new club and also on the international front since the switch. “My contract had ended and I desperately wanted new surroundings. I had spoken with Luton manager David Pleat and was impressed by his sincerity. He was offering me a four year contract with good terms.”
He left many fond memories at Orient — a homely place with no snobbery at all -and for all his loyalty and endeavours had just a tankard to take away – that was for second place in the Anglo-Scottish Cup one season.

“George Petchey and Terry Long were the men who helped me” recalled Tony. “I was a bit wild when younger. I was up and coming and I thought I knew it all. I used to disagree with George but he was always proved right in the end. It was on his advice that I choose Ireland after I had been included first of all in England in a Youth competition in the Canaries, but then had to cry off.
“I play the centre of midfield for Luton. I’m the ball winner, Alan West and Ricky Hill are the ball players. I’m not known as the bloke who takes people on and goes past them. My game is to win it, tackle for it, shoot or lay it off.

I’ve slowly got more confident, well everyone keeps telling me that. I imagineif I had to I could take more responsibility.”

Aware of the emergence of a larger international squad from which to choose –  “many lads now at the right age together” – he himself honestly harbours nagging fears of not being included and is a little wary of the recent praise he’s been getting. “People keep saying I’m getting established, but I’m not too sure on that yet. What happens when all the blokes are fit? It’s down to me to win a regular spot, that is my one big aim regarding the Irish team.”

Elgin All Stars

Formed I974-75

Chairman: Noel Dunning

Secretary: Michael Morrison

Treasurer: Colin Morgan

Trainer & Manager: Brian Grealish

Honours:
Div. 3: 1978-79 Winners Div. 2: 1979-80 Winners
Div. 1: 1980-81 Winners Also Intermediate Cup Semi-Finalists 1979-80
Elgin All Stars Panel: Des Commings, Mick James, Paul Daciuk, Steve Summers, Steve Kendall, Mick Barry, Terry Dee, Gary Purcell, Colin Morgan, John Brennan, John Christie, Tom McMahon, Mick Morrisson, Ian Wise, Paul Smith, John Kilbride.

Tony Grealish also played with Elgin All Stars.

ATHENRY A.F.C.
Chairman.” Paddy Forde
Secretary: Peter Gilhooley
Treasurer: Michael Morrissey

Athenry A.F.C. wish to thank all who have helped to produce this programme
and all who have sponsored advertisements.

We would especially like to thank Mrs. Nora Grealish for all her help in
organising the tour.

See Also – Athenry Association Football Club 1971 to 1981

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Published here 27 May 2024 and originally published 1981

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