Season 2014 in some ways wasn’t even as good as a Curates egg. With the glorious Cooke era at an end Robbie took charge and started off like a train hammering four goals part the eventual league winners Dundalk in our first home match. Making Gavin captain proved to be a miscalculation, but it was made for the best of reasons.
As the season progressed, we proved inconsistent all over the shop, not helped by a long term injury to Miceal Schlingerman and by mid-summer things had gone from bad to worse and following heavy defeats to Pats and (of all teams) Athlone, Robbie stepped down to be temporarily replaced by Drogs’ favourite Darius Kierans.
As Darius did not have the required Pro Licence, it could only be a temporary appointment, until a permanent replacement was found. Together with Neale Fenn, Darius literally picked the team up off the floor and gave them their confidence back and over a few weeks, we literally saw a different team on the pitch, full of confidence and good football. Eventually Damien Richardson was appointed until the end of the season and although he talked a good game, it was hard to see what difference Rico made as our good Darius-era fizzled out by the end of the season.
One particularly heart-warming story during the season was Gary O’Neill’s fight and victory over the big C.
It was truly wonderful to see the esteem that such a great player is held in by everybody in Irish Football , and he fittingly won the Irish Soccer Writers award in March . We wish Gary all the best for the future.
It was farewell also to Fabio, who left the Club at the end of the Season. There is no more to be said about this wonderful player except to say that the reel which has been written in his honour is a very nice tune.