Interview with first team assistant "Brian Costello"
1. You have played with some very good Athenry teams in the past, which season stands out the most for you?
- It would have to be my first season. I only knew Emmet and Paddy when I joined from Colemanstown Utd. We went on to win the first division league and cup.
2. Name three of the best players that you played with?
- That is a hard one. I joined in 1999 so there has been many over the years. Three that come to mind would be Emmet Byrne, Ronan Kinneen and Gary Coffey.
3. What are your fondest memories at Athenry FC?
- Semi final win over Castlebar Celtic on their home patch in the FAI Junior Cup. Winning our first league title in Salthill and every super Sunday session in Iggys.
4. Who had the most influence on you as a player? What coach helped you the most?
- In my early days Gerry Moran was a big influence and also the great Timmy Holian.
5. How did you get involved with your role in the first team now?
- That's all down to Emmet Byrne. He asked me to give Davy and himself a hand a couple of years ago and I don't think I've seen him since.
6. Name three of the best players that have been in the first team, since you joined the management team!
- Cathal Fahy, Jamie O'Driscoll & Paddy Quinn. Olga told me two of those.
7. Who would you say is the toughest player in the squad? N. Ward, Jackson or Dec Cullen.
- Definitely Nathan - he is a chip off the old block.
8. Finally, who do you think has the most promise from the U21 players coming through?
- They all offer something different and it's great to have them all involved. If Jason Gorham keeps training consistently he looks a great prospect.
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