Interview with "Gary Coffey"
1. When did you join Athenry FC and when did you leave?
- joined Athenry when we had our first set of juvenile teams at u-12, we used to get hammered week in week out but we were managed by the great Johnny Delaney (he never got enough credit for getting it all going) I retired several times, played my last game for the club 2016ish.
2. Who was the biggest influence on you? (role model, manager, teammate)
- My older brother Paul, he played with Athenry's first u-18 team and they were terrible.
3. What did you achieve in your time at the Club?
- Division 2A with the A's and B's, a first division and a Jack Lillis Cup somewhere along the way.
4. What are your three most memorable moments with Athenry FC?
- Finally getting out of Division 2A with the first team in 99 under the stewardship of Timmy Holian. The romp through the 1st division the following year and the epic super Sunday's and hangovers that went with it all.
5. What are your three favourite football memories?
- Houghton vs Italy, McAteer vs Holland & Long vs Germany.
6. Who was the toughest opponent you ever played against?
- Fairview Rangers in the Irish Cup, total mercenaries...
7. In all the squads you have been part of can you name the following:
Funny Guy - Spanky
Tough as Nails - Emmet Byrne / Ronan Kinneen
Fastest player - Johnny Mernagh
Most Skillful - Brian Costello
Most Grumpy - Eddie Fox
Best Player - Dave Crimmins
8. From all the players you have played with, name your strongest five a side team which includes yourself:
Goalkeeper - Coalie the goalie
Defender - Ronan Kinneen
Midfielder - Paddy Quinn
Striker - Brian Costello
Manager - Timmy Holian
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