Interview with "Kieran Flannery"

1. When did you join the Club and when did you leave?
- I joined Athenry FC when I was 9. Would go to my brothers u12 games. Hoping to get a game. My first competitive team was the u12s managed by the great Johnny Delaney. I played striker from u12 to u18 and once scored 7 goals against St. Bernard's we beat them 9-1. I was asked one day by Timmy Holian who was referring our u18 match to go and train with the seniors. I duly obliged and on my first night had a great battle with Eddie Fox and Kevin Quigley and never looked back. Started up front with Paddy Quinn in division 2a in 99_00 season we where on fire and pushing for promotion. Near the end of the season our keeper Leo Corbett got injured and I had to take over in goal. Thankfully we won a playoff against Moylough 4 nil and gained promotion and won the Division Cup final 4 - 1 against against Palace from Tuam. The season 00-01 we won the league and Cup and went unbeaten. Played for a couple of seasons in the Premier our best finish was 4th. My goalkeeping career was cut short due to a shoulder injury. I also played with a brilliant 7 aside team Barney's boys and won the Kiltullagh 7s three years in a row with Shaughs, Davy Crimmins, Paddy Quinn, Brian Cos, Brian Carroll, Neville, Pauline Mac, Emmet Byrne and Derek √≥ Loughlin.

2. Who was the biggest influence on you?
- my biggest influences where Johnny Delaney and Timmy Holian.

3. What did you achieve in your time at the Club?
- won promotion from 2A in 99-00 and won the Division Cup and league in 00-01.

4. What are your three most memorable moments with Athenry FC?
- my three most memorable moments where the penalty shoot out wins in the FAI Junior Cup, Winning the finals in EDP, Terryland and Sunday sessions in Iggys with DJ flaming √Čamonn.

5. What three things did you enjoy most about playing for Athenry FC?
- my three things I enjoyed the most where playing with lads I grew up with, having the craic with the great Conor T MacNamara a Club Legend RIP and our FAI Junior Cup run to the last 16 in our first year.

6. Who was the toughest opponent you ever played against?
- toughest team was a Galway United star studded team with Derek O'Brien and Ollie Keogh up front in the Kiltullagh 7's final, we ended up beating them 2 - 1.

7. In all the squads you have been part of can you name the following:
Funny Guy - Spanky Quinn
Tough as Nails - Kevin Quigs
Fastest player - Johnny Mernagh
Most Skillful - Gaz Coffey
Most Grumpy - Timmy Holian
Best Player - Dave Crimmins

8. From all the players you have played with, name your strongest five a side team which includes yourself:
Defender - Emmet Byrne
Defender - Davy Crimmins
Midfielder - Gary Coffey
Striker - Brian Costello
Manager - Bob Paisley

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