Rory Dwyer, born in 1932, is one of Shelbourne’s most celebrated centre forwards. He holds the current club record of 40 goals in a season in all clubs competition. He played his schoolboy football in Drimnagh, before signing for Shels in 1951. His wages were £3 per week, with an extra £1 if team won, and he also worked as a refrigerator mechanic. Rory talks about the Shels training regime, how injuries were treated, and the camaraderie between players during his playing days from 1951-1957. The memories he shares include playing in Iceland as a guest of Waterford FC (1953), winning the Irish Independent sports star of the week following his hat trick against Dundalk in 1954, and when he was wrongly blamed for missing a League of Ireland team meeting before a match against the Scottish League (1954).
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Mark Frazer has been a supporter of Shelbourne FC for nearly 40 years. The first match he attended was a friendly against Manchester United in Dalymount Park. He recalls how in the 1970s supporters travelled to away matches on same bus as the players. He also speaks of the excitement of travelling to European cup competitions in Kilmarnock (1997) and Lille (2004). Mark also outlines his own family’s involvement with Shelbourne FC in the past decade – he has volunteered as a medical officer for underage teams; his wife Bernadette has provided refreshments for players and his son John Frazer has videoed matches.
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Born in 1988, John is part of the new generation of Shelbourne FC fans. His earliest memory is attending 1992 FAI Cup Final with his father Mark Frazer. John discusses Shel’s great rivalry with other Dublin clubs (Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, and St. Patrick’s Athletic), travelling by car to their match against Lille in 2004 UEFA cup, and his favourite player Mark Rutherford. He also explains his voluntary role videoing all of Shels home and away matches since June 2007.
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Eddie de Barra has been following Shels from 1945, (aged 6) to present day. He recalls how his proudest moment was when his cousin John Sherlock played and signed for Shels from Bru Lorcain. Eddie recounts his own playing career for Donore FC, and also playing in The Miller Shield final (Schools G.A.A. competition) in Croke Park. He tells how Shelbourne FC turned down the opportunity to purchase Shelbourne Park and talks about his favourite Shels players which included Eddie Gannon and Rory Dwyer.
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Originally from Bath Street in Irishtown, Bernard’s love of Shels was inherited from his father. His most treasured memory of Shels was watching their victory against Hajduk Split in 2004. He recalls the exciting atmosphere of matches in the 1950s and 1960s, and great players such as Dermot Curtis and Ben Hannigan.
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