13th October 1991
Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers
Way back in the early 1990s I discovered William Butler Yeats and fell in love (doesn’t everyone?) with much of his poetry, particularly the earlier work. On a whim one day I called Aer Lingus and arranged a flight to
Dublin, where I hired a car and set out for Sligo to do the Yeats country: , Glencar, Drumcliffe, Innisfree – all the usual places. On the way back east to Rosses Point Dublin, after visiting the rather too-well reconstructed Newgrange burial mound, I made a little detour north to the town of . Highbrow culture is all very well, but what is the point of visiting a foreign country if you do not take in a football match? Drogheda
Perusing the programme some years later I was surprised to note a familiar name amongst the visiting team line-up……...Vinny Arkins. The chap had signed for St Johnstone just a few weeks after I had attended this match, although I have no recollection of him at all from the game itself. He was only marginally less anonymous during his spell in
Scotland, eventually returning to Eire after having managed to score just 11 goals in two seasons.
|United Park, Drogheda, Republic of Ireland in 1991.|