‘It’s phenomenal . . . I could get used to this’
Published 27/08/2011 | 07:35
THEY better get used to this kind of atmosphere - European homecomings, hysterical fans and highexpectations.
As Shamrock Rovers returned to Dublin late last night soaked up the newlyearned glory of the Europa League qualification, the hopes and dreams of thousands of fans came home too.
Hundreds of green and white striped shirts jammed into Dublin Airport, briefly transforming a nondescript terminal into a temporary football ground complete with a sea of home-colours and heart-felt songs straight from the terraces. Mauled by fans, squad member, Patrick Sullivan, said: “It is phenomenal. It will take a while to get used to; you have to get weathered into it. But I could get used to it.” “To come so far in such a short space of time has been amazing,” said fan Ian Williams (31), from Ballycullen, Dublin, whose grandfather Joe had lined out for the Hoops.
“My first game was in 1986 and to go through all these bad days of only 700 fans going to games and to see so many people in the airport is unbelievable.”
Jennifer Kelly and her friend Ciara Burke, from Swords, were thrilled. “I was six-months old at my first match,” said Jennifer. “We are so so proud.”