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Tuesday 23 September 2014

'Roverstown' basks in glory of the champions

Published 30/10/2012 | 12:48

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'RONALDO THINKS he's God... God thinks he's Joseph Ndo.'

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Just one of the many colourful banners hanging in 'Roverstown.'

The newly crowned Airtricity League champions returned to their spiritual home on Sunday night.

Riverstown rocked as hundreds turned out to welcome them.

It is a community which has taken the 'Bit O'Red' to its heart.

Fourteen of the squad and manager Ian Baraclough live there.

The special affection in which Rovers are held was clearly evident.

' The King of Riverstown' Ndo acknowledged as much.

He was the first player to reside in the area.

Ndo said while winning the FAI Cup was special, it was "a dream come true' to be crowned league champions.

Team captain Danny Ventre also spoke of the special relationship between 'Roverstown' and the squad.

He said the bonds formed there had helped in the league win.

Fireworks lit up the night sky as young supporters sought authographs from their heroes.

Manager Baraclough said he thought the celebrations would be winding down and thanked the people of Riverstown for a great reception. "They are only starting," one of the crowd replied.

It's going to be a long party.

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