Friday 22 September 2017

Rainbow starts management career as U-21 Lilies selector

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Rainbow has moved straight into inter-county management as an U-21 selector with Kildare in 2011.

Rainbow ended a 20-year association with with the Kildare senior football team after their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Down in August. He had been the longest-serving inter-county footballer up to that point, having been brought into the Kildare squad by Mick O'Dwyer for the 1990/91 NFL.

U-21 manager Alan Barry has recognised the value of this experience and familiarity with Kildare football and added him to his back-room team.

Kildare will be one of the stronger U-21 teams in Leinster next season with many of this year's minor team sure to figure, despite their shock exit to Longford.

Rainbow will have a 'testimonial' on November 20 when a Kildare selection will play an 'All Star' selection. The match will raise money for the Kildare training fund and two local charities.

The organisers are hoping that in excess of 5,000 will attend the match in Newbridge. The Kildare players have been highly innovative with fundraising under Kieran McGeeney. In 2008 they organised a 'fight night' and last year each player had to raise €3,000.

The money raised has helped to fund the equipping of a gym in Straffan for the players and a trip to San Francisco and New York last November. This year it is anticipated that the squad will travel to Boston late next month.

Irish Independent

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