BIG JACK Charlton rolled back into town a few weeks back and proved to be as big a hit as ever.
The Geordie is always popular when he returns to these shores following his tremendous success in charge of the Boys in Green and those memorable trips to Euro '88, Italia '90 and USA '94.
And it proved no different when Charlton's latest trip back to Dublin saw him back on the northside of Dublin for the opening of Swords Celtic's new pitch at their wonderful facility in Balheary Reservoir.
The Club founded back in 1962 have some excellent facilities at their home and alongside the clubhouse they have four full-sized pitches, three seven-a-sided pitches, two floodlit all-weather small sided pitches.
Charlton, the former Republic of Ireland boss and 1966 World Cup winner with England, was guest of honour as they officially opened their new Pitch No1 and his presence was appreciated by all who attended.
He officially cut the ribbons on the pitch alongside local TD and now former Minister of State Trevor Sargent and Fingal Deputy Major Tom Kelleher.
During the official opening Charlton said: "It is nice to see that you have a club that progresses and everyone is happy to come and play and not be paid and to promote the kids."
He bemoaned the fact that in England many young kids are lost to the game because there wasn't the same enthusiasm for running soccer as there is here.
Swords Celtic have certainly promoted their kids. This season they have 25 schoolboy teams, playing in both the Brenfer North Dublin League and the DDSL, while they also have four senior teams.
Charlton wished the club the best of luck and hoped that their success in promoting schoolboy football would continue for many a long year.
Under 14s so eager to maintain 100pc record
IT'S BACK under the lights for the North Dublin Schoolboys League representative teams this coming weekend.
This Friday night, March 5, at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock, the League's under 14 side will be anxious to maintain their 100pc start to the Euro Tab Cup.
With three wins from three starts, the under 14s sit top of the table and their next opponents are Carlow, a side who are currently second in the table.
But the NDSLs have swept all before them so far in their Group 1 games. Having opened with a 5-0 win over NEC -- also under the lights in Coolock -- they followed with tremendous away wins in Kilkenny (7-2) and Kildare (5-1).
Carlow have just the one defeat when they lost their opening game at home to Kilkenny.
But having performed so well under the lights before (on what was a dreadful night back in November) the NDSLs will be hoping to make it four wins from four and safely progress to the next stage of the competition.
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