Video: John Giles and Eamon Dunphy usher in new era for famous Dublin club
Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy, two former Stella players, were on the Richmond Road to help officially open the club’s new facilities on Saturday and both hailed the occasion as huge progress for the club.
A 3G pitch, installed by PST Sport, forms the centre-point of the impressive development which includes new dressing-rooms and floodlights.
“This place changed my life,” declared Dunphy. “It gave us somewhere to go back in the bleak fifties.
“I have great memories and started here when I was eight.”
“It’s great that they (children) have these facilities,” he added.
Giles is the Stella President, and he too spoke fondly of his days in Drumcondra. “It is a wonderful club,” he said.
“I spent a year at Stella before I moved to England.”
Giles said that while the facilities are far better than in his day, it is necessary more than ever in today’s society that children are in a safe environment.
“In my day we played in the street, but that’s too dangerous these days.”
“Kids need the facilities more than ever before and it is a credit to the club.”
The FAI’s John Delaney, was also in attendance. “Stella have produced so many Irish internationals. It is a real home of Irish football.
“Derek Moore and everybody at Stella have done a super job. It is a proud day for the club and for Irish football,” he said.
Dunphy added that he is eagerly looking forward to the summer’s World Cup in Brazil and is putting in the ground-work ahead of the competition kick-off in little more than two weeks.
“I’m being a good boy and doing my homework,” he joked.