Celtic footy legends at Sheriff Street YCFC’s 50th anniversary

Dublin Port Company Sponsor Sheriff YC. Pictured are John Hartson, Daisy Murphy, aged 7, Brian McClair. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

Geneva Pattison

Last Friday, Celtic Football Club legends, John Hartson and Brian McClair, officially launched Sheriff YC Football Club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, which are due to take place officially next year. The pair also made the exciting announcement next year, on June 4th to mark the anniversary, Sheriff YC FC will host a match at Home Farm against a Celtic Legends XI, which will be sponsored by Dublin Port.

As mentioned in the press release:

“Hartson and McClair, who between them won four Scottish league titles and scored over 200 goals for Celtic during their respective spells at the club, then took part in a lively, free Q&A event in Lloyds Bar on Amiens Street to promote the upcoming Anniversary”

Next June, Sheriff St. FC, founded in 1972, will be taking on a Celtic line-up featuring Hartson and McClair, along with Alan Stubbs, Bobby Petta, Mark Burchill, with others to be announced, at Home Farm’s ground in Whitehall. The celebrations will then continue with a dinner at the Bonnington Hotel that evening, where all the footy stars will be in attendance too. To enquire about tickets, email info@sheriffyc.ie or call Thomas Daly on 0877912810 Tickets cost €60, and a table for the event will cost €600.  All proceeds raised from ticket sales will go back into supporting the Sheriff St. club and its teams.

Dublin Port Company Sponsor Sheriff YC. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

Born in Wales, John Hartson initially made his name in England with Luton Town, before establishing himself as an elite player with Arsenal and then West Ham United. He moved to Celtic in 2001 and enjoyed an extremely fruitful period in his career, by scoring over 100 goals for the club and winning three league titles, as well as the individual accolade of PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year in 2005. Over his career, Hartson made 51 appearances for Wales, scoring 14 goals. In his retirement he fought a highly-publicised battle with testicular cancer, from which he made a full recovery. He is now a regular contributor on the punditry circuit, providing matchday analysis for Premier and BT Sport.

Brian McClair, a native of Lanarkshire in Scotland, started his career at Motherwell before signing for Celtic in 1983. He spent a prosperous four seasons there, which involved him making making 204 appearances in all competitions and scoring 126 goals. In 1985, he helped the club to the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Premier Division in 1986 before moving to Manchester United. McClair enjoyed a decorated 11 seasons in Manchester, and made 471 appearances for the Red Devils, winning 14 trophies in total. He played for a brief stint at Motherwell before retiring. Internationally, he played 30 times for Scotland, including at the 1992 European Championships. McClair remained in football, working as Blackburn Rovers assistant manager in the 98/99 season before serving as the Director of Manchester United’s Youth Academy from 2006 to 2015.

Dublin Port Company Sponsor Sheriff YC. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

As relayed in the press release:

“Sheriff YC FC, or “The Hoops”, which plays its home games in Fairview Park, shares its nickname and green and white jersey with Celtic, and they have enjoyed similar success on the pitch. Competing in the Leinster Senior League, the club’s senior team has won the league six time since 2009, while also winning three FAI Junior Cups, three Leinster Junior Cups and one Tom Hand Memorial Cup in the same timeframe.”

Speaking at the launch, Sheriff YC Chairman Eugene (Hugo) Richardson said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Celtic Legends to Sheriff YC in June 2022. This will be a momentous day for the club and a fitting way to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and club members over the last 50 years. It’s also thanks to local businesses like Dublin Port that we’ve been able to continue our mission of providing sport for young people in the North Inner City for the past 50 years.”

On the topic of the event, McClair said:

“We were delighted to be asked to launch Sheriff YC’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Everyone is obviously well aware of the incredibly close connection between Irish Celtic fans and Celtic Football Club, so it was an easy decision to get involved when asked. We are looking forward to a great day next summer, a competitive match, and a good night afterwards in the Bonnington! Good luck to Sheriff for the rest of this season and we’ll see you in June.”

Dublin Port Company Sponsor Sheriff YC. Pictured are Brian McClair, Remi Whelan, aged 7. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

Dublin Port Chief Executive Eamonn O’Reilly said:

“Dublin Port has been a proud sponsor of Sheriff YC for a number of years and we are so happy to be supporting them as they celebrate this milestone in their history. Partnering with historic local clubs such as Sheriff allows us to create connections within these communities which are invaluable to us as we operate side by side with them. The match against the Celtic Legends next summer should be a great spectacle and is a great way to mark the club’s big day.”

Information/ press release, courtesy of Sheriff Street FC.