Des Clancy

So Des,
Tell us an interesting fact that not a lot of people know about you
I once played against Accrington Stanley. Accrington who…..? If my memory serves me correctly, they were the last Football League club to fold mid-season in the UK back in 1962. They went amateur but kept going. I lined out against them in 1978 in the Cheshire League.

Date and Place of birth

Terenure, Dublin in December 1950.

Marital status
Very married.

Best advice given
A job is only worth doing if you do it right – my Dad told me this when I was very young.

Worst Advice given
Never get married.

Favourite Band
The Beatles

Favourite Film

The Snowman (Christmas cartoon)! I loved watching it with my kids. Now I watch it with my grandchildren.

Favourite Food

Fish and chips (yes, I know it shows!).

Biggest influence on career

What career?

Best goal
Not enough space here to describe it. It gets better as the years go by – I scored it in the Phoenix Park back in 1971 (not for Trim Celtic). It was an overhead kick from about 100 yards.

Favourite game

Celtic Reserves Vs Bohemians S.C. in the Leinster Junior League in Tully Park in the early 1980’s. Bernard Barry (JABB’s Dad) was the manager band I played at centre forward and scored five goals and I believe that only two players have done this in competitive games for the club – the only other one that I am aware of was Gerry Barry (JABB’s brother).

Game you’d rather forget
Cup game for the Firsts in Brickfields, Drimnagh in 1982 when Dermot Breen called me out of retirement to play in goal in a LJC match, saying that he knew that I would not let him down. We lost 7-3. It should have been 27.

Are you superstitious?


Tell readers your favourite joke

Jose Murinho.

If you won €1 million on the lottery what would you buy and who for?

I would probably share it out between my kids to help each of them buy houses. I would also make a decent generous contribution to the Club for development.

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