The Bronco/Heaney Cup will return next week
The Eamonn “Bronco” Bradley/Dennis Heaney, 9-aside football tournament will return to Leafair pitches this month.
Starting next Monday, August 30 at 7pm, the competition will run until Friday, September 3.
As an added bonus this year, there will also be the ‘John Fox Over 40’s Memorial Cup’ on September 4 beginning at 1pm.
As this is the 35th anniversary of the 'Bronco', organisers are expecting some exciting football. The trophy holders from 2019, Bishops, are hoping to retain the trophy.
“This is probably the best summer cup in the North West and with the Pat Harkin ceased these past few years it’s the longest surviving summer cup in Derry,” manager Brendan McDonald says. “It’s very prestigious and an honour to take part in this tournament.”
Organisor Martin McGilloway said: “Over the past 35 year we’ve had players like, Tony O’Doherty, Donal O’Doherty, Paul Ramsey, Liam Bonner, Paul McGuinness, Liam and Derek Coyle, Eamonn Quigley, Neil McCafferty, James McClean, Paddy and Harry McCourt, Stevie Johnstone, Ruairi Boyle, Ryan McBride, Kevin and Ryan The McCready Brothers, The Barnfield Brothers, Gary, Eddie, Barney, The Brown Brother, Conor, Gareth, Apple and Patrick Doherty and many more all passing through since 1986.
“We’ve had some great teams such as Gary Barnfield’s Ardamoyle Celtic, Micky Kavanagh’s
Shantallow Celtic, P.G. Gallagher’s Foyle Harps, Micky McNaught ‘s Annies Bar and Martin Sheehan’s Celtic Bar. And of course, Foxy’s Wolves with the late John Foz, but most of all Eamonn “Peggy” McCourt’s Telstar.
“The Bronco Bradley/Dennis Heaney committee would like to take this opportunity to remember our comrade and friend Peggy. To honour him with this year’s 35th anniversary, we will present ‘The Peggy McCourt Player of the Tournament’ trophy. He passed away on January 23 of this year and we would like to send our condolences to Peggy’s family, Majella, Shauna, Sinead, Eamonn, Danielle and Ryan and all his grandchildren and his brothers. Peggy will be sorely missed for his input in this and other volunteer’s competitions in his home town, Derry. RIP Peggy.
We would also like to thank our long term sponsors the Celtic Bar and all our other sponsors for their
generosity over the years.
The tournament kicks off on Monday, August 30 at 7pm.
Monday 30th August 20
Rosemount V Foyle Harps
Ballymac Celtic V Moran Bar
Tuesday 31th August
Celtic Bar V Georges Bar
Goldswifts V Bishops Bar
1st Semi Final
Wednesday, September 1, 7pm
2nd Semi Final
Thursday, September 2, 7pm
Friday, September 3, 8pm
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