On February 25th 2003 Eamonn Collins took charge what he described as 'the best job in the world'. Installed as manager of St Pat's, predecessor to Pat Dolan, Eamonn took charge of the team which he has supported from childhood.
In a world wind first season, Eamonn led the Saints to glory in the League Cup, lifting the title in August, but the joy was short lived as the Saints were defeated in the FAI Cup final in October, their first appearance since 1996.
On another bad note, Charles Mbabazi Livingstone retired prematurely due to a heart complaint one week before the Cup final, a massive blow to the player himself and to St Pat's, the Club that he had played for during the past 4 seasons.
However, the crowds were back in Richmond to watch a new look St Pat's featuring such stars as Chris Adamson, Karim el Khebir and Keith Fahey, players that Eamonn brought in.
This season he added Joseph Ndo, Jimmi-Lee Jones and Con Blastis to his squad, but their current league position does not reflect the quality in the squad.
Eamonn leaves behind him a squad of impressive talent. But for the immediate future, Martin Russell and Paul Osam will take charge, but it is unsure who will step in the succeed Eamonn.
St Pat's travel to Derry on Saturday and we encourage all the traveling Supersaints to get behind the team as normal!