In 1973 England needed to beat Poland at Wembley to qualify for the 1974 world cup.
The Polish goalkeeper had already been labelled a clown by Brian Clough on UK national television but that night their goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski played the match of his life – he made save after save, denied England their all important win and became a living legend among Polish football fans.
Last Sunday Jan Tomaszewksi was again back in goal but this time it was at the Shed End at Richmond Park in Inchicore and as the picture shows he still takes his football very seriously.
A charity game had been organised between a Polish media team based in Ireland and a celebrity team specially flown in from Poland.
Thankfully the sun came out for the day and so did the crowd. The Polish celebrity team which included film and TV stars as well as an ex-primeminister won the day 7-3 with the added help of one or two current Polish footballers.
Over 1,000 Polish people enjoyed an afternoon of great family fun and entertainment and the club was delighted to play its part in hosting such a wonderful event.
Pat's is a community club and we are there for all our community.
“WITAMY NA RICHMOND PARK” or “welcome to Richmond Park” was the message we promoted on the day.
Many thanks to all involved for a great day and we look forward to welcoming many more new Polish friends back to Richmond Park in the very near future.
Already members of the Irish Polish Supporters club are arranging tickets to cheer on St Pat's against Hertha Berlin in the UEFA Cup on Tuesday!
UEFA Cup Match Tickets are available from club (01 454 6332) and Ticketmaster for St Patrick's Athletic V Hertha Belrin, 5pm Sept 30th.
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