- Friday January 14th, 2011 @ 21:35
SLÃN AGAIBH - BY RYAN GUY
Over the last four years I've had the pleasure of seeing St Patrick's Athletic play Premiership sides, host European giants, slay Swedish powerhouses, and travel to the far reaches of the continent.
I've seen tears of sorrow and joy on the faces of players and fans alike. There have been management changes and more than a few squad changes and I've even seen the odd prank done on members of staff (I won't mention any names, Jim Lawlor).
But, as it does for most footballers, the time has come for me to say my goodbyes. In all honesty, this last four years at Richmond Park have been the best of my life.
Now, before I'm slagged for sounding like the Yank who thinks everything is "So Awesome" I have to add that in my time here at Pats I married the love of my life and saw the birth of my son so it's not only the football memories that make me say that.
However, this little ditty here is about football and its written specifically for those who make it all mean something: The fans.
Whether it's your man beating the drum to songs he's created, the kid in the front row harassing the opposition, the ushers having a go at players for their haircuts, or the Shed End Invincibles giving a standing ovation at an away match even after a defeat, St Patrick's Athletic Football Club simply wouldn't exist without any single part.
All I can do is thank you for taking me in and treating me as one of your own. In a time of such uncertainty I feel privileged to have been a part of a club which has lasted 80+ years, and I feel blessed for being able to score a few goals for a club that's poised to last another 80.
A return to good auld America is on the cards for me now, leaving one family to be closer to another.
I am going miss Friday nights in Richmond, and the "stars and stripes"'song, and I'm even going to miss the sound of Pete Mahon's voice ringing in my ears.
Inchicore will forever be in my blood though, it's where I was given my start and where I learned the difference between a true Irishman and a plastic paddy.
To Pete, John and the lads, best of luck for the season, I pray you bring home some long overdue silverware.
To all the fans, thank you again and I'll miss you all..
SlÃ¡n agaibh agus go mbeannaÃ Dia diabh.