Chairman Tony Quinn set to retire

Sligo Rovers chairman Tony Quinn will retire following this Thursday’s Annual General Meeting, 42 years after first joining the club’s management committee.

The chairman served on the board in 1972 and has been involved in the club since, including serving as chairman in last year’s FAI Cup winning season and vice-chairman for the league title win in 2012.

He was a member of the committee for the previous league-winning season in 1977.

An instrumental member of the 500 club committee, along with a number of development aspects of the club for over four decades, the Rovers chairman has called time on service with the management committee that has made an often unspoken, yet ardent and telling contribution to the decorated history of Sligo Rovers.

He said: “The club has grown to a remarkable level now from when I look back to when I joined, one I have to say that at times I didn’t think I would see.

“To be honest, in the majority of occasions, you don't have time to step back and reflect or look at the position you are in.

“Today I can see the football club going from strength-to-strength and being bigger and better but only if the people are there to do it.  

“In order to build on it, we need more volunteers and members involved with the club. There is close to 600 members and I would love to see as many as possible at the AGM on Thursday night.

“There are so many ways to contribute further to the club and the more it happens, the easier it will become for everyone. It can’t just be on the 16-man management committee and a number of volunteers. The challenge is for everyone to continue to lift the club and capitalise on the position we are in.”

The Rovers supremo said that a number of decades were very testing, and that it took a tremendous amount of hard work to reach the position the club currently holds.

He added: “In those times it was different to the football club we have today. It lacked structures and it was difficult to build towards the future. It was a struggle but it was also a credit to all of the people that kept the club going.

“It was remarkable to come through such difficult moments year after year.

“Success wasn’t trophies, it was getting to the next year and we had to fight through that. It is a part of our history that is important to remember it because it is still relative. We have to continue the upward trend for the betterment of the football club and the wider community, while also manage our expectations. The best moments have come from when the entire football club has worked in unison and I would love to see it in the future.”

Looking back on his time serving the club, he said: “I am very proud of my contribution, however big  or small it was, and doing what I could for Sligo Rovers.

“Winning the FAI Cup as chairman was a brilliant way to end, it was an amazing final. I haven't had time to watch it back in full just yet, but I will now shortly.

“The highlights have to be the last number of years. The league title and the FAI Cups are massive achievements.

“There are things I want to do now. I feel the time is right.”

Tony paid tribute to all of his 500 club colleagues, the management committees he has been a part of along with the managers he has worked with.

He said: “I have met some exceptional people and friends. I look back on how the late Packie McGowan brought in so much finance in those moments the club need it most.

“Ray Gallagher, Brendan Byrne, Vincent Nally and Peter Henry and so many more have contributed to establishing the 500 club as a vital part of the club.

“The leadership of Dermot Kelly and Michael Toolan in the chair in the last number of years has been a major factor in the rise of the club and their management committees. 

“I could continue to name some remarkable people who have contributed to the club.

I don’t want to leave anyone out, I just want to acknowledge everybody that has helped the club along the way. It has meant an awful lot. 

“I will stay involved with the 500 club and on match nights and I wish the 2014 committee, Ian and his players every success for the coming season.” 

The AGM will begin at 8pm in the Clarion Hotel with the treasuer report, secretary report and election of the new management committee

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