Michael Coleman RIP

 

The Bit o' Red were extremely saddened by the passing of supporter Michael Coleman last Friday. 

Michael was a founding member of the Dublin supporters Club in 1978 - together with the Jim Kelly, James Cafferty, Frank McCaffrey, Tommy Mullen, Sean Dwyer, Mary Duffy, John Hogg and Jack Carney. He holds a place among the most renowned and dedicated volunteers ever to assist Sligo Rovers Football Club. 

Michael served as treasurer of the DSC for many years and the supporters club continues to flourish today thanks to his efforts. 

Michael's fundraising abilities and networking skills were key to the very survival of Sligo Rovers in the 1970s and 1980s.

He went on to have a key role in the ambitious Sligo Showgrounds Development Plan - something which every Sligo Rovers fan is grateful for today. 

Hailing from Tubbercurry, he was very proud of his Sligo heritage and was extremely loyal and generous to the club in every aspect of fundraising and assistance throughout his life. 

Sligo Rovers extend our sincere condolences to his wife Mary, children John, Sile & Mark and all of his family and friends.

Michael was the focal point of one of the most memorable photographs in 2012 when we captured the league title.

In that picture, it showed a supporter beaming with joy, pride and love for his football club as the trophy came back to Sligo after decades away. 

At his funeral today in Knocklyon, that image was present and, like Michael, will forever be cherished as one of the greats in the history of Sligo Rovers.

May he Rest in Peace 

 

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