Celtic Added To Sligo Super Cup Line Up
Sligo Rovers are delighted to be associated with the Sligo Super Cup, an elite under-12 tournament which will feature eight teams from across Ireland and the UK competing at the Showgrounds on the May bank holiday weekend, April 28th-30th.
We are particularly thrilled that the 8th team just announced is the famed Glasgow Celtic Academy, whose coach is none other than John McStay, whose father, Willie, is a true Rovers legend, having guided the club to an unprecedented treble of trophies in 1994.
Willie has confirmed that he will be making the trip to Sligo for the event, no doubt supporting his son’s team but also keeping a watchful eye on the elite young players from the other seven competing teams, including Sheffield Wednesday, Club Northern Ireland, Linfield, Dublin&District Schoolboys League (DDSL), North Dublin District Schoolboys League (NDSL), Mayo League and the hosts, Sligo/Leitrim.
Given Sligo’s long association with Celtic, it is a great boost for the tournament that they are sending their best young players to the competition. Fittingly, some of their matches will be played at the facilities named in honour of the great Sligo and Celtic stalwart, Sean Fallon.
“We are thrilled to be coming to Sligo and all our young players are really looking forward to what should be a great experience for them,” said Celtic’s Academy Operations Manager, Brian Meehan.
“Everyone at Celtic is acutely aware of the unique connection between our club and Sligo. We regularly send our young teams to tournaments of this sort, but this one is really special because of the history involved”, he added.
Tournament Director, Packie Lynch, says Celtic’s participation will add a touch of glamour and excitement to the week-end.
“It’s the icing on the cake to what is going to be a fabulous festival of underage football. Everybody involved has worked really hard to get the tournament up and running, and now that we have the eight teams finalised it’s full steam ahead with preparations and planning,” he reported.
The excitement continues this Friday evening when the draw for the group stages of the tournament will be broadcast live on Ocean FM, from 6pm. Sligo’s Mayor, Clr. Marie Casserly will host the official launch at Sligo City Hall.