A tile celebrating Joseph Ndo will be the first part of the next section of the Bit O’ Red Wall at Sligo Showgrounds.
The first phase, made up of 315 individual tiles, was erected last year. It is part of the impressive new outdoor museum, immediately opposite the dressing rooms on the Treacy Avenue side of the ground.
According to Sligo Rovers chairman, Tommy Higgins, “ fans recognise that the Wall is one more way to celebrate the special bond between the club and the community. Behind every tile there is a story about the relationship between an individual or a family and Sligo Rovers. After the warm reaction to the first section, we promised that we would add to it. We are ready to begin that work.”
Joseph Ndo signed for Sligo Rovers from Bohemians in March 2010. He became an influential force during the most successful period in the club’s history. As well as being an elegant midfielder, he was a clever tactician and his reputation and influence attracted a number of other key players to The Showgrounds.
The tile, donated anonymously by a fan, will read
The renowned Boyle-based stonemasons, Feelystone, will again have responsibility for the craft work. Each tile, costing €100, will accommodate 3 lines, with 16 characters including spaces per line.
The Wall provides fans with the chance to have their permanent place in The Showgrounds. It also allows supporters who are living away from Sligo to celebrate their links with the club. Another dimension of the project is it gives an opportunity to remember deceased family members and their long association with The Showgrounds.
As well as enhancing the ground, the Bit O’Red Wall helps to provide funds for Sligo Rovers. It is one more example of the initiatives taken by the club to make the Showgrounds as the beating heart of Sligo and a standard-bearer for the League of Ireland.
It is anticipated that fans may wish to purchase a tile in the wall as a Christmas gift. Shane Crossan is overseeing the work. Tiles may be bought by using the Sligo Rovers website or by phoning Shane at 087-7526445.
To order a tile online, you can click here.
Alternatively, to purchase a tile over the phone, or to seek more information, you can contact Shane at the above number.
An order form is given below for anyone who wishes to print an application form and return it to The Showgrounds or the club shop in Barton Smiths.
The Showgrounds Scheme is organised by a group including Frank Beirne, Michael Clancy, Kevin Colreavy, Shane Crossan, Mark Cummins, Andy Dodd, Colin Feehily, Tommie Gorman, Sandra Healy, Rory Houston, Paddy Houze and Brendan Lacken.