Flashback Friday: When Fossa was a force in Kerry soccer

Timmy Brosnan (front, second from left) with his former Fossa FC team-mates. Included are Mike Moynihan, Joe Gaffey, Bill Davidson, Sean Landers, Donie O’Reilly, Dermot Goggin, Jerry Doyle, Micheál Fitzgerald, Paudie Sheahan, John Guerin, John O’Sullivan, Eric Whelan, Tony Huggard, Colman Huggard and Joe Huggard

TURN BACK TIME: They were once considered one of the most talented bunch of players in Kerry soccer, playing with style and purpose and overcoming some of the glamorous town teams to compete at the highest level, even reaching the KO Cup final in 1979 and again in 1986.

A club that has its origins in the Liebherr Container Crane plant in Fossa, the company provided a home playing field, between Fossa Cross and Lackabane, in 1969 with the side starting out as Liebherr AFC, then Liebherr-Fossa and, finally, Fossa FC.

Soccer fans with great vision spearheaded the development of the club with the likes of Alex Rintoul, Bill and Duncan Davidson, Jerry Doyle, Aidan McDonald, Micheál Fitzgerald, Mike Moynihan and Joe Gaffey pointing the way to success.

Joining the Kerry District League in 1970, with a squad mainly featuring Liebherr employees and staff from the Hotel Europe, Dunloe Castle and Ard na Sidhe, the club later soon expanded with players from many parts of town joining the ranks.

Although MEK United is now making great progress in the parish, Fossa FC, unfortunately, is now defunct but this nostalgic snapshot from 2005 shows a mini reunion of many of the former players who gathered for a birthday celebration of the long-serving Fossa full back Timmy Brosnan (front, second from right).

Also included are Mike Moynihan, Joe Gaffey, Bill Davidson, Sean Landers, Donie O’Reilly, Dermot Goggin, Jerry Doyle, Micheál Fitzgerald, Paudie Sheahan, John Guerin, John O’Sullivan, Eric Whelan, Tony, Colman and Joe Huggard.

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