Paddy Williams Junior FAI Cup Medal Winner
The winning of the FAI Junior Cup is a massive achievement in Irish sport. The reason for this is it is the largest competition in this grade in Europe. Cabra with its proud soccer history have had a number of successes in this competition over the years.
(Pictured above: Paddy Williams receiving the league cup from Aifie Byrne in the Cabra Play ground in the late forties early fifties).
It is a proud record for this parish of stars. Grange United won it in the early sixties. A great Beggsbrough side won two cups in the early eighties. Dingle United were beaten in the final in the same decade.
One local player who won a FAI medal and did not play for a Cabra side is Paddy Williams. In a time in junior soccer when a team was generally represented from the area you came from Paddy Williams story is of a player who won a F.A.I Junior Cup medal with a team called East Wall a different parish.
Paddy Williams was born in 1938 In Stafford Street which is now Wolfe Tone Street in the inner city. At the age of six his family in 1944 moved to 366 Carnlough Road. He went to St Finbarrs School and played a number of sports.
Paddy was a good all round sports man. Cricket soccer Gaelic was all favorite pass time of Paddy when he was a school boy. He spent most of his time in the Cabra play ground were he developed his soccer skills. His best pals at that time were Terry Little, Bobby Mohan and Tommy Lockhard.
His first teams in Cabra were West End which was organizes by a man name Johnny O Neill from Mulroy Road. At the age of thirteen he played for St Brendan’s schoolboys and played a number of seasons with them. This team was managed by a Mr. Donahue, Mr. Cummins and Philly Gleason. It was in this time Paddy developed into a very good soccer player.
In the late fifties he emigrated to England and found work in Manchester, in Massey Fergusson factory. He played in the factory league and had a few trails for English first division teams. Having spent a number of years in England Paddy came home to Cabra and got work.
He resumed his soccer career but not with a Cabra team. Paddy approached all the local soccer teams when he got home but could not get a game. Talking to a friend of his one day in the city he got an invitation to play for St Laurence’s of Savile Place.
That year the team won the Polycough Cup. Paddy at that time was spotted by the Irish selectors of the junior international team. He got two trails and made the team but due to work commitments he miss the match and was left off the team.
(Pictured above: Paddy Williams fourth from the left on the front row)
It was from this team Paddy progress to East Wall. Paddy played for East Wall for over twenty years. He won numerous cups and leagues like the, The Bradmola Cup, Leinster Junior Cup, and F.A.I Junior Cup. He also managed East Wall for a number of years.
Paddy played most of his football in the middle of the park. He had a great temperament and had a great presents on the pitch. Cabra lost was East Walls gain as they were one of the most successful junior soccer team of the time. Paddy has retired now and is a very good golfer. His grandson plays for the BARRS in hurling and football and is a very good player.
We want to thank Paddy for the use of the photographs and for his cooperation with this article.