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Just Follow the Floodlights! The Complete History of League of Ireland Football

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'Brian Kennedy's superb history of Irish professional football ... is a timeless portrayal of the lives of men and the clubs they created' -- Damien Richardson, from the Foreword


In 1921, when we were fighting for our Independence, the first Free State League was born. Ninety years on the League of Ireland is still going strong.

Over time there have been such wonderful players, teams and moments - Shamrock Rovers' six-in-a-row, Waterford's majestic Blues, Drumcondra in their pomp, the multitude of wonderful Cork sides, Derry City welcomed South, European nights at Dundalk, 48,000 in Dalymount to watch England, Paddy Coad, Shay Gibbons, Turlough O'Connor, Jackie Jameson, Miah Dennehy. Even Dixie Dean got a slice of the action!

Whether you stood on the terraces at Tolka Park or worshipped at The Showgrounds or Market's Field, Just Follow the Floodlights! will enthral you with stories from all 47 clubs that have graced the League of Ireland, each producing their own magical memories from one generation to the next. With numerous nostalgic photographs, amusing anecdotes and larger-than-life characters, this book will appeal not only to the loyal League of Ireland fraternity, but to football lovers and sports fans everywhere.


"... a tour de force which tells the history of every club which played or plays in the League of Ireland. Kennedy visited every club in his research.... There is a reward for his devotion in this wonderful book. League of Ireland fans suffer enough. There isn't one whose life wouldn't be enriched by this book at Christmas."

Sunday Indpependent

"... highly entertaining stuff with tales from up and down the country [and] with some cracking photographs too..."

The Irish Times Sports Books of the Year

"Every fan, whatever his or her chosen sport, has suffered that crisis of faith, when they ask if it...s all worthwhile. The why-am-I-doing-this moment. For those suffering said crisis of conscience, Brian Kennedy's Just Follow The Floodlights will brighten the dark times.Kennedy has painstakingly researched the history of some 47 League of Ireland clubs over 90 years of football. Along the way he tells a tale mixing heroes, heartbreak and humour tracking the highs and lows of the domestic game."

Irish Examiner

Additional Information

Additional Information

Author Kennedy, Brian
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1908308036
ISBN-13 978-1-905785-03-0
Illustrations No
Date of Publication October 2011
Number of Pages 320

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