FINN HARPS are just one of the League of Ireland clubs featured in a recently released book by Brian Kennedy, titled Just Follow the Floodlights.
Waterford-based author Kennedy travelled the length and breadth of the country to pen the book, which is published by The Liffey Press. The book covers 47 clubs who have taken part in the league since its inception in 1921 - all the teams currently in the Premier and First Divisions as well as those clubs such as Drumcondra, Dolphin and St Jame’s Gate who won titles before eventually fading or joining with other clubs.
Each chapter is packed with anecdote and detail on each club’s history and origins, their honours and key players over the years. In addition, there is key information on their grounds and the facilities on offer to the fans - based on the author’s research and visits to each venue, which saw him cover nearly 3,000 miles.
“I actually wrote it in seven months, which was tough going as I was putting in 16-hour days,” Kennedy said this week. “When travelling around to some grounds far away, I slept in the car as it was my own money at first covering expenses - the subsequent launches were sponsored by Airtricity - and Finn Harps visit was the furthest obviously as I’m from Waterford but the scenery was astonishing. Seeing the Bluestack Mountains made the entire trip worthwhile.”
From a Donegal perspective, there is an interesting club history right up to the instalment of the current managerial team of Peter Hutton and Felix Healy, with quotations from the likes of Patsy McGowan, Brendan Bradley, Terry Harkin, Gerry Murray, Con McLaughlin and Gavin Dykes.
Kennedy wrote his first book in 2004, Confessions of an Exeter City Nut, which told of his love affair with the then non-league English club - a love affair which saw him go as far as re-mortgaging his house to help save the club from extinction. A documentary on the book won the Best Sports Documentary in the 2006 PPI Radio Awards and got national tabloid exposure.
His other big love is his local League of Ireland club Waterford United and they feature in two further books Singing The Blues and Blue White and Dynamite. Just Folow the Floodlights is available nationwide and from online outlets including www.theliffeypress.com for €19.95 and Kennedy can be contacted on 087-1383669.