Noel McCabe is Honoured

(19 Nov 2012)

2 image Former Belvedere manager Noel McCabe was the guest of honour at a surprise function in the Regency Hotel on Saturday November 17th. Ten players from the successful 1977/78 Belvedere team that Noel managed were in attendance. Belvedere Secretary Vincent Butler made a presentation to Noel on behalf of the former players while Chairman Fergus McCabe spoke at length about the great work Noel did in the early days of the club when facilities were very basic. Photo: Noel is presented by Vincent Butler.

2 imageRay McCann was also full of praise for his former manager " Noel was a miracle worker for what he did for us, and we will be forever indebted to him. There were no coaching structures or badges back then. Noel just had the gift. He could simplify the game. His emphasis was always on playing football. He didn't want anybody hoofing it. What he did with us was phenomenal. We won the Referees Shield back then, which was a a very prestigious honour at the time".  Photo: Fergus, Noel and Ray

2 image"There were a lot of characters around then, great footballing men. It was an era when you were taught to respect your elders. And even as the years went on , Noel was never far from our thoughts A great man. A lovely man. A real gent"                                    In later years Noel became a scout. He discovered Roy Keane and then he served Liverpool for many years. Photo : Ray McCann presents Noel with a Belvedere jersey signed by his former players.                                                                                              

2 imageFormer Belvedere players from the 1977/78 team with Noel. Back row left to right : Fergus McCabe (Chairman) Brian Higgins, Christy Daly, Noel McCaffrey, WillieMcKenna, Alan Dent. Front Row left to right : Gerry Thomas, Paul Salmon, Thomas McGilvery, Noel McCabe, Ray McCann, Timmy Lester, Vincent Butler (Secretary) 

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