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We now have a shirt signed by the Portuguese legend Eusebio (the shirt also signed by Pakie Bonner & Ray Houghton) and the Ireland U19 squad 3rd World Cup 1997 – these are treasures and along with the ‘Messi’ shirt will be out top prizes; But Remember Every ticket wins a shirt!
There has been worldwide speculation in the past week about who Lionel Messi might sign for, now that his days are Barcelona would appear to be over.
Salthill Devon can confirm that he has actually signed for Salthill Devon – it may even be the last Barcelona shirt bearing his name and signature.
The ‘Argentina Connection’ goes back 70 years with soccer in Salthill, starting with the 1950 world cup. At that time the club was a ‘bunch of lads’ with not shirts, no pitch – they just wanted to play
The Argentina story was born!
Billy Shaw, RIP a ‘Salthill Soccer Original’ related the story as follow;
He’s working in Moons of Galway, and Salthill Athletic is wearing Jes jerseys. (The Jes is Coláiste Iognaid – Jesuit secondary school)
“The pupils are threatened with expulsion if they continue to use school kit playing soccer, so Billy goes to his manager in Moons – Alexander Moon Department store Galway.
The manager, a Mr Leech, who is a keen soccer fan, and has put a window display in for the 1950 World Cup – would have been very unusual in those days
Although Argentina had withdrawn from the world cup, he actually had a set of Argentina jerseys and supplies them to young Billy Shaw, which they paid off piece meal.
Salthill Devon, to this day, plays in Light Blue & White stripes!
Limited Shirt Draw
Salthill Devon is running a unique limited draw with the centre piece being the ‘Messi Jersey’. It is limited to 100 tickets, 100 shirts – so everyone a winner – tickets will be €50. The top prize is, of course, the Messi shirt, but you could also win a shirt signed by
John Egan + Ireland team, Greg Cunningham, Méabh DeBúrca, Julie Ann Russell, Steve Folan, Ryan Manning, Colin Hawkins, Aaron Connolly, Daryl Horgan + Hibs Squad. More signings will be
How about Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Athletico Bilbao, Morocco, Panama! For the League of Ireland heads – Shamrock Rovers and many more