1957

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This piece relates to the 1957 Junior Football Final between Stradbally and Gaultier in the City Sportsfield in Waterford.  The following was printed on Saturday the 21st December 1957.

"A WESTERN TRIUMPH,  WELCOME BACK, STRADBALLY.

Stradbally delighted a big following with a display of football finery that completely overwhelmed Gaultier in last Sunday's Junior decider at the City Sportsfield.  The Reds played devastating football to herald their return to senior ranks in the most impressive manner conceivable.  In command from an early stage and making light of every Gaultier challenge, Stradbally looked a side of tremendous potential on the day's play.

Stradbally 2-7   Gaultier 0-5.

No doubt about it, the Reds are on the move again.  Stradbally scarcely displayed a weak link.  They played confident and constructive football and finished the hour in a manner that was reminiscent of the great Coveside teams of the forties.  On this showing Stradbally must be back in the upper grade with a real chance.

And Stradbally realised a long-cherished ambition without the services of Paul Webber who has been one of the big men on the side in recent years.  Club mentors, too, deserve a hearty pat on the back.That's the spirit Stradbally.

This was a victory for teamwork.  But one must pay tribute especially to the contribution of ken Murphy, Dick Gough, John Cunningham, Billie Barry, mossy Casey, Eddie Dunphy and Tom Walsh to the Red's triumphant return.

The losers played an amount of good football and were still battling gallantly at the call of time, but from an early stage the title was Stradbally-bound. And that was how it went.

Welcome back, Stradbally."

The names of the players on the Stradbally team were not published but there was a team published for the Divisional Championship against Old parish three months previously in September and were as follows.

"P Flynn(goal), P. Galvin, T. Foley, P.J. Power, T Walsh, E Dunphy, T Power, K Murphy, M Casey, J Cunningham, J Barry, P Webber, ??(unidentified), D. Prendergast, ??(unidentified)" 

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