Dicey Reilly (almost) retires from Malahide United

by Rose Barrett
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An emotional week for Malahide United as it marks the official retirement of Tony ‘Dicey” Reilly as the club groundsman.

“Dicey has been a fixture in the club for as long as most can care to remember as a player, manager, groundsman and the chief of our ‘Nippers’ section,” wrote the club online. “He is also a well-known and hugely respected figure in the Irish football community and has been the face of Gannon Park since its inception.

“Dicey had a massive influence on all the players who have come through our nippers, schoolboy and schoolgirl sections who have gone on to bigger things within the game themselves, a lot of who are with our first team squad that won the Leinster Senior League for the first time in the clubs history last year.

“He was always a friendly face when the Irish team were in Gannon Park and helped the Irish players and managers feel at ease when they were preparing for games. It’s not all sad news today though as we are delighted that Dicey will be staying on in the ‘Nippers’ section. He will be in Gannon Park on Saturday mornings sharing his love for the game, his brilliant stories and one liners with the next generation of players that will be coming through your club.”

Lovely words in acknowledgement of all Dicey has done for the club. Enjoy the semi- retirement!

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