Story of Photograph From the Past

David is a Derry man competed with Sparta in his younger days and at that time there was a very close relationship between Sparta /Finn Valley in the seventies mainly due to a great friendship between Patsy and Spartas Pat Devine. So the story of the shot and indeed the outcome of that friendship was a joint trip to what was then West Germany in 1977 hosted by a club called Tusem Essen and in addition to joining with them in a few meets we attended the World cup athletics in Dusseldorf where the stars were Juantorena ,Cuba and Yifter ,Ethiopia ,3 days of class athletics. As you can imagine it was an exciting trip back in those days and from memory i remember Bridgeen Houston as she was then ,Sheila Mc Menamin now Sheila Breen, Josie Mc Cusker now living in London working with BBC, Niall Tinney now in US,  Sean Carlin, Seamus Mc Connell. Patsy, Rosaleen and Brendan McGonagle, Paul O Brien etc. Another interesting traveller on that trip was Roberta Brown from Sion Mills who some years later finished 4th in Miss World.

We again did a similar trip in 1979 to the World cup athletics to Rome where the highlight in the Olympic Stadium was Eamonn Coghlan winning the 5k for Europe. 

All this nostalgia is centred on the 40th anniversary heralds the upcoming Black tie event tickets available of course currently so dont delay and commit at the earliest and subsequent to that can i ask people to search out old Valley photos for record and indeed story purposes its all about what we were and are. My thanks to David . 

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Essen 1977 Sparta-Finn Valley & Tusem Essen.


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