ALBION GREATS – Patrick O’Donovan

Every few weeks we add a new member to our “ALBION GREATS” hall of fame. This week its the turn of flamboyant ex player/manager Patrick O’Donovan. Pictured above in his Albion heyday, O’Donovans golden locks were used to dazzle the opposition.

Name: Patrick O’Donovan

Age: 43

Position Played: Striker, Midfield, Right Full

Boyhood Team: Liverpool, Cork City

Favourite Player(s): John Caulfield – Biscuits, Sammy Lee

Albion Highlight: Founding Club

Best Player Played With: Francis Harrington, Neilus Murray, Liam Twomey

Hopes for Albions future: I hope the lads get rewarded for all their effort, ie: Cup Final or Promotion.

Best Soccer Moment of all time: The year Cork City won the league last, especially beating Shels at the cross.

I Love Albion because: It’s a choice not a given!


Patrick O’Donovan was one of the founding members of the new Albion, founded in the early 1990’s. Since then Patrick has gone to both play & manage the club. Included in that time was a 2nd Division West Cork League winners medal in ’95 & a West Cork League Cup winners medal in ’99. In 2000 he set up Albions first ever U-18 soccer team. O’Donovan managed the clubs junior team through their toughest period after they disbanded in ’05 & reformed in ’07.  He was manager for the 2007/2008 & 2008/2009 season. He now spends his days scouting the West Cork League & AUL for the next goldielocks.

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