There was a very special visitor to City’s training on Wednesday as one of the club’s most iconic players, Liam Coyle, was invited by the Manager to address the current squad.
Coyle is of course a Candystripes’ legend, and a member of that superb ‘treble’ winning side of 1989.
He talked to the players about what it meant to represent the club and the experience of bringing trophies back to the city.
Declan Devine said that the reason for bringing Liam to talk to the squad needed no explanation.
“Liam grew up a stone-throw from the ground and nobody knows better than him what it should mean to play for Derry City.”
“He’s won every domestic honour and was courted by teams across Europe until injury blighted his career.”
“Liam explained to the boys how his father, Fay, had also represented his beloved club and how much the club means to the local community.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to have him here and to listen to the passion in his voice for Derry City.”
“We would like to thank Liam most sincerely for his time today. I have no doubt he left a real mark on the squad.”
City are due to take on league leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Friday night.