17 October 2011
17th October 2011: Airtricity, the power behind Irish football, is proud to sponsor the launch of Just Follow the Floodlights, a unique and comprehensive new guide to all 47 clubs who have played or are still playing in the Airtricity League. Written by self-confessed football maniac Brian Kennedy and published by The Liffey Press, Just Follow the Floodlights is the must-have guide for football fans everywhere. From the managers to the mascots, trophy successes to matchday snacks, everything about the teams is included in this extensive and highly illustrated book.
Just Follow the Floodlights was officially launched on Saturday 15 October at Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford City, by soccer legend and pundit Eoin Hand. Pictured at the launch, sponsored by Airtricity, are (from left) John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland, Jason Cooke, Airtricity Head of Corporate Communications, author Brian Kennedy and Eoin Hand. Just Follow the Floodlights is available nationwide and from online outlets including www.theliffeypress.com for €19.95.
Formed in 1921 with 8 teams originally, the Airtricity League currently has two divisions and 21 clubs. Brian Kennedy’s book covers all the teams in the Airtricity League Premier and First divisions as well as those clubs such as Drumcondra, Dolphin and St James Gate who won titles before eventually fading or joining with other clubs. Each chapter is packed with anecdote and detail on each club’s history and origins, their honours and star players over the years. In addition, there is key information on their grounds and the facilities on offer to the fans - based on the author’s research and visits to each venue, which saw him cover nearly three thousand miles!
Whether you stood on the terraces at Tolka Park or worshipped at The Showgrounds or Market’s Field, Just Follow the Floodlights will enthrall you with stories from all 47 clubs that have graced the League, each producing their own magical memories from one generation to the next. With numerous nostalgic photographs, amusing anecdotes and larger-than-life characters, this book will appeal not only to the loyal League of Ireland fraternity, but to football lovers and sports fans everywhere.