Help the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund
- to establish suitable memorials at his birthplace in Dublin and unmarked final resting place in London.
- to pay tribute to Don Patricio by means of commissioned monuments at each of the clubs he played for and managed.

AFP (Agence France-Presse) Goes Worldwide with POC

AFP POC FundAlfons Luna and AFP (Agence France-Presse) have helped the POC Fund reach an International audience. AFP is active in 150 countries and has brought the story of Patrick O'Connell to readers of Spanish, Portuguese and French, and to such far flung places as the USA, Guatemala & Brazil! Take a look at their latest article (in English and Spanish)...

Professional Footballers' Association Contribute to the POC Fund

PFA £1000 Patrick O'ConnellThe POC Fund would like to express its sincere thanks to the Professional Footballers' Association, who in February made a very generous donation of £1,000 towards the POC Fund campaign to remember the name of Patrick O'Connell. Pictured are Patrick's grandson Michael and his wife Sue, who were presented with the cheque by PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor and ex-Manchester United Captain, Martin Buchan. Famously, O'Connell was the first Irishman to captain United - 2015 is the 100th Anniversary of this event - at the same time as being Captain of Ireland. Take a look at the link below (Manchester Evening News) which includes an excellent video with a warm tribute to Patrick and to the aims of the campaign from the PFA's Gordon Taylor. (pic. courtesy Manchester Evening News).

International Media Pick Up the Story...

The Irish media has recently been taking great interest in the POC Fund and the story of Patrick O'Connell. On Monday, 2nd February, the Irish Independent, one of Ireland's premier national daily newspapers ran the following article on pages two and three:

In the UK, sportswriter and campaign representative, Jason Pettigrove will have an article on POC Fund activities to date published in the Mail on Sunday (8th February). 

Alfons Luna at AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE will this week be interviewing Julio Jimenez (Real Betis) and also Gerry Armstrong, POC Fund Ambassador and Northern Irish football legend! 

With national and international media coverage intensifying, there is little doubt that the POC Fund has found many friends in the wider footballing community. Please support our cause to repair the grave and the reputation of a forgotten Irish giant of European football history. It really, really is true that every little helps!

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If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Fund, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to lay it bare! Many, many thanks to all those who have donated so far. Your contributions will not go without acknowledgement on completion of the Fund's project targets.

Seville Christmas Fundraiser Roundup

The POC Fund Facebook page was alive in the leadup to Christmas. We've picked out the best bits to tell the story of our festive fundraising efforts...

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Seville Fundraiser Photo Album (21st December 2014)

Racing Santander Signed Shirt

"The Patrick O'Connell Fund would like to thank Racing Santander and its supporters for backing our campaign. Don Patricio was manager of the team from 1922-29 and took them to be one of the founder members of La Liga in Spain. The day before the symbolic Betis v Racing match at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, this proud club from the North with a long history will very kindly contribute a signed Racing Santander shirt to enter into our auction to raise funds for this cause...And on Sunday night (21st December) we have the pleasure of welcoming a group of Racing fans to our fundraising evening in Sevilla.

"A great gesture by Racing Santander this evening, with the presentation of a signed club shirt to help raise funds for the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Campaign. Many thanks to the staff of the club for arranging this for us, and to President Juan Antonio "Tuto" Sañudo, seen here (centre) with our POC Fund representatives Colm Farry and Simon Needham."

"Thanks to Peter Doyle at the excellent Librero Guides website, "the digital travel guide for football fans", for his article on the POC Fund campaign and Sunday's (21st December) Betis v Santander tribute to Patrick O'Connell."

"La historia de O ́Connell es que, a pesar de su trayectoria profesional como jugador con Belfast Celtic, Manchester United, y Irlanda entre otros, y como entrenador con El Racing, Real Oviedo, Real Betis, Barcelona y Sevilla, tristemente el hombre murio en pobreza en Londres en 1959 y hasta hoy dia el descansa en paz en una fosa sin lapida en la ciudad. La campaña entonces tiene como fin el objetivo de recaudar fondos para mejorar su tumba y tambien construir una estatua o busto digna de su memoria. Es un esfuerzo que ya tiene el respaldo oficial del Real Betis Balompie. Para leer mas sobre la iniciativa, se puede visitar" 

"This is the wonderful video created by Real Betis Balompie which was played on the stadium scoreboard before the game against Racing Santander..."


"Real Betis and Racing Santander pay homage to Patrick O'Connell" ...The match in Seville saw the presentation of a signed football shirt from the Presidents of both clubs, in front of 28,000 people, accepted on behalf of the Patrick O'Connell Fund by the Irish Ambassador to Spain, David Cooney, alongside POC Fund representatives Colm Farry and Simon Needham. A short video about the life of O'Connell was shown on the match scoreboard before the game. What a great event! We are grateful for the fantastic support for this campaign from these two historic names in Spanish football.

Well done to Julio Jimenez of Real Betis FC the winner of our donated Lisbon Lions signed Celtic shirt.

Thanks to the Federacion de Peñas of Real Betis Balompie for their support of this campaign, and the article on their website. Special mention goes to our friends at the Peña Betica Bomberos for their help at our event at the Merchant Malt House in Seville; it was much appreciated!