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.

Professional Footballers Association Continue Their Support

PFA O'ConnellThe POC Fund would like to acknowledge the tremendous and continued support received from the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) in our efforts to honour the name of Patrick O'Connell. Gordon Taylor OBE (CEO), Colin Hill (Commercial Director) and former Manchester United Captain, Martin Buchan have all shown a great interest in our campaign. Last year Michael & Sue O'Connell, relatives of Patrick, were invited to PFA headquarters for a meeting to discuss the project. Martin Buchan also attended the plaque unveiling ceremony in Dublin in June 2015.

Like Patrick O'Connell, Martin Buchan is a former Manchester United player (456 games) and shares the honour of being a Man Utd Captain. He played in two World Cups for Scotland and was also an FA Cup winner in both Scotland and England. He actually helped the POC Fund locate Patrick's original PFA membership record (see the fascinating photo, right) and just recently Martin, along with Artist Tony Denton and our POC Fund Rep. Alan McLean, met up with Mark Wylie, the Curator of the Manchester United Museum to discuss honouring Patrick at the club. It's yet another great recognition of his life by a world famous team. We will keep everyone informed of developments!

BBC's Alan Green Interviews Fergus Dowd


Another landmark for our campaign! The incredible story of the life of Patrick O'Connell has now reached the BBC World Service. Our POC Fund Representative Fergus Dowd has had the opportunity to talk with none other than Belfast born Alan Green, respected BBC Sports correspondent and legendary Radio Five Live Commentator. The full interview was broadcast on the "World Football" programme on the World Service radio channel (available on the iPlayer) on Friday, 15th January. Listenb to a five minute "taster" podcast on the link below. The programme is also available to download on the BBC site...

Roy Keane Shows His Support for the POC Fund

Keane Man Utd Captain

Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane has been a big supporter of the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund. Roy has taken time out of his busy schedule to sign three donated shirts to help raise funds to restore Patrick's unmarked grave. Like Patrick, Roy captained Ireland and Manchester United. On Holy Thursday, Roy Keane will meet the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund with artist Tony Denton from Manchester. Mr. Keane will be shown a painting which will be presented to Mark Wylie, curator of the Old Trafford Museum at Manchester United, in the coming months. The painting is of the four Irish club captains of Manchester United Football Club - O'Connell, Carey, Cantwell and Keane.

Take a look at some of Manchester-based artist Tony Denton's commissioned work -

"Alan’s Goal to Honour Football Legend" - Banbridge Chronicle

Banbridge ChronicleA LEGENDARY figure in the history of Irish, British and Spanish football is belatedly being recognised for his achievements as a player and manager, thanks to the efforts of a Banbridge man. Willow Grove resident, Alan McLean, has been instrumental in the campaign to have the 'forgotten Irishman' Patrick O'Connell honoured – 57 years after his death. O'Connell played as a defender, most notably for Belfast Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and Manchester United.

He has the distinction of being the first player from the Republic of Ireland to play for Manchester United and to captain the team. However, the Irishman is probably best remembered for managing several clubs in Spain's La Liga. In 1935, he led Real Betis to their one and only league title. The following season, with La Liga suspended due to the Spanish Civil War, O'Connell is credited with saving Barcelona from financial ruin by agreeing to take the club on a tour to Mexico, Cuba and North America, a trip that made them financially viable again.