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Roy Keane made a presentation to former manager Liam McMahon at St Colman's Park in 2015. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Roy Keane made a presentation to former manager Liam McMahon at St Colman's Park in 2015. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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Cobh Ramblers mourn the passing of club legend Liam McMahon

FORMER Cobh Ramblers manager Liam McMahon has passed away.

He was one of the true legends of the club. Spending over 20 years in charge as manager at Ramblers across different spells, McMahon was one of the true all-time greats in Cobh.

He was at the helm when Roy Keane played in the League of Ireland, before his switch to Nottingham Forest and superstardom at Man United.

Cobh Ramblers Intermediate Cup winners 1980.
Cobh Ramblers Intermediate Cup winners 1980.

Without question one of the iconic highlights of McMahon's time at Ramblers was in 1983 when he was in charge of the Cobh side that made it to the semi-finals of the FAI Cup.

The cup tie against Sligo Rovers is one of the most memorable in FAI Cup history, which required four games to be played to determine a victor.

Eventually, Sligo progressed at the fourth time of asking but it was Cobh who captured the hearts of the nation.

Local heroes such as the likes of Frank O’Neill, Eddie O’Halloran and more put the then Munster Senior League side firmly on the Irish footballing map.

This success was one of the key factors that led to the club being elected to the League of Ireland in 1985.

Ramblers had won nine of the 10 previous Munster Senior League campaigns and moving up to the elite seemed the natural step. This was a major step forward for the club and put it on a higher platform.

McMahon was also in charge when Cobh joined the League of Ireland in 1985, guiding them to promotion to the Premier Division in 1988.

In a statement released online, Ramblers paid their respects to the St Colman’s Park legend.

Cobh won the league in 1972 under Liam McMahon's guidance, including crucial victories over Ringmahon. 
Cobh won the league in 1972 under Liam McMahon's guidance, including crucial victories over Ringmahon. 

“Cobh Ramblers FC are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former manager Liam McMahon.

“Liam was in many respects the father of the modern Ramblers and responsible for our most successful period of the 1980s, including the FAI Cup heroics of 1983 amongst many highlights.

“He spent over 20 years as manager in four spells at St Colman’s Park between 1967 and 2001. He truly was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam. RIP Liam. A Ramblers legend.”

The scale of the tributes from former players and supporters alike tell you everything about how highly regarded McMahon was at Ramblers.

A fellow former Cobh Ramblers manager from more recent times, Stephen Henderson, also paid his respects.

“The passing of former Cobh Ramblers manager Liam McMahon is such sad news. A true football man, a true gentleman.

“His 1983 team's legacy will never be surpassed and those memories, like the man himself, will never be forgotten.”

Liam McMahon accepts an award from Cobh Ramblers Ambassador Bob Donovan at this year's FAI cup tie against Dundalk. Picture courtesy of Bob Donovan.
Liam McMahon accepts an award from Cobh Ramblers Ambassador Bob Donovan at this year's FAI cup tie against Dundalk. Picture courtesy of Bob Donovan.

Another famous and hardworking Ramblers servant in Bob Donovan added: “So sad to hear of the passing of my former manager, my great friend. A Cobh Ramblers legend in every sense of the word.”