Cork sports historian Plunket Carter charts the annual Soccer Writers Awards and monthly prizes from their origin in the 1960/1961 season through to the modern era.
In the third part, he reflects on 1980 to 1993, which started disappointingly before Cork City emerge to challenge for glory...
LIMERICK bridged a two-decade gap to edge out Dundalk in 1980 and the new champions’ manager, Eoin Hand, was deservedly honoured.
With no LOI soccer in Cork, most of the players continued their careers elsewhere and Liam Murphy was honoured in February for his performances with Limerick.
Pat 'Ginger; Healy earned the distinction of becoming newcomers Cork City’s first monthly winner when chosen in February.
Dave had the small consolation of entering the monthly award list for the first time when taking the April gong while Terry Kearns’ (Cobh Ramblers) goalscoring saw him announced as the December recipient.
Dave Barry’s outstanding display, his silencing of Effenberg and a stunning goal against Bayern Munich in the Uefa Cup at Musgrave Park guaranteed him the September award, while prolific striker Caulfield picked up another in January.