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 fourth part, he reflects on 1994 through to 2005 with all the highs and lows those entailed for Cork City...
Patsy Freyne was the star in November while Pat Morley, then with Shels, was on fire in January.
The Leesiders winger Ollie Cahill got a nice Christmas present when handed the December award.
Cork City’s Pat Morley’s consistency in front of goal was reflected in the October award as the striker went on to finish the season with 20 goals.
John O’Flynn, as he had done the previous season, collected the first monthly award.
If Derry avoided defeat the title was theirs. Cork had to win. When Liam Kearney added to John O’Flynn’s first-half lead goal it became clear that Damian Richardson’s wait for a league title as manager was over.