BANDON AFC will commence their 50th anniversary celebrations when their senior team host Cork City in a friendly encounter this Saturday at Town Park.
Following this glamour tie, the official launch of the 50th anniversary events will be held as the progressive club outline their planned celebrations for the year ahead.
Bandon AFC PRO Richard O’Regan is looking forward to playing the Cork City first team. Cork City manager Neale Fenn played when City played Bandon AFC to mark the 40th anniversary.
“That ended in a 2-2 draw. Kevin Doyle was on the scoresheet for Cork. I think it will be a great experience for our players.
“I am very confident that our lads under the guidance of Sean Holland will give a very good account of themselves.”
Bandon AFC have a plethora of events lined up this year to coincide with their 50th anniversary.
These include a dinner dance scheduled to be held on April 18 in the Munster Arms Hotel.
Richard is looking forward to an exciting year for the West Cork club.
“A number of us got together and decided that we would try something different for our 50th anniversary.
“The launch night will be a fantastic event. It will act as a platform for a year of celebrations.
“We want to get as many past and present members together throughout the year to celebrate our wonderful club.
“There are some very exciting events for all ages during the year so we look forward to kick starting this with our launch night.”
Former Cork City FC manager John Caulfield will be present for the official launch night.
Richard is delighted the Enniskeane resident can attend the official launch night.
“John is one of the most successful people out there, both as a player and a manager. He is a wonderful speaker and everyone is looking forward to hearing from him.”
Bandon AFC operate in the MSL first division. They boast impressive facilities and their membership continues to grow on an annual basis.
Richard is looking forward to a bright future for the club.
“The club is doing quite well. The management team of Sean Holland, Jim Cullinane and DJ O’Driscoll are working extremely hard with the players.
“Our underage teams continue to thrive. Our playing numbers are very strong. The girls’ teams are also performing very well.
“We are very lucky to have such committed underage volunteers coaching our teams.
“Off the field, our main aim is to install an astro-turf training pitch which will be a huge benefit to all our members.
“Our club motto is Auxilio Dei Crescunt Parva. This means With God’s Help, Little Things Grow.
“It is vital that we celebrate this milestone 50th anniversary to recognise the amazing work from Bandon people who have helped our club get to where it is today.”