Maguire: You can't beat the Cork City fans

Maguire: You can't beat the Cork City fans
Sean Maguire of Cork City waves to the supporters. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

SEANIE Maguire has had an absolutely brilliant time of it in his footballing career over the last two years.

The 23-year-old has gone from being a player that failed to make the matchday squad in Dundalk’s 2015 FAI Cup success, to becoming a Republic Of Ireland Senior international a few months ago in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

Maguire was at a low point in his career when he made the move to Cork City ahead of the 2016 season.

As soon as he joined the Leesiders he reinvigorated his career and became the most lucrative talent in the League Of Ireland, scoring 38 goals in 51 games for John Caulfield’s side.

Although he left midway through last season to join Preston North End, Maguire certainly played his part as City picked up a league and cup double in 2017.

Speaking in what was a very revealing and fascinating interview aired on Eir Sport, it is quite abundantly clear the place Cork City FC has in his heart.

Maguire discussed how John Caulfield first made contact with him about a potential move to Cork City:

“I was in Nandos at the time when John rang me.

“I met him in Portlaoise at a service station for a coffee and I will never forget that conversation.

“He said how City have finished second two years in a row and how we want to win the league next year. We need a striker that will score goals for us and I will give you the opportunity.”

Maguire is introduced to supporters during the squad's homecoming in 2016. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Maguire is introduced to supporters during the squad's homecoming in 2016. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Speaking about the loyal and passionate Cork City supporters, Maguire added: “It is the best club in the country. I am not being biased, I am just being realistic. You go down to Turners Cross and there are 4,000 to 5,000 people every week. They are the best supporters in the country.

“You saw it the other week with the cup final, there are 12,000 Cork fans up there on a cold Sunday evening.

“It was a privilege to play in front of such a great atmosphere. Turners Cross is proper close-in and it feels like there are 15,000 to 20,000 people there.

“Especially for the European games, I don’t think there is anywhere better in the country to be playing on a European night.”

Although currently out through injury, Maguire has shown he was more than capable to make the step up to the English Championship with Preston North End and he has scored 4 goals in 13 appearances thus far.

Maguire looks like he could very well be one of the main focal points for the Ireland attack once the qualification campaign for Euro 2020 gets underway.

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