CORK CITY'S top-ranked goalkeeper, Mark McNulty for fulsome in his praise for the local print local, the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo when he paid a courtesy call with the double trophies to Linn Dubh in Blackpool over the weekend.
“It’s great to come in and see one of our main sponsors and bring in the two trophies. The Evening Echo have always been very good to Cork City FC even when times were tough a few years ago and things weren’t going well for the club, the Echo and the Examiner, stood by us and backed us.
“I am delighted to come into the offices here and meet some of the staff and I can see we have a fair few supporters here as well. I had a good chat with some of the employees, they got some photos taken and I think we all enjoyed the occasion.
“It was a special occasion for me to have the two trophies with me because I can remember back to the bad old days and the club were on the steps of the High Court in Dublin with Judge Mary Laffoy.
“The Examiner and the Echo covered the High Court proceedings and our examinership back then, but this was a far happier occasion,” said McNulty, who posed for photographs and signed autographs for over an hour.
“We have great support around the city and the county and when things are going well the support is even bigger and better.
"We had a great season winning four trophies – all bar the EA Sports Cup - and I hope all the fans stick with us next season and we can rise to the challenges once again,” he added.
“It’s great to see young kids at our matches and all they want for Christmas is football gear and Cork City jerseys.
"It’s an exciting time in the club’s history and I hope they appreciate it and live in the moment.
"The two main trophies have been all over the city and county on school and hospital visits and the visitations will continue right up to Christmas,” stressed McNulty, who is in the running again for the SWAI ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ award next month.
“We have achieved a first ever double in the club’s history but the hard part is staying top and that begins in earnest now.
"I think the close season signings that John (Caulfield) has made has sent out the right message and every player we have signed is a big name player in the league.
"It will increase the competition for places and that’s got to be good for the squad.
“We have some major lads coming in for next season, just take Barry McNamee as an example, he’s an outstanding addition.
"He’s a great midfielder, he can score and create goals and we have Aaron Barry at centre-half also from Derry City.
"To pull the two boys down from Derry is a bit of a coup even if we are the league and FAI Cup double champions.”