Thurs Oct 6, 1977 – Bohs 2 Athlone Town 1
Thirty years ago today, Bohemians played host to Athlone Town in the Leinster Cup quarter-finals. We were two goals up at half-time, thanks to a header by Eddie Byrne and a shot by John McCormack, before Athlone’s Brian Dawson got a last-minute consolation goal. But the main talking point of the tie was the return of Fran O’Brien at left-back for Bohs, after his aborted transfer to Derby County. The upside was we were in the semi-finals of a pretty minor competition, along with Dundalk, Shelbourne and Home Farm. The downside was that we had now played two games every week for a month, and the players must be feeling the strain. I could only hope that Leeds would win on Saturday, which would ensure that we beat Finn Harps on Sunday.