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THOMAS 'BUD ' AHERNE - Part One

  By Gavan Bergin   ( part two ) “The star player of those days was wing maestro Stanley Matthews. Bud kept him quiet every time they met.” (Hatters Heritage Website) Thomas 'Bud' Aherne was born in Limerick on January 26th 1919. He grew up in the Thomondgate area of Limerick city, where he took to playing sports as a youngster. At first, hurling was his game-he played for the famous Treaty Sarsfield club and he did well enough to be selected for the Limerick senior team. But good as he was with a hurl in his hands, Bud was even better with a ball at his feet, and he decided to try for a career in soccer. That decision paid off, and by the time he was eighteen Bud was playing for Limerick FC in the League of Ireland. In Bud's first season with Limerick FC, they reached the Munster Senior Cup Final. In that Final, which was against Cork, Bud saved the day for Limerick by scoring the goal that earned them a 2-2 draw, giving them another opportunity to win the Cup when th

664: 8 September 2021

                663 vs. EST Wednesday, 8 September 2021 KO: 19:45 664 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 665 vs. SUI National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast (H) Att: 15,660 Northern Ireland 0-0 Switzerland NIR 0-0 SUI                 Referee:  Harald Lechner   ( AUT) Assistant Referees:  Andreas Heidenreich   (AUT),  Markus Gutschi   (AUT) Fourth Official:  Markus Hameter   (AUT) Video Assistant Referee:  Szymon Marciniak   (POL) Assistant Video Assistant Referee:  Paweł Sokolnicki   (POL) Match Events N. Ireland Switzerland - ■ Smith 16' 24' 33' ■ Frei -

663: 5 September 2021

                662 vs. LTU Sunday, 5 September 2021 KO: 19:45 GMT 663 International Friendly 664 vs. SUI A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (A) Att: - Northern Ireland 1-0 Estonia NIR 0-0 EST                 Referee:  Mads Kristoffersen Assistant Referees:  Fourth Official:  Match Events N. Ireland Estonia - 42' ■ Vassiljev HT [0-0] ■ Charles ○ Ferguson - ■  Conor Bradley 69' 75' [1-0] 79' 87' - - ■ Zenjov - FT [1-0] NORTHERN IRELAND: Manager:

662: 2 September 2021

                661 vs. UKR Thursday, 2 September 2021 KO: 19:45 GMT 662 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 663 vs. EST LFF Stadium, Vilnius (A) Att: - Northern Ireland 4-1 Lithuania NIR 1-0 LTU                 Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA) Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart (FRA), Mikael Berchebru (FRA) Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (FRA) Video Assistant Referee:  François Letexier (FRA) Assistant Video Assistant Referee:  Amaury Delerue (FRA) Match Events N. Ireland Lithuania ○ Ballard - 20' [1-0] 31' - ■   Utkus HT [1-0]