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Paddy Coad
Margaret Aylward Raymond Chandler Paddy Coad Patrick Comerford John Condon Donnchadh Ruadh Frank Edwards Alfie Hale D. P. Moran Cardinal Wiseman



Paddy was born in 1920 and was sent to De La Salle school, Stephen Street. His first sporting distinctions were earned at Hurling and Table Tennis; indeed he became a champion of Munster at the latter sport. His great love however was soccer and he joined the local junior club Corinthians, based primarily on the Lower Yellow Road area. His exceptional talent was quickly realised by the local League of Ireland team and he played his first game for the "Blues" in 1937 when he was only seventeen years old (see photo below). He moved to the Northern Ireland club Glenavon in the following year but he was in the North only a short while when WWII broke out and Paddy returned to Waterford.  


  After he was made their coach, in 1949, Rovers became the dominant force in Irish football. Coad was the master-general and it was said of him that he did every thing at the club but drive the bus. He was known, primarily, as a maker of goals but he did score 126 League of Ireland goals and 41 FAI Cup goals in his career. He won three League Championships with Rovers (1954, 1957 and 1959); four Cup medals (in 1944, 1945, 1948 and 1956) and three Cup runners-up medals (1946, 1957 and 1958) and he was selected eleven times for Ireland between 1946 and 1952. He played in twenty-four representative games for the League of Ireland, the last in 1955. Coad reserved one of his greatest performances for the European stage when, in 1957, he dominated the European cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford. His display that night had to be seen to be believed and it was described as the greatest by an Irish player in England up to that time. And remember - he was 37 years old.  

   He returned to live in Waterford and he coached and managed the "Blues" to their first League of Ireland championship in 1965/66. Coad is regarded as the greatest Irish player never to have played in England but there are many, in Dublin as well as in Waterford, who will say that there never was anyone as good as Coad. He was a true legend.   

International appearances (11); 1946, v.England; 1947, v.Spain, Portugal; 1948, v.Poland, Spain, Switzerland; 1949, v.Belgium, Poland, Sweden; 1951, v.Norway; 1952, v.Spain



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