Forgotten footballers of Drumcondra with Gerard Farrell
Dublin Festival of History
Two stars of the 1920s and 30s and among the most famous and successful footballers of their day, both Alex Stevenson and Tom Farquharson were born around Drumcondra and went to star in the highest echelons of English football, winning leagues and FA Cups. Today Stevenson and Farquharson are unknown to many but during their peak years they were idolised by thousands but also became the focus of controversy in relation to their selection for Ireland.
Many myths and stories have grown up around both men, did Tom Farquharson really carry a gun in his kitbag? Why did he have to flee Dublin and end up playing Rugby in Wales? Why did Alex Stevenson go 14 years before he won his second Irish cap and were his club or the FAI to blame. Gerard Farrell will tell the story of both men’s colourful lives and sporting careers.