It was with deep and sincere sadness that Longford Town FC heard of the sudden and unexpected death earlier today of Noel Whelan. Noel had a huge and life long passion for all things associated with his beloved Longford Town FC.
His interest, knowledge and commitment knew no bounds. To chat with Noel was to chat about De Town. He had an in depth knowledge of each player, his strengths and his weaknesses, the most effective formations against different oppositions and always new ideas for improvement.
But Noel was much more than a mere talker. His involvement was total. In 1979 he became Chairman and served into the 80s. In his capacity as Chairman, the Youths set up flourished because of Noel’s great commitment and interest in nourishing younger players.
He also served as Secretary and Treasurer. In his earlier days when kit man, his attention to detail was legendary. The kit was always washed to perfection and the medical bag was the envy of many opposition teams. For away matches, he worked closely with Paddy Clabby in organising buses.