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The Drom Lowdown - the DL - is our new monthly eNewsletter, giving you a flavour of what's in store for the Umbro Galway Cup in 2008. If you would like to receive this monthly document, simply eMail us at info@galwaycup.com and we will gladly add you to our mailing list. Transcripts of the newsletter will appear online a week to ten days after its release.

The DL 3.0 - 3rd July
The DL 2.0 - 5th June

The DL 1.0 - 22nd May

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THE DROM LOWDOWN 3.0 - 03/07

Hello and welcome to the third edition of the 2008 Drom Lowdown [the DL]. The aim of this eNewsletter is to give you a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup and to keep you up-to-date with goings on.


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   TEAM ENTRY
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As of the end of June, all age groups are full. A full list of teams has been released on our website. Enquiries are also coming through for our 2009 tournament. If you would like information on any of the age groups, drop us a line at info@galwaycup.com and we’ll be happy to help.


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  LATEST NEWS
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The Launch of the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup took place the Thursday before last. Many thanks to our sponsors, local councillors, team representatives, our local football association representations, and the general public for attending the Launch, which took place in the Drom Soccer Clubhouse. A special word of thanks must also be given to our Guest of Honour Packie Bonner and Lord Mayor of Galway Tom Costello for their involvement in what was a successful and enjoyable evening. A number of photographs from the Launch are available online at www.galwaycup.com. If you have any team photos from the Galway Cup in previous years, feel free to send them to us and we’ll gladly add them to our gallery. To all team contacts for this summer’s tournament, we are now accepting team photographs to include on our website and official Tournament Programme.

With the list of teams confirmed and revealed, the Umbro Galway Cup Team is excited about moving into the next phase of the tournament preparations by releasing the fixtures in the coming weeks. Managers and team contacts will be provided with a list of their own personal fixtures first, followed by a formal announcement of all fixtures on our website. Over the four days of the tournament, there will be nearly 130 games played on our four grass pitches, meaning that our Head Groundsman and his assistants will be busy guys! Stayed tuned to the www.galwaycup.com for more information in the next few weeks.



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ASSESSING THE TALENT
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Now in its fourth year, the Galway Cup has been pencilled in by scouts from Ireland, the UK, and Central Europe, who will be attending the event to assess the talent on show. Several players who have competed at the event in previous years have gone on to sign for professional clubs, including Galway’s Dan Cunningham [Manchester City, formally Mervue Utd] and Stevie Folan [Newcastle Utd, formally Salthill Devon]. The event is the perfect opportunity for scouts to assess if players can play at a high standard with the pressure of knowing that one mistake could cost their team dearly. Given the number of games a team will play over the tournament, it is as much a test of a player’s mental strength as it is their physical prowess and skill.

This year we have appointed Salthill Devon Head Coach John “Jumbo” Brennan as the Galway Cup Scout Liaison Officer, whose role will be to meet and greet scouts during the week of the tournament and to provide them with any information they require.
 

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  IT’S HARD TO STAY AWAY
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With all teams now confirmed for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup, it is interesting to note that of the 46 travelling teams, 22 will be returning to compete for at least the second time. After the 2008 event, four clubs will have attended every year since our inaugural event in 2005. In case you ever come across this question in a table quiz in the years to come, these teams are Atlantic Crossing, Limavady Youths, South East Development, and Republic of Ireland! Excluding the national side, none of the teams have left with a Cup, and they will be hoping for a change of fortune this year. Limavady will compete in the Boys 1993 Club Cup, while South East and Atlantic Crossing are confirmed for the Boys 1991 Cup. For the first time, Atlantic Crossing will also be bringing a female team to compete in the Girls 1991 Cup.

These facts make the point that it is hard to stay away from the Galway Cup once you’ve experienced it! Coaches, parents, and players alike have remarked on the high standard of the football, the beauty of the location, and the quality of the playing surfaces, all factors that contribute to a memorable Umbro Galway Cup experience.


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  IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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Every issue we feature an elected team or player to be discussed in our spotlight section. If you feel that your team is deserving of being written about here, drop us a line or two with your reasons why, and you might see your team featured here in future issues.
This issue of the Drom Lowdown features Donegal District League, who will be competing in the Elite Boys 1993 Competition. For many, their inclusion in this highly-competitive group has been viewed with surprise. However, the team’s appetite for success since coming together in 2005 underlines the point that the boys are not travelling to Galway this August to make up the numbers. Coached by Eunan Brolly and Marty Duffy, the squad became the first Donegal group to win the Jim Cashin Inter League All-Ireland Cup two seasons ago, defeating a strong Waterford side in the final. Following this success, they travelled to the 2006 Umbro Galway Cup, competing in the Under 13 District League Cup, coming an impressive second in what was a very competitive group. As the coaches later revealed, this was the group’s first trip away, and was an important foundation to lay down for future endeavours.

The experience of the Galway Cup helped guide the squad to third place in the 2007 Kennedy Cup, only losing to Cork City on penalties at the semi-final stage. The talent that is in the squad is underlined by the many players that have been on trials with some of the UK’s top clubs in the past eighteen months. Furthermore, three of the squad have been capped by the Republic of Ireland, and have a bright future ahead of themselves. The squad’s continued success was recently seen in May of this year, where they added another Inter League All Ireland trophy to their collection, this time the Euro Tab Cup. They travel to this year’s Umbro Galway Cup with this impressive record, and arrive with the simple message that they are here to win. We wish the group all the best for the week as they compete against six UK academies, a Slovakian outfit, and the Irish u-15 squad in what promises to be the most competitive Elite Cup to date.


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That’s it from us for this issue, folks. But this is just a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup. Until next time, that’s the DL. For more information on Galway and its surrounding areas, visit one of our sponsors at www.irelandwest.ie.

 

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THE DROM LOWDOWN 2.0 - 05/06

Hello and welcome to the second edition of the 2008 Drom Lowdown [the DL]. The aim of this eNewsletter is to give you a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup and to keep you up-to-date with goings on.

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TEAM ENTRY
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At present, nearly all of our age groups are full: There are a limited number of places available in our Boys 1993 and Boys 1995CLUB sections. Our waiting lists for the other age groups have now been set up. For more information on any of the groups, send us an eMail at info@galwaycup.com, and we’ll gladly answer your query.

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LATEST NEWS
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Newcastle Utd and Leicester City have been confirmed to join Ipswich Town, Leeds Utd, MSK Zilina, and the Irish Squad in the 1993 Elite Boys competition. The Newcastle Utd travelling squad could see the return of local lad Stephen Folan to Galway, having recently signed with the Premiership side from our own Salthill Devon. The Newcastle Utd squad in question has only recently begun to tour, having competed in a Development League against academies from Manchester Utd, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough, to name a few, throughout the football year. Leicester City return to the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup having represented the club at last year’s event. In the Elite Cup, they came a respectable third, defeating Aberdeen, the 2006 Elite winners, 4-3 on penalties in the 3rd/4th Place Playoff. We welcome Newcastle Utd and welcome back Leicester City, as they attempt to take the Elite title from defending champions Ipswich Town.

Given the size of the Boys 1995 entry, we have decided to make two sections at this age group: A District League [DL] level, aimed at representative sides from various regions of the country and overseas, and a Club level. Last year’s beaten finalists, Galway District League, return to the DL competition, but will face stiff competition from sides such as Dundalk, Donegal Schools, and sides from North and South Tipperary. Athlone Development, Clare Select, and Roscommon District League complete the group, making it one of the most competitive groups with nearly the whole of Ireland represented. Dunfield, a selection of players from North and South of the border, were last year’s winners of this group.

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FAR AND WIDE
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The Umbro Galway Cup continues to grow and develop, and this may be seen in the mixture of teams for this year’s event, with teams from the UK, Eastern Europe, the United States, and the Middle East confirmed to compete this year. But that’s not all. Already, we have enquiries for our 2009 event from countries such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and Canada. This is an indication of the competition’s prosperity, and we are excited by this level of interest.

Each year, representatives from the Galway Cup travel to the United States to the National Soccer Coaches America Association [NSCAA] convention in Indianapolis, where they meet with attendees at the largest soccer-specific trade show in North America. The aim of the event from our point of view is to promote the Umbro Galway Cup as a quality international tournament to all those in attendance, with the intention of building friendships and relationships with clubs, agents, and sponsors from around the world. In that respect, we are pleased with the level of interest we have generated from attending such events, and are looking forward to welcoming teams from all around the world in the years to come.

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NORTHERN REPRESENTATION
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Since 2005, we have had a steady increase in the number of teams expressing an interest in the competition from Northern Ireland, with the likes of Riada, Cookstown Youths, Maiden City, Institute Flames, and Derry City competing at various age groups.

In our 2006 event, Derry City left with the Under 17 Title and Riada from Ballymoney claimed the Under 16 Cup. Given that the Northern teams left without any silverware last year [with the exception of the Dunfield group], teams such as Ballymoor [Boys 1991], Newhill FC [boys 1993] Eddie Irvine Sports [Boys 1994], and Derry City [Boys 1995 Club] will be hoping for a change of fortune at this year’s event. No fewer than nine teams from the North have been confirmed for this year’s competition, with others now on our waiting lists. We wish them all the best for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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Every issue we feature an elected team or player to be discussed in our spotlight section. If you feel that your team is deserving of being written about here, drop us a line or two with your reasons why, and you might see your team featured here in future issues.

This issue of the Drom Lowdown features Fingal Youths Academy, who will be competing in the sixteen-team Boys 1995 Club Competition. The academy is made up of players from various clubs in the Fingal area of North Dublin, including Swords and Malahide. The players who will be travelling to this year’s Umbro Galway Cup have played in the North Dublin Schoolboy League [NSDL]. The team consists of players of mixed ability from Malahide United, a highly respected club that has one of the best soccer facilities in the country [facilities that are used by the Irish senior side], and Swords Celtic, a club with a proud tradition, established in 1962.

The academy competed in last year’s University of Ulster Foyle Cup that takes place annually in Derry. Having experienced international competition at that event, the squad will use what they have learned to outwit their opponents at this year’s Galway Cup, where they could compete against teams who have experienced the atmosphere and intensity of the competition in previous years [such as Derry City, Salthill Devon, West Waterford, Mount Merrion/UCD, and Maiden City]. We welcome the boys, coaches, and parents from Fingal to this year’s Umbro Galway Cup, and wish them well in what promises to be a very competitive Boys 1995 Club Competition.

That’s it from us for this issue, folks. But this is just a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup. Until next time, that’s the DL.


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THE DROM LOWDOWN 1.0 - 22/05

Hello and welcome to the first edition of the 2008 Drom Lowdown [the DL]. The aim of this eNewsletter is to give you a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup and to keep you all up-to-date with goings on. As an indication of the growing reputation of the Umbro Galway Cup in football circles around the world, teams that have so far confirmed for this year's event come from the United States of America, Eastern Europe [Slovakia], and the Middle East [Abu Dhabi].

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TEAM ENTRY
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At present we are 95% full, with some openings still available in the Boys 1993CLUB, Boys 1994, Boys 1995CLUB, and Girls 1991 age groups. For full information on specific age groups, send us an eMail [info@galwaycup.com] and we’ll gladly forward any information you require.

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LATEST NEWS
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The Boys 1993 [Under 15] Elite tournament looks set to be the most competitive yet in the Umbro Galway Cup’s four-year-long existence. As has been announced on our website, last year’s winners Ipswich Town return to defend the Elite title. We can now confirm that last year’s runners-up – Leeds Utd – will also be at this year’s event looking to go one step further and to bring the Elite Umbro Galway Cup to West Yorkshire. We would also like to welcome Slovakian side MSK Zilina, who will be joining Leeds Utd and Ipswich Town in the Elite competition. Zilina have been one of the most successful Slovak sides in the top division since the early 1990s, and will add an extra dynamic to this extremely competitive group.

The Boys 1995 [Under 13] age group promises to be a fascinating competition with no fewer than twenty-four teams anticipated to compete at either the District League or Club level. Among the teams confirmed thus far are Derry City, last year’s club winners Mount Merrion/UCD, Scotland’s Salvesen Boys Club, and the returning Maiden City academy from Northern Ireland. If you want to know all of the teams confirmed at this age group, or indeed, at any other age group, drop us a line and we’ll be glad to keep you updated.

Due to increased demand and size of travelling parties, we are delighted to announce that as well as accommodating many of the teams in Corrib Village, other parties will be catered for in Gort na Coiribe again this year: Gort na Coiribe is a modern student accommodation roughly 10 minutes walk from the restaurant and bus stop. Further information will be provided on our website in the coming weeks.

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GALWAY
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When asked about Galway, Tom Johnson of Atlantic Crossing tours remarked, “[Galway] must be one of the most beautiful and friendliest locations…”

It offers something for everybody. Obviously, it offers a highly competitive international tournament, but teams who have visited in the last three years have also pointed out the importance of the city’s culture and diversity in terms of shops, restaurants, tourist attractions, and day tours. There’s the beautiful scenery of Connemara and the tranquility of the Aran Islands, all just a bus or ferry journey away from the city. The world-famous Cliffs of Moher are also south of Galway City, and well-worth a visit for any visitor to this part of the country. Of course, Galway is also home to Galway Crystal, which has long been one of the world's best known and loved brands of traditionally crafted Irish lead crystal.

Our website offers a more extensive list of what Galway has to offer, but if you have any further queries, the Umbro Galway Cup Team is there to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, one of our kind sponsors, Ireland West, provides an overview of the area with some very useful information at www.irelandwest.ie.

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FACTS FROM LAST YEAR
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The Boys 1994 Academy tournament witnessed quite an amazing turnaround over a three day period: Galway Hibs beat Mount Merrion/UCD by three goals to one in the group stages, only to be beaten by their Dublin counterparts by three clear goals in the Cup final!

After two back-to-back 1992 Umbro Galway Cup titles, Clare Select returned last year to make it three in a row, but had to settle for third place as local boys Tuam Celtic took the title with four wins out of four, conceding no goals in the process.

Ipswich Town, winners of the Elite Boys 1992 competition, were made work very hard to claim the title, playing five games in less than 72 hours on the road to a win on penalties against Leeds Utd in the Cup final. That’s an average of a game every 14 or so hours; nearly two games a day! It’s likely the players slept like logs on the flight home to Ipswich.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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Every issue we feature an elected team or player to be discussed in our spotlight section. If you feel your team is deserving of being written about here, drop us a line or two with your reasons why, and you might see your team featured here in future issues.

Our first featured team is MSK Zilina from Slovakia. The club has gone from strength-to-strength to become the strongest Slovakian side, and have won four of the last six Slovakian titles. They are a technical side, and one that promotes the game to be played on the floor with crisp, neat passing. The academy, like its first team, is an impressive outfit: The boys traveling to this year's Umbro Galway Cup have recently won the Nike Cup, and have competed in other international tournaments, beating teams from Poland, Crotia, and Austria. We wish Zilina well and welcome them as the first Eastern European side to compete in the Umbro Galway Cup. It remains to be seen whether they can outwit academies from Ireland and the UK to claim this year's Elite Title.


That’s it from us for this issue, folks. But this is just a flavour of what’s in store for the 2008 Umbro Galway Cup. Until next time, that’s the DL.

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