LISTEN: Brian Kennedy speaks to Sporting Limerick at the launch of his new book.

Author Brian Kennedy was present at the Markets Field Hospitality Suite ahead of the Limerick FC and Shamrock Rovers clash on Friday night to launch his new publication “One Team. One Dream. Won Friday Night.” It is Kennedy’s second League of Ireland focused publication after the successful “Follow the Floodlights” in 2011.

Kennedy took time out to speak to Sporting Limerick and outlined his reasons for writing the book. “One Team. One Dream. Won Friday Night.” contains stories from many supporters of all forty clubs to compete in the League of Ireland since the beginning of the 20th century. Brian said,

“I thought if I get a fan from every club in the league to tell me about their passion for it, we will see how that goes. I put it on the internet less than a year ago and I got a great response from absolutely everybody.”

Brian stated that the inclusion of the likes of former league clubs Kilkenny City, Monaghan United and Kildare County was a vital ingredient to the book.

“It was always my intention (to include clubs which no longer exist). It was very important to me that as many clubs like Monaghan United as well were included.

Lifelong Limerick FC supporter Gary Spain was a key contributor to the book and he goes into great detail in relation to the clash with the mighty Real Madrid. Brian was quick to praise the contribution.

“He (Gary) has a great picture with the Real Madrid president at the Bernabeu. It was at a time under Eoin Hand. To be 1-0 up against them in Lansdowne Road was something special. My problem with that actual game was that it was moved out of Limerick to Lansdowne and it was a catastrophic mistake. There was only about 5,000 at it. Gary writes with so much passion.”

“One Team. One Dream. Won Friday Night.” sold over forty copies on the night. It was a fruitful visit for the avid Waterford FC supporter.