A FOOTBALL club with Irish roots has risen from the ashes to start training again in Solihull.
Shamrock Rovers FC, named after the Dublin team of the same name, was formed by eight Irish lads at Mick Kelly’s house in South Road, Handsworth, in 1948.
Under the influence of the Kelly family, the club and it’s green and white hooped jerseys, became a household name in Birmingham, made up of mainly Irish players, with some Brummies.
Rovers’ high point came in 1959 when the team got to the Birmingham Junior Cup final against Paget Rangers, played at Moor Green’s ground in Hall Green.
This was the premier cup in Birmingham and although they lost, it was a remarkable achievement and attracted the largest crowd ever seen at the Junior Cup.
The Hoops continued to play with varying success, eventually disbanding in the late 1970s.
Michael Cullen, from Solihull, has resurrected the club’s name and hopes to recreate the family ethos of it’s early days.
He said: “Shamrock Rovers had a massive following. The Kellys that started it are distant relatives.
“There was a real family environment around the old club.”
Rovers are recruiting for girls and boys teams. Call Michael on 07917 897815, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shamrockroversb2010.co.uk.