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Cobh v City: Ramblers in profile

4 July 2017

Norwich City’s first opponents of pre-season ahead of the 2017-18 campaign are Cobh Ramblers, a League of Ireland First Division side founded in 1922.

The Canaries begin life under new Head Coach Daniel Farke with a behind-closed-doors training camp in Ireland this week which includes a friendly against the side from County Cork on Wednesday.

That match takes place at Cobh’s St. Colman’s Park, which boasts a capacity of just under 6,000 following redevelopment during the mid-2000s.

Ramblers were originally a field hockey club but until the British withdrawal from Ireland many club members played football with the soldiers who were stationed at Cobh.

This led to their eventual reformation as a football club, and they joined the League of Ireland in 1985 after many successful years as a Munster Senior League side.

It wasn’t until 2007 when they collected their first piece of senior silverware, clinching the First Division title in November of that year with a 1-0 triumph over Athlone Town.

The 2007 season was a memorable one, with a young squad going 27 games unbeaten and keeping 22 clean sheets to amass a league record of 77 points.

Arguably their most famous former player is Roy Keane, who began his career with the club before joining Nottingham Forest in 1990.

Keane moved onto Manchester United three years later, spending 12 years at Old Trafford to become a Red Devils icon before finishing his career with Scottish giants Celtic.

The no-nonsense midfield served as captain of both United and the Irish national team, winning the English Premier League on seven occasions as well as four FA Cups and the Champions League in 1999.

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