Updated: 05/01/18 : 05:34:26
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Summerhill soccer ace dies

THE DEATH has occurred of Sligo man Howard Higgins.

Aged early 60s, his family resided at 34 Doorly Park and he was a noted youth soccer player.

His father Tommy’s Higgins operated an extensive laundry business from Castle Street.

First Title

The late Mr Higgins close family links in Sligo included the McDermottroe family of film and stage fame.

Higgins himself was a member of the history-making Summerhill College soccer team in 1972.

He is pictured in above photo, front row far left, seated.

It won the College’s first-ever national title when it claimed the Irish secondary schools senior cup final in Tolka Park.

Extra Time

That match against Chanel College of Coolock went to extra time before Summerhill won 5-2.

Star on the 1972 day was the future full Ireland international Paul ‘Ski’ McGee, who scored a hat trick.

Higgins team colleagues included Andy Kilfeather, Fergus Hopper and John O’Gara, who later served with distinction in Army, banking and hotel spheres.

First Ever

Summerhill‘s 1972 win meant they were the first-ever Sligo team to qualify to play European competitive soccer.

FÁI Minutes confirm Summerhill sought grant assistance to cover the cost of competing in Lille, France in 1973.