Hall of Fame – Billy Carroll

Every club has their fair share of unique characters and we are no exception. It was no surprise that Billy Carroll was named this year’s Hall of Fame recipient. Billy, who now resides in Ballybay represented the club with enthusiasm and inspired fellow team mates wearing the green & white jersey or I suppose back in those days it may have been the yellow & white jersey! On the field he always played with pride, passion and always performed with complete dedication and was a formidable opponent. He usually played in defence and had the ability to read the game very well and like his brothers Bosco & Jimmy he was fiercely competitive. (I think that competitive streak runs in the Carroll blood!)

During the sixties and seventies there was no such thing as proper playing pitches and in those times matches were played in meadows or other suitable pastures. Games were, let’s say politely, physically demanding and most players were big, strong and would not stand back. This certainly provided Billy plenty of opportunities to showcase his ‘special talents’ because when the going got tough he was never one to be found wanting! With his good judgement he always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. One of his finest hours representing the club was reaching the Dr. Ward Cup final in 1969 however, sadly on that occasion they were defeated by Sean McDermott’s after a gallant performance by 1-6 to 0-5. Billy was a member of the club during a time when the existence of a club was very challenging. The club experienced some lean years on the football field during the early part of the seventies but a lot of hard work took place during that time to raise funds for a new sports field. In 1975 Billy returned as a member of the “Veteran Footballers” team that played a team of the day to officially open the Dartrey Sports field on 9th August. (For the record the team of the day won!) After his playing career he still took an active interest in the club and was part of the 1979 team management alongside his brother Jimmy and the late greats Gerry Cleary and Joe Patterson. Despite reaching the Dr. Ward Cup final they again sadly missed out on capturing the silverware when Killanny won by 2-3 to 1-3.

The club is delighted and honoured to recognised Billy Carroll’s achievements and his contribution to the club during challenging times. We welcome him into our Hall of Fame and it’s a fitting acknowledgment for his involvement and influence.

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Billy Carroll (left) receives the Hall of Fame presentation from club chairman Jimmy McGeough