Bealin back in club action

27 July 2007
Wexford football manager Paul Bealin played his first senior game for his club Ballyboden St. Enda’s in five years recently, but insists that it was a one-off.

The former Dublin midfield star, who is 39, made a surprise appearance for the club in a senior league fixture against local rivals Thomas Davis and showed that he has lost none of his old class by grabbing 1-1.

But he stressed afterwards that it was all about helping out rather than making a full return to senior club action.

“I’d been playing a couple of matches with the juniors and the seniors were down a few players so I was asked to help out,” he explained.

“Thomas Davis are taking the league seriously now that they’re out of the championship so it was a tough enough reintroduction to that level. I enjoyed it and it went well enough for me, but there’s no way I could do it in the long term.

“They’ve asked me to stay involved for the senior championship but it was just a bit of fun for me and I couldn’t give them the commitment required at that level.”

Bealin will hope to guide Wexford to their first All-Ireland junior football title since 1992 when they face Cork in the decider at Dungarvan on Friday night.