Yelverton: Delighted To Be Back At Templeby Cork Sports News November 3, 2019
Temple Utd have a successful history in Cork football and were a dominant force in the 80s and 90s in particular and one of those players, Ian Yelverton is back at the club as manager of the junior team in Premier A of the AUL.
It’s almost been a complete start for the club from the glory days of that time and Yelverton is doing what he can to get the club competing at the highest level again.
“I played for Temple from 1993 to 2005.
“We played MSL and in FAI Intermediate Cup matches in that time too with great players like Austin Ricken, Denis Keane, Sean Walsh, Bob Donovan, Kevin Kearney and Joe Barrett to name just a few.
“Unfortunately at the end of my time as a player, the committee, supporters and a lot of the players were at the end of their careers with the club.
“From the heady days of chartering a plane to play Derry City in the FAI Cup in 1992 to ceasing to exist 15 years later, it was a sombre time for the club,” said Ian.
The club are back in business now though and moving up the leagues and the name of Temple Utd is back amongst the headlines.
“I got a call three years ago from Austin Ricken asking if I was interested in coming back as manager.
“I was delighted to get back to my old club, there is great hope in the club now with lads doing great work in the academy with the kids so the future is looking bright.
“We have a great balance of young lads and a few older heads in our team now with a very strong emphasis on club mentality and after going from the third division to Premier A in three years tells you that we have good players willing to learn,” commented Yelverton.
And what about the current squad of players at the club and expectations this season and beyond?
“With myself, Ian Murphy and Ciaran Murphy, the lads know what we expect from them every week in training and preparing for games.
“Winning the league last year brings its own pressures with trying to reproduce it again this season but we know what we are capable of so I’d hope to be challenging for the league as that’s what the players demand.
“We have a great pitch in Temple Park that cries out for football to be played and that’s what I have the lads trying to do on a weekly basis,” concluded Yelverton.
Temple Utd manager Ian Yelverton was talking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.