Officials and supporters of Dublin football club Bohemians FC have come together to clean up some disgusting graffiti from the Liam Whelan memorial bridge in Dublin.
‘LFC Munich Disaster’ was sprayed on in red paint by somebody but local fans moved swiftly to make sure the bridge and memorial remained intact as it was when Sir Bobby Charlton opened it in 2006 with the Mayor of Dublin.
This is horrible. Graffiti on the Liam Whelan bridge in Phisborough. pic.twitter.com/62ZmoKTNJR
— Kevin Brannigan (@KevinBrannigans) April 14, 2014
It’s shocking that some low life decided to stain the memorial of a 22-year-old local lad who tragically lost his life in an accident but a testament to the Bohemian officials and supporters that they did their part to get rid of it.
A statement from Bohemian FC’s Facebook page:
“Bohemian FC officials and supporters today cleaned and covered up the disgusting graffiti on the nearby Liam Whelan Bridge.
“Liam was both a local and international legend. Everyone at Bohs echoes the unanimous condemnation that someone could carry out such a thoughtless and hurtful act, particularly as members of his family still live locally.
“A Cabra man and Ireland international, Whelan was one of 21 people killed in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster as Manchester United made a refuelling stop en route home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.
“He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, while the railway bridge at Fassaugh Road in Cabra was renamed in his honour in 2006. Both are just a short walk from Dalymount Park.
“Liam’s brother Christy is a long-time Bohs fan and is still a regular at Dalyer. Christy’s grandsons Donal and Cathal are also dedicated supporters of the club.”
Billy Whelan was an Irish international inside forward from Dublin. At just 22 he had the world at his feet and what good feet they were. He emerged from the 1956/7 season as United’s second highest goal scorer with 33 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions, second only to Taylor’s 34 in 44 appearances. Only on the plane as a reserve, Billy did not play in the game against Red Star Belgrade.