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Kevin Moran at Alumni Dinner

Forty years on from winning the Collingwood Cup in 1976, Kevin Moran was the special guest at our annual UCD Alumni Dinner in the Double Tree at the Burlington Hotel in aid of the UCD AFC Soccer Scholarship Fund.UCD Alumni Dinner 2016125

The former UCD and Manchester United player recalled his time with UCD, the Collingwood Cup triumph by defeating rivals Trinity 2-1 in the final in Belfield Park, and the influence UCD had on his career and his move to Manchester United. "UCD and manager Ronnie Nolan played a huge role in my career. Ronnie was good friends with Billie Behan and at United Billy's word was gospel. Once he recommended someone, they were signed. I went over for a two week trial and after three days I was offered a deal."

Kevin also spoke about the benefits of players first getting their education, developing as a player, and then moving to England later in their careers. "The big advantage of going later is that you're more mature and experienced. You're lucky if five or ten percent of youngsters that go over make it. I feel that if you stay here and go later you have a better chance of making it because teams can't mess you about as they are looking at signing you for the first team."UCD Alumni Dinner 2016093

UCD would like to thank Maples and Calder, MCD and all of our sponsors and everyone who attended the event for their continued generous support in helping us to develop some of the best young players in the country both on and off the field.

For a full gallery of pictures from the event click here.