Profile: Jimmy Bergin

Jimmy Bergin

Jimmy Bergin was a star of the 1970s and ‘80s and won numerous senior football titles with the “Town”.

He was defender supreme with great strength and agility in either the centre half or full-back position.

He won three Leinster club titles and was outstanding at full-back in the famous All-Ireland club title win of 1983.

Senior Football champions 1976. The team went on to win a second Leinster title for the club. Back: George Plunkett, John Joe Ging, Eamon Whelan, Jimmy Harding, Jimmy Bergin, Mick Mulhall, George Buggy, Kieran Daly. Front: Mick Dooley, Tom Prendergast, Colm Browne, Billy Bohane, Gerry Griffin, Noel Scully, Sean Mullins. This is the team that won the semi-final.
Leinster Club Football champions of 1976. Back: George Plunkett, Sean Mullins, Jimmy Harding, Eamon Whelan, Mick Mulhall, Jimmy Bergin, Colm Browne, Tom Prendergast; Front: Liam Scully, John Joe Ging, Bernie Conroy, Mick Dooley (Capt.), Billy Bohane, Kieran Daly, Noel Scully.
All-Ireland club champions 1982/’83. Back: Mick McDonald (selector), Eamon Conroy, Sean Dunne, Eamon Whelan, Mick Lillis, Ger Rowney, Mick Mulhall, Mick Dooley, Jimmy Bergin, Mark Kavanagh, Joe Keenan, Sean Bergin, John Bohane, Bernie Conroy, Teddy Fennelly (selector); Front: Bill Phelan (selector), Noel Scully, Billy Bohane, Gerry Browne, Tom Prendergast, Liam Scully (Capt.), Noel Prendergast, Brian Rankin, Pat Critchley, Colm Browne, Jas. O’Reilly (selector), Tony Maher (selector).
Laois SF champions 1984. Back: Colm Browne, Mick Dooley, Eamon Whelan, Mick Mulhall, jimmy Bergin, Mark Kavanagh, Mick Lillis, Bernie Conroy. Front: Brian Colgan, Pat Critchley, Joe Keenan, Gerry Browne, Tom Prendergast, Noel Prendergast, Liam Scully. This is the team that drew with Ballyroan and went on to win the replay. John Bohane started at left corner back and Jimmy Lewis was introduced in the replay.

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