EX-UCD in FA cup action

Long time UCD Fans will remember Midfielders Gary Dicker (2004 -2007) and Paul Corry (2009 – 2012) who played at different periods with UCD but both were to an English league club directly from The College.  Striker Conor Sammon (2005 – 2007) went to Derry City before moving to Scotland then England and the Republic of Ireland Senior squad.

All three are with clubs that are competing in the Emirates FA Cup today Saturday 07th November.

Paul Corry – Northampton Town

After signing a three year contract with Sheffield Wednesday in 2012 and short  loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and  Carlisle Utd. at the end of last year,   Paul has already appeared for Sheffield Wed. in the FA Cup in 2012. Paul moved to League Two and The Cobblers at the start of this season.

FA Cup 1st Rd., Coventry City v. Northampton Town, Ricoh Arena, ko 15:00

League One , 4th place Coventry City used Northampton’s ground Sixfields Stadium for over a year until Sept 2014 as they were is disagreement with the owners of Ricoh Arena.  It’s a tough ask for Town to get a result.

Gary Dicker – Carlisle United

Gary has had made a go of it in England and is in his second season with Carlisle Utd.  After first joining League One’s Stockport County from UCD in 2007.  Gary appeared for County in the FA Cup and scored with a header in a replay against Yeovil Town. Stockport were challenging for promotion in 2008/09 but finances caught up with them and Gary moved on loan to struggling League One Brighton and Hove Albion in the spring of 2009 to reduce their wage bill.  Stockport went into receivership that year, were docked ten points and lost more Players off the first team.  Brighton ended up two points higher then Stockport by the end of the season. True Story

Better times were to come when B&H Albion lifted the League One Championship in 2010/11. Gary stayed with Albion for two more years as they played out of the newly built Amex stadium (Falmer Stadium).  In two seasons in the Championship he made 17 starts and 1 sub. apps in 2011/12 and 12 starts and 11 sub appearances in 2012/13.  Also competing in the FA Cup in the years he was with the Seagulls. With his move to League Two Rochdale he was part of a promotion push and a cup run to the 4th Round after wins against Rotherham Utd. and Leeds Utd.  But in January Gary chose League One’s Crawley Town with Manager John Gregory to be nearer his family.

Gary Dicker on joining Crawley Town January 2014.

But Gary had to move back up north at the beginning of 2014/15 season when he moved to League Two Carlisle Utd. Again he competed in the FA Cup last year, representing his fourth club in this competition.

1st round, FA Cup, Plymouth Argyle v. Carlisle Utd., Home Park, Sat. 07th November 15:00

This is a 389 mil one way (778 Miles round-trip) for Carlisle Utd. against top of the table Plymouth.  It’ll be a tough game for Carlilse.

Conor Sammon – Derby County on loan Sheffield Utd.

Conor is on the books of Derby and loaned out to League One Sheff. Utd. where he’s chipping in with the goals.  He moved to Derry City after leaving UCD.  Moving to Kilmarnock in Scottish Premier Division in 2008.  Scoring against Glasgow Celtic will always make you enemies in the sensitive Football circles in Ireland

Conor has shown the way that hard-work and perseverance are a route to success in Football.  He moved south to English Premier Division Wigan Athletic, then to Championship Derby County where he was awarded nine Senior International caps under Republic of Ireland manger Giovanni Trapattoni “quality is quality” .  While at  Derby County he has had season-long loan spells with Ipswich Town (under Mick McCarthy), Rotherham Utd and presently Sheffield Utd.

1st Round, FA Cup, Sheffield Utd. v. Worcester City, Brammall Lane, Sat. 07th Nov.  ko 15:00

Worcester shocked in the FA Cup last year, so The Blades need to be on their guard but if everyone shows up on the day they shouldn’t have much trouble in the next round.

Best of luck to the three lads and their teams in today’s games.


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  1. Emirates FA Cup 1st round results
    Success for the three ex-UCD Players competing in the 1st round
    Coventry City 1:2 Northampton Town
    The result of the round as The Cobblers overcame League One table-toppers in their home patch. Paul Corry suffered a knee injury back in September and is on a long road to recovery.

    Sheffield Utd. 3:0 Worchester City
    Conor Sammon scored the second in front of over 11,000 at Bramall Lane to ease Utd’s progress in the competition.
    SUFC Website Sheff Utd 3:0 Worchester City http://www.sufc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/index.aspx?matchid=3879433

    Plymouth Argyle 0:2 Carlisle Utd.
    A brilliant result for Gary Dicker’s Carlilse as they overcame their League Two leaders Plymouth. Gary played the full 90 mins for The Cumbrians. http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/index.aspx?matchid=3879454

    Emirates FA Cup 2nd round
    The second round brought the same measure of success with all three players’ clubs advancing to the Third round where Premier league and Championship Clubs are introduced.

    Northampton Town 3:2 Northwich Victoria
    Again Northampton made the headlines when 0-2 into the last seven minutes the scored 3 goals in 4 minutes and could have added to that scoreline. Paul wasn’t in the squad.

    Sheffield Utd. 1:0 Oldham Athletic
    Tough match against fellow League One Latics. Conor came on with five minutes to play for goal scorer matt Done, att. 6,938. Over 4,000 less than the first round against Worcester City.

    Welling 0:5 Carlisle Utd.
    Great result as Carlisle home ground Brunton Park is under 4 foot of water after flooding in the area from heavy rains. Gary came on in the 68 minute when Utd. were already 4-0 up. Hopefully happier times to come at Brunton Park, but that will have to wait as carlisle are playing their first home league game of the year at Ewood Park in Blackburn.

  2. Emirates Third round
    UCD AFC Supporters Club have been following the progress of three of our ex-UCD Players in the Emirates FA Cup Paul Corry – Northampton Town, Gary Dicker – Carisle United and Conor Sammon – Derby County on loan to Sheffield United.

    Sat. 09th Jan 2016 Manchester Utd v. Sheffield Utd., Old Trafford k.o. 17:30 live on BT Sport
    Huge ask for The Blades, Conor has been sent off against Manchester United while playing for Wigan Athletic in 2011. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/dec/29/wigan-conor-sammon-red-card

    Sun. 10th Jan Carlisle Utd. v. Yeovil Town, Bloomfield road, Blackpool FC ko 14:00
    Blackpool FC to host FA Cup game – CUFC website
    Carlisle have to once again move their home game to Lancashire as Brunton Park recovers from flooding, after home league two games v. Notts County at Preston NE and Plymouth Argyle at Blackburn Rovers. Gary has scored against Yeovil for Stockport County in an FA Cup in the 2008 1st round replay. The Cumbrians would be hopeful of getting to the fourth round.

    Sat 09th Jan Northampton Town v. MK Dons, Sixfields ko 15:00
    Paul is out with a long-term knee injury and UCD FANS wish him the best of luck in his recovery. Northampton host MK Dons two Divisions above them. They took out Coventry City in round one, have gone through non-payment of Players wages, warnings that the club would fold and a sale to a new owner. The mind might be clearer when they take the field against them in January.

    Best of Luck to the three guys and their teams.

  3. There was heartbreak for Conor Sammon, on of the three ex-UCD Players UCD AFC SC are following in this years The Emirates Cup.
    But Gary Dicker and Paul Corry’s teams live to fight another day.

    Third Round Results
    Conor Sammon – Sheffield United
    Manchester United 1:0 Sheffield United

    UCD Fans got a chance to see Conor as he started the game, broadcast live by BT Sport. Sheffield Utd. put up a defensive formation and kept Premier Division MUFC at bay with Samo making himself available for clearances or breakouts from defence. On 90 minutes, with fatigue and knocks taking there toil and another 6 minutes of Fergie Time to go Sammon was subbed off by Nigel Adkins. Then disaster for The Blades as midfielder Dean Hammond stretched and took out Memphis Depay. Wayne Rooney slotted home the peno in the third minute of injury time.
    Samo had a good run, scoring against Worcester City in Rd. 1 and coming on with 5 mins to play in the win over Oldham Athletic. It’s back to the league and the push to get into the League One Play-Off spots.

    Gary Dicker Carlisle Utd.
    Carlisle Utd. 2:2 Yeovil Town, Bloomfield Road Blackpool FC

    With Brunton Park recovering from severe flooding, Carlisle Utd hosted Yeovil at Blackpool’s Stadium and almost came away with the win, conceding in the 93rd minute. However, defensive midfielder Dicker played the whole game, including stepping up for a shot that just dipped over the bar.
    Match Report CUFC 2:2 Yeovil Town CUFC website

    3rd Round Replay, Yeovil Town v. Carlisle Utd., Tues 19th January

    Paul Corry – Northampton Town
    Northampton Town 2:2 MK Dons

    MK Dons equalised in the 82′ to bring the game to a replay. While Paul is out with a long-term knee injury back in September he got a 3 sub appearances up to the injury.
    3rd Round Replay MK Dons v. Northampton Town, Tues 19th January.

    The Fourth Round Draw is held on Monday 11th January.

  4. Emirates Third Round Replay
    Two clubs with Ex-UCD AFc Players on their books played 3rd round replays in the FA Cup on Tuesday 19th January.
    Long-term injured Paul Corry’s Northampton Town went down 3-0 away to MK Dons . Republic of Ireland Under-age International Samir Carruthers played for MK Dons with Full Northern Ireland International Ben Reeves scoring one of the goals.

    But Gary Dicker’s Carlisle United went through 5-4 on pens after a 1-1 draw aet against Yeovil Town. The Cumbrians were fortunate as Francis Zoko put a stoppage time penalty wide after the Carlisle ‘keeper brought him down. While Dicker was getting his game up to recently, another midfielder Luke Joyce was red carded in tonight’s match. UCD Fans may be lucky and get a chance to watch gary in action as the next game is televised live. Emirates 4th Round, Sunday 31st January Carlisle United v. Everton, ko 13:30 BT Sport 2

  5. Gary Dicker is the last man standing as Carlisle Utd host Everton FC, Brunton Park, ko 13:30 Live BT Sports 2.
    It’s been quite a journey with wins over Plymouth Argyle, Welling and Yeovil Town. This is a greta occasion for Gary and CUFC and UCD Fans are lucky to have a chance to watch him live.

    Enjoy the Game!

  6. Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round, Carlisle Utd. 0: 3 Everton FC
    Gary Dicker’s FA Cup journey came to an end as two goals at the beginning of the first half was more than enough for The Toffees.

    Gary Dicker Carlisle Utd. v. Everton, FA Cup 2016

    CUFC Manager Keith Curle made changes at Half-time and Dicker was substituted. It’s been an unforgettable campaign for CUFC who played 3rd Rd. away from Brunton Park because of the flooding in Cumbria.

    There could be new beginnings for Gary soon as Kilmarnock FC have been given permission to speak to him about a transfer.

    BBC: Carlisle say Kilmarnock can talk to Midfielder

    Daily Record: Gary Dicker inbound at Kilmarnock

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