LOUIS FIELDS GREW up listening to tales about his grandfather’s involvement with his beloved Finn Harps.
The name of Fran Fields is synonymous with Finn Harps. From he first joined the club in 1966, Fields was central to the club’s decision to apply and their successful bid to get into the League of Ireland in 1969.[adrotate group=”51″]
Fields served for an era as Chairman of the club and when he passed away in August 1995 his ashes were scattered at Finn Park.
Tonight, the Fields name made a return to the Harps Boardroom as Louis Fields was co-opted onto the Board at the AGM of the Finn Harps Co-Operative Society Ltd in Ballybofey.
Pictured: Louis Fields is centre of back row with a group at the Fran Fields Cup, played for by local primary schools.
“It’s a proud night and it’s an honour for the family,” Louis, who is studying Earth Science at The University of Glasgow, told Donegal Sport Hub.
“There are so many memories for the family at Finn Harps. I was there when grandad’s ashes were scattered at Finn Park. I’ve gone back to games now in the last couple of years.
“I got talking to John Campbell and he got me involved in the Finn Harps Schools Programme.
“I heard so many stories as a young boy. That’s one of the main reasons I’ve joined.
“Finn Harps have been down in the dumps for a couple of years now, but they’re starting to pick themselves up. The Board and the club are doing a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to getting involved.”
Fields’ election brings to eight the number of Directors now on the Board. He joins Sean Quinn, John Campbell, James Rogers, Lorna McHugh, Seamus Gallagher, Aidan Campbell and Derek Wilkinson.
Harps tonight reported a trading profit of €27,000 for 2015 to a small attendance of around just 25 shareholders. The profit was largely down to the club’s play-off matches against UCD and Limerick FC, but shareholders were informed that much of this money was used in the closed season to carry out repair and upgrade works to Finn Park.