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Check out our first edition in the Shamrock Rovers Heritage Collection featuring the one and only Paddy Coad.

Hand painted canvas, hand painted slate, framed and unframed prints and more from artist Tony Denton.

Online sales here and all items are available to view and order in the Megastore.


Born Waterford 4th April 1920. The Cunningham family, who ruled at the helm of Shamrock Rovers from 1936 to 1972, were never shy in going after a player they rated highly. Perhaps the signing of Paddy Coad in 1942 was the most significant signing ever made by Joe and Mary Jane Cunningham. It certainly proved to be a very rewarding one. The young Coad made his first appearance for the Hoops on 8th February 1942 when he lined out against Brideville in the FAI Cup and scored one of the goals in the 3-1 win. That was to be the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that was to last for an incredible 18 years.

Throughout his career Coad displayed style as well as substance. He performed as a right half or left half and later in his career he dropped back to half back. His goalscoring prowess saw him net an impressive 104 times in league competition, a statistic that today leaves the Waterford man in 2nd place behind Paddy Ambrose in the SRFC all-time goal scorers record.  He also holds the record for most goals scored in the FAI Cup with a total of 37. While he had been on Rovers’ winning sides in the FAI Cup finals of 1944, 1945 and 1948 it wasn’t until 1953 that Coad won the first of his three league winners medals. By then he had become player-coach and the young team he had put together were to take the League of Ireland by storm. They became known as the ‘Coad’s Colts’ and were to win every major honour in Irish domestic football.

On a personal level Coad, like so many of the players under him at Milltown, was honoured at international and inter-league level. After he departed from Shamrock Rovers Paddy Coad put the vast experience he had amassed in the green and white to good use by guiding his native Waterford to league honours in the 1965/66 season.

The name of Paddy Coad commanded respect from not just everyone he had dealings with during his time at Glenmalure Park but also from opponents and football fans right across the country and beyond. Historians agree that Coad stands as Shamrock Rovers greatest ever player.


Tony Denton the Mancunian Artist paints historical football legends and moments.

His work adorns the museums of FC Barcelona, Real Betis and Bayern Munich as well as the National Football Museum in England.

Endorsements for his work have been received from Eric Cantona, Harry Gregg, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, Josep Maria Bartomeau President of FC Barcelona, Angel Haro President of Real Betis FC, Zlatan Ibrahamovich as well as Ollie Campbell Irish Rugby.

In recent years Tony has worked with The Jimmy Greaves Foundation in London and Patrick O’Connell Memorial Fund in Ireland in promoting both charities.