On Saturday 11th May, Joe Doherty and Bartley Ramsay will launch their book “We are the Harps” in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey at 7.00pm.

The book profiles every player who has played a competitive game for Finn Harps Football Club over their first fifty-five seasons in senior football. All 628 players who featured from the club’s first game in senior football in August 1969 against Shamrock Rovers until the final game of the 2003 season against Bray Wanderers last October are included. Whether they have played just one minute for the first-team, or 485 times as is the case with record appearance holder Jonathan Minnock, all have contributed to the history of the club over its first fifty-five years in senior football.

Milestone appearances are included as well as clean sheet records for each of the goalkeepers. And it’s not just the players. Each of the Managers from Patsy McGowan, who led Finn Harps into senior football, right up to current boss Darren Murphy are included. From the famous to the infamous, they can all be found in this book and this is a record of their offering to Harps. Nowhere before has a record of those who have played and managed the club been gathered and presented in one place.

Members of the 1974 FAI Cup winning team will also be in attendance at the launch – it is now half a century since Harps won their one and only FAI Cup with video footage of that Cup run set to be shown on the night. The captain of that side, Jim Sheridan, has written the foreword for the book.

The authors Joe Doherty and Bartley Ramsay are life-long supporters of the Harps – Bartley first attended Finn Park for a mid-1970s pre-season friendly against West Bromwich Albion while Joe has been making the fortnightly trip down Navenny Street since first doing so for a League Cup game against Derry City in 1988.

Joe and Bartley want to place on record their thanks to all those who have helped to get their idea and project to publishing stage: Donegal County Council; Donegal Sports Partnership; Martin Harley, Cheers Bar, Ballybofey; Tommy Gallen, Gallen Group, Ballybofey; Paddy Hannigan; Stranorlar; Dublin Finn Harps Supporters Club; Conor McEniff, Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran.

Priced at €20, copies of the book will be available to purchase at the launch. Subscribers and those who pre-ordered books will also be able to collect on the night (for those who indicated they wanted to collect their book). Books will also be available to purchase on Amazon from Monday 13th May.

The launch is free for anyone to attend and Joe & Bartley look forward to meeting everyone on 11th May.