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Nomads No More

June 21, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral

Home sweet home. The St. John Central football program has been nomadic in nature. The Fighting Irish have never truly had a home for their games. Nelson Field was a de facto home field for the Green, when not in use from Guernsey Street cohabitant Bellaire. Other common venues have been Bridgeport's Perkins Field and Wheeling Island Stadium. On occasion, the Irish have also hosted games at Shadyside's Fleming Field and the fairgrounds in St. Clairsville. That will all change on the first Saturday this September when the Irish christens their new homebase in south Bellaire.  It is no Harding Stadium or Purple Rider Stadium by any stretch of the imagination, but to the Irish Nation its means just as much, if not more. It signals a seven-year dream becoming a reality, a mission made possible by a group of committed individuals, operating underneath the umbrella known as Irish Youth Sports. Hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours of volunteer and paid labor later, the Irish football team is on the threshold of boasting its own home field for games. The new field exhibits the pride and passion still alive and well in the Irish Nation.


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