Former Finn Harps Manager Bobby Toland passes away

Bobby Toland. -Photo Kildrum Tigers FC

The soccer family in the north west is mourning the loss of one of it's most popular figures.

Kildrum Tigers founding member Bobby Toland passed away on Sunday aged 87.

Bobby was instrumental in getting players based across the water to play for Kildrum in the summer cups, among them the likes of Paddy Crerand and Charlie Tully of Celtic.

Bobby was a member of the backroom team of the Finn Harps 1974 FAI Senior Cup winning side and he also went onto manage the Ballybofey club.

He was also part of the Fanad Utd backroom team which won the FAI Intermediate Cup.

Finn Harps Club Chairperson Sean Quinn said. “We’re saddened to learn of the death of Bobby Toland. His involvement with football here in Donegal spanned over seven decades. From he was a young man he had a great vision for the game and that started by helping to found Kildrum Tigers. I want to pay a special tribute in memory of his time here as manager of Finn Harps. The committee and players have great memories of those times. Bobby was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by us all but especially by his family. On behalf of Finn Harps I wish to convey the Club’s sincere sympathies to the Toland family at this very difficult time. May Bobby Rest in Peace.”