Friday, October 28, 2011

Sean Dillon of Dundee United stops by

"Your senior career started in the LoI after coming home from Aston Villa. What was it like returning to Ireland and being so gracefully welcomed by fans and members of the staff at "The Town"?"

Obviously it wasn't a good feeling to be let go by Aston Villa, I loved my 3 years there & when I arrived for training with Longford I didn't know what to expect. I was so warmly welcomed by the fans & staff/volunteers at the club & players like Stephen O'Brien & Vinny Perth looked after me so well from the first moment I arrived so I felt very at home straight away & it made it easier to concentrate on my football from the word go!

"You had a seriously successful period there with trophies aplenty in the form of two FAI Cups and one League cup obviously you must have tho roughly enjoyed it there?"

My time at Longford was a brilliant time in my career but in my life too. Players I've played with & still keep in touch with. The league cup win was special as it was at Flancare & I scored against a Bohs team who were expected to beat us. The two FAI cup wins are two of the greatest days in my life, the togetherness of the team, staff, club, fans & people of the town is something I'll never forget. I had 4 great seasons & we had success that was not expected of a part time team. I owe a lot to Alan Mathews for the way he treated & looked after me during my time there & I've had some great coaches too, Aaron Callaghan bring the one I worked with most and he was a joy to work with.

"Then it was onto Shels where you got the opportunity to score in Europe as well as play in a very strong Shels team?"

My season at Shelbourne was amazing. Strange at times with non payments of wages & not knowing when you were going to get paid but it was a brilliant time. I was the youngest player in the team & was surrounded by fantastic players who were full of experience & helped me improve & made my job do easy! Pat Fenlon & Eamonn Collins were brilliant to work with & I learned so much in that one season. The league win was a special feeling after what we'd all been through & although I was only at the club for that one season, I'll always look forward to going back to Tolka Park

"After that it was next stop Tannadice where since 2007 you have made over a hundred appearances including a Cup Final win V Ross County?"

My move to Dundee United came about because Shelbourne could not pay our wages any longer & I had to move on as did the majority of the squad. I've loved it here since I've moved, my Fiancé Michelle moved with me & our son Shéa was born here so we've settled really well and I've enjoyed my football too. We've had some really good league finishes & the Scottish Cup win was massive for me & the club.

"You have scored three goals in the orange shirt. What does it feel like to score for United?"

Scoring for any team is always great but the most enjoyable one was a last minute equaliser at Celtic Park

If the opportunity arose would ever consider moving back to play in the LoI with the standard now continuously rising and now pretty much at SPL standard?"

I would never rule out playing in the LoI again but I'm happy here & would love to play at an even higher level if the chance ever came about. The league had a bit of a slump but I think it's definitely on the up, with Rovers doing so well in Europe.

"You played once for both the Irish u-21 and B teams what was the international set-up like?"

Playing international football is always great, I've been lucky to play at almost all age groups & the B cap was great. It's very similar to club football is on away trips etc but you know you're representing your country!

"Obviously as an ex-LoI fan your eyes were obviously glued to Shamrock Rovers euro success. Do you think this is the step the LoI really needed?

The Shamrock Rovers European run is super, it's super for the club & the league. I'm not sure if the league "needed" it but it certainly has helped the profile of the league & hopefully it'll get more people to stand up & take note of the improving standard & that might get more fans out supporting their local clubs.

"And finally what is your best memory as a footballer. On OR off the field?"

My best memories are my medal wins, League Cup, FAI cups, league & Scottish Cup. Special mention for the Semi final replay at United Park when I scored against Drogheda with 4 minutes to go in extra time to put us through, I always get a giggle when I think of that!

We would like to thank Sean for his comments and hope he does well in the rest of his season

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