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Fare Thee Well - Departing Saints

This summer, we said goodbye to a club legend, Simon Finnigan, who left Vietnam for pastures new. Simon was a mainstay of the club over the past 7 or 8 years, most notably serving as manager in the middle of his spell and taking the Saints to a second-place finish in the league.

A team with a high-press, dynamic midfield, and Quinn/Keane-esque front pairing was a nightmare for opponents and one that owed its performances to Simon's work on the training ground.

Amateur Football in Saigon
It's hard not to look at this photo and hear Bobby Burke yelling, 'Soooooiiiiiimon.'

Expat Football Team in Saigon
Not sure about those sunglasses, Anto.

Simon was also a key player during his time with the Saints. He returned to the field after stepping back from management and seemed to get fitter with every passing year. He offered invaluable experience on the pitch with his communication and, crucially, enjoyed a can of Tiger after the game from time to time.

Simfin played his part for football in Saigon, a true Saint, socially and in his footballing outlook. Thanks for the memories, Simon, and good luck from us all.

We also bade farewell to two other long-term Saints this summer in Ronan Sherman and Darragh Glynn.

A good club man and a regular fixture in the Saints' midfield, Sherman will be remembered most for his unrivalled gaff parties and balanced views on Liverpool Football Club. Serving as Tour Manager and Social Secretary, Ronan led some great nights out and a legendary post-lockdown tour to La Gi. All the best back in Cork bai.

Expat football in HCMC
All smiles after a win. Let's assume it was a win; history is written by the website admin.

Darragh Glynn, the hurler-turned-striker, had three years of remarkable progression at the Saints. While still an absolute nuisance for defenders when he joined, Darragh showed he's an all-round sportsman by adapting fully to the game over time and eventually scooping the league MVP award.

That's right, no embarrassing 'most-improved player' nonsense for this man. A true gent off the pitch and a unit on it, Darragh leaves with some personal silverware and a collective sigh of relief from the opposition.

Saigon International Football League
Darragh Glynn SIFL MVP 2022

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