March 25, 2014 at 2:18 PM
SUMMIT, NJ - Ian Woodcock, a resident of Summit, was recently inducted into the Irish-American Soccer Hall of Fame along with ESPN analyst Tommy Smyth and two other former players of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, an amateur soccer league consisting of clubs based in and around New York City. The ceremony was hosted by Deputy Irish Consul General Peter Ryan at Ireland House in Midtown Manhattan.
A native of Bray, Ireland, Woodcock has been a player, coach, and driving force behind the successful Manhattan Celtic team which he co-founded in 1998. In 2012, Manhattan Celtic’s three teams at the time—the Over 30s, reserve team and first team, all won titles, with the firsts finishing a record breaking season at 16-0 in their division and clinching a promotion to the top tier division in the CSL league.
The following year the Over 30s team achieved the distinction of winning a “treble” with victories in the League Division 1, Playoff League Division 1 and also winning the Saunders Cup.
Woodcock called the ceremony a “wonderful night and very special award that I was so honored to receive—I share it with all of my players and fellow coaches in the club, both past and present."
Football Association of Ireland Chief Executive Officer John Delaney, in a videotaped message from Dublin, praised Woodcock and the other honorees for their service in American soccer and invited the four honorees to a VIP reception preceding the Ireland-Portugal friendly match on June 10 at MetLIfe Stadium.