In this podcast, we hear about the fascinating life of Patrick O’Connell, who had an impressive playing career around the time of the First World War and an even more distinguished managerial career in Spain. He managed Real Betis to its first and, so far, only La Liga title in 1935 and then went on to manage FC Barcelona, where he’s credited with saving the club from financial collapse during the Franco dictatorship.
And yet, until recently, his legacy had been largely forgotten. We talk to Alan McLean from the Patrick O’Connell Memorial Fund who have helped to raise awareness of O’Connell’s life, restore his grave and have even collaborated on a film out in the spring of 2018.
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