Kevin Blount, one of the greatest players and greatest characters ever to have served with Dundalk FC, died on Wednesday last, July 4 at James’ Hospital Dublin at the age of 84.
Kevin was part of the squad that was assembled in 1966 when Oriel Park got a complete change-over.
The slope was gone, a new pitch laid out going the opposite way, a magnificent new stand built, and four floodlight pylons constructed. The only other lights at football grounds at the time were at Dalymount Park and Windsor Park.
According to Jim Murphy, author of the definitive The History of Dundalk FC, only Christy Barron, Patsy McKeown and Francie Callan are the players still remaining from the the great squad that won the league in 1962/63.
Kevin Blount was part of the new squad that included Fran Brennan, Mick Millington, Kevin Murray, Tony O’Connell, the speedy Paddy Turner who came from Glasgow Celtic and scored a hat-trick on his debut, Danny Hale from the Irish League, and the inimitable Ben Hannigan from Shels who modelled himself on Denis Law.
Barron and Blunt were the squad’s two great goalkeepers in that great 1966-67 season when Dundalk had unprecedented success, winning the league, shield, and Top Four Cup.
Blount made 46 appearances while Christy Barron, who had served the club so brilliantly, made three.
In 1968 Blount played in the match that became known as The Battle of Marketsfield. By now, Alan Fox and been transferred to Limerick and the two sides had already gone through a cup battle. A row broke out between Alan Fox and his brother-in-law Derek Stokes and Kevin ran the length of the field to get involved. Mayhem broke out and at the end of the match the Dundalk players and officials had to to be smuggled out of the grounds as local supporters chanted “we want Blount”.
The three seasons between 1966 to 1969 were, as Jim Murphy, says “the high watermark” in Dundalk FC history and Kevin Blount was one of those greats.