Commemoration of Kildare great hit by spelling snag

21 February 2006
A committee planning to commemorate the famous Kildare footballer Matt Goff has admitted that they are unsure about the correct spelling of his name.

Leixlip Town Council’s Matt Goff Bridge sub-committee is planning to name a bridge in the town after Goff, who played for Leixlip, Kildare and Leinster, and won All-Ireland medals with the Lilywhites in 1927 and ’28.

The committee plans to unveil the plaque on Saturday, March 19 to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. It has been decided to use the surname, Goff, by which he was known to the footballing public, on the plaque, despite the fact that the player’s headstone and family records spell his surname as Gough.

At a recent meeting of Leixlip Town Council, Cllr Paul Kelly, convenor of the sub-committee, said he personally felt they should use the name on the headstone and parish records, but the committee has decided to use the version by which he was best known.

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