A Beloved Football Player and Emmerdale Star Passes Away: Remembering Michael “Bomber” Savage
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Michael Savage Obituary: With heavy hearts, the football and television communities mourn the loss of Michael “Bomber” Savage. Known for his exceptional talent on the field and his mischievous charm off it, Savage was not only a beloved friend and colleague but also considered the father of the show Emmerdale. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all who knew him.
As a former player for Sligo Rovers, Savage’s skills were unmatched, making him one of the most gifted local players in the team’s history. His contributions were instrumental in the squad’s victory over Bohemians in the 1983 FAI Cup, a moment that will forever be etched in the memories of fans.
But Savage’s impact extended beyond the football field. He was a mentor and coach to young players, offering support, positivity, and a good dose of humor. His presence was cherished by all fortunate enough to be in his company.
Today, we pay tribute to the remarkable career and indelible legacy of Michael “Bomber” Savage. His loss is deeply felt, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Remembering Michael “Bomber” Savage
A Beloved Friend and Colleague
Michael “Bomber” Savage will always be remembered as more than just a colleague and friend to the Emmerdale family. His presence on the set was like that of a beloved father figure, guiding and nurturing the show with his expertise. But he also brought a mischievous and fun-loving spirit, making him the cherished uncle of the Emmerdale family. The loss of Michael is deeply felt, and his absence will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of working with him.
A Gifted Local Player
Michael “Bomber” Savage’s legacy extends beyond the world of television. He was one of the most talented local players to have ever graced the field for Sligo Rovers. His skills and passion for the game were unmatched, and he left an indelible mark on the team. One of his most memorable moments was being part of the Sligo Rovers squad that triumphed over Bohemians to win the FAI Cup in 1983. Michael’s exceptional talent and dedication to the sport inspired not only his teammates but also the aspiring young players he coached. His impact on the local football community will always be remembered and cherished.
Michael’s Football Career
Early Years and Success at Carraroe
Michael “Bomber” Savage’s journey in football began at a young age, where he showcased his natural talent and passion for the sport. As a striker, he quickly made a name for himself at Carraroe, where he not only won an Under-15 League title but also earned a Joe Wickham Cup medal. His exceptional skills and dedication to the game caught the attention of many, including Albert Higgins, the manager of the Carraroe club, who played a crucial role in nurturing Michael’s talent.
Transition to Shamrock Rovers and Return to Sligo Rovers
After his successful stint at Carraroe, Michael’s football journey took an exciting turn as he joined Shamrock Rovers’ junior program under the guidance of legendary coach Johnny Giles. It didn’t take long for Michael to make his mark in the Hoops’ senior squad, showcasing his versatility as a proficient midfielder. However, his heart remained in his native County, and in November 1981, he made the decision to return to Sligo Rovers under the leadership of Patsy McGowan.
For the next nine seasons, Michael became an integral part of the Sligo Rovers team, leaving an indelible mark on the club’s history. One of the highlights of his career was the FAI Cup-winning season of 1982-1983, where he played a pivotal role in the team’s triumph. His dedication, skill, and unwavering commitment to the game made him a beloved figure among the fans and a respected player in the League of Ireland.
Final Years and Legacy
Playing in Cork and Return to Sligo
In the later years of his football career, Michael “Bomber” Savage embarked on a new chapter, taking his skills to Cork. He joined Ballincolig in the Munster Senior League, where he continued to showcase his talent and passion for the game. However, his heart remained tied to Sligo, and he eventually made his way back to his beloved hometown.
Returning to Sligo, Michael reunited with his former team, Ballisodare United. It was here that he made his final contributions to the game he loved. As a player for Ballisodare United, Michael played a pivotal role in their success, particularly in the 1992-1993 season. His experience, leadership, and unwavering dedication helped guide the team to their first-ever Super League championship, leaving a lasting legacy within the club.
Contributions to Ballisodare United and Super League Championship
Michael’s impact on Ballisodare United extended far beyond his playing days. After hanging up his boots, he continued to contribute to the club as a mentor and coach to young players. His wealth of knowledge and experience became invaluable in nurturing the next generation of football talent.
Under his guidance, Ballisodare United thrived, and his influence played a significant role in their Super League championship victory. Michael’s commitment to the development of young players and his unwavering support for the club cemented his legacy as a true footballing icon in Sligo.
Today, Michael “Bomber” Savage’s name lives on as a symbol of passion, dedication, and the indomitable spirit of the beautiful game. His contributions to football, both on and off the field, will forever be remembered and cherished by the Sligo community and beyond.
Farewell to Michael Savage
Passing Away in the Company of Family
It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to the legendary Michael “Bomber” Savage. After a prolonged illness, Michael peacefully passed away in the company of his loving family. His final moments were filled with the warmth and comfort of their presence, providing solace during this difficult time.
Michael’s family was not only his source of strength but also his biggest supporters throughout his illustrious football career. They stood by him through every triumph and setback, sharing in the joys and challenges of his journey. Their unwavering love and support were instrumental in shaping Michael into the remarkable person he was.
As we mourn the loss of a true icon, let us remember Michael for the joy and inspiration he brought to our lives. His legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him, both on and off the field.
May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his family find comfort in the cherished memories they shared with him.
The football community mourns the loss of Michael “Bomber” Savage, a former Sligo Rovers player known for his talent and infectious personality. As a member of the 1983 FAI Cup-winning squad, he left an indelible mark on the team. Michael’s friends and fans paid tribute to him, highlighting his encouragement, support, and sense of humor. From his early days at Carraroe to his time with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, he showcased his skills as a midfielder. After retiring, he continued to contribute to the sport, helping Ballisodare United win their first-ever Super League championship. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Bomber.