Remembering Vinnie Savino

Vincent (Vinnie) Savino was a hugely respected former President, selector, player and team captain of Wanderers FC and will be fondly remembered for his wonderful service to the Club in each of those roles. In addition, he was one of the founder members of the famous Crowbars rugby club back in the 1960’s.

Whilst in The Army, Vinnie played rugby with The Curragh, Highfield and Dolphin before joining Wanderers when he was posted to Dublin. As a player, he turned out for most of the teams within the Club, from the 1st XV to some of the Junior teams and undoubtedly the highlight was captaining the Moran Cup winning team in 1960/61.

As a founding member of the ‘Crowbars,’ Irish club rugby’s equivalent to the Barbarians in style and ethos, Vinnie helped to create an institution famous for its cavalier style of rugby and post match conviviality whilst spreading the rugby gospel to many provincial towns across Ireland.

Vinny Savino was President of Wanderers FC in 1984/85, a year in which the 1st XV won the Leinster Senior League defeating Lansdowne in the final.

Outside of rugby, Vinnie attained the rank of Major General in the Irish army where he had a distinguished military career, serving as Quartermaster General and General Officer Commanding Eastern Command. He was a United Nations veteran, serving in the Congo, Cyprus, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East, and Lebanon.

May he rest in peace.
Winners of the Moran Cup 1960/1961 (captained by Vinnie Savino)

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