The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Martin Baker hosted a reception for long-serving Sligo Rovers player Raf Cretaro. The reception was hosted on Saturday afternoon as part of his testimonial celebrations, and guests included Raf’s family and friends, local Councillors and Deputy Eamon Scanlon, members of Sligo Rovers Management Committee and the Testimonial organising committee
Rovers legend Raf Cretaro honoured at County Hall
In his address the Cathaoirleach said ‘While the term ‘legend’ might be slightly over-used, especially in a sporting context, I can think of no better description for the man we are honouring today, Raf Cretaro. The purpose of the reception is twofold – to reflect on an outstanding career of one of the club’s and the league’s most dedicated servants, and to allow this Council, this community, to pay a public tribute to a player who is respected and admired right across the country.
For the many young players starting out on their careers, there couldbe no finer role model... his dedication, utmost professionalism, his 100% commitment; these qualities shine through every time Raf takes the field, and that probably explains why he has been a firm fans’ favourite at the Showgrounds. We have a special affinity for the sporting heroes in our community, those men and women who entertain us and inspire us. It speaks volumes for the regard in which Raf is held that so many of this team-mates, past and present, were anxious to be involved in the tribute to him today.
Many excellent sports people finish their career without achieving the glory their efforts deserved... But Raf played a central role in some of the glory days of his beloved Rovers, the highlight probably scoring twice in the league winning victory over St Pat’s in 2012.
There are many other accolades earned since he made his debut with Rovers in 2000, and while these successes are important, I would place equal value on his character and loyalty, qualities that transcend sport.’
The Cathaoirleach concluded his address by describing Raf’s career ‘a gift to our club and our community.’
Sligo County Council