In his interview with the Irish Examiner after the famous U21 victory in Ennis over Cork this past weekend Shairoze says, Mayo stalwart and fellow clubman, Andy Moran was his inspiration.
"It wasn't me, I was persuaded to play the game. Andy Moran, I put it all down to him."
"I was sort of made go by him and it has taken off from there. I picked the game up when I was in sixth class about eight or nine years ago and I've been playing ever since."
"He'd be one of the players I look up to in the club. He is a great mentor. He's the one who got me involved in football and he has helped me ever since."
Every team has their good days, their great days, days that people hold in great sentiment for many a year and look back on with great fondness. While the actions of 30 plus young men will live long in the memory of every Mayo fan around the globe, today was a special day for Ballaghaderreen club. With Michael Solan, John Ginty (managerial team), Seamus Cunniffe, Shairoze Akram and Ryan Lynch all involved in this title winning set-up it was only fitting that they make their way to the "border town" to show off the Clarke Cup.
After the famous victory over Cork, in Cusack Park, Ennis, the team made their way home to Mayo and with many tours and pit stops along the way, they finally made their way to Ballagh'. This evening they were greeted with a mass of cheering crowds as they showed off the U21 silverware for the first time in a decade.
While it is wonderful to have such a connection to the team, it was special to have our club president, Teddy Solan, welcome his son and Mayo U21 manager, Michael to the square of Ballaghaderreen. Having such ties with the team, friends, family and supporters alike turned out in support of this wonderful achievement.
Once again a massive thanks to Michael, John, Seamus, Shairoze, Ryan and the entire Mayo U21 team for the memories and also to all who turned out to support the lads this evening. A special time for both club and county.
below some images from the homecoming