Joe Fahey stands by the Steelers Wall at his bar on North Main Street. He’ll be hosting Steelers fans today beginning at 2 o’clock.Photo by jack smiles
Wear your black and gold if you go to the Super Bowl party today at Fahey’s bar on North Main Street. Joe Fahey, a Steelers fans since childhood, has his establishment decked out in a Steelers theme.
Fahey, 49, has been a Steelers fan since 1969 when at age nine he watched games with his uncle Mel Decker. That was a pivotal year for the Steelers. It was the year they hired Chuck Noll as coach and drafted Fahey’s all-time favorite player Joe Green.
That prompted Decker to insightfully predict to his young nephew that the Steelers were on the cusp of something big.
The art on Fahey’s Steelers wall in his bar is the work of Bill Sherfield, the tattoo artist next-door. An autographed #75 “Mean” Joe Green jersey is the centerpiece of the wall.
“That was my number with the Duryea Wildcats,” Fahey said. “My son Bobby and my grandson Charles Shoppel wore it, too.”
Fahey said his mother Emma, who took him to all his games when he was a kid, is also a Steelers fan. So is his wife Maria. She and Joe will open the bar today at 2 o’clock. The game will be on three screens and they will be a halftime buffet.
The Fahey family will be represented at the game in Dallas. Fahey’s brother Bill, a soldier with the U.S. Army, will be at the game.