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Club Traditions

HISTORY

St Joseph’s Boys AFC is a schoolboy/girl football club based in Sallynoggin on the south side of Dublin.

The club was founded in 1953 by Fr. Frank McCabe and Brendon Harmon to provide youth services through
football for children in the greater Dun Laoghaire area. The club’s first match was played in the Phoenix
Park. St Joseph’s has always been a progressive club and it opened its clubhouse, dressing rooms and
showers in 1964. This football facility was further enhanced in 1975.


1950’s:


Fr. McCabe who was affectionately known as “The Revo” with his right hand man Brendon Harmon set out
to recruit the best leaders from local youth clubs as they strived towards his vision of making St. Joseph’s
one of the best clubs in the country. People like Terry & Joe Dunne, Jem Kelly, Des Kerr, Kevin Morris,
Tommy Tallant, Mick Lambkin, Eamon Dignam, John King, Austin Mullen and many more were brought to
manage teams as the club grew in size and stature.

1960’s:


Joes continued to grow in both reputation and size as the club won leagues and cups at all ages. Richard
Cummins became our first schoolboy international and was quickly followed by Willie Fogarty, Ger Sayers
and Jackie Vance. In 1964 our first clubhouse was built using voluntary labour as members and locals gave
their services in the evenings and weekends to finish the project. 1966 was a landmark year for the club as
the 15’s won our first FAI Cup and our teams embarked on their first trip abroad to London. Sean Sheehy
won his first youth cap against England and later signed for Preston North End.

1970’s:


The 70’s will be remembered for winning every trophy in schoolboy football. Pat Devlin and Eugene Davis
won Youths International caps. Under the guidance of Jimmy Whelan and Shay Farrelly, Joes produced the
most successful team in the history of schoolboy football in Ireland. Collecting leagues and cups in all ages
from 10 to 18. A string of schoolboy (Lar Mahony, Anto Whelan, Chippy Devlin, and Alan Campbell) and
youth internationals (Anto Whelan, Des Kavanagh, John Murray, Dave Kane, Chippy Devlin, Alan Campbell)
followed and our first full international Alan Campbell also came from this team. In one of the club’s most
successful years on the pitch St Joseph’s Boys won the FAI youth cup and the Leinster Junior Cup in 1978.
The club was awarded the title of Team of the Year by the Leinster Senior League. Our first partnership was
born out of this success when John Giles the manager of Shamrock Rovers with Eamon Dunphy and Ray
Tracy approached the club to become a nursery for Rovers. Three players signed for Rovers (Alan
Campbell, Aidan McCluskey and Des Kavanagh). Anto Whelan and Dave Kane signed for Bohs and Chippy
Devlin and Tony Clack signed for Shels.

1980’s:


The club continued to grow through the 80’s as we broadened our horizons by representing Dun Laoghaire
in a tournament in Brest, France as part of the towns “Twinning Programme”. Honours in international
tournaments followed and two players Keith Long and James Mulligan were snapped up by Stoke City after
Willie Byrne guided the team to victory in the Keele International. Investment in facilities continued as we
levelled and installed drainage on the so called new pitch. The 80’s also proved a very successful period for
the Senior team who won at least one trophy in every year of the decade. Also at this time Anto Whelan
signed for Manchester United while Alan Campbell signed for Racing Santander in La Liga.

1990’s:


This decade will be remembered for the amount of Joes players who signed for UK clubs. Ronald O’Brien
signed for Middlesboro and Juventus and Gary Smith signed for Sunderland. Two more players signed for
Stoke City (James O’Connor and Clive Clarke, who both went on to play in the Premiership) followed by
four players (Ciaran Ryan, Peter Murphy, Paul Forsyth and Michael Lawless) signing for Blackburn Rovers.
We also set up a partnership with local National League club Bray Wanderers which included the
introduction of a “School of Excellence Programme” in which Bray coaches delivered on a weekly basis.

The club was founded in 1953 by Fr. Frank McCabe and Brendon Harmon to provide youth services through
football for children in the greater Dun Laoghaire area. The club’s first match was played in the Phoenix
Park. St Joseph’s has always been a progressive club and it opened its clubhouse, dressing rooms and
showers in 1964. This football facility was further enhanced in 1975.

1950’s:


Fr. McCabe who was affectionately known as “The Revo” with his right hand man Brendon Harmon set out
to recruit the best leaders from local youth clubs as they strived towards his vision of making St. Joseph’s
one of the best clubs in the country. People like Terry & Joe Dunne, Jem Kelly, Des Kerr, Kevin Morris,
Tommy Tallant, Mick Lambkin, Eamon Dignam, John King, Austin Mullen and many more were brought to
manage teams as the club grew in size and stature.

1960’s:


Joes continued to grow in both reputation and size as the club won leagues and cups at all ages. Richard
Cummins became our first schoolboy international and was quickly followed by Willie Fogarty, Ger Sayers
and Jackie Vance. In 1964 our first clubhouse was built using voluntary labour as members and locals gave
their services in the evenings and weekends to finish the project. 1966 was a landmark year for the club as
the 15’s won our first FAI Cup and our teams embarked on their first trip abroad to London. Sean Sheehy
won his first youth cap against England and later signed for Preston North End.

1970’s:


The 70’s will be remembered for winning every trophy in schoolboy football. Pat Devlin and Eugene Davis
won Youths International caps. Under the guidance of Jimmy Whelan and Shay Farrelly, Joes produced the
most successful team in the history of schoolboy football in Ireland. Collecting leagues and cups in all ages
from 10 to 18. A string of schoolboy (Lar Mahony, Anto Whelan, Chippy Devlin, and Alan Campbell) and
youth internationals (Anto Whelan, Des Kavanagh, John Murray, Dave Kane, Chippy Devlin, Alan Campbell)
followed and our first full international Alan Campbell also came from this team. In one of the club’s most
successful years on the pitch St Joseph’s Boys won the FAI youth cup and the Leinster Junior Cup in 1978.
The club was awarded the title of Team of the Year by the Leinster Senior League. Our first partnership was
born out of this success when John Giles the manager of Shamrock Rovers with Eamon Dunphy and Ray
Tracy approached the club to become a nursery for Rovers. Three players signed for Rovers (Alan
Campbell, Aidan McCluskey and Des Kavanagh). Anto Whelan and Dave Kane signed for Bohs and Chippy
Devlin and Tony Clack signed for Shels.

1980’s:


The club continued to grow through the 80’s as we broadened our horizons by representing Dun Laoghaire
in a tournament in Brest, France as part of the towns “Twinning Programme”. Honours in international
tournaments followed and two players Keith Long and James Mulligan were snapped up by Stoke City after
Willie Byrne guided the team to victory in the Keele International. Investment in facilities continued as we
levelled and installed drainage on the so called new pitch. The 80’s also proved a very successful period for
the Senior team who won at least one trophy in every year of the decade. Also at this time Anto Whelan
signed for Manchester United while Alan Campbell signed for Racing Santander in La Liga.

1990’s:


This decade will be remembered for the amount of Joes players who signed for UK clubs. Ronald O’Brien
signed for Middlesboro and Juventus and Gary Smith signed for Sunderland. Two more players signed for
Stoke City (James O’Connor and Clive Clarke, who both went on to play in the Premiership) followed by
four players (Ciaran Ryan, Peter Murphy, Paul Forsyth and Michael Lawless) signing for Blackburn Rovers.
We also set up a partnership with local National League club Bray Wanderers which included the
introduction of a “School of Excellence Programme” in which Bray coaches delivered on a weekly basis.

This programme led to a partnership with Newcastle United which was set up by Pat Devlin and Newcastle
manager Kenny Dalglish. During this partnership four Joes players Stephen Brennan, Joe Kendrick, Thomas
Hawkins and Neil Finn signed for Newcastle.

2000’s:


This decade provided the club 6 more senior internationals with Peter Murphy, Alan O’Brien, Clive Clarke,
Andy Keogh, Paul McShane and Eamon Zayed. Our purpose built facility was opened in 2003 to mark our
fiftieth anniversary. The building was designed by local architect Deirdre Hartigan and was opened by “An
Taoiseach” Bertie Ahern. A further partner was added when Gerry Egan thanked the city of Isumo, Japan
for their hospitality shown to the Irish team during World Cup 2002. This led to the establishment of the
Hibernia Trophy and two visits to Isumo by Joes as well as return visits by The City of Isumo selections to
compete in the Hibernia Trophy. The new century marked the introduction of Girls teams into the club. Led
by Ann Dodd & Francis Watts they brought a new dimension and vibrancy to the club as they played their
way to successive FAI Cup finals. Amy Keating became our first ladies international and she also gained a
football scholarship to the US as did Katherine Meaney and Shauna Pearle. During this decade we had
short partnerships with Charlton Athletic, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

2010’s:


The Hibernia Trophy continued to grow in stature as Celtic, Manchester United, Liverpool, Villarreal, F.C.
Utrecht, Linfield and many more clubs graced our pitches in Sallynoggin. Further facility development led
to extra dressing rooms being built and the opening of a new gear shop and Café 53. A new and exciting
partnership was formed with Celtic F.C. following the signing of Gareth McDonagh. The 10’s produced two
teams that rivelled the 1970’s team by winning three All Ireland’s each. Managed by Jay Costello with Mick
Brown, Gavin Teehan, Aidan Abbott and Paul O’Reilly. They also won Leagues and League Cups. With
Bernard Byrne, Jay Mulally and Keith Kenna at the helm they also won Leagues and League Cups. A record
number of Schoolboy Internationals with Captain Joe Redmond, Joe Murphy, Ryan Burke, Aaron Bolger,
Glen McCaully, Dan Byrne, Promise ———- . Jonathon Olafeme, Andy Lyons, Brandon Kavanagh and
Domnic Peppard all receiving International honours.
Also Enda Minoge, Leigh Kavanagh, Presious ————-, Feste
Billy Vance, Matt Murphy, Callum Thomson and Mipu
The end of this decade saw the creation of The National League at 13’s, 15’s, 17’s and 19’s with Joes
playing as Bray St. Joseph’s. A number of players were promoted to the Bray Wanderers first team
including Jake Ellis, Jamie Crilly and Andy Moran who became the youngest player to play in the Bray first
team. During the 2010’s two further Senior Internationals emerged for Alan Judge and Sean Maguire.
National League, Football League, Scottish League and NSL.
Over the years hundreds of Joes players have played in the National League of Ireland with distinction and
many players have graced the Football League such as John Fitzgerald, Ian McGrain, Aidan Lyons, Graham
Ward, Ian Morris, Alan Judge, Jay O’Shea, Gavin Gunning, Dylan Hayes, Sam Byrne, Robin Dempsey, Dan
Casey. In the MSL Ronald O’Brien was selected on five consecutive “All Star” teams.

Goalkeepers International Caps.


George Howard, Jackie Vance, Peter O’Toole, Noel Hughes, Ger Lynch, Pat (Lob) O’Connor, Chippy Devlin,
Josh Moran, Pat Kelly, Alan Young, Jim Finnerty, Dan Connor, Darren Quigley, Tom Murphy and Enda
Minouge

International Honours:


Alan Campbell, Alan O’Brien, Peter Murphy, Clive Clarke, Paul McShane, Andy Keogh, Eamon Zayed
(Tunisia}, Alan Judge and Sean Maguire.
Under 23’s 21’s Amature and Junior.

Anto Whelan, James O’Connor, Robbie Ryan, Christy Dunne, Pat Whelan, Richie McIntyre, Dave Mason,
Danny Heffernan, Peter Neary, James Mason, Daniel Loughran, Freddy Mulvanny, Darren Forsyth, Mick
Kelly, Frank McParland, Christy Farrelly, Dylan Watts,
Youths, 15’s, 16’s, 17’s,18’s and Schools. Richard Cummins, Willie Fogerty, Gerry Sayers, Jackie Vance,
Richard Sheridan, Fintan Deegan, Sean Sheehy, Dave Mason, Tony McGuirke, Eugene Davis, Pat Devlin,
Eamon Gilroy, Niall Shelley, Tommy Leonard, Anto Whelan, Alan Campbell, Des Kavanagh, John Murray,
Ronald O’Brien, Peter White, Andy Rice, David Gorman, Ross Zambra,
Alan Judge Paul O’Reilly (Tallaght) Mickey Lawless, Peter Murphy, Paul Forsyth, Glen Fitzpatrick,

What other People say!


● “St Joseph’s Boys is one of the finest football nurseries not only in Ireland but many of the UK academies could
learn from how they do things. Their focus on the player’s overall development has been key to their success.”
Kenny Dalglish, (Former Manager Newcastle/Celtic/Liverpool/Blackburn)
● “John joined Joey’s from Park Celtic at under 11 just as he was getting into secondary school. John had a
fabulous time in Joey’s with 2/3 different leaders who developed John’s potential, which resulted in John having a
career in football but more importantly John and us made many friends on the way. I would recommend Joey’s to
any parent who is committed to their child’s development.

 Miriam Fitzgerald, (Mother)


● “Joey’s is not just a successful football club but is an establishment where the focus is on producing well balanced
youngsters and giving them many of the skills needed in life today. This is a tradition carried on from the founding
of the club in 1953 by father McCabe and remains embedded in the culture of Joey’s”.

John King, (Team Leader)


● “I joined Joey’s at Under 12’s from my local club Broadford Rovers. I spent 6 successful and enjoyable years at
Joey’s. I won many medals and trophies as well as making many good friends. I went on to achieve under age
international caps and I owe this success to the happy years I spent at Joey’s. I would recommend Joey’s to any
child wishing to make friends and excel in the football world”.

Eamon Zayed, (Player)


● “When I started playing football I could only dream of playing somewhere with the reputation, facilities and
success of Joey’s. When the chance came to send my son to Joey’s it was one that I couldn’t turn down.

The facilities, organisation and expert coaching put Joey’s a cut above the other clubs my son could have joined.
Joey’s provide the perfect environment for kids to develop as players and people and my son went from strength
to strength during the years he spent at the club”.

Ray Matthews, (Father)

The facilities, organisation and expert coaching put Joey’s a cut above the other clubs my son could have joined.
Joey’s provide the perfect environment for kids to develop as players and people and my son went from strength
to strength during the years he spent at the club”.

MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of St Joseph’s Boys Football Club is to create an enabling learning environment for footballing excellence in which
volunteers and players are happy, friendly and self-confident, with a sense of humour and an awareness of their God-given gifts
and the need to fulfil their potential for good and they are then ready to ask: “What more can I do, what more can I give?” 

“Forward to the Goal”

Not that I am already perfect, but one thing I do, forgetting the things that are behind, and straining forward to what
lies ahead I press Forward to the Goal.