The club was founded in 1922 and had a social hall in Finglas Bridge. It continued into the mid-thirties, reformed in the forties. During that period, we played in Doyles field know as "West Park". We then moved to Clonmell Park, (Duffs Field), Ballymun in 1945. In 1946 we had moved to Blanchardstown after which we had the use of the fields in Finglas with the consent of the County Council. However, we were moved form place to place due to housing development. So on the 19th November 1958, we signed a lease with Dublin Corporation for a soccer pitch. As we could only acquire an 11 month lease at the time, we were advised that perhaps we would have a better chance in Ballygall Road East. We made an application to the Dublin Board of Assistance and we duly met the engineer. It was agreed that we submit a plan of our requirements. We did so on the 24th June 1960 and in 1963 after lengthy negotiations, we were informed that the site in question was allocated for flats.

We then applied to Dublin Corporation for a long term lease on our pitch in Finglas East, pointing out that we had now spent hundreds of pounds in rent and rates. There was no hope of accepting the terms offered. We continued to play in Finglas East and many will remember the late Mr. Keatleys house which he so kindly let us use as our dressing rooms. We continued to use the house while the public park was being developed and in the meantime, we applied to the Dublin Health Authority for a letting of their lands in Cremore Drive. We had to vacate the grounds (which we have now returned to) in 1968 as it was intended for building purposes.

We returned to Johnstown Park and we were still using Mrs. Keatleys house as our club premises until it was demolished in 1971. In the meantime, we were renewing our application for the club premises. We had meetings over the years with Dublin Corporation and we were pleased when in December 1974 we were finally granted a site in Fitzmaurice Road. We then set about plans and had meetings with our architect. We submitted our plans, but eventually had to withdraw them due to restrictions which left us with very little space. That was in 1975. We continued for a further four years to pursue our goal. So on the 20th of March 1979 we were given title to the present site. Work the commenced and on the 10th March 1980, we were pleased to open our sports complex.

The complex was official opened on the 18th July 1982 by Jim Tunney (Leas Ceann Comhairle) for a match against Bohemians.


 

 

 

 

 

CODE FOR COACHES

1. Remember that as a coach of under-age teams, you must act in "loco parentis" and to that extent your duty of care is more onerous than that of an adult team.

2. Remember that young people need a coach whom they can respect. Lead by example.

3. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved.

4. Never ridicule or shout at players for making mistakes or losing a match.

5. Teach your players that the Laws of the Game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.

6. Be reasonable in your demands on the players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time.

7. Prepare young players for inter-class and interschool activities.

8. Ensure that all players participate in matches. The "average" players require and deserve equal time

9. Remember that young players play for fun and enjoyment and that skill, learning and playing for fun have priority over highly structure competition. Winning is not the only objective.

10. Develop player and team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.

11. Insist on fair play and disciplined play. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player.

12. Set realistic goals for the team and individual players and do not push young players into adult like competitions.

13. Encourage young players to develop basic skills and sportsmanship. Avoid over specialisation in positional play during their formative years.

14. Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play.

15. Do not over-burden younger players with too much information.

16. Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and methods, and on the principles of growth and development of young people.

17. Be aware of the effect you have on growing children.

18. Never criticise the referee or assistant referee during or after a match in front of players or spectators.

19. Always thank the match officials and if they have made decision which require clarification, discuss the problem after everyone has changed.

20. Seek and follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.

21. Ensure that proper equipment and facilities are available at all times.

22. Ensure that all your players know that bullying, whether verbal or physical will not be tolerated.


CODE FOR PARENTS

1. Remember, young people are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

2. Encourage your child always to play by the laws of the game.

3. Teach young children that honest endeavour is as important as winning so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.

4. Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.

5. Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.

6. Never ridicule, humiliate, or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match.

7. Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.

8. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of Sport. If the child is to play, he/she will do so in good time through your encouragement. There are other aspects of sport other than playing which are equally fulfilling.

9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sport.

10. As a spectator, do not use profane language or harass referees coaches or players

11. Do not publicly question the referees judgment and never their honesty.

12. Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for young people.

13. Encourage in your child an appreciation of mutual respect for team-mates and opponents.


CODE FOR CHILDREN

1. Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated.

2. No bad language is allowed.

3. Players must show respect for coaches and other players.

4. Players should arrive on time for coaching.

5. Players must maintain a high level of respect for their club, fellow players and opponents.

6. Players must be respectful towards their parents / guardians and their coach.

7. Players should be respectful towards referees and other match / league officials and should never question a decision of a match official.

 

8. Players should at all times abide by the laws of the game.