Belvedere Football Club was founded in 1971 and we feel that our 40th birthday in 2011 is something we should celebrate with all our present and past players and friends. As many of you know, we started off as a small local North Inner City club and gradually became one of the big elite clubs of Irish schoolboys football – hopefully without us losing sight of our roots and becoming arrogant or pompous!
We believe that we have been reasonably successful over the years; we have won many trophies and awards by trying to play an attractive and passing style of football; many of our players have gone on to play at the highest level; many of our managers and coaches have also gone on and achieved much in the game; and most of our managers and players also have had a lot of fun while they have been with us in Belvo – or at least we hope they have!
All of this, of course, hasn’t happened by chance. A huge amount of time, energy and commitment by many people over the years has gone into ensuring that what Brian Kerr said about us on our 30th anniversary remains true today: “Thirty years ago Belvedere was nothing more than another new club. What was achieved since should be an inspiration for every ambitious club – big or small – in the country. You don’t need great facilities, although they are certainly a help; what you need is a vision, people prepared to work hard and improve their own knowledge in order to help the young players in their charge fulfil their potential.”
It is especially pleasing to note we have now added brand new dressing rooms in Fairview and new state-of-the-art all-weather playing and training facilities at Clontarf to the hard work and vision mentioned by Brian. Another exciting development is the football academy being organised by the club’s Director of Football, Jimmy Jackson, for young players.
However well any football club is progressing, it has a future only if it can attract good new managers and coaches. Accordingly, we are appealing to all present and past Belvedere players and supporters to consider coming back and joining us in a coaching or management role.
At this time, it is appropriate to thank all current and past managers and executive committee members for their dedicated voluntary service to Belvedere Football Club and, indeed, to the wider community over the years. Especially, we must mention Martin Cooke and Gerry Mooney whose tremendous hard work and professionalism have ensured the club’s well-being in these difficult times, and Philip Manly who has performed so many roles for Belvedere over the years.
We also fondly remember at this time all those who, like Noel O’Reilly, Belvedere’s greatest coach, have passed away and make sure we do so with a smile, thinking of the happy times we shared together in Belvedere FC.