The Belvo Boys In Blue - The Year Of 2017

(01 Jan 2018)

By Jamie Moore & Vincent Butler











What a year for Belvedere FC.

The club has completed its first ever single year season in 2017.

Belvo legend Vincent Butler and Jamie Moore have been taking a look back.

One of the highlights was the achievement of 15 year old Troy Parrott (above) who was selected and played for the Republic of Ireland Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 International teams during the year 2017.

This equals the achievememt of Sean Brennan (below) who in 2016 was also selected and played for the Irish Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 teams.












Our currrent teams picked up some silverware in 2017.

The U12 Premier boys won the DDSL Premier Cup and finished second in the league as well as clinching the Volkswagen Trophy and are looking forward to representing Ireland in Volkswagen European Junior Masters in Berlin in June as well as Iber Cup in Portugal in March

Our U14 Premier boys just lost out on retaining their SFAI All Ireland Cup, narrowly losing in a controversial final.

While the U15 Premier lads (below) won the SFAI Regional Cup.












Norwich City star Wesley Hoolahan was part of the Ireland squad that made it to the World Cup play-offs while Matt Doherty (Wolves) was on bench for last international of season versus Denmark and continues to star in the Championship for top of the table Wolves.

We also had many former players capped at international level from U15 to U19.

Ireland U19 Internationals:    Daniel McKenna (Wolves), Neil Farrugia (U.C.D.), John Martin (Waterford)















Ireland Under 18 Internationals:     Oisin McEntee (Newcastle), Kevin Healy (West Brom), Richie O'Farrell (St.Pats)

























Ireland Under 17 Internationals: Oisin McEntee (Newcastle), Sean Brennan (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Belvedere), Richie O'Farrell (St Pats), Cian Lee (St Pats)
















Ireland Under 16 Internationals: Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Brandon Holt (St.Pats), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle), Troy Parrott (Belvedere)












Ireland Under 15 Internationals: Alex Dunne, Brandon Holt and Troy Parrott (All Belvedere at the time)

Richie O'Farrell started all four games as Ireland U17s made it to the knock-out stages of the European Championships, losing to England in the end.










Ben McCormack captained the DDSL to Kennedy Cup success while Ross Fay also played a starring role.
















Our Belvo Academy also continued to go from strength to strength with huge numbers of four to seven year olds attending our sessons in Clontarf every Saturday.

We also formed three new U8 teams in 2018 from our academy players graduating up, the future in blue in bright!











While our Belvo World Cup took the world, literally, by storm!

160 players represented all 25 nations within the club with some great football on show from the four year olds up to the 11 year olds.

Nigeria emerged victorious in the U11 category over group rivals Croatia, Romania and England.

Local Independent councillor, former Lord Mayor, Christy Burke and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald called in and both spoke about the importance of sport integrating new communities, pointing out that adults can learn from the way children from all nationalities bond around sport.











Our Belvo boys abroad continued to impress.

ENGLAND (15 players):

Graham Burke (Notts County)

Jake Carroll (Cambridge Utd)

Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham)

Matt Doherty (Wolves)

David Forde (Cambridge Utd)

Chris Forrester (Peterboro Utd)

Stephen Henderson (Notts Forrest)

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

Sean Kavanagh (Fulham)

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham Utd)











Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers)

Brendan Moloney (Northampton)

John O'Sullivan (Carlisle Utd)

Alan Sheahan (Luton Town)

Peirce Sweeney (Exeter City)



Danny Rogers (Aberdeen)



Cillian Sheridan (Jagielonia Bialystock)



Richie Ryan (Miama FC)











A number of our other former teenage stars are making waves at their clubs before hopefully making their first team debuts.














James Finnerty 18 (Aston Villa)

Daniel McKenna 18 (Wolves)

Dylan Hand 18 (Chesterfield)

Conor Fowler 18 (Chesterfield)

Kevin Healy 17 (West Brom)

Ruari Patton 17 (Hibernian)

Oisin McEntee 16 (Newcastle Utd)

Sean Brennan 16 (Southampton)

Troy Parrott 15 (Tottenham Hotspur)










League of Ireland pitches up and down the country we're a familiar place for former Belvo stars with 24 players making first team appearances.

BOHEMIANS: Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward, Jamie Hamilton,  Dinny Corcoran.

BRAY WANDERERS: Hugh Douglas, Keith Buckley, Ger Pender.

CORK CITY: Jimmy Keohane.

DROGHEDA UTD: Stephen Elliott, Jake Hyland.

LIMERICK: David O'Connor










LONGFORD TOWN: Kealan Dillon

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Roberto Lopez, Darren Meenan, Graham Burke, Paul Corry

SHELBOURNE: Niall Lanigan, Mark Hughes, Adam Evans.

ST.PATRICKS ATH.: Michael Barker, Richie O'Farrell


WATERFORD: John Martin.











Paul Corry unfortunately had to announce his retirement from professional football at the end of the season aged just 26 due to injury.

He is now coaching our U13 Premier team.












It wasn't just on the pitch that we were impressing, the dug-outs up and down the leagues in both Ireland and the UK were filled with ex Belvo talent.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS:  Curtis Fleming Assistant First Team Manager

MANCHESTER CITY: Mark Kennedy Youth Coach

ARSENAL: Kwame Ampadu Head Youth Coach, Ken Gillard Assistant Head Youth Coach

IPSWICH TOWN: Gerard Nash Youth Coach

INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE: Richie Foran First Team Manager until May 2017












CABINTEELY:  Graham O'Hanlon, First team Assistant Manager

DUNDALK:    Stephen Kenny, First Team Manager

ST.PATRICKS ATHLETIC: Darius Kierans, First team Assistant Manager. Jamie Moore (U17 Manager), Darragh O'Reilly (U17 Assistant Manager)

BOHEMIANS:  Trevor Croly, First Team Assistant Manager

LIMERICK:  Martin Russell First Team Manager (until April 2017)

DROGHEDA UTD: Timmy Clancy just been appointed First Team Manager for Season 2018.











We were also heartbroken at the loss of former Belvedere member Danny Kenny.
















RIP Danny.

We remembered the legendary Noel O'Reilly on what would have been his 70th birthday.











Cheers to 2017.

2018, we're ready and waiting!










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