Belvedere FC is proud of all it players and especially its 10 full internationals. Meet four of them below and remember you too could soon be wearing the senior green and white
Stephen Kelly becomes first ex Belvedere Player to captain the senior international team.
Stephen Kelly became the first ex Belvderere player to captain his country when he led out the Republic Of Ireland Senior International side in the recent March 2011 friendly fixture vs. World Cup Semi Finalists Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium. Stephen spoke about how it was his proudest day in football and we all share in his joy. However Stephen (pictured left), who enjoys his football currently with Reading, is is in a ever increasing list of former Belvo players to wear the green at senior level, in fact at last count 10 players have been fortunate to go on and play their football at the highest level. Lets meet some of them below.
Mark Kennedy Belvo most capped senior International
Ten forrmer Belvedere players have played for the Republic of Ireland senior team. Curtis Fleming , Thomas Butler, Wes Holahan, Keith Treacy, Stephen Elliot, Cillian Sheridan, Mark Kennedy, Richard Sadlier, David Forde and Stephen Kelly all graduated from Fairview Park and the sky blue to Lansdowne Road or the Aviva wearing the green jersey with pride and always remembering their former club and colleagues. Mark Kennedy (pictured left) is currently Belvos most capped ex player with 34 senior caps and 4 goals to his name. Mark has enjoyed a stellar carreer starring for many UK clubs among them Millwall, Liverpool, Man City, Wolves, Wimbeldon, Cardiff and lately Ipswich Town where he is currently reserve team coach. Mark was Belvedere's first senior International cap.
Old Favourites Curtis and Richie
Other former players to don the green included our second senior international Curtis Fleming. Curtis was a lifelong Belvo stalwart and can still be seen the odd Sunday in Faireview Park watching over the internationals of tomorrow. Curtis also enjoyed a glittering career in England playing for Swindon, Middlesboro and Crystal Palace amongst others. In all Curtis gained 10 senior caps and will be forever a Belvo legend. He is currently coach with the Bolton Wanderers first team. Richard Sadlier was a rampaging centre forward who struck fear in all DDSL opponents before his switch to Millwall. Richie, lately on our TV screens as a pundit, sadly had his carreer was cut short by a bad injury but, will be fondly remembered as one of the best of his era.
Young Guns will you be next ?
Wesley Holahan (Norwich City) pictured right, who played for Belvedere from the age of 7 is an example to all young players of how dedication and hard work can bring its rewards as he was recently recalled to the Republic of Ireland International senior team for his second cap.