Every succesful club continually adds to its coaching and organistional ranks - allow us to introduce some of the current generation of coaches and mentors who are continuing the fine Belvo traditions.
Players who give ten years unbroken service to a club are often granted a testimonial. With some obvious exceptions (like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger), managers rarely last that long in any one club. Belvedere, however, could field a team, and even have a sub, made up of people who are due a testimonial. They mightn’t move as quickly as they used to in their prime, but the football brains are as sharp as ever as they continue to help the Belvo boys in blue fulfill their potential
Photo: Belvedere Managers and Coaches attending the Club Seminar at the Johnstown House Hotel, Co Kildare in November 2011 with guest speaker Damian Richardson.
DEREK O’BRIEN: Back now working with younger players, having enjoyed great success with several older teams,
Derek is a well qualified coach and was a prominent League of Ireland player, mainly with Shamrock Rovers. His three sons – Mark, Neil and Colin – all played for Belvedere.
TONY LYNCH: Tony, or ‘Father Lynch’ in the days of Mosney, has been helping run teams for over 15 years. Does some sterling work behind the scenes, including fund-raising, and often helps out other Belvo teams when they are competing in competitions like the Milk Cup.
MICK BYRNE: Originally a ‘local boy’ from the North Strand, Mick played for the Belvo when he was young.
Mick quietly goes about his work in a dedicated and efficient manner.
GERRY GALLIGAN: Gerry, who is from the North Circular Road has always worked with Mick, displaying the same
dedication and ethos. Originally got involved when his son, Michael started playing for the club.
TOMMY KENNY:A well known amateur boxer in his younger days, Tommy goes about his work in a quiet and efficient manner. Has enjoyed huge success with several teams.
JOHN MOORE:A well known figure in Dublin football circles, John has managed many successful teams for the club. Has helped a huge number of players to win underage international caps and go on to figure prominently in the
League of Ireland. Managed the only team in Ireland ever to win the FAI Under 17 Cup and FAI Youths Cup in the same season.
KIERAN O’REILLY: Having been involved in the early days of the club Kieran returned in 2002 when his son, Niall, joined. Part of the Moore-Jackson team, Kieran is a brother of the late Noel O’Reilly.
GERRY BROWN: Gerry, a National School Principal, does sterling work to the highest standard behind the scenes.
His only fault is that he is too honest when doing linesman.
JIMMY JACKSON: In his day, Jimmy was a very prominent centre half in the League of Ireland, where he has also worked as a manager and coach. Was involved with his native Athlone Town, St.Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians. Jimmy is renowned as a coach who insists on his teams playing the game the right way. Forms a formidable team with John Moore. And is now the club's Director of Coaching
RAY McCANN: Like his son Alan, Ray is a former Belvo player. Went on to play in the League of Ireland and then returned to the club to help a stream of players progress and win numerous national and domestic trophies.
Ray is a son of Jimmy ‘Maxie’ McCann, a full Irish international, ‘Maxie’ wasof the ‘famous five’ Shamrock Rovers forward line of the 1960s – ‘McCann, Hamilton, Ambrose, Peyton and Tuohy’. All of his sons played for Belvedere as did Liam Tuohy’s son and two of Noel Peyton’s nephews.