Most organisations that have existed for 40 years have a very high turnover in personnel. While many coaches and managers have come and gone since a Belvedere team first kicked a football, a hard core of people who became involved in our early years remained very much part of the club for many years, while some are still active in our club to this day. They can truly be decribed as True-Blue Belvedere.
Fergus was one of the founder members of Belvedere in 1971. He ran many teams through the years and is currently Club Chairman. In recent years, while not running a team, he has continues to find the time to remain actively involved despite his busy workload as Director of the Neighbourhood Youth Project based in Summerhill Parade in Dublin's North Inner City. If Fergus isn’t cheering on a Belvedere team, he can be found fantasizing about Tottenham winning something … anything.
NOEL O’REILLY (RIP)
Noel first ran a team for Belvedere in 1972 and continued to give 100 per cent to the club for many years … even after he became coach to St Patrick’s Athletic. Noel helped countless Belvedere teams to honours, St Pat’s won the League while he was their coach and, of course, Ireland won the European Under 16 and Under 18 Championships with him and Brian Kerr at the helm. But it was his development of players which was Noel’s lasting legacy. Even after Noel had to sever his connection with Belvedere when he took up a full-time position with the FAI, he was still a regular visitor to Fairview Park and occasionally could be persuaded to bring out his guitar and sing a song at a club party. Noel passed away in September 2008.
Vincent was a founder member of the club and ran teams from 1971 until 1983 when he moved to London to work. Returning to Dublin in 1988, he immediately resumed his association with the club and began running teams again until 1998 when he had to resign from Belvedere upon his appointment as manager of Ireland’s u-15 international team. Vincent also managed international teams in the 1970s and was manager of the Irish Under 15 team that won the EU Montague Tournament in 1982. A retired Bank Manager, he now gives all his time to football and has recently returned to serve as Belvedere Honourary Secretary.
Martin started running Belvedere teams in 1976 and has been involved ever since. He has had several major successes as a manager and many of his former players have gone on to play at the highest level. Martin, an information technology expert with Aer Lingus, has been club treasurer for several years, displaying the same dedication to the duties of that onerous task as he does to his teams.
A former schoolteacher in Brunswick Street, Eddie has been with Belvedere since 1975. He has had a huge influence on several of the club’s most successful teams and has helped a string of players fulfil their individual potential with his unique gentle but demanding style of management
Philip previously ran teams with Sheriff United, who merged with Belvedere in 1974. He has been one of the most prominent people in Belvedere since then and held a number of positions in the club includinf Chief Executive. He is currently an Executive Committee member. He successfully ran many teams over the years and in recent seasons has been particularly involved with the seven-a-side section.
Peadar joined the club as a player in 1972 and within five years was running a team. A partner in a gas installation company, Peadar managed several of our best players, including Richard Sadlier and Curtis Fleming through the ranks but was equally at home guiding the unsung heroes through their days as Boys in Blue. Has also served as club chairman and is currently Vice Chairman..
MARTY FARRELL (RIP)
Marty was well known in Dublin football circles since the 1960s when he ran teams with North Inner City club Blackburn Rovers. In 1973 Blackburn merged with Belvedere and Marty became chairman. Ill health dogged him for many years but despite this he rarely missed a weekend in Fairview Park. He died in January 1997.