Belvedere Football Club was founded in 1971 to provide a dedicated football organization for young people from the north Inner-city area of Dublin. It originally started as a section of the Belvedere Youth Club. The club entered the Dublin and District Schoolboys League in the 1971/72 season and had just four teams competing (12G, 12H, 13E and 15D).
Over the next few years momentum grew and a number of well known local football and youth clubs merged with the emerging Belvedere and the club became bigger and stronger expanding its core base and expertise. Within five years the club had a team in every 'Premier' section of the league from Under 12 (the youngest at the time), up to prestige level at Under 18.
Developing the Club
The number of teams, players and coaches continued to increase as large numbers of families from the north Inner-city moved to the new estates on the northern outskirts of the city whilst remaining loyal to the unique camaraderie created by being part of Belvedere. Today boys from all over the greater Dublin area and well beyond play in the famous Belvedere sky blue and black but our roots are firmly remain in the North Inner City and our home ground of Fairview Park. Belvedere has won 120+ premier league and cup competitions in our history. Last season, we won nine league and cup trophies and finished runners-up in three others. These included the U17 All-Ireland Cup, Premier League and Premier Cup, the U16 Premier League and Cup, while the U15’s won the All-Ireland cup for the 2nd season running whilst finishing runners-up in the U15 Premier.
Club and International Success
An amazing 196 Belvedere players have been capped by Ireland from the Under 15 age-group up to and including senior international level. Thirty-eight players capped at Under 21 level and ten full senior internationals are included in the overall figure. In the Season (2009/2010), 23 Belvedere players played for Ireland – 8 at U16, 2 at U17, 2 at U18, 3 at U19, 3 at U21, 3 at U23 and 3 (Stephen Kelly, Keith Treacy & Killian Sheridan) in full internationals. Twenty-eight former Belvedere players are currently on contract with senior English and Scottish clubs, fifty-two are registered with for League of Ireland clubs. Included in that figure are four players who play with UCD on soccer scholarships. There are also several players on scholarships in the USA.
Future Plans and Ambitions
This year the club has representative sides at U8, U9, U10 and U11 in the DDSL Small Side Game as well as teams at all age levels up to U17 level the majority challenging for League honours at Premier level or just below. 2011 was a landmark year for the club in many ways as we marked our 40th anniversary as one the country’s most successful and progressive schoolboy football academies. The opening of the all weather pitches at the Clontarf Road Complex as well as the new dressing rooms in Fairview Park ensure the clubs future is secure whilst giving our players and coaches access to state of the art playing and training facilities all year round. The history book as well as the trophy cabinet of the ‘boys in blue’ is ever growing and the future certainly looks bright.