Stella Maris F.C.

Stella Maris Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Drumcondra, Dublin. Founded in 1943, the club caters for over 350 children, ranging in age from 5 to 18 years. Some thirty coaches and managers train, organise and oversee the teams and academy run by the club. The club enters several teams in the Dublin & District Schoolboy League and the Leinster Senior League. Stella Maris is best known for its youth system which has successfully produced dozens of players who have gone on to play for clubs throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Many have also gone on to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level. [1][2][3][4][5]

Stella Maris F.C.
Full nameStella Maris Football Club
Founded1943
GroundDublin Port Stadium Richmond Road
Clonturk Park
Albert College Park
PresidentJohnny Giles
ChairmanSean Kavanagh
LeagueDublin & District Schoolboy League
Dublin Women's Soccer League
Leinster Senior League
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Moore and WhelanEdit

One of Stella Maris' earliest coaches was Paddy Moore. During the 1940s and early 1950s, when Moore coached Stella Maris, he nurtured the talents of future Republic of Ireland international Ronnie Whelan Sr. Whelan was initially "discovered" by Moore's wife, who then brought him to the attention of her husband. Whelan was one of the early success stories of the Stella Maris academy.[6]

Milk CupEdit

Stella Maris have been regular participants in the Milk Cup, playing against the youth teams of among others, Feyenoord, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough as well as national youth teams representing Wales, Estonia and Slovakia. On 27 July 1994, Glen Crowe scored a hat-trick as Stella Maris defeated Estonia 8–0 in a Milk Cup game.[7]

Women's teamsEdit

Stella Maris has also fielded women's teams in both the Dublin Women's Soccer League and the FAI Women's Cup.[8][9] Republic of Ireland women's internationals Stephanie Roche and Áine O'Gorman are both former Stella Maris players.[10]

Home groundEdit

In May 2014, Stella Maris opened a new clubhouse and a new 3G pitch at their base at Richmond Road. The facilities were officially opened by two former players, Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy, who were joined at the opening ceremony by Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief John Delaney.[11] Stella Maris also play matches at a number of local pitches based at Clonturk Park and Albert College Park.[12]

Notable former playersEdit

Republic of Ireland internationals

Source:[1][13]

Republic of Ireland women's internationals
Republic of Ireland B internationals
Republic of Ireland U23 international
Republic of Ireland U21 internationals
League of Ireland XI representatives
Republic of Ireland managers
League of Ireland managers
Actors

Notable former managersEdit

HonoursEdit

Source:[14][15]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.fai.ie lists Stella Maris as 1993–94 winners. The FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995 omits the 1993–94 final. Other sources including, the Tipperary Southern & District Football League website, claims St. Michael's won the cup in both 1993–94 and 1994–95

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "STELLA MARIS FOOTBALL CLUB YOUR CLUB -". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Social Finance Foundation – Stella Maris FC". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Leinster Senior Football League". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  4. ^ Junior Soccer Portal
  5. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  6. ^ McGarrigle, Stephen (1996). The Complete Who's Who of Irish International Football, 1945–96. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing.
  7. ^ Milk Cup, Rsssf
  8. ^ www.rsssf.com
  9. ^ www.rsssf.com
  10. ^ www.stellamarisfc.yourclub.ie
  11. ^ "John Giles and Eamon Dunphy help usher in new era at Stella Maris". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  12. ^ "STELLA MARIS FOOTBALL CLUB YOUR CLUB – LOCATION". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Jimmy Conway Testimonial". Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  14. ^ "FAI Umbro Youth Challenge Cup Previous Winners". fai.ie. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  15. ^ Mark Herbert, Donie Butler (1994–95). FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995. Dublin: Sportsworld Ltd.