The History of Terenure College Association Football Club

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Compiled by John McClean & Rodney Bishop.

On the 8th December 1966, almost 107 years after the birth of Terenure College on Dublin's Southside, an organised group of pupils of the College, complete with Manager, formed a football team, adopted the name Springfield F.C. and played an obscure football match against a team called Madonna Y.C. The prime movers of this inaugural fixture were Colleges pupils Philip Jones, John Chadwick and Derek & Bobby Stewart. Other players also involved in this match were Noel Germaine, Ray McInerney and Paul Meade. This team, continued to play only friendly matches as Springfield F.C., until they entered the Dublin Schoolboys Under 17 & 18 Divisions the following year. This group of Pupils of Terenure College were unofficially attributed to be the forefathers in forming the catalyst that produced the football club known today as Terenure College Association Football Club.

However, the true origins of the club are traced back to the College School Football Team of 1969 who won the inaugural Leinster Schools Cup Championship, only 3 years following Springfield F.C.'s inception. Subsequent to their Leinster Schools Cup Glory, the School team of '69 were invited to participate in the European Schools Championships the following year, hosted in Kaiserslauten in (then) West Germany. Although this Under 18 team did not progress from the group stages of this Under 20 Tournament, they did outdo themselves, and proudly secured the overall Fair Play Award for the efforts in the Tournament.

Upon returning home and completion of the Leaving Certificate Examination, the team agreed to stay together after graduating from Terenure College. They assumed the name "Collegians", and entered the Universities & Colleges League, the forerunner of the current UCD Super League. At this stage, the season of 1970/71, the team was managed by John McClean captained by Ray McInerney and starred Pat Diffney, Aiden Farrell, Alban Colwell, Tommy Foster, Paul McGee, Pat Jordan, Terry Jones, John Walsh and John O'Connor (Little).

The lads played on as "Collegians" until the end of the 1971/72 season, when the name was changed to Terenure College A.F.C. and they subsequently joined the Amateur League Division 2 Sunday. In their first season as Terenure College A.F.C., the pupils won the prestigious Leinster Junior Shield by beating Mellowes B.D.S. 5-2 in the final. It was a remarkable achievement to win this trophy in a competition, containing 164 teams, in only their first season at this level. Further success was achieved in the following season of 1973/74 by winning the Division 2 Sunday title. A feat that was miraculously repeated by Terenure College A.F.C. exactly 30 years later.

Within a few years the club had greatly increased in size, fielding no less than 5 teams in the Amateur League, the ranks swelled by past pupils who want to maintain their link with the Terenure College.  35 years later, Terenure College A.F.C. still play  top level soccer, now in the prestigious Leinster Senior League at various standards up to Premier Sunday and we still proudly play in the College, our pitch affectionately known as "The Lake."