For the first 18 years of its existence, Bohemians FC had no
ground of its own. Once the club became established the committee
turned its attention to acquiring what many clubs in Waterford
wanted but very few had, their own ground.
Through the efforts of Jimmy Cooke, the club were able to secure
the rent of a field adjoining the ACEC factory on Keane’s
Road and moved to the pitch the club named ‘Marian Park’
In 1970, due to the expansion of the ACEC plant, Bohs had to vacate
their pitch on Keane’s Road and the search was on for a
An approach to the Junior League resulted in the sub-lease of
Poleberry Park, which at that time was in very poor condition.
In partnership with Bolton FC, Bohemians set about developing
the ground and two years later Poleberry Park was reopened.
In 1975, Bolton departed from Poleberry Park having acquired a
ground of their own at Kilbarry.
BEN WADDING PARK
On Sunday, May 26, 1991, Poleberry Park was re-named ‘Ben
Wadding Park’ in honour of the club’s greatest son.
Ben Wadding was, in fact, synonymous with Bohemians Football Club.
Player, referee, manager, secretary, coach, chairman, treasurer,
fund-raiser, Ben Wadding was all things to everyone within the
club for almost fifty years.
Qualified as a coach under the FAI, Ben was a member of the FAI
Council and a Director of Waterford FC. He played in three Munster
Junior Cup Finals, two FAI Junior Cup Finals and led Bohs, both
as a player and manager, to every local trophy that was competed
There have, of course, been others since the foundation of the
club who have invested much time and energy into the advancement
of Bohemians FC. Martin Power in the early days, Jimmy Cooke whose
untimely death in 1974 sent shock waves through the club, Ritchie
Elliott and Tommy Drohan, to mention but a tiny few.
There are countless others of this nature who have played a vital
role in the club’s development down through the years. Jim
Beglin, John O’Shea, Jack Fitzgerald (R.I.P) are just some
of the famous names to have played for Bohs.