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Waterford Schoolboys Football League

Bohemians Football Club

History:

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 1959.
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 new ground.

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 for.

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.

 

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Niall Fitzgerald,
204 Larchville,
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