Tramore AFC was founded in 1952. Towards the end of the 1950's
Willie Quaid and Noel Hayes had their eyes firmly fixed on the
future for Tramore AFC when they began to organize a series of
challenge games for local Juvenilies, which were played in conjunction
with home games at Graun Park.
Willie and Noel then entered a team in the Waterford League from
about 1959 to 1962 when it lapsed. Throughout 1964 Willie and
Noel constantly badgered the committee to re-enter a juvenile
team once more but their pleas were always met with a deferral.
Finally at a meeting in the Band Room, Pond Road on the 18th February
1965, the committee decided to ‘’bite the bullet’’
and enter a team in the Under 14 League for season 1965/1966.
Under the capable guidance of Willie Quaid and Noel Hayes the
young lads finished in a mid-table position in the League with
Michael Butler emerging as the team’s leading scorer with
9 goals to his credit. The Chairman (Andy O’Beirne) was
so enthusiastic about the displays of the young lads that at the
AGM in 1966 he suggested that an extra Juvenile team (Under 15)
be entered the following season.
This signaled the birth of Schoolboy Football at Tramore AFC.
Down through the years Tramore have had an astonishing record
at winning local competitions and producing players who have go
on to play at higher levels and represent their country. Players
of the caliber of John Frost, Alan Reynolds, and Jim Goodwin have
all plied their trade at the Tramore Club. Willie Moran a Tramore
man was also secretary of the Waterford Schoolboy Football League
and both Chairman and Secretary of the Schoolboy’s Football
Association of Ireland. Tramore have had many club members who
have participated in Waterford Schoolboy League Kennedy Cup and
Development squads. The benefits of the hard work of the Tramore
committee are there for all to be seen at Graun Park. Tramore
are a progressive club and no doubt they will have a lot more
success in the years ahead.