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Waterford Schoolboys Football League

History

In 1957 The Waterford Junior League established the Waterford Schoolboys Football League in order to organise, control, and administer schoolboy soccer competitions in Waterford City and the surrounding area. The League started with 8 clubs fielding a total of 15 teams in Under 15 and Under 16 only. Paddy Toms was elected to act for the year as secretary to a fledgling Schoolboy League. He was followed by Joe Goulding who held the position before Willie Moran took over for 10 years. Pat Kelly then assumed the role and is the current holder of the office.

The popularity of schoolboy soccer quickly spread throughout the region and the league has enjoyed more or less continuos growth up to the present day. Over the years the League has grown and now has almost 140 teams playing from Under 11 up to Under 16.

The League also runs a regional squad for every age group from Under 12 to Under 16. From it’s formation the league has been affiliated to the Schoolboys’ Football Association of Ireland and its players and officials down through the years have been honoured on numerous occasions by the National Association in selections for International schoolboy games (players, team coaches, and managers and match officials)

The arrival of the TSB Bank (now known as Permanent TSB) as League sponsor was a landmark and the partnership forged many years ago is still thriving and while due credit must be given to others in the Bank, special mention must be made of Tom Bradfield whose role was pivitol and whose support for us was always evident.

Honours

  • Three time Kennedy Cup winners (1993, 1998, 2003)
  • SFAI Under 12 Inter-League Jim Cashin Cup winners (2002)
  • SFAI Under 12 Inter-League Munster Champions (2002)
  • SFAI Under 15 Inter-League Munster Champions (2003)
  • Runners up in Jack Wood International Tournament (2003)

 

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