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History of Edenderry Town AFC

History Of Edenderry Town AFC

Formed in 1926 by the worker's of Aylsbury's Timber factory, one of whom Paddy Maloney was to become the mainstay of soccer in Edenderry.

The first 38 years were a particular struggle, with Paddy almost single handedly keeping the show going with help at various times from men such as Frank and George Slevin, Willie Donohue, Joe Bergin and a handful of other's. During some of those year's Edenderry did not play League Football, only entering cup competition's. In1964 an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting was held in Nolan's hall and a new Committee was formed with Joe Morgan as Chairman, John Reid as Secretary and Frank Clarke as Treasurer. Whilst things picked up at this stage the main problem still remained, a settled home pitch to play their matches. During the 1960's, Edenderry Town played football in Pollards field, The Creamery and Fay's field.

The first turning point in the club's History came in 1971,when Paddy Maloney gathered a new look committe around him with Francie McGuinness as Secretary and Paud Maloney as Treasurer. They appointed Tony Maher as Player/ Manager and in their 1st season they won the Club's first trophy, the Leinster Counties Cup in Athy on the 6th of June 1972. From that turning point the club has gone from strength to strength. Edenderry Town won numerous trophies during the 1970's and just as important in 1973 they secured a long term lease on the old rugby grounds in Derrycoris. So after 47 year's the club finally had a home, Fr Paul Park.

In 1982 the Club lost its Chairman when Frank Slevin died. Frank like Paddy Maloney had been a life long servent of Edenderry Town. Frank Slevin's only wish was to see Schoolboy's playing organised soccer in Edenderry. In 1983 a major development occured when the club formed a Schoolboy's section with two team's.... U-12's and U-15's. This decision has had a profound affect on the club ever since with a steady stream of talented player's coming through from the schoolboy rank's to senior football. The number of team's increased rapidly and the club now field seven underage team's playing every Saturday. Another feature of the schoolboy section is the Sunday Morning league's, where boy's and girl's from aged 5 year's to 10 year's play matches on over 40 Sunday's of the year.The excitement generated by these game's are a major feature of the club today.

The 80's continued with the club winning trophies galore at both Senior and Under-age levels. The club moved to The Leinster Seinor League in 1986 and bought 9.5 acres of land adjacent to their leased grounds at Fr Paul Park. Then in 1988 the club was rocked by the untimely death of its Chairman Joe Browne. Joe, as well as been Chairman, was also Physio with the 1st Team. In 1989 Edenderry Town's U-12 team clinched the All-Ireland title in Mosney in the Community Games. Again in 1990 Edenderry Town's U-12's reached the All- Ireland Finals in Butlins but were beaten in the quarter-finals.

In 1992 the father figure of the club, Paddy Maloney, passed away. This was another blow for the club just as plans for a major devolopement were taking place at what we now call, Paddy Maloney Park. Just like all the other club members that had passed away, Paddy never saw the fruits of his plans for the complex that is there now. Edenderry Town's 1st Team continue to play their football in the Leinster Senior League while our 2nds, 3rds and Youths play in the Kildare League. Another blow for Edenderry Town came in 1998 when Committe Member and U-12 Manager Ollie Morgan passed away. Ollie was a major fund raiser for the club and his ambition like the rest was to see the major devolopment plan financed and put into action.

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