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Temp Head - A long time has passed

A long time has passed since five local men put their hands in their pockets and pledged €10 each to set up Grange Woodbine Football Club.

The founding fathers were Liam Farrell, Hugh Harkin, Austin Kelly, John McKeown and the late Tommy Leonard.

Grange played their matches back then in the grounds of the De La Salle College with the goals and nets stored in Liam Farrell's house.

These days, the club has two pitches and a clubhouse in Grange Woodbine Community Centre. Training is carried out on their all-weather pitch at the back of the centre.

Through the years Grangewoodbine have had many successes in leagues and cups and it is good to see that 40 years on, three of the players from the first two teams are now back coaching teams at the club.

Grange woodbine are in the process of re-developing the all-weather training pitch on Raheny Road, but the club is fortunate to benefit from a Sports Capital Grant and are also fundraising to make up the remaining 15% required for this project.

At present, the club fields eight schoolboy teams from age eight up to under 16 and it is good to see them all holding their own in their leagues.

The under 14 C team has secured a share of second place, while the under 16 B team, who won their league and were unfortunate to lose out in the Ita Farrell Cup Final to the odd goal, an 80th-minute penalty.

The 14 B and under nine team were both defeated having reached cup semi-finals.

The mini-leagues this year will take place on the weekend of 28th-30th June.

The clubs will cater for under sevens up to under 16s over the weekend.

You can contact Derek Farrell on 086 8150764 for any details on this or just keep an eye on the noticeboard in the clubhouse or on the club website: www.gwfc.ie.

Grange woodbine will be holding trials shortly after the mini-leagues for ages six up to 16. For more information, please use contact details formerly mentioned.

Grange woodbine FC runs an academy for kids between four and seven years every Saturday morning and an academy for girls aged eight and over on Sunday afternoons.

The club are holding a 'Strictly Come Dancing' night in the Regency Hotel on the 20th September as a fundraiser.

If you are interested in dancing or just coming along to support on the night you can get details on the club website: gwfc.ie

Grange woodbine will be holding a dinner to celebrate their 40th year in November/ December so if any previous players/managers etc are interested in attending they should contact Derek Farrell on 0868150764 to leave contact details.

Many thanks to all the players, managers and committees that have kept this club going over the last 40 years and heres to another 40 years of continued success.