St. Anthonys FC Kilcoole

Founded 1991

Co. Wicklow

Club History

St Anthonys Kilcoole United F.C was formed in 1991 following the amalgamation of Kilcoole United A.F.C and St Anthonys Schoolboys and based at James Finn Park, Lott Lane, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow. 


Kilcoole United 

Founded in 1971 by Jimmy Finn, Jerry Whelan and Paul Gammell, the clubs first ever goal was scored by Willie Gormley in a 2-0 away win against Greystones. The following season, the team eached the GIFF Cup final, losing out on the day to Ashford Rovers. 

The 80's saw the club thrive, Division 2A Winners 80/81, GIFF Cup winners in 84/85, Wicklow Cup winners in 85/86, Premier Shield Winners 86/87, 

1988-89 was perhaps the clubs most successful year winning both Division 1 and the Lacey Cup in the same season.

The squad for this season was: 

 David Hunt, Noel Doyle, Jake Maguire, Eugene Greene, Michael Kelly, Anto Harvey, Pat (Boxer) Doyle, Ashley Hayden, John Campbell, Frankie Rennix, Chris Doyle, Eric Gilbert, Tony Doran, Derek Campbell, Alan Hackett, Norman Armstrong, Kevin Eccleston and managed by Tony Doran and Pat (Boxer) Doyle. 


St Anthonys Schoolboys

St Anthonys Schoolboys ran very successful teams throughout the 1970s with many medals collected in the Wicklow and Dublin Leagues. In fact, over a five year period to 1980, the club had won over 25 cups and shields in both leagues which was a tremendous achievement for such a small village.

On one occasion, the club had the honour of hosting Home Farm at home, a game which is still spoken about to this day. They faced tough opposition in respect of one particular player who went on to represent Liverpool and Ireland in Ronnie Whelan. 

Their U9 team of 1977/78 is another story of legend where they went the entire season without conceeding a goal, winning the league with John Byrne as goalkeeper. 

The club was founded by Kevin Cosgrave, Eugene Green, Brian Hughes and Robert Finnegan. 


St Anthonys Kilcoole F.C

Over the years, the club has grown from strength to strength from 4 teams in the early 90's to its current 19 and two academys today. Many have gone on to represent our national team and clubs all over the world, Barry Corr, Susan Hackett, Stephen McGuinness, Ciaran Byrne and current Irish U16/17 goalkeeper, Joe Collins to name but a few. Many of our members have in the past and currently represent Wicklow and Leinster in intercounty and provincial competitions. 

The club have expanded over the years to include two further underage pitches, Dermot Wheeler Park, named after one of our late great schoolboy footballers and, following a large fundraising campaign, a state of the art astroturf pitch. 

History was made when we held our first all girls open day on Feb 19th 2022.  Our first competitive match (and win) in the U13 Dublin League was played on the 4th of September against Ballyoulster Utd. We now have a squad of 17 comprising girls born in 2010 and 2011 with a number of younger girls, playing in the WDSL, training with the team. The girls have been recently promoted within the league and we hope to expand to further girls teams in the near future. 

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