St Brendan’s SFC, Cabra Season 1981-82
Soccer has always played a prominent role in the lives of the people of Cabra. In the latest addition of our history and folklore section Paul Byrne recounts the success of the St Brendan’s schoolboy team of the early eighties.
Pictured above: Back row, left to right – L Quinn, A Costello (RiP), P Byrne .D Keegan. H Fox. P.Nolan. MO Brian(trainer) H Smith (RiP Manager). Front row, left to right – M Ryan. J Duggan. P Edmonds. S Mc Donald. S Redomd. J.Dixon (Mascot) Taken in the Bogies 1981.
This St Brendan’s team was a schoolboy team in Cabra. All the players came from the Cabra area and they played in at Under 18 level. In the 1981-82 seasons they won a unique treble in the Dublin schoolboy’s league which no other schoolboy team has ever achieved. They won the Under 18 A league, the Referees Shield Cup and the Pepsi Cola Cup which were all major competition at that time.
The A league that was won had major teams in it like Stella Maris, Cherry Orchid, Belvedere and all the top schoolboy teams in Dublin but St Brendan’s were convincing winners at the end of the season. The first cup of the year they won was the Referees Shield Cup. Having played five rounds, St Brendan’s found themselves in the final against WFTA from Finglas. This was a local derby between Cabra and Finglas at Dalymont Park which Brendan’s won 3-2 in a great final.
The last cup of the year they played in was the Pepsi Cola Cup. Again it took five rounds as Brendan’s showed find form by beating St Malachi’s and Stella Maris along the way reaching the final against the mighty Home Farm. Going into the final as underdogs Brendan’s beat the Farm by one goal to nil to win the cup.
After the season ended this team split up with most of them going to other teams. Some of them went to play for the Naomh Fionnbarra and Dublin.
Thanks to Paul Byrne for the article and pictures.
Pictured above: Back row, left to right – Harry Smith Manager (RiP), Paul Quinn, Eamon Byrne, Paul Byrne, David Moore, Bob Fulham, Paul Nolan, Stan Mc Donald, Frank Downes. Front row, left to right – John Hawkins, John Morgan, Tony Kenny, Anto Costello (RiP), unknown, Hughie Fox.