Organised soccer started in Kilbarrack in 1970 with schoolboy football. By 1971 a senior men’s team was formed. In those early years, matches were played on land where now stand the Church of St John the Evangelist and the Greendale shopping centre. Later games were played at nearby Roseglen Avenue pitches.
In 1976, the schoolboy team were winners of Dublin Schoolboy league under 12 D division. Then in 1979, the under 14 team were second in the under 14 E division.
In 1977, the senior men won the club’s first senior trophy the Liddy Cup. For the 1979/80 season, the club had 9 schoolboy teams and a senior team.
The 1980’s saw the club overcome a financial crisis while still maintain several senior and schoolboy teams. It’s modest AUL 2B side had a great FAI Junior cup run to the sixth round. It brought 150 supporters to a cup defeat in Tipperary. The number of people who travelled clearly demonstrated the considerable community involvement and support for the club.
Throughout the 1990s, the club continued to win trophies and remained active at schools and senior levels. In the early 1990s, the senior team had improved form and progress to the better if modest AUL Division 1.
A cup victory boosted morale in the summer of 1994 when Kilbarrack United won the J.R. Mullion Cup and the AUL Division 1 Sunday. In a local derby in 1999, the senior team beat Killester United three to one to win the Italian Embassy Cup. They would finish at AUL Premier C level by 1999.
In 2002 the club published an ambitious Development Plan. It was to be the basis for the football successes and new facilities over the next 15 years or so. For example the under 10s in 2004 won a Brenfer cup. In 2005, the senior team were promoted to the AUL Premier A division.
The club was not deterred when there was an arson attack on its new club house at an early build stage. The club and community showed resolve to continue with the efforts and hard work for a club house.
In 2009, Irish team manager Giovanni Trapatonni opened a modern fit for purpose club house on Greendale Rd. It is testimony to the fund raising and determination of the club
At the start of the new decade the club had 10 schools and 2 seniors’ teams. The 2010/11 season had the under 11s win the league and cup. In 2012, the senior team won the Liddy Cup. In a major breakthrough at national level, the seniors reached the final of the FAI junior cup in 2012 and then again in 2013. Also in 2012, the under 15s and 17s were promoted to Premier Divisions.
In 2017 a new all-weather flood light pitch was opened. In 2017, the seniors transferred to the Leinster Senior League and at the end of 2018 season were Major Sunday league winners, gaining promotion to Intermediate football, and holders of the Polikoff Cup
Appreciation to founders and all who made it happen
Needless to remark the club’s achievements and community legacy were only possible by the voluntary hard work and commitment of the various men and women who served on committees, and contributed as players, managers, physios, pitch markers, supporters, local community involvement and sponsors- too many to set out in this brief history document.
COMING SOON – the full story!
The club plan to publish shortly “The story so far….the History of Kilbarrack United” by Jim Kelly. It will have plenty of details and photos to mark the club’s soccer progress and community involvement. Information will be on this website.