THE PARENT club of ‘The Belvo’ was the Belvedere Youth Club which in seven years time will be 100 years old. The Youth Club was founded in 1918 and has served the North Inner City area of Dublin for the past 93 years. Originally the football club formed a section of the youth club until the mid 1980s, when by mutual agreement, they became separate entities.
Prior to 1971, football was purely one of a number of activities for those who were club members and teams were run in a Youth Club Soccer League, now defunct, and not the DDSL. It was noticed that very few players coming through the old football set-up ever reached senior status and were quite content to play for junior teams. This was one of the main reasons why Belvedere Football Club was set up.
Belvedere Football Club’s North Inner City identity can be evidenced by the number of local players who have achieved great success in recent years. Four Inner City players who played for the club have been capped at full senior international level for Ireland. The same four players, plus a further six, have also been capped for the u-21 international team. Wesley Hoolahan (Portland Row), Curtis Fleming (Ballybough), Stephen Elliott (Portland Row) and Keith Treacy (Sheriff Street) are the four full internationals, while Kwame Ampadu (Gardiner Street), Richie Foran (North Wall), Ken Gillard (Gardiner Street), Thomas Morgan (Sean McDermott Street), Gary Mulligan (East Wall) and Mark Quigley (Liberty House) are the six other u-21 internationals.
There are many boys presently playing for the club from the Inner City area who show great promise and some could achieve as much as the players previously mentioned. Recent graduates from the club such as Sean Skelly (Ballybough) and Gary Burke (Liberty House) are playing with Drogheda and Bohemians in the League of Ireland while Graham Burke from Sean McDermott Street is now with Aston Villa. While the club now has players from all over the city and further afield, its traditional area of Dublin’s North Inner City is still very much our spiritual home.