The A.U.L. Complex:
The AUL Complex has been home to Shelbourne fc girls since May 2007. It staged our first match and has seen us grow into the biggest girls club in the country. Its top class facilities and pitches have allowed us to play our unique brand of football. It has witnessed some of our huge success to date with the winning of many finals stagged there over the years. Our underage academy and Intermediate & junior teams all train and play here. It is the home of girls football. We train here all year round
Morton Stadium, Santry;
Morton Stadium is our second home (Tolka Park) being the Holy Grail. Our FAI National Womens League side will train and play most games here. This will be an interesting first season for us as we embark on this new adventure. Our recent merger with Raheny United sees Shelbourne LFC compete in the National League for the first time. There expierience united with our huge underage success should be a marrage maid in heaven. Time will tell.
In 1995 Shelbourne F.C. took over the women's football club Welsox F.C.. Welsox
played in both the Civil Service League and the Dublin Women's Soccer League
and had won the FAI Women's Cup in both 1992 and 1994. They were also DWSL
runners-up in 1995. After coming under the Shelbourne umbrella, they also finished
as FAI Women's Cup runners-up in 1997 and 1999 and were DWSL runners-up in
1998, 1999 and 2000. Future Republic of Ireland women's national football team
manager Susan Ronan played for both Welsox and Shelbourne during this era.
Following its integration into Shelbourne, the club was administered mainly, though
not exclusively, by women on a voluntary basis while it received financial and
logistical support from the men's club. However in 2002, following a change in
management and coaching staff, the original Shelbourne Ladies team disbanded
and a core group of players moved to Templeogue United to merge with an
existing girls' team.
Shelbourne LFC was revived in 2007. Mick Neville league of Ireland legend was Director of Coaching at Shelboure LFC met Keith O Neill founding member on the fore court of a service station on the Old Airport Road, A chance meeting of 2 ex football players who grew up together started what now is arguably the biggest girls football club in the country. A chance remark about his development job at the club led us to form Shelbourne LFC. In May 2007 Shelbourne LFC played their first game in the NDSL summer league. Keith along with Steve Craig began the first steps to bringing girls football to Shelbourne LFC. With one team of 14 year olds in 2007 we kicked off our new venture with a 23-0 defeat. We served our apprenticeship the hard way in the first season.
In 2008 we added a second team to cater for the girls arriving. Since 2009 we have added a new age group each year where we now in 2015 cater for 11 teams under every age group playing and training each week. We now have over 130 girls on our books ranging in ages from our youngest 7 year old right through to senior football. It has been a huge success here at Shelbourne LFC our motto of girls playing football of "Living the Dream" has been transported all over the country here and to foreign fields. The Shelbourne LFC brand is a growing bigger every year.
Our proud history here sees us having collected all major awards available to us as a club. We currently hold a proud record here as of winning the FAI All Ireland National u12s title for the last 4 years. We first won the title in 2011 and have defended it each season since a record never before achieved or likely ever to be beaten. In October our current u12s will be defending the title for the 5th year. Our club has rapidly progressed from being a Junior club into an Intermediate club and this year we progressed into the complete club by being accepted into the Womens Natioal League. We are the only girls club with a true pathway from nursery age to a National League side a production line for footballers.
Our ethos "FAIL TO PREPARE - PREPARE TO FAIL" is etched into all Shelbourne LFC players hearts from an early age and runs right through the club. We have over the years built a family atmosphere here at the club and developed a bond within the club that covers most of the country as our players travel far and wide to wear the famous RED shirt of Shelbourne LFC.
2015 sees a new era for our club as we embark on the final piece of the footballing jigsaw entrance into the FAI Women's National League. Our senior side of the club will be the icing on the footballing cake as it offers top level football for all the underage internationals we are creating in the junior section.
Our thriving underage section led by Frank Darby & Ivan O Shaughnessy has grown steadily over the years and produced talented players feeding into our thriving u16 & 18 age groups. Since 2013 Mark Leavy, Gordon Ewing, Sam Kavanagh, Linda Parrat, Tony Maher have been adding the final touches to players before graduating them to the senior side of the club where Jason Dunbar, Derek Carroll & Robie Hennessy have guided them over the years to unprecedent success on the pitch.
We now have created our own history pages by what we have achieved in such a short period of time. We as a club will celebrate 10 years on the road in 2017 a date which will be celebrated with passion and pride. The birth of Shelbourne LFC is etched into football folklore. Keith O Neill. Shelbourne LFC.