Club History

Club History

Kells Blackwater Football Club (Formerly Kells Boys Fc) Est. 1993

Our club Kells Blackwater Football Club (Originally called Kells Boys) was founded in 1993 by two local sports and soccer enthusiast Dessie Smith and Catriona Smith. Along with the help of Eddie Higgins, Tony Drew and Sean McNamara, this group of local people founded the club, beginning with an underage soccer Leagzes for 7-10 year olds every Saturdays afternoon in Kells.

After much success over the following numbers of months, the club with local man and Club Chairman Stevie McManus then set their sights on progressing into different age groups; such was the demand for local soccer at juvenile level.  This steadily led to the club having 2 underage 11 a-side teams in the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys League. Again such was the very high standard of local soccer in Kells, it didn’t take long for the Kells Boys Football Club to have teams competing in the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys League from the age 11-16 year olds.

In the early years of the club, our club colours were not defined, and often our teams would take to the playing field in different colours. A practice that would surely be frowned-upon nowadays, this was all to change in 1999.  In that year, the new committee of Kells Boys Football Club decided on what is the now famous Navy and Red home strip and White and Red as our away strip. These club colours are worn throughout the town with great pride by all age groups in the form of Club Jackets, Overcoats, Tracksuits, Jerseys etc .

In 2003, Kells Boys Football Club, fielded its very first senior team, this team completed in Division 3 of the Meath and District League.  Making our way up through the league divisions to complete in Division 1 for a number of years, only to return to Division 2 were we remain at this present day.
Moving swiftly on to 2007, Kells Boys and Blackwater United Football Club (A club located 5 miles from Kells) decided to joined together in the interest of local soccer, they decided to form the new club Kells Blackwater Football Club under the guidance of then Chairman Greg Smith. This merger was to prove very successful for both clubs. The

list of local grounds or fields that we Kells Boys Fc or Kells Blackwater Fcplayed have graced in the recent years are the Running Field, Dublin Road, Kells, Kieran Well, Oldcastle Road, Kells and now we reside at The Grange, Fyanstown, Kells, Co. Meath. We believe The Grange to be our long-term home ground and look forward to having many successful years there.

In 2008, an attempt to establish the club on a more solid footing, local counsellor Eamon (A O) Farrelly was instrumental in finding and securing our present home ground The Grange. AO (as he is locally known as) approached local land owners Charles & Deirdre Williams who took an very active part in helping the club establish a very firm footing in Academy & Juvenile soccer in Kells and indeed the county as a whole. This trio of people help forge very close links with FAI, NEC, MDL and others.

In 2008, the Kells/Blackwater Football Club started up its first underage Girls’ team at under 11. The under 11 Girls team did the Kells/Blackwater Football Club proud by winning at Drogheda Schoolboys/girls under 11 League.

At presently, the Kells/Blackwater Football Club is one of the biggest clubs now in the North East of Ireland. The Kells/Blackwater Football Club have 250 children ( both boys and girls ) from 7-11 year olds playing in their academy in the MDL Grounds, Navan. 7 teams from under 12-17 playing in the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys/girls League. 2 seniors teams playing in the Meath and District League. 1 senior ladies team playing in the Dublin Ladies  League. They also run an Kubz for 4-6 yeard olds.

In terms of achievements for the club since 2004, the Club have brought home to Kells no less than 31 trophies (See Our Club, Honours List) for a full listed breakdown for each and every year. Notably the clubs biggest day-out was held at our home ground on 26th May 2012 at The Grange, were we hosted a strong Shamrock Rovers XI in a celebration match for our local screen legend and Actress Maureen O’ Hara, for whom was in attendance and witnessed a competitive match in front of a packed home crowd.

Over the past 10 years, Kells Blackwater Football Club host the now famous “Mahu’s Pre-Season Tournament” at The Grange. This soccer tournament held in August for all clubs in Leinster hosts a very strong number of teams includingShamrock Rovers, St. Kevin’s Boys, Stella Mars, Drogheda Boys, Ardee Celtic, Mullingar Celtic, Carrick Rovers to name a few. The counties that travelled and completed in the 2012 Tournament came from Dublin, Meath, Louth, Westmeath, Offaly, Longford, Cavan, Monaghan to name a few. In 2016, we are very proud to confirm that we had 163 clubs from 10 different counties throughout the country. This gives our local clubs the opportunity to rub shoulders with the very best of all the other leagues in Leinster and further afield. Albeit, without our most trusted member and very diligent grounds man Patrick Matthews, a lot of the above events, tournaments and games would not go ahead without his say so or his hard work in the very early mornings, marking and lining pitches and performing his pitch inspections to a very high standard. Patrick has also embraced the role of Club Secretary, a role he treasures and made the role his own.

To bring us up to date, the club announced in December 2012 under the guidance of current Club Chairman Jim Feehan, the fantastic news that Kells Blackwater Fc had signed it very first Lease Contract Agreement with the Land Owners Charles & Deirdre Williams. This enables the club to continue to expand and encourage more young players and volunteers to the club.