Kentstown Rovers earn FAI Club Mark

Kentstown Rovers Club Mark

Kentstown Rovers earn FAI Club Mark

Meath's Kentstown Rovers have become the latest club to earn the FAI Club Mark Entry Level Award.
26th Apr 2021

The club was established in 1979 by its founding members Sean Wall, Joe Lawlor, Packie McDonnell, Brian Lawlor, Pat Matthews, Noel Matthews, Martin Farrelly, Kevin Smith, Pat Smyth, Gerry Lynch, Larry Clarke and the late Paul Lenehan.

The club's first senior managers were Pat Smyth and Richard McGuirk, with Pat Smyth winning MDL Manager of the Year in 1989. Kentstown Rovers Football Club has grown from strength to strength in its 40+ years, beginning in the Mid-Louth League and then joining the newly formed Meath and District League (MDL) in the 83/84 season. The Senior teams have been involved in the MDL and later branded the North East Football League (NEFL) to this day. The club facilitates girls and boys teams ranging from academy all the way to senior men & ladies.

The club’s underage was set up in 1993 by Willie McDonnell, Pat Hyland, Tom Lynch and Tony Oakes and this has proved very successful in the development of young players in the community. By the early noughties the club had an underage team at every age group, which for a club based in a small village in Co Meath was a huge success.

The club have won two Challenge Cups (90 & 98), League Cup winners 82/83, one Division 1 title (00/01), one Division 2 title (09/10), Kilmessan Shield (84/85) as well as numerous promotion/playoff wins. The 00/01 season was a historical year for the club as they became the first team from Meath to make it to the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup. The Team was managed by Kevin ‘Stubsy’ Traynor who also won the MDL Manager of the Year award as well as the club picking up MDL Club of the Year. As for Kentstown’s underage they have had numerous league and cup wins through the years.

The club is very proud to have sustained not only senior football but underage football for over 40 years. This is a great achievement for such a small village and is testament to all their members and committees down through the years.

For a number of years the club relied heavily on the kindness of local farmer Pat Finnegan to get their games played but in 2001 the club purchased and moved to their current home at  Paul Lenehan Memorial Park. The club named its home ground in memory of one of the founding members. In addition to a clubhouse and an 11 a side playing pitch at their home ground, the club now includes a seven acre site in conjunction with Greenstar facility, which includes:

●      Changing room, shop & toilet facilities

●      Car Park

●      One 11 a side playing pitch

●      One 9 a side playing pitch

●      Two 7 a side playing pitches

●      Two five a side playing pitches

The club would like to take the opportunity to thank past and present committee members, managers, coaches, players, grounds people, sponsors and the wider community  for their unending support over the years for helping to make Kentstown Rovers the proud club it is today.

The club would also like to make a special mention for Honorary club president the late David Doyle Senior for his tireless work and devotion to Kentstown Rovers for over 30 years.

The club wishes to thank Colin Clerkin – FAI Grassroots executive, Barry Ferguson – FAI RDO and Richie Smith – FAI Meath for all their help in achieving the FAI Club Mark.

The FAI Club Mark is free and optional for clubs and aims to:

•          Improve the management of clubs ‘off the field’

•          Establish and promote best practice

•          Empower and support clubs

•          Recognise and reward clubs for achieving high standards

•          Increase a club’s capacity to operate effectively and grow football in communities throughout Ireland.

If your club is interested in learning more about the FAI Club Mark please complete this short Registration Form