Last Saturday in the ETB (VEC) Sportsgrounds in Terenure against AGP FC in the Premier Division of the UCFL, our own Joey Byrne netted his landmark 250th goal for the Club. What an achievement! What a milestone!
It took the legendry Wayne Rooney 546 games playing for Manchester Utd. to achieve that milestone; whereas Joey has achieved that after playing in just 432 official games for VEC FC, having made his debut on 21st August 2004 against St. Canice’s Utd. in Terenure. Read Joey’s achievements over those 18 seasons here.
VEC’s web-based competition commenced on 4th November 2023. Weekly selections are submitted on-line. 70 have entered so there will be €700 in prize money.
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Thanks to Ray Brady (pictured with VEC’s Tom Wrynne and Dave Spring) and the team at Bradys Pub Terenure who generously sponsored 2 new sets of jerseys to celebrate VEC’s 50th Anniversary.
It all started in Summer 1974, when an application was made by the newly-formed V.E.C. Football Club to the United Churches Football League of Ireland (UCFL) and V.E.C. FC were immediately accepted into the top division. Then on the 7th September 1974, the club played its first official game: it was a Barton Shield match played in Terenure against St. Maelruan’s from Tallaght. Dave Spring wore the no. 11 shirt in that first game!
The V.E.C. football club was founded in April 1974 by members of the administrative staff working in the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. In June 1974 the Club applied to the United Churches Football League of Ireland and was immediately accepted for the top division. We have remained in the top division of the league every single year since. A remarkable and unique achievement! Here are the divisions for the 2023-20224 season:
V.E.C. Football Club is embarking on our 50th season playing in the top (Premier) Division in the UCFL. We would particularly welcome new players, so if you believe that you have the ability and are ready for a fresh challenge with a long established and successful club, DM us on FB or just join us in pre-season training in the ETB (VEC) Sportsgrounds in Terenure every Tuesday at 6.45pm.
Congratulations to former VEC player and manager Kevin O’Hanlon who married former Dublin football star Dr. Noelle Healy in a lavish summer wedding in the capital over the June bank holiday weekend. As reported on Independent.ie, “the footballer’s new husband looked suave, swapping a basic tux for a grey jacket and navy trousers”. See full article. More about Kev here.
We send congratulations to former player Marc Doherty, pictured here with his lovely bride Rachel on their wedding day in February.
Marc, who is a nephew of Séamus Doherty, played over 100 games for VEC between 2007 and 2014, scoring 41 goals along the way.
Joey Byrne with his beautiful bride Cara on their wedding day last Saturday. Congratulations to you both from all at VEC FC.
Having joined the club in 2004, VEC stalwart Joey has since played over 400 games for VEC FC and in October 2017 surpassed Noel Ryan’s long standing Club goal-scoring record of 198 , and currently sits atop of the Club’s all-time leader board with 243 goals.
It is with deep regret that we announce that former club member, mentor and friend Robbie Ebbs sadly passed away this week. He was such a colourful guy and always good company. He was inspirational and brought the best out in everyone, no more so than when he impressively managed VEC teams for five seasons in the 90’s.
VEC Football Club extends sincere condolences to his wife Anne and to his family and friends on their sad loss. May he rest in peace. Read his VEC ‘Bio’