Pioneers F.C. (Dublin)

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Full namePioneers Football Club
GroundALSAA Sports Complex
Dublin Airport
ManagerGary Deegan
LeagueLeinster Senior League
Amateur Football League
League of Ireland

Pioneers Football Club are an Irish association football club based in Dublin. It was founded in 1908 by members of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Between 1922–23 and 1925–26 they played four seasons in the League of Ireland. In 2009–10 Pioneers were playing in the Amateur Football League. [1] In 2015 Pioneers were revived after a five season period of inactivity. They now play in the Leinster Senior League. [2][3]


Leinster Senior League[edit]

In 1921–22 Pioneers were playing in the Leinster Senior League Senior Division. Other teams in this league this season included Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians B, St James's Gate B, Bray Unknowns, Shelbourne United, Midland Athletic, Brooklyn, Merrion, Glasnevin, CYMS and Richmond. [4]

League of Ireland[edit]

The 1922–23 season saw the League of Ireland expand from eight to twelve teams. After Frankfort and YMCA dropped out, Pioneers became one of six new teams to join the league. The others were Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne United, Rathmines Athletic, Athlone Town and Midland Athletic. Pioneers subsequently spent four seasons playing in the League of Ireland. They finished the 1922–23 season in 8th place, the 1923–24 season in 9th place and both the 1924–25 and 1925–26 seasons in 10th and last place. At the end of the 1925–26 season they failed to get re–elected and they were replaced by Dundalk.[5][6] Pioneers also played in four FAI Cup campaigns. Their best result was a quarter final appearance in 1924–25.[7]

Pioneer XI v Gallia[edit]

In 1923 Gallia Club Paris visited Dublin to play two friendly matches against Bohemians and Pioneers. The tour was significant as it saw the French Football Federation officially recognize the Football Association of Ireland. On Saturday, 31 March, Gallia played a 1–1 draw against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Then on Sunday, 1 April, at same venue, a Pioneer XI played a 0–0 draw with Gallia. The FAI originally hoped that Gallia would play a League of Ireland XI. However the FFF had only sanctioned club matches. The Pioneer XI, however, was entirely made up of guest players and was effectively a League of Ireland XI. None of the players selected played for Pioneers. The guest players included, among others, Frank Collins, Ernie MacKay, Charlie Dowdall, Ned Brooks, Bob Fullam and Christy Robinson. [8][9]

League of Ireland Stats[edit]

Stat Opponent Score Date
Record Win Midland Athletic
Rathmines Athletic
7 October 1922
4 November 1922
Record Defeat Shelbourne 0–9 16 December 1922

Source: [10][6]


During their four seasons in the League of Ireland, Pioneers played their home games at two different venues. During the 1922–23 season they played at Strand Hall, Clontarf. The following three seasons, 1923–24 to 1925–26 saw them play at The Thatch in Whitehall. During the 1923–24 season they shared this venue with Midland Athletic. While playing in the Amateur Football League Pioneers played at Saint Anne's Park. Since 2015 they have been based at the ALSSA Sports Complex, near Dublin Airport.

Notable former players[edit]

Ireland internationals[edit]

The following Pioneer F.C. players represented Ireland at full international level.

  • Republic of Ireland Paddy O'Reilly 1924



  1. ^
  2. ^ Leinster Senior League
  3. ^ Junior Soccer Portal
  4. ^ Paul Doolan, Robert Goggins (1993). The Hoops. Gill & MacmillanLtd. ISBN 0-7171-2121-6.
  5. ^ League of Ireland Rsssf
  6. ^ a b Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921-2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.
  7. ^ FAI Cup Rsssf
  8. ^
  9. ^ Donal Cullen: Freestaters – The Republic of Ireland Soccer Team 1921–1939
  10. ^ McSweeney, Niall. A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921-22 to 1984-85. Association of Football Statisticians.
  11. ^ Carey, Tadhg (2009). When We Were Kings: The Story of Athlone Town's 1924 FAI Cup Triumph. Athlone: Temple Printing.

External links[edit]

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