Huge day out for UCC Diaspora FC
This club was established by a group of UCC graduates and are one game away from lifting one of the most prestigious amateur competitions in England, the London FA Junior Cup.
UCC Diaspora FC was established in 2010 by four UCC graduates, Paul Williamson, Paul Irwin, Jack O’Connell and Steve Tangney, who have two Collingwood and two Crowley Cup winners medals between them.
The original aim of the club was to create a sporting and social outlet for a small bunch of ex UCC soccer players. However, it soon became apparent that the club had tapped into a rich resource of young Irish professionals in South West London, who had made the move across the pond in the height of the recession. Players from all four corners of Ireland, along with a few brave Englishman, came in search of competitive football and the social and networking opportunity that the club had established. Success on the pitch followed, with UCC Diaspora FC winning two leagues thus far in the first 5 years.
The club still holds ties with UCC, recent graduates join the ranks each year and Paul Williamson acts as Chairman. UCC Diaspora FC now fields three teams every Saturday afternoon in the Wimbledon and District League, a Junior league covering most of South West London.
UCC Diaspora FC take on FC Hamlets in tomorrow’s final in London.