UCC Diaspora Soccer Club flying the flag in London
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.
On March 12th UCC Diaspora FC will play arguably the biggest match in its history. They take on a side called Lewisham Athletic in the semi-final of the London FA Junior Cup, the top amateur soccer cup in London. What makes this an even bigger achievement is the fact that the competition is open to teams in County level leagues, technically a step above UCC in the football pyramid, and clubs with long histories and greater resources and facilities. The cup has been running since 1886 and funnily enough the first ever winners in that year were a team called Connaught.
New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining, or indeed joining the mailing list to hear the latest news, can get in touch on the Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org