Links with UCC
Founding Members Vision
College Corinthians AFC was founded in 1971 by a number of UCC graduates who having enjoyed their football in their UCC days were eager to maintain their sporting friendships outside of college. The five founding members Finbarr & Bernard Clayton, Denis Carey, Ken Riordan and Niall O' Shea had enjoyed their time playing in the famous skull and Cross bones but they now wanted to create a Club outside of UCC but for graduates of UCC which would give players the opportunity to continue to play with their friend and colleagues from their UCC days.
Early Days in Munster Senior League
Having started initially as a social side, it was decided to apply for membership of the Munster Senior League and in August 1971 College Corinthians AFC played its first competitive match against Wembley and has been a member of the Munster Senior League ever since. The Club played its home games in UCC's ground (The Farm) and from humble beginning the Club grew steadily in the late seventies and early eighties with some outstanding graduates coming on board including the likes of Sean Murphy, Kieran Moran, Mick O' Leary, John Horan, Shay Daly, Mark Hurley, John Flynn, Paul O' Driscoll, Eugene Moriarty.
The appointment of some outstanding managers such as John O' Donovan (RIP), current UCC senior manager Brendan Manley and Fergus Mc Daid aided the process and the Club won its first senior trophy in 1988. With a steady influx of graduates every year, Corinthians now fielding four adult teams and emerged as a major force in the senior ranks reaching two FAI Intermediate Cup Finals and winning five Munster Senior League Titles. Those winning teams featured some outstanding UCC graduates with the likes of Dave Morley, Eugene Barrett, Ray Cliffiord, Eamonn Murphy, Graham Quin all of whom won Collingwood Cups with UCC
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In recent times the links between the two Clubs has grown even stronger with many of the young players from the Corinthians schoolboy section joining UCC soccer Club when they enter college. All of the current UCC teams are littered with former schoolboy players from Corinthians, Indeed for many of the older Corinthian members the wheel has gone the full circle as having joined Corinthians from UCC in the seventies and eighties; they now see their own children having played their schoolboy football with Corinthians now playing soccer with UCC and hopefully coming back to Corinthians in the years to come.
Managers in UCC
You only have to look at the current management teams in UC to see the unique relationship that exists between the two clubs. The UCC Senior Manager Brendan Manley has given almost thirty years of his life managing and playing with UCC and Corinthian teams, Fresher Managers Peter Quigley and Mick O' Leary are former Corinthians players and Managers, likewise Eddie Murphy, Billy Barry and Liam Corbett have all played or managed in Corinthians. UCC Chairman Kieran Nestor and President John Mc Carthy are also former Corinthian players,
Forty years later and our founder members vision
Nearly 40 years later the vision of our founding members lives on and this season UCC graduates Simon Hedderman, Sean Heneghan, Padraig O' Brien, Barry Kirby and Graham O' Halloran to mention a few have all swopped the red and black of UCC for the blue & white of Corinthians motivated I am sure by the same desire to maintain the friendships and the camaraderie that they had found in UCC