Since the Season 2000/2001 started last August, fifty-seven different former Belvedere players have made competitive appearances for Senior Clubs in Britain, Northern Ireland or in the National League here in the Republic of Ireland. As the season is only five months old, at time of writing, it is quite possible that the figure of fifty-seven may increase by the end of the season. While it would be impractical to write a little piece about each player we have taken a sample and what follows is an up-date on some of our past. A list of all fifty-seven players can be seen under the section FAMOUS EX-PLAYERS.

CURTIS FLEMING (Middlesboro).

Curtis, who hails from Ballybough in north Dublin, is on his tenth and testimonial season with Middlesboro and has been a first team regular since he joined. Curtis joined Belvedere at eight years of age and played all the way through to eighteen years of age. Not recognised at Schoolboy International level he fully deserved his cap for Ireland's Youth team. He joined St.Patrick's Athletic from Belvedere and during his three seasons there he won a Premier League winners medal. His displays with St.Pats earned him a transfer to England and he subsequently gained 'B' International honours and, so far, ten Full Caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Curtis Fleming

Mark Kennedy

MARK KENNEDY (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mark hopes that his move to Wolves will give him a new lease of life and will revitalise his career. Two high-profile, big money moves to Liverpool and Wimbledon turned out to be disastrous for Mark as he ended up only playing a handful of games over a three year period. He subsequently moved to Manchester City where he was one of the main reasons why they returned to the Premiership. Since he moved to City his performances for the Full Republic of Ireland International team received great praise and he seemed on top of the world however season 2000/2001 was a Season to forget both at Club and International level with everything going wrong. He now looks forward to a successful 2001/2002 at every level.

Mark who comes from Clonsills in west Dublin played three seasons for Belvedere before moving to Millwall. He started as a goalkeeper with Belvedere but was converted to a wide-left/striker by his Managers. He has been capped at Under 16, Youth, Under 21 and has gained 30 Full Caps for the Republic of Ireland.


John is still continuing his great career in senior football in this Island. John is from the North inner-city area of Dublin and played for Belvedere for ten years before starting a distinguished spell with a number of National League clubs which included Shamrock Rovers and St.Patricks Athletic whom he captained to win the National Premier League a few seasons ago.

Joining Newry Town in the Northern Ireland league he ended up as player manager of that club qualifying for the UEFA Cup last season. A terrific run in this Cup saw them win the first round and only lose on goal difference to a Bundesliga team in the next. John who is a Taxi driver by trade then had to resign as manager as he could not afford the time. He is now Manager of Dublin City Football Club and hopes for a successful 2001/2002..

John McDonnell

Marty  Russell

MARTIN RUSSELL (St.Patricks Athletic).

Martin was probably one of the most outstanding schoolboy players ever to come from this country. He was signed as a 15 year old by Manchester United and was with them for four years before being transferred to Leicester City. From there he moved to Scarborough and then on to Middlesboro. Martin made many first team appearances with the last three clubs but for family reasons he returned to Ireland where he signed for Portadown in Northern Ireland commuting from his home in Dublin. He subsequently returned to play with St.Patricks Athletic in Dublin where he helped in no little,way to them winning the Premier League two seasons ago.

Martin who was brought up in Finglas in north Dublin has been capped at under 15, Youth, Under 21 and 'B' International level and spent all his schoolboy career playing for Belvedere.

GARRETH O'CONNOR (Bournemouth).

Garreth who comes from Cabra in north Dublin would be regarded as a late developer by those who have only just noticed him. However those who knew him during his seven seasons with Belvedere always regarded him very highly because of his great skills and work rate. He never received any honours at under-age level probably due to his small stature at the time but skill always comes through in the end and he quickly achieved prominence in National League circles.

Three seasons ago he played for Shamrock Rovers and made a small number of first team appearances. Joining Bohemians two seasons ago he became one of the stars of that clubs first team. English Second Division side Bournemouth signed him under the Bosman Ruling at the start of last season and he has to date made many First team appearances.

Gareth O'Connor

Richard Sadlier


A regular on the Millwall team for the past four seasons, Richard's career has been hampered by a number of injuries which have occurred to prevent him having an extended unbroken run. A late developer Richard gained his first Caps for Ireland at Youth level and subsequently played for Ireland in the Under 20 World Cup Finals in Nigeria. His biggest honour to-date was when he played for the Irish Under 21 team in a recent European Championship match.

Richard who comes from Ballinteer in south Dublin played for Beivedere for three seasons. He previously played with Leicester Celtic and Broadford Rovers.

ROBBIE RYAN (Millwall).

Since his transfer from Huddersfield, Robbie has been the regular left-full on the Millwall first team. Robbie has been honoured by the Republic of Ireland at Under 16, Youth and at Under 21 level. He also starred in the Under 20 World Cup Finals in Malaysia when Ireland finished third.

Playing three years for Belvedere, Robbie moved to Huddersfield at 17 years of age. He originates from Loughlinstown in south County Dublin.

Robbie Ryan

Thomas Butler

THOMAS BUTLER (Sunderland).

Although still only 19 Thomas has made seven appearances for the Sunderland first team and has also been many times on the bench without coming on. From the Coolock area of north Dublin Thomas spent five seasons with Belvedere before moving to Sunderland. Thomas has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under 15, Under 16 , Youth and Under 21 level. He was selected as the FAI-OPEL Under 15 player-of-the-year for 1997. When Ireland's under 16 team won the UEFA European Under 16 Championship in 1998 Thomas could not be considered for selection as he missed practically the whole season following operations on both feet. Great reports came from Sunderland about his performances last season and it would not surprise a lot of people if he was soon playing more regularly for the First team and gained higher International honours. He recently went on two months loan to Darlington where he played ten first team games and won the Match Magazine Third Division Player of the Month Award for November 2000.