CROSSHAVEN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded by the British Army Garison who were based in Fort Camden.
The club held its first AGM on Tuesday 13th September 1898 in Camden, and although the club has had various homes around the village of Crosshaven including Church Bay Road, Graball Bay and more famously "the Bog", Crosshaven AFC finally returned to Camden in the 1980's, where the club has remained ever since.
· In the early history of Crosshaven AFC the club led a very nomadic life. One former member, Donie Kelly, when pushed could recall no fewer than 23 pitches where Crosshaven played games.
· The Bog with its extraordinary slopes was home to the club from 1959 to 1981 before the visionaries involved in the club at the time (some of whom are here today) decided the time was right to find a permanent home. That home was Camden Road, less than a stone’s throw from where the club was originally founded.
· With interest rates at a whopping 18% at the time & the 5 acres costing £40000. How were the club going to pay for it? An ingenious plan was hatched that was to encompass the entire community and from that plan Crosshaven Carnival Week was born. Crosshaven was always a favourite holiday destination long before people headed abroad. It was also a favourite for day trippers. The carnival required huge dedication& organistion. Titles up for grabs included Carnival Queen, Lord Mayor & 7 a-side Inter pub, 5km road races, Pram races & even mud races! The Carnival proved so popular that in the first year alone the club cleared £10k profit.
· The monies generated from the Carnivals also enabled the levelling of a second pitch on the 5 acre site in Camden & the quick payment of the land & the success of the Carnival enabled the club to build it’s own clubhouse. Finished in 1992 the club now had its own four dressing room facility, with kitchen, showers, meeting room, referees room, toilets. The clubhouse cost £30k but was built with money to spare thanks to some ingenious fundraising, a National Lottery grant & support from nearby businesses. Members of the club with different trades spent their Summer labouring, painting, plastering to finish the project. Nobody charged for their time, a trait that was to become synonymous with Crosshaven AFC.
· In 1998 the club celebrated it’s centenary with the highlight being the Dinner held at a nearby Hotel. The President of the FAI Pat Quigley was Guest of Honour along with hosts of dignitarys & over 250 players/members.
· To celebrate the first 100 years the club built a 7 a-side all weather training area at a cost of £70k. This was ready for the 1999 season. That same Summer one of our former Schoolboys Greg O’Halloran played on the Irish team that finished 3rd in the European U19 Championships.
· Over the coming years projects like this became the order of the day as club transformed the look of the grounds.
· In 2002 the main pitch was levelled and has for the past 5 season become the home of the Munster Senior League’s O’Connell Cup Final.
· In 2005 we installed a defibrillator in the clubhouse following the passing of one of players from SADs. 20 members are trained on the use of this now vital piece of equipment.
· In 2006 Railings were erected around our top pitch. Again the club used people within the club with the necessary background to do this project voluntarily.
In 2007 the club also launched its own website www.crosshavenafc.com – on this site members can post pictures to their gallery, purchase merchandise, pay their membership with Laser, play the club lotto, check fixtures, results & get the latest news. The best thing about it is that it was designed & is maintained by members at no cost. The website domain name costs around €80 per year yet revenue generated annually through the site is just under €5000.
· In 2008 planning was granted for a major redevelopment of the clubhouse.
· In 2009 Dugouts were designed & installed on the top pitch.
· This year alone we have built a storage garage for our equipment & lawnmowers next to the clubhouse.
· The all weather pitch & clubhouse were given a full facelift.
· A 20m fence was erected all along the side of one pitch.
· All these projects were fully paid for by the club & completed thanks to voluntary effort of members.
Moving forward the club has already secured planning permission for a clubhouse extension & has planning permission lodged for an extension to our all weather.
Currently Crosshaven AFC has 10 Schoolboy Teams - 3 Schoolgirl Teams, a Ladies team, a Senior Mens Team & a Junior Mens Team. The Club boasts two playing pitches, an all-weather training area and a four dressing room clubhouse.
Crosshaven AFC have historically been one of the most successful teams in Cork soccer, winning nearly every trophy available in the Munster Senior League & AUL.
· the first club to win the AOH (Cork AUL) and Keane ( Munster Sn Lge) Cups, along with the Munster Youths Cup twice, MSL titles & more recently Schoolboys/Ladies & Schoolgirls titles (see Honours list).
· Crosshaven has also produced countless players who have gone on to represent Ireland at different levels, played League Of Ireland, for Munster & Cork, but more importantly we have produced countless players who play for the love of the game!