St Patrick\'s Athletic F.C. was founded in 1929. Before gaining league membership, St Patrick\'s Athletic dominated Leinster League football and they finally took their place in the League of Ireland in 1951 - winning the championship at their first attempt. Two more championship successes were to follow in 1954/55 and 1955/56. It was 1959 before the first FAI Cup success for \"Pat\'s\" and this cup triumph was repeated in 1961.
The glory years of the fifties are fondly remembered, as are many of the great players who wore the famous red and white during that great era - Ginger O\'Rourke, Harry Boland (\'The Legend\', 1926-2000), Shay Gibbons, Ronnie Whelan and Willie Peyton are names synonymous with the club to this day and many of them are still regulars today.
The team had a long history of turmoil, changing grounds and instability in the early years and among the venues used for the club were Milltown, Chaplelizod and Dalymount Park.
The club returned to Richmond Park in 1960 and stayed until 1989. Success was limited during this time and it was after we returned to Richmond Park in 1993 that the good times returned.
The appointment of Brian Kerr as manager in 1986 was a major turning point in the fortunes of the club. A Drimnagh man, Brian had supported the club from his schoolboy days and he began the task of assembling a new side that was to became a new breed of heroes.
The championship was denied them in 1988 on the final day but two years later they were crowned Champions of Ireland and thus began the magic era of the 90\'s and the birth of the \'Supersaints\'.
The club spent four years in Harold\'s Cross and returned to a revamped Richmond Park in 1993. Brian Kerr began the task of building a championship winning squad. This time he was aided by the clubs newly appointed Chief Executive, Patrick Dolan and by the clubs new Chairman, Tim O'Flaherty. The league trophy returned to Richmond Park in 1996.
New stars emerged in the shape of Eddie Gormley, Paul Osam, Colin Hawkins, Trevor Molloy and Trevor Wood and thousands flocked to Inchicore for magical Friday nights beside the Camac. The glory continued as further championships were secured in 1998 and 1999 and of course the memorable night in the European Cup versus Celtic at Parkhead.
The four titles in the nineties have been matched off the pitch where the development of the Stadium of Light has been a catalyst and inspiration for further eircom League developments at other clubs.
Into the new millennium the success has continued. Crowned League Cup Champions and Leinster Senior Cup winners in 2000/01 and League winners in 2001/02, the Supersaints have grown accustomed to success on the field.
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