It is a great honour and pleasure for me, as President of Lansdowne Football Club, to welcome you all to our website.
As this new season gets under way, we hope for exciting times ahead both on and off the field.
To emulate the rugby successes of 2014-15 (6 trophies at senior level including 2 AILs) will not be easy but I know Mike Ruddock, our Director of Coaching, and his fellow coaches will be striving to do just that. With the support of the members at matches, at all levels, we can help to make that mission achievable.
On behalf of the members, I congratulate Scott Deasy on being elected Club and 1st team Captain for 2015-16. Scott follows in a long line of Munstermen who have Captained Lansdowne and we wish him the very best of success in his year in office.
To all our team captains, coaches, managers, medical officers, bagmen and players, I extend the club’s gratitude for your dedication and commitment to the game of rugby in LFC and in keeping alive the traditions that go back to our foundation in 1872. If the odd trophy happens to materialise so much the better, but above all, enjoy your rugby and the friendships that the game brings.
A particular welcome back to all our minis and their parents. To those joining for the first time, a hearty Lansdowne family welcome as you start out on your rugby career. Whereever that brings you in years to come, enjoy every minute of it.
A special word of appreciation to Colin Goode, our Chairman of Rugby. Very much a man who likes to stay in the back ground, Colin puts in an enormous amount of time and energy, at his own expense, to the smooth running of rugby in Lansdowne. As soon as one season is finished, Colin is already working on the next. We are indebted to him much more than most members realise.
To our main club Sponsor, Zurich, I extend my own sincere thanks, and that of the members, for your very generous and lasting partnership. To our other Sponsors, An Post ; Aryzta ; Castleking ; The Chop House ; G4S ; Hunters ; Knight Frank ; Mazars ; Newcastle Design ; O’Briens Bar ; Park Developments ; Heineken and Sogetti, we are also indebted and appreciate your great support. Without sponsors, amateur clubs could not survive and continue to provide the frame work for young people to play the game of rugby. On the flip side, it is important that we, the members of Lansdowne, should support our sponsors!
However, Lansdowne FC is not just about Rugby. This year we intend to further develop the social side of the Club and it is hoped to have some special nights throughout the season. Whilst the club has great volunteers on the rugby side, we need more volunteers to take control of Social. If you feel you have something to contribute, and are prepared to be involved, please talk to me or any member of the Executive. Let’s liven up the club – YOUR CLUB!
Watch out for details of events here on the club website and keep an eye on your text/emails messages for news.
Finally, I wish to sincerely thank the members of the Club for bestowing upon me the great honour and privilege of being President of this fantastic family which is Lansdowne.
President Lansdowne FC. 2015-16