St. Mary's Football Club was founded by a group of parents in Glengormley, Newtownabbey. It all began in the year 1996, with just one team. Amongst those who formed the club was current club president Frank Wilson who has been the driving force behind the club ever since.
It all began as a local football club centred around the St. Mary's Parish in Glengormley. As Glengormley and the St. Mary's Parish was getting bigger and bigger the demand for a home club from Glengormley was greatly needed as many local players were finding themselves travelling to play football. This demand for a local club could be seen in the clubs development since its formation.
St. Mary's Football Club has grown vastly from 1996, attracting players from not only the Greater Glengormley area but also North Belfast and as far out of Belfast as Ballyclare. All those who have been involved in the club from day one, have contributed to its growth and popularity.
As a charity, the club depends hugely on its large number of volunteers who help out in many ways possible. In the clubs infancy the small amount of volunteers took on roles as not only coaches, but also as bursars and secretaries in order to keep the club running smoothly both financially and to keep on top of fixtures etc.
Today the club has a fully running committee which consists of a President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Child Protection Officer and other members. There is also a Footballing Committee and a Fundraising Committee at the club.
Due to the size of the club, these roles are much needed and although it is a club that consists fully of volunteers, the duties that each member undertakes can at times, feel like a full-time job.
With age groups from Under 8's right up to Under 19 and the new formation of a Senior Team the club has played football in many competitions throughout the years. The South Belfast Youth League has been the main competition for the club who have had the majority of teams participating in this league during our fine history. Outside of the South Belfast Youth League, St. Mary's have competed in the Belfast and East Antrim League, the North Down League and also the National League. As part of the clubs end of year trips, St. Mary's have been represented in competitions in Cork, Ayr, Glasgow, Southport and Holland.
As we approach the year 2014, St. Mary's F.C are now looking at the next chapter of our history in finding a home ground and hopeful admission of the Senior Team into the Amateur League in the coming years. On the field we are developing, that is visible to everyone, but we are looking to improve at every opportunity. We have teams competing with the best teams throughout Belfast and Northern Ireland and strongly holding their own We also have our youth teams competing in the Irish F.A's development programme and we are quickly seeing the benefits. As we continue to grow we want to be a club open to everyone, we are seeking new ventures outside of football within our community and also are constantly looking for new members.
In our 17th competitive season we have exceeded all expectations and surprisingly continue to expand almost beyond control but we are confident in what we can achieve and hope that you will join us on our fantastic journey.