May 25, 2024



UCD AFC Introduction

UCD AFC is a League of Ireland soccer football club based in Belfield, Dublin 4. The club started out life in 1895 as the Catholic University Medical School Cecilia Street Football Club. Following a merger between the Catholic University and University College Dublin in 1908 the club changed it’s name to UCD AFC. The club has played at a variety of football pitches including, Cowper Road, Croyden Park, Fairview, Sandymount, Terenure, and Belfield Park. In 2008 UCD settled in at the UCD Bowl.

Following many decades playing junior and intermediate football UCD was elected to the League of Ireland B Division in 1970. At that time college graduates were not allowed to play for the club and as a consequence UCD lost it’s most famous product Kevin Moran who eventually signed from Pegasus (the UCD graduates club) to Manchester United and went on to play for the Republic of Ireland on 71 occasions.

To date the highlight on the playing pitch for UCD was when the club won the FAI Cup in 1984. UCD beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at Dalymount Park in the final. In the Following season UCD were drawn against English cup winners Everton FC in the European Cup Winners Cup competition.

Following a spirited 0-0 draw at Tolka Park the Students lost narrowly 1-0 in the return match at Goodison Park. UCD almost snatched victory on the away goals rule when a late shot grazed the Everton crossbar.

Everton went on to win the European Cup Winners Cup that year.


Football Ground & Pitch

UCD Bowl, Belfield, Dublin 4


UCD Bowl Capacity


Ticket Information

Adult: €15 / UCD Students: €5 / Students: €10
Children Under 10: €5 / OAPs: €10

Directions to

How to get to the UCD Bowl – the UCD AFC Football Ground

Public Transport
The 10, 11B, 17, 45 and 46A buses go to Belfield and Sydney Parade DART Station is about 2 km away.
The 45 and 46A stop at the Stillorgan entrance, see ‘Driving From the South’ directions below.
The 11B stops on campus about 100m from the ground. Pass the tennis courts, car park and 5-a-side pitches on your left and the National Hockey Stadium on your right. The Bowl is just to your right.
The 10 and 17 stop on campus, follow the main concourse through the college and, at the tennis courts, you’ll reach the 11B stop, follow the directions just above.

Driving From the South
Follow the N11 North to the Belfield flyover at the Montrose Hotel. Exit the dual carriageway to the left and park in the car park to the right. Follow the path from the far corner of the car park which will bring you to the Health Science building. The ground is on the opposite side of that.
If you want to park nearer the ground, turn left onto Foster’s Avenue (opposite the Radisson Hotel). This is before the Belfield flyover. Turn right onto Roebuck Road. After about a kilometre, turn right again at the T-junction. The Clonskeagh entrance to Belfield is signposted a short distance further on. Park in the car park on the left straight after the tennis courts.

Driving From the North
Make your way to Donnybrook and follow the dual carriageway South to the Belfield flyover soon after passing RTE and follow the ‘Driving From the South’ directions.

Driving From the West
Follow the M50 to the Dun Laoghaire exit and follow Leopardstown Road to a roundabout, take the second exit onto Brewery Road and follow this to the N11, Stillorgan Road, turn left on to this and follow the ‘Driving From the South’ directions.

Car Parking
To park nearer the ground, turn right just after Donnybrook rugby grounds onto Eglinton Road. At the crossroads, turn left onto Clonskeagh Road. About 1.5km further on, the Clonskeagh entrance will be signposted to the left, again follow the ‘Driving From the South’ directions.

For detailed directions to the UCD Bowl please visit the AA Route Planner

The following buses serve Belfield :7B, 7D, 10, 10A, 37X, 46A, 46B, 46C, 46D, 46E, 51X, 61X, 63, 67X, 84, 116, 117,118, 145, 746. For more information, visit Dublin Bus

Officials & Contact Details

Team Manager : Martin Russell
Secretary: Richard Shakespeare / Chairman : Keith Dignam
President : Gerry Horkan / Treasurer : Tony SheridanDiarmuid McNally, UCD AFC, Sports Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4
Phone: (+353) 1 716 2142 / Fax: (+353) 1
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Club Colours

Home: Jersey – Blue : Shorts – Navy : Socks – Navy
Away: Jersey – White / Blue trim : Shorts – Navy : Socks – Navy

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