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Salthill Devon Football Club, founded in 1947 as the Salthill Crusaders, became Salthill Athletic in 1950 and finally Salthill Devon Football Club in 1977. Today it is a nationally-recognised brand, with a reputation as one of the most progressive, organised and successful clubs in the country. You can read and watch our history on video here.
Salthill Devon Football Club, play their home games in the first-class soccer facility at Drom Soccer Park, Drom East, Rahoon, Galway. Directions can be found here.
The club has continued to grow each year since 1977, with over 1,000 members and fields over 20 competitive teams in competitions at local and national level. Age groups range from the Nippers Academy to League of Ireland with members coming from all over Galway and beyond.
Several players of the club have come through the ranks and into the first team playing at the highest level, recently eight former Salthill Devon players signed for Galway FC in the League of Ireland. The Salthill Devon Under 19’s, currently are Galway and Connacht’s sole representative in the League of Ireland Elite U19 Division. The Elite Division is a very competitive division with representatives from Shamrock Rovers, UCD and Cobh Ramblers. Numerous male and female players from Salthill Devon have won international caps.
The Club has enjoyed considerable success on the playing field, reaching and winning National Finals at all levels, and regularly making it into the last eight of the national competitions. Salthill Devon teams frequently take the honours at the juvenile age groups in the Galway and District League and have enjoyed considerable success in Connacht Cup competitions.
Salthill Devon Football Club works diligently to provide the club, its supporters and the local community with a top class facility, quality coaches and teams which offer players the opportunity to progress further in their footballing careers. The club motto “Cairdeas tré Spóirt’ encapsulates the essence of what we are about, namely, the development of lasting friendships through sporting participation.
We welcome all players to the club irrespective of age gender or standard. Whether a player is five years of age and just starting, an established schoolboy or girl player, or a player aspiring to join the League of Ireland Under 19 Elite squad – there is a home for you at Drom. At Salthill Devon we run more development squads than any other club – we aspire to afford them equal coaching time and attention. We have appointed some of the most experience and most qualified coaches in the game to inspire the youngsters and to look after their formative years.
This website for Salthill Devon FC seeks to engage its members, parents and families, supporters, friends, sponsors, the Irish soccer community and the local community.
Salthill Devon.ie is the first hyperlocal soccer website in Ireland.
Meet The Team
Tony Johnstone is Membership Secretary at Salthill Devon. Former chairman and secretary, coach and team manager he has been an active volunteer at the club for almost 30 years. Strategic Accounts Director at Vulcan Solutions and also chairman of Acorn Life, he lives in Salthill with his wife Ita, has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Pete Kelly is one of the founding members of Salthill Devon, has played and coached at all levels with the club. He has been centrally involved in all club publications and communications for more years than he remembers and is passionate about the welfare and development of Salthill Devon. Pete is currently self employed at 15 Eleven Communications.
Jim McSpadden is a life- long member since Salthill Athletic days and one of the founding fathers of Salthill Devon. Served as Chairman for many years. Current serving member of the committee and also represents the club on the Galway FA and on the committee of the Connacht FA and the FAI Junior Council. Jim is also a Director of Galway FC.
Ollie Daniels is the club chairman at present, and is now in his second stint as chairman, having previously served as chair from 1996 to 2007. Ollie is a long serving clubman, a former player, coach and team manager, he lives in Rahoon with his wife Patricia and his three children. Ollie is site leader at Avaya, a Telecoms company which employs over 400 people at their base in Mervue Business Park. Ollie is also a Director of Galway FC.
David Mulry joined the club three years ago and during that time has held a number of positions from League of Ireland Licensing Officer to Marketing Director. David lives in Knocknacara with his wife Sharon who is a coach for the girls Under 8’s within the club. He has three children with his oldest daughter currently playing with the Under 12’s. David is a Product Manager at Aspect, a customer engagement solutions provider based out of Claregalway, Galway.
Matthew Sutton has been involved with the club since 2008 and currently is the manager of the under 13 B team as well as a committee member.Matthew lives in Moycullen with his wife Helen and his two children.His son currently plays with the club’s under 14 A team . Matthew works in the IT sector and is the MD of Meshcomputers a Galway-based Company.
Paul McSpadden is currently the club Treasurer. Having lived abroad for several years, Paul was keen to help out at his boyhood club, Salthill Devon F.C., on his return to Galway. A Chartered Accountant, Paul lives in Salthill and works for Fintrax Group.
Pat Lawless is the Club Secretary and served on the committee for the last seven years. Pat served as a Referee in the Galway league for ten years before turning to coaching girls’ soccer with Salthill Devon in 2006. Currently still coaching with Under 10/Under 12 Boys and Girls, he lives in Knocknacarra with his wife Valerie. His two children play with Salthill Devon. Pat is R&D Software Director at Avaya, a Telecoms company which employs over 400 people at its base in Mervue Business Park.
Geraldine Buckley has been a committee member for the last two years. Her involvement started many years ago when her sons started to play with the club. Shaughs asked her to get involved with the catering and the advertising for the Fives Programme over ten years ago. More recently she has been responsible for the in-house catering at the Galway Cup. During our league of Ireland venture Ger looked after the after training catering for the team and the hospitality on match day. She is married to Seán and is mother to three sons and grandmother to four grandchildren.
Ken Kinneen is a former player with Devon Celtic and SDFC. He also coached for four years with Salthill Devon. Ken is now a committee member with the club. He is married to Louise and has two sons.