50th celebrations kick off in style for Kildare Town AFC

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Paula Campbell paula@leinsterleader.ie

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Paula Campbell paula@leinsterleader.ie

50th celebrations kick off in style for Kildare Town AFC

Kildare Town AFC one of the county’s biggest clubs reached a major milestone in its history as they marked their 50th anniversary in style recently with a busy day of celebrations for all members past and present, family and friends.

Footballing legends Alan Kennedy of Liverpool Football Club and Clayton Blackmore of Manchester United were the special guests on Sunday June 19 last.

Despite the driving rain, young and old members turned up for the day’s main event at Rathbride road where the visiting legends took part in a special match.

During the half-time break the club’s newest team called ‘Football For All’ which was set up to bring football to children with special needs who can’t play mainstream football hosted Kilcock Celtic in what was organised as a brief display of their talents but proved to be one of the most delightful attractions of the day.

“We were delighted so many founder members from 1966 attended and were delighted to meet up again with old friends, many of whom had not been in touch for as much as 40 years,” said chairperson Stuart Wall.

First club chairman Jim Finn was on hand as always to recount the first years of the club in what started as a wonderful story of the club’s early days and led to an emotional tribute to the late Sean Stafford, who was a major part in our clubs formation and development at Jim’s side through the years.”

Jim and Alico Stafford, wife to the late Mark, were both presented with a framed shirt as a small token of the day.