Moyne Villa Soccer Club
Moyne Villa F.C. was founded in 1977 and is named after Moyne Castle on the Galway Mayo border just north of Headford. The team competed in the 2nd division of the Galway and District league. In 1980 Moyne Villa won the 2nd Division League attaining a 100% record through the season. The Club also won the 2nd Division Cup beating Bank of Ireland in the final. The following year, Villa won the 1st Division Cup beating Athenry in the final.
In the following four years Villa was one of the top teams in the 1st Division being pipped for promotion on two occasions. The breakthrough eventually came in 1985 when the 1st Division League and the FAI Junior Cup (Galway section) were won.
Villa lasted two years in the Premier League when they were relegated in 1987 as the unlucky 4th team. (The Premier Division was being reduced from twelve to ten teams.) Villa, once again in the 1st Division were a force to be reckoned with and again were pipped for promotion a couple of times by a solitary point.
In 1991, the team won the 1st Division League title in a play-off beating Saltill Devon 2-0 in Terryland Park and consequently were once again promoted to the Premier League. Villa found the going tough in the Premier League in the following seasons and was eventually relegated back to the 1st Division at the end of the 1993/94 season. The following season Villa again gained promotion to the Premier League and in 1996 reached it's highest ever placing in the Galway League with a 3rd place finish. In 1996 Villa also won the FAI Junior Cup (Galway section) for the second time. They were eventually beaten by Portmarnock F.C. (Dublin) who finished as the competitions runners-up the previous season and eventual winners in 1998. 1998 was a good year for Villa where the First Team were beaten finalists to Mervue Utd. In the Premier Cup (Joe Ryan Cup) and the Villa Under-17 side were beaten finalists in the Connacht Under-17 Cup to Galway Utd. and also beaten Galway Under-17 League Finalists to Mervue Utd.
In 2000 Villa took a familiar path. They were yet again relegated to the 1st Division where they remained until 2004. In 2003 Villa reached the Connacht Cup final where they were narrowly defeated by Castlebar Celtic. After this defeat, the First Team embarked on a continual slide down the divisions to Division 2c where they reside today. It is difficult to see why this has occurred but currently there is serious impetus to retain a position at the higher levels of the Galway Leagues.
While the First Team is struggling the opposite can be said of the underage section of the club. Currently age groups from under 10 to under 16 are catered for with 130+ children participating. Success at underage level is evident with the under 13's winning their league in 2004, the under 15's reaching the cup final in 2005 and the under 10's and under 11's reaching the knockout section of their leagues in 2004 and 2005.
With the First Team adopting a more professional approach to their game and the underage section growing yearly, coupled with the club's dynamic vision of the future with respect to the club's facilities, which are shared with Presentation College Headford, the future looks bright.