Aer Rianta Football Club - where it all started...
"Phil, I have an idea..?"
During his routine Sunday evening sitting at the kitchen table in Baldoyle, County Dublin, Don Treacy had an idea which he was eager to share with his wife, Phil. That idea was to bring airport football to the rest of Europe.
Despite the enormity of the task ahead, Don, assisted by his close friend and confidant Joe Kelly, started the process of building a European tournament. And so a competition was born.
The idea takes flight
From 1982 onwards, Aer Rianta Football Club sought the views of other European airports for the staging of a biennial football tournament.
The Dublin club felt that while there were regular international sporting events amongst the European airlines and air traffic control services, these opportunities were not afforded to the airport authorities.
As a result of the positive response to the survey it was decided to stage an international tournament in the old ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport in October 1984. Eight other teams travelled to Dublin for what was a great sporting and social weekend. With the success of the Dublin tournament it was agreed that the competition should be held every two years. In 1986 Amsterdam hosted the competition with an increased participation of 12 teams.
In 1987, the European Airports Football Association (EAFA) was formed with the objective of promoting and developing the competition. The Association elects a council to assist with the organising of the tournament through the host airports.
After 34 years and 17 competitions, the tournament returns home for the third time. We're looking forward to reacquainting ourselves with old friends, especially from airports in the UK.
Who is Aer Rianta Football Club?
Aer Rianta Football Club now known as Dublin Airport Football Club was established 1972 to provide football for airport employees and their families.
Down through the years the club has enjoyed much success winning both domestic cup and league titles. Today, the club fields 2 senior teams in the Leinster Senior League and an Over 35s team in the Amateur Football League.