Larry is pictured with his team mates in the photo on the left. He is standing on the back row, third from the left. The photo was captured in September 1949. Noel Crawford " The team are sporting jerseys from Castleknock College rugby team, light blue and dark hoops, and this is the very first St. Mochta's team, we still reflect the colours in our club strip to this day".
Founder member Barth O’Brien recalled the story of the birth of the club a few years ago “In 1949 I put a motion to the AGM of the St. Mochta’s Branch of the Catholic Young Men's Society (CYMS) that a football section be formed within the branch to be looked after by a sub-committee of the branch".
“At the following executive committee meeting the committee asked me if I would organise the setting up of the section, I agreed to do so and immediately called a meeting of young people interested to decide on (a) whether they wanted the section to be formed, and (b) what type of football they wanted to be played? There was unanimous agreement that the section be formed and that the type of football would be soccer".
“I then asked some local people with a good knowledge of the sport if they would be agreeable to come on to the sub-committee to run the club. Three of those people (all now deceased) were Joe Thewlis, Christy Somers, and Peter Proudfoot Senior. They set about the job ardently, getting all local lads who were playing football in localities on the periphery of the Clonsilla area to join the section. They succeeded in entering a team in the Athletic Union League, Third Division - Sunday, and reported to the executive committee on a monthly basis".
“One important part of the organisation was amazingly let slip because of their over-enthusiasm to do the important things right. On the Friday evening prior to their first match on the following Sunday, Joe Thewlis came to me stating that they had no jerseys for the team and worse - no
money to buy them, but that they would be doing a door to door collection the following week. He asked me if I could do anything for them at that late stage and I said that I would try to get something cheap for them".
“With what little money I had, which in effect was my own week's wages and some little savings, I immediately went to see Brother Darcy who was in charge of all sports equipment in Castleknock College. He could not help with the provision of second hand jerseys as all were in use but he advise me to go to the sports section in the basement of Clery's Store and to mention his name which might be helpful in obtaining the necessary jerseys".
“On Saturday morning I went in to Clery’s with my tale of woe. The manager, a very nice man, put the first question which I wasn't prepared for, ‘what colours do you want?’ I said I had heard nothing about colours, to which he replied, ‘I always keep a good stock of Castleknock College rugby jerseys and a set of those are readily available if you want them".
“I had seen the college play several times and knew that their colours were navy and sky blue so I said that these will have to be the colours of St. Mochta’s. "Right" he said I will give you a goalkeeper's jersey, eleven outfield jerseys and a large carrier bag, for twelve pounds. I just had enough money to buy them and that Saturday evening a beaming Joe Thewlis got his jerseys, in the carrier bag, in the nick of time for the match. So began St. Mochta’s junior soccer football that Sunday at 3 pm".
Senior Secretary Vincent Nulty " I never seen Larry play, but heard from so many people that he was a very special player, I did have the opportunity on a couple occasions of enjoying his company and we had some great chats about football, St. Mochta's and Clonsilla, Larry was a gentleman, who will always be remembered as one of the greats".
It's thanks to men like Larry Reynolds that so many children, teenagers, and adults can play football in the colours of St. Mochta's FC. Years of service and dedication has helped continue something special that was established in 1949. The legacy the men like Larry have left behind will continue and with over 20 teams playing in the St. Mochta's FC colours, it's a legacy we are all very thankful for.
Rest In Peace Larry.