Cobh Wanderers Football Club

Ground Development

When Cobh Wanderers was founded  in 1981 one of the main aims of he club was to one day purchase our own ground. Initally home games were played in Whitegate .Since then the club has been lucky enough to have had the use of the excellent facilities at the Cobh Community College.Without these facilities it would not have been possible to have continued as a club.

In 1993 the club became aware that some land was available for purchase in the Ticknock area.Meetings took place with the landowner and with our local bank,AIB. A business plan was drawn up and an agreement was reached to purchase approximately five acres in Ticknock.

The club officially took possession of the property in May 1995. It was decided to develop the land in phases as and when finances allowed..A boundry fence was the first task completed by club members.

Then in 1996 an application was made for National Lottery funding and with the help of local T.D. John Mulvihill in particular,Michael Ahern T.D. and Bernard Allen T.D.  a grant was forthcoming.

After receiving a further bank loan work commenced on the development in May 1997.

An ex player Donal Collins was the mainstay behind the transformation of a hilly farmland to a well laid out playing facility and  associated siteworks. His tireless work and expertise ensured that everything went according to schedule.

The long awaited first official game on the new pitch took place on the 5th September 1999 with  a 3-1 Munster Senior League victory over Glasheen .Jimmy Hally had the distinction of scoring the first goal on the new pitch.

Thanks to another National Lottery grant and further bank loans a dressing room complex was built and has been praised as one of the best facilities in the Munster Senior League.

John Barry and his various team of FAS workers over the years have done great work looking after the ground and it is a tribute to John in particular that everything has turned out so well.

Only recently the pitch has been railed off and hopefully this will generate more revenue for the club through the sale of advertising boards around the pitch.

It is evident to all who visit the ground that tremendous progress has been achieved.

Everything that has happened has been thanks to an awful lot of hard work by many people but most importantly thanks to  the financial support from the local people for our various fundraising efforts over the years.The club will continue to strive to improve the facilities and repay the faith the town has shown in it.