Temple Villa were founded in 1973 by Kieran Carroll, Jimmy Daly and Seamus Killane. T.P.Hickey soon came on board and the club entered the Longford & District League and enjoyed many successes. T.P. went on to be club secretary for over 30 years and was the driving force behind all that was good about the club over these years. T.P. was honoured last year when the club ground was named after him on the club’s 40th anniversary. Villa played on a rented pitch in Moate until securing eight and a half acres in Mount Temple. We formed schoolboy teams in the late seventies and have grown to be one of the largest clubs in the Athlone & District Schoolboy/League. We also entered girls teams in the Midland League for a few years. In recent years, great strides for being taken with our grounds while we are very proud of our clubhouse which is a par with the best in the country. Our senior team won the Counties Cup in 1983 beating Cavan Town at St. Mels Park, while at underage level we reached the quarter-final of the under 16 S.F.A.I. in 2000 and only went down 2-0 to Home Farm. Our under 16’s also contested the Connaught Cup Final last season, while we have won many league titles and cups in the ADSL over the years.

Players of note: Eric Molloy who signed for Manchester United from Villa and also won Ireland underage caps. Padraig “Dutchy” Dully who went on to have a very successful League Of Ireland career playing for Athlone Town, Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers but spent most time with Shelbourne,  playing almost 100 games and winning a League and F.A.I. Cup with the club. John Morris Burke, played with Athlone Town and Galway United where he won an F.A.I. Cup medal. Padraig Nicholson who played and also managed Temple Villa, played with Athlone Town for  number of years and played in the famous European Cup game verses A.C. Milan. Dominic Fitzpatrick who scored the winning goal in the League Cup final for Athlone Town in 1982.