Freddie Mitchell (Kilcullen AFC) to be honoured by FAI President Gerry McAnaney for his unstinted commitment to association football in Kildare.
The KDFL Executive are happy to announce the recipient of the FAI Centenary Medal award winner as Freddie Mitchell of Kilcullen AFC. Please see below bio. Congratulations to Freddie. A well deserved award for your enormous commitment to the game in Kildare.
Freddie Mitchell (Kilcullen AFC)
Freddie Mitchell is a name not just associated with Kilcullen AFC but with Kildare Football as a whole. He has been a member of the KDFL since it’s inception in 1994. He has spent ‘two lifetimes in football’ One with Kildare Town AFC and one with his current Club Kilcullen AFC. He is the only KDFL member to have two Lumsden League Cup winning medals (with Kildare Town AFC 1995/96 and 1998/99) and then go on to manage a Lumsden League Cup winning side with Kilcullen AFC (2004/05)
During his time with Kildare he also represented his League when he wore the number one shirt for the KDFL’s Oscar Traynor side. He also played a vital role as goalkeeper with Kildare Town AFC when they were victorious over Usher Celtic in the Leinster Football Association Junior Cup Final of 1997/98.
Freddie has been the constant and indeed the fulcrum of Kilcullen AFC for 25 years and in 2018 as part of the club’s 50th Anniversary was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for services to the club. Most would have walked off and celebrated their award and let others carry the torch, not Freddie this drove him on.
In his time, Freddie has been player, player/manager, Senior Secretary, ran the Club Academy and today is the Club’s Senior Goal Keeping coach for the Club’s first team and takes weekly sessions with the Schoolboy keepers.
He was proud and honoured to be selected part of the League’s Oscar Traynor Coaching Panel in 2019.
It is a testament to the man that he has such high standards he will not let anyone cut the Club’s pitches and uses his day off to cut both pitches year round. Is there a better playing surface than the Avondale, his mantra "we are to provide football, the players deserve the best!!".
Kilcullen AFC run the Club to the highest standards, standards set by Freddie Mitchell.
Freddie gives his all for the club, "there is no off-season he says, it’s just time before a game and time after, get ready for the next game, what needs to be done!!!" Fred