The Glens were founded in 1961 by Dr. Michael McFadden, the club was one of a number of Irish sides that had emerged in the SFSFL during the sixties. The emergence of the Irish-American Glens during this period was based on the coaching of Irishman Neil Hagan coupled with a talented crop of young players. They began to prosper after Neil Hagen took over the coaching of the team. With an emphasis on youth, Hagan developed a side that featured the talents of Tom and Steve Ryan, Jim Boyle, and Tom and Tim Harvey among others. The result was promotion to the top division by the end of the decade. The Glens went on to national prominence by going to the National Amatuer Cup final in 1979 where they lost 1-0 to Atlanta Demographic. The Irish side returned to the Amateur Cup final in 1990, but was on the wrong side of another 1-0 result. In the eighties, the Glens overcame a major setback to capture their first SFSFL championship in 1984. The untimely death of Hagan in 1981 left a void that might have been the end of other clubs. Sean Shannon stepped into the spotlight and quietly remolded the team into a championship-winning outfit by bringing in players such as Paul Mitchell and Mal Roche. Their 1984 title was the first ever by an Irish side, and they returned again for a second in 1990.
A SOCCER LIFE: PAT MAGUIRE
Pat Maguire is a nationally licensed coach by the NSCAA. He’s attended the Academy of West Ham United in England and received a diploma for completion of their coaching program. But Pat's greatest success, as a coach, is the development of the Maguire Training Method. He has implemented and perfected the Maguire Method in coaching Evolution FC Soccer teams. His training and method has proven to produce elite players. He is presently the Director of Coaching for the SF Glens Evolution Micro Academy.
Coach Pat Maguire's love for soccer began in the early 1970's in San Francisco. His father, John Maguire, regularly took him to watch and support the San Francisco Glens' premiere level team. Pat, along with his father, his brothers and sisters would take the bus or be driven to Balboa Stadium, by coach Neil Hagen, after church. Pat soon became a fanatic of the Glens, passionately supporting them both at home and on the road. He knew all the players names and their numbers. He knew how they played, whether they were right or left footed, and what were their typical positions. He knew who was fast or slow, who passed well and who scored clutch goals....