The idea of forming a soccer club in Malahide was the brainchild of a gentleman named Herbie Troy back in 1943. Herbie was an employee of Guinness’s and arranged a challenge match between a Malahide selection and the brewery’s soccer side. The match was played in the grounds of Malahide Cricket Club in September 1943.
Following the match, a discussion took place in Jack Gibney’s pub where it was decided to form an official club and make application to the Athletic Union League. The application was made and accepted. The league officially kicked off in September 1944 with Malahide United a registered participant.
The first committee formed were Chairman, Pop O’Brien; Hon.Sec.R.H.Troy and Hon.Treasurer, Jas O’Brien. The first pitch was based in Ard Na Mara and the official club colours were red and white. The first competitive match was against Bray Wanderers which ended in a 9-0 defeat. However, revenge was sweet with Malahide beating Bray 5-3 in the reverse fixture in the final game, denying the Seagulls the title.