The meteoric rise of Kerry soccer has been fashioned out of years of hard work and a burning desire that the Kingdom have few equals when it comes to producing talented and precocious footballers in many codes.
The Kerry District League was founded in 1971 with eight teams being involved in the very first league and cup competitions that were organized in the post ban era by a wonderful band of enthusiastic volunteers. Previously Tralee Dynamos had played in the Desmond League but once the KDL was formed, all the action was in Kerry but the possibility of teams from neighbouring North Cork, explained the name which to give it its proper title was Kerry and District League, which left the door ajar for the likes of Cullen, Millstreet, Ballydesmond, Knocknagree and Kiskeam.
The league grew and by the early eighties the number of teams had trebled and Kerry began to make an impression in outside competitions like the Oscar Traynor Cup, FAI Junior Cup and Munster Junior Cups.
Tralee Dynamos reached the Munster Junior Cup Final but was well beaten by Cork side Temple United at Turners Cross in 1983, but Kerry now believed. John O’Regan became Secretary in 1976 and with Christy Leahy as chairman from 1979, the league continued to expand.
In fact subject to verification, the League has only had three secretaries, Pat O’Shea, Joe Grant and John Regan.