THE HISTORY OF BELCOO O’RAHILLY’S
In 1943 a new team, Holywell St Patrick's was formed. A club was also formed in Mullaghdun, but never affiliated with the Co. board. In 1944 Holywell competed in the Fermanagh county board organised competitions, and while not winning many games managed to fulfill all their fixtures. The club colours were green and white.
In 1952 a club called Belcoo was registered with the county board. During the 50's two Junior League finals were contested but the team was defeated on both Occasions. In 1960 Belcoo won the Junior Football League when they beat Knocks in the final. In 1963 the Junior league was won once more. The club was promoted to Intermediate level in the mid '60s, and after 3 championship semi-final defeats (66,67,68), Belcoo won the Intermediate league and Championship in 1969. In 1970 the club reached the Senior championship final for the first time, but were defeated by Tempo. In 1975 Belcoo won the Senior division 2 title. Also in the late 1970's the club changed to its current colours of light blue and navy.
Early to Mid 2000's
The potential of this current crop of young players became evident in 2004 when they won the clubs first ever Division One Minor League title. The following year the Minor League and Championship Double was completed. As well as the minor double success of 2005, the majority of these players made up the Junior Side that won the Division 2 Junior League. In 2006 the Seniors went the entire Division 2 league season unbeaten but lost the league final to Irvinestown, but the main objective of playing Division One football was achieve. Also in 2006 the Seniors won the Intermediate Championship Final following two draws with Brookeborough before we came out on top in the third game. Into the Ulster Intermediate Championship were we beat Drumgath but lost in the Semi Final to Coleraine, who went on the reach the All Ireland Final.
Milestone Year (2007)
For the first time in a number of years the seniors would compete in the Division One league following promotion from Division 2. The season started with some excellent victories and the team’s style of play was talked about throughout the county. This team was to make History at the end of the season when they lifted the clubs First Ever Senior Title when they defeated Teemore in the League Final on a score line of 2-15 to 1-8 in Kinawley on October 14th 2007. The team on this historic day was James McGrath, Emmet Scollan, Niall Leonard, Mark McGovern, Sean McNulty, Ryan Dolan, Declan Leonard, Stephen Maguire (0-2), Seamus Conlon, Paul McGrath (0-4), Shane McCabe (0-1), Brian Cox (1-2), Kieran Leonard (0-5), John Carrigan (1-1), Ciaran Flaherty. Subsititutes included Kevin McPartland, Ryan, Gavin and Christopher Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Nevan Higgins and Shain Gallagher. The management setup included John Joe Stewart, Brian Treacy and Tony McGourty.
The late 2000's continued to be a successful period for the club. The Minors completed a second double of this decade in 2008, after the preious success in 2006. Also in 2009 the Minors done a third double of League and Championship however the League title in this particular year was a Division 2 one.
Elsewhere the Juniors, who were benefitting from the up and coming youngsters collected the Junior Division 2 League and Reverse B Championship crowns in 2008. In 2009 and back in Division 1 the Juniors only survived relegation following a playoff victory. However in 2010 the Juniors were to collect the clubs first Junior Division 1 League title since 1963 with a victory over Teemore. Gary McNulty, Connor Leonard and Kieran Nugent also guided this Junior side to the reserve A Championship final in 2010 but Roslea proved too strong on the day.
In terms of the Seniors, all has gone quiet following their breakthrough victory in 2007, they contested the league semi finals in 2010 but neighbours Devenish defeated them.
As we prepare to enter another decade, Belcoo remain without a Senior Championship Title and following four first round defeats in the last four years, it will take a big effort to get our hands on the New York Gold Cup.
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