Longford Gaelic Stats
Senior Football League

SFL History

Senior Football League in Longford can be examined via two consecutive yet separate competitions: 1) Senior League-Championship from 1911 to 1935 and 2) Leader Cup from 1936 to the present day. Both competitions resulted in the awarding of the foremost Senior Football League title of the day to the winner. Our research into the old Senior League-Championship winners is the first such research ever published.

Senior League-Championship began in 1911 when a new Senior League competition was first introduced, separate and distinct from the Senior Football Championship of the day which was straight knockout format. From 1911 to 1928 the Senior League-Championship title was decided between the top two teams in the table at the end of the season, but in 1928 the format changed such that the top team was declared the winner without any final. The Senior League-Championship ran from 1911 to 1935 and ended when the Leader Cup was introduced in 1936. There was a sister competition held at Junior grade called the Junior League-Championship which ran from 1917 and became the Junior League from 1927. The first winner of the Senior League-Championship was Clonguish Gallowglasses in 1911 and the last winner was Drumlish in 1935. Thereafter the Leader Cup competition took over as the Senior League.

Leader Cup began in 1936 when a new cup was presented to the County Board by Mr. A. M. Farrell, Managing Director of the Longford Leader newspaper. His father had founded the newspaper and was the first Chair of the Longford County Board (📷 Source). The County Board invited suggestions as to “the manner in which it should be competed for”. Mr. J Mannix (who was County Board Vice Chairman from 1928 to 1938) proposed that it should be a perpetual trophy and, after further discussion in July 1936, it was agreed that it would be presented on an annual basis for a Senior Football League competition “between parish clubs to be played on the single league system on neutral venues”. It was also agreed that gate receipts from Leader Cup games would be pooled and allocated evenly between competing clubs. While the name of the competition is the ‘Leader Cup’ or ‘Longford Leader Cup’, over the decades it also became known as the Senior League (and as the Super League for a short period too). The format of the Leader Cup changed a number of times over the years. In 1952 Clonguish won the title as a Junior team and in 1960 Ballymahon won the title after having just won the Junior Football Championship. With the introduction of the All-County Football Leagues in 1980, the Leader Cup became the knockout finale for top teams in Divisions 1 & 2 of ACFL. In 1990 a decision was made to introduce a separate cup for the team finishing top of Division 1. This meant that the top two teams in Divisions 1 & 2 along with the winners of Divisions 3 & 4 progressed to a ‘Super League‘ with the winner receiving the Leader Cup. This resulted in a ACFL Division 2 team winning the Leader Cup in 1992 (Mostrim) and 1993 (Ardagh St. Patricks), the only times this has happened. The Super League structure was discontinued in 1995 and the structure reverted back to Leader Cup being played for by the top teams in Division 1 only. Looking at it over the wider span of all years played, it seems sensible to state that the winner of the Senior Football League is awarded the Leader Cup, while the team finishing top of ACFL Division 1 wins the Divisional title and receives the Johnny Skelly Cup (used to be Bertie Allen Cup until 2002). With the exception of just five years (1938, 1967, 2018, 2020 & 2022), the Leader Cup has been won annually since 1937 and is the oldest Gaelic Games trophy still being presented in Longford. Eight clubs have won the Leader Cup and ACFL Division 1 double in the same season: Mullinalaghta (4 times), Clonguish (3), Fr. Manning Gaels (2), Killoe Young Emmets (2), Abbeylara (1), Colmcille (1), Dromard (1) and Longford Slashers (1).

Senior Football League

SFL Winners

WonClub / TeamYear Senior Football League Won
12Clonguish1911, 1919, 1952, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1979, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011
12Mullinalaghta St. Columbas1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023
9Drumlish †1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1953
8Killoe Young Emmets1959, 1961, 1985, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
7Rathcline1971, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1996
6Longford Slashers1958, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1988, 1991
6St. Marys Granard1930, 1934, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1994
5Cashel1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984
4Longford Wanderers1922, 1923, 1927, 1928
4Mostrim1970, 1984, 1992, 1995
4Fr. Manning Gaels1986, 1987, 1997, 1999
4Abbeylara1998, 2000, 2004, 2009
3Granard Shamrocks1914, 1916, 1917
3Colmcille1954, 1957, 1990
2St. Brigids Killashee1940, 1941
2Ardagh St. Patricks1955, 1993
2Dromard2001, 2006
1Seán Connollys1942
WonClub / TeamYear Leader Cup Won
12Mullinalaghta St. Columbas1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023
10Clonguish1952, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1979, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011
8Killoe Young Emmets1959, 1961, 1985, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
7Rathcline1971, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1996
6Drumlish †1937, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1953
6Longford Slashers1958, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1988, 1991
5Cashel1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984
4St. Marys Granard1964, 1966, 1969, 1994
4Mostrim1970, 1984, 1992, 1995
4Fr. Manning Gaels1986, 1987, 1997, 1999
4Abbeylara1998, 2000, 2004, 2009
3Colmcille1954, 1957, 1990
2St. Brigids Killashee1940, 1941
2Ardagh St. Patricks1955, 1993
2Dromard2001, 2006
1Seán Connollys1942
WonClub / TeamYear Senior League-Championship Won
4Longford Wanderers1922, 1923, 1927, 1928
3Granard Shamrocks1914, 1916, 1917
3Drumlish1931, 1933, 1935
2Clonguish1911, 1919
2St. Marys Granard1930, 1934

⚠️ Our winners table above and below does not combine titles of Drumlish & Fr. Manning Gaels into one count, nor does it combine titles of Longford Slashers & Longford Wanderers into one count or titles of St. Marys Granard & Granard Shamrocks into one count either. All titles are displayed with the club unit that won the title and totals are not combined via merged clubs or by grouping clubs in a parish. Other websites or publications may display this differently, but on this website we attempt to show all titles by individual club units with clubs formed by merging two existing clubs regarded as a new club unit.

Pre 1936 = League-Championship. Post 1936 = Leader Cup.
Drumlish won 1953 title as Drumlish Young Irelands (later renamed Éire Óg).
Drumlish & Ballinamuck clubs united in 1969 to form Fr. Manning Gaels. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
Ardagh St. Patricks & Moydow Harpers united in 2019 to form Ardagh Moydow. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
Longford Wanderers & Whiterock Slashers united in 1954 to form Longford Slashers.
(📷 Image) (📑 Details)

Senior Football League

SFL Timeline

Senior Football League (1936-2023)

Leader Cup

YearLeader Cup Winners (1936-2023)
2023🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2022Final Awarded (Contested)
2021🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2020No Competition (Covid-19)
2019🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2018Final Not Played
2017🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2016🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2015🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
2014🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
2013🏆 Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2012🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
2011🏆 Clonguish
2010🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
2009🏆 Abbeylara
2008🏆 Clonguish
2007🏆 Clonguish
2006🏆 Dromard
2005🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
2004🏆 Abbeylara
2003🏆 Clonguish
2002🏆 Clonguish
2001🏆 Dromard
2000🏆 Abbeylara
1999🏆 Fr. Manning Gaels
1998🏆 Abbeylara
1997🏆 Fr. Manning Gaels
1996🏆 Rathcline
1995🏆 Mostrim
1994🏆 St. Marys Granard
1993🏆 Ardagh St. Patricks
1992🏆 Mostrim
1991🏆 Longford Slashers
1990🏆 Colmcille
1989🏆 Rathcline
1988🏆 Longford Slashers
1987🏆 Fr. Manning Gaels
1986🏆 Fr. Manning Gaels
1985🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
1984🏆 Mostrim
1983🏆 Cashel
1982🏆 Cashel
1981🏆 Rathcline
1980🏆 Rathcline
1979🏆 Clonguish
1978🏆 Cashel
1977🏆 Cashel
1976🏆 Cashel
1975🏆 Rathcline
1974🏆 Rathcline
1973🏆 Clonguish
1972🏆 Longford Slashers
1971🏆 Rathcline
1970🏆 Mostrim
1969🏆 St. Marys Granard
1968🏆 Clonguish
1967No Competition
1966🏆 St. Marys Granard
1965🏆 Clonguish
1964🏆 St. Marys Granard
1963🏆 Longford Slashers
1962🏆 Longford Slashers
1961🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
1960🏆 Ballymahon
1959🏆 Killoe Young Emmets
1958🏆 Longford Slashers
1957🏆 Colmcille
1956🏆 Carrickedmond
1955🏆 Ardagh St. Patricks
1954🏆 Colmcille
1953🏆 Drumlish Young Irelands
1952🏆 Clonguish
1951🏆 Mullinalaghta
1950🏆 Mullinalaghta
1949🏆 Mullinalaghta
1948🏆 Mullinalaghta
1947🏆 Mullinalaghta
1946🏆 Drumlish
1945🏆 Mullinalaghta
1944🏆 Drumlish
1943🏆 Drumlish
1942🏆 Seán Connollys
1941🏆 St. Brigids Killashee
1940🏆 St. Brigids Killashee
1939🏆 Drumlish
1938No Competition
1937🏆 Drumlish
1936Not Completed

(Names of winners are displayed using name of each club at the time of the final, to preserve that historic record)

Senior Football League (1911-1935)


YearLeague-Championship Winners (1911-1935)
1935🏆 Drumlish
1934🏆 St. Marys Granard
1933🏆 Drumlish
1932No Competition
1931🏆 Drumlish
1930🏆 St. Marys Granard
1929No Competition
1928🏆 Longford Wanderers
1927🏆 Longford Wanderers
1926No Competition
1925No Competition
1924No Competition
1923🏆 Longford Wanderers
1922🏆 Longford Wanderers
1921No Competition
1920No Competition
1919🏆 Clonguish
1918No Competition
1917🏆 Granard Shamrocks
1916🏆 Granard Shamrocks
1915No Competition
1914🏆 Granard Shamrocks
1913No Competition
1912No Record
1911🏆 Clonguish Gallowglasses

(Names of winners are displayed using name of each club at the time of the final, to preserve that historic record)

Senior Football League

Additional Notes

Titles are allocated to club units (not parishes). Where a new club unit is formed by two or more clubs amalgamating, the previous titles of the individual clubs prior to the union are kept separate in Rolls of Honour from titles won by the new club unit. For teams made up of two or more clubs, titles are allocated to the combined team and not assigned separately to the individual club units within it (thus avoiding double-counting).

To allocate titles accurately and consistently to club units, it was necessary to dig into specific instances where key titles were won by different or differently named entities from the same parish down the years, and determine using as much primary evidence as possible how to allocate those titles to club units.

Longford has seen a large number of clubs come and go over the years, including multiple clubs in the same parish at the same time (This was true in multiple instances prior to the 2010’s, and is still true today for the Longford and Granard parishes). Historically there are a few instances of key titles won by different or differently named units from the same parish. Some were merely the same club renamed over time, while others were separate club units including new clubs formed by the merging of two or more existing club units.

There are five key examples of title allocations which needed clarification:

  1. Longford Parish
  2. Mostrim Parish
  3. Granard Parish
  4. Drumlish Parish
  5. Ardagh & Moydow Parish

Note: Titles in this context refers to SFC, SFL, SHC, IFC, JFC or U-21 Championship titles.

Senior League-Championship began in 1911 and ran until 1935 as a Senior Football League competition. It was sometimes confused with Senior Football Championship competition in some past records. The Senior League-Championship competition was regarded by some in the early years as having equivalent importance to Senior Football Championship. The Senior League-Championship format changed in 1928 with the top team in the table being declared the winner (i.e. no final between top 2 teams). The competition continued until 1935 and ended thereafter with the new Leader Cup competition beginning in 1936. Our research found that both league competitions were separate and distinctly different, albeit the winner of each was declared the Senior Football League champion. Senior League-Championship titles are separate and distinct from Senior Championship titles, even though it was common for League-Championship winners to receive medals with ‘Championship’ or ‘Champions’ on them.

Senior ‘League-Championship’ Winners (1911-1935):

  • 1911 Clonguish Gallowglasses 1 [📷 Reference]
  • 1912 No Record of Winner 2
  • 1913 No Competition
  • 1914 Granard Shamrocks 3 [📷 Report]
  • 1915 No Competition
  • 1916 Granard Shamrocks 4 [📷 Report]
  • 1917 Granard Shamrocks 5 [📷 Report]
  • 1918 No Competition
  • 1919 Clonguish 6 [📷 Report]
  • 1920 No Competition
  • 1921 No Competition
  • 1922 Longford Wanderers 7 [📷 Report]
  • 1923 Longford Wanderers 8 [📷 Report]
  • 1924 No Competition
  • 1925 No Winner (Abandoned) 9 [📷 Report]
  • 1926 No Competition
  • 1927 Longford Wanderers 10 [📷 Report]
  • 1928 Longford Wanderers 11 [📷 Report]
  • 1929 No Competition
  • 1930 St. Marys Granard 12 [📷 Report]
  • 1931 Drumlish 13 [📷 Reference]
  • 1932 No Competition 14
  • 1933 Drumlish 15 [📷 Report]
  • 1934 St. Marys Granard 16
  • 1935 Drumlish 17 [📷 Reference]

(Note: The Granard Shamrocks club preceded the formation of the St. Mary’s club in Granard Parish, while both clubs co-existed as separate clubs in the parish of Granard for a period. Titles are allocated to club units, hence the titles of both are kept separate)

References & Notes:

  1. No record of the final found, but Clonguish are referenced as champions in an October 1911 report.
  2. Clonguish v Edgeworthstown final fixed for 8th June 1913 but no record of result or winner.
  3. Competition started in May 1914 and concluded with final in July 1915, replayed in September 1915.
  4. Competition started in July 1916 and concluded in March 1917. See Note A below. 
  5. Competition started in April 1917 and took two years to complete. Concluded in March 1919.
  6. Competition started in July 1919 and concluded in April 1920.
  7. Competition started in February 1922 and concluded in April 1923. (Longford is Longford Wanderers)
  8. Competition started in November 1923 and concluded in September 1925. (Longford is Longford Wanderers)
  9. Competition started in October 1925 and concluded in June 1926 with Granard v Mullinalaghta abandoned.
  10. Competition started in May 1927 and concluded in February 1928.
  11. Competition started in October 1928 and concluded in May 1929 when Wanderers won by topping the table.
  12. Competition started ~ July 1930 and finished with Granard topping the table in Oct 1931.
  13. Competition started in Oct 1931 and continued thru 1932. Drumlish referenced as winners in 1932 year-end report. See Note B below. 
  14. No record found of any competition for 1932. The 1931 competition didn’t conclude until well into 1932. 
  15. Competition started in September 1933 and finished in February 1934, with Drumlish topping the table. See Note C below.
  16. Competition ran into 1935. Title winner is noted in the Granard GAA book.
  17. Competition noted as unfinished in February 1936, but Drumlish victory referenced in a year-end article in 1936.

Note A: The 1916 Senior League-Championship title was won by Granard Shamrocks who defeated Ardagh St. Patricks by 2 points to 1. This title had been incorrectly credited to Ardagh St. Brigid’s in previous rolls of honour and Longford GAA publications. When Ardagh and Granard met in the 1982 SFC final, this previous meeting was referenced and the article cited claims from others that Granard [Shamrocks] were champions that year and it was a league title that was won – both of which have proved to be completely correct. We found no evidence of the existence of a club called Ardagh St. Brigids. 

Note B: The 1931 competition saw Drumlish on course for the League title by around June 1932 (the competition flowed into 1932), with their final game scheduled against Ardagh, who were bottom of the table. The game was fixed in September 1932 and previewed as a 3rd round game. Drumlish won the game. No declaration of champions was made at that point but this was the only league game held between June 1932 and late 1933. Drumlish were then listed as League winners in 1932 year-end summary but this was for winning what was the 1931 competition. No evidence of a competition for 1932 was found.

Note CIn Feb 1934 there was a medal presentation held in Drumlish noting the awarding of 1932-33 league medals. This related to the 1933 competition. 

Our research found the following SFL title changes which were supplied to and adopted by Coiste Chontae an Longfort.

Was: No Record
Now: Drumlish

Was: Drumlish
Now: No Competition

Was: Mullinalaghta
Now: Drumlish

The 1936 Leader Cup was the first ever playing of the Leader Cup and began in October 1936. However progress was slow and in May 1937 it as decided to abandon the 1936 competition and start afresh with the Leader Cup for 1937 instead.

The 1937 Leader Cup campaign began in May 1937 but was beset by delays and disruption because of the success of Longford in the Leinster and All-Ireland Junior Championship that year. The competition did not complete until May 1938 with Drumlish winning by topping the league. A new League competition for 1938 never got underway in part because the Senior Football Championship was not completed in time. The Leader Cup then started afresh in 1939 with no competition for 1938.

The inscription on those medals (see below) reflected the year in which the title was won, but does not reflect the year of competition, which was the 1937 Leader Cup which began in May 1937 and completed in May 1938. Leader Cup records prior to our research (example here) showed Drumlish as winners in 1938 & 1939, however the evidence shows that Drumlish won the 1937 Leader Cup (overran into 1938 with Drumlish topping the table and deemed champions with a game left to play) and 1939 Leader Cup, with no competition for the 1938 season. 

(Medal Source: Cyril McKeon)

The 1946 Leader Cup competition was won by Drumlish who defeated Mullinalaghta by 2-4 to 1-2 on 1st September 1946. In some previous published records this years title was incorrectly allocated to Mullinalaghta. 

The 1949 Leader Cup competition contained just six teams and was confined to Senior teams only.

  • Clonguish
  • Longford Wanderers
  • Mullinalaghta
  • Cashel
  • Ballymahon
  • Colmcille

The 1950 Leader Cup competition saw a big increase in teams from six in 1949 to eleven in 1959.

Leader Cup (South)

  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Killoe Young Emmets
  • Cashel
  • Clonguish
  • Longford Wanderers
  • Ballymahon

Leader Cup (North)

  • Dromard
  • Mullinalaghta
  • Drumlish
  • Colmcille
  • St. Marys Granard

The 1952 Leader Cup completed in February 1953. It is worth noting that Clonguish won this Leader Cup title as a Junior side, having gained entry into the competition when a vacancy arose. This was first time that a Junior side won the Leader cup.

The 1954 Leader Cup was completed in 1955 with the final played in Purth on 1st May 1955. Colmcille beat Longford Slashers by 5-5 to 3-4. 

The 1960 Leader Cup final was played between Ballymahon and Colmcille. Ballymahon had just won the Junior Football Championship and went on to win the Leader Cup too.

The 1962 Leader Cup final was played between Longford Slashers and Killoe Young Emmets. The game ended in some controversy when the ref announced that the game had ended in a draw, much to the surprise of Longford Slashers players and supporters (and others in the crowd) who had assumed that Slashers had won the game by a point (1-10 to 2-6). The matter had to wait for the referee’s report to be read at the County Board meeting a week later, where the referee stated that he had consulted with his umpires who unanimously agreed that the correct score was 1-10 to 2-6 in favour of Longford Slashers. The referee also mentioned that he believed he failed to record a point scored by Slashers in the second half, leading to his full-time conclusion of a draw. 

The 1963 Leader Cup final between Longford Slashers and St. Marys Granard was played on 29th March 1964. 

The 1965 & 1966 Leader Cups both spilled into 1967 which left no time in that year to play a 1967 Leader Cup, hence no Leader Cup title for 1967. The 1965 final was initially played in 1966 with Clonguish and Longford Slashers playing out a draw. The replay did not happen until February 1967. The 1966 final was then played later that same year.

The 1986 Leader Cup final did not take place until 15th March 1987 due to delays caused by a number of different reasons. Fr. Manning Gaels beat Longford Slashers in the final by 0-7 to 0-5. Five months later Fr. Manning Gaels were back in the 1987 Leader Cup final, this time beating Mostrim by 2-9 to 1-10 on 23rd August 1987, becoming the first (and thus far only) club to win two Leader Cup titles in the same year.

Note: This was the last game played by Kevin Hughes. The former Longford inter-county and Mostrim footballer died in a car accident just 11 days later on 3rd September 1987. He was 28 years old. The cup currently presented to the winner of the U-21 Football Championship bears his name.

The 1990 Leader Cup saw changes to the competition structure following the introduction of a new cup for the team finishing top of Division 1. The top two teams in Divisions 1 and 2 along with the top team from Divisions 3 & 4 competed in a Super League competition at the end of all rounds of the League to determine the winner of the Leader Cup. In 1990 the final was between Colmcille (Division 1) and Seán Connollys (Division 2) with Colmcille emerging as winners.

The ‘Super League’ competition format saw Winner of Division 4 vs Winner of Division 3 and the winner playing the Runner-Up in Division 2 to decide who progressed to the semi-final to play the Winner of Division 1 and Winner of Division 2. The Super League format continued until 1994 and thereafter reverted back to Leader Cup being played for by the top teams in Division 1 only. During the Super League period the Leader Cup was won by a Division 2 team twice, in 1992 (Mostrim) and 1993 (Ardagh St. Patricks). This is the only time in the history of the ACFL that a non Division 1 team won the Leader Cup. 

The 2018 Leader Cup final was not played. Mullinalaghta St. Columbas and Killoe Young Emmets reached the final but it was not played due to Mullinalaghta’s involvement in the Leinster Club Championship campaign (which Mullinalaghta won) and then the All-Ireland Club Championship which stretched into 2019, hence the Leader Cup final was never played and there is no title winner for 2018.

The 2020 Leader Cup competition was not played due to the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2022 Leader Cup final between Mullinalaghta St. Columbas and Colmcille was scheduled for 23rd July 2022. In the immediate run up to the final, Colmcille requested a postponement to a later date but this was declined. On 22nd July the final was called off and the Leader Cup title seemed to be awarded to Mullinalaghta due to Colmcille being unable to fulfill the fixture on the scheduled date. However the Mullinalaghta club did not accept the decision to award them the title and subsequently refused the medals maintaining that the final should be re-fixed and played. Hence the 2022 Leader Cup title was technically awarded to Mullinalaghta but remains practically contested.

The 2023 Leader Cup final between Mullinalaghta St. Columbas and Killoe Young Emmets was held on Sunday 16th July 2023 and doubled up as both the Leader Cup and ACFL Division 1 final between the sides. The game went to extra time and ended in stalemate at 0-14 each before being decided on penalties with Mullinalaghta winning by 5 to 4 to claim both titles. 

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