Longford Gaelic Stats
Senior League (1911-2024)

SFL History

Senior Football League in Longford can be examined via two distinct 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 with the 1910/11 Senior League competition which was 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 (πŸ“·Β 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’, it is officially the Senior Football League title. The format of the Leader Cup changed a number of times over the years. In most years the title was won via a final, in other years the title was won by topping the league table. In 1980 a new All County Football League (ACFL) was introduced and the Leader Cup was incorporated as the SFL trophy for top teams in Divisions 1 & 2. 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. 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 League (1911-2024)

SFL Winners

WonClub / TeamYear Leader Cup Won
12Mullinalaghta St. Columbas1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023
11Clonguish1952, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1979, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2024
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
3Ardagh St. Patricks1941, 1955, 1993
3Colmcille1954, 1957, 1990
2Dromard2001, 2006
1St. Brigids Killashee1940
1SeΓ‘n Connollys1942
1Carrickedmond1956
1Ballymahon1960
WonClub / TeamYear Senior League-Championship Won
4Longford Wanderers1922, 1923, 1927, 1928
3Granard Shamrocks1914, 1916, 1917
3Drumlish1931, 1933, 1934
2Clonguish1911, 1919
1St. Marys Granard1930

⚠️ Our winners tables above do not combine titles of Longford Slashers & Longford Wanderers into one count or titles of St. Marys Granard & Granard Shamrocks into one count or titles of Drumlish & Fr. Manning Gaels into one count either. All titles are displayed separately 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 Young Irelands (later renamed Γ‰ire Γ“g).
Γ‰ire Γ“g (Drumlish) & Ballinamuck united in 1969 to form Fr. Manning Gaels. (πŸ“·Β Image) (πŸ“‘ Details)
Ardagh St. Patricks & Moydow Harpers united in 2019 to form Ardagh Moydow. (πŸ“·Β Image) (πŸ“‘ Details)
Longford Wanderers & Whiterock Slashers united in 1954 to form Longford Slashers.
(πŸ“·Β Image) (πŸ“‘ Details)

Senior League (1936-2024)

Leader Cup Stats

– Excludes 2018 final which was not played and 2022 final which was awarded but disputed.
– Includes 1937, 1955 & 1957 winners who won by topping the table that year (i.e. no final).

Senior League (1936-2024)

Leader Cup

YearLeader Cup Winners (1936-2024)
2024πŸ† Clonguish
2023πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2022No Winner (See note)
2021πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2020No Competition (Covid-19)
2019πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2018Final Not Played
2017πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2016πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2015πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
2014πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
2013πŸ† Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2012πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
2011πŸ† Clonguish
2010πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
2009πŸ† Abbeylara
2008πŸ† Clonguish
2007πŸ† Clonguish
2006πŸ† Dromard
2005πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
2004πŸ† Abbeylara
2003πŸ† Clonguish
2002πŸ† Clonguish
2001πŸ† Dromard
2000πŸ† Abbeylara
1999πŸ† Fr. Manning Gaels
1998πŸ† Abbeylara
1997πŸ† Fr. Manning Gaels
1996πŸ† Rathcline
1995πŸ† Mostrim
1994πŸ† St. Marys Granard
1993πŸ† Ardagh St. Patricks
1992πŸ† Mostrim
1991πŸ† Longford Slashers
1990πŸ† Colmcille
1989πŸ† Rathcline
1988πŸ† Longford Slashers
1987πŸ† Fr. Manning Gaels
1986πŸ† Fr. Manning Gaels
1985πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
1984πŸ† Mostrim
1983πŸ† Cashel
1982πŸ† Cashel
1981πŸ† Rathcline
1980πŸ† Rathcline
1979πŸ† Clonguish
1978πŸ† Cashel
1977πŸ† Cashel
1976πŸ† Cashel
1975πŸ† Rathcline
1974πŸ† Rathcline
1973πŸ† Clonguish
1972πŸ† Longford Slashers
1971πŸ† Rathcline
1970πŸ† Mostrim
1969πŸ† St. Marys Granard
1968πŸ† Clonguish
1967No Competition
1966πŸ† St. Marys Granard
1965πŸ† Clonguish
1964πŸ† St. Marys Granard
1963πŸ† Longford Slashers
1962πŸ† Longford Slashers
1961πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
1960πŸ† Ballymahon
1959πŸ† Killoe Young Emmets
1958πŸ† Longford Slashers
1957πŸ† Colmcille
1956πŸ† Carrickedmond
1955πŸ† Ardagh St. Patricks
1954πŸ† Colmcille
1953πŸ† Young Irelands (Drumlish)
1952πŸ† Clonguish
1951πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1950πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1949πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1948πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1947πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1946πŸ† Drumlish
1945πŸ† Mullinalaghta
1944πŸ† Drumlish
1943πŸ† Drumlish
1942πŸ† Clonbroney SeΓ‘n Connollys
1941πŸ† Ardagh St. Patricks
1940πŸ† St. Brigids Killashee
1939πŸ† Drumlish
1938No Competition
1937πŸ† Drumlish
1936Not Completed

(Best efforts made to use the name of each club at the time of the final to preserve that historic record)

Senior League (1911-1935)

League-Championship

YearLeague-Championship Winners (1911-1935)
1935Not Completed
1934πŸ† Drumlish
1933πŸ† Drumlish
1932No Competition
1931πŸ† Drumlish
1930πŸ† St. Marys Granard
1929No Competition
1928πŸ† Longford Wanderers
1927πŸ† Longford Wanderers
1926No Competition
1925No Competition
1924No Competition
1923πŸ† Longford Wanderers
1922πŸ† Longford Wanderers
1921No Competition
1920No Competition
1919πŸ† Clonguish
1918No Competition
1917πŸ† Granard Shamrocks
1916πŸ† Granard Shamrocks
1915No Competition
1914πŸ† Granard Shamrocks
1913No Competition
1912No Record of Winner
1911πŸ† Clonguish Gallowglasses

(Best efforts made to use the name of each club at the time of the final to preserve that historic record)

Senior League (1911-2024)

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 refer to SFC, SFL, SHC, IFC, IFL, JFC, JFL or U-21 ‘A’ Competition titles.

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

1937
Was: No Record
Now: Drumlish

1938
Was: Drumlish
Now: No Competition

1941
Was: St. Brigids Killashee
Now: Ardagh St. Patricks

1946
Was: Mullinalaghta
Now: Drumlish

  • Clonguish Gallowglasses shortened to Clonguish in 1910’s.Β 
  • Mullinalaghta added St. Columbas to club name in 1955.Β 
  • Drumlish adopted the Young Irelands name in 1951.
  • Young Irelands (Drumlish) changed to Γ‰ire Γ“g (Drumlish) ~ 1958.
  • Clonbroney SeΓ‘n Connollys shortened to SeΓ‘n Connollys.
  • Killoe Young Emmets also called Emmet Γ“g or Killoe Emmet Γ“g.

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 [πŸ“· Reference]
  • 1912 No Record of Winner 2
  • 1913 No Competition
  • 1914 Granard Shamrocks 3 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1915 No Competition
  • 1916 Granard Shamrocks 4 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1917 Granard Shamrocks 5 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1918 No Competition
  • 1919 Clonguish 6 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1920 No Competition
  • 1921 No Competition
  • 1922 Longford Wanderers 7 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1923 Longford Wanderers 8 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1924 No Competition
  • 1925 No Winner (Abandoned) 9 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1926 No Competition
  • 1927 Longford WanderersΒ 10 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1928 Longford WanderersΒ 11 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1929 No Competition
  • 1930 St. Marys GranardΒ 12 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1931 DrumlishΒ 13 [πŸ“· Reference]
  • 1932 No Competition 14
  • 1933 DrumlishΒ 15 [πŸ“· Report]
  • 1934 DrumlishΒ 16 [πŸ“· Reference]
  • 1935 Not CompletedΒ 17

(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 below.Β 
  5. Competition started in April 1917 and took two years to complete. Concluded in February 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 October 1925. (Longford is Longford Wanderers)
  9. Competition started in October 1925 and concluded in June 1926 with Granard v Mullinalaghta – Match 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 below.Β 
  14. No record found of any competition for 1932. Likely due to fact that the 1931 competition didn’t conclude until well into 1932.Β 
  15. Competition started in September 1933 and finished in February 1934, with Drumlish topping the table. See Note below.
  16. Competition ran into 1935. Drumlish beat Mullinalaghta in the top of the table tie decider in Nov 1935. See Note below.
  17. Competition began but then SFC took over and there is no record of the League being completed. See Note below.

More on 1916 Title: 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 theΒ existenceΒ of a club called Ardagh St. Brigids.Β 

More on 1931 Title: 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.

More on 1933 Title: Also called the 1933-34 League. Competition spilled into the following year with games played in Jan and Feb 1934. Drumlish beat Granard in February 1934 to win the League as none of the other teams could catch them points wise. Granard play Mullinalaghta in the final game in March which had no bearing on the title itself.

More on 1934 Title:Β Also called the 1934-35 League. The 1934 League begins in March 1934, a week after the conclusion of the 1933 League which ended that same month in March 1934. St. Marys Granard lead the table for much of the 1934 competition which then spills into 1935. In May 1935 Drumlish defeat Granard to inflict a first defeat on St. Marys Granard and overtake them in the table with a game extra played. Granard are due to play Mullinalaghta in the final game, both sides level on points and the winner of which will tie with Drumlish for 1st place and a deciding game to determine the league winners. The 1934 League pauses from May 1935 while the 1935 League commences in June 1934. In October, the outstanding game for this league is played and Mullinalaghta beat Granard. Mullinalaghta (who appear to have been suspended during the league in late 1934) top the table with Drumlish and the deciding game is played on November 17th 1935 at Ballinalee which Drumlish win to take the 1934 title.

More on 1935 Title:Β Also called the 1935-36 League. Competition begins in June 1935 (with the previous years league still not concluded). Games played up to Nov 1935 and commences again sporadically the following year in March and May 1936. Drumlish and Mullinalaghta emerge from the Northern division while St. Brigids Killashee and Ardagh St. Patricks emerge from the Southern division. Drumlish beat Killashee by 1-6 to 1-1 on 15th Mar 1936 in Longford Park. However Killashee lodged an objection which was upheld in May 1936 and Killashee were awarded the points. The Mullinalaghta v Ardagh St. Patricks game was fixed for May 1936. The 1936 Senior Championship was then played but the league does not appear to have picked back up after the championship finishes. Hence no evidence of any winner from the Mullinalaghta-Ardagh game or any final between the winner and Killashee. The new Leader Cup competition is introduced that same year and the first Leader Cup draw is made in October 1936. The available evidence suggests that the 1935 League-Championship competition was never completed.

The 1936 Leader Cup was the first ever competition for the newly introduced Leader Cup and matches began in October 1936. However progress was slow and spilled over into 1937. By May 1937 it was decided to abandon the 1936 competition and start afresh with the 1937 Leader Cup competition instead.

The 1937 Leader Cup 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. Competition did not complete until May 1938 with Drumlish winning the title by topping the league table to win the delayed 1937 Leader Cup title. A new Leader Cup competition for 1938 never got underway in part because that years Senior Football Championship was not completed in time either. The Leader Cup then started afresh in 1939 with no competition for 1938.

The inscription on the winning medals (see below) for the 1937 title win reflected the year in which the title was won (May 1938), but did not reflect the year of competition, which in this case 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 entirety of competition evidence from 1937 and 1938 shows that Drumlish won the 1937 Leader Cup (spilled into 1938 with Drumlish topping the table and deemed champions with a game at hand by 1st May 1938) and Drumlish also won the 1939 Leader Cup with final played against Whiterock Slashers on 18th June 1939, with no separate Leader Cup competition for the 1938 season.Β 

(Medal Source: Cyril McKeon)

The 1939 Leader Cup competition appears to have been won by Drumlish.

We were unable to find any match report for the final between Drumlish and Whiterock Slashers in June 1939. However an article in March 1940 notes a Ceilidhe in Drumlish at which the 1939 Leader Cup and Senior Championship medals would be presented. In addition, Drumlish and Whiterock Slashers met in the Senior Championship semi-final later in 1939 and the preview mentions that Whiterock Slashers had previously given them β€œβ€¦a good game for three quarter of a way in the Cup Final” which indicates a Drumlish victory in that years Leader Cup final.

The 1941 Leader Cup competition was won by Ardagh St. Patricks who beat Clonbroney SeΓ‘n Connollys in the final by 3-6 to 2-4 on 1st June 1941 at Pearse Park. It is interesting to note that Ardagh beat the Army team in the Leader Cup semi-final on 18th May 1941.Β 

Note: Other prior records had incorrectly allocated the 1941 title to St. Brigids Killashee.

The 1943 Leader Cup final in December 1943 ended in a draw (Drumlish 3-3, Mullinalaghta 2-6). The replay was scheduled for 12th March 1944 however in the days before the final Mullinalaghta indicated that they were not prepared to travel for the game. Hence the title was awarded to Drumlish.Β 

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.Β 

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 1953 Leader Cup final involved a Senior club (Young Irelands) and a Junior club (Ardagh St. Patricks) with Young Irelands of Drumlish running out winners. This is one of the few times a Junior club reached the Leader Cup final.Β Β 

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.Β 

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.Β 

The 1963 Leader Cup final between Longford Slashers and St. Marys Granard was played on 29th March 1964. Longford Slashers won the League quadruple for 1963 winning the Juvenile, Minor, Junior and Senior League titles.Β 

The 1965 Leader Cup final between Clonguish and Longford Slashers was delayed and went to a second replay. Competition was massively delayed due to Longford’s success in the 1965/66 National Football League. The 1965 Leader Cup final was played on 6th November 1966 and ended 2-7 apiece. The replay was on 19th February 1967 but the match was abandoned with six minutes remaining (and Clonguish 1 point up). The match was eventually replayed many months later on 26th November 1967 with Clonguish winning by 0-5 to 0-2.Β 

The 1966 Leader Cup competition was delayed by compound delays to the 1965 competition due to Longford’s success in the 1965/66 National Football League. The 1966 final was eventually played on 4th February 1968 with St. Marys Granard beating Clonguish by 2-5 to 1-5.Β 

The 1965 & 1966 Leader Cups both spilled into (and through) 1967 which left no time in that year to play a 1967 Leader Cup, hence no 1967 Leader Cup competition took place. Clonguish beat Longford Slashers after a second replay to claim the 1965 title in November 1967, while St. Marys Granard beat Clonguish in February 1968 to take the 1966 competition title (medals inscribed 1967).

The 1968 Leader Cups spilled into 1969 with the final played on 20th April 1969 and Clonguish defeating St. Marys Granard by 1-12 to 0-4. The winning team included five sets of brothers and eight cousins.

1980 saw the introduction of the All-County Football League (ACFL) structure in Longford. Within this league structure the Leader Cup was retained as the Senior Football League trophy, and was played for by the top two teams in ACFL Divisions 1 & 2. This remained the case until 1990 when the ACFL was restructured to spread all 24 first teams in the County evenly across four divisions. This also meant that from 1990 to 1994 the Leader Cup was played for by the top two teams in Divisions 1 & 2, along with the winners of Divisions 3 & 4. This changed again in 1995 and since then only top teams from ACFL Division 1 compete for the Leader Cup at the end of the league season.

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 SeΓ‘n 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.Β 

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, requesting instead that the game be refixed and played. However the game was not refixed and the club subsequently refused the medals. Hence the 2022 Leader Cup title was is marked as ‘No Winner’.Β 

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.Β 

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