Dromin Utd’s super 40 years

DROMIN United FC is celebrating its 40th birthday and the club is calling all players past and present to join them in a night of celebration at Darver Castle on Friday 27 May.

DROMIN United FC is celebrating its 40th birthday and the club is calling all players past and present to join them in a night of celebration at Darver Castle on Friday 27 May.

And what a great time to celebrate a great sporting history.

The club has just won the prestigious Meath and District League Division 1. And the reserves won the B League.

First team manager is Jim McLoughlan and Reserve team manager is Danny Doyle.

The managers of the Juvenile Under 11 team, Garry Kelly and Noel Farrelly, just narrowly missed their third final victory in a row this season.

So this great mid-Louth club is more successful than ever.

Dromin United fields 12 teams from under 8 up to under 16, as well as the two senior teams.

The juveniles make up 150 boys and girls. There are three pitches, one senior and two junior, and a total of 28 managers.

The club’s main sponsors are Dunleer Credit Union.

It was back in 1971 on the way home from Ardee, and more likely having just suffered another heavy defeat playing for Ardee Celtic, Brian Flynn, Frank McGahon, Frank McCullough and Tommy Henry decided to form Dromin United FC.

A meeting was organised early in 1971 and held in the Village Saloon under the watchful eye of the Mrs McConnon and a committee made up of Brian Flynn, Frank Flynn, Frank McGahon, Tommy Henry, Tommy Flynn senior, Benny Carrie, Francis Clarke, Ollie Henry, Peter McCabe and Tommy McArdle.

The first thing they had to do was to try and raise some money. Flag days were arranged and sponsorship arranged.

Early expenditure included £7 on goal posts, £5 for footballs and affiliation fees to Dundalk Summer League.

Smarmore FC kindly loaned them nets and jerseys.

Their first manager was the late Benny Carrie.The club entered the summer league and finished in a respectable mid-table position.

Their first game was against Boro Utd from neighbouring Stabannon whch finished 0-0.

They had a great cup run and beat a number of fist division clubs,including the great Dundalk club Bank Rovers.

They reached the semi-final and were drawn against the mighty Rangers FC who had three Dundalk FC players on their team.

They continued to play in the summer league for another two seasons and then gained promotion to the first division.

Some of the great players in the early days were: Dickie Kieran, Pat O’Boyle who had been a goalkeeper with the great League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers, Eamonn Kelly, Gerry foley, who once travelled from Limerick for a mid-week match – in the days when we hardly had roads in the country – Pat Dromgoole, Frankie McCartney, Pat Smith, Tommy McArdle, Jim Sweeney, Ben Hardy, Joe and Colm Garvey, Gerard Connor, Frank and Mickey McGahon and Kieran Sands.

Great committees have served the club down through the years and the club now has one of the finest grounds in the county.

So don’t forget the big reunion this Friday night at 8.30pm at Darver Castle. Music is by Smooch and tickets are €30.There will be a free bus from Drogheda (Fair Green), Dundalk, Dunleer and Dromin (Village Saloon). Tickets available from Graham 086–8323778. Frank 087–6317379. Brian 086–0723280. Padna 087–2027940. Joe 087–9651157. Also Shearman’s Bar, Darby’s garage, Village Saloon, The Corner House and Connor’s bar.