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PAST PRESENT FUTURE

 

Craughwell United FC was founded in the spring of 1991. A few local lads got together in Cheevers Bar over a couple of pints and decided to put a team together for the league starting in August of that year. The junior team entered Division Three and played their first home game in the local hurling pitch. The home kit of red jerseys was sponsored by Cheevers Bar and the away sky blue strip was sponsored by Austom (Austin Clarke).

After one game we moved to our first home ground beside Cummins Furniture, which is now Doonard Estate (see photo below). We had a few successful seasons there, being promoted each year to the old Division One and reaching the final of the Connacht Cup in Terryland.

In that early period we won two leagues and the Division Three Cup (there are some pictures in our Photo Gallery from those heady days).

After a number of years we then moved to our present home ground at Coleman's pitch. The club held it's own through the nineties but it was after the turn of the millennium that saw CUFC experience rapid growth in membership numbers. This can be put down mainly to the huge increase in house building in the Craughwell area in that time and also in the larger catchment area which includes Ballymanagh, Carrabane, Coldwood and Killeeneen. Club registration increased 150% from 2003 to 2011.

CUFC is a young club in terms of player age profile with 390 players registered at the start of the 2015/16 season. 62% of our players are under twelve while 27% of our players are girls. Girl's soccer continues to grow almost on par with boy's soccer in the youngest categories with female registration increasing from 12 to 103 in the space of just four years.

The club has grown enormously in a short space of time and both the executive committee and club membership are determined to improve the club's facilities so that each player is given the opportunity to develop their skills on and off the pitch.


 

 



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