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A Brief History of Bellurgan United

 

Bellurgan United can trace its roots back to the 1930’s when a Bellurgan team competed in the Blackrock and Dundalk Summer League. In fact many of the current club members have grandparents’ great grandparents and indeed great great grandparents who played on those early teams.

 

From humble beginnings the club has constantly strived for self-improvement both on and off the playing pitch.  

 

The club competed at adult level in many local leagues; most notably the Dundalk & District Summer League, for many years.  In the early 1980’s the first underage teams were formed and the club really started to develop.  Currently the club have in excess of 400 playing members.  The club caters for boys and girls from the age of 6 to 17 who compete on teams in the Dundalk Schoolboys League.  The Club has 2 adult teams which compete in the Meath & District League. There is also a very active veterans section with over 30 members who play weekly on the clubs all-weather pitches.

 

Bellurgan have enjoyed tremendous success over the years.  From the famous Casey Cup winning team of 1971 to the clubs first McConville Cup win in 1989.  In the 1993/1994 season the club joined the Meath & District League and after taking a number of seasons to settle in a period of great success was to follow.  Bellurgan won the Meath & District League Premier Division Title 5 times in 7 years from 1996/97 to 2002/2003.  Bellurgan also won the Challenge Cup twice and the Premier Reserve Division on 4 occasions during this period. The Club were also knocking on the door at national level making the quarter final of the F.A.I Junior Cup on three occasions during this period however lady luck deserted the club each time.  Bellurgan then move to the Dublin based AUL League and again enjoyed great success winning the Premier B Title in only the Club’s second year in the AUL and then following this up by finishing runners up in the Premier A League and winning the prestigious AUL Challenge Cup in the following years.  The Clubs Senior team has now returned (home) to the Meath & District League.

 

At underage level the club have also been very successful winning many Leagues and Cups over the years.  On several occasions the club has threatened to succeed at National Level.  However like the senior team the underage teams have been very unlucky on several occasions when reaching the latter stages of national cup competitions.  However at underage level the focus is as much on coaching and player development and ensuring that as far as possible all kids enjoy their football experience as it is on actually winning trophies.  It is club policy that all coaches must complete at least the basic introductory FAI Coaching Courses.  The club is very proactive, in sponsoring and encouraging its coaches, to pursue further coaching qualifications.

 

The club has invested heavily over the years in purchasing and developing it's own grounds.  Some monies have been gratefully received from Lottery Grants however the vast majority of the finance, for development works, has been generated by the club itself via proactive fund raising campaigns over the years and the club are very grateful for all the support that they receive from the local community.

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