Glenelly St. Joseph’s serves the parish of Badoney Upper, which includes the villages of Plumbridge and Cranagh. Throughout its short history the club has had its ups and downs, from being promoted to Division 2 after two years of existence and then back down soon afterwards and has remained in Division 3 since after many promotion battles.
Previous Clubs In The Area
The present club wasn’t the first football club in the area, as it was preceded by; Plumbridge (1932-36), Cranagh (1932-39 and 1947-57) and Glenelly (late 1960’s). Cranagh were finalists in the Junior Football Championship in 1948, 1954, and 1955. In the times where no team existed players from the area played for Gortin, Newtownstewart, Strabane, Owen Roes and Aughabrack.
Glenelly St. Joseph’s formed
The present club was admitted to the league in 1981, and played in Joe McGurk’s holm outside Cranagh.
Today the club’s home pitch is in Plumbridge and we play in Navy and Sky blue hooped Jerseys. Alternatives colours would be sky blue and yellow for the men (previously Green and Red) and green and sky blue for the ladies.
Promoted To Division Two
Within two years of forming, the club found itself being promoted to Division two of the county. That was in 1983, a great season which seen them finalists in the Junior Championship only to get beaten by Dregish. In the quarter-final they had beaten Newtownstewart, and then they beat Eskra by fifteen points in the semi-final. The team ended the year with league playoffs, a chance that they didn’t squander and for all there hard graft they found themselves being promoted.
Glenelly Ladies was formed after a meeting in the parish hall in December of 1998. At this initial gathering it was agreed that we would adopt the name of Glenelly St. Joseph’s. Our club colours would be navy and sky blue just as our men’s club had agreed some years previously. Our constitution too would be mirrored on Glenelly St. Joseph’s. In doing this we believed we would be enhancing the club and that in the forthcoming years we would work on an amalgamation.
In January of 1999 we were affiliated to Cumman Peil Gael na mBan and Glenelly Ladies senior team played their first challenge game against Fintona Ladies. All involved have fond memories of that game.
We had a clear vision as to how we wanted our club to grow. The first committee gave many hours putting everything in place, including bringing the youth on board. We knew that this would be the route to success. The first senior ladies team of 1999 was the platform that we would build on.
We entered the competitive scene in 1999 and have moved up the grades in senior football to Division One in 2005. We have been competing very successfully at under age level. Progression continues with the introduction of a Fundamentals Programme over the winter for Key Stage One children. In recent years the Gaelic 4 Mums initiative has been introduced and all involved are ensuring that it goes from strength to strength.
The club appreciates the commitment of everyone associated with it over the years, the players, managers, sponsors, fundraisers, grounds committee, referees and our supporters.
As we come to the end of another successful season we will continue
“To promote the Gaelic Game in our community”.
1981 Entered Tyrone All-County League Division 3
Managers Tom O Kane,Seamus Bradley, Ciaran Mc Cullagh
Joe McGurk’s Holm
Lost to Greencastle
Galbally V Glenelly – Victory!
Finish mid-table Played 14 – 10pts (W5 L9)
Seniors lost one game (to Greencastle)
Year of Five Tournaments
Several Acts from Scor reached County Finals
Reserves Capture League Title
Club purchased their first mini-bus!
Glenelly U21s Formed -Reached Quarter Final of U21 Championship
Men finish 4th with 29 points – miss promotion by 1pt!
Reserves win Div 3 Title
Dinner Dance Carraig Rua Dungiven – tickets £5.00
Greencastle (Round 1) 1-8 to 1-6
Newtown (Quarter – final)1-8 to 1-8 (2-12 1-7)
Eskra (Semi – Final) 1-16 4-4
October 2nd – Dregish (Final) 2-5 to 1-5
Division 3 League Playoff
Beat Greencastle in Carrickmore 2-3 to 0-3
Dinner Dance – 350 attended Inter Counties Hotel Lifford
Club’s First Fun-Run Cranagh-Plumbridge
(New Year’s Day)
Division 2/3 Relegation playoff
Beat Drumquin in Carrickmore- 1-8 to 1-3
(First club in Tyrone to win Promotion in 1984!)
6 games – 11 Points – Top of the Table!
After 9 Games – Still Top 14pts!
Narrowly Survived Relegation
Drew with Aghyaran in Plumbridge
Tyrone’s First Ever All-Ireland All Ireland Year
Relegated to Division 3
Finish Bottom of Div 2 Pl 15 8pts
Mary Kennedy wins Ladies Section of
Glenelly failed to gain promotion to Division 2
17 Matches- finish 4th 27pts
Miss play-offs by 1pt
Men finish 6th
Reached Championship Semi – Final
Lost to Killyman in Omagh
Finish 3rd in ACL Div 3 – 26pts
Emphasis moved to off-field development
Friday 28th December
£100 Draw ticket in Plumbridge hall
Changing Rooms plans stamped
Glenelly finish 4th Pl 17 24 Pts
Newtownstewart win Promotion 32 Pts
Changing rooms built
Festival Tent Booked!
Changing rooms Painted!
July – Rockin’ by the River Festival
First Senior Silverware
Jim Devlin Cup
Defeated Owen Roes in Donemana
Lose Promotion Play-Off to Drumragh -replay
Tyrone’s Second All-Ireland Appearance
Men finish last in League
Played 15 – 4 pts
Men finish 6th – 17pts
Clann Na nGael Promoted
Meeting In Parish Hall Plumbridge
To Discuss Setting Up
Glenelly Ladies GFC
Men finish 13th – 6pts
Glenelly Ladies Formed
First challenge game
In January of 1999 Glenelly Ladies were affiliated to Cumman Peil Gael na mBan and Glenelly Ladies senior team played their first challenge game against Fintona
Men finish 3rd Played 11 – 16pts
Pomeroy promoted 22pts
Glenelly finish 5th in League
14games – 12pts
Grade 3 Under 14 Championship
and league double
Defeated Urney in Championship
Defeated Tattyreagh in League
4th August – (last game of the season)
First Game on Glenelly’s New Pitch!
Glenelly v Brockagh
Under 14 Grade 3 Championship Winners
Under 14 Grade 3 League Finalists
Defeated by Urney
Glenelly finish in top 6 in League3
OG sport Under 15 County Champions
Defeated Dromore in Final
Progressed into Ulster
Defeated in semi – final to Rostrevor
Ladies moving up through Division 2
Men finish last – 6pts
Glenelly finish 10th –Pl 19 7Pts
Glenelly Ladies Reach Division 1
Minor boys Play in Division 1 for the first time
Under 16 Grade 3 Championship Finalists
Defeated by Rock
Men finish 11th (out of 12) in ACL Div 3 – 11pts
Under 14 Grade 3 League Winners
Glenelly finish 5th in League – 26pts
Brockagh promoted 35 pts
Under 16 Grade 3 League Finalists
Men finish 12th in League – 7pts
Men win their first Championship Game in seven years!!
Glenelly 0-11 Brackaville 0-9
Minor Grade 3 League Winners
Men top 5 Finish – 20pts
Strabane promoted 26pts
Minor Grade 3 Championship Finalists
Defeated by Aghyaran
U-14 League Final Glenelly 1-9 Tattyreagh 4-8
U-14 Championship Final Glenelly 0-7 Brackaville 1-9
U-13 Grade 4 League Winners Glenelly 5-17 Gortin 3-5
Men finish 11th in League – 13pts
Ladies win senior B Final defeating Dungannon in Loughmacrory
Men finish 7th in League (20pts)
Stewartstown promoted – 31pts
Celebrated 30 years of our club
Senior men – semi final of Championship
Defeated by Killyman
Ladies Win Senior B Final against
Kileeshil in Carrickmore
Under 14 Grade 3 finalists
Defeated by Gortin
Senior Men – Semi final of Championship
Defeated by Aghaloo
Ladies relegated from Senior to intermediate
Glenely u14/16/18 boys join up with Gortin and play as Both Domhnaigh.