Re­union planned for Dou­glas 1982 un­der­age win­ning teams

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport -

It was the year that, at un­der­age level, they won three county ti­tles, two at the top level.

Their U16 foot­ball team cre­ated their own bit of his­tory as they won the A county fi­nal (now Pre­mier 1) for the first time in the club, beat­ing Mal­low in the fi­nal in Fer­moy.

Be­fore then the last, and only time, they had won the city cham­pi­onship was back in 1958. Then there was no county cham­pi­onship at this level so that was as far as they could go.

How­ever this changed in the 70s when the county ti­tle was in­tro­duced and it was 82 be­fore Dou­glas got the chance to put their hands on the tro­phy.

In the first round of the city cham­pi­onship they had a nar­row win over Bishopstown, be­fore beat­ing Bal­lyphe­hane in the semi-fi­nal.

The fi­nal, played in Pas­sage, they took on a Barrs side go­ing for three in-a-row. But it was Dou­glas’ day as they won by 1-5 to 0-3.

At­ten­tions then turned to the county fi­nal, played in Fer­moy in early De­cem­ber. Mal­low were their op­po­nents and again an­other close game en­sued be­fore the city side came out on top.

Their U14 side en­joyed a sea­son where they won sev­eral tro­phies, in­clud­ing the Féile B hur­ing ti­tle and A county foot­ball ti­tle, beat­ing Car­ri­ga­line in the fi­nal.

This added to two county wins by their U12 side in the same years. Firstly the foot­ballers showed their po­ten­tial with a win over near-neigh­bours Nemo Rangers in the city semi-fi­nal. In the city fi­nal they took on a fan­cied Bishopstown side, but came out on top by 3-6 to 0-2 and it was on to the county fi­nal.

Again it was an­other close game they man­aged to win by 0-8 to 0-4 and bring the club its first county suc­cess at this level.

Con­fi­dence boosted by this they went in search of city and county B ti­tles at hurl­ing level.

They got the bet­ter of Brian Dil­lons in the city fi­nal be­fore tak­ing on Castle­town­roche in the county fi­nal.

A late goal se­cured the ti­tle for Dou­glas to cap off a great year for the club at this level. To mark the 35th an­niver­sary of th­ese wins they are hold­ing a re­union of the sides at the club­house on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, from 8.30pm on­wards.

If you were a mem­ber of any of th­ese squads you are more than wel­come to come along on the night or if you know any­one on the squads let them know about it.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to let them know you will be there please con­tact Barry Dug­gan at barry.dug­gan@flex.com; Billy New­ton at bnew­ton@arnoldint.com or Rory Noo­nan at rory.noo­nan@ee­cho.ie.

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