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The Camlough Rovers Story

15 January 2020

Local sports journalist and photographer Tony Bagnall has written a comprehensive history of Camlough Rovers Football Club and it’s available in book format. 

The Camlough Rovers Story is a 64-page tome that charts the history of the south Armagh club that has been on the go for almost 40 years. 

The book tells the tale of the club’s progress from the early Eighties in the Mare’s Field, through the successful days in the Carnbane League to playing in the Mid-Ulster Intermediate League. 

Along the way, the village side won some major trophies, such as the 1988 Mid-Ulster Shield, two Carnbane League First Division titles, five Fr Davies Cups, a Bessbrook Cup, plus the Mid-Ulster Intermediate A and B title and the Marshall Cup. 

Perhaps more important than winning those trophies however, are the people who ran, managed and played for Rovers, including the likes of John O’Callaghan, Jemso Lennon, Gerard O’Callaghan, Gerard Malone, Jackie Mooney and Seamus Lennon. A number of outstanding footballers have also worn the green and white with pride and distinction such as Seamus Kane, Michael ‘Dixie’ Craven, Seamus, Damian and Cathal Lennon, Jackie Mooney, Nobby Mooney, David Garey, Decky Monaghan and Terence O’Callaghan, who famously hit a hat-trick in the Mid-Ulster Shield Final. Fiona Mooney’s Camlough Ladies team are also included. 

There are plenty of stories in the book that will bring back treasured memories, not only for those connected with the club, but for local football fans in general, with plenty of pictures to illustrate those memories.    

The book, which recognises the village’s football teams and their successful history, is priced £10 and can be purchased by contacting Jackie Mooney.

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