Ulster Senior League (association football)

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Ulster Senior League (association football)
Country Ireland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1986
Number of teams 8
Current champions Cockhill Celtic
Most championships Fanad United (13 titles)

The Ulster Senior League is an amateur football league in the Republic of Ireland. Despite the name, the league's membership is mainly from County Donegal. A total of eight clubs currently compete in the league. Teams that compete in this division also compete in the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Cup. The most successful club in the league has been Fanad United with 13 Ulster Senior League titles to their name, five of which were won consecutively.


Football in the area, prior to 1972, was centred around what was known as 'Summer Cup football'. This was soccer organised on a non-competitive basis and it was left to various clubs to organise these. In 1972 the current Donegal League was set up and this organised football along competitive lines. Among the founder members were Michael Sweeney, club President of Fanad United, Dick Duffy and Patrick McFadden to seek affiliation to the FAI.

In 2006 the Ulster Senior League moved to become a summer league.


The following is a list of teams that currently play in the Ulster Senior League for the 2014 season.

Ulster Senior League

Champions table[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of Ulster Senior League champions through the years.
Year Winner Runner-up
2014 Cockhill Celtic Derry City Reserves
2013 Cockhill Celtic Drumkeen United
2012 Derry City Reserves Cockhill Celtic
2011 Fanad United
2010 Cockhill Celtic
2009 Letterkenny Rovers Kildrum Tigers
2008 Kildrum Tigers Fanad United
2007 Kildrum Tigers Fanad United
2006/07 Fanad United Kildrum Tigers
2005/06 Fanad United Kildrum Tigers
2004/05 Letterkenny Rovers Kildrum Tigers
2003/04 Kildrum Tigers Letterkenny Rovers
2002/03 Quigleys Point Swifts Letterkenny Rovers
2001/02 Quigleys Point Swifts ?
2000/01 Fanad United Quigleys Point Swifts
1999/00 Swilly Rovers Keadue Rovers
1998/99 Finn Harps Reserves Swilly Rovers
1997/98 Fanad United Swilly Rovers
1996/97 Fanad United ?
1995/96 Fanad United Derry City Reserves
1994/95 Fanad United ?
1993/94 Fanad United ?
1992/93 Fanad United ?
1991/92 Fanad United ?
1990/91 Fanad United ?
1989/90 Fanad United ?
1988/89 Buncrana Hearts ?
1987/88 Culdaff F.C. ?
1986/87 Fanad United ?


In recent years, the league's reputation has grown and many young players have represented their teams in such youth cups as the Foyle Cup. Players to have played in the league include Shay Given, who played for Lifford Celtic F.C. as a youth, Packie Bonner, who played for Keadue Rovers F.C., Kevin McHugh who played for Killea F.C. and Paul Hegarty, former manager of Finn Harps.

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