Cork Athletic Union League

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Cork Athletic Union League
Founded1947
CountryRepublic of Ireland Ireland
ConfederationMunster Football Association [1]
DivisionsPremier
Premier A
League 1
League 1A
League 2
League 2A
League 3
League 3A
Number of teams70 (2016–17) [2]
Level on pyramid7–11
Domestic cup(s)FAI Junior Cup
League cup(s)AOH Cup
Linnane League Cup
City Challenge Cup
County Cup
St Michael's Cup
Saxone Cup
President’s Cup
Corinthians Cup
Current championsPark United A
Most championshipsTemple United (9)

The Cork Athletic Union League, also known as the Cork AUL, is an association football league featuring amateur and junior clubs from County Cork. Its top division, the Premier League, is a seventh level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. The Cork AUL is currently sponsored by Murphy's Irish Stout. It is affiliated to the Munster Football Association. Clubs in the Cork AUL also compete in the FAI Junior Cup. Three League of Ireland clubs – Cobh Ramblers, Cork Hibernians and Albert Rovers – were originally members of the Cork AUL.

History[edit]

Inaugural season[edit]

The Cork Athletic Union Football League, originally known as the Cork City and County Athletic Union Junior League, was founded in 1947. Its founding members included two future members of the League of Ireland, Cobh Ramblers and Albert Rovers and the inaugural champions, Mortonville. The other eleven original members were Maymount Rovers, Prospect Rovers, Grattan, Ballinllough, Clapton Celtic, Green Rovers, Blackrock, Mountview, Marine Services, Cork Spinning and Ladyswell Brewery. [3]

Munster Senior League[edit]

In addition to Cobh Ramblers, Cork Hibernians and Albert Rovers joining the League of Ireland, a number of current Munster Senior League clubs were also originally members of the Cork AUL before switching from junior to intermediate football. Five of the Cork AUL's most successful clubs – Temple United, Kinsale, St. Mary's, Wembley and Castleview – all subsequently joined the MSL. [4][5] Other clubs to switch from the Cork AUL to the MSL include Avondale United, [6] Mallow United, [7] Tramore Athletic, [8] College Corinthians, Ringmahon Rangers, Everton and Rockmount. [9][5]

Cup competitions[edit]

In its inaugural season, 1947–48 the Cork AUL featured three league cup competitions, the City Challenge Cup, the Saxone Cup and the Miniature Cup. [3] The Cork AUL's main league cup is the AOH Cup which was presented to the league in 1951 by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. [4] Clubs in the Cork AUL also compete in the FAI Junior Cup. In 1973–74 St. Michael's of Tipperary won the competition while playing in the Cork AUL. Six other Cork AUL clubs – Castleview, Blackrock, Douglas, Everton, St. Mary's and Temple United – have all been finalists. Between 1961–62 and 1965–66 Cork AUL clubs were runners-up in four out of five seasons. [10]

Representative team[edit]

The senior Cork AUL representative team competes in the Oscar Traynor Trophy against other representative teams of similar junior leagues. They have won the competition on two occasions, in 1965–66 and again in 2008–09. They were also runners-up in 1994–95. [11]

FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy
Season Champions Runners-up
1965–66 Cork AUL Leinster Junior League
1994–95 Athletic Union League (Dublin) Cork AUL
2008–09 Cork AUL Athletic Union League (Dublin)

Source: [11]

Sponsors[edit]

The main sponsors of the Cork AUL are Murphy's Irish Stout. Other sponsors include the Evening Echo. [12]

2015–16 clubs[edit]

Murphy's Irish Stout Premier League
Club Home town/suburb Home ground
Blarney Street Athletic Monard, County Cork
Carrigtwohill United A Carrigtwohill Ballyadam Park
Coachford Coachford
Glenthorn Celtic A Glenthorn, Dublin Hill
Grattan United A O'Neill Park
Killumney United Killumney
Kilreen Celtic Ballyphehane Ballyphehane Park
Park United A Mitchelstown Brigown
Pearse Celtic A Togher, Cork Clashduv Road
Village United Mayfield, Cork Silverheights Park

Source: [13][14][15]


List of winners by season[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
1947–48 Mortonville Cobh Ramblers
1948–49 Maymount Rovers Green Rovers
1949–50 St Finbarr's Celtic Mortonville
1950–51 Crosshaven
1951–52 Crosshaven Collins
1952–53 Wembley Mallow United
1953–54 Wembley Fermoy
1954–55 Transport Wembley
1955–56 Wembley Blackrock
1956–57 Fermoy Wembley
1957–58 Fermoy Blackrock
1958–59 Ringmahon Rangers Wembley
1959–60 Ringmahon Rangers Rockmount
1960–61 Ringmahon Rangers Castleview
1961–62 Castleview
1962–63 Wembley Castleview
1963–64 Blackrock St Michael's (Cork)
1964–65 Wembley Ringmahon Rangers
1965–66 St. Mary's Rockmount
1966–67 Everton Wembley
1967–68 Castleview Rockmount
1968–69 Castleview Ringmahon
1969–70 Crosshaven
1970–71 St. Mary's Wembley
1971–72 Crosshaven St. Mary's
1972–73 Castleview Wembley
1973–74 St. Michael's St. Mary's
1974–75 St. Mary's Castleview
1975–76 Rockmount St. Mary's
1976–77 Castleview St. Mary's
1977–78 Crofton Celtic St. Mary's
1978–79 Castleview Midleton
1979–80 Casement Celtic Cobh Ramblers
1980–81 Casement Celtic St. Mary's
1981–82 St. Mary's Casement Celtic
1982–83 St. Mary's Ballincollig
1983–84 Douglas Hall Ballincollig
1984–85 Temple United St. Mary's
1985–86 St. Mary's Douglas Hall
1986–87 Temple United Waterloo
1987–88 Temple United Ballincollig
1988–89 Temple United Avondale United
1989–90 Temple United Ballincollig
1990–91 Ballincollig Greenmount Rangers
1991–92 Temple United Castleview
1992–93 Temple United Ballincollig
1993–94 Temple United Castleview
1994–95 Temple United Mayfield United
1995–96 Greenmount Rangers Coachford
1996–97 Greenmount Rangers
1997–98 Greenmount Rangers Coachford
1998–99 Greenmount Rangers Leeside
1999–2000 Blarney United Leeside
2000–01 Greenmount Rangers Coachford
2001–02 Blarney United Leeside
2002–03 Kinsale Blarney United
2003–04 Kinsale Blarney United
2004–05 Kinsale Maymount Celtic
2005–06 Kinsale Villa United
2006–07 Grattan United Kinsale
2007–08 Grattan United Park United
2008–09 Wilton United A Kinsale A
2009–10 Kinsale Leeside
2010–11 Kinsale Wilton United
2011–12 Park United A Killumney United
2012–13 Coachford A Park United A (Note)
2013–14 Park United A Killumney United
2014–15 Grattan United A Glenthorn Celtic A
2015–16 Park United A Village United
2016–17

Source: [9]

List of winners by club[edit]

Club Titles Seasons
Temple United 9 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
Kinsale 6 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
St. Mary's 6 1965–66, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1985–86
Castleview 5 1961–62, 1967–68, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1978–79
Greenmount Rangers 5 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01
Wembley 5 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1962–63, 1964–65
Crosshaven 4 1950–51, 1951–52, 1969–70, 1971–72
Grattan United 3 2006–07, 2007–08, 2014–15
Park United 3 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16
Ringmahon Rangers 3 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61
Blarney United 2 1999–2000, 2001–02
Casement Celtic 2 1979–80, 1980–81
Fermoy 2 1956–57, 1957–58
Ballincollig 1 1990–91
Blackrock 1 1963–64
Crofton Celtic 1 1977–78
Coachford 1 2012–13
Everton 1 1966–67
Douglas Hall 1 1983–84
Maymount Rovers 1 1948–49
Mortonville 1 1947–48
Rockmount 1 1975–76
St Finbarr's Celtic 1 1949–50
St. Michael's 1 1973–74
Transport 1 1954–55
Wilton United 1 2008–09

Source: [9]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of Affiliated Leagues & Clubs". www.munsterfa.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ "List of Teams Affiliated to the Cork AUL". www.munsterfa.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Brief History of the Cork Athletic Union Football League". corkaul.wordpress.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Cork AUL Records – AOH Cup" (PDF). corkaul.wordpress.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "History of the Cork Athletic Union Football League (full version)". corkaul.wordpress.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Brief History of Avondale United". www.avondaleunited.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  7. ^ "History of Mallow United F.C." www.mallowunited.com. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Welcome to Tramore Athletic F.C." www.tramoreafc.league.ie. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Cork AUL Records" (PDF). corkaul.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Cork AUL Records – FAI Junior Cup" (PDF). corkaul.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Cork AUL Records – FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy" (PDF). corkaul.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Sponsors". corkaul.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Cork AUL Tables 2015–16". corkaul.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Ballyadam Park". carrigtwohillunited.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Kilreen Celtic FC – Location". www.kilreencelticfc.yourclub.ie. Retrieved 19 October 2016.