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Watty Graham's GAC Glen
An Ghleann
Glen GAC logo.jpg
Founded: 1948
County: Derry
Nickname: Wattys
Colours: Green, White and Yellow
Grounds: Watty Graham Park
Coordinates: 54°50′23.44″N 6°41′17.98″W / 54.8398444°N 6.6883278°W / 54.8398444; -6.6883278Coordinates: 54°50′23.44″N 6°41′17.98″W / 54.8398444°N 6.6883278°W / 54.8398444; -6.6883278
Playing kits
Football
Ladies
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
champions
Derry
champions
Ladies' football: 6

Watty Graham's GAC Glen (Irish: An Ghleann) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Maghera, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Players are drawn from Maghera and some surrounding townlands. The club competes in gaelic football, ladies' gaelic football and camogie.

2016 Season[edit]

2016 Football Season[edit]

Championship Football - Glen
Match Details Date
Senior Football
Glen 3-12 0-7 Swatragh
Preliminary Match
7 August
Glen 0-17 1-8 Dungiven
First Round
20 August
Glen 0-13 0-16 Loup
Quarter Final
4 September
Reserve Football
Glen 0-6 4-17 Loup
First Round
29 August
Under 21 15-a-side Football
Glen v City Oaks
City Oaks conceded
Jack Cassidy Quarter Final
Glen 2-14 0-4 Loup
Jack Cassidy Semi Final
17 November
Glen 1-17 1-8 Swatragh
Jack Cassidy Final
30 November
Glen 3-8 2-7 Ramor United
Ulster U21 Quarter Final
21 January
2017
Glen 2-11 1-10 Gweedore
After extra time
Ulster U21 Semi Final
29 January
2017
Glen 2-12 2-10 Crossmaglen
Ulster U21 Final
4 March
2017
Minor B1 Football
Glen 1-14 3-9 Coleraine
First Round
8 August
Under 16 A Football
Glen 1-11 1-4 Faughanvale
Quarter Final
11 August
Glen 0-12 3-17 Bellaghy
Semi Final
25 August
Under 14 A Football
Glen 1-4 7-6 Lavey
Quarter Final
23 August

2016 Ladies' Football Season[edit]

Ladies' Championship Football - Glen
Match Details Date
Ladies' Senior Football
Glen 2-8 1-2 Ballinascreen
Final
10 September
Glen 5-10 1-8 Glenavy (Antrim)
Ulster Quarter Final
2 October
Glen 2-4 3-10 Kinawly (Fermanagh)
Ulster Semi Final
16 October

Camogie[edit]

Glen fields Camogie teams at U12, U14, U16, Minor and Senior levels. The senior team competes in the Credit Union Derry Premier League.

Ladies' football[edit]

Glen Ladies football club was formed in 1995.[1] The club has won the Derry Senior Ladies' Football Championship 11 times and currently have won nine in a row.

Watty Graham Park[edit]

The club's home ground is Watty Graham Park. It was opened in 1982 by then GAA President Paddy Buggy.[2] The first game was an over-35s game, which was followed by an inter-county match between Derry and Armagh.[2] Celtic Park in Derry City is officially recognised as Derry's main county ground,[3] but Watty Graham Park has hosted a number of National League and Dr. McKenna Cup games. Watty Graham Park currently has a capacity of six thousand.[2]

History[edit]

The Watty Graham club evolved from the Pearse's club formed around 1933, when Fr Anthony Doherty among others arranged a South Derry league. The club reached the 1944 South Derry final and a few of their players represented Derry.[4]

After the folding of the Pearse's club, Watty Graham's GAC Glen was officially formed in 1948. In the early 1950s it competed in a number of South Derry Finals and in 1953 they defeated St John's Mullan (a townland of Ballinderry) to win the South Derry Junior Championship. They won the same title six years later defeating The Loup in the final.

In 1964 they won the South Derry Junior and Derry Junior Football Championship by beating Littlebridge (part of the modern day Ógra Colmcille club) and Sarfield's respectively.[4] The side repeated this feat in 1966 by beating The Loup in the South Derry Junior final before going on to win the Derry Junior final. The 1970s proved a barren decade for Watty Graham's and they have little apart from a McGlinchey Cup success in 1974 to show for it.[4] Glen opened a new social club in Maghera in April 1976.

The club won its first Derry Intermediate Football Championship in 1980. They overcame Drumsurn in the final by 0-06 to 0-03. Glen won a second Intermediate Championship in 1983 defeating Drum in the final.[4]

In 1985 Watty Graham's won the All-Ireland Óg Sport title. They competed in county, provincial and All Ireland phases to come out winners. Two years later they won the Derry Minor Football Championship with a success over Ballinascreen. The same year Glen won the Larkin Cup and also the Senior Division 1 League. The side added another Larkin Cup in 1995. Glen won their fourth and fifth Junior Championship in 2004 and 2005, the competitions this time won by the Glen Thirds team. This same Thirds team went on to win three in a row by winning the Thirds Championship in 2006.

After a prolonged period of dominance in underage football Glen won their fourth successive Ulster Minor Championship on 1 January 2015.

Football Titles[edit]

Senior[edit]

  • Derry Senior Football League: 1
    • 1987
  • Derry Senior Reserve Football Trophy: 1
    • 2008
  • Derry Intermediate Football Championship: 2
    • 1980, 1983
  • Derry Intermediate Football League: 1
    • 2014
  • Derry Junior Football Championship: 5
    • 1959, 1964, 1966, 2004 (won by Glen Thirds team), 2005 (won by Glen Thirds team)
  • South Derry Junior Football Championship: 4
    • 1953, 1959, 1964, 1966
  • Derry Thirds Football Championship: ?
    • 2006
  • Larkin Cup 3
    • 1987, 1995, 2005
  • McGlinchey Cup 1
    • 1974
  • Derry Senior Football championship (division 1):21
    • 1924-31
    • 1945
    • 1951-55
    • 1979-84
    • 1988-92

Under 21[edit]

  • South Derry Championship: 1
    • 2014
  • Derry Championship: 3
    • 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Ulster Championship: 3
    • 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

Minor[edit]

  • Derry Minor Football Championship: 5
    • 1987, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Ulster Minor Football Championship: 4
    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Derry Minor Football League: 3
    • 2011, 2012, 2013

Under 16[edit]

  • Derry U-16 Football Championship:2
    • 2010, 2011
  • Derry U-16 Football League:1
    • 2011
  • South Derry U-16 Football Championship: 1
    • 1984
  • South Derry U-16 'B' Football Championship: 1
    • 2002, 2005
  • South Derry U-16 'B' Football League: 2
    • 2004, 2006

U-15[edit]

  • All-Ireland Óg Sport: 1
    • 1985
  • Ulster Óg Sport: 3
    • 1985, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Derry Óg Sport: 4
    • 1985, 2009, 2010, 2012

U-14[edit]

  • Ulster Féile na nÓg: 1
    • 2009
  • Derry Féile na nÓg: 3
    • 1994, 2008, 2011
  • Derry U-14 Football Championship: 4
    • 1984, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Derry U-14 Football League: 4
    • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • South Derry U-14 Football Championship: 1
    • 1982
  • South Derry U-14 'B' Football Championship: 2
    • 1998, 2004
  • South Derry U-14 'B' Football League: 1
    • 1998

U-13[edit]

  • U13 Championship: 3
    • 2008, 2009, 2010

Ladies' Gaelic Football Titles[edit]

  • Derry Football Championship: 13
    • 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2016
  • Derry Football League: ?
    • 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Ulster Intermediate Football Championship: 2
    • 2003, 2007
  • All Ireland Intermediate Sevens: 1
    • 2007
  • Powerscreen Sevens: 1
    • 2000
  • Antrim 7-a-side Shield: 1
    • 2002
  • U14 Derry Féile na nÓg: 2
    • 2010, 2011

Note 1: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.
Note 2: Most of the Ladies' honours are only updated as far as 2002. Please add any other honours you know of.

Well known players[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A brief history of Glen Ladies' Gaelic football team". Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Scott, Ronan (20 March 2009). "Glen next stop on Derry magical mystery tour". Gaelic Life. p. 5. 
  3. ^ Scott, Ronan (13 February 2009). "'Screen to win back hearts of Derry fans". Gaelic Life. p. 3. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "A history of the Watty Graham Club by Eamonn Higgins". Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-09-07.