Glen Rovers GAA

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Glen Rovers
Fánaithe an Ghleanna
Glen Rovers GAA Crest.jpg
Founded: 1916
County: Cork
Nickname: The Glen
Colours: Green, Black, Gold
Grounds: Glen Field
Coordinates: 51°54′23.05″N 8°28′02.80″W / 51.9064028°N 8.4674444°W / 51.9064028; -8.4674444Coordinates: 51°54′23.05″N 8°28′02.80″W / 51.9064028°N 8.4674444°W / 51.9064028; -8.4674444
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Munster
champions
Cork
champions
Hurling: 2 3 27
Camogie: 4 - -

Glen Rovers is a Cork-based Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Blackpool, Cork, Ireland. The club was founded in 1916 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling.[1] They are the reigning Cork senior hurling champions, having won their first title in 26 years in 2015. They retained the championship in 2016, when they beat Erin's Own in the final. Only Blackrock have won more Cork senior hurling championships.

Hurling[edit]

Colours[edit]

In the early days of the club, its colours were green, white and gold. The Easter Rising and the execution of the leaders took place in the same year the Glen was founded. These events left such an impression on the minds of the Irish public that it was decided to add a black band to the jersey to honour the recently deceased patriots. This distinctive and unique hooped jersey has been used ever since.[2]

The Glen Rovers crest is also unique,[citation needed] and features a modernized Celtic cross with the image of the north side glen in the centre. The crest also features two crossed hurleys.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Hurling had been played in the Blackpool area for some time before the Glen Rovers club was established. Areas like the Commons Road and Thomas Davis Street in particular had fielded teams from time to time. In 1910, however, a hurling club honouring the Fenian leader Brian Dillon was established at Dillon's Cross.

The new club - Brian Dillons GAA - won the county minor hurling championship in 1915; however, due to World War I the winners’ medals were not presented. In 1916 Brian Dillon's lost to Lisgoold in the county junior hurling championship, however, the medals from the previous year had still not been presented. Because of this a decision was taken to form a new club at the other side of "the Glen".[3] The club, called Glen Rovers GAA, was established late in 1916 and affiliated the following year. The new club was closely linked with the local St. Nicholas' Gaelic Football Club on the north side of Cork city. Both clubs are based in a working-class area of the city.

From its foundation the club competed at both minor and junior levels. Success came quickly to the club as county minor titles were won in 1922 and 1923, followed by a county junior title in 1924 and a county intermediate title in 1925.

Eight in-a-row[edit]

Glen Rovers first joined the senior ranks of the Cork County Championship in 1926. The club contested its first county final in 1930, however, the side lost out to a star-studded Blackrock team.[4] 1934 saw the Glen line out in their second county final with their south side rivals St. Finbarr's providing the opposition. On that occasion history was made as Glen Rovers captured the county title for the first time with a 3-2 to 0-6 victory over one of the stalwart teams of the county.[citation needed]

In 1935 Glen Rovers made it back-to-back championship titles with a second consecutive county final win, this time over Carrigtwohill.

Title number three was gained at the expense of Sarsfields in 1936. "The Glen" reached the county final again in 1937, and they had a 3-5 to 1-0 victory over Carrigtwohill for the second time in three years. 1938 saw Midleton provide the opposition as Glen Rovers sought a record-breaking fifth county title in-a-row. Once again the north side men had too much and Joe Lee led Cork to a 5-6 to 1-3 victory and a fifth consecutive county title.[5]

In 1939 Jack Lynch took over as captain of the team, and the Glen contested their sixth county final in-a-row. However, in taking on the famous Blackrock club, Glen Rovers were facing their sternest test. The final was a contest between the new and the old and was billed as "the game of the century".[citation needed] At half-time Blackrock led by a point, however, at the final whistle the Glen were the victors by 5-4 to 2-5.[6]

1940 saw Jack Lynch lead out the Glen in the county final once again. Sarsfields provided the opposition on that occasion in a game remarkable for the scoring of 17 goals. Charlie Tobin captured six of those goals as the Glen won by 10-6 to 7-5. It was the club's seventh county victory in-a-row and provided a swansong for Paddy ‘Fox’ Collins, the first of the Glen "greats", who retired from hurling following the victory.[7]

The 1941 championship marked the last of the eight successes, representing an accomplishment that has never been equalled since.[citation needed] The title was won with a 4-7 to 2-2 victory over Ballincollig. This victory marked the retirement of many of the club stalwarts who had contributed so much to the record-breaking run. The occasion was also noteworthy as it marked the arrival of the legendary Christy Ring as a new force with the Glen.

The honour of being the team to knock Glen Rovers off their perch fell to Ballincollig. Jack Lynch was captain of the team again that year, however, the Glen were defeated in the county semi-final.

1940s-1960s[edit]

After a two-year hiatus the Glen were back in the county final in 1944. Staunch south side rivals and reigning back-to-back champions St. Finbarr’s provided the opposition on that occasion, however, a score line of 5-7 to 3-3 gave Glen Rovers a ninth county title. In 1945 the Glen made it two in-a-row as divisional side Carrigdhoun fell by 4-10 to 5-3 in what Christy Ring remembers as one of the best county finals ever played.[8] The Glen’s hopes of making in three county championships in-a-row were thwarted in 1946 as ‘the Barr’s’ triumphed by just two points in that year’s county final.

In 1948 Glen Rovers contested the county decider once again in what was described as a game for the veterans.[9] Jack Lynch returned to the side for that game after a prolonged absence and played a key role at midfield. The game was a tense affair as Christy Ring and a Blackrock player were both dismissed. In spite of losing one of their key forwards the Glen still triumphed by 5-7 to 3-2. This was the beginning of another great run of success for the club as they captured a second consecutive county title in 1949 with a thrilling 6-5 to 0-14 victory over divisional side Imokilly. In 1950 only St. Finbarr’s stood in Glen Rovers way of capturing a third county championship in-a-row. At half-time the game still hung in the balance as the Barr’s led by a point. At full-time, however, the Glen had done enough to secure the victory with a 2-8 to 0-5 score line. This game was significant as it marked the end of Jack Lynch’s club hurling career. By the early 1950s it looked as if the Glen were going to dominate the county championship like they had done at the start of the 1940s. A fourth consecutive county final victory beckoned in 1951 as Sarsfields provided the opposition. While it looked as if the Glen’s march couldn’t be stopped that’s exactly what happened as the east Cork team won the day by 5-8 to 3-7.

Even though Jack Lynch had retired at the start of the decade the new star at the club, Christy Ring, was helping the Glen to more successes throughout the 1950s. After defeat in 1951 and a less than successful year in 1952 the Glen bounced back in 1953. That year the northsiders lined out in the county final with near rivals Sarsfield’s providing the opposition. Another goal-fest ensued as the Glen won by 8-4 to 4-3. The Glen remained at the top of the Cork hurling ladder in 1954 by reaching the county final again. Blackrock were the opponents on that occasion, however, they provided little opposition as the Glen had an easy 7-7 to 3-2 victory. It was their fifteenth county championship title. The dominance of Glen Rovers didn’t last long as they were beaten by St. Finbarr’s in a replay of the county final in 1955 before being beaten by Blackrock in 1956.

Two years later in 1958 the Glen were back in the county championship decider. Once again St. Finbarr’s provided the opposition; however, the Glen won the day by 4-6 to 3-5. This victory kick-started another short period of domination for the Blackpool club as they successfully defended their title in 1959 with a six-point win over Blackrock. Glen Rovers made it three in-a-row in 1960, however, not until after a stern test by UCC in the final. A narrow 3-8 to 1-12 win allowed Glen Rovers to end the decade with a treble. Four titles in-a-row proved beyond the Glen in 1961, however, the northsiders were back in the county final again in 1962. Once again it was UCC who provided the opposition and, once again, the Glen found it difficult to defeat the collegians. After a tough sixty minutes of hurling both sides finished level. The replay was another close affair and at times it looked as if another draw was likely. The Glen, however, rallied and secured a 3-8 to 2-10 victory.

Glen Rovers found it difficult to retain the title in 1963 and exited the championship before the final; however, the team was back in 1964 with great rivals St. Finbarr’s providing the opposition. It was a significant occasion in the history of the Glen Rovers club and a game that thrilled the 24,000 spectators. Just before the interval the Barr’s were leading by 0-6 to 0-4. When it looked as if the southsiders would also dominate the second half Glen captain Christy Ring swerved onto a pass from Joe Salmon and sent the sliothar into the net for a goal. At full-time the Glen had powered forward to win by 3-12 to 2-7. The game was significant as it was the Glen’s twentieth championship title in thirty years. Secondly, it also turned out to be Christy Ring’s last victory on the field of play in a county final. The game also marked the arrival on the scene of a new generation of Cork players, including Charlie McCarthy and Gerald McCarthy who lined out for St. Finbarr’s.[10] The game was also significant as it allowed the Glen to represent Cork in the newly established Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. May people were skeptical of this competition, resulting in it being played over a long period of time. The Munster club final of 1964, which featured the Glen and Mount Sion of Waterford, wasn’t played until Easter Sunday 1966. It was a noteworthy week in Irish history and for Glen Rovers. Christy Ring’s side won the final by 3-7 to 1-17 and many reporters considered it fitting that Glen Rovers, a club founded shortly after the 1916 Easter Rising and whose green, black and gold colours commemorate the event, should triumph on the fiftieth anniversary of that historic occasion.[11]

1967 was another noteworthy year in the annals of Glen Rovers. Following a county championship quarter-final against UCC the legendary Christy Ring decided to hang up his hurley. After a quarter of a century in the famous hooped jersey the Glen lined out in the county final without arguably the greatest player in the history of the game. St. Finbarr’s were the opponents on that occasion; however, Glen Rovers triumphed by 3-9 to 1-9. After a poor season in 1968 the Glen were back in the county championship decider. For the third time that decade UCC stood between Glen Rovers and the county title. In the end the men from Blackpool had an easy 4-16 to 1-13 victory over the collegians.

All-Ireland titles[edit]

The 1970s saw the arrival of Glen Rovers on the provincial and national stages. 1972 saw Denis Coughlan guide the club to their first county title of the decade with a 3-15 to 1-10 victory over east Cork side Youghal. This victory allowed the club to represent Cork in the Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The Glen subsequently reached the provincial decider where Tipperary champions Roscrea provided the opposition. An exciting game developed between these two sides, however, the Glen were the eventual victors. The two-point win gave the Glen a second Munster club title and the chance to represent the province in the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship series. A 6-9 to 1-7 defeat of Castlegar allowed the Glen to advance to the All-Ireland final where St. Rynagh’s provided the opposition. The final at Croke Park was a tough affair, however, Tom Buckley and Red Crowley powered the Glen to a 2-18 to 2-8 victory.[12] It was the Glen’s first All-Ireland club title.

Glen Rovers lost their county, provincial and All-Ireland titles in 1974 before losing the 1975 county championship decider to Blackrock. The Glen bounced back in 1976 with Martin O'Doherty leading the club to a 2-7 to 0-10 victory over ‘the Rockies.’ Once again this allowed the Glen to represent the county in the Munster club series. The final pitted the Cork champs against Limerick side South Liberties. After an entertaining hour of hurling the Glen emerged victorious by 2-8 to 2-4. It was the club’s third Munster title. Facile wins in the All-Ireland quarter and semi-finals resulted in the Glen taking on Camross in the All-Ireland decider. Nine survivors from the 1973 All-Ireland victory powered the Glen to a 2-12 to 0-8 win over the Laois champions who were inspired by the Cuddy family.[13] It was their second All-Ireland club title.

Following such great success in the 1970s the Glen went into a remarkable decline. The club lost a remarkable four county finals in five years in 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1981. The Glen also contested the 1988 final which they also lost to ‘the Barr’s.’ Glen Rovers atoned for this defeat in 1989 when Sarsfields fell in the county final by 4-15 to 3-13. It was the Glen’s twenty-fifth county championship title and the last time that the club won the county title.

A nine-point defeat by Midleton in 1991 was the last time until 2010 that Glen Rovers contested a county championship decider.

Camogie[edit]

Glen Rovers camogie club is the fourth most successful club in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship with a total of four victories in 1986, 1990, 1992 and 1993.[14] They won further Munster club titles in 1964, 1967, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 1996.

Honours[edit]

Famous Hurlers[edit]

This is a list of Glen Rovers hurlers who have played championship hurling for the Cork senior team.

No. Player Years Apps.
1. Egan, JackJack Egan 1926-1928 1
2. Collins, PaddyPaddy Collins 1928-1938 24
3. Lee, JosaJosa Lee 1932-1936 1
4. Dowling, PaddyPaddy Dowling 1934-1936 3
5. Barrett, BatnaBatna Barrett 1934-1936 3
6. Buckley, ConnieConnie Buckley 1934-1941 16
7. Dorgan, Danny MattDanny Matt Dorgan 1934-1939 2
8. Burke, JeremiahJeremiah Burke 1934-1936 1
9. Dorgan, P. J.P. J. Dorgan 1935 2
10. Kiely, TimTim Kiely 1935-1937 3
11. O'Driscoll, WilliamWilliam O'Driscoll 1935-1936 2
12. Corkery, JackJack Corkery 1935 0
13. Casey, MickMick Casey 1935-1936 2
14. Lynch, JackJack Lynch 1936-1950 42
15. Murphy, PatPat Murphy 1936 0
16. Buckley, JackJack Buckley 1936-1942 0
17. Cronin, DanDan Cronin 1936 0
18. O'Donovan, PaddyPaddy O'Donovan 1938-1949 29
19. Moylan, DanDan Moylan 1938-1940 7
20. Creedon, DaveDave Creedon 1938-1955 12
21. Young, JimJim Young 1938-1949 39
22. Coughlan, DanDan Coughlan 1939-1940 0
23. Buckley, Din JoeDin Joe Buckley 1940-1949 27
24. Ring, ChristyChristy Ring 1939-1963 65
25. Porter, NedNed Porter 1939-1941 4
26. Tobin, CharlieCharlie Tobin 1943 4
27. Kelly, JoeJoe Kelly 1943-1947 15
28. Dorgan, CharlieCharlie Dorgan 1944 0
29. Lyons, JohnJohn Lyons 1946-1960 26
30. O'Brien, SeánSeán O'Brien 1946-1955 9
31. Hartnett, JosieJosie Hartnett 1948-1956 21
32. Lynam, JimmyJimmy Lynam 1950-1953 5
33. Twomey, VincyVincy Twomey 1950-1957 19
34. Twomey, JoeJoe Twomey 1952-1960 10
35. Clifford, JohnnyJohnny Clifford 1953-1955 5
36. Goulding, ÉamonnÉamonn Goulding 1954-1960 13
37. O'Sullivan, DonieDonie O'Sullivan 1954 0
38. McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy 1956-1964 8
39. Rodgers, JimJim Rodgers 1956 1
40. Healy, PatPat Healy 1956-1960 4
41. Daly, JackieJackie Daly 1956 0
42. Hackett, BernieBernie Hackett 1958 0
43. Quane, MickMick Quane 1958-1961 6
44. Mulcahy, GeraldGerald Mulcahy 1959 2
45. O'Brien, SeánSeán O'Brien 1959-1961 1
46. O'Regan, FrancieFrancie O'Regan 1959 0
47. French, SeánSeán French 1960 2
48. O'Sullivan, JerryJerry O'Sullivan 1960-1970 20
49. Young, JohnJohn Young 1960-1964 3
50. O'Riordan, DenisDenis O'Riordan 1960-1968 20
51. Corbett, TomTom Corbett 1962-1963 3
52. Harte, PatsyPatsy Harte 1962-1966 8
53. Kennefick, SeánSeán Kennefick 1962-1964 2
54. Young, LeoLeo Young 1963 0
55. Carroll, WillieWillie Carroll 1964-1965 1
56. O'Neill, FinbarrFinbarr O'Neill 1965-1968 2
57. Lane, MickMick Lane 1966 0
58. O'Flynn, AndrewAndrew O'Flynn 1967-1968 2
59. Coughlan, DenisDenis Coughlan 1967-1980 31
60. O'Brien, TeddyTeddy O'Brien 1970-1977 9
61. O'Doherty, MartinMartin O'Doherty 1971-1982 25
62. Barry, PatPat Barry 1974-1976 4
63. O'Sullivan, FrankFrank O'Sullivan 1975-1987 0
64. Horgan, PatPat Horgan 1977-1988 22
65. Buckley, JohnJohn Buckley 1978-1986 12
66. Mulcahy, TomásTomás Mulcahy 1983-1994 27
67. Fitzgibbon, JohnJohn Fitzgibbon 1986-1994 17
68. Cronin, DonDon Cronin 1986 0
69. McGuckin, KieranKieran McGuckin 1990-1996 8
70. Lynam, IanIan Lynam 1994-1995 0
71. McGrath, SeánieSeánie McGrath 1997-2003 17
72. Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson 2003-2004 2
73. Callinan, GrahamGraham Callinan 2008-2009 4
70. Horgan, PatrickPatrick Horgan 2008- 41
71. McDonnell, StephenStephen McDonnell 2011-
72. Brosnan, DeanDean Brosnan 2011-

Famous Teams[edit]

Year Competition Team A Score Team B Score Result
1973 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final Glen Rovers 2-18 St. Rynagh's 2-8 Finbarr O’Neill; Denis O’Riordan, Martin O’Doherty, Pat Barry; Jerry O’Sullivan, Denis Coughlan (Capt.), Mick O’Halloran; J.J. O’Neill, Paddy O’Doherty; Patsy Harte, Red Crowley, Tom Buckley; Mick Ryan, Tom Collins, John Young. Sub: M. Corbett.
1977 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final Glen Rovers 2-12 Camross 0-8 Finbarr O’Neill (Capt.); Jerry O’Sullivan, Martin O’Doherty, Teddy O’Brien; F O’Sullivan, Donal Clifford, Denis Coughlan; Red Crowley, J.J. O’Neill; Patsy Harte, Pat Horgan, Paddy O’Doherty; Mick Ryan, Tom Collins, Vincent Marshell. Subs: Tom O’Neill, F. Cunningham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glen Rovers Website
  2. ^ Horgan, Tim (2007). Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest. The Collins Press. p. 32. 
  3. ^ Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest p. 31-32
  4. ^ Ó Tuama, Liam (2000). Jack Lynch: Where He Sported And Played. Blackwater Press. p. 38. 
  5. ^ Jack Lynch: Where He Sported And Played p. 29
  6. ^ Jack Lynch: Where He Sported And Played p. 30-31
  7. ^ Jack Lynch: Where He Sported And Played p. 31-32
  8. ^ Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest p. 68
  9. ^ Jack Lynch: Where He Sported And Played p. 34
  10. ^ Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest p. 295-296
  11. ^ Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest p. 204-305
  12. ^ Corry, Eoghan (2005). The GAA Book of Lists. Hodder Headline Ireland. p. 427. 
  13. ^ The GAA Book of Lists p. 428-429
  14. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  15. ^ "Glen Rovers end long wait for Cork title". Irish Examiner. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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