The Ógs are holding a Reunion in the Social Club on Saturday 4th November at 8.30pm for their victorious Intermediate Co Champions of 1967, their Co Senior Champions of 1992 and their Co Minor Champions of 1997.
Special Guest will be Armagh 1977 Captain Jimmy Smyth, with the Ógs three former All Stars of Ger Houlahan, Ronan Clarke and Andy Mallon to present those teams with their awards on the night.
The winning of the 1967 Intermediate Championship was done in spite of the loss of many players in that decade to emigration. But those that remained were a potent force and led by Joe Harney RIP as team Captain they beat Silverbridge Harps in the County Final. Included in that team were stalwarts like the late Mickey D Donnelly, Aiden Kelly, Willie Reilly and Gerry McGleenan. Mick Duffy from the Rock Road gave a Man of the Match performance and had the backing of Dermot Kelly, Dermot Morris, Eamon Donaldson and Gerry Carson who is coming over from England for this Reunion.
Team manager was Donal Mackle.
The 1992 Co Senior Champions were a team that most of the players had enjoyed previous success in McKillop victories in 1985 and 1988. Some young players like Pearse and Gary Harney, Man of the Match Aiden Sutton and goalkeeper Tom Lavery came in to bolster a team of veterans. Captain John McAleavey, Seán Gordon, Pat Cullen, Tony Donnelly and Aiden Corvan had more years than they cared to remember of Championship football behind them. Paul Turley and Colin Harney in midfield likewise. Up front Ger Houlahan could call on the assistance of veteran Gerry Cullen, Declan Strain, Fergal Harney and Ian Donnelly.
Against a Sarsfields team in the Final, capably led by Kieran McGurk RIP, they played their best football of the year to run out comfortable winners. This team was managed by Jimmy McKee with Tommy Martin and big Paul Grimley as his assistants.
The 'youngsters' on the night will be the winning 1997 Co Minor Champions who defeated Keady in the Final. Led from full forward by big Paul McKernan it included future All Star Ronan Clarke. Class acts like Smacker McCauley, Barry Gordon and Chris Keating added skill in abundance while big Mark Slevin and Deckie McAuley were a dynamic and powerful midfield.
In defence Tomás Duggan, Ciarán McManus, Ronan Toner, Tommy Clarke and young Robbie McCague were rock solid. This was a big panel of 30 players, managed by Kevin McAuley and assisted by Paul Grimley.
On the night we hope to have the three Intermediate, Senior and Minor Cups on show.