Carrick Rovers become first Monaghan club to earn FAI Club Mark

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Carrick Rovers become first Monaghan club to earn FAI Club Mark

Carrickmacross club Carrick Rovers have become Monaghan's first FAI Club Mark club.
11th Mar 2021

Rovers' history dates back to 1927 when they competed in the Dundalk and District League. The club was reformed in 1946 and again in 1967 since when it has continued to field teams both at adult and juvenile levels. At present the club is a member of the North East Football League with three adult teams. The also compete in the Dundalk League with an Under-19 team and both the Cavan Monaghan Underage League and the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys/girls League with 14 juvenile boys and girls teams. The club also run a very successful Soccer Academy for younger boys and girls from the ages of six to ten.

The club has had many successes down the years including Premier League titles, Cup and Shield victories with one of the most notable being the Leinster Junior Shield title in 2005. The club has also enjoyed much success at underage level with titles and trophies too numerous to mention.

Carrick Rovers have enjoyed the distinction of hosting the Republic of Ireland international squad on two occasions, firstly in 1993 with Jack Charlton as manager and again in 2003 with Brian Kerr. In 1996, Liverpool were in Carrickmacross for pre-season training and they were able to enjoy the luxury of a freshly laid surface on the club’s grounds. Also in 1996, the club hosted the Croatia national team who were preparing for the UEFA Euro 1996 championship.

Beginning in 1968, Carrick Rovers have run the Stedfast Cup, one of the longest running summer competitions in Junior Football. During that time many famous players have featured including Republic of Ireland internationals Tommy McConville (RIP) and Eoin Hand, along with Northern Ireland international Hugh Dowd.

The club is proud of former players such as Barry Conlon and Oisin McEntee who have represented the Republic of Ireland at underage level.  Also mention should be made of former player Walter Durkan who went on to play for Dundalk with whom he won an FAI Cup medal in 1952 and later Glenavon. Walter has the distinction of representing both the League of Ireland and the Irish League. Another former player,  a contemporary of Walter was Liam Coll who went over to play with Accrington Stanley and later played with Sligo Rovers and Ballymena United,

The club continues to go from strength to strength with numbers participating increasing each season so much so that our facility on the Ballybay Road has reached it's capacity. With this in mind the club, over the last number of years, has undertaken  an ambitious new development due to commence this year 2021 which will feature two new pitches in order to facilitate the growing demand for Association football in the Carrickmacross and surrounding area.

The FAI Club Mark is free and optional for clubs and aims to:

•          Improve the management of clubs ‘off the field’

•          Establish and promote best practice

•          Empower and support clubs

•          Recognise and reward clubs for achieving high standards

•          Increase a club’s capacity to operate effectively and grow football in communities throughout Ireland.

If your club is interested in learning more about the FAI Club Mark please complete this short Registration Form