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History Corner - Part II

24/Oct/2017

The history corner in last week’s edition was a huge success with plenty of interest from many quarters. However nobody got all the answers correct, but there were some very close. The game was against Aughnasheelin, played in Ballinamore, and the referee was the late Charlie Lee from Aughavas. The Aughnasheelin fullback was the great Tommy Gallagher, who was a member of the Leitrim senior team at that time.

This week’s history corner brings us to a very high profile game played on Sunday 21 March 1971. Reports would indicate that this was one of the best games played at this distinguished venue for a decade, with Cloone recording a famous victory over high profile opposition, on a scoreline of 1 09 to 1 06. I won’t dare mention the row as the CCC Liatroma might issue suspensions retrospectively, as there no cards available on the day, not even blue cards. Cloone pulled out all the stops to ensure that a full team would be available. Cloone lined out as follows: Paddy Kelly (R.I.P.) Mattie Joe Lennon, Pat Beirne, Kevin Lennon, Bertie Scanlon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe, Tommy McNamee, Kieran McGovern, Damian Brennan, Gavin McAlinden, Willie Mitchell, Tommy Derwin ( R.I.P.), Timmy Beirne. Subs togged out on the day were Kieran Brennan and Sean Smith. As you can see a lot of players from the previous team had got their P45’s. There was a big crowd at the game, with takings from the gate amounting to £ 24. Simple questions this week, now who was the opposition and where was the game played? The success of the day did not end with the game, as the club hosted a very successful concert in Doherty’s Hall that night when the local Drama group presented their hilarious comedy to a packed audience. Proceeds from the door amounted to £42.00. Sure we were kicking it out of our way back then! I won’t ask you the name of the play or the cast members but feel free to tell me. More next week