Cork Athletic Union Football League History IBrief)

Brief History of

The Cork Athletic Union Football League

The Cork Athletic Union Football League (originally called The Cork City and County Athletic Union Junior League) was established in 1947 and in its first season had just four competitions for teams (teams also competed in the FAI Junior Cup area competition).

The winners of the competitions in that first historic season were as follows (there were originally just three competitions in the maiden season with the others organised by the MFA and the FAI):
1st division: Mortonville (Cobh Ramblers);
City Challenge Cup : Prospect Rovers (Ballinlough Rovers)
Saxone Cup: Western Rovers
Miniature Cup: Maymount Rovers
FAI Area Final: Western Rovers

The members of the first management committee elected were, Owen O’Keeffe (chairman); Jim Mullins (hon. secretary); Bill O’Brien (treasurer) with Jack McCarthy, Paddy Hennessy and Mick Millard on the Administrative Committee. Others who played parts in the running of the league were Sam Allen, Ted O’Regan and Dan Looney.

There is some confusion regarding the the amount of clubs that made up the Cork AUL for the first season (with anything from 8 to 14 being mentioned) but it is reliably now stated that 14 teams made up the league in that historic first season. The teams were, Maymount, Prospect Rovers, Mortonville, Grattan, Ballinllough, Clapton Celtic, Cobh Ramblers, Green Rovers, Blackrock, Mountview, Albert Rovers, Marine Services, Cork Sppinning and Ladyswell Brewery.

Since then, the League has made significant progress and at one stage had in excess of 150 teams that participated in 28 competitions in Under-17, Youth and Junior grades.

As of season 2014/15, we have 84 teams in membership that compete in 18 competitions (League & Cup) in Junior grade.

A new league, The Cork Youths League, was set up for the 2005/06 season to administer Under-17, Youth and Under-19 grades in the Cork area in conjunction with the MSL and our Under-17 and Youth grades transferred to this league.

The Cork AUL nominate four members from the management committee to over-see the running of the Cork Youths League each season.

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