Glyde Rangers GFC were first registered to the Louth County Board in 1926 and down through the years since have had their fair share of success on the playing field winning many titles at Junior level. However, their finest hour was in 1934 when they won the clubs one and only Senior Football Championship in 1934 beating Wolfe Tones of Drogheda in the final. There were many famous names on that team, with the names on many of these players still continuing in the folklore of the club. To name but a few; Coyle, Kelly, Taffee, Callan, Cluskey and Daly would have been playing for Louth in those years and were crucial players on that team.
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Trophies were a plenty in the 40’s and 50’s, but it was the 60’s era that kick-started Glyde’s revival, winning the Junior Championship in 1962 and in 1969 the club won an amazing treble which entitled Championship, League and Minor Championship. That year saw a new bunch of young players such as the Sherdian’s, Kelly’s, Smyth’s, Farrell’s and Taaffe’s joining the old guard to push the club back up to Senior football. During the 1970’s the club held its own in Senior football, going on to contest a number of Championship semi-finals, unfortunately been beaten in both.
Then in 1977, the club won its first Senior title in 43 years, winning the Seamus Flood club for league honours. The 1980’s proved to be a barren decade, with only one success beating Dundalk Gaels in 1986 to claim the Mc Ardle Cup. 1990 proved to be a turning point in the clubs fortunes when we beat local neighbours St. Mochtas after 150 minutes of football to win the Christy Bellew cup. This feat was again repeated in 1996 by beating Oliver Plunketts to win Christy again.
Football in the parish was flourishing again, the parish underage team Baile Talun and indeed our national school team were winning all in front of them. In 1999 our minors contested the minor championship final for the first time in 30 years, only to be pipped by a strong Clan Na Gael outfit. Some of these lads would not have to wait long for success to come, as in 2001 our minors won the championship for only the second time in our history, beating Sean Tracys in the final. The year of the millennium was a great year for all concerned with the club. Here the club completed another treble, winning the intermediate league, junior league and championship with only one loss all year.
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This pushed the club back to the top level of football, contesting the Senior Championship for the following 13 years. During this period, the club contested two senior championship semi-finals, in 07 and 08 narrowly losing to Mattock and Cooley respectively. The club also contested two Senior League finals in 04 and 06, unfortunately falling short to Cooley on both occasions. Thankfully the club did win two league titles in 03 and 07 so we can safely say we were up there with the best in the county during the noughties. Our minors also contested two more championship finals, only to miss out narrowly. Unfortunately in later years we have slipped back down the ranks, firstly to Intermediate championship and then to Division 3 league in 2015. Indeed last year, the team went on to win that league title leaving our current team in Intermediate League and Championship. The juvenile club is going from strength to strength in recent years, with the help of parents and coaching helping to massively increase numbers participating in the club. In addition to this, 2013 saw the club fielding a Ladies Football team after a long absence. These Ladies have in a short space of time went on to win a Championship and two League titles, highlighting the achievements and hard work of all involved.
As Glyde Rangers continues to transition, our future looks bright and hopefully it won’t be too long before the club returns to the top table of Louth Club football. The current club grounds were purchased in the early sixties so the club had a permanent home. The pitch was developed to its current standard in 1978 and officially opened by the then chairman of Louth Co. Board, Paddy Kenny with a challenge match between Louth and Roscommon.
The grounds are named “Pairc Ui Taibh” after the late Brendan Taafee, a great clubman down the years. Since then new changing rooms, showers, etc have been added to our grounds making it as good as any pitch in the county.
The club is still going strong after all these years, hopefully it will continue to do so into the future as we approach our 100 year anniversary and indeed far beyond.
Glyde Rangers GFC - Our 5 Year Plan
The club wanted to put in place a plan that would guide the club growth over the next 5 years. The Glyde Rangers club is a key part of the community.The plan will build on the strengths and successes of the club and give it a road map for improvement over the next number of years.