Club History

‘Take the road out as far as Monivea, take a left in Monivea village and after some miles on meandering roads, turn right at the ruined castle at Garbally and you will come across the little hamlet of Colemanstown’

The area is not renowned for anything famous in historical or political terms, but as a soccer club we are definitely on the map. Founded in 1982 the club has to date played a major role in the affairs of the community. There is little doubt but that our club has come a long way since its formation.

In the early 1980’s many of our members/players played with various clubs around the county, namely St. Paul’s, Abbey United, St. Bernard’s, Doonwood Hammers, Foxes Inter Pub, Bohemians, West United, Renmore, Baird Celtic to name but a few. As many of our local talent were playing with other clubs, it was decided to start up a team of our own. Hence the first ever Colemanstown United F.C. Committee was elected as follows: President: Frank Burke; Chairman: Paddy Hynes; Secretary: Gerry Moran; Treasurer: Liam Burke; Manager: Ossie O Grady;

In those early days training took place in 2 different fields, one directly at the back of Burke’s Bar and the 2nd at the front of Burke’s where we eventually settled and now call our club grounds. We are forever grateful to Frank & Bernie Burke & family for their extreme generosity and goodwill in sponsoring the pitch, training grounds and land for the development of our state of the art clubhouse which we now boast today. This was one of the biggest steps forward in the development of the club.

Fundraising in the early years was mainly done by draws, occasional dances, sponsored cycles and race nights. We also held sports days for the youth in the area.

In our first official league match we played Kilcornan Utd. (now Colga F.C.) in Division 2 of the Galway District League.  We had the greatest start winning 9-1.  The good times were about to begin! The panel that day was: PJ Finnerty, Liam Burke, Noel Kelly, Paddy Hynes, Joe Coppinger, Noel Finnerty, Thomas Hynes, Gerry Moran, Pa Ruane, PJ Molloy, Martin Finnerty, Gerry Rohan, & Sean Moran. We had our ups and downs for a few seasons after that, but eventually won our first major title in the ‘85/’86 season when we won Division 2 under the management of Ossie O Grady.  Subsequently seasons went by, there were no trophies, no medals, but several broken legs, great matches, frothy pints and mighty craic!

In the mid ‘90’s we piloted some underage teams. We knew the club would fail to survive without an underage structure. We have fielded numerous teams in various age groups since.

There is little doubt however that the last few years have been our most successful to date not only on the field but as regards the provision of our fully drained playing pitch, adjacent floodlit training pitch, shower rooms, meeting rooms, fully equipped kitchen facility, 200 seater stadium and ample opportunity for further development in the not too distant future. Our facilities were officially opened in 2008 by the legendary Irish International Goalkeeper Pakie Bonnar.

Our success story to date is largely due to the strength of dedication & commitment to the club. It has given a sense of identity and pride to the little hub of Colemanstown. The Club thanks State Bodies, FÁS, The National Lottery, GRD and all our local supporters who have helped us achieve our ambition. We wish to thank all our supporters since the club’s foundation for their unfailing generosity and the invaluable assistance that was given to us throughout our many fundraising events down through the years. We are a community club based in the heart of a little community to serve the community.

Club Roll of Honour

Season Titles Captured
1985/86 Division 2 Winners / Cup Runners-up
1987/88 Athenry 5-a-side Shield Winners
1995/96 2B North Cup Runners-up
1996/97 2B North Cup winners
1997/98 U-18 League Cup winners
U-18 League Runners-up
Div 2B League Winners
League Cup Winners
Div 1 League Winners (Ladies)
Kiltulla 7-a-side Winners
Div 1 League & Cup Winners
2008/09 Div 1 League Winners (A Team)
2009/10 Div 4 League Cup Winners (B Team)
U-11 Div 1 League Winners / League Cup Runners-up
2010/11 U-12 Div 1 League Winners.
2011/12 U-13 Div 2 League Winners
U-15 Div 2 League Winners/League Cup Runners-up
2013 Ladies Div 1 League Winners/GFA Cup Runners-up
2014 Ladies League Cup winners
2014/15 Div1 League Winners (A Team)
2016 Ladies Premier league winners & Ladies league cup winners (Double champs)