History

Rockmount A.F.C. – 1924 – Present

In 1924, a group of lads playing ball in a field on the Commons Road, decided to form a team.

They took the name Rockmount from a large house in the area, Rockmount House, where the kindly owner made some finance available to purchase gear.  Hence, the famouse “Green and Gold” came into existance.

Rockmount House still stands today, though modernised in recent years, and now surrounded by the new housing estates of Parklands and Onslow Gardens, which according to Ordinance Survey maps stands in the townland of Rockmount.

Some of those involved in the formative years included John “Bawny” O’Riordan, Danny Desmond, Christy Desmond, Christy Deasy, Denis Gallagher and Barty O’Riordan.

Also involved in the early years were Michael O’Donovan and Jim Coughlan.  Jims family have rendered great service to Rockmount over the years.  Indeed, when the club won the “Blue Riband” of Cork Soccer, the AOH Cup in 1968, the late and much respected “Sonny” Coughlan (Jim’s son) captained the team.

A minor side was officiated in 1924 to the old Munster Minor League and immediately began to make an impact, finishing runners-up in the league in 1925/’26 and ’26/’27 as well as winning the Munster Minor Cup in 1927.

 Shortly afterwards, they graduated to Junior football, winning the Munster Junior Cup and League in 1931/32.

However, many of their outstanding players of this era moved onto League of Ireland and it was many years again before old glories were equalled.

 The clubs Schoolboy section was formed by Tommy Linehan, known affectionately as “Mr Rockmount” and he was ably assisted in those early years by Tom Murphy, who often took boys to matches on his bicycle, one on the crossbar, one on the handlebars (carrying the gear) and yet another on the “backer” (as the carrier was known).  What a picture this would have made on the way to the old schoolboys pitch at TogherThe policy of keeping the boys together paid handsome dividends when on that historic night in Church Road in 1972, the club captured their first ever schoolboys trophy, defeating Crofton Celtic in the U/16 League amid almost hysterically fanatical scenes, on a 4-2 scoreline. 

 

The early 50s began a most productive period in Rockmount history when the Cork A.U.L. Murphy Minor Cups were won in 1955, ’56 and ’57.

The Writon Shield was won in 1956/57.  Indeed, a clean sweep was made of all A.U.L. minor trophies that year, a feat which was repeated on many other occasions since.This marvellous achievement was climaxed with two of this side – Jerry Lane and Eddie Goggin being selected to represent the Republic of Ireland at youth level.  The honour of National Captain was bestowed on Jerry Lane, later to become a pinnacle of the great Cork Hibernians team.

Above: Rockmounts AUL Team 1955

 Other Rockmount players to have worn the Green Shirt of Ireland in recent years with distinction include Jum Nodwell (1974), Richie Noonan (1973), Teddy Murray, Liam Hourigan, Paul McCarthy.  Other players so honoured were Len Downey, Damien Martin, Kieran O’Shea and Alan O’Sullivan.  But of course, our shining star must be Roy Keane.

In 1955/56, a junior side entered the Cork A.U.L. and won the 3rd Division Shield in their first season.  Much success was to come over the years as the side progressed to Division One status, winning the Saxone, O’Keeffe and Murphy Cups, minor shields and leagues, and eventually came our finest honour when in 1968, we won the much coveted AOH Cup.

The club later entered the Munster Senior League and succeeded in 1981/82 in winning the Keane and Beamish Cups as well as being finalists in the O’Connell Cup.

Over the years Rockmount have contested many finals at National level but, unfortunately have up to now always fell at the last hurdle but, with dedication, skill and determination it will not be long more when the club achieves this goal.

Rockmount have contested the open draw stages of the FAI Senior Challenge Cup on many occasions and who will indeed forget that historic day when we defeated Monaghan Utd.

The Club has also contested two semi-finals of the F A I Intermediate Cup, v  Railway Union in 1987 and St. James’s Gate in1989.

Undoubtedly to date one of the clubs finest hour was the F A I Senior Cup quarter final  in March 1987 against League of Ireland opponents Dundalk wher we were narrowly beaten by 2 goals to nil.

Many famous names in Cork have worn the famous “Green and Gold” with pride including the famous Bobby Buckle, Eugene Noonan, also an international, Richie Noonan, (Father of our Schoolboy International Richard), Con “Brasso” McCarthy, Jack Morley, Charlie Cronin, Billy Kiely, Sean O’Leary, Jackie McCarthy, Eddie Thompson, Billy Neville, Patsy Duffy, the great Martin `Fada` Sheehan and how could we ever forget the legendary “Golden Boy of Cork Football” Paul O’Donovan.

 There are many more who have served the club over the years both as players and administrators, people such as Tom O’Callaghan, Denis O’Donovan, John Delea, Vincent Cummins John O’Shea, Denis Forde, John Twomey, Tommy Hosford, Jimmy Deasy, Pat Hennessy and the Barry brothers Teddy and Tony who over the years have genourously sponsored Rockmount FC and continue to do so.

In 1983 the club moved from the rented facilities at Kilcully to our modern location at Whitechurch where we have increased our playing pitch’s from two to four and our new all weather pitch is now complete and open from July 1st 2010.

Our underage academy and Schoolboy’s sections are in the very capable hands of Schoolboy’s Chairman Paul Phillips & Secretary Jim O Brien and their hard working committee and with a continuous stream of excellent talent coming through the ranks, the future of Rockmount FC is guaranteed.

 

Rockmount FC currently field teams in the Munster Senior League, Munster Junior League, Youth and u17 leagues and the schoolboy’s section fields no less than ten teams in competitive action in the Cork Schoolboy’s League.