OVER the last month on our website we have been reliving all 25 Lumsden Cup finals and it’s brought back some great memories for those involved. Any player who featured in those finals has a place in the competition’s history but some stand out more than others, so here is our Lumsden Cup Hall of Fame. It’s not meant to be a exhaustive list, rather to highlight some of the best individual achievements. If you think we left out somebody that should have been included let us know on our social media pages.
Alan Proctor (Castle Villa) – Played in six finals, from his first in 1997 to his last in 2016 and he was the first man to playing in four winning finals.
Darren Kilbey (Liffey Celtic, Suncroft) – Set a record that surely will not be beaten by playing in six successive finals, four with Liffey Celtic and two with Suncroft. Scored in four of those finals which also makes him the finals top scorer.
Timmy Doyle (Castle Villa, Clonmullion) – Four winners medals, three goals in finals, a finals man of the match award, one penalty save. A quick summation of Doyle’s contribution to Lumsden Cup finals! Could be argued that he deserved the man of the match award in the 2019 final as well. Along with Proctor, is the only man to play in four winning finals.
Damien Leeson (Coill Dubh, Bridgewood Celtic) – Four winners medals and he scored winning goals in two different finals, 2011 and 2013.
Anto Lawlor (Castle Villa) – Another one in that select group of four winners medals, he was the winning captain in 2009 and 2012.
Steven Sheridan (Liffey Celtic) – The first man to score in two different finals – 2006 and 2008.
Robbie Cullen (Liffey Celtic) – The first man to score in three different finals – 2006, 2009 and 2014.
Liam Herbert (Caragh Celtic and Crystal Celtic) – Now better known a local GAA referee but he was the first man to play in two winning finals for different clubs with Caragh Celtic (1997) and Crsytal Celtic (2004).
Robbie Donnelly (Kildare Town and Kilcullen) – The first man to win play in three winning finals, Kildare Town (1996, 1999) and Kilcullen (2005).
Robert O’Neill and Jason McAuley (Kildare Town) – The Kildare Town duo were the first players to play in three winning finals for the same club – 1996, 1999 and 2007.
John Sullivan (Carbury, Coill Dubh, Bridgewood Celtic) – The first man to represent three different clubs in finals – he scored twice in Bridgewood’s 2013 final win.
Mick Sullivan (Carbury, Coill Dubh) – Scored one of the great Lumsden Cup final goals in Carbury’s 2006 loss to Liffey Celtic but came back to score the winner for Coill Dubh in 2010.
Graham McCormack (Liffey Celtic) – Played in five finals for Liffey Celtic but unfortunately for him, didn’t win one.
Fergal Finn (Kildare Town, Liffey Celtic) – A winner twice as a player with Kildare Town in 1996 and 1999, he managed Liffey to four successive finals but despite the success they enjoyed in other competitions during that time they were beaten on all four occasions.
Ray Coleman (Suncroft) – A winner with Suncroft in 2001, Coleman was still going in 2017 and captained the team to their win over Caragh. He was captain the following year too when they beat Ballycane to become the first team since Coill Dubh to retain the trophy, scored penalties in both those games just for good measure.
Jim Finn (Kildare Town) – The first manager to lead a team to two titles with Kildare Town in 1996 and 1999.
Freddie Mitchell (Kilcullen) – The first man to win as a player, with Kildare Town in 1996 and 1999, and as a manager, with Kilcullen in 2005.
Paudie O’Sullivan (Coill Dubh) – Part of the Coill Dubh management team for all three of their wins, in 1998, 2010 and 2011.
Stephen Doyle (Eleson Utd) – Scorer of two late goals in the most dramatic final as Eleson Utd snatched the 2014 final away from Liffey Celtic in the most amazing fashion.
Noel Mackey (Mill Celtic) – Lifted the cup twice as Mill Celtic captain, in 2002 and 2003, and even though the second final was later voided, it was not before Mill had the chance to celebrate in Balitore.
Lesley Kelly (Coill Dubh, Bridgewood Celtic) – A winner with Coill Dubh in 1998, it’s two goals in the 2008 final for Bridgewood Celtic, and especially his brilliant extra time winner, that earn him a place here.
Liam Carthy (Robertstown) – In the very first final, the future referee became the first man to score in a Lumsden Cup Final, and later in the game also became the first man to be sent off in a final.
Liam Murphy (Castle Villa) – Managed Castle Villa to their final wins in 2009 and 2012.
Sean Casey (Coill Dubh, Clane Utd, Bridgewood Celtic) – A winner as a player in 1998 with Coill Dubh, he was manager of Clane Utd when they were beaten by Coill Dubh in the 2010 final but got a final win as a manager when his Bridgewood Celtic side upset Liffey Celtic in 2013.
Kevin McDonnell (Liffey Celtic, Suncroft) – Played in three losing finals for Liffey Celtic but was between the posts when Suncroft won in 2017 and 2018.
Cody Mulhall (Clonmullion) – Scorer of two extra time goals in the 2019 final that earned him the man of the match award and brought the cup back to Athy for the first time.
Paul Hanley (Suncroft) – Scored the two goals in the replay that set Suncroft on the way to becoming the competition’s first winners in the 1995 but was taken off before half time due to injury and was brought to hospital. He made it back in time to join in the celebrations though!
Vernon Nolan, Stephen Burke (Ballycane Celtic, Naas Utd) – Both players played in losing finals in 2005 and 2011 before their third time lucky came when they were part of the first side to bring the cup back to Naas in 2015.
Eamon McCormack (Crystal Celtic) – Scored in the 2004 final as Crystal Celtic upset the odds to beat Castle Villa and become the first side from outside the top division to win the cup. It was just a week after he played for Kildare’s Under 21s as they beat Dublin in the Leinster Final.
Neil Barnby (Suncroft, Mill Celtic) – Part of the Suncroft side that won the 2001 final, he won a medal with Mill Celtic 12 months later. Was part of the Suncroft management team in 2017 and was then manager in 2018 when Suncroft retained the trophy
Richard Reid (Curragh Rovers, Liffey Celtic, Suncroft) – Reid was man of the match in 2001 when Curragh Rovers, the lowest ranked side to ever play in a final, almost caused a huge shock before losing on penalties to Suncroft. Was a winner with Liffey Celtic as a player and then as a manager with Suncroft in 2017. Reid’s son Bryon was part of that winning Suncroft team.
Mark Gill (Coill Dubh, Bridgewood Celtic) – Part of the Coill Dubh team that retained the trophy in 2010 and 2011, he was in the Bridgewood team in 2013 for their win over Liffey Celtic.
Ray Aulsbury (Suncroft, Kilcullen) – Scored a crucial late equaliser for Suncroft to prevent his team from being on the end of a major shock against Curragh Rovers in 2001, he was back in 2005 to play a starring role in Kilcullen’s win over Ballycane Celtic.
Malcolm Kirwan (Castle Villa) – Three winners medal as a player, including a man of the match award in 2009, and was also part of the management team for Villa’s win in 2016.
Peter Moore (Kildare Town) – Scored in Kildare Town’s 1999 win, he also refereed the 2008 final between Liffey Celtic and Bridgewood Celtic.
Seamus Sage (Kildare Town) – Managed Kildare Town to their 2007 success, he also has been assistant referee on finals day.
Paddy Mackey (Mill Celtic, Castle Villa) – A winner when Mill Celtic beat Castle Villa in 2002, he was then part of the 2009 winning Villa team.
Stephen and David Carthy (Castle Villa, Mill Celtic) – The brothers were on opposite sides in the 2002 final when David’s Mill Celtic beat Stephen’s Castle Villa. They were team mates 12 months later in the 2003 final for Mill when Stephen came into a game as a substitute, replacing David.
Adrian Melia (Photographer) – Not a footballer obviously but the local photographer covered every Lumsden Cup Final from the first in 1995 to the 2017 final just a month before his sad death. A wonderful character, his personality carried over into his distinctive photos.