Wednesday, June 17, 2020

THERE have been many clubs who have enjoyed a great deal of success through the 25 years of the KDFL but the question of which club has been the most successful has been objective – until now. Taking the three major competitions in the KDFL into consideration, we’ve come up with a formula that we think will settle the debate once and for all.

In our system, points are gained in the following manner:

Top division league win – 6 points

Lumsden Cup win – 5 points

Top division cup win – 4 points

Top division runners up – 3 points

Lumsden Cup runners up – 2 points

Top division cup runners up – 1 point

Under our formula, there is a clear winner.

Coill Dubh may not have landed a major piece of KDFL silverware since their Lumsden Cup in 2011 but their consistency in the 18 years up before that sees them top our table by a wide margin. Between the 1998/99 and 2011 seasons, they finished in the top two in the top division in the Kildare League on 12 occasions in 14 years. They won the league six times during that period, a record, and are the only club to have won three league titles in a row, 2002/03 to 2004/05. As well as that, they became the first side to the retain the Lumsden Cup in 2011 with their third success in that competition and they also hold the record of top flight cup wins with six wins. The club have endured some tough times since those heady days and even had a spell out of the league but after winning a Division 1 League and Cup double in 2019 it looks as if they could be on their way to emulating some of their great teams of the past.

Coill Dubh top our table as the most successful KDFL club
Photo: Adrian Melia

In second place in our table is another club who have shown remarkable consistency through the KDFL years. Castle Villa share a record with Liffey Celtic for seven Lumsden Cup final appearances and their four wins places them alongside Suncroft as the most successful club in that competition. They have also reached seven top flight cup finals and won that cup four times. Their record of five top flight league win puts them joint second in that table with Liffey Celtic.

Castle Villa have enjoyed many great days in their history

Liffey Celtic are third in our table which is remarkable given that their spell of success came in a very condensed period. After working their through the lower divisions, their first major piece of KDFL silverware was their Lumsden Cup final win in 2006 and their last came with their Senior Division league and cup double ten years later. In that time, they won the league five times and were runners up twice, even though though they only won the Lumsden Cup once their seven final appearances places them alongside Castle Villa, and they won two top flight cups in four appearances.

The 2006 Lumsden Cup win kick started a hugely successful ten year period for Liffey Celtic
Photo: Adrian Melia

Behind that top three, there is not much difference between Suncroft in fourth place and Kildare Town in fifth.

Suncroft have been the standard bearers in recent years. In the last four years, they haven’t been outside the top two in the League, winning it twice. They became the first side since Coill Dubh to retain the Lumsden Cup and also won a Senior Cup and were runners up twice.

Suncroft have led the way in recent KDFL seasons
Photo: Mick Anderson

Kildare Town’s place in our table is heavily based around the success they enjoyed in the late 90s and early noughties.  They won three League titles between 1995/96 and 2000/01 and were runners up twice. They don’t get any extra points for our KDFL table but they also became the only Kildare League side to win the Leinster Junior Cup during that time. The first of their three Lumsden Cup success meant they were first side to win top flight league and Lumsden Cup double, something only Castle Villa and Suncroft have matched since.

Kildare Town won their third Lumsden Cup in 2007

Naas Utd came probably closer than anybody since Coill Dubh to three league titles in a row between 2012 and 2014 and their two League successes, a Lumsden Cup win and two Senior Cups sees them next in the table.

Naas Utd’s 2015 Lumsden Cup final win rounded off a very successful era for the club
Photo : Piotr Kwasnik


Top league wins Top league runners up Lumsden Cup wins Lumsden Cup runners up Top Cup wins Top Cup runners up Total points
Coill Dubh 6 6 3 6 3 96
Castle Villa 5 1 4 3 4 3 78
Liffey Celtic 5 2 1 6 2 2 63
Suncroft 2 3 4 2 4 53
Kildare Town 3 2 3 2 1 48
Naas Utd 2 2 1 1 2 33
Carbury 1 2 2 1 2 22
Ballycane Celtic 2 2 1 1 15
Mill Celtic 1 1 1 2 14
Caragh Celtic 1 1 1 2 12
Kilcullen 1 1 1 12
Clonmullion 1 1 1 12
Woodstock Celts 2 1 1 11
Bridgewood Celtic 2 10
Rathangan 1 1 2 8
Monread 1 1 8
Arty Rangers 1 1 7
Crystal Celtic 1 5
Eleson Utd 1 5
Monasterevan 2 4
Leixlip Town 1 4
Rangers FC 1 1 3
Robertstown 1 2
Curragh Rovers 1 2
Clane Utd 1 2
Straffan 1 1

Coill Dubh top our table
Photo: Adrian Melia

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