History of the Club
The last surviving member of the team, Johnny Lindsey, passed away in 1995. The county junior title was regained in 1931 when Peter Munnelly captained the team. The club experienced a lean period on the playing fields until 1943 when the late Cannon Willie Davis came to the town. He sparked off a revival with special emphasis on youth. The club won the North Mayo Juvenile and Minor titles in 1943, the North Mayo Junior title in 1946 defeating Doohoma 1-4 to 1-3. The County Junior title was captured in 1947 defeating Garrymore in the final to 0-6 to 0-3 in McHale Park. The team captain was the late Sean Tansey who played football for Roscommon and Sligo. The team went on to capture the first senior title in 1949. The Deel Rovers were defeated in two North Mayo Junior finals, 1953 and 1954, by Belmullet after replays.
In 1955 the County Junior final was won once again, defeating Belmullet in the North Mayo by 2-9 to 0-4 and Kiltimagh in the county final by 3-5 to 2-5. Dr. Mickey Loftus captained the team that year. The team qualified for the senior title in 1956 losing to Castlebar after a replay by 0-14 to 1-7.
In 1957 the Deel Rovers qualified for the final again, the opponents were East Mayo who were captained by the late Sean Flanagan. Defeat was the lot again, the score 1-7 to 0-7. The Deelsiders were back in the junior ranks by 1961 winning the North Mayo Junior title under the captaincy of Mattie Heffernan, defeating Belmullet by 3-5 to 2-3 in James Stephens Park. The side advanced to the county final against Garrymore who were seeking their first junior title. The south Mayo team took the honours 3-7 to 1-8. Deel Rovers went a step further in 1962 winning the county junior title defeating The Neale 1-6 to 0-8 in the final at Castlebar. Tom Rochford, a Garda, captained the team in the town and a native of Ballinrobe.
The club stepped down from senior to intermediate in 1967 with little success and re-graded back to junior in 1972. Three years later the Deel Rovers captured the county junior final defeating Ballintubber by 3-7 to 0-12 in the final in Castlebar. Christy Commons captained the team.
In 1980 the intermediate team won a historic first title defeating Davitts Irishtown in the final by 1-7 to 0-6. Peter Mangan captained the team. In 1985 the present club president, Dr. Mickey Loftus, was elected to the highest office as president of the Cuman Luthchleas Gael. This was a huge personal triumph and a great honour for the club. Through the wonderful commitment and dedication of our Bórd na nóg officers over the years we have won every league title and championship there is possible to win at underage level in the past 20 years including county minor titles in 1984,1992 and 1993.
The senior team won the super league in 1985, were defeated in the county finals of 1986 and 1988, before winning the historic second senior title in 1995, defeating Kiltane in the final by 0-11 to 0-7 under the guidance if manager, Greg Burke, and captained by Thomas Loftus. Under-21 titles were won in 1992 when defeating Charlestown by five points, 0-12 to 0-7, to win their first title at this level. Aiden Heffernan was the captain. In 1997 they collected their second title defeating Claremorris in Kiltimagh by 1-11 to 0-8 with Patrick McAndrew captain.
At junior level up until 1997 the club had not enjoyed much success since 1975 reaching four North Mayo finals in 1984 '85 and '95 without success. Finally in 1997 Crossmolina beat Ardagh in Knockmore to claim the North Mayo title. Final score 2-9 to 0-8, with Aiden Heffernan as captain. The North Mayo junior title was regained the following year by defeating Belmullet 1-6 to 0-7 under the captaincy of Peader Flynn. The side also won the division 4 league title in 1997 and the winter league in 1998.
The minor team won the 1998 North Mayo ‘B' title defeating Ardnaree after a replay 2-7 to 0-8, captained by David O'Donnell and retained in 1999, defeating Lahardane by 1-2 to 1-7, captained by Damien Syron.
In 1999 Crossmolina won the senior title for the third time, defeating Ballina 0-9 to 0-7 at McHale Park. The winners played their first game in the Connacht Club Championship on the 7th November in Tuam against Galway champions Killererin. After a hard fought contest the greater all-round strength of the Mayo men saw them through on a scoreline 0-12 to 0-7. Their opponents in the final were Roscommon Gaels at Hyde park. In a heart-stopping encounter the sides finished level 0-9 each. The replay six days later at St. Tiernans Park, Crossmolina captured their first Connacht Club title by a winning margin of 1-7 to 0-5. Tom Nallen captained the side that day.
The year 2000 saw us winning the senior league title for the fourth year in a row, winning all our 13 games in the process. The senior title was also retained with a three-point win over Burrishoole 0-14 to 0-11 in McHale Park. Tom Nallen was again the captain of the side.