Club History - The Millennium
The new millennium has presented a huge challenge for the club in that the tide of emigration has faltered. Indeed, with the success of the home economy, several senior panel members have headed the opposite way. Despite the depletion of the squad, the Senior footballers have continued to dominate the local scene carrying on from the '97 championship up until 2003 to secure a record equalling 7 Senior football championships in a row.
As one of the most strongly established Senior clubs in Warwickshire, McDermotts' has benefited enormously from its continued work at under age level and the added impetus of the new schools and coaching structure. The benefit to our young players is seeing continued Senior success and being able to emulate those players. With rising stars coming through the new structure, those players have comfortably made the the transition from underage to senior level. The new generation represents, what the club hopes will be another dominant era.
This was none more so evident after the transitional period of 2004 & 2005, when Mac's regained the Senior championship to become holders in 2006, a fitting accolade for our 50th celebrations.
The 50th anniversary represents the beginning of a new era and with the Warwickshire Senior football title back where it rightfully belongs, what better time for Noel McLean, Chairman for the last 30 years (1977-2007) to bow out. His iconic leadership and determination has led the club from strength to strength and brought the club through the tough times as well. His Chairmanship has set a precedent for others to follow and his legacy is that which we see in the successful and vibrant club that we know today.
The underage is now the most active and vibrant sector of the club and has enjoyed tremendous success, with numerous U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 titles. Recognition of the hard work from a dedicated team of underage mentors such as Kevin McEvoy and Anne Sweeney, has been rewarded with an underage club of the year award in 2005 and a haul of 7 trophies in the 2006 season. In addition, Sean McDermotts players have represented both club and county at numerous feile peile and international competitions at Croke Park.