Leader Cup - Winners

The Leader Cup has been presented to the winner of the Longford Senior Football League competition since 1937 with Drumlish winning the first Leader Cup. The cup is named after the Longford Leader newspaper who sponsored its presentation. Mullinalaghta has the rare privilage of having won the Leader Cup for five years in a row from 1947 to 1951. Cashel won the Leader Cup for three years in a row from 1976 to 1978. With the exception of 1938, 1967, 2018 & 2020 the Leader Cup has been contested and won every year since 1937.

YearLeader Cup Winner
2020No Competition (Covid-19)
2019Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2018Final Not Played (Mullinalaghta vs Killoe)
2017Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2016Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2015Killoe Young Emmets
2014Killoe Young Emmets
2013Mullinalaghta St. Columbas
2012Killoe Young Emmets
2011Clonguish
2010Killoe Young Emmets
2009Abbeylara
2008Clonguish
2007Clonguish
2006Dromard
2005Killoe Young Emmets
2004Abbeylara
2003Clonguish
2002Clonguish
2001Dromard
2000Abbeylara
1999Fr. Manning Gaels
1998Abbeylara
1997Fr. Manning Gaels
1996Rathcline
1995Mostrim
1994St. Marys Granard
1993Ardagh St. Patricks
1992Mostrim
1991Longford Slashers
1990Colmcille
1989Rathcline
1988Longford Slashers
1987Fr. Manning Gaels
1986Fr. Manning Gaels
1985Killoe Young Emmets
1984Mostrim
1983Cashel
1982Cashel
1981Rathcline
1980Rathcline
1979Clonguish
1978Cashel
1977Cashel
1976Cashel
1975Rathcline
1974Rathcline
1973Clonguish
1972Longford Slashers
1971Rathcline
1970Mostrim
1969St. Marys Granard
1968Clonguish
1967No Competition
1966St. Marys Granard
1965Clonguish
1964St. Marys Granard
1963Longford Slashers
1962Longford Slashers
1961Killoe Young Emmets
1960Ballymahon
1959Killoe Young Emmets
1958Longford Slashers
1957Colmcille
1956Carrickedmond
1955Ardagh St. Patricks
1954Colmcille
1953Young Irelands
1952Clonguish
1951Mullinalaghta
1950Mullinalaghta
1949Mullinalaghta
1948Mullinalaghta
1947Mullinalaghta
1946Drumlish
1945Mullinalaghta
1944Drumlish
1943Drumlish
1942Seán Connollys
1941St. Brigids Killashee
1940St. Brigids Killashee
1939Drumlish
1938No Competition
1937Drumlish

That 1937 Leader Cup actually completed in late 1938, hence it was too late to start a new league in 1938, so the competition started afresh in 1939 with no Leader Cup title for 1938. The 1965 & 1966 Leader Cup finals were both decided in 1967 which left no time in that year to play a 1967 Leader Cup, hence no Leader Cup title for 1967. The 2018 Leader Cup final was never played. Mullinalaghta and Killoe reached the decider but it was not played due to Mullinalaghta’s involvement in the Leinster Club Championship campaign and ongoing activity in the All Ireland Club Championship which stretched into 2019, hence no Leader Cup title for 2018. Finally, the 2020 Leader Cup competition was not played due to the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The precursor to the Leader Cup was the Senior ‘League-Championship’ competition which ran from the 1910’s onward.