1960s & 1970s
1960s & 1970s
The tremendous achievements of the 1940s and 1950s were not to be repeated. The Lilywhites won the Canon Dunne Cup in 1961 and had to wait until 1967 when, from the new All-County League, they won Division 3 and added the Junior Championship. This is a news article written at the time: Little else is being talked about in the North Street area of Lurgan this week but the Junior Championship final with Blackwatertown on Sunday. The reported adds - I understand the team with be chosen from the following: Goalkeeper: Aidan McConville - this young player should have got more attention from the beginning. Quick and agile, he has saved his side often during the season. Right-Full Back: Sean Moore - this sturdy ex-County minor learned his football in that most famous of football nurseries, St Colman's, Newry. He is a very safe catcher and lengthy kicker of a ground ball. Centre-Full Back: Gerry Byrne - he is also a past pupil of St Colman's. He has worn the County jersey at all levels and some say should still wear one. Left-Full Back: Sean McGeown - this tall athletic wingback moved this season from the full back position. Shares the lengthy ground kicking with partner Moore. Right-Half Back: Laurence Monteith - there are few more intelligent wing half backs in club football. He likes to play constructively and seldom wastes a pass. Sean McGeown - the captain of the side, plays at centre-half back. He has a long and honoured career and likes to lead as he does so very well. Can play any position on the field. Experts still maintain that he was the best County goalkeeper Armagh ever had, ranking with such as Eamon McMahon. Left-Half Back: tough, tall Barry McAreavey, is again a "thinking" defender. His power-play is an asset under pressure. Barry Derby - most clubs find invaluable the player who gives all for sixty minutes. This burly right midfielder plays as if his life depended upon it. There are few stronger players on the field in the County. A shrewd football brain also matches his great brawn and he sets up many a movement. He is also a more than competent referee.
Frank Moore - Barry's partner starred for St Colman's College and UCD. He has played on the County side and could do so again. Stylish and an excellent distributor of the well-placed pass. Dermot McGeown - one of the up-and-coming stars who was tutored by Harry Hoy in St Paul's School. This jinking right-half forward can spell danger and get the scores. Jerome Haughey - at centre-half forward, Jerome is the "brains" of the Lilywhites attack. He favours an all-action fast moving game and must be one of the leading scorers in the County. Michael Wilson - again a product of St Paul's School, Lurgan. This left-half forward is deadly accurate and a great opportunist. Kevin Doyle - this Co Down man by birth and now a declared Armagh player, has already worn a Down county jersey at Minor level. He played on the St Colman's College sides and has added punch to the St Peter's side since he joined it in the middle of the season. Paddy Byrne - a brother of Gerry, Paddy is also a St Colman's past pupil. He will enhance the power of a forceful full-forward line. Seamus Anderson - this left-full forward is the "finisher" of many an attack that has brought glory to "Freecrow" this season. There are others who have served the Club well throughout the season and who can be considered on the day, including - Sean McGeown ,Michael Starkey ,George Connolly ,Gerald Moore ,Aidan Toman ,Terry Crossey ,Gerard Lavery and Seamus McConville.
St. Peters - 1968-1969
Back Row - Barry Derby, Micky Wilson, "Tucker" Monteith, Kevin McGeown, Seamus McGeown, Seamus Anderson, Joe O'Donnell, Barry McAreavey.
Front Row - Francie Moore, Kevin Doyle, Sean Moore, Gerry Byrne, Jerome Haughey, Gabby Headley, Sean "Buster" McGeown, Mick Starkey.
1968 saw the Club prove themselves against first division opponents by winning tournaments in Aghagallon and Derrymacash. In the same year, they earned promotion to Division 1 by taking the second division and defeated Mullaghabawn in the Intermediate Final. The next twelve years were mixed. During this time, they won Division 2 on two occasions - 1971 and 1976, as well as taking the Minor Championship in 1972 against Cullaville in a score of 4-6, to 1-8. A report on the match at the time reads: "Cullaville were the first to score when Malachy Watters tapped over a free. St Peter's then had a point by John McGrann but it was Cullaville who were dictating matters and a point by Greg Watters, was followed by another from their ace marksman Mal Watters. The late Tubby Casey stole one back for the Whites when he pointed a free from out on the left. Cullaville were 4 - 2 ahead but St Peter's were coming more into the game and took the lead for the first time when Eric Lavery forced the ball over the line in a goalmouth scrimmage. Mal Watters had put Cullaville on level terms when he sent over a free. Bronco Casey then put in a fierce drive past the helpless goalkeeper and the Whites were in front again.
However, another point from Watters left St Peter's just two in front and heavy pressure brought another two points by Mal Watters leaving the score at the interval: St Peter's 2-2, Cullaville 0-6. Bronco Casey stretched the Whites lead but Cullaville set about their task in earnest and further pressure saw Mal Watters convert two more points leaving the minimum between the sides. Tubby Casey then floated another point for St Peter's to be followed by two more by Bronco Casey and the "Freecrow" lads were four in front. A fierce shot by Tubby Casey rebounded off the upright and Eric Lavery pounced to fist the ball into the net. Cullaville struck back and had a goal but this was matched by John McGrann for St Peter's who settled the issue with a well taken goal. St Peter's team on the day was: J McCann, P Kelly, M McSherry, H McAlinden, R Haughey, P Downey, L McCarberry, B McGeown, J McGrann, B McCluskey, B Casey (capt), T Casey, P Fox, E Lavery, P Clarke.
Senior Team that took on Blackwatertown on 22nd August 1976 - St Peter's winning 0-20 to 0-07
Back Row - Liam Magill, Charlie Carbery, Gerald Clarke, Declan McConville, Brian McCluskey, Brian McGeown, Bob McVeigh, Joe McAnerney, Gerry Harte, Gerald Dummigan, Mick Wilson, Benedict Lavery.
Front Row - Davy Heaney, Dermot McGeown, Paul Fox, Seamus McGeown, Davy Murtagh, Bronco Casey, Gerald Doran, John McCullagh, Lawrence Monteith.