1950's

1950s - First Championship Success The year of 1950 saw the Club reach the County Senior Final, this time Clan na Gael were their opponents. In that year the Clans proved themselves Ulster's best by winning the prestigious Corrigan Park Tournament of Champions. They also proved themselves too good for the Lilywhites in that unique County Final actually played in January 1951, coming out tops by 1-3 to 0-3. The delay was due to the Armagh team reaching the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Many championship and league games were postponed that year, as the County preparations were proving more important.

As it turned out St Peter's won their first Lurgan Senior League finishing the season with a final game against the Clans, a game which was brought to a halt 15 minutes from time with the Whites leading 2-0 to 0-3. Referee McAreavey had awarded St Peter's a penalty much to the anger of the Clans supporters who encroached on to the field. In the ensuing League meeting, on referee McAreavey's report, St Peter's were awarded the points. The Club's Minor team also proved they were the best in the County retaining the Championship thus making 1950 a very successful season for the Lilywhites. It is worth noting that 3 days after the Clans victory in Corrigan Park, St Peter's defeated the "oul enemy" in a charity game in Davitt Park much to the disappointment of the large Clans following who had welcomed their team as "Cock O' the North").

St Peters 1951

Back Row: Frank O'Hara, Pat McGeown, Phelim Corey, Willie McVeigh, Billy McAlindin, Francie McCorry, Paddy 'Tubie' Toman.

Middle Row: Jimmy Toman, Tom McCusker, Maurice O'Reilly, Nealie Moore, Danny McConville, Jim Moore, Donald McCorry, Tommy Doran, Joe McDonald, Father Joe O'Hagan, Joe Monteith, Willie John Creaney.

Front Row: Bill Lyness, Gerald Cassidy, Bertie ONeill, Sean McConville, Joe McGeown, Johnny Crossey, Brian Casey.

1951 was certainly the Year St Peter's arrived on the championship scene, winning the Senior Football Championship for the first time. The Lilywhites proved their mettle on their way to the final by accounting for Crossmaglen, Clann Eireann, and in the semi-final in Derrymacash they had revenge for the previous year, beating Clan na Gael 3-6 to 3-2. This game being a memorable one for the late Frank O'Hara who notched two of the goals. The final against Killeavy proved to be one of the best ever. An extract from a newspaper report of that time described the game - "let it be said from a purely neutral viewpoint that both teams deserve the greatest praise for giving an exhibition of football that was a credit to themselves, to the County as a whole and to the GAA". The final score was St Peter's 2-7, Killeavy 1-9.
For the record the St Peter's team that day was: W McVeigh, J Moore, J McGeown, P Corey, D McConville, W McAlinden, P Toman, P McGeown, F O'Hara, B Casey, M O'Reilly, J Crossey, B O'Neill, N Moore and S McConville. Towns & Davitt Cups Success In 1952 the Club won the Davitt Cup and in 1955, in the Towns Cup, they defeated Dungannon Clarkes in the final. This cup took place between County championships during the Davitt Park week in June when their endurance and fitness were tested to the full as they defeated Clann Eireann in the Davitt Cup final and had to field against the Clarkes in the evening, to crown a memorable week in which the Minor team also retained the Murray and McEvoy Cup. The Club enjoyed further success in 1959 winning the Cafolla Cup.

Back Row - Jim Moore, Bertie ONeill, Cletus Headley, Tommy McGilley, Johnny Crossey, Brendan McGilley.

Middle Row - Brian ONeill, Brian Casey, Francie Doran, Billy McConville, Danny McConville, Gerry McDonald.

Front Row - Jim Murray, Francie O'Connor, Donald McCorry, Rev J O'Hagan, Joe McGeown, Jim O'Neill, Billy McSherry.