To read more about Dubarry Apache Football Club please see 'Dubarry Apache F.C. 10th Anniversary Booklet 1977-1987'
FAI CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEE 2018
DUBARRY APACHE F.C. 1977-87
Club Colours Home Blue & White, Away Green & White
Dubarry Apache Football Club had evolved from the famous Dubarry shoemaking factory
based in Ballinasloe, east County Galway. The clubs formation came about when Dubarry
employee's Joe Kelly, Brendan Fahy and Martin Hickey began organising games for the
team. As there was a need to play official affiliated football in the town it was decided to
join the Galway League. The club's first home game was in the Connacht Junior Cup
against Salthill Devon in the Curragh pitch in Ballinasloe where they went on to play their
home games at for that season, despite being unsuccessful in that cup competition they
did finish as Runners Up in the League (Hibernian Cup) with Sean Riddell finishing top goal
scorer with 15 goals and Fred Coyne being named as Player Of The Year.
Despite spending its first year (1977/78) playing in the Galway League they then played soccer
in the Roscommon League in season 1978/79 where they went on to become one of the most
successful soccer clubs in Roscommon for the next ten years until they merged with Ballinasloe
the soccer club that had incidentally purchased the Curragh Grounds in 1986 and the two clubs
came together to mutually agree an amalgamation. Indeed many of the people still involved in
Ballinasloe Town AFC today where originally founders and players for Dubarry Apache.
Roscommon Knockout Cup 1978/79, 1983/84
Roscommon League Cup 1978/79, 1982/83
Roscommon Premier Division Cup 1984/85
Roscommon Division One Cup 1985/86
Finnegan Cup 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87