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The Foundation of the Juvenile Club

The years from 1966 to 1975 were an era of mixed fortunes for Milford. At adult level we experienced one of the leanest eras in the club's history, dropping to novice grade in 1971. Contrasting with this it was the period of our greatest success at juvenile level winning at least one North Cork Competition each year from 1969 to 1975 reaching a climax by winning the county under 16 hurling championship and Dick Barrett Shield in 1975.

The catalyst of this juvenile revival was the foundation of an independent juvenile club in 1966. The officers elected were Chairman Dick Matthews, Runai: John Dillon, Treasurer: Moss . Fitzgibbon, Trainers: Joe Cregan and Jim Dillon. The first success for the new club came in 1969 with the winning of the North Cork under 14 football championship. The team was :

1. M. Fitzgibbon

2. M. O'Connor

3. T. Sheehan

4. J. Sheehan

5. J. Donegan

6. L. Murphy

7. T . Falvey

8. J. O'Flynn

9. J. Dillon

10. D. Roche

11. P. Butler

12. M.G. Jacob

13. J. O'Mahony

14. T. Connell

15. T. Stritch

The following year the under 14 hurlers won the North Cork B championship. In 1971 the under 12 team won the North Cok hurling championship and the under 16 team won both hurling and football championships. Again in 1972 the under 12 double was annexed. In 1973 the under 12 team won the North Cork Hurling championship. In 1974 Milford won the under 14 hurling and under 16 hurling championships. Milford crowned this era in 1975 by winning the North Cork and County under 16 hurling championship. The trophy for this competition was the Dick Barrett Shield and Milford are the only rural club in Cork ever to p win this coveted trophy. Milford defeated Mallow and St. Bernards in the North Cork Championship to qualify for the final where they defeated Kildorrery. In the County semi-final they beat Aghabullogue and won the County Rural Section with a great victory over Midleton at Castletownroche. The County Final was also played at Castletownroche against the famed Glen Rovers A club. Milford made history by being the first Avondhu divisional club to gain custody of the Dick Barrett Shield. Score: Milford 2-4, Glen Rovers 1 -3.

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