Arrow Harps Football Club was formed in 1975 with a membership fee of just £1. The first AGM took place at T. Noones on October 9th 1975 with committee members elected, Chaiman P. Kelly, Secretary J.J. Gurhy and Treasurer Ms. A. O’Connell and committee members including such names as Taheny, Foley, Boyd, Henry, McDonagh, Devaney, Dwyer, Flynn, Quinn and Clarke. From its foundation Arrow Harps has enjoyed many honours. From a small rural community Arrow Harps has produced some of the most respected soccer players in the county. The club entered the Sligo Leitrim league in 1975 and finished their first season in second place just one point behind the winners. This then gained them promotion to the first division. They were Sligo Leitrim Cup Finalists in 1977/78, 1978/79, First Division Winners in 1980/81, Premier Division Winners in 1986/87. They were also Super League Runners Up in 1987/88, FAI Junior Cup Winners (Sligo) in 1988/89 and McSharry & Foley League Cup Winners in 1988/89.
Despite their success the eighties were a difficult time for the club with a recession and emigration taking its toll and the club winding down in the early 1990’s. In 2003 the club was revived by local men who had played at junior level, Ivor Parke with Neil Barlow, Sean Potter and Fergal McLoughlin. The club re-established themselves in the Sligo Leitrim Junior League. The team gained promotion every year over the following four years to reach the Super League from Division two in the minimum time of four years. Their successes included Division Two Winners in 2003/04, Eurotab Cup Winners 2003/04, Robert Cawley Cup Runners up 2004/05, Division One Runners up 2004/05, Eurotab Cup Winners 2004/05, Premier Division Winners 2005/06, Champion Cup Winners 2005/06 and Robert Cawley Cup Runners up 2006/07.
The most colourful and talented individual star to come out of Arrow Harps was Johnny Kenny. Johnny played with Galway and went on to sign for Sligo Rovers. In 1993/94 Rovers were League, Shield and Cup winners and Johnny received the First Division player of the year award. He went on to play with Newry FC and Finn Harps FC. Johnny is still very much involved with Arrow Harps and is an active committee member and trainer. John Caulfield from Cork also played with the club. John went on to play with the Irish International Youth Team.
Another protégé of the club was local man Barry Cogan who went on to play professional football with Milwall FC where he played against Manchester United in the 2004 FA Cup Final.
Joey came to prominence in the Cameroon national side just prior to the 1998 World Cup in France and went on to make three appearances at that World Cup. Ndo was involved in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup but was however an unused substitute at the finals in South Korea/Japan. In total Joey earned 21 caps for the Indomitable Lions.
Joey has had a distinguished career across European & Asian football, arriving in Ireland in 2003 to play for St. Patrick’s Athletic in the League of Ireland. Since then Ndo has become a League of Ireland legend having also represented Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and finally Limerick. At Sligo Rovers, Ndo led the Bit O’Red to their most successful era ever winning three FAI Cup Finals, a League Cup, a Setanta Cup culminating in a league winners medal when Sligo Rovers became champions in 2013.
As well as a senior team who currently compete in the Super League, the club now proudly boasts both boys and girls underage teams from U12 right through to U18. Development football is nurtured at the club in an effort to encourage and develop players and give all children a chance to enjoy the beautiful game. Arrow Harps made history in 2010 by entering the clubs first U18 girl’s team in the Sligo Leitrim League, coached by Johnny Kelly, son of one of the clubs founding members, the late Paddy Kelly. All underage teams have enjoyed success reaching finals in both league and community games almost every year.
Arrow Harps has been proud to be involved in the development of Riverstown Park where they play their home games. The park now boasts an all weather pitch which is truly an asset to the community and the envy of many neighbouring clubs.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gives of their time to help the club, from parents driving children to matches to coaches and managers and not forgetting our main sponsor Ivor Parke Painters & Decorators.