The new decade emerged with Gary Clerkin elected as the new Chairman and Patrick Kolbohm acting as Secretary. The Senior team management was made up of Sean Quinn and Martin Kolbohm, but a difficult year was to follow and Rock only managed 5 league wins, just enough to avoid the drop to Junior. In the Championship Rock beat Pomeroy by a point in the 1st round in a fantastic game of football but they fell to Drumquin in the 2nd round. Youth football continued to make progress with under-12, under-14, under-16 and Minor football teams all up and running.


Ballinderry mentor Dessie Rocks was to be appointed as the club trainer and manager for 1991 assisted by Paul Kolbohm. A rebuilding process was to begin and although no success was to come, progress was made with Rock finishing in the top half of the table. The Reserve team under Martin Hackett rolled to the Final of the Reserve Championship but North Tyrone side Urney were to beat them in a closely contested game by 3 points. The night of October 30th was to prove major disappointment when the dressing rooms were destroyed by fire in a wanton act of vandalism, but not to deter a mobile classroom was purchased and it was adapted into 2 new dressing rooms.


This was to be a poor year for the club on the playing front as Intermediate status was to be lost and Rock were relegated to Division 3. This meant Junior football for the first time in 10 years. However the Reserve team again made the headlines as the bounced back to the final of the Reserve Championship but this time Edendork proved too strong and Rock lost their 2nd Final in a row.

On the Youth front Rock Minors won their section, but they lost to Greencastle in the Grade 3 League Final.


Rock St Patrick's main priority this year was to return to Intermediate status and with an enthusiastic committee that included:

The Senior management team consisted of Sean Quinn, Martin Kolbohm and Adrian Corrigan. Despite losing the 1st game to Fintona, Rock clinched the Division 3 title with 14 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, an impressive record. In the championship Rock beat Fintona after a replay, but a poor performance against Clogher in the 2nd round saw an early exit. The 1993 Division3 winning team panel was: Gabriel McGurk, Eugene and Martin Mullan, Plunkette Campbell, Don McCreesh, Peter Kilpatrick, Edmond Devlin, Kevin McGeeghan, Aidan Devlin, Cathal Clerkin, Michael McCourt, Adrian Corrigan, Martin Hackett, Damien and Martin Hoy, Peadar, Sean and Paul Kolbohm, Kieran McVeigh, Darren Mullan and Connor McElhatton.

The Reserve team reached their 3rd Championship Final in a row, but this time Strabane were to beat them by 8 points.

In October Rock were to launch the beginning of a major fund raising initiative to acquire first rate facilities. Many members began travelling through the County and the rest of Ulster selling tickets.


The new year began with the ticket selling now in full swing and the results of the efforts were realised when Chairman Sean Kolbohm hosted a club function and announced the raising of £70,000. The announcement was timely as the Fox property, opposite Tullyodonnell chapel, came on the market for sale. The 10 acre site, convenient to the school, was purchased, in co-operation with Fr Flanagan and the parish. The new pitch had begun. The club maintained Intermediate status with 12 points in the league and an early exit was made to Drumragh in the Championship.


The 1995 season began with the end of an era with the news that McGorry's field would be no longer available. Development had begun on the new pitch but Cookstown Fr Rock's pitch was kindly donated for home games.

Holy Trinity high school was used for Youth games and Senior training and John L Corr returned to assist with training and team selection. Rock were to struggle and they finished 2nd from bottom with 8 points in the league and they were relegated to Junior ranks. The new club Chairman, Pat Maguire announced a grant from the Foundation for Sports and the Arts towards our pitch development. On the County front Tyrone Seniors had made it back to the All-Ireland Final, but they lost to Dublin.


Fundraising continued in early 1996 under the tight grip of Treasurer Martin Hackett and another major boost of £75,000 from National Lottery Sports Fund was received as the result of a bid prepared by Philip Mallon. Springtime saw the commencement of the drainage phase project, the work being completed by Tommy John Magee. The surfacing work was then started on both pitches by Seamus Curran and was completed by the autumn.

Re-building became the priority for new Team Managers, Jim McCreesh, Martin Hackett and Sean Quinn. The Mallon Group continued to sponsor the club, which was recognised by the fact that the Company's name appeared on the new 'Kerry Type' strip. The team finished mid table with 17 points, but a first round exit from the Championship was inflicted by eventual winners Brackaville. New ground was broken with the formation of an under-10 team under Michael McCourt and John Ward.

Pride of place in 1996 went to the Minor team under the guidance of Jim Donaghy and Raymond McGurk, when they won the Grade 3 Minor League. The team brought home the clubs first ever Youth honours.

On the County front Tyrone Seniors had made it to the All-Ireland Semi-Final, but they lost to Meath.


The following committee was responsible for the Club's affairs in 1997, a year when Youth provided the playing highlights.

Holy Trinity College Cookstown won the Tyrone Schools under-16 Championship with 6 Rock players assisting Thomas Bloomer, Michael McElduff, Barry Donaghy, James McCreesh, Barry Coyle and Oliver Coyle. While Ciaran Gourley and Seamus Donaghy played on the St Patrick's Academy Dungannon side that achieved both MacRory and Hogan Cup success. Ciaran Gourley was then selected to play for Tyrone Minors when he won an Ulster Championship medal and he created club history by appearing in an All-Ireland Final but sadly he was on the losing side.

Below Rock GFC Committee members with Ciaran Gourley and Seamus Donaghy displaying the MacRory, Hogan and Ulster Minor Championship Cups.

On the club front the Senior team struggled and they finished in the lower region of the Junior league and they also had an early exit from the championship.

The summer saw the commencement of the final stage of the facilities development with the building of the new changing rooms complex, this was carried out by Joe McKernan.

Another major draw took place with excellent prizes and bringing in much more needed income for club development.

Martin Hackett and Kevin Cassidy joined Eugene Mullan as new Youth referees, and Martin Kolbohm was appointed to the Inter-County panel. Long serving Referee Sean Ruddy was to announce his retirement after a dedicated and honourable career as one of Tyrone's leading referees.


The year 1998 was to be a very significant year for Rock St Patrick's GFC on Sunday 24th May the new complex was officially opened. A number of events were organised topping the bill was a top match from the "Tyrone Senior Championship".

On the playing front the Principal of the local Primary school Eunan McGinn was appointed team trainer and manager and he was assisted by Jim McCreesh. Re-building the team was under way and in the league progress was topsy-turvy with indifferent performances. But in the Junior Championship Rock made excellent progress and they had managed to reach the Final but unfortunately they were to lose out in a tight fought game to Greencastle.

The Reserves also lost in the Reserve Championship Final to Owen Roes and our Minors lost out also to Brackaville in the Grade 3 League Final.

More history for Rock St Patrick's GFC as Martin Kolbohm was appointed to Referee the Tyrone County Senior Championship Final between Ardboe and Omagh. The game was played after Rock St Patrick's GFC Junior Final with Greencastle. Martin give an outstanding display of refereeing on the day and after a very tight game Ardboe were victorious.

More good news for Rock St Patrick's GFC was that up and coming star Ciaran Gourley made his debut for Tyrone Seniors on 1st November against Dublin in the NFL.


After all the highs on and off the field in 1998 it was back down to reality in 99. Eunan McGinn remained on as manager as he tried to build on the excellent run from the previous year. A first round exit at the hands of Stewartstown meant Rock had to go for the league and they indeed made a creditable effort by finishing joint 3rd with Glenelly. This meant Rock had a play off with Glenelly to go back to Intermediate football and after a tight game Rock emerged 1 point winners. The Reserves had an excellent league run with 22 points which resulted in a Runners Up place 2 points behind Pomeroy. In Youth Rock won the All County U-14 Grade 3 League.