Back L to R: Terry Brady, Martin Everard, Paul Elliott, Dermot Rooney, Paul Everard, Mervyn Ennis, Mark Flood, Packie Dowdall, Declan Brennan,

Front: Frank Reilly, Alan Donnelly, Martin Reilly, Noel Carey, Brian Conway, Tony Hartnett, David Gorman,

Such was the success of the venture that Ratoath completed major development work at Ratoath Park while the MDL fund raising saw them purchase 25 acres of land (currently being developed) outside Navan in 1988. Ratoath had started the weekly forecast cards a couple of seasons earlier following discussions between Declan Brennan and Mark Flood. Ratoath continued to raise substantial amounts through the cards for a couple of seasons. The second division title ended in Ratoath in the 1985/86 season with four points to spare ahead of Dunboyne who were in their first season in the MDL (with two teams) after moving from the AUL.

Brian Conways hat trick was the highlight of the clinching game against Newtown United and the League assistant secretary Conall Collier presented the cup in Newtown Club following the match. The cub has enjoyed reasonable success in the meantime with glory achieved in the inaugural reserve cup against Oldcastle (87/88) while the first team finished second in Div.1 in 1988/89 and runner-up in the Reilly Cup a season later.