Sunday 16 November 2014 will go down as a very significant milestone in the history of Football in the North East as the former Meath & District League changed the title name to reflect the area they represent to become known as the North East Football League,
The occasion was also used to unveil the FIFA 1 Pitch which is being acclaimed as among the best, if not the best of its type countrywide.
There was a large gathering to witness the Chief Executive of the FAI John Delaney cut the ribbon to declare the pitch officially open, and thereafter a match took place between the inaugural Over thirty five League winners Ardee Town (plus guests), and the Irish Masters International squad in which the National side won 3 -1, but given the experience of a number of players on show, the Ardee selection would have been very happy with their efforts.
Prior to the kick off a minutes silence was observed for the late Paddy Lambe a former Ardee player who died recently following a tragic accident.
Earlier in the Day the Hall in the League grounds hosted forty guests while making the announcement for the name change.
Among the guests to honour the occasion were Barney Blood, President and David Hearst Treasurer from the Leinster Football Association. Meath West TD Ray Butler. Meath County Manager Jackie Maguire. Meath County Council members Shane Cassells, and Meath Development Officers Mark Scanlon, along with all the members of the NECSL Committee.
The Day marked weeks of planning, and the NEFL were very grateful to Eddie Starrs from Parkvilla for background research and presentations, and Shaun Kidd for his work in compiling the new Crest fro the NEFL which features Meath, Louth, Cavan, and Monaghan.