HISTORY OF LOBI STARS FOOTBALL CLUB, MAKURDI.
Founded as Hawks of Makurdi in 1981, by the Benue State sports council was renamed Benue Breweries Limited (BBL) Hawks Football club, when the state owned Breweries acquired the club in 1985.
The club broke into national reckoning when it qualified for the defunct division (iv ) as Hawks in 1987 and reached the division (iii) in 1988.
In 1989, the club reached the division (ii) and gained promotion to the defunct amateur division (i) league in 1990.
There was another change again when state owned Lobi Bank acquired the club in 1990 and named it Lobi Bank Football club and in the same year, the club won the defunct amateur division (i) league
The club was the first to win the innograted Nigeria professional league in 1999 now known as Nigeria Premier League (NPL)
With the Bank running into stormy waters, the club returned to the state and was renamed Lobi Stars football club
The club participated in African competition on several occasions e.g 2000 (Caf Champions League), 2004 (Caf Confederations Cup), 2006 (Caf Confederations Cup) and 2010 (Caf Confederations Cup).
Lobi Stars Scorecard over the years
1. Division (iv) champion - 1987
2. Division (iii) champion - 1988
3. Division (ii) champion - 1989
4. Promoted division (i) - 1990
5. Professional League Champion - 1999
6. Coca-Cola FA Cup (now Federation Cup) Winners - 2003
7. Coca-Cola FA Cup runner - up 2005
8. Federation Cup Second Runner-Up (former Coca-Cola FA Cup) 2010
9. Federation Cup Runner-Up (former Coca-Cola FA Cup) 2012
Benue Breweries Ltd Hawks
1990: Amateur Division One League
Stars: John Zaki
Coach: Bernard Ogbe
Wafu Cup: 1991: Lost finals to Africa Sports under Bernard Ogbe.
1999: Defunct Professional League: PEPSI Super Four
Stars: Greg Etafia, Sunday Ibeji, Robert Akaruye
Coach: Godwin Uwua
2000 Caf Champions League: Reached Group stage under Godwin Uwua.
2003: Coca-Cola FA Cup (Now Federation Cup)
Stars: Sani Haliru, John Agbawu, Sumaila Suleiman
Coach: Godwin Uwua
2004 Caf Confederations Cup: Second Round under Maurice Cooreman.
2005: Silver medal Coca-Cola FA Cup (Now Federation Cup)
Coach: Tunde Disu
2006 Caf Confederations Cup: Second Round under Tunde Disu.
2012: Second Runner-Up: Nigeria Premier League
2012: First Runner-Up: Federation Cup
Stars: John Lawrence, Ezekiel Bassey, Jonah Abutu, Tony Okpotu, David Tyakase, Luther Iorhe
Coach: Dominic Iorfa