Cork Hibernians F.C.

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Cork Hibernians
Full name Cork Hibernians Football Club
Founded 1957
Dissolved 1977
Ground Mardyke (1957-62)
Flower Lodge (1962-76)
Ground Capacity 26,000
League League of Ireland

Cork Hibernians F.C. were an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1957 and 1976 and, from 1962, played their home games at Flower Lodge. In 1971, they were League of Ireland champions.


The club was originally formed by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and had previously played as AOH at an amateur level. Under this name the club won the FAI Intermediate Cup in 1952 and were runners-up in the same competition in 1957. 1957 also saw them change their name, turn semi-professional and join the League of Ireland, replacing Cork Athletic. They played at Mardyke until 1962, when they moved to Flower Lodge.[1] During the late 1960s and early 1970s Hibs enjoyed a local rivalry with Cork Celtic. Both clubs enjoyed moderate success on the field and support for both teams was very strong. Average gates of 10,000 were not unfamiliar. Indeed at one game at Flower Lodge against Waterford United, a league decider, an attendance of 26,000 was recorded.

Hibernians enjoyed their most successful era under player-manager Dave Bacuzzi, a former Arsenal and Manchester City defender. Bacuzzi joined the club in May 1970. Initially, he thought he had been approached from a mysterious exotic location when he received a misspelled telegram asking him to contact Cork Island instead of Cork, Ireland. Bacuzzi subsequently guided Hibs to several trophies including the League of Ireland title in 1971, beating Shamrock Rovers in a play-off. In 1972 they won the FAI Cup when Miah Dennehy scored a hat-trick in the final against Waterford United and in 1973 they retained the same trophy. They also won the all-Ireland competition, the Blaxnit Cup in 1972.

After Bacuzzi left to manage Home Farm in 1974, Hibs remained a top-five club but dramatically folded in 1976. Their crowds had dwindled, and they had lost money fielding ex-England international Rodney Marsh. The club's League of Ireland status came to an end in 1977 when the club resigned from the league due to financial difficulties. The club was replaced by another Cork team, Albert Rovers the next season. [2] [3]


Team records[edit]

  • Record Win:
  • Record Defeat:
  • Highest Scorer in One Season:
    • Tony Marsden 22 goals (1971–72)
  • Highest League Scorer Aggregate:
    • Dave Wigginton 73 goals;
    • John Lawson 41 goals
    • Tony Marsden 38 goals
    • Donie Wallace 33 goals
    • Miah Dennehy 31 goals.
  • Leading Scorer in all Competitions:
    • Dave Wigginton 130.
  • Highest Attendance:

Season placings[edit]

Season Position
1975–76 5th
1974–75 4th
1973–74 3rd
1972/73 4th
1971/72 2nd
1970/71 1st
1969/70 3rd
1968/69 3rd
1967/68 10th
1966/67 9th
1965/66 4th
1964/65 4th
1963/64 6th
1962/63 6th
1961/62 5th
1960/61 9th
1959/60 6th
1958/59 10th
1957/58 12th

European Record[edit]

Played Win Draw lose For Against
10 2 1 7 9 21


Season Competition Team
1970–71 Fairs Cup Valencia CF
1971–72 Champions' Cup Borussia Mönchengladbach
1972–73 Cup Winners' Cup Pezoporikos
1972–73 Cup Winners' Cup Schalke 04
1973–74 Cup Winners' Cup Banik Ostrava

Former players[edit]

Mick Gilchrist

Former Managers[edit]

  • George Lax: 1957–59
  • John McGowan: 1959–61
  • Tommy Moroney: 1961–64
  • George O'Sullivan 1963–64
  • John Maloney 1965–66
  • Amby Fogarty: 1967–69
  • Austin Noonan: 1969–70, 1974–76
  • Dave Bacuzzi: 1970–74

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Niall Macsweeney (n.d.), A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921/2-1984/5. Basildon:Association of Football Statisticians.
  2. ^
  3. ^