Dalymount Park

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Dalymount Park
Dalyer
Location Phibsborough,
Dublin,
Ireland
Coordinates 53°21′42″N 6°16′30″W / 53.36167°N 6.27500°W / 53.36167; -6.27500
Public transit Drumcondra railway station
Owner Bohemian F.C.
Capacity 10,000 (4,300 seated)
Field size 125 x 75yds
Surface Grass
Tenants
Bohemian F.C. (League of Ireland)
Construction
Broke ground 1901
Opened 7 September 1901
Renovated 1999

Dalymount Park (Irish: Páirc Cnocán Uí Dhálaigh) is an Irish football stadium situated in Phibsborough on Dublin's Northside.

It is the home of Bohemian F.C., who have played there since the early 20th century. Affectionately known as 'Dalyer' by fans, it was also historically the "home of Irish football", holding many Irish internationals and FAI Cup finals. It has also hosted UEFA Champions League qualifiers, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup matches. However, the ground was largely undeveloped between the 1940s and the 2000s, and has now fallen out of use as a major venue, except for the home games of Bohemians.

The stadium has also been used as a home ground by other League of Ireland teams. In December 2010, Sporting Fingal announced that they were to play their home games at Dalymount during the 2011 Airtricity League season;[1] however, the club folded less than two months later.

Stadium Information[edit]

Bohemians have redeveloped the ground to some extent. In 1999 the old main stand was replaced by a modern structure with 2,742 seats, known as the "Jodi Stand". This was at a cost of £1.1 million. This new structure replaced the 90-year-old wooden stand and at the time was meant to be phase one of the redevelopment of Dalymount Park. Half of the terrace on the opposite side was knocked down, the remainder had seats installed on the terracing and now holds 3,720 but since 2011 is closed due to health and safety concerns. The old "Shed End", now called "The Des Kelly Carpets Stand" has similarly had seats added and now has a capacity of 1,485. The terrace behind the opposite goal (or "Tramway End") has been sold and is therefore closed. The modern capacity of Dalymount that is in use is 3,193. Bohs' average crowd is about 2,000. There is no designated stand for away fans with traveling support accommodated in different stands depending on the numbers expected. The Bohemians fans meanwhile, gather at the western end of the main stand.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Dalymount Park was originally common land with a large vegetable plot and known as Pisser Dignam's Field until it was taken over by Bohemian F.C.. It hosted its first game on 7 September 1901, between Bohemians and Shelbourne F.C. and in front of an attendance of around 5,000. Harold Sloan scored the first ever goal at the ground in a 4–2 win for Bohs. On that day, it was just an ordinary field enclosed by a corrugated iron fence, the playing pitch being separated from the spectators by a roped barrier and a tent at one end served as dressing rooms for the players.

Within a few weeks, paling had replaced the ropes and the line of demarcation between "reserved" and "unreserved" was fixed by a 6 ft high hoarding. An "unreserved" entrance was then erected at the Connaught Street side. A small wooden stand to the east of the reserved entrance soon appeared as did a similar stand behind each goal.

Dalymount was chosen as the venue for the Irish Cup Final in 1903 between Bohemians and Distillery and on 26 March 1904, it hosted its first international, a game which saw Ireland play Scotland in a 1–1 draw, between 1904 and 1913 Dalymount hosted at least one Irish international in the years when Ireland had more than one home match in the British Home Championship.[2]

By the 1907/08 season, the ground had been considerably widened, large wooden stands were erected behind both goals, another was built in the centre of the "popular" side and in the reserved enclosure an additional wooden stand appeared to the west of the entrance. Over the following years, the main stand on the reserved side was roofed and a similar addition made on the unreserved side.

In 1915, Dalymount hosted the IFA Intermediate Cup final when UCD beat Portadown 2-1.

Huge improvements happened to the ground during the 1927/28 season; the galvanised iron boundary was replaced by a 10 ft wall having 20 turnstile houses and entrance and exit gates at a cost of £2,520.[3] A new steel stand was erected in the reserved enclosure and provision was made for fitting out club rooms, offices, etc. when more money was available. Entrance to the stand was by steps placed at points along the front and facing the field of play. This stand cost £5,833. Other additions included an iron railing along the pitch on the reserved side, new banking on both reserved and unreserved sides and a gymnasium and kicking alley.

Within a few years, the Bohemian F.C. committee engaged the services of famous Scottish architect Archibald Leitch (he had designed many of the most famous grounds in England and Scotland) who drew up plans for future building of Dalyer. Another section was added to the reserved stand, new entrances and exits were placed at the rear. More banking and terracing around the entire pitch were completed, crush barriers erected and new stile houses installed (bringing the total to 28). This new work meant that between 1925/26 and 1932, a total of £17,000 had been spent on upgrading the stadium[4]

Glory years[edit]

In its heyday, Dalymount Park, or "Dalyer" as it is popularly known, regularly saw crowds of up to 40,000 for big games, however, whether it was ever able to accommodate this number of spectators safely is open to question. The stadium consisted of three sides of open terracing, one side the "Shed End" or "School End" being partly covered with a roof over half the terrace since 1945. The fourth side was the main stand, which held only 1500 seats. The stand was constructed in 1928 from iron and wood, with wooden benches and terraced standing room at the front. The floodlights that adorn Dalmount Park once stood at Arsenal's old stadium, Arsenal Stadium aka Highbury. They were shipped to Dublin in 1962. The inaugural floodlit match saw Arsenal beat Bohemians 3-8.[5]

Dalymount's record attendance was put at 48,000, for an Irish international game against England on 19 May 1957. A similar crowd attended the first entry of an Irish team into the European Cup, when Shamrock Rovers played Manchester United in 1957. The record attendance at the venue for an FAI Cup Final is 45,000, achieved when Shamrock Rovers beat Bohs in 1945. The ground saw the international debuts of players such as Liam Brady, Johnny Giles and Denis Irwin.

Panoramic view of inside Dalymount Park

Decline[edit]

However, by the 1980s, Dalymount had been sidelined by the more modern and larger Lansdowne Road rugby union ground for Irish football internationals. Parts of the ground had also become somewhat dilapidated, some of terracing was in bad shape – with grass growing on it in places – and one access route to the ground (behind the old "Tramway End") had been cut off completely. In February 1985, when Ireland played, the then World Champions, Italy at Dalymount Park, it was clear that the old ground could not accommodate the 40,000 or so spectators who turned up to see the game. Fans had to be passed down to the sidelines to avoid being crushed and serious questions were raised about whether Dalymount was a viable venue for modern sport. After a safety review, the capacity of the stadium was cut in half to only 22,000. Thereafter, Dalymount only rarely hosted senior internationals and rarer still competitive ones. The last full Irish international game to be played there was friendly against Morocco in 1990. Dalymount also lost the FAI Cup Final in 1990, when it was switched to Lansdowne Road. It briefly recovered the final in 1996, when it held the replayed final between Shelbourne and St Patrick's Athletic and in 1997 and 1998, when it hosted Cup Final again. However, in 1999, the final was switched to Tolka Park and in 2003 back to Lansdowne Road. Even when Landsdowne was being redeveloped in 2006 to 2010, Dalymount was not considered suitable to host the Cup Final, which was held at the Royal Dublin Society stadium in 2007 and 2008 and Tallaght Stadium in 2009.

Redevelopment[edit]

Bohemians have redeveloped the ground to some extent. In 1999 the old main stand was replaced by a modern structure with 2742 seats, known as the "Jodi Stand". This was at a cost of £1.1 million. This new structure replaced the 90-year-old wooden stand and at the time was meant to be phase one of the redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

Half of the terrace on the opposite side was knocked down, the remainder had seats installed on the terracing and held 3720 but has no roof cover which limited its use until it was closed for health and safety reasons in 2011. The old "Shed End", now called "The Des Kelly Carpets Stand" has similarly had seats added and now has a capacity of 1485 and is now commonly used as an away section. The terrace behind the opposite goal (or "Tramway End") has been sold and is also therefore closed, leaving the ground with only two operational sides. The current capacity of the stadium is therefore reduced to just 4,227. Bohs' average crowd is about 1,500. There is no designated stand for away fans with traveling support accommodated in different stands depending on the numbers expected. The more vocal Bohemians fans meanwhile, gather at the western end of the main stand.

Shamrock Rovers also played the 2005 season at Dalymount Park, as did the now defunct team Dublin City F.C. in 2006, who drew very low crowds.[6]

The stadium has also been used to host European games of other teams when their own stadia were deemed unsuitable, such as Drogheda United's Champions League qualifiers and UEFA Cup games of 2006, 2007 and 2008. Shamrock Rovers played their first 11 European games at Dalymount as Milltown was deemed too small at the time.

Sporting Fingal played their Europa League match against Portuguese side C.S. Maritimo at the stadium as Fingal's new ground had yet to be completed.

Dalymount hosted a game in the 2011 UEFA Regions' Cup between Ligue de Normandie of France and Abruzzo of Italy.

Future[edit]

On 4 May 2006, Bohemian FC members voted to authorise the club's board's entry into negotiations which would have resulted in the sale of the Dalymount Park site to property developer Liam Carroll and the demolition of the ground itself. Bohemians would have relocated to a purpose built (at a projected cost of €21 million, to be met by the developer) 10,000 seats stadium near Dublin Airport off the M50 motorway, four miles from the club's current home. On 7 November 2008, Bohemian F.C. lost a court case versus Albion Ltd over the ownership of a section of Dalymount Park at the Tramway End of the ground which put the contract with Liam Carroll in serious doubt.

However in late 2009, the owner of Albion Ltd offered to build the new stadium for Bohs at the site and give Bohs €23 million in return for Dalymount Park, with the company redeveloping the site with houses and expansion of the nearby Phibsborough Shopping Centre. Given the collapse of the Irish property sector, this now looks unlikely.

Irish international matches in Dalymount Park[edit]

Date Competition Flag Country Score
26/4/1904 1904 British Home Championship Scotland Scotland 1–1
17/3/1906 1906 British Home Championship Scotland Scotland 0–1
14/3/1908 1908 British Home Championship Scotland Scotland 0–5
10/2/1912 1912 British Home Championship England England 1–6
15/3/1913 1913 British Home Championship Scotland Scotland 1-2
14/6/1924 Friendly Flag of the United States.svg USA 3–1
20/4/1929 Friendly Belgium Belgium 4–0
13/12/1931 Friendly Spain Spain 0–5
25/2/1934 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification Belgium Belgium 4–4
16/12/1934 Friendly Hungary Hungary 2–4
8/12/1935 Friendly Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 3–5
17/3/1936 Friendly Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 1–0
17/10/1936 Friendly Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 5–2
6/12/1936 Friendly Hungary Hungary 2–3
7/12/1937 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification Norway Norway 3–3
18/9/1938 Friendly Switzerland Switzerland 4–0
13/11/1938 Friendly Poland Poland 3–2
30/6/1946 Friendly England England 0–1
2/3/1947 Friendly Spain Spain 3–2
14/5/1947 Friendly Portugal Portugal 0–2
5/12/1948 Friendly Switzerland Switzerland 0–1
24/4/1949 Friendly Belgium Belgium 0–2
22/5/1949 Friendly Portugal Portugal 1–0
12/6/1949 Friendly Spain Spain 1–4
8/9/1949 Friendly Finland Finland 3–0
13/11/1949 Friendly Sweden Sweden 1–3
26/11/1950 Friendly Norway Norway 2–2
13/5/1951 Friendly Argentina Argentina 0–1
17/10/1951 Friendly Germany West Germany 3–2
16/11/1952 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification France France 3–5
28/10/1953 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification Luxembourg Luxembourg 4–0
7/11/1954 Friendly Norway Norway 2–1
19/10/1955 Friendly Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 1–4
27/11/1955 Friendly Spain Spain 2–2
3/10/1956 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmark Denmark 2–1
25/11/1956 Friendly Germany West Germany 3–0
19/5/1957 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification England England 1–1
5/10/1958 Friendly Poland Poland 2–2
5/4/1959 1960 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Round Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2–0
1/11/1959 Friendly Sweden Sweden 3–2
30/3/1960 Friendly Chile Chile 2–0
28/9/1960 Friendly Wales Wales 2–3
6/11/1960 Friendly Norway Norway 3–1
7/5/1961 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification Scotland Scotland 0–3
8/10/1961 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1–3
8/4/1962 Friendly Austria Austria 2–3
12/8/1962 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Round Iceland Iceland 4–2
9/6/1963 Friendly Scotland Scotland 1–0
13/10/1963 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Eighth Finals Austria Austria 3–2
8/4/1964 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Quarter Finals Spain Spain 0–2
24/5/1964 Friendly England England 1–3
25/10/1964 Friendly Poland Poland 3–2
24/4/1965 Friendly Belgium Belgium 0–2
5/5/1965 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification Spain Spain 1–0
4/5/1966 Friendly Germany West Germany 0–4
23/10/1966 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Spain Spain 0–0
16/11/1966 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Turkey Turkey 2–1
21/5/1967 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 0–2
15/5/1968 Friendly Poland Poland 2–2
10/11/1968 Friendly Austria Austria 2–2
4/12/1968 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmark Denmark abnd.[int 1]
4/5/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1–2
8/6/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Hungary Hungary 1–2
21/9/1969 Friendly Scotland Scotland 1–1
15/10/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmark Denmark 1–1
23/9/1970 Friendly Poland Poland 0–2
14/10/1970 1972 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Sweden Sweden 1–1
30/5/1971 1972 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Austria Austria 1–4
15/11/1972 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification France France 2–1
21/10/1973 Friendly Poland Poland 1–0
30/10/1974 1976 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group the Soviet Union USSR 3–0
11/3/1975 Friendly Germany West Germany'B' 1–0
29/10/1975 1976 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Turkey Turkey 4–0
24/3/1976 Friendly Norway Norway 3–0
24/4/1977 Friendly Poland Poland 0–0
29/10/1979 Friendly United States USA 3–2
12/10/1983 1984 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2–3
16/11/1983 1984 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Malta Malta 8–0
23/5/1984 Friendly Poland Poland 0–0
8/8/1984 Friendly Mexico Mexico 0–0
5/2/1985 Friendly Italy Italy 1–2
10/11/1987 Friendly Israel Israel 5–0
7/2/1989 Friendly France France 0–0
12/9/1990 Friendly Morocco Morocco 1–0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match was 1–1 up until the 51st minute, when the game was abandoned due to fog.

Cup Finals at Dalymount[edit]

Dalymount has hosted many cup finals before partition of Ireland it hosted six Irish Cup (Irish Football Association) finals and two replays, it also has hosted the Irish Free State Cup final and is successor the FAI Cup final on numerous occasions. A number of cross border cup competition finals were hosted in Dalymount such as the Blaxnit Cup and Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup.

Date Competition Winners Score Runners-up Attendance
13/3/1903 Irish Cup Distillery 1–1 Bohemians
28/04/1906 Irish Cup Shelbourne F.C. 2–0 Belfast Celtic
20/04/1907 Irish Cup Cliftonville F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.
21/03/1908 Irish Cup Bohemians 1 – 1 Shelbourne F.C.
28/03/1908 Irish Cup(Replay) Bohemians 3 – 1 Shelbourne F.C.
10/04/1909 Irish Cup Cliftonville F.C. 2 – 1 Bohemians
25/03/1911 Irish Cup Shelbourne F.C. 0 – 0 Bohemians
15/04/1911 Irish Cup(Replay) Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 1 Bohemians
17/03/1922 Irish Free State Cup Final St James's Gate F.C. 1–1 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 15,000
8/04/1922 Irish Free State Cup Final Replay St James's Gate 1–0 Shamrock Rovers 10,000
17/03/1923 Irish Free State Cup Final Alton United F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C. 14,000
17/03/1924 Irish Free State Cup Final Athlone Town A.F.C. 1 – 0 Fordsons F.C. 18,000
17/03/1925 Irish Free State Cup Final Shamrock Rovers F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C. 23,000
22/05/1968 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Shamrock Rovers F.C. 1-2 Crusaders F.C.
00/00/1969 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Shamrock Rovers F.C. 2-2 Coleraine F.C.
22/05/1970 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Sligo Rovers F.C. 1-4 Crusaders F.C.
??/05/1996 FAI Cup(Replay) Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 1 St Patrick's Athletic F.C.
04/05/1997 FAI Cup Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 0 Derry City F.C.
10/05/1998 FAI Cup Cork City F.C. 0 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.
16/05/1998 FAI Cup(Replay) Cork City F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.

Other uses[edit]

The stadium has also held concerts in the past, but is unlikely to do so again. Bob Marley performed there in the late 70's.

In 2003, a planned Destiny's Child concert was moved from the venue when safety inspectors found it to be unsuitable.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/irish-soccer-league/2010/1222/274411-sportingfingal_dalymount/
  2. ^ Ireland(IFA) International Football Results
  3. ^ Bohemian F.C. Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book, 1940
  4. ^ Bohemian F.C. Programme, 20 November 1988
  5. ^ Come Here to Me! Dublin's Other History www.comeheretome.com
  6. ^ Galway United director Nial O'Reilly claimed to have seen "52 spectators at the match" when his club played away to Dublin City [1]

Coordinates: 53°21′42.80″N 6°16′30.00″W / 53.3618889°N 6.2750000°W / 53.3618889; -6.2750000