FAI Cup Final

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The FAI Cup Final, known recently as the FAI Ford Cup Final for sponsorship reasons, is an annual soccer match which is the last game in the Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup. It is the culmination of a knock-out competition among clubs belonging to the Football Association of Ireland, generally competed for by clubs from the Republic of Ireland, although representatives from Northern Ireland (most notably Derry City) have competed and even won the Cup. Shelbourne, Bohemians and Derry City are the only clubs to win both the (Northern) Irish Cup and the FAI Cup, although Shelbourne and Bohemians only won it before partition, whilst Derry City remained in the Northern Irish league system until 1973, entering the League of Ireland in 1985.

From 1990 until 2006 the FAI Cup Final was held at the old Lansdowne Road. For 2007 and 2008 the RDS was used as an alternative venue during the redevelopment of the Road. The 2006 final was the last ever soccer game to be played at the old Lansdowne Road. It was contested between St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City, who ran out eventual 4-3 winners after extra-time. The original FAI Cup was also retired after this game with a brand new version of the trophy used in the following seasons.

List of results[edit]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Shamrock Rovers 24 9 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987
Dundalk 9 5 1942, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1988, 2002
Shelbourne 7 10 1939, 1960, 1963, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000
Bohemians 7 7 1928, 1935, 1970, 1976, 1992, 2001, 2008
Drumcondra 5 4 1927, 1943, 1946, 1954, 1957
Derry City[1] 5 4 1989, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2012
Cork Athletic[2] 4 5 1941, 1947, 1951, 1953
Sligo Rovers 4 6 1983, 1994, 2010,2011
Waterford United[3] 2 7 1937, 1980
St. Patrick's Athletic 2 7 1959, 1961
Limerick[4] 2 3 1971, 1982
Cork City 2 3 1998, 2007
Cork Hibernians 2 2 1972, 1973
Longford Town 2 2 2003, 2004
St. James's Gate 2 2 1922, 1938
Bray Wanderers 2 - 1990, 1999
Drogheda United [5] 1 2 2005
Cork 1 1 1934
Finn Harps 1 1 1974
Fordsons 1 1 1926
Galway United 1 1 1991
Alton United 1 - 1923
Athlone Town 1 - 1924
Home Farm 1 - 1975
Sporting Fingal 1 - 2009
Transport 1 - 1950
UCD 1 - 1984
Brideville - 2 -
Cork Celtic - 2 -
Dolphin - 2 -
Evergreen United - 1 -
St. Francis - 1 -

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Includes Cork United
  • ^ Includes Waterford
  • ^ Includes Limerick United
  • ^ Includes Drogheda
  • ^ Since 1985 when Derry joined league

List of match officials[edit]

Year Referee Assistant referees Fourth official
1983 Robert Finn Liam Gavin, Sean Ware Wilfred Wallace
2005 Ian Stokes
2006 Damien Hancock Ciaran Delaney, Marc Delaney Dave McKeon
2007 Dave McKeon
2008 Anthony Buttimer Eddie Foley, Ken Hennessy Richie Winter
2009 Alan Kelly Allen Lynch, Terence Moyne Neil Doyle

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