League of Ireland Cup

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This article is about the tournament in the Republic of Ireland. For the equivalent tournament in Northern Ireland, see Irish League Cup.
League of Ireland Cup
Founded 1973
Region  Ireland
Number of teams 24 (2014)
Current champions Dundalk (5th title)
Most successful club(s) Derry City (10 titles)
2014 League of Ireland Cup

The League of Ireland Cup (Irish: Corn Sraithe na hÉireann) is a football competition open to all League of Ireland clubs and sometimes invited clubs from the lower levels of the Republic of Ireland football league system. Occasionally, the sides invited have included junior league representative selections.

The format has changed from year to year. For the most part it has been used a precursor to the league season, with 6 groups of 4 teams (geographically based), with the winners and two best runners up going on to the last eight (which started the knockout phase). The knockout stage would be played midweek through the season. In the late 1990s the cup went into a straight knockout format and recently has reverted to again starting with a group phase, this time with 8 groups of 3 with only the winners progressing. In 2006, the competition was once again contested on a straight knock-out basis, with a convoluted regionalised seeding system determining pairings and byes in the early rounds. The winners of the cup receive a €25,000 prize(2013).

The League Cup Final has also changed format many times. They have been played on neutral grounds, with two legged games and currently (and historically most times) a draw is made to see which finalist gets home advantage.

The competition began in 1973, replacing the earlier League of Ireland Shield. Starting with the 2005 competition, the winner of this competition used to receive a place in the Setanta Cup. Now the winners will play off with the winners of the League of Ireland First Division for a place in the Setanta Cup.

From 2009, the League of Ireland Cup will be sponsored by Electronic Arts and branded for sponsorship reasons as the EA Sports Cup.[1]

List of League Cup Finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1973/74 Waterford 2-1 Finn Harps
1974/75 Bohemians 1-1, 2-1 Finn Harps
1975/76 Limerick 4-1 1 Sligo Rovers
1976/77 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Sligo Rovers
1977/78 Dundalk 2 4-4 1 Cork Alberts
1978/79 Bohemians 2-0 Shamrock Rovers
1979/80 Athlone Town 4-2 St. Patrick's Athletic
1980/81 Dundalk 2 0-0 Galway Rovers
1981/82 Athlone Town 1-0 Shamrock Rovers
1982/83 Athlone Town 2-1 Dundalk
1983/84 Drogheda United 3-1 Athlone Town
1984/85 Waterford United 2-1 Finn Harps
1985/86 Galway United 2-0 Dundalk
1986/87 Dundalk 1-0 Shamrock Rovers
1987/88 Cork City 1-0 Shamrock Rovers
1988/89 Derry City 4-0 Dundalk
1989/90 Dundalk 2 1-1 Derry City
1990/91 Derry City 2-0 Limerick
1991/92 Derry City 1-0 Bohemians
1992/93 Limerick City 2-0 St. Patrick's Athletic
1993/94 Derry City 1-0 1 Shelbourne
1994/95 Cork City 2-1 1 Dundalk
1995/96 Shelbourne 2 2-2 1 Sligo Rovers
1996/97 Galway United 4-2 1 Cork City
1997/98 Sligo Rovers 1-0 1 Shelbourne
1998/99 Cork City 2-1 1 Shamrock Rovers
1999/00 Derry City 5-2 1 Athlone Town
2000/01 St. Patrick's Athletic 5-3 1 UCD
2001/02 Limerick 2 2-2 1 Derry City
2002/03 No Competition due to change in seasons
2003 St. Patrick's Athletic 1-0 Longford Town Richmond Park
2004 Longford Town 2-1 Bohemians Flancare Park
2005 Derry City 2-1 UCD Belfield Park
2006 Derry City 2 0-0 Shelbourne Brandywell Stadium
2007 Derry City 1-0 Bohemians Brandywell Stadium
2008 Derry City 6-1 Wexford Youths Ferrycarrig Park
2009 Bohemians 3-1 Waterford United Waterford Regional Sports Centre
2010 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Monaghan United Showgrounds
2011 Derry City 1-0 Cork City Turner's Cross
2012 Drogheda United 3-1 Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Stadium
2013 Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Drogheda United Tallaght Stadium
2014 Dundalk 3-2 Shamrock Rovers Oriel Park, Dundalk

Performance By Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Derry City 10 2 1988/89, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1993/94, 1999/00, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
Dundalk 5 4 1977/78, 1980/81, 1986/87, 1989/90, 2014/15
Cork City 3 2 1987/88, 1994/95, 1998/99
Athlone Town 3 2 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83
Bohemians 3 2 1974/75, 1978/79, 2009
Limerick3 3 1 1975/76, 1992/93, 2001/02
Shamrock Rovers 2 6 1976/77, 2013
Sligo Rovers 2 3 1997/98, 2010
St. Patrick's Athletic 2 2 2000/01, 2003
Galway United4 2 1 1985/86, 1996/97
Waterford United5 2 1 1973/74, 1984/85
Drogheda United 2 1 1983/84, 2012
Shelbourne 1 3 1995/96
Longford Town 1 1 2004
Finn Harps - 3 -
UCD - 2 -
Wexford Youths - 1 -
Cork Alberts - 1 -
Monaghan United - 1 -
  • 3 Includes results for Limerick and Limerick City
  • 4 Includes results for Galway Rovers
  • 5 Includes results for Waterford FC

Sponsors[edit]

Bass League Cup - 1975/1976 - 1978/79

Opel League Cup - 1986/87 - 1989/90

Bord Gáis League Cup - 1990/91/ - 1995/96

Harp Lager League Cup - 1996/97 - 1998/99

Eircom League Cup - 1999/00 - 2008

EA Sports Cup - 2009 -

Television coverage[edit]

The Final has been broadcast since 2005 live on Setanta Sports.

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