Brideville F.C.

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Brideville
Full name Brideville Football Club
Ground Richmond Park
Harold's Cross Stadium
League League of Ireland
Leinster Senior League

Brideville Football Club was an Irish association football club, originally based in The Liberties, Dublin. They were active during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, playing in both the League of Ireland and the Leinster Senior League. They were the first ever winners of the FAI Junior Cup and also played in two FAI Cup finals.

History[edit]

Brideville had three spells playing in the League of Ireland, which added up to seventeen seasons in total. After winning the FAI Junior Cup and then the Leinster Senior Cup in successive seasons, Brideville made their League of Ireland debut in 1925–26. They were elected to replace Brooklyn. In 1925–26 Brideville's reserve team also won the Leinster Senior League. During their first spell in the League of Ireland, Brideville also made two FAI Cup final appearances. In 1926–27, with a team that included Fran Watters, they lost 1–0 in a replay to Drumcondra, then playing in the Leinster Senior League. In 1929–30, with a team that featured Peadar Gaskins, Joe O'Reilly and Charlie Reid, they again lost 1–0 this time to Shamrock Rovers. According to Doolan and Goggins, Brideville were unlucky not to win the 1930 final. They had created the "better chances to score" but failed to take them. Then with less than a minute to play, David Byrne, later to become a Brideville player, scored the winner. Some years later, Byrne admitted that he had actually handled the ball before scoring. At the end of the 1931–32 season Brideville failed to get re-elected to the League of Ireland. However in 1932–33 they won the Leinster Senior League and in 1935–36 when the League of Ireland was expanded from ten teams to twelve, Brideville rejoined. The other expansion team was Reds United. In 1937–38 they achieved their best finish in the league when they finished fourth. At the end of the 1942–43 season they once again failed to get re-elected. However Brideville returned after just one season and in 1944–45 they replaced St James's Gate. However their return lasted just one season. They failed to gain re-election for the following season and were replaced by Waterford.[1][2][3]

Home ground[edit]

Between 1925 and 1930 Brideville played their home games at Richmond Park. However in 1930 they were replaced as tenants by St Patrick's Athletic. They then moved to Harold's Cross Stadium which they shared with Dolphins. During the 1939–40 season they also played at Green Lanes.

Honours[edit]

League of Ireland Stats[edit]

Stat Opponent Score Season Date
Record Win Bray Unknowns 7–0 1935–36 16 February 1936
Record Defeat Cork United 0–9 1944–45 16 December 1944

Source: [4][5]

Notable former players[edit]

Ireland internationals[edit]

The following Brideville players represented Ireland and/or the Republic of Ireland at full international level. Joe O'Reilly and Charlie Reid both played for Brideville when they were capped.

Goalscorers[edit]

  • Top League Scorer (season): 16, Patrick Quinlan (1930–31)
  • Top League Scorer (total): 27, Charlie Reid (1929-32 & 1936-37)

References[edit]

  1. ^ League of Ireland Rsssf Archived February 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ FAI Cup Rsssf Archived May 25, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Paul Doolan, Robert Goggins (1993). The Hoops. Gill & MacmillanLtd. ISBN 0-7171-2121-6. 
  4. ^ McSweeney, Niall. A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921-22 to 1984-85. Association of Football Statisticians. 
  5. ^ Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921-2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.