FAI Cup

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FAI Cup
FAI Cup Irish Daily Mail.jpg
Founded 1921–22
Region  Republic of Ireland
Number of teams 40
Current champions Dundalk F.C. (10 titles)
Most successful club(s) Shamrock Rovers (24 titles)
Website FAI Cup
2016 FAI Cup

The Football Association of Ireland Senior Challenge Cup[1] (FAI Cup), known as the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup[2] for sponsorship reasons, is a knock-out association football competition contested annually by teams from the Republic of Ireland (as well as Derry City from Northern Ireland). Organised by the FAI (Football Association of Ireland), the competition is currently sponsored by the Irish Daily Mail. It was known as the Free State Cup from 1923 to 1936. Shamrock Rovers hold the record of most wins with 24.

The current holders are Dundalk, who beat Cork City in the Aviva Stadium on November 8, 2015. The game ended 1-0 to Dundalk with Richie Towell scoring the goal for Dundalk.[3]

Venues[edit]

Since the early 1920s, all but a handful of FAI Cup finals were held at Dalymount Park, Dublin. Two replays in the 1920s were held at Shelbourne Park, the 1973 replay was held in Flower Lodge in Cork and the 1984 replay was in Tolka Park. However, since 1990, due to the lack of development of Dalymount, the final has been played at a number of different venues. From 1990 until 1997 it was played at Lansdowne Road stadium, from 1997–1999 back at Dalymount, from 1999 to 2002 at Tolka Park and from 2003 to 2006 back at Lansdowne Road. Due to the redevelopment of Lansdowne, the 2007 and 2008 finals were played at the RDS Arena. The 2009 final took place in Tallaght Stadium. Finals from 2010 onwards are to take place in the Aviva Stadium.

History[edit]

Shelbourne, Bohemians and Derry City are the only clubs to have won both the (Northern) Irish Cup and the FAI Cup, although Shelbourne and Bohemians only won it before partition, while Derry City remained in the Northern Irish league system until 1973, entering the League of Ireland in 1985. Alton United based in Belfast and Derry City are the only sides from outside the Republic of Ireland to win the competition.

Athlone Town A.F.C. in 1924, Dundalk F.C. in 1958, Shamrock Rovers F.C. in 1968 and Sligo Rovers in 2010 are the only sides ever to win the Cup without conceding a goal.

Since 2003, Irish domestic football has moved from the traditional European August–May season to a summer set-up, as favoured in Scandinavia. As an "interim" season was played in the second half of 2002, two FAI Cup Finals took place that year - Dundalk winning in April, and Derry City lifting the trophy in November.

Following the 1985 expansion of the League of Ireland to two Divisions, Bray Wanderers were the first First Division team to win the Cup, defeating non-League St. Francis in 1990. Bray were also the first team to win the Cup in a season that saw them relegated, in 1999. Dundalk were relegated in 2002 while winning the first of that year's trophies.

After two defeats in Cup Finals in the 1970s, Drogheda United finally reached the summit in 2005. Goals from Gavin Whelan (whose father, Paul, captained Bohemians to the 1992 cup and whose grandfather, Ronnie, won two cups with St. Patrick's Athletic) and captain Declan O'Brien helped "the Drogs" to a 2-0 win over Cork City.

The last ever soccer game to be played at the old Lansdowne Road was the 2006 final, 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 the game with a brand new version of the trophy to be used in the following seasons.

FAI Cup Finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1921–22 St. James's Gate 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 15,000 / 10,000
1922–23 Alton United 1 – 0 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 14,000
1923–24 Athlone Town 1 – 0 Fordsons Dalymount Park 18,000
1924–25 Shamrock Rovers 2 – 1 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 23,000
1925–26 Fordsons 3 – 2 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park 25,000
1926–27 Drumcondra 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Brideville Dalymount Park / Shelbourne Park 25,000 / 10,000
1927–28 Bohemians 2 – 1 Drumcondra Dalymount Park 25,000
1928–29 Shamrock Rovers 0 – 0 / 3 – 0 (R) Bohemians Dalymount Park / Shelbourne Park 22,000 / 15,000
1929–30 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Brideville Dalymount Park 17,000
1930–31 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Dundalk Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 20,000 / 10,000
1931–32 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Dolphin Dalymount Park 32,000
1932–33 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 3 / 3 – 0 (R) Dolphin Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 22,000 / 18,000
1933–34 Cork 2 – 1 St. James's Gate Dalymount Park 21,000
1934–35 Bohemians 4 – 3 Dundalk Dalymount Park 22,000
1935–36 Shamrock Rovers 2 – 1 Cork Dalymount Park 30,946
1936–37 Waterford 2 – 1 St. James's Gate Dalymount Park 24,000
1937–38 St. James's Gate 2 – 1 Dundalk Dalymount Park 30,000
1938–39 Shelbourne 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Sligo Rovers Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 30,000 / 25,000
1939–40 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 0 Sligo Rovers Dalymount Park 38,509
1940–41 Cork United 2 – 2 / 3 – 1 (R) Waterford Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 30,132 / 13,057
1941–42 Dundalk 3 – 1 Cork United Dalymount Park 34,298[4]
1942–43 Drumcondra 2 – 1 Cork United Dalymount Park 30,549
1943–44 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 2 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 34,000
1944–45 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Bohemians Dalymount Park 44,238
1945–46 Drumcondra 2 – 1 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park 34,248
1946–47 Cork United 2 – 2 / 2 – 1 (R) Bohemians Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 20,198 / 5,519
1947–48 Shamrock Rovers 2 – 1 Drumcondra Dalymount Park 33,812
1948–49 Dundalk 3 – 0 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 28,539
1949–50 Transport 2 – 2 / 2 – 2 (R) / 3 – 1 (R) Cork Athletic Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 28,807 / 21,123 / -
1950–51 Cork Athletic 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Shelbourne Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 38,912 / 22,000
1951–52 Dundalk 1 – 1 / 3 – 0 (R) Cork Athletic Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 26,479 / 20,753
1952–53 Cork Athletic 2 – 2 / 2 – 1 (R) Evergreen United Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 17,396 / 6,000
1953–54 Drumcondra 1 – 0 St. Patrick's Athletic Dalymount Park 20,000
1954–55 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Drumcondra Dalymount Park 33,041
1955–56 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 2 Cork Athletic Dalymount Park 35,017
1956–57 Drumcondra 2 – 0 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park 30,000
1957–58 Dundalk 1 – 0 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park 27,000
1958–59 St. Patrick's Athletic 2 – 2 / 2 – 1 (R) Waterford Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 22,000 / 22,800
1959–60 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Cork Hibernians Dalymount Park 32,308
1960–61 St. Patrick's Athletic 2 – 1 Drumcondra Dalymount Park 22,000
1961–62 Shamrock Rovers 4 – 1 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 32,000
1962–63 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Cork Hibernians Dalymount Park 15,000
1963–64 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 / 2 – 1 (R) Cork Celtic Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 35,500 / 23,600
1964–65 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 / 1 – 0 (R) Limerick Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 22,000 / 19,436
1965–66 Shamrock Rovers 2 – 0 Limerick Dalymount Park 26,898
1966–67 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 2 St. Patrick's Athletic Dalymount Park 12,000
1967–68 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 0 Waterford Dalymount Park 39,128
1968–69 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 / 4 – 1 (R) Cork Celtic Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 28,000 / 18,000
1969–70 Bohemians 0 – 0 / 0 – 0 (R) / 2 –1 (R) Sligo Rovers Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 16,000 / 11,000 / 22,000
1970–71 Limerick 0 – 0 / 3 – 0 (R) Drogheda Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 16,000 / 15,000
1971–72 Cork Hibernians 3 – 0 Waterford United Dalymount Park 22,500
1972–73 Cork Hibernians 0 – 0 / 1 – 0 (R) Shelbourne Dalymount Park / Flower Lodge 12,500 / 11,000
1973–74 Finn Harps 3 – 1 St. Patrick's Athletic Dalymount Park 14,000
1974–75 Home Farm 1 – 0 Shelbourne Dalymount Park 10,000
1975–76 Bohemians 1 – 0 Drogheda United Dalymount Park 10,400
1976–77 Dundalk 2 – 0 Limerick Dalymount Park 17,000
1977–78 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Sligo Rovers Dalymount Park 12,500
1978–79 Dundalk 2 – 0 Waterford Dalymount Park 14,000
1979–80 Waterford 1 – 0 St. Patrick's Athletic Dalymount Park 18,000
1980–81 Dundalk 2 – 0 Sligo Rovers Dalymount Park 12,000
1981–82 Limerick United 1 – 0 Bohemians Dalymount Park 12,000
1982–83 Sligo Rovers 2 – 1 Bohemians Dalymount Park 8,500
1983–84 UCD 0 – 0 / 2 – 1 (R) Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park / Tolka Park 8,000 / 6,500
1984–85 Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Galway United Dalymount Park 7,000
1985–86 Shamrock Rovers 2 – 0 Waterford United Dalymount Park 11,500
1986–87 Shamrock Rovers 3 – 0 Dundalk Dalymount Park 8,569
1987–88 Dundalk 1 – 0 Derry City Dalymount Park 22,000
1988–89 Derry City 0 – 0 / 1 – 0 (R) Cork City Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park 20,000 / 12,000
1989–90 Bray Wanderers 3 – 0 St. Francis Lansdowne Road 29,000
1990–91 Galway United 1 – 0 Shamrock Rovers Lansdowne Road 15,257
1991–92 Bohemians 1 – 0 Cork City Lansdowne Road 17,000
1992–93 Shelbourne 1 – 0 Dundalk Lansdowne Road 11,000
1993–94 Sligo Rovers 1 – 0 Derry City Lansdowne Road 13,800
1994–95 Derry City 2 – 1 Shelbourne Lansdowne Road 15,000
1995–96 Shelbourne 1 – 1 / 2 – 1 (R) St. Patrick's Athletic Lansdowne Road / Dalymount Park 15,000 / 10,000
1996–97 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Derry City Dalymount Park 10,000
1997–98 Cork City 0 – 0 / 1 – 0 (R) Shelbourne Dalymount Park / Dalymount Park - / -
1998–99 Bray Wanderers 0 – 0 / 2 – 2 (R) / 2 – 1 (R) Finn Harps Tolka Park / Tolka Park / Tolka Park 8,000 / - / 5,000
1999–2000 Shelbourne 0 – 0 / 1 – 0 (R) Bohemians Tolka Park / Dalymount Park 9,000 / 9,000
2000–01 Bohemians 1 – 0 Longford Town Tolka Park 10,100
2001–02 Dundalk 2 – 1 Bohemians Tolka Park 10,100
2002 (Interim) Derry City 1 – 0 Shamrock Rovers Tolka Park 10,100
2003 Longford Town 2 – 0 St. Patrick's Athletic Lansdowne Road 12,000
2004 Longford Town 2 – 1 Waterford United Lansdowne Road 9,676
2005 Drogheda United 2 – 0 Cork City Lansdowne Road 24,521
2006 Derry City 4 – 3 (a.e.t.) St. Patrick's Athletic Lansdowne Road 16,022
2007 Cork City 1 – 0 Longford Town RDS 10,000
2008 Bohemians 2 – 2 (a.e.t.) 4 – 2 (pen.) Derry City RDS 10,281
2009 Sporting Fingal 2 – 1 Sligo Rovers Tallaght Stadium 8,105
2010 Sligo Rovers 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) 2 – 0 (pen.) Shamrock Rovers Aviva Stadium 36,101
2011 Sligo Rovers 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) 4 – 1 (pen.) Shelbourne Aviva Stadium 21,662
2012 Derry City 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) St. Patrick's Athletic Aviva Stadium 16,117
2013 Sligo Rovers 3 – 2 Drogheda United Aviva Stadium 17,573
2014 St. Patrick's Athletic 2 – 0 Derry City Aviva Stadium 17,038
2015 Dundalk 1 – 0 (a.e.t.) Cork City Aviva Stadium 25,103
2016 Aviva Stadium

Performances[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
10
5
1942, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1988, 2002, 2015
Shelbourne
7
11
1939, 1960, 1963, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000
Bohemians
7
7
1928, 1935, 1970, 1976, 1992, 2001, 2008
Sligo Rovers
5
6
1983, 1994, 2010, 2011, 2013
Derry City[1]
5
5
1989, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2012
Drumcondra
5
4
1927, 1943, 1946, 1954, 1957
St. Patrick's Athletic
3
8
1959, 1961, 2014
Waterford United[2]
2
7
1937, 1980
Cork City
2
4
1998, 2007
Cork Athletic
2
3
1951, 1953
Limerick[3]
2
3
1971, 1982
Cork/Fordsons
2
2
1926, 1934
Cork Hibernians
2
2
1972, 1973
Cork United
2
2
1941, 1947
Longford Town
2
2
2003, 2004
St. James's Gate
2
2
1922, 1938
Bray Wanderers
2
-
1990, 1999
Drogheda United[4]
1
3
2005
Finn Harps
1
1
1974
Galway United
1
1
1991
Alton United
1
-
1923
Athlone Town
1
-
1924
Transport
1
-
1950
Home Farm
1
-
1975
UCD AFC
1
-
1984
Sporting Fingal
1
-
2009
Cork Celtic
-
2
-
Brideville
-
2
-
Dolphin
-
2
-
St. Francis
-
1
-

Notes:

  • 1 ^ Since 1985 when Derry City joined to the league.
  • 2 ^ Includes Waterford.
  • 3 ^ Includes Limerick United.
  • 4 ^ Includes Drogheda.

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