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.

The FAI Cup final was played at Dalymount Park until 1990, since when it has been played at several venues. The 2006 final was the last ever soccer game to be played at the old Lansdowne Road before it was redeveloped and rebranded the Aviva Stadium. 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. The cup final has been held at the Aviva Stadium since 2010.

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
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
Cork City
3
4
1998, 2007, 2016
Waterford United[2]
2
7
1937, 1980
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.

List of match officials[edit]

Year Referee Assistant referees Fourth official
2014 Padraigh Sutton Ciaran Delaney, Wayne McDonnell Paul McLaughlin
2013 Paul Tuite Damien Mac Graith, Michelle O'Neill Derek Tomney
2012 Neil Doyle Emmet Dynan, Robert Clarke Damien Hancock
2011 Richie Winter Mark Gavin, Dermot Broughton Graham Kelly
2010 Tomás Connolly Damien Mac Graith, Wayne McDonnell Padraigh Sutton
2009 Alan Kelly Allen Lynch, Terence Moyne Neil Doyle
2008 Anthony Buttimer Eddie Foley, Ken Hennessy Richie Winter
2007 David McKeon Damien MacGraith, Fran Cunningham Pat Whelan
2006 Damien Hancock Ciaran Delaney, Marc Delaney David McKeon
2005 Ian Stokes Dave Wogan, JP Kelly Declan Hanney
1983 Robert Finn Liam Gavin, Sean Ware Wilfred Wallace

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