FAI Junior Cup

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FAI Junior Cup
Organising body Football Association of Ireland
Founded 1923
Region  Ireland
Current champions Sheriff Y.C.
Most successful club(s) Fairview Rangers
(8 titles)[1]
Television broadcasters TG4
Setanta Sports
Irish TV
eir Sport
Website FAI Junior Cup @ www.fai.ie

The FAI Junior Cup is a cup competition organized by the Football Association of Ireland for junior association football clubs from the Republic of Ireland. The inaugural winners were Brideville. [2][3] The competition's most successful clubs have been Fairview Rangers of the Limerick & District League and Cherry Orchard who have been winners eight and seven times respectively. [1][4] According to the FAI, the FAI Junior Cup is one of the largest national amateur cup competitions in Europe. The 2012–13 competition saw an estimated 600 clubs enter the cup. [5] The competition also serves a qualifier for the senior FAI Cup with the four semi-finalists all invited to take part in the FAI Cup.

History[edit]

League of Ireland[edit]

The cup's first winners were Brideville who beat Cobh Ramblers in the inaugural 1923–24 final. Brideville and Cobh Ramblers also became the first of several future League of Ireland members to feature in an FAI Junior Cup final. Sligo Rovers, Evergreen United, St Patrick's Athletic, Bray Wanderers, Home Farm, Finn Harps and St Francis all won the cup before joining the national league. Drogheda United were finalists on four occasions but never winners while Athlone Town won the cup twice during the 1930s after dropping out of the League of Ireland. [2][3][6]

Recent finals[edit]

On 2 June 2013 the FAI Junior Cup final was played at the Aviva Stadium for the first time. It was played before a friendly international between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia.[5] In 2013 Aviva joined Umbro as sponsors of the FAI Junior Cup and as part of the arrangement all the finals since then have been played at the Aviva Stadium. Sheriff Y.C. became the first club to win the cup following a final at the Aviva. [2][7] The 2014–15 and 2015–16 finals were both played as double headers along with the FAI Intermediate Cup finals. [8][9]

Television coverage[edit]

TV coverage debuted on TG4 and Setanta Sports in 2014 from the quarter-finals stage. Irish TV replaced TG4 as free-to-air broadcaster in 2015, and all three channels showed coverage in 2016, again from the quarter-finals stage.

In a major change, the 2016-17 season saw coverage begin with the third round in October, running on the newly-renamed eir Sport, IrishTV until its closure in March 2017, and TG4 from the quarter-finals stage.

List of finals[edit]

Date Winner Score Runners-up Venue
2016–17 Sheriff Y.C. 2–0 Evergreen F.C. Aviva Stadium
2015–16 Sheriff Y.C. [10] 1–0 Pike Rovers Aviva Stadium
2014–15 Liffey Wanderers [8] 2–1 [note 1] Sheriff Y.C. Aviva Stadium
2013–14 St. Michael's [11] 4–0 Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick) Aviva Stadium
2012–13 Sheriff Y.C. [12] 0–0 [note 2] Kilbarrack United Aviva Stadium
2011–12 Sheriff Y.C. [13] 3–1 Kilbarrack United Tolka Park
2010–11 Pike Rovers [14] 2–1 St. Michael's Turners Cross
2009–10 Fairview Rangers [15] 0–0 [note 3] St. Michael's Turners Cross
2008–09 Ballymun United [16] 2–0 St. Peter's (Athlone) Tolka Park
2007–08 Carrick United (Waterford) [17] 2–1 Killester United Waterford RSC
2006–07 Killester United St John Bosco
2005–06 Waterford Crystal 1-0 Athenry Terryland Park
2004–05 Westport United 2–0 [18][19] Waterford Crystal Buckley Park
2003–04 Fairview Rangers Carrick United
2002–03 Fairview Rangers Portmarnock FC
2001–02 Fairview Rangers St Michael's FC
2000–01 Ballymun United St Kevin's Boys
1999–2000 Portmarnock St Michael's FC
1998–99 Fairview Rangers Ballymun United
1997–98 Fairview Rangers Waterford Crystal
1996–97 Fairview Rangers Portmarnock FC
1995–96 Bohemians (Waterford) Mungret Regional
1994–95 Cherry Orchard Kilmore United
1993–94 Clonmel Town [20] 5–1 New Ross Celtic
1992–93 Kinvara Boys St. Kevin's Boys
1991–92 Neilstown Rangers Rosemount
1990–91 Cherry Orchard Donaghmede Celtic
1989–90 Cherry Orchard Avenue United (Clare)
1988–89 Tolka Rovers Waterford Bohemians
1987–88 Usher Celtic Beggsboro
1986–87 Cherry Orchard Temple United (Cork)
1985–86 Cherry Orchard Usher Celtic
1984–85 Cherry Orchard St. Kevin's Boys
1983–84 Beggsboro Evergreen (Kilkenny)
1982–83 St Francis Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick)
1981–82 Cherry Orchard Diamond Celtic
1980–81 St Teresa's Belgrave
1979–80 East Wall United Arbour United
1978–79 St. Patrick's C.Y.M.S. East Wall United
1977–78 Inchicore [note 4] Cherry Orchard
1976–77 Dunleary Celtic Dingle United
1975–76 Whitehall United Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick)
1974–75 Dunleary Celtic Arbour United
1973–74 St. Michael's Tolka Rovers
1972–73 Tolka Rovers St. Patrick's C.Y.M.S.
1971–72 Talbot United St. Mary's (Cork)
1970–71 Hoganville (Dublin) Caledonians (Limerick)
1969–70 Caledonians (Limerick) Tolka Rovers
1968–69 St Francis Talbot United
1967–68 Finn Harps Telephones United (Dublin)
1966–67 Swilly Rovers (Donegal) Orchard United (Dublin)
1965–66 East Wall United Everton (Cork)
1964–65 Fairview Rangers (Limerick) Douglas (Cork)
1963–64 East Wall United Swilly Rovers (Donegal)
1962–63 T.E.K. United Blackrock (Cork)
1961–62 Swilly Rovers (Donegal) Castleview (Cork)
1960–61 Valley United Hibernians (Waterford)
1959–60 Pearse Rangers Hibernians (Waterford)
1958–59 St Saviours Glenmore Celtic
1957–58 Virginians Swilly Rovers (Donegal)
1956–57 Belgrove Virginians
1955–56 Grange United Bohemians (Waterford)
1954–55 Home Farm Belgrove
1953–54 Bray Wanderers[21] 1–0 Ierne Dalymount Park
1952–53 Evergreen (Waterford) Swilly Rovers (Donegal)
1951–52 Rathfarnham Bohemians (Waterford)
1950–51 Bray Wanderers[21] 2–1 Drogheda United Dalymount Park
1949–50 Griffith Rangers Irish Raleigh
1948–49 Rathfarnham Caledonians (Limerick)
1947–48 St Paul's Pike Rovers
1946–47 Hibernians (Waterford) Iona C.Y.M.S. (Dublin)
1945–46 St. Patrick's C.Y.M.S. Rathfarnham
1944–45 Rockville (Cork) Wembley Rovers (Limerick)
1943–44 Coastal Defence (Cork) Drogheda United
1942–43 No competition
1941–42 Distillery B (Dublin) Drogheda United
1940–41 St Patrick's Athletic Galway Bohemians
1939–40 Drumcondra Juniors Drogheda United
1938–39 Drumcondra Juniors Killybegs
1937–38 Athlone Town [6] 2–0 Bendigo United (Dublin) Tolka Park
1936–37 Amiens Celtic St. Patrick's (Dundalk)
1935–36 Evergreen United Shelbourne
1934–35 Athlone Town[6] Evergreen United Dalymount Park
1933–34 B&I Cobh Wanderers
1932–33 Queen's Park Amiens Celtic
1931–32 Clontarf Corinthians Southern Rovers
1930–31 Distillery (Dublin) Southern Rovers
1929–30 Rossville Bohemians C
1928–29 Sligo Rovers 3–0 Grangegorman The Showgrounds (Sligo)
1927–28 Richmond United Cahir Unknowns
1926–27 Richmond United Bohemians C
1925–26 Brunswick St. Vincent
1924–25 St. Mary's United Sligo Celtic
1923–24 Brideville Cobh Ramblers

Source: [2][3][22]

Notes
  1. ^ After extra time
  2. ^ Sheriff Y.C. won 5–4 on penalties
  3. ^ Fairview Rangers won 5–3 on penalties
  4. ^ FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995 lists team as Inchicore Athletic. Other sources list team as Inchicore United

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c Mark Herbert, Donie Butler (1994–95). FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995. Dublin: Sportsworld Ltd. 
  4. ^ "Cherry Orchard – History". www.cherryorchardfc.ie. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Ireland to play Georgia on June 2". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Lynch, Frank (1991). A History of Athlone Town F.C: The First 101 Years. Athlone: Arcadia. 
  7. ^ "Aviva Stadium to host FAI Junior Cup Final next May". The Kerryman. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Sherriff win FAI Junior Cup". www.fai.ie. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Pike Rovers claim dramatic Junior Cup victory". www.fai.ie. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
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