Lansdowne Football Club

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Lansdowne FC
Full nameLansdowne Football Club
UnionIRFU
Leinster
Founded1872
RegionCounty Dublin
Ground(s)Aviva Stadium (Back Pitch)
Lansdowne Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4 (Capacity: 1,000)
ChairmanColin Goode
PresidentKieran Mulligan
Coach(es)Mike Ruddock
Mark McHugh
Captain(s)Eamonn Mills
League(s)All-Ireland League, 1A
Team kit
Official website
www.lansdownerugby.com

Lansdowne Football Club, also sometimes referred to as Lansdowne Rugby Football Club, is a rugby union team based in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1872 by Henry Dunlop as the Irish Champion Athletic Club. Its senior team currently plays in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. The club's playing colours are black, red and yellow hoops, with navy shorts.

Lansdowne have won the Leinster Senior Cup a record 24 times, winning it for the first in 1891. Lansdowne won the All Ireland League for the first time in March 2013 and also won the Fraser McMullen cup in the same season. Lansdowne completed the "All Ireland Double" again in May 2015 winning the All Ireland League and the Fraser McMullen again. In 2017/2018 captained by Ian Prendiville & coached by Mike Ruddock & Mark McHugh Lansdowne won the All Ireland League, The Bateman Cup, The Leinster Senior Cup and The Leinster Senior League Cup. Lansdowne is the first ever Leinster team to win all of these trophies in one season.

Together with Wanderers, Lansdowne have shared the use of Lansdowne Road since 1880, with each club having their own clubhouse at opposite ends of the ground. However, since 1974 the ground itself has been owned by the IRFU.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • All-Ireland League: 3
    • 2012-13, 2014–15, 2017-18
  • All-Ireland Cup: 5
    • 1921-22, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930-31, 2017-18
  • Leinster Senior League
    • 1973-74, 1976-77, 1980-81, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2017-18: 9
  • Leinster Senior Cup
    • 1890-91, 1900-01, 1902-03, 1903-04, 1921-22, 1926-27, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1932-33, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1952-53, 1964-65, 1971-72, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2007-08, 2016-17, 2017-18: 27
  • Metropolitan Cup
    • 1927, 1948, 1959, 1965, 1968, 1981, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010: 9
  • Fraser McMullen Cup
    • 2012-13, 2014–15

Notable players[edit]

Current Leinster / Connacht-contracted players[edit]

Ireland sevens international players[edit]

The following Lansdowne players have played for the Ireland national rugby sevens team:

Ireland Club international players[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Over 100 Lansdowne players have represented Ireland at full international level. The latest Lansdowne player to be capped by Ireland is Matt Healy. On two occasions in 1931, Lansdowne supplied the entire Irish three-quarter line (Jack Arigho, Eugene Davy, Morgan Crowe and Ned Lightfoot), one of only three clubs ever to have done so at international level world-wide.[2]

As well as playing international rugby union for Ireland, at least five Lansdowne players have also represented Ireland and/or Great Britain at other sports. Noel Purcell was also an international water polo player and represented both Great Britain and Ireland at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics respectively. He helped Great Britain win the gold medal in 1920 [3] Ham Lambert played 21 times for the Ireland cricket team between 1931 and 1947.. Brothers Kevin O'Flanagan and Mick O'Flanagan also played soccer for Ireland. On 30 September 1946 they both played for Ireland in a 1-0 defeat against England at Dalymount Park[4] Brian Carney played as a junior with Lansdowne before switching rugby codes. He represented both Ireland and Great Britain at rugby league before returning to the union code.

British and Irish Lions[edit]

As well as representing Ireland, several Lansdowne players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.[5]

Other internationals[edit]

All Ireland League records[edit]

AIL top try scorers

AIL top points scorers

Most capped AIL players

Most club tries in an AIL match

  • 11 Tries

Lansdowne: 76 Trinity: 26 (2017-2018)

Largest win in an AIL match

Trustees[edit]

Joseph Davy, Michael Kearney , Mark Dawson, Joe Leddin, John Flanagan

Past captains[edit]

  • 1872-73 J. D. Ogilby
  • 1873-74 J. D. Ogilby
  • 1874-75 J. D. Ogilby
  • 1875-76 D. T. Arnott
  • 1876-77 F. W. Kidd
  • 1877-78 J. W. Richards
  • 1878-79 G. Scriven
  • 1879-80 E. H. Nunns
  • 1880-81 J. C. Bagot
  • 1881-82 J. B. Moore
  • 1882-83 J. B. Moore
  • 1883-84 J. B. Moore
  • 1884-85 R. G. Warren
  • 1885-86 R. G. Warren
  • 1886-87 R. G. Warren
  • 1887-88 R. G. Warren
  • 1888-89 R. G. Warren
  • 1889-90 R. G. Warren
  • 1890-91 V.C. Le Fanu
  • 1891-92 V.C. Le Fanu
  • 1892-93 F E. Davies
  • 1893-94 F E. Davies
  • 1894-95 S. C. Smith
  • 1895-96 A. A. Brunker (resigned)R. P. Rowan
  • 1896-97 R. W. Jeffares
  • 1897-98 R. W. Jeffares
  • 1898-99 G. P. Doran
  • 1899-00 G. P. Doran
  • 1990-01 B. R. Doran
  • 1901-02 B. R. Doran
  • 1902-03 J. J. Coffey
  • 1903-04 J. J. Coffey
  • 1904-05 J. J. Warren
  • 1905-06 J. J. Warren
  • 1906-07 A. L. Leeper
  • 1907-08 M. J. D’Alton (Resigned)J.J. Coffey
  • 1908-09 H. G. Sugars
  • 1909-10 G. Weldon
  • 1910-11 R. Donnelly
  • 1911-12 R. Donnelly
  • 1912-13 C. R. Wilson
  • 1913-14 J. Burke-Gaffney
  • 1914-15 J. Burke-Gaffney
  • 1919-20 N. M. Purcell
  • 1920-21 N. M. Purcell
  • 1921-22 W. E. Crawford
  • 1922-23 W. E. Crawford
  • 1923-24 W. A. Cunningham
  • 1924-25 P. J. Whitty
  • 1925-26 T. V. Harris
  • 1926-27 T. O. Pike
  • 1927-28 G. P. S. Hogan
  • 1928-29 E. O’D. Davy
  • 1929-30 E. O’D. Davy
  • 1930-31 J. E. McEnery
  • 1931-32 M. J. Dunne
  • 1932-33 M. J. Dunne
  • 1933-34 T. A. O’Reilly
  • 1934-35 E. J. Lightfoot
  • 1935-36 J. E. Aright
  • 1936-37 Rev. St. J. Pike
  • 1937-38 T. P. Sinnott
  • 1938-39 T. J. O’Driscoll
  • 1939-40 C. J. Murphy
  • 1940-41 W. G. Sutherland
  • 1941-42 W. G. Sutherland
  • 1942-43 R. Mitchell
  • 1943-44 N. J. Burke
  • 1944-45 C. J. Murphy
  • 1945-46 D. Hingerty
  • 1946-47 C. Callan
  • 1947-48 Rev. W. J. Moynan
  • 1948-49 J. F. Coffey
  • 1949-50 R. Carroll
  • 1950-51 J. C. Dawson
  • 1951-52 E. Connellan
  • 1952-53 C. V. Crowley
  • 1953-54 T. D. McNally
  • 1954-55 L. M. Lynch
  • 1955-56 J. P. D. Morris
  • 1956-57 P. J. Berkeley
  • 1957-58 A. Twomey
  • 1958-59 M. A. L. Taney
  • 1959-60 S. Kelly
  • 1960-61 B. G. M. Wood
  • 1961-62 N. Feddis
  • 1962-63 B. G. M. Wood
  • 1963-64 Dr. M. D. Kiely
  • 1964-65 Caleb Powell
  • 1965-66 A. Twomey
  • 1966-67 A. T. A. Duggan
  • 1967-68 P. J. Casey
  • 1968-69 Noel Dwyer
  • 1969-70 Dr. J. Craig
  • 1970-71 P. Sutherland
  • 1971-72 Dr. E. Kiely
  • 1972-73 J. Mitchell
  • 1973-74 D. Power
  • 1974-75 J. Flanagan
  • 1975-76 P. Inglis
  • 1976-77 D. Caniffe
  • 1977-78 P. Gahan
  • 1978-79 R. Spring
  • 1979-80 P. Boylan
  • 1980-81 Moss Keane
  • 1981-82 Mick Quinn (rugby union)
  • 1982-83 M. Gibson
  • 1983-84 V. Becker
  • 1984-85 D. Spring
  • 1985-86 M. Ryan
  • 1986-87 W. Burns
  • 1987-88 P. Collins
  • 1988-89 G. Dilger
  • 1989-90 V. Ryan
  • 1990-91 P. Clinch
  • 1991-92 W. Burns
  • 1992-93 Fergus Aherne
  • 1993-94 Johnny Sexton
  • 1994-95 Fergus Aherne
  • 1995-96 B. Glennon
  • 1996-97 M. McDermott
  • 1997-98 Kurt McQuilkin
  • 1998-99 Kurt McQuilkin
  • 1999-00 D. O’Mahony
  • 2000-01 Colin McEntee
  • 2001-02 S. Rooney
  • 2002-03 E. Bohan
  • 2003-04 E. Bohan
  • 2004-05 Liam Toland (Resigned) S. O'Connor
  • 2005-06 G. Quinn
  • 2006-07 D. Lavin
  • 2007-08 A. Maher
  • 2008-09 A. Maher
  • 2009-10 J. Lyne
  • 2010-11 J. Lyne
  • 2011-12 R. McCarron
  • 2012-13 R. McCarron
  • 2013-14 W. Earle
  • 2014-15 R. Boucher
  • 2015-16 Scott Deasy
  • 2016-17 I. Prendiville
  • 2017-18 I. Prendiville
  • 2018-19 E. Mills (current)

Presidents[edit]

  • 1872-04 H. W. D. Dunlop
  • 1904-05 J. Sibtdorpe
  • 1905-06 J. B. Moore
  • 1906-07 H. Moore
  • 1907-08 W. Pigot
  • 1908-09 J. Denning
  • 1909-10 R. G. Warren
  • 1910-11 F. W. Kidd
  • 1911-12 R. W. Jeffares Snr.
  • 1912-13 A. M. Toomey
  • 1913-14 J. Chambers
  • 1914-19 F. Denning
  • 1919-20 A. A. Brunker
  • 1920-21 F. Joynt
  • 1921-22 F. Joynt
  • 1922-23 B. R. Doran
  • 1923-24 J. J. Coffey
  • 1924-25 J. J. Warren
  • 1925-26 R. Simmons
  • 1926-27 J. A. Gardan
  • 1927-28 A. C. Sibtdorpe
  • 1928-29 M Dawson
  • 1929-30 M. J. D’Alton
  • 1930-31 C. J. Law
  • 1931-32 F. E. Davies
  • 1932-33 V. C. Le Fanu
  • 1933-34 F. A. Ross
  • 1934-35 V. V. Drennan
  • 1935-36 R. H. Lambert
  • 1936-37 R. Donnelly
  • 1937-38 N. M. Purcell
  • 1938-39 F. W. Warren
  • 1939-40 W. E. Crawford
  • 1940-41 W. E. Crawford
  • 1941-42 J. A. Cooke
  • 1942-43 A. H. Robinson
  • 1943-44 W. J. Young
  • 1944-45 R. H. Maunsell
  • 1945-46 R. W. Jeffares Jr.
  • 1946-47 L. B. Heaney
  • 1947-48 A. J. Beatty
  • 1948-49 R. Noel Mitchell
  • 1949-50 Michael J. Dunne
  • 1950-51 F. C. Conroy
  • 1951-52 E. J. Lightfoot
  • 1952-53 Lt. Col. J. J. Burke-Gaffney, M C.
  • 1953-54 T. A. O’Reilly
  • 1954-55 E. O’D. Davy
  • 1955-56 J. Bell
  • 1956-57 Dr. M. P. Crowe
  • 1957-58 T. C. Fox
  • 1958-59 E. W. Garland
  • 1959-60 H. W. Jack OBE. D. Sc.
  • 1960-61 C. S. P. Randel
  • 1961-62 N.H. Lambert
  • 1962-63 G. P. S. Hogan B. L.
  • 1963-64 Major-Gen S. Collins Powell
  • 1964-65 W. G. Sutherland
  • 1965-66 J. E. McEnery
  • 1966-67 C. J. Murphy
  • 1967-68 J. N. Garland
  • 1968-69 R. Mitchell
  • 1969-70 T. C. Byrne
  • 1970-71 T. V. Davy, S.C.
  • 1971-72 Rev. W. J. Moynan
  • 1972-73 J. F. Coffey
  • 1973-74 A. W. Campbell
  • 1974-75 H. Vard
  • 1975-76 J. C. Dawson
  • 1976-77 P. J. Berkery
  • 1977-78 J. P. Barrett
  • 1978-79 A. McNally
  • 1979-80 A. Twomey
  • 1980-81 R. Carroll
  • 1981-82 L. Lynch
  • 1982-83 S. McHale
  • 1983-84 P. Moorhead
  • 1984-85 K. Kelleher
  • 1985-86 N. Hayden
  • 1986-87 Dr. J. Craig
  • 1987-88 J. Maguire
  • 1988-89 P. Ward
  • 1989-90 M. English
  • 1990-91 P. J. Casey
  • 1991-92 C. Flanagan
  • 1992-93 L. McSherry
  • 1993-94 C. Powell
  • 1994-95 R. J. Mitchell
  • 1995-96 B. J. McGann
  • 1996-97 P. Inglis
  • 1997-98 P. Van Cauwelaert
  • 1998-99 A. T. A. Duggan
  • 1999-00 Michael Kearney
  • 2000-01 J. Flanagan
  • 2001-02 J. A. Leddin
  • 2002-03 P. Gahan
  • 2003-04 F. Forrest
  • 2004-05 B. Sparks
  • 2005-06 O. O Buachalla
  • 2006-07 A. Delany
  • 2007-08 P. Halpenny
  • 2008-09 J. Kearney
  • 2009-10 Mark Dawson
  • 2010-11 C. O'Reilly
  • 2011-12 P. Boylan
  • 2012-13 D. McCarron
  • 2013-14 Mick Quinn (rugby union)
  • 2014-15 F. Kenny
  • 2015-16 D. Lennon
  • 2016-17 S. Coyle
  • 2017-18 M. Cassidy
  • 2018-19 K. Mulligan

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.independent.co.uk
  2. ^ www.aisrca.com Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ www.sports-reference.com
  4. ^ www.soccerscene.ie
  5. ^ The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin

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