Top Four Cup

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Top Four Cup
Founded 1955–56
Region Republic of Ireland Ireland
Number of teams 4
Most successful club(s) Waterford (5 wins)
Shamrock Rovers (7 finals)

The Top Four Cup was an association football super cup featuring the top four clubs in the League of Ireland. It was first held in 1955–56 and last played for in 1973–74. It was played at the end of the season. Shamrock Rovers were the inaugural winners and subsequently featured in seven finals. Waterford won the competition the most times, five times in total.[1] The competition was sponsored by the Irish Independent and a result was also known as the Independent Cup.[2][3] The cup was last won by Cork Celtic and is currently on display in the Evergreen Bar in Turners Cross, Cork. During the late 1960s the (Northern) Irish Football League also organised a Top Four Cup. Between 1998 and 2001 the FAI organised a similar formatted competition known as the FAI Super Cup.

List of finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runners-up Venue
1955–56 Shamrock Rovers 1–0 Waterford Dalymount Park
1956–57 Evergreen United 2–1 Drumcondra Dalymount Park
1957–58 Shamrock Rovers 2–1 Drumcondra Dalymount Park
1958–59 Evergreen United 1–0 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park
1959–60 Cork Celtic 2–1 Shelbourne Dalymount Park
1960–61 Drumcondra 1–1 Cork Celtic Dalymount Park
Replay Drumcondra 2–2 Cork Celtic The Mardyke
2nd Replay Drumcondra 3–0 Cork Celtic Tolka Park
1961–62 Shelbourne 2–1 Cork Celtic Dalymount Park
1962–63 Drumcondra 2–2 Cork Celtic Tolka Park
Replay Drumcondra 4–3 Cork Celtic Turners Cross
1963–64 Dundalk 0–0 Limerick Dalymount Park
Replay Dundalk 2–1 Limerick Tolka Park
1964–65 Drumcondra 3–0 Shamrock Rovers Dalymount Park
1965–66 Shamrock Rovers 3–3 Bohemians Dalymount Park
Replay Shamrock Rovers 1–1 Bohemians Tolka Park
2nd Replay Shamrock Rovers 3–0 Bohemians Dalymount Park
1966–67 Dundalk 0–0 Bohemians Dalymount Park
Replay Dundalk 2–1 Bohemians Tolka Park
1967–68 Waterford 3–2 Shamrock Rovers Tolka Park
1968–69 Waterford 2–0 Shamrock Rovers Tolka Park
1969–70 Waterford 6–2 Cork Hibernians Kilcohan Park
1970–71 Waterford 3–0 Cork Hibernians Tolka Park
1971–72 Bohemians 2–1 Finn Harps Dalymount Park
1972–73 Waterford 6–2 Bohemians Tolka Park
1973–74 Cork Celtic[note 1] 0–0 Bohemians Flower Lodge



  1. ^ Cork Celtic won on penalties

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ireland - List of Top Four Cup Winners". 
  2. ^ Paul Doolan, Robert Goggins (1993). The Hoops. Gill & MacmillanLtd. ISBN 0-7171-2121-6. 
  3. ^ "Bunny Fulham (Drumcondra) Recalls Sunny Spain & Some Soccer Sorcery". Retrieved 3 October 2016.