FAI Cup

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FAI Cup
FAIFordCup.png
Founded1922
Region Republic of Ireland[1]
Number of teams40 (2012)
Current championsSt. Patricks Athletic (3 titles)
Most successful club(s)Shamrock Rovers (24 titles)
WebsiteFAI Cup
2014
 
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FAI Cup
FAIFordCup.png
Founded1922
Region Republic of Ireland[1]
Number of teams40 (2012)
Current championsSt. Patricks Athletic (3 titles)
Most successful club(s)Shamrock Rovers (24 titles)
WebsiteFAI Cup
2014

The Football Association of Ireland Senior Challenge Cup[2] (FAI Cup), known as the FAI Ford Cup 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 car manufacturer, Ford. 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 St. Patrick's Athletic, who beat Derry City in the Aviva Stadium on November 2, 2014. The game ended 2-0 to St. Pat's with Christy Fagan scoring both goals for the Saints.[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 Irish Republic 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 Final results[edit]

SeasonWinnerScoreRunner-upVenueAttendance
1922St. James's Gate1 – 1
1 – 0 (replay)
Shamrock RoversDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
15,000
10,000
1923Alton United1 – 0ShelbourneDalymount Park14,000
1924Athlone Town1 – 0FordsonsDalymount Park18,000
1925Shamrock Rovers2 – 1ShelbourneDalymount Park23,000
1926Fordsons3 – 2Shamrock RoversDalymount Park25,000
1927Drumcondra1 – 1
1 – 0 (replay)
BridevilleDalymount Park
Shelbourne Park
25,000
10,000
1928Bohemians2 – 1DrumcondraDalymount Park25,000
1929Shamrock Rovers0 – 0
3 – 0 (replay)
BohemiansDalymount Park
Shelbourne Park
22,000
15,000
1930Shamrock Rovers1 – 0BridevilleDalymount Park17,000
1931Shamrock Rovers1 – 1
1 – 0 (replay)
DundalkDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
20,000
10,000
1932Shamrock Rovers1 – 0DolphinDalymount Park32,000
1933Shamrock Rovers3 – 3
3 – 0 (replay)
DolphinDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
22,000
18,000
1934Cork2 – 1St. James's GateDalymount Park21,000
1935Bohemians4 – 3DundalkDalymount Park22,000
1936Shamrock Rovers2 – 1CorkDalymount Park30,946
1937Waterford2 – 1St. James's GateDalymount Park24,000
1938St. James's Gate2 – 1DundalkDalymount Park30,000
1939Shelbourne1 – 1
1 – 0 (replay)
Sligo RoversDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
30,000
25,000
1940Shamrock Rovers3 – 0Sligo RoversDalymount Park38,509
1941Cork United2 – 2
3 – 1 (replay)
WaterfordDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
30,132
13,057
1942Dundalk3 – 1Cork UnitedDalymount Park34,298[4]
1943Drumcondra2 – 1Cork UnitedDalymount Park30,549
1944Shamrock Rovers3 – 2ShelbourneDalymount Park34,000
1945Shamrock Rovers1 – 0BohemiansDalymount Park44,238
1946Drumcondra2 – 1Shamrock RoversDalymount Park34,248
1947Cork United2 – 2
2 – 1 (replay)
BohemiansDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
20,198
5,519
1948Shamrock Rovers2 – 1DrumcondraDalymount Park33,812
1949Dundalk3 – 0ShelbourneDalymount Park28,539
1950Transport2 – 2
2 – 2 (1st replay)
3 – 1 (2nd replay)
Cork AthleticDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park
28,807
21,123
-
1951Cork Athletic1 – 1
1 – 0 (replay)
ShelbourneDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
38,912
22,000
1952Dundalk1 – 1
3 – 0 (replay)
Cork AthleticDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
26,479
20,753
1953Cork Athletic2 – 2
2 –1 (replay)
Evergreen UnitedDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
17,396
6,000
1954Drumcondra1 – 0St. Patrick's AthleticDalymount Park20,000
1955Shamrock Rovers1 – 0DrumcondraDalymount Park33,041
1956Shamrock Rovers3 – 2Cork AthleticDalymount Park35,017
1957Drumcondra2 – 0Shamrock RoversDalymount Park30,000
1958Dundalk1 – 0Shamrock RoversDalymount Park27,000
1959St. Patrick's Athletic2 – 2
2 – 1 (replay)
WaterfordDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
22,000
22,800
1960Shelbourne2 – 0Cork HiberniansDalymount Park32,308
1961St. Patrick's Athletic2 – 1DrumcondraDalymount Park22,000
1962Shamrock Rovers4 – 1ShelbourneDalymount Park32,000
1963Shelbourne2 – 0Cork HiberniansDalymount Park15,000
1964Shamrock Rovers1 – 1
2 – 1 (replay)
Cork CelticDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
35,500
23,600
1965Shamrock Rovers1 – 1
1-0 (replay)
LimerickDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
22,000
19,436
1966Shamrock Rovers2 – 0LimerickDalymount Park26,898
1967Shamrock Rovers3 –2St. Patrick's AthleticDalymount Park12,000
1968Shamrock Rovers3 – 0WaterfordDalymount Park39,128
1969Shamrock Rovers1 – 1
4 –1 (replay)
Cork CelticDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
28,000
18,000
1970Bohemians0 – 0
0 – 0 (1st replay)
2 –1 (2nd replay)
Sligo RoversDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park
16,000
11,000
22,000
1971Limerick0 – 0
3 – 0 (replay)
DroghedaDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
16,000
15,000
1972Cork Hibernians3 – 0Waterford UnitedDalymount Park22,500
1973Cork Hibernians0 – 0
1 – 0 (replay)
ShelbourneDalymount Park
Flower Lodge
12,500
11,000
1974Finn Harps3 – 1St. Patrick's AthleticDalymount Park14,000
1975Home Farm1 – 0ShelbourneDalymount Park10,000
1976Bohemians1 – 0Drogheda UnitedDalymount Park10,400
1977Dundalk2 – 0LimerickDalymount Park17,000
1978Shamrock Rovers1 – 0Sligo RoversDalymount Park12,500
1979Dundalk2 – 0WaterfordDalymount Park14,000
1980Waterford1 – 0St. Patrick's AthleticDalymount Park18,000
1981Dundalk2 – 0Sligo RoversDalymount Park12,000
1982Limerick United1 – 0BohemiansDalymount Park12,000
1983Sligo Rovers2 – 1BohemiansDalymount Park8,500
1984UCD0 – 0
2 – 1 (replay)
Shamrock RoversDalymount Park
Tolka Park
8,000
6,500
1985Shamrock Rovers1 – 0Galway UnitedDalymount Park7,000
1986Shamrock Rovers2 – 0Waterford UnitedDalymount Park11,500
1987Shamrock Rovers3 – 0DundalkDalymount Park8,569
1988Dundalk1 – 0Derry CityDalymount Park22,000
1989Derry City0 – 0
1 – 0 (replay)
Cork CityDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
20,000
12,000
1990Bray Wanderers3 – 0St. FrancisLansdowne Road29,000
1991Galway United1 – 0Shamrock RoversLansdowne Road15,257
1992Bohemians1 – 0Cork CityLansdowne Road17,000
1993Shelbourne1 – 0DundalkLansdowne Road11,000
1994Sligo Rovers1 – 0Derry CityLansdowne Road13,800
1995Derry City2 – 1ShelbourneLansdowne Road15,000
1996Shelbourne1 – 1
2 – 1 (replay)
St. Patrick's AthleticLansdowne Road
Dalymount Park
15,000
10,000
1997Shelbourne2 – 0Derry CityDalymount Park10,000
1998Cork City0 – 0
1 – 0 (replay)
ShelbourneDalymount Park
Dalymount Park
-
-
1999Bray Wanderers0 – 0
2 – 2 (1st replay)
2 – 1 (2nd replay)
Finn HarpsTolka Park
Tolka Park
Tolka Park
8,000
-
5,000
2000Shelbourne0 – 0
1 –0 (replay)
BohemiansTolka Park
Dalymount Park
9,000
9,000
2001Bohemians1 – 0Longford TownTolka Park10,100
2002Dundalk2 – 1BohemiansTolka Park10,100
2002 (Interim Season)Derry City1 – 0Shamrock RoversTolka Park10,100
2003Longford Town2 – 0St. Patrick's AthleticLansdowne Road12,000
2004Longford Town2 – 1Waterford UnitedLansdowne Road9,676
2005Drogheda United2 – 0Cork CityLansdowne Road24,521
2006Derry City4 – 3 (aet)St. Patrick's AthleticLansdowne Road16,022
2007Cork City1 – 0Longford TownRDS10,000
2008Bohemians2 – 2 (aet) (Penalties: 4 – 2)Derry CityRDS10,281
2009Sporting Fingal2 – 1Sligo RoversTallaght Stadium8,105
2010Sligo Rovers0 – 0 (aet) (Penalties: 2 – 0)Shamrock RoversAviva Stadium36,101
2011Sligo Rovers1 – 1 (aet) (Penalties: 4 – 1)ShelbourneAviva Stadium21,662
2012Derry City3 – 2 (aet)St. Patrick's AthleticAviva Stadium16,117
2013Sligo Rovers3 – 2Drogheda UnitedAviva Stadium17,573
2014St. Patrick's Athletic2 – 0Derry CityAviva Stadium17,038

Performance By Club[edit]

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning Years
Shamrock Rovers2491925, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987
Dundalk951942, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1988, 2002
Shelbourne7111939, 1960, 1963, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000
Bohemians771928, 1935, 1970, 1976, 1992, 2001, 2008
Sligo Rovers561983, 1994, 2010, 2011, 2013
Derry City[1]551989, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2012
Drumcondra541927, 1943, 1946, 1954, 1957
Cork Athletic[2]451941, 1947, 1951, 1953
St. Patrick's Athletic381959, 1961, 2014
Waterford United[3]271937, 1980
Cork City231998, 2007
Limerick[4]231971, 1982
Cork Hibernians221972, 1973
Longford Town222003, 2004
St. James's Gate221922, 1938
Bray Wanderers2-1990, 1999
Drogheda United [5]122005
Cork111934
Finn Harps111974
Fordsons111926
Galway United111991
Alton United1-1923
Athlone Town1-1924
Home Farm1-1975
Sporting Fingal1-2009
Transport1-1950
UCD AFC1-1984
Brideville-2-
Cork Celtic-2-
Dolphin-2-
Evergreen United-1-
St. Francis-1-

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