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Drogheda United
Drogheda United FC.svg
Full nameDrogheda United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Drogs, Claret and Blue Army, Super Drogs, United
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919) (as Drogheda United)[1]
GroundHead In The Game Park, Drogheda, County Louth
Capacity3,500
OwnerDrogheda United FC Limited (supporters)
ChairpersonJoanna Byrne (interim)
ManagerKevin Doherty
LeagueLeague of Ireland Premier Division
20228th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Drogheda United Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Dhroichead Átha Aontaithe) is a semi-professional Irish association football club based in Drogheda, County Louth playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division. They play their home matches at Head In The Game Park.

The current club is the amalgamation of two former clubs in the town: Drogheda United, a non-league club founded in 1919; and Drogheda F.C., founded in 1962. The clubs merged their operations to form the current club in 1975 and have achieved success since 2005 by winning two Setanta Sports Cups, an FAI Cup, a League Cup, and their first league title, the 2007 League of Ireland Premier Division.

Since 2021, the club has competed in the League of Ireland Premier Division, having been automatically promoted as winners of the 2020 League of Ireland First Division.

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Drogheda

Drogheda

Drogheda is an industrial and port town in County Louth on the east coast of Ireland, 56 km (35 mi) north of Dublin. It is located on the Dublin–Belfast corridor on the east coast of Ireland, mostly in County Louth but with the south fringes of the town in County Meath, 49 km (30 mi) north of Dublin. Drogheda has a population of approximately 41,000 inhabitants (2016), making it the eleventh largest settlement by population in all of Ireland, and the largest town in the country by both population and area. It is the last bridging point on the River Boyne before it enters the Irish Sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange is located 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the town.

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League of Ireland Premier Division

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Setanta Sports Cup

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2020 League of Ireland First Division

The 2020 League of Ireland First Division season was the 36th season of the League of Ireland First Division. The league began on 21 February 2020 and concluded on 27 October 2020. Drogheda United won the league title for a record 5th time, winning promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division for 2021. The Coronavirus pandemic in Ireland halted the season in mid-March as per directive of the Irish Government and the Football Association of Ireland. On 13 July 2020, the league announced the season restart with a reduced fixture list of two rounds only and the play-off series as announced pre-season.

History

1919–1975: Early years

Founded in 1919 the original Drogheda United were a non-league club for all of their early years of existence but on Saturday 22 June 1963 another Drogheda Club – Drogheda F.C. (founded in 1962) were elected to the League of Ireland when the league was expanded to include twelve teams rather than ten. In their first season there they finished tenth and also in each of the next three seasons finished in the bottom three. In the 1967–68 season they achieved a respectable fifth-place finish and the following season finished in sixth place. When the league expanded to include fourteen teams the club dropped down the table again finishing in the bottom five in each of the next six seasons and also recording their heaviest league defeat 8–1 to Cork Hibernians in the 1970–71 season. They did, however, get to FAI Cup final that season where they were beaten 3–0 by Limerick in a replay after the first match ended 00..

1975–2003

In 1975 Drogheda F.C. amalgamated with Drogheda United to form Drogheda United F.C. and the 1975–76 season saw an improvement in fortunes on the field as they finished sixth in the league and they also reached the FAI Cup Final for the second time, this time losing 1–0 to Bohemians. For the next three seasons, quite the opposite at what had happened before, they finished in third place. During these seasons Drogheda United also achieved two club records – their biggest league victory (7–1 v Finn Harps) and Cathal Muckian scoring 21 league goals in a season. The club then endured another tough spell in the league finishing in the bottom half for the next five seasons bar the 1982–83 season when they managed to achieve their second highest ever league placing of second-place (they later won the league in 2007) finishing sixteen points behind Athlone Town. They did win their first ever trophy during these seasons also, the League of Ireland Cup in the 1983–84 season.

The 1984–85 season saw the introduction of the League of Ireland First Division to begin the following season with Drogheda United among the four clubs who were relegated from the Premier Division but in this season also Drogheda United entered European Competition for the first time where they were destroyed against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Cup First Round 14–0 on aggregate. They remained in the First Division until the 1988–89 season when they went up as First Division Champions. Their joy was short-lived, however, as the following season they were relegated although this time they achieved promotion at the first time of asking. In the next two seasons Drogheda battled bravely against relegation surviving by one point and on goal difference in the respective seasons. However, they were relegated for the third time in the 1993–94 season.

Drogheda United were very much becoming a yo-yo club, swapping divisions every season between the 1993–94 and 2000–01 seasons when in 2000–01 they finished a disappointing ninth in the ten-team First Division. In 2002–03 they were promoted to the Premier Division under Harry McCue and were there until the 2016 season, as they got relegated in 2015, coming in twelfth place.

2003–2008: Paul Doolin

In 2003, McCue was sacked as manager of Drogheda United. Paul Doolin took over and upped the standard of training and fitness levels. However, he found that to compete with the big clubs like Bohemians and Shelbourne he would need a professional squad. In 2004, he made the squad fully professional and gave part-time players the option to turn professional or leave the club. The change to full-time saw the club's fortunes drastically improve. They won their first FAI Cup in 2005, beating Cork City in the final and won back-to-back Setanta Cups in 2006 and 2007.

They also qualified for the UEFA Cup for the 2006–07 season thanks to their 2005 FAI Cup success. This time they fared better than in their first foray into Europe as they defeated HJK Helsinki 4–2 on aggregate in the First Qualifying Round and were just eliminated 11–10 in an epic penalty shoot-out in the next round against IK Start of Norway. They were also in the UEFA Cup Qualifying stages for the 2007–08 campaign, losing to Helsingborgs IF in the second round.

United finally won the League of Ireland for the first time in 2007, beating Cork City 2–1 at United Park with three games to go. Guy Bates scored the winning goal for Drogheda that day, shooting himself into Drogs folklore. Drogheda were dominant in the league, only losing three games and winning the title by seven points.

The league win meant that Drogheda would be playing in the Champions League Qualifiers for the first time in their history in the 2008–09 season. They succeeded in their first qualifier against Levadia Tallinn, beating them 3–1 on aggregate. They played the Second Qualifying Round against Dynamo Kyiv which, they ended up losing 4–3 on aggregate. In the first a late goal for Kyiv secured a 2–1 victory at Dalymount Park. In the second game, an early Kyiv goal after 13 minutes seemed to have finished the tie, but remarkably, on 41 minutes, Drogheda were awarded a penalty. Shane Robinson stepped up and slotted home the spot-kick. Drogheda then worked tirelessly trying to get the second goal, but they gave away a penalty on 72 minutes, which was converted. 2–1 down, it seemed the tie was over now. Amazingly however, Graham Gartland scored an 88th-minute goal to make it 2–2. Adam Hughes got a further chance when he had an open goal, but miskicked the ball and it flew over the bar. Then, Shane Robinson hit a shot from a tight angle which hit the post. Despite Drogheda's late rally, they were knocked out by Dynamo Kyiv.

2008 (Examinership)

Darragh Hanaphy in action for Drogheda United, April 2011
Darragh Hanaphy in action for Drogheda United, April 2011

In October 2008 Drogheda went into examinership, like Cork City, after failing to pay back a €500,000 loan to the Revenue Commissioners and €10,000 rent to Bohemians for their use of Dalymount Park in their Champions League Qualifiers.[2] Their plans for a new €35m stadium fell through and in November 2008 they were deducted 10 points.[3] After successfully raising money through various fund raisers arranged by the supporters, the club escaped extinction on 30 January 2009 when a judge ruled in Drogheda's favour, to the delight of the teary eyed chairman Vincent Hoey.[4]

2009–2011

In the 2009 season Drogheda got off to a difficult start. Due to bankruptcy, the club went part-time and lost their entire league-winning squad, and manager, Paul Doolin, who took over Cork City. Former Cork and Longford boss Alan Mathews took over.[5] Mathews had to sign a side of semi-pros and free agents. Drogheda were in the bottom half of the table for the whole season, despite some shock wins. On 10 November 2009 they beat Bray Wanderers 2–0 in a relegation play-off.

The 2010 season was disastrous on and off the pitch. Drogheda started terribly and after a 6–0 loss at the hands of Sligo Rovers on 15 May, Alan Mathews quit his managerial post. The club appointed youth team coach and Drogheda native Darius Kierans as manager even though he had yet to complete his Europa A licence which is an FAI requirement for league managers. After much objection from the FAI, Kierans became Director of Football and the club appointed Paul Lumsden as Interim Manager.[6] Lumsden took the team for only one game before resigning.[7][8] Brian Donnelly was then appointed as the second Interim Manager of the season but he too resigned in September.[9] On 27 September, the club announced the imminent arrival as manager of another former player – Bobby Browne.[10] Despite finishing rock-bottom of the table with only four wins and nine draws (a total of 21 points) in 2010 and being relegated, Drogheda United were reprieved after the extinction of Sporting Fingal in February 2011.[11]

2011–2013: Mick Cooke

Mick Cooke, manager of Monaghan took over as manager on 27 February 2011, becoming the sixth Drogheda manager in nine months.[12] Cooke appointed former Drogs goalkeeper, Robbie Horgan as his assistant, and inherited the players who had been signed by Bobby Browne to play in the First Division so hopes weren't high. After an awful start, Drogheda beat local rivals Dundalk 2–1 in Oriel Park. The win turned their season around and despite operating on the lowest playing budget in the league, Drogheda managed to avoid relegation. Shortly after, Cooke put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the club.

In 2012, Cooke and Horgan set about building on the foundations of the previous season. Cooke finally had his own team of players and despite having less than a tenth of the budget that the club had in the glory days under Paul Doolin, Drogheda have had their best season by far since then. Between 1 June and 4 August, Drogheda went on an eight-game winning run in the league and cup – the longest winning run in the club's history. On 23 September 2012, Drogheda won the final of the EA Sports Cup beating Shamrock Rovers 3–1[13] – their first trophy since 2007. The icing on the cake came on 19 October when Drogheda beat the newly crowned 2012 League Champions Sligo Rovers 2–1 at United Park through a first half Alan McNally header and 88th minute Brian Gannon chip to qualify for the Europa League.

In 2013, Drogheda reached three finals and despite failing to add to their silverware, reflected the club's rise under Cooke. They were beaten 7–1 in the Setanta Cup final by Shamrock Rovers and 2–0 in the League Cup final by the same opponent. They also reached their first FAI Cup final since winning the competition in 2005, narrowly losing out on a 3-2 thriller against Sligo Rovers. In the Europa League qualifying rounds that season, the club were drawn against Swedish giants Malmö and only lost by a single goal over two legs after a battling performance. Despite this success, Mick Cooke left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season.

2015–2020: First Division

In November 2015 Drogheda appointed former UCD manager Pete Mahon as manager of the club. John Gill took over as assistant manager with Mark Kinsella ex Irish international remaining part of the coaching staff.[14]

In 2015, Drogheda were relegated after finishing bottom of the league. The following season they finished second in the First Division, achieving promotion through the play-offs, before being relegated again after another 12th-place finish in 2017. In 2018, Tim Clancy was appointed as manager after the departure of Mahon.

Clancy's first season in charge of the Drogs saw them finish in 4th place, after a rebuild of the squad who were relegated in 2017. It was enough for a place in the playoffs, but despite beating Shelbourne on penalties after 2 legs, Drogheda failed to beat Finn Harps on aggregate, meaning they would remain in the second tier.[15] Harps would go on to win promotion after defeating Limerick 3–0 on aggregate.

2019 was a bittersweet year for Drogheda. They managed to maintain a close title race with Shelbourne up until the penultimate game of the season, when the Reds beat them 3–1 on home soil to secure the title.[16] A second-place finish granted them a playoff spot yet again, and after a 6-2 aggregate win over Cabinteely,[17] they reached the playoff final, meeting Finn Harps for the second year running. Unfortunately for the Drogs, a late winner from Chris Lyons at United Park[18] was not enough, as they shipped 2 goals in the second leg in Ballybofey, condemning them to playoff heartbreak once again.[19] On 30 October, the club and wider Drogheda community was rocked by the passing of a legendary figure, Vincent Hoey, fondly remembered as "Mr. Drogheda United", former chairman and the man responsible for keeping the club afloat through their years of administration[20][21]

Drogheda were pipped as favourites to go all the way in the 2020 season, as Tim Clancy strengthened his team with the additions of former captain Derek Prendergast,[22] as well as Brandon Bermingham, Hugh Douglas and David Odumosu. United opened their season with a 2–0 away win at Cobh Ramblers on 22 February, followed by a 1–0 home loss to Longford Town F.C. 6 days later. They hammered relegated side UCD 5–1 at home on 6 March,[23] and sat top of the table with 6 points when the league was suspended as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic on 12 March.[24] A break of over 3 months would follow, and they finally returned to action with a 2–2 draw to Shamrock Rovers II on 2 August, without spectators.[25] The Drogs only lost 3 games between the months of August and November, and their title race with Bray Wanderers went down to the final day, when they travelled to the Stradbrook to face Cabinteely on 27 October. At the beginning of the evening, Drogheda were 1 point behind their Wicklow counterparts, but a 2–0 win courtesy of goals from James Brown and Luke Heeney meant they would lift the trophy on a historic night which granted them a place in the 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division.[26]

2021-present: Back in the Premier Division

There was little expectation on the newly promoted Drogs team as the 2021 season approached, but this changed when Tim Clancy began his recruitment. The young coach managed to attract the experienced heads of Gary Deegan,[27] Dane Massey,[28] Dinny Corcoran[29] and Ronan Murray,[30] all veterans of the league. Darragh Markey[31] and Daniel O'Reilly[32] also added to an already very youthful and talented group of players. The season was opened on 19 March when Drogheda beat Waterford 1–0 at home.[33] A 4–0 away win against rivals Longford Town on 10 April[34] turned heads the way of the County Louth side, but they had to wait a bit longer for their next 3 points of the campaign, a 7-0 thumping of Waterford's reserve side at the RSC on 8 May.[35] This was followed by a 4-game winning run, including a 3–1 win over Saint Patrick's Athletic on 14 May, a 1–0 away victory at Finn Harps,[36] and a 4–1 home win against Longford.[37] Another impressive performance came when Drogheda won 2–1 against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on 12 June, Chris Lyons scoring a brace.[38] Their surprise victories meant the newly promoted side were pushing for European places deep into the season, when many expected them to be in a relegation dogfight. On 20 August, Drogheda pulled off a historic victory over their rivals Dundalk at Oriel Park, the first time they had done so for 9 years, courtesy of a Mark Doyle brace.[39] Just over 2 weeks later, they defeated Bohemians at Head In The Game Park.[40] Their last win of the season came against high fliers Derry City on 24 October.[41] Unfortunately for the Drogs, they finished the season with 3 losses in a row, but it didn't manage to take away from their impressive season, finishing 7th with a respectable 44 points, and making sure of a Premier Division place for 2022

Drogheda's impressive 2021 campaign meant their squad was practically torn apart by the bigger clubs in the pre season of 2022. Their manager, Tim Clancy, was signed by St Patrick's Athletic. Shelbourne legend Kevin Doherty, who had been assistant manager to Clancy since 2018, assumed the role of first team manager, and former Longford Town coach Daire Doyle joined his management team.[42] Key players such as Conor Kane,[43] David Odumosu[44] and Mark Doyle[45] were all signed by other teams in Ireland, while James Brown[46] and Killian Phillips[47] earned moves to England, and Daniel O'Reilly[48] to Scotland. Doherty had a big job on his hands to paper the cracks left in his team, but did well to hang on to a number of key players, as well as recruiting players such as Ryan Brennan,[49] Dean Williams,[50] Adam Foley,[51] Sean Roughan and Sam Long.[52] Drogheda grabbed their first win of the season on 4 March, beating UCD 4–2 at home.[53] On 18 March, Drogheda beat their Louth rivals Dundalk for the 3rd time in 4 games. On 20 May, 10 man Drogheda came back from a 1–0 deficit to beat Finn Harps at home, with 3 goals in the final 20 minutes.[54] They followed this up with a historic home victory over league champions Shamrock Rovers 3 days later,[55] and a 1–1 draw at Dalymount Park against Bohemians on 27 May.[56] On 9 July, Dean Williams scored one of the fastest goals in League of Ireland history, when his 1st-minute strike gave Drogheda their second derby win of the season at home to Dundalk.[57] As of 15 July, Drogheda currently sit at 8th on the league table, with 25 points out of 23 games

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Cathal Muckian

Cathal Muckian

Cathal Muckian, a native of Dundalk, County Louth; had a career in League of Ireland football during the 1970s and early 80s. Muckian played for five clubs, notably Drogheda United and Dundalk FC. In 1978, he was called into the Republic of Ireland national team by John Giles for an international friendly against Poland and won his first and only full international cap.

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The Claret & Blue Club

In response to the economic difficulties facing the country, a group of supporters established The Claret & Blue Club in June 2009 with the aim of providing a steady income stream to Drogheda United FC. Supporters who join the Claret & Blue Club donate at least €5 per week to the club, and in return, they receive a membership card entitling them to discounts of up to 10% in a range of local businesses, including restaurants, tile shops, shoe shops and many more. Each member is also entered in a monthly prize draw, with a top prize every month of a sun holiday courtesy of Panorama Holidays. Other prizes include hotel vouchers, tickets to Irish World Cup qualifier games, betting vouchers etc. Publicity on the Derek Mooney Show on RTÉ Radio one and full-page ads in the Drogheda Independent and Drogheda People resulted in a surge of membership, and after only four weeks of existence, the Claret & Blue Club was in a position to bring in over €35,000 to the club annually, with membership figures rising daily. It was hoped that the Claret & Blue Club will take full ownership of the club in 2010 and run the club similar to the way Shamrock Rovers is run by the Shamrock Rovers Members Club. However the target of 500 members was not reached and membership levels settled at just over half that target.

Share Issue

In January 2011, a Claret and Blue Club steering committee announced new plans for a share issue. It was hoped that 200 shares would be sold at €1000 each and that this new revenue would provide stability for 2011–12 and allow the club to finally become a supporter-owned community club.[58] In early 2012 Drogheda United became a member's owned and run club when a new company Drogheda Utd FC Limited was formed consisting of members who paid €1,000 each into the company.

Emblem

Drogheda coat of arms.
Drogheda coat of arms.

The crest of Drogheda United is an adaptation of the town arms of Drogheda, which feature the heraldic symbols of a star and crescent over a shield depicting St. Lawrence's Gate, three lions and a ship. The three lions passant – as Drogheda lay within the Pale and was a besieged garrison town – and the ship represents the town's port.[59]

The club crest focuses on the star and crescent element of the town arms of Drogheda, and are in honor of the Ottoman assistance to Ireland during the Great Famine as the Ottomans docked their ships in Drogheda harbor.

They share the same club colours as Trabzonspor, in Turkey – and in 2011 the two sides became sister clubs.[60][61]

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Turkey, officially the Republic of Türkiye, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in Western Asia, with a small portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It shares borders with the Black Sea to the north; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Iraq to the southeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Cyprus is located off the south coast. Turks form the vast majority of the nation's population and Kurds are the largest minority. Ankara is Turkey's capital, while Istanbul is its largest city and financial centre.

Supporters and rivalries

Drogs is a nickname for supporters of the club. When the name Drogs started to appear in two newspapers in the late 1990s, The Sun and the Drogheda Leader, the club wrote to the Drogheda Leader Newspaper demanding that the name not be used adding that it was not used in the stadium by the fans. The newspaper argued that it had not invented the name and that the fans in the shed side of the stadium often sing a song called Super Drogs. The club considered the name was degrading and was purely a Drogheda Leader nickname not used by the supporters. In recent years the club officially embraced the nickname.

The most vocal supporters stand on "the shed side" of United Park. Many Drogs attend every home match while a smaller group travel around the country to support the team at away matches. They sing football/Drogheda United chants, wear club colours (claret and blue), wave banners and flags and generally try to help lift the team and demonstrate fervent support. One section of their supporters are known as 'F45U' (Famous 45 Ultras.)

Drogheda United Supporters Club (DUSC) was formed more than two years ago. Its main aim is to promote Drogheda United F.C. throughout the community. The supporters club works hand-in-hand with the football club in various ways including contributing to the match day programme, organising fund raising nights like quizzes and race nights and by organising buses to away matches.[62]

Drogheda United's main rivalry is with their neighbour club Dundalk FC, with whom they contest the Louth Derby. The club's home grounds lie no more than 35 km apart, and fans regularly travel in their numbers to witness the encounter. Fans of the respective clubs despise each other and it makes for one of the biggest rivalries in the country. Since 2010, Dundalk have had the better share of results, but since Drogheda's promotion from the First Division in 2020, it has been quite an even encounter, with 5 wins for Dundalk and 4 wins for Drogheda.

Drogheda have also developed a smaller rivalry with their second nearest club, Shelbourne, due to both teams regularly competing in close proximity to each other on the league table.

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United Park

United Park

Head In The Game Park, also known as United Park, and formerly O2 Park and Hunky Dorys Park for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Drogheda, Ireland. The ground has been home to League of Ireland side Drogheda United since 1979. It was officially opened on 12 August 1979 with a friendly against Queens Park Rangers F.C.

Ultras

Ultras

Ultras are a type of association football fans who are renowned for their fanatical support. The term originated in Italy, but is used worldwide to describe predominantly organised fans of association football teams. The behavioural tendency of ultras groups includes their use of flares, vocal support in large groups and the displaying of banners at football stadiums, all of which are designed to create an atmosphere which encourages their own team and intimidates the opposing players and their supporters. The frequent use of elaborate displays in stadiums is also common.

Dundalk F.C.

Dundalk F.C.

Dundalk Football Club is a professional association football club that competes in the League of Ireland Premier Division, the top tier of football in the Republic of Ireland. The club is based in Dundalk and its home ground is Oriel Park. The club crest is three martlets on a shield, which was adopted from the town's old coat of arms, and the team colours are white shirts and black shorts.

Louth Derby

Louth Derby

The Louth Derby is the name of the association football match played between Drogheda United and Dundalk FC. Outside of Cork and Dublin, Louth is the only county in Ireland that boasts two elite football teams in the League of Ireland. Despite both clubs being formed in 1903 and 1919 respectively, the derby only commenced in 1963, when Drogheda entered the league, and has been contested 159 times. Drogheda have won 44 matches, Dundalk have won 83, and the remaining 32 have been draws.

Shelbourne F.C.

Shelbourne F.C.

Shelbourne Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Drumcondra, Dublin, who play in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Honours

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2007 League of Ireland Premier Division

2007 League of Ireland Premier Division

The 2007 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 23rd season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Drogheda United were champions for the first time while St Patrick's Athletic finished as runners-up.

2012 League of Ireland Premier Division

2012 League of Ireland Premier Division

The 2012 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 28th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division featured 12 teams. Sligo Rovers were champions, winning their first top league title since 1976–77. Drogheda United finished as runners-up.

1988–89 League of Ireland First Division

1988–89 League of Ireland First Division

The 1988–89 League of Ireland First Division season was the fourth season of the League of Ireland First Division.

1990–91 League of Ireland First Division

1990–91 League of Ireland First Division

The 1990–91 League of Ireland First Division season was the sixth season of the League of Ireland First Division.

1998–99 League of Ireland First Division

1998–99 League of Ireland First Division

The 1998–99 League of Ireland First Division season was the 14th season of the League of Ireland First Division.

2001–02 League of Ireland First Division

2001–02 League of Ireland First Division

The 2001–02 League of Ireland First Division season was the 17th season of the League of Ireland First Division.

2005 FAI Cup

2005 FAI Cup

The FAI Cup 2005 was the 85th staging of The Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup or FAI Cup. It officially kicked off in late April, when twenty clubs from the junior and intermediate leagues battled it out for the chance to face League of Ireland opposition in the second round. The ten winners of those ties were joined in the second round by the 22 eircom League of Ireland clubs. The competition ran until early December, with the final taking place on Sunday, December 4.

2013 FAI Cup

2013 FAI Cup

The 2013 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2013 FAI Ford Senior Cup, was the 93rd season of the national football competition of the Republic of Ireland. The winners of the competition earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League.

2012 League of Ireland Cup

2012 League of Ireland Cup

The 2012 League of Ireland Cup, also known as the 2012 EA Sports Cup, is the 39th season of the Irish football knockout competition.

2013 League of Ireland Cup

2013 League of Ireland Cup

The 2013 League of Ireland Cup, also known as the 2013 EA Sports Cup, is the 40th season of the Irish football knockout competition.

2006 Setanta Sports Cup

2006 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2006 Setanta Sports Cup was the 2nd staging of the cross-border cup competition that takes place between football clubs from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The final was played at Tolka Park in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 22 April 2006, where Drogheda United beat Cork City to win the competition for the first time.

2007 Setanta Sports Cup

2007 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2007 Setanta Sports Cup was the 3rd staging of the cross-border cup competition that takes place between football clubs from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The final was played at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 12 May 2007, and was won by Drogheda United with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Linfield when the scores were level at 1–1 after extra time. Drogheda won the trophy for the second successive year.

European record

Overview

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League
4
2
1
1
6
5
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
10
3
3
4
10
24
TOTAL
14
5
4
5
16
29

Matches

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R England Tottenham Hotspur 0–6 0–8 0–14
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1QR Finland HJK 3–1 (a.e.t.) 1–1 4–2
2QR Norway Start 1–0 0–1 1–1 (10–11 p)
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1QR San Marino Libertas 1–1 3–0 4–1
2QR Sweden Helsingborgs 1–1 0–3 1–4
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1QR Estonia Levadia Tallinn 2–1 1–0 3–1
2QR Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 2–2 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1QR Sweden Malmö 0–0 0–2 0–2

Statistics

Graham Gartland has the most appearances for the club in European competitions having appeared a record 12 (twelve) times in Drogheda's colours in UEFA competitions. He also is tied with Eamon Zayed, on 3 (three) goals, as Drogheda United's leading goalscorer(s) in UEFA competitions.[63]

Finnish international Markus Halsti has played against Drogheda in four matches, lining out with both HJK and Malmö.

Also worth noting is that another former Drogheda player Gary Rogers holds the record for most appearances in European competition for an Irish domestic player (54).[64]

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UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format, and a single leg final. It is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions of their national associations.

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa League, formerly the UEFA Cup, is an annual football club competition organised since 1971 by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for eligible European football clubs. It is the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League and above the UEFA Europa Conference League. The UEFA Cup was the third-tier competition from 1971 to 1999 before the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued, and it is still often referred to as the “C3” in reference of this. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

1983–84 UEFA Cup

1983–84 UEFA Cup

The 1983–84 UEFA Cup was the 13th season of the UEFA Cup, the third-tier club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It was won by English club Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Belgian side Anderlecht on penalties, after the final finished 2–2 on aggregate.

England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea lies northwest and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. It is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club based in Tottenham, London, England. It competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. The team has played its home matches in the 62,850-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since April 2019, replacing their former home of White Hart Lane, which had been demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site.

2006–07 UEFA Cup

2006–07 UEFA Cup

The 2006–07 UEFA Cup was the 36th UEFA Cup, Europe's second-tier club football tournament. On 16 May 2007, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Sevilla won their second consecutive UEFA Cup, defeating Espanyol 3–1 on penalties after the match finished 2–2 after extra time. Sevilla became the first side to win the competition two years in a row since Real Madrid achieved this feat in 1985 and 1986.

Finland

Finland

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi) with a population of 5.6 million. Helsinki is the capital and largest city, forming a larger metropolitan area with the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa. The vast majority of the population are ethnic Finns. Finnish, alongside Swedish, are the official languages. Swedish is the native language of 5.2% of the population. Finland's climate varies from humid continental in the south to the boreal in the north. The land cover is primarily a boreal forest biome, with more than 180,000 recorded lakes.

Overtime (sports)

Overtime (sports)

Overtime or extra time is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport to bring a game to a decision and avoid declaring the match a tie or draw where the scores are the same. In some sports, this extra period is played only if the game is required to have a clear winner, as in single-elimination tournaments where only one team or players can advance to the next round or win the tournament.

Norway

Norway

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe, the mainland territory of which comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard also form part of Norway. Bouvet Island, located in the Subantarctic, is a dependency of Norway; it also lays claims to the Antarctic territories of Peter I Island and Queen Maud Land. The capital and largest city in Norway is Oslo.

IK Start

IK Start

Idrettsklubben Start is a Norwegian football club from the city of Kristiansand that currently plays in the 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The club's current head coach is Sindre Tjelmeland. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and socks at home, and black jerseys, yellow shorts and socks away.

Penalty shoot-out (association football)

Penalty shoot-out (association football)

A penalty shoot-out is a tie-breaking method to determine which team is awarded victory in an association football match that cannot end in a draw, when the score is tied after the normal time as well as extra time have expired. In a penalty shoot-out, each team takes turns shooting at goal from the penalty mark, with the goal defended only by the opposing team's goalkeeper. Each team has five shots which must be taken by different kickers; the team that makes more successful kicks is declared the victor. Shoot-outs finish as soon as one team has an insurmountable lead. If scores are level after five pairs of shots, the shootout progresses into additional "sudden-death" rounds. Balls successfully kicked into the goal during a shoot-out do not count as goals for the individual kickers or the team, and are tallied separately from the goals scored during normal play. Although the procedure for each individual kick in the shoot-out resembles that of a penalty kick, there are some differences. Most notably, neither the kicker nor any player other than the goalkeeper may play the ball again once it has been kicked.

2007–08 UEFA Cup

2007–08 UEFA Cup

The 2007–08 UEFA Cup was the 37th edition of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second-tier club football tournament. The final was played at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England on 14 May 2008 between Rangers of Scotland and Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia. Zenit won the match 2–0, with goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyryanov, to claim their first UEFA Cup title. The first qualifying games were played on 19 July 2007 and the main tournament commenced on 20 September 2007. A total of 123 football clubs took part in the tournament.

Records

Most League goals

(Players in bold still playing for Drogheda)

(Last update: 17 October 2022, 15.17 UTC)

# Name Career Goals
1 Republic of Ireland Declan O'Brien 2002–08, 2012–14 88
2 Republic of Ireland Gel Martin 1972–86, 1987–89 52
3 Republic of Ireland Mark Doyle 2016–21 47
Republic of Ireland Damien Byrne 1974–83 47
5 Republic of Ireland Jerome Clarke 1968–80 45
6 Republic of Ireland Cathal Muckian 1972–78 40
7 Republic of Ireland Chris Lyons 2018– 39
8 Republic of Ireland Andrew Myler 2002–04 33
9 Republic of Ireland Paddy Dillon 198?–86 30
10 Republic of Ireland Barry O'Connor 1992–96 29
11 Republic of Ireland Denis Stephens 1973–77 27

Other records

Most points in a season 68: 2007
Largest league win 8–1: vs Wexford, 16 March 2018
Heaviest league defeat 1–8: vs Cork Hibernians, 30 January 1972
Highest Goalscorer Declan O'Brien: 108, 2002–08, 2012–14
Most League goals Declan O'Brien: 88, 2002–08, 2012–14
Most goals in a season Cathal Muckian: 21, 1977–78

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Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe consisting of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, on the eastern side of the island. Around 2.1 million of the country's population of 5.13 million people resides in the Greater Dublin Area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann; an upper house, Seanad Éireann; and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Declan O'Brien (footballer)

Declan O'Brien (footballer)

Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a striker. He is Drogheda United's top goalscorer of all time.

Mark Doyle (footballer)

Mark Doyle (footballer)

Mark Doyle is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a winger or striker for League of Ireland Premier Division club St Patrick's Athletic, having previously spent six seasons at Drogheda United, where he started his career.

Damien Byrne

Damien Byrne

Damien Byrne is an Irish former professional football player. In a career spanning 20 seasons, Byrne won player of the year awards in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the only man to do so. He started his career as a forward but midway through his career switched to centre back.

Jerome Clarke

Jerome Clarke

Jerome Clarke is an Irish former footballer.

Cathal Muckian

Cathal Muckian

Cathal Muckian, a native of Dundalk, County Louth; had a career in League of Ireland football during the 1970s and early 80s. Muckian played for five clubs, notably Drogheda United and Dundalk FC. In 1978, he was called into the Republic of Ireland national team by John Giles for an international friendly against Poland and won his first and only full international cap.

Andrew Myler

Andrew Myler

Andrew "Andy" Myler is a former League of Ireland footballer, and current manager of UCD AFC

Wexford F.C.

Wexford F.C.

Wexford Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Crossabeg, County Wexford. They compete in the League of Ireland First Division. The club joined the league after being awarded a First Division licence for the 2007 League of Ireland season. The opportunity to join the League of Ireland arose as Dublin City became bankrupt before the end of the 2006 season, leaving an uneven number of clubs. The 2007 season coincided with the takeover of the running of the league by the FAI and all existing clubs had to apply for entry into what was effectively a new league. Limerick was the only existing club refused a licence and so Wexford Youths and Limerick 37 were admitted to the new league. The club alternate their colours between plain black and pink and black. The club rebranded for the start of the 2017 season by dropping the 'Youths' from their title and changing the club crest.

Cork Hibernians F.C.

Cork Hibernians F.C.

Cork Hibernians F.C. were an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1957 and 1976 and, from 1962, played their home games at Flower Lodge. In 1971, they were League of Ireland champions.

Players

First-team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Colin McCabe
3 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Evan Weir
5 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Keith Cowan
7 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Darragh Markey
8 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Gary Deegan
10 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Dylan Grimes
11 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Adam Foley
12 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Aaron Davis
14 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Dane Massey (captain)
15 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Mohammed Boudiaf
16 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Dayle Rooney
17 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Dean Williams
19 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Ryan Brennan
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF Turkey TUR Emre Topçu
21 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Luke Heeney
22 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Jack Supple
23 FW Australia AUS Stevan Stanic-Floody
25 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Dylan Molloy
26 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Georgie Poynton
27 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Callum Ralph
28 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Darragh Noone
29 FW Nigeria NGA Victor Arong
35 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Lee Steacy
41 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Fiachra Pagel

Notable players

Republic of Ireland internationals
League of Ireland XI representatives
Republic of Ireland B internationals
Republic of Ireland U23 internationals
Republic of Ireland U21 internationals
Republic of Ireland futsal internationals
Other internationals
Notable academy graduates

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FIFA eligibility rules

FIFA eligibility rules

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goalkeeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Football Association of Ireland

Football Association of Ireland

The Football Association of Ireland is the governing body for association football in the Republic of Ireland.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Darragh Markey

Darragh Markey

Darragh Markey is an Irish professional footballer playing for League of Ireland Premier Division club, Drogheda United, having previously spent six seasons with St Patrick's Athletic, the club he started his professional career with.

Gary Deegan

Gary Deegan

Gary Richard Deegan is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League of Ireland Premier Division club Drogheda United. Beginning his career in his native Ireland, he played in the Scottish Premiership for Hibernian and various clubs in all three divisions of the English Football League.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forward are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

Personnel

Technical staff

Position Staff
Director of Football Caoimhín Dawson
Head Coach Kevin Doherty
Assistant Coach Daire Doyle
Physio David Cooke
Groundsman Matt Kavanagh
Kitman Brendan Penrose / Barry Sanfey

Management

Position Staff
Honorary President(s) Vincent Hoey / Gene McKenna
Chairperson Joanna Byrne (interim)
General Manager Hubert Murphy
Secretary Stanley Boyd
Finance officer Martin Hodgins
Media officer(s) Gerard Grimes / Lewis Shaw
Delegate Jim McArdle

Managerial history

Dates Name Honours
1963–64 Republic of Ireland Peter Farrell
1964–65 Republic of Ireland Mick Lynch
1965–66 Republic of Ireland Alf Girvan
1966–67 Republic of Ireland Theo Dunne
1967–69 Republic of Ireland Arthur Fitzsimons / Theo Dunne
1969 Republic of Ireland Theo Dunne
1969–73 Republic of Ireland Mick Meagan
1973–75 Republic of Ireland John Cowan
1975–78 Northern Ireland Jimmy McAlinden
1978–79 Republic of Ireland Willie Roche
1979–80 Republic of Ireland Shay Noonan
1980–82 Republic of Ireland Ray Treacy
1982–85 Republic of Ireland Tony Macken League of Ireland Cup – 1983–84
1985–86 Republic of Ireland Tony Reilly
1986 Republic of Ireland Mick Lawlor
1987 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Maher
1987–88 Republic of Ireland Arthur Brady
1988–89 Republic of Ireland Synan Braddish League of Ireland First Division – 1988-89
1989–90 Republic of Ireland Synan Braddish / Liam Brien
1990–92 Republic of Ireland Liam Brien League of Ireland First Division – 1990–91; League Of Ireland First Division Shield – 1990-91
1992–93 Republic of Ireland Pat Devlin
1993–96 Republic of Ireland Jim McLaughlin
1996–97 Republic of Ireland Anto Whelan
1997–99 Republic of Ireland Martin Lawlor League of Ireland First Division – 1998-99
1999–00 England Eddie May
2000–03 Republic of Ireland Harry McCue League of Ireland First Division – 2001-02
2003–08 Republic of Ireland Paul Doolin FAI Cup- 2005; Setanta Cup – 2006, 2007; League of Ireland- 2007
2009-10 Republic of Ireland Alan Mathews
2010 Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans (interim)
2010 Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans
2010 Republic of Ireland Paul Lumsden
2010 Republic of Ireland Brian Donnelly
2010-11 Republic of Ireland Bobby Browne
2011-13 Republic of Ireland Mick Cooke League of Ireland Cup2012
2013-14 Republic of Ireland Robbie Horgan
2014 Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans (interim)
2014 Republic of Ireland Damien Richardson
2014-15 Republic of Ireland Johnny McDonnell
2015 Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella
2015-17 Republic of Ireland Pete Mahon
2018-21 Republic of Ireland Tim Clancy League of Ireland First Division2020
2021- Republic of Ireland Kevin Doherty

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Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe consisting of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, on the eastern side of the island. Around 2.1 million of the country's population of 5.13 million people resides in the Greater Dublin Area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann; an upper house, Seanad Éireann; and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Peter Farrell (Irish footballer)

Peter Farrell (Irish footballer)

Peter Desmond Farrell was an Irish footballer who played as a right-half for, among others, Shamrock Rovers, Everton and Tranmere Rovers. As an international, Farrell also played for both Ireland teams – the FAI XI and the IFA XI. In 1949 he was a member of the FAI XI that defeated England 2–0 at Goodison Park, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home. Farrell's playing career followed a similar path to that of Tommy Eglington. As well as teaming up at international level, they also played together at three clubs.

Arthur Fitzsimons

Arthur Fitzsimons

Arthur Fitzsimons was an Irish professional footballer player and manager. An inside forward, he notably made over 200 appearances for Middlesbrough.

Mick Meagan

Mick Meagan

Michael Kevin Meagan was an Irish professional footballer. He was the first manager of the Republic of Ireland national team to be given total control over selecting players.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom, situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, that is variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2021, its population was 1,903,100, making up about 27% of Ireland's population and about 3% of the UK's population. The Northern Ireland Assembly, established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998, holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the UK Government. Northern Ireland cooperates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas.

Jimmy McAlinden

Jimmy McAlinden

James McAlinden was an Irish footballer who played as a forward for several clubs, most notably, Belfast Celtic, Portsmouth, Shamrock Rovers and Southend United. As an international, McAlinden also played for both Ireland teams – the IFA XI and the FAI XI. After retiring as a player, he went on to manage Glenavon, Distillery and Drogheda United.

Ray Treacy (footballer)

Ray Treacy (footballer)

Raymond Christopher Patrick Treacy, was an Irish professional footballer.

Tony Macken

Tony Macken

Anthony "Tony" Macken is an Irish former professional footballer. He was born in Dublin.

League of Ireland Cup

League of Ireland Cup

The League of Ireland Cup, also referred to in Ireland as the 'League Cup', is an annual knockout competition in men's football in the Republic of Ireland. It is contested by League of Ireland clubs and invited clubs from the lower levels of the Republic of Ireland football league system. It has been sponsored by Electronic Arts and branded the EA Sports Cup since 2009.

Supporters Player of the Year Award

Season Winner
2022 Republic of Ireland Gary Deegan
2021 Republic of Ireland James Brown
2020 Republic of Ireland Mark Doyle
2019 Republic of Ireland Chris Lyons
2018 Republic of Ireland Seán Brennan
2014 Republic of Ireland Gavan Holohan
2013 Republic of Ireland Mick Daly
2012 Republic of Ireland Gavin Brennan
2011 Republic of Ireland Lee Lynch
2010 Republic of Ireland Mick Daly
2009 Republic of Ireland James Chambers
2008 Republic of Ireland Graham Gartland
2007 Republic of Ireland Brian Shelley
2006 Republic of Ireland Brian Shelley

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Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe consisting of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, on the eastern side of the island. Around 2.1 million of the country's population of 5.13 million people resides in the Greater Dublin Area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann; an upper house, Seanad Éireann; and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Gary Deegan

Gary Deegan

Gary Richard Deegan is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League of Ireland Premier Division club Drogheda United. Beginning his career in his native Ireland, he played in the Scottish Premiership for Hibernian and various clubs in all three divisions of the English Football League.

James Brown (footballer, born June 1998)

James Brown (footballer, born June 1998)

James Brown is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Stockport County on loan from EFL Championship club Blackburn Rovers as a right back.

Mark Doyle (footballer)

Mark Doyle (footballer)

Mark Doyle is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a winger or striker for League of Ireland Premier Division club St Patrick's Athletic, having previously spent six seasons at Drogheda United, where he started his career.

Gavin Brennan

Gavin Brennan

Gavin Brennan,, is an Irish retired footballer who played as a midfielder in the League Of Ireland and NIFL Premiership.

Lee Lynch (footballer)

Lee Lynch (footballer)

Lee Lynch is an Irish footballer who plays for NIFL Premiership side Coleraine.

James Chambers (Irish footballer)

James Chambers (Irish footballer)

James Chambers, born 14 February 1987 in Dublin, is an Irish former professional footballer who played for Shelbourne, Waterford United, Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic in Ireland, Solihull Moors in England, Hamilton Academical in Scotland and Bethlehem Steel in the United States.

Graham Gartland

Graham Gartland

Graham Gartland is an Irish football coach and former player. He played for Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers, Home Farm, Barnsley, Dundee United, St Patrick's Athletic, Longford Town and St Johnstone. Gartland also played for the Republic of Ireland B national football team.

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