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Dalymount Park is an Irishmarker football stadium situated on Dublinmarker's Northside. It is the home of Bohemian F.C., who have played there since the early 20th century. Affectionately known as 'Dalyer' by fans, it was also historically the "home of Irish football" holding Irish internationals and FAI Cup finals. It has also hosted UEFA Champions League qualifiers, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup matches. However, the ground was hardly developed from the 1940s until the early years of the new century and has fallen out of use as major venue, except for the home games of Bohs.

Dalymount 1901–1932

Dalymount Park was originally common land with a large vegetable plot and known as Pisser Dignam's Field until it was taken over by Bohemian F.C.. It hosted its first game on September 7 1901, between Bohemians and Shelbourne F.C. and in front of an attendance of around 5,000. Harold Sloan scored the first ever goal at the ground in a 4–2 win for Bohs. On that day, it was just an ordinary field enclosed by a corrugated iron fence, the playing pitch being separated from the spectators by a roped barrier and a tent at one end served as dressing rooms for the players.

Within a few weeks, paling had replaced the ropes and the line of demarcation between "reserved" and "unreserved" was fixed by a 6ft high hoarding. An "unreserved" entrance was then erected at the Connaught Street side. A small wooden stand to the east of the reserved entrance soon appeared as did a similar stand behind each goal.

Dalymount was chosen as the venue for the Irish Cup Final in 1903 between Bohemians and Distillery and on the 26th of March 1904, it hosted its first international, a game which saw Ireland play Scotland in a 1–1 draw, between 1904 and 1913 Dalymount hosted at least one Irish international in the years when Ireland had more than one home match in the British Home Championship.

By the 1907/08 season, the ground had been considerably widened, large wooden stands were erected behind both goals, another was built in the centre of the "popular" side and in the reserved enclosure an additional wooden stand appeared to the west of the entrance. Over the following years, the main stand on the reserved side was roofed and a similar addition made on the unreserved side.

In 1915, Dalymount hosted the IFA Intermediate Cup final when UCD beat Portadown 2-1.

Huge improvements happened to the ground during the 1927/28 season; the galvanised iron boundary was replaced by a 10ft wall having 20 turnstile houses and entrance and exit gates at a cost of £2,520. A new steel stand was erected in the reserved enclosure and provision was made for fitting out club rooms, offices, etc when more money was available. Entrance to the stand was by steps placed at points along the front and facing the field of play. This stand cost £5,833. Other additions included an iron railing along the pitch on the reserved side, new banking on both reserved and unreserved sides and a gymnasium and kicking alley.

Within a few years, the Bohemian F.C. committee engaged the services of famous Scottish architect Archibald Leitch (he had designed many of the most famous grounds in England and Scotland) who drew up plans for future building of Dalyer. Another section was added to the reserved stand, new entrances and exits were placed at the rear. More banking and terracing around the entire pitch were completed, crush barriers erected and new stile houses installed (bringing the total to 28). This new work meant that between 1925/26 and 1932, a total of £17,000 had been spent on upgrading the stadium


In its heyday, Dalymount Park, or "Dalyer" as it is popularly known, regularly saw crowds of up to 40,000 for big games, however, whether it was ever able to accommodate this number of spectators safely is open to question. The stadium consisted of three sides of open terracing, one side the "Shed End" or "School End" being partly covered with a roof over half the terrace since 1945. The fourth side was the main stand, which held only 1500 seats. The stand was constructed in 1928, from iron and wood, with wooden benches and terraced standing room at the front. Floodlights were added to the ground in 1962.

Dalymount's record attendance was put at 48,000, for an Irish international game against England on May 19 1957. A similar crowd attended the first entry of an Irish team into the European Cup, when Shamrock Rovers played Manchester United in 1957. The record attendance at the venue for an FAI Cup Final is 45,000, achieved when Shamrock Rovers beat Bohs in 1945. The ground saw the international debuts of players such as Liam Brady, Johnny Giles and Denis Irwin.

However, by the 1980s, Dalymount had been sidelined by the more modern and larger Lansdowne Roadmarker rugby union ground for Irish football internationals. Parts of the ground had also become somewhat dilapidated, some of terracing was in bad shape – with grass growing on it in places – and one access route to the ground (behind the old "Tramway End") had been cut off completely. In February 1985, when Ireland played, the then World Champions, Italy at Dalymount Park, it was clear that the old ground could not accommodate the 40,000 or so spectators who turned up to see the game. Fans had to passed down to the sidelines to avoid being crushed and serious questions were raised about whether Dalymount was a viable venue for modern sport. After a safety review, the capacity of the stadium was cut in half to only 22,000. Thereafter, Dalymount only rarely hosted senior internationals and rarer still competitive ones. The last full Irish international game to be played there was friendly against Morocco in 1990. Dalymount also lost the FAI Cup Final in 1990, when it was switched to Lansdowne Roadmarker. It briefly recovered the final in 1996, when it held the replayed final between Shelbourne and St Patrick's Athletic and in 1997 and 1998, when it hosted Cup Final again. However, in 1999, the final was switched to Tolka Parkmarker and in 2003 back to Lansdowne Roadmarker.

Present day

Bohemians have recently redeveloped the ground to some extent. The old main stand has been replaced by a modern structure with 2742 seats, known as the "Jodi Stand". Half of the terrace on the opposite side has been knocked down, the remainder has had seats installed on the terracing and now holds 3720. The old "Shed End", now called "The Des Kelly Carpets Stand" has similarly had seats added and now has a capacity of 1485. The terrace behind the opposite goal (or "Tramway End") has been sold and is therefore closed. The modern capacity of Dalymount is about 7955. Bohs' average crowd is about 2300+. [125628]

Shamrock Rovers also played the 2005 season at Dalymount Park, as did the now defunct team Dublin City F.C. in 2006, who drew very low crowds, including a reported attendance of 52 for one game against Galway United.

The stadium has also been used to host European games of other teams when their own stadia were deemed unsuitable, such as Drogheda United's Champions League qualifiers and UEFA Cup games of 2006, 2007 and 2008. Shamrock Rovers played their first 11 European games at Dalymount as Milltownmarker was deemed too small at the time.

Other Uses

The stadium has also held concerts in the past, but is unlikely to do so again. In 2003, a planned Destiny's Child concert was moved from the venue when safety inspectors found it to be unsuitable. Famous performers to have played at Dalymount include Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Bob Marley, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, The Clash, Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube.

The future

On 4 May 2006, Bohemian FC members voted to authorise the club's board's entry into negotiations which would have resulted in the sale of the Dalymount Park site to property developer Liam Carroll and the demolition of the ground itself. Bohemians would have relocated to a purpose built (at a projected cost of €21 million, to be met by the developer) 10,000 seater stadium near Dublin Airportmarker off the M50 motorway, four miles from the club's current home. On November 7, 2008, Bohemian F.C. lost a court case versus Albion Ltd over the ownership of a section of Dalymount Park at the Tramway End of the ground which put the contract with Liam Carroll in serious doubt. This also put the club's financial future in doubt and reopened speculation on possible alternatives such as the previously mooted groundshare with Shelbourne F.C..

Irish International Matches in Dalymount

Date Competition Flag Country Score
26/4/1904 British Home Championship Scotlandmarker 1–1
17/3/1906 British Home Championship Scotlandmarker 0–1
14/3/1908 British Home Championship Scotlandmarker 0–5
10/2/1912 British Home Championship Englandmarker 1–6
15/3/1913 British Home Championship Scotlandmarker 1-2
14/6/1924 Friendly USAmarker 3–1
20/4/1929 Friendly Belgiummarker 4–0
13/12/1931 Friendly Spainmarker 0–5
25/2/1934 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification Belgiummarker 4–4
16/12/1934 Friendly Hungarymarker 2–4
8/12/1935 Friendly Netherlandsmarker 3–5
17/3/1936 Friendly Switzerlandmarker 1–0
17/10/1936 Friendly Germanymarker 5–2
6/12/1936 Friendly Hungarymarker 2–3
7/12/1937 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification Norwaymarker 3–3
18/9/1938 Friendly Switzerlandmarker 4–0
13/11/1938 Friendly Polandmarker 3–2
30/6/1946 Friendly Englandmarker 0–1
2/3/1947 Friendly Spainmarker 3–2
14/5/1947 Friendly Portugalmarker 0–2
5/12/1948 Friendly Switzerlandmarker 0–1
24/4/1949 Friendly Belgiummarker 0–2
22/5/1949 Friendly Portugalmarker 1–0
12/6/1949 Friendly Spainmarker 1–4
8/9/1949 Friendly Finlandmarker 3–0
13/11/1949 Friendly Swedenmarker 1–3
26/11/1950 Friendly Norwaymarker 2–2
13/5/1951 Friendly Argentinamarker 0–1
17/10/1951 Friendly West Germanymarker 3–2
16/11/1952 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification Francemarker 3–5
28/10/1953 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification Luxembourgmarker 4–0
7/11/1954 Friendly Norwaymarker 2–1
19/10/1955 Friendly Yugoslavia 1–4
27/11/1955 Friendly Spainmarker 2–2
3/10/1956 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmarkmarker 2–1
25/11/1956 Friendly West Germanymarker 3–0
19/5/1957 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification Englandmarker 1–1
5/10/1958 Friendly Polandmarker 2–2
5/4/1959 1960 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Round Czechoslovakiamarker 2–0
1/11/1959 Friendly Swedenmarker 3–2
30/3/1960 Friendly Chilemarker 2–0
28/9/1960 Friendly Walesmarker 2–3
6/11/1960 Friendly Norwaymarker 3–1
7/5/1961 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification Scotlandmarker 0–3
8/10/1961 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification Czechoslovakiamarker 1–3
8/4/1962 Friendly Austriamarker 2–3
12/8/1962 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Round Icelandmarker 4–2
9/6/1963 Friendly Scotlandmarker 1–0
13/10/1963 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Eighth Finals Austriamarker 3–2
8/4/1964 1964 UEFA European Football Championship Quarter Finals Spainmarker 0–2
24/5/1964 Friendly Englandmarker 1–3
25/10/1964 Friendly Polandmarker 3–2
24/4/1965 Friendly Belgiummarker 0–2
5/5/1965 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification Spainmarker 1–0
4/5/1966 Friendly West Germanymarker 0–4
23/10/1966 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Spainmarker 0–0
16/11/1966 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Turkeymarker 2–1
21/5/1967 1968 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Czechoslovakiamarker 0–2
15/5/1968 Friendly Polandmarker 2–2
10/11/1968 Friendly Austriamarker 2–2
4/12/1968 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmarkmarker abnd.
4/5/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Czechoslovakiamarker 1–2
8/6/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Hungarymarker 1–2
21/9/1969 Friendly Scotlandmarker 1–1
15/10/1969 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmarkmarker 1–1
23/9/1970 Friendly Polandmarker 0–2
14/10/1970 1972 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Swedenmarker 1–1
30/5/1971 1972 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Austriamarker 1–4
15/11/1972 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification Francemarker 2–1
21/10/1973 Friendly Polandmarker 1–0
30/10/1974 1976 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group USSRmarker 3–0
11/3/1975 Friendly West Germanymarker'B' 1–0
29/10/1975 1976 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Turkeymarker 4–0
24/3/1976 Friendly Norwaymarker 3–0
24/4/1977 Friendly Polandmarker 0–0
29/10/1979 Friendly USAmarker 3–2
12/10/1983 1984 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Netherlandsmarker 2–3
16/11/1983 1984 UEFA European Football Championship Qualifying Group Maltamarker 8–0
23/5/1984 Friendly Polandmarker 0–0
8/8/1984 Friendly Mexicomarker 0–0
5/2/1985 Friendly Italymarker 1–2
10/11/1987 Friendly Israelmarker 5–0
7/2/1989 Friendly Francemarker 0–0
12/9/1990 Friendly Moroccomarker 1–0


Cup Finals at Dalymount

Dalymount has hosted many cup finals before partition of Ireland it hosted six Irish Cup(IFA) finals and two replays, it also has hosted the Irish Free State Cup final and is successor the FAI Cup final on numerous occasions. A number of cross border cup competition finals were hosted in Dalymount such as the Blaxnit Cup and Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup.
Date Competition Winners Score Runners-up Attendance
13/3/1903 Irish Cup Distillery 1–1 Bohemians
28/04/1906 Irish Cup Shelbourne F.C. 2–0 Belfast Celtic
20/04/1907 Irish Cup Cliftonville F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.
21/03/1908 Irish Cup Bohemians 1 – 1 Shelbourne F.C.
28/03/1908 Irish Cup(Replay) Bohemians 3 – 1 Shelbourne F.C.
10/04/1909 Irish Cup Cliftonville F.C. 2 – 1 Bohemians
25/03/1911 Irish Cup Shelbourne F.C. 0 – 0 Bohemians
15/04/1911 Irish Cup(Replay) Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 1 Bohemians

17/03/1922 Irish Free State Cup Final St James's Gate F.C. 1–1 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 15,000

8/04/1922 Irish Free State Cup Final Replay St James's Gate 1–0 Shamrock Rovers 10,000
17/03/1923 Irish Free State Cup Final Alton United F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C. 14,000
17/03/1924 Irish Free State Cup Final Athlone Town A.F.C. 1 – 0 Fordsons F.C. 18,000
17/03/1925 Irish Free State Cup Final Shamrock Rovers F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C. 23,000

22/5/68 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Shamrock Rovers F.C. 1-2 Crusaders F.C.

00/00/1969 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Shamrock Rovers F.C. 2-2 Coleraine F.C.

22/5/1970 Blaxnit Cup Final (2nd Leg) Sligo Rovers F.C. 1-4 Crusaders F.C.
??/05/1996 FAI Cup(Replay) Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 1 St Patrick's Athletic F.C.
04/05/1997 FAI Cup Shelbourne F.C. 2 – 0 Derry City F.C.
10/05/1998 FAI Cup Cork City F.C. 0 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.
16/05/1998 FAI Cup(Replay) Cork City F.C. 1 – 0 Shelbourne F.C.

See also

External links


  1. Ireland(IFA) International Football Results
  2. Bohemian F.C. Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book, 1940
  3. Bohemian F.C. Programme, 20th November 1988
  4. Galway United director Nial O'Reilly claimed to have seen "52 spectators at the match" when his club played away to Dublin City [1]
  6. Match was 1–1 up until the 51st minute, when the game was abandoned due to fog.
  7. Classified as a full international by FIFA.

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