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The Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup(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 Irelandmarker (as well as Derry City from Northern Irelandmarker). Organised by the FAI (Football Association of Ireland), it is of similar format to the FA Cup played in Englandmarker and the Scottish Cup in Scotlandmarker. 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 Sporting Fingal who beat Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadiummarker on November 22nd 2009. The full time score ended 2-1 to Sporting Fingal, they came back from 1-0 down to score 2 late goals to win their first FAI Cup.

Venues

Since the early 1920s, all but a handful of FAI Cup finals were held at Dalymount Parkmarker, Dublin. 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 Landsdowne Roadmarker, stadium, from 1997-1999, back at Dalymount, from 1999 to 2002 at Tolka Parkmarker and from 2003 to 2006 back at Landsdowne Road. Due to the redevelopment of Landsdowne, the 2007 and 2008 finals were played at the RDS Arenamarker. The 2009 final will take place in the Tallaght Stadiummarker. Finals from 2010 onwards will take place in the Aviva Stadiummarker.

History

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 2 cups with St. Patrick's Athletic) and captain Declan O'Brien helped "the Drogs" to a 2-0 win over Cork City.

Shelbourne , Bohemians and Derry City are the only clubs to win both the 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.

The last ever soccer game to be played at the old Lansdowne Roadmarker 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.

Athlone Town A.F.C. in 1924, Dundalk F.C. in 1958 and Shamrock Rovers F.C. in 1968 are the only three sides to ever 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 April's Cup, Derry City lifting the trophy in November.

FAI Cup Final results

Season Winner Score Runner-up

1922 St. James's Gate 1-1, 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

1923 Alton United 1-0 Shelbourne

1924 Athlone Town 1-0 Fordsons

1925 Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Shelbourne

1926 Fordsons 3-2 Shamrock Rovers

1927 Drumcondra 1-1, 1-0 Brideville

1928 Bohemians 2-1 Drumcondra

1929 Shamrock Rovers 0-0, 3-0 Bohemians

1930 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Brideville

1931 Shamrock Rovers 1-1, 1-0 Dundalk

1932 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Dolphin

1933 Shamrock Rovers 3-3, 3-0 Dolphin

1934 Cork 2-1 St. James's Gate

1935 Bohemians 4-3 Dundalk

1936 Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Cork

1937 Waterford 2-1 St. James's Gate

1938 St. James's Gate 2-1 Dundalk

1939 Shelbourne 1-1, 1-0 Sligo Rovers

1940 Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Sligo Rovers

1941 Cork United 2-2, 3-1 Waterford

1942 Dundalk 3-1 Cork United

1943 Drumcondra 2-1 Cork United

1944 Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Shelbourne

1945 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Bohemians

1946 Drumcondra 2-1 Shamrock Rovers

1947 Cork United 2-2, 2-1 Bohemians

1948 Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Drumcondra

1949 Dundalk 3-0 Shelbourne

1950 Transport 2-2, 2-2, 3-1 Cork Athletic

1951 Cork Athletic 1-1, 1-0 Shelbourne

1952 Dundalk 1-1, 3-0 Cork Athletic

1953 Cork Athletic 2-2, 2-1 Evergreen United

1954 Drumcondra 1-0 St. Patrick's Athletic

1955 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Drumcondra

1956 Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Cork Athletic

1957 Drumcondra 2-0 Shamrock Rovers

1958 Dundalk 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

1959 St. Patrick's Athletic 2-2, 2-1 Waterford

1960 Shelbourne 2-0 Cork Hibernians

1961 St. Patrick's Athletic 2-1 Drumcondra

1962 Shamrock Rovers 4-1 Shelbourne

1963 Shelbourne 2-0 Cork Hibernians

1964 Shamrock Rovers 1-1, 2-1 Cork Celtic

1965 Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Limerick

1966 Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Limerick

1967 Shamrock Rovers 3-2 St. Patrick's Athletic

1968 Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Waterford

1969 Shamrock Rovers 1-1, 4-1 Cork Celtic

1970 Bohemians 0-0, 0-0, 2-1 Sligo Rovers

1971 Limerick 0-0, 3-0 Drogheda

1972 Cork Hibernians 3-0 Waterford

1973 Cork Hibernians 0-0, 1-0 Shelbourne

1974 Finn Harps 3-1 St. Patrick's Athletic

1975 Home Farm 1-0 Shelbourne

1976 Bohemians 1-0 Drogheda United

1977 Dundalk 2-0 Limerick

1978 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Sligo Rovers

1979 Dundalk 2-0 Waterford

1980 Waterford 1-0 St. Patrick's Athletic

1981 Dundalk 2-0 Sligo Rovers

1982 Limerick United 1-0 Bohemians

1983 Sligo Rovers 2-1 Bohemians

1984 UCD 2-1 Shamrock Rovers

1985 Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Galway United

1986 Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Waterford United

1987 Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Dundalk

1988 Dundalk 1-0 Derry City

1989 Derry City 0-0, 1-0 Cork City

1990 Bray Wanderers 3-0 St. Francis

1991 Galway United 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

1992 Bohemians 1-0 Cork City

1993 Shelbourne 1-0 Dundalk

1994 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Derry City

1995 Derry City 2-1 Shelbourne

1996 Shelbourne 1-1, 2-1 St. Patrick's Athletic

1997 Shelbourne 2-0 Derry City

1998 Cork City 0-0, 1-0 Shelbourne

1999 Bray Wanderers 0-0, 2-2, 2-1 Finn Harps

2000 Shelbourne 0-0, 1-0 Bohemians

2001 Bohemians 1-0 Longford Town

2002 Dundalk 2-1 Bohemians

2002 (2) Derry City 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

2003 Longford Town 2-0 St. Patrick's Athletic

2004 Longford Town 2-1 Waterford United

2005 Drogheda United 2-0 Cork City

2006 Derry City 4-3 (aet) St. Patrick's Athletic

2007 Cork City 1-0 Longford Town

2008 Bohemians 2-2, Won on penalties 4-2 Derry City

2009 Sporting Fingal 2-1 Sligo Rovers



Performance By Club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Shamrock Rovers 24 8 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987
Dundalk 9 5 1942, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1988, 2002
Shelbourne 7 10 1939, 1960, 1963, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000
Bohemians 7 7 1928, 1935, 1970, 1976, 1992, 2001, 2008
Drumcondra 5 4 1927, 1943, 1946, 1954, 1957
Cork Athletic 4 5 1941, 1947, 1951, 1953
Derry City 4 4 1989, 1995, 2002, 2006
Waterford United 2 7 1937, 1980
St. Patrick's Athletic 2 7 1959, 1961
Sligo Rovers 2 5 1983, 1994
Limerick 2 3 1971, 1982
Cork City 2 3 1998, 2007
Cork Hibernians 2 2 1972, 1973
Longford Town 2 2 2003, 2004
St. James's Gate 2 2 1922, 1938
Bray Wanderers 2 - 1990, 1999
Drogheda United 1 2 2005
Cork 1 1 1934
Finn Harps 1 1 1974
Fordsons 1 1 1926
Galway United 1 1 1991
Alton United 1 - 1923
Athlone Town 1 - 1924
Home Farm 1 - 1975
Sporting Fingal 1 - 2009
Transport 1 - 1950
UCD 1 - 1984
Brideville - 2 -
Cork Celtic - 2 -
Dolphin - 2 -
Evergreen United - 1 -
St. Francis - 1 -


Notes

  • Includes Cork United
  • Includes Waterford
  • Includes Limerick United
  • Includes Drogheda
  • Since 1985 when Derry joined league


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