On This Day in the LOI – 22nd April 22nd April 1945: Shamrock Rovers won the FAI Cup for the tenth time when they defeated Bohemians by 1-0 at Dalymount Park before a record Cup Final attendance of 41,238. The winning goal was scored by Podge Gregg
On This Day in the LOI – 22nd April
22nd April 1945: Shamrock Rovers won the FAI Cup for the tenth time when they defeated Bohemians by 1-0 at Dalymount Park before a record Cup Final attendance of 41,238. The winning goal was scored by Podge Gregg in the 55th minute of the match. All ties except the Final were played over two legs and Rovers lost their home first leg ties against Limerick and Dundalk but went on to lift the trophy.
22nd April 1959: St. Patrick’s Athletic won the FAI Cup for the first time in their history when they defeated Waterford by 2-1 in the Final replay which was played at Dalymount Park. The sides had drawn 2-2 at the same venue three days earlier. Johnny McGeehan (2) and Willie Peyton (54) scored for Pat’s with Waterford replying through Peter Fitzgerald (57). The Pat’s captain was Tommy Dunne and his brother Jimmy was also in the team. They were sons of the legendary Jimmy Dunne. The Blues were captained by another legendary player in Con Martin and had ten local players in their line-up including three of the Fitzgerald brothers – Denny, Jack and Peter.
22nd April 1970: Bohemians and Sligo Rovers drew 0-0 in the FAI Cup Final replay match which was played at Dalymount Park. The sides had also drawn 0-0 in the original tie played at the same venue three days earlier.
22nd April 1973: Cork Hibernians (the holders) drew 0-0 with Shelbourne in the FAI Cup Final which was played at Dalymount Park.
22nd April 1979: Dundalk completed the League championship and FAI Cup double for the first time in their history when they defeated Waterford by 2-0 in the FAI Cup Final which was played at Dalymount Park. Their goals were scored by Sean Byrne (4) and Hilary Carlyle (90).
22nd April 1989: Former Derry City winger and current Republic of Ireland international James McClean was born on this day in Derry. Starting his career his playing career at Irish League side Institute, McClean signed for Derry City in 2008. He made 79 league appearances and scored 16 goals for the Candystripes and won the First Division with the club. A move to Sunderland followed in August 2011 and McClean has gone on to play for Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, the latter where he currently plays. McClean has had a fantastic international career also, making 71 appearances for the national side since making his debut against the Czech Republic, scoring 10 goals, two of which have been crucial match-winning goals against Austria and Wales.
On This Day in Irish Football - 22nd April
22nd April 1996: Current Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara was born on this day in Manchester. O'Hara made 12 appearances at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland and has now made two appearances for the national side, making his debut in the 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria. He currently plays for Burton Albion having started his career at Manchester United and had various loan spells, including at Morecambe and Macclesfield Town.
22nd April 1998: As Argentina prepared for the FIFA 1998 World Cup Finals in France, they arrived at Lansdowne Road to face Mick McCarthy's Ireland side. 38,500 supporters turned up to see Daniel Passarella’s side run out 2-0 winners thanks to first-half goals from Gabriel Batistuta (26) and Ariel Ortega (40).