On This Day in the LOI – 23rd April 23rd April 1939: Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers drew 1-1 in the FAI Cup Final which was played at Dalymount Park. The legendary former Everton and England international, Dixie Deans put Sligo ahead two minutes from h
On This Day in the LOI – 23rd April
23rd April 1939: Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers drew 1-1 in the FAI Cup Final which was played at Dalymount Park. The legendary former Everton and England international, Dixie Deans put Sligo ahead two minutes from half-time but Sammy Smyth equalised with a goal direct from a corner kick with ten minutes remaining.
23rd April 1972: Cork Hibernians won the first of their two successive FAI Cups by defeating Waterford by 3-0 in the Final which was played at Dalymount Park. The attendance was 22,500. Miah Dennehy (65,70, 83) scored a hat-trick to become the first player to do so in a FAI Cup Final. The Hibs captain and player-manager was Dave Bacuzzi who sadly passed away two days ago. The match referee was Charlie O’Leary who is well-known for his time as kit manager for the Republic of Ireland international team in the Jack Charlton era and beyond and is still active in junior football circles at the age of 95. The 1972 Cup Final was his final appointment in a long and distinguished refereeing career.
On This Day in Irish Football - 23rd April
23rd April 1927: Ireland welcomed Italy B to Lansdowne Road, Dublin for an international friendly. This was our first home international following on from our visit to Turin thirteen months earlier. Frederico Munerati put the away side in front two minutes in but Bob Fullam equalised just four minutes later. Munerati grabbed his second of the game ten minutes from time to secure the win for Italy B. Just two players, goalscorer Fullam and captain Frank Brady had also played in the Turin match.
23rd April 1986: Ireland welcomed Uruguay for an international friendly at Lansdowne Road in what was Jack Charlton's second match in charge. Rubén Paz put the visitors in front just 22 minutes in before former the former Bohemians, Coventry City and Manchester United midfielder Gerry Daly, then with Shrewsbury Town, equalised in the 38th minute, and it finished 1-1. Three League of Ireland players – Barry Murphy of Bohemians and the Shamrock Rovers duo of Peter Eccles and Liam O’Brien made their international debuts in this match.
23rd April 1995: Callum O'Dowda was born on this day in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. The Republic of Ireland international has made 18 appearances for the senior international side since making his debut against Belarus at Turner’s Cross in March 2016. He has also made 11 appearances for the U-21s, scoring three goals. He started his career at Oxford United and made the move to Bristol City in 2016 where he is a regular for the English Championship side.