On This Day in the LOI – 13th May 13th May 1940: Mick Smyth was born on this day in Dublin. The former goalkeeper won five consecutive FAI Cup winners medals with Shamrock Rovers (1965-69) and a sixth winners medal with Bohemians in 1976. In total h
On This Day in the LOI – 13th May
13th May 1940: Mick Smyth was born on this day in Dublin. The former goalkeeper won five consecutive FAI Cup winners medals with Shamrock Rovers (1965-69) and a sixth winners medal with Bohemians in 1976. In total he won sixteen winners medals in his career winning four League championships (Drumcondra 1960/61, Bohemians 1974/75 and 1977/78 and Athlone Town in 1980/81), three League Cup medals (Bohemians 1974/75 and Athlone Town 1979/80 and1981/82), the Top Four Cup (1965/66), Dublin City Cup (1966/67) and the Blaxnit Cup (1967-68) all with Shamrock Rovers. He made 410 League appearances between 1960 and 1983 excluding the two years (1962-64) that he played in England with Barrow and Altrincham. He won the SWAI Personality of the Year Award for 1976/77. He made one appearance for the League of Ireland XI and was capped at senior level for the Republic of Ireland against Poland in Katowice in October 1968.
13th May 1990: Bray Wanderers defeated Leinster Senior League side St. Francis by 3-0 to win the FAI Cup for the first time in their history in the first Cup Final to be played at Lansdowne Road. The attendance of 25,000 was the largest Cup Final attendance since 1968. John Ryan (pen.) 20, 65, (pen.) 79) scored a hat-trick to emulate the feat of Miah Dennehy seven years earlier. Since 1928, Pete Mahon’s St. Francis side are the only non-League club to have played in a FAI Cup Final.
13th May 1996: Ryan Swan was born on this day in Dublin. The current Warrenpoint Town striker has played for Bohemians, U.C.D. and Cabinteely in the SSE Airtricity League, as well as Exeter City in League Two. He scored three goals for the Students in Europe during their 2016 European campaign. His father, Derek, had also scored in European competition during his career with Bohemians – only Jackie and Pat Morley have also achieved this feat.
13th May 1998: Simon Power was born on this day in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The former Cabinteely and U.C.D. winger currently plays for Norwich City and has had loan spells with FC Dordrecht, Ross County and Kings Lynn Town since signing for the Canaries in 2018. Power is a regular with the Republic of Ireland U-21 squad and made his debut for the team against Mexico in the 2019 Toulon Tournament.
13th May 2001: Bohemians won the FAI Cup for the sixth time in their history when they defeated Longford Town by 1-0 in the Final which was played at Tolka Park. The winning goal was scored by Tony O’Connor in the 62nd minute of the match. Bohemians, managed by Roddy Collins, had won the League championship and FAI Cup double for the first time in 73 years with this year. Runners-up Longford Town, managed by Stephen Kenny, were playing in their first Cup Final and in their first season in the Premier Division and were guaranteed a UEFA Cup qualification place due to the Gypsies winning the double.
On This Day in Irish Football - 13th May
13th May 1951: The Republic of Ireland lost by 1-0 to Argentina at Dalymount Park in a friendly match attended by 40,000 spectators. This was the Republic’s 49th international match and the first time that the opposition were not a European country. The next such match did not take place until March 1960 against Chile which was the 79th international match to be played by the Republic of Ireland. The winning goal was scored by Angel Labruna in the 54th minute of the match. Goalkeeper Fred Kiernan, Jim Higgins (only cap) and Alf Ringstead made their international debuts.
13th May 1964: The Republic of Ireland defeated Norway by 4-1 in the Ulleval Stadium in Oslo in a friendly match attended by 14,354 spectators. Ireland got off to a flying start with two goals in the first ten minutes of the match to sow the seeds for this win. Captain Charlie Hurley (3, 63) scored twice with Johnny Giles (10) and Andy McEvoy (77) also getting their names on the scoresheet.
13th May 1973: The Republic of Ireland lost by 1-0 to the Soviet Union by 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying match played in the Lenin Stadium attended by 70,000 spectators. Vladimir Onischenko’s 58th minute goal secured both points for the Soviet’s and effectively ended Irish hopes of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals. To keep those hopes alive, an Irish victory in Paris and a French victory in Moscow were now required to keep the three teams in the group level on points.