I’ve seen Dundalk win 5 FAI Cup Finals. My favourite final was, the most recent one, in 2002 in Tolka Park, when as underdogs, we beat Bohs 2-1. Magic day. The pics here, though, are from the 1988 final. Over 22,000 at game but a very poor final, with the Town beating Derry 1-0. Massive blow for Derry & all their fans. Derrys manager (ex Dundalk) Jim McLaughlin was criticised for buying some players specifically for the final!
(See Opinion 1&2 links below for interesting Irish Independent comment)
There was a great turn out to welcome the team home and nobody let the cup fall under the bus. It was a Sunday, May 1st, but no Bank Holiday the next day. The May Bank Holiday wasn’t introduced until 1994!
In 1992, when I lived in Phibsboro and local team Bohs won the cup. The turnout to welcome Bohs ‘home’ was non existent.
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