Wednesday 28 September 2016

Teams Who Stood Apart: Shamrock Rovers make FAI Cup history

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

The Shamrock Rovers team who lined out against Limerick in the replay of the 1965 FAI Cup final
The Shamrock Rovers team who lined out against Limerick in the replay of the 1965 FAI Cup final

WHEN Liam Tuohy returned from Newcastle United to sign for Shamrock Rovers, then manager Seán Thomas had completed a squad that included such notables as Paddy Ambrose and Johnny Fullam.

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Rovers won the Cup in the 1963-64 season, but Thomas had a disagreement with the Cunningham family who owned the club and resigned.

He was replaced by Tuohy as player-manager and the team went on to win the next five FAI Cups.

As a measure of the stature of the league at that time, it's interesting to note that the 1968 final, against league winners Waterford, attracted a crowd of 40,000 to Dalymount Park.

Sunday Independent

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