FROM the battles of Civil War Ireland to the excesses of the Celtic Tiger years when the League of Ireland had more than half a dozen full-time professional teams, the FAI Cup has seen it all.
And the story of the competition has now been retold and updated from the original, published in 1985, in a captivating publication by Sean Ryan, The Official Book Of The FAI Cup.
The Cup story takes in the early days of the new Free State, when a revolver was produced in the dressing room during a dispute in the 1922 final and goes up to the modern era which saw players like Seamus Coleman, Kevin Doyle, Keith Fahey and Stephen Ward play in the Cup - unhappy memories of the final for Fahey who was sent off in the 2003 final.
There's even a link to the 2011 final tomorrow as it's a repeat of the Shelbourne-Sligo Rovers final of 1939 when the great Dixie Dean was on the losing side with Sligo.
With fascinating stories and a foreword by Kevin Moran, The Official Book Of The FAI Cup deserves to fill a few Christmas stockings.
p The Official Book Of The FAI Cup by Sean Ryan, published by Liberties Press.