Athlone Town A.F.C.
The Athlone Town Association Football Club is an Irish football club based in Athlone. The association founded in 1887 is the oldest football club in the Republic of Ireland, the colors of the club are blue and black. The club was in the 1920s already for some years a member of the League of Ireland, this belongs but again only since 1969, since the mid- 1990s, but only in the lower season, the First Division.
Athlone Town was founded in 1887 and is now a few years older than the big Dublin clubs tradition Bohemians, UCD and Shelbourne and even the oldest club in the League of Ireland. The first time played, The Town in the second season of the independent league of the Irish Free State in 1922; 1924 was even the victory of the discharged only the third time Cup of the Republic, but one came in the league never beyond mediocrity and was eventually ruled as the last of the season 1927/28, out of the league.
It would take 40 years until the club was incorporated in 1969 again in the upper house of the Irish football. The club held its own, and in 1975 The Town was by far behind the Bohemians runner-up. This was a view of the great age of the team from Athlone in the early 1980s, as they have won two league titles and three League Cup wins in four seasons. After that, however, things went downhill with the club. From the mid-1980s to mid -1990s there once played in the Premier times in the First Division to be continuous only second-rate since relegation in 1996. Even in the First Division, the club could not prevail last, so that Athlone Town the season 2005 as the worst of all 22 Irish professional clubs in the last place of the First Division completed.
In European competitions Athlone Town had been represented in three seasons. 1975/76 was achieved by a home win and a draw at Vålerenga IF from Oslo to the second round of the UEFA Cup, where they met AC Milan. Through a very good team performance, a 0-0 draw in the first leg could still be held in Ireland, in Milan but then you had to admit defeat. For the other two appearances (1981 and 1983 ) but it failed each without a win in the first round of the European Champions' Cup.
- Irish Masters ( 2) 1980/81, 1982/83
- Irish Cup ( 1) 1924
- Irish League Cup Winners ( 3) 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83