Shamrock Rovers F.C.
The Shamrock Rovers Football Club ( Irish: Cumann Peile na Ruagairí Seamróige ) is a football club established in 1901 from the Irish capital Dublin. The association is both record champion and record cup winners of the Republic of Ireland. Only the local rivals Bohemians is, even if only a year longer a member of the League of Ireland.
The club was founded in 1901 in Dublin and is named after the Shamrock Avenue in Dublin, in the second meeting, which led to the founding of the association took place. The first two years denied the Rovers only friendly matches, but won in their first season in the league operating in 1904 /05 once the Dublin city championship. 1907 but they were excluded from league play due to a lack of suitable playing surface. It was not until 1914 played the Rovers again in a league. In 1921 she missed the foundation of the Football League of Ireland, and were the first time, yet unsuccessfully, in the Irish Cup final. But already in the following season 1922/23, they came into the league and won the championship directly.
This was followed by many successful years in which the Rovers always played along to the title and also won many. In the 40s to the 70s, the Rovers were most popular with the viewers with an average attendance in the league at 20,000 and 40,000 at national and European trophies. 1967 played the Rovers as Boston Rovers for one season in the United Soccer Association league called predecessor the North American Soccer League. End of the 70s there was a first minor crisis, but soon ended under manager Johnny Giles. Between 1983 and 1987, the Rovers dominated the league, they won four championships in a row and at this time also three times the trophy.
In 1987, the stadium Glenmalure Park was sold by the family Kilcoyne, which the Rovers had heard since the seventies, as building land. Since then, the Rovers are homeless and play mostly with little success in changing stadiums, only 1994 succeeded once again the victory in a championship. When trying to have to build a new venue in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, the club took over as strong at the beginning of the new millennium, that he 2004/ 05 even was insolvent and was forced temporarily managed. However, only the grant of a 400 Club mentioned initiative serves could not help save the club before the dissolution, relegation to the First Division in 2005. The administration of County South Dublin finally took over the further construction of the stadium, which opened in 2009. In the 2006 season the team as a champion of the First Division again managed promotion to the Premier Division.
The above Tallaght Stadium was purchased in 2009. It currently has a capacity of 3500 spectators after the first phase of construction was completed in March 2009. After completion of the second phase ( opposite stand ) the capacity will reach 7,000 spectators.
In the 2011/12 season Shamrock Rovers reached the first Irish team ever the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and is also the first Irish team ever, which has reached the group stage of the European Cup competition. In the play-offs, the Serbian representatives FK Partizan Belgrade was defeated. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Dublin saw a 2-1 win after extra time in the return game for the surprise.
- Irish champion (17 ) 1922/23, 1924 /25, 1926/27, 1931 /32, 1937/38, 1938/39, 1953 /54, 1956/57, 1958/59, 1963/64, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985 / 86, 1986/87, 1993/94, 2010, 2011
- Irish Cup Winners ( 24) 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987
- Setanta Sports Cup ( 1) 2011
- Irish League Cup Winners ( 1) 1976/77
- Inter- City Cup ( 4) 1942/43, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1948/49,
- Blaxnit Cup ( 1) 1967/68
- Tyler Cup ( 1) 1978
- FAI Super Cup 1998