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OCTOBER 13th 1972 – (44 years ago)

The Derry City board met and reluctantly came to he decision to withdraw from the Irish League and all its other competitions.

“In view of the decision of the Irish League Management Committee to ban Brandywell, a resolution was passed unanimously by the Board of Derry City Football Club that membership of the Irish league be withdrawn as from Friday.
The board have considered all relevant matters and in particular the fact that the Management Committee of the Irish Football League have seen fit not to accept the recommendations and indeed the encouragement of the security authorities that a return to brandywell was advisable.
At considerable cost to the club, Derry City for the past three years have kept football alive in the interested of the Irish League and indeed the community at large in what can only be described as the most difficult of circumstances.
We thank our players and supporters who have supported us in our difficult task for the past three years and hope that they appreciate that the Board have no alternative but to come to this decision”.

Willie Ross announced that Derry retained their membership of the IFA through the North-West FA and as a first move to keep the club in existence, would apply for membership of the Northwest Saturday morning league.

OCTOBER 13th 1985 – (31 years ago)

Derry City lost 2-1 to UCD at Brandywell in a League Cup fixture. During the game, City striker Barry McCreadie was red carded and thus became the first Derry player to be sent off since joining the League of Ireland.

OCTOBER 13th 1988 – (28 years ago)

On Thursday 13th October 1988, Derry City defeated Dundalk 4-0 at Oriel Park in the League Cup Final. Derry City scorers were Doolin 2, Speak, Larkin.

OCTOBER 13th 1934 – (82 years ago)

Derry City lost 2-1 to Linfield at Brandywell in the Irish League, Jimmy Kelly scoring the Candy Stripes only goal.

Left back Willie Ross (ex-Airdireonians) made his Derry City debut in this game , he served the club as player, manager, secretary and general manager. He won 2 Irish Cups and an Irish League title.


OCTOBER 14th 2008 – (8 years ago)

Derry City lost 1-0 at home to Cork City in the semi-final of the Setanta Cup.

OCTOBER 14th 1944 – (72 years ago)

Derry City lost 5-2 to Linfield at Windsor Park in the Northern Regional Gold Cup. Davy Martin penalty (ex Belfast Celtic, Wolves, Notts Forest) and Jimmy Kelso (ex-Hibernians) scored for Derry.


OCTOBER 15th 1932 – (84 years ago)

Derry City defeated Cliftonville 4-2 in the Irish League at Solitude. Joe Ferguson, John Forster (ex Waterford Utd) and Bobby Irvine 2 (ex Everton) with the goals.

OCTOBER 15th 1938 – (78 years ago)

Portadown defeated Derry City 5-1 in the Irish League. Jimmy Kelly on the mark for Derry.


OCTOBER 16th 2010 – (6 years ago)

Derry City defeated Salthill Devon 5-1 at the Drom. P McEleney, Farren, McClean, Molloy among the goals.

A video of current Republic of Ireland international James McClean scoring for Derry in that game.

OCTOBER 16th 1937 – (79 years ago)

Derry City lost 2-1 away from home to Portadown. Derry’s goal coming from Archie McLeod (ex-Partick Thistle).


OCTOBER 17th 1993- (23 years ago)

Derry City lost 2-1 away from home against Galway United in a league fixture. Derry’s goal came from former England international Luther Blissett on his City debut.

OCTOBER 17th 2006 – (10 years ago)

Derry City defeated Sligo Rovers 4-0 in a league fixture at Brandywell. Farren, Hargan, Kelly, O’Flynn with the goals.

OCTOBER 17th 1931 – (85 years ago)

Derry City had two players named in the Ireland team which lost 6-2 to England at Windsor Park. Samuel Russell and Jimmy Kelly both stared the game with Kelly scoring one of the goals for Ireland.

OCTOBER 17th 1936 – (80 years ago)

Derry City defeated Cliftonville 4-0 at Brandywell with Archie McLeod (ex-Partick Thistle) scoring all four goals.


OCTOBER 18th 1989 – (27 years ago)

Derry City defeated Kilkenny City 4-1 in the semi final of the league cup. Paul Doolin 2, Paul Curran and Felix Healy with the goals.

OCTOBER 18th 1941 – (75 years ago)

Derry City defeated Linfield 4-0 in the Northern Regional Gold Cup at Brandywell. Bennett (Green Howards Military player, Army), Leslie Warner (ex Coventry City), Jimmy Kelly andHughie Carlyle (ex-Motherwell) with the goals.


OCTOBER 19th 1935 – (81 years ago)

Derry’s Jimmy Kelly played for Ireland against England in the British Championship at Windsor Park in front of 28000. England won by 3 goal to 1 – Fred Tilson 2 and Eric Brook scored for England. Jack Brown scored for Ireland. Also lining out for Ireland was local Derry lad Robert James Browne who was recently transferred to Leeds United for ¬£1500 around this time.

OCTOBER 19th 1940 – (76 years ago)

Derry City defeated Glentoran 5-2 in the Northern Regional Gold Cup at Brandywell. Jimmy Kelly, Hughie Carlyle (ex-Motherwell), Eamon Gillen, Johnny Morton (ex English Junior Club) and Jimmy Kelso (ex-Hibernians) with the goals.


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