ON THIS DAY – 30th October

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Six years ago today on 30th October 2010, Derry City defeated Monaghan United one nil at Gortakeegan to lift the League of Ireland First Division title for the second time in their history. The Candy Stripes top scorer in League of Ireland football Mark Farren, scored the only goal of the game and his 20th in all competitions for the season. The Derry City starting XI on the night included nine men from Derry.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Eddie McCallion, Mark McChrystal, Shane McEleney, Emmett Friars, Patrick McEleney, Barry Molloy, Seamus Sharkey, James McClean, Ruairi Harkin, Mark Farren


Also on this day in October 1989 Derry defeated Bohemians 3-1 in a league fixture at Dalymount Park. Pascal Vaudequin, John Coady and an OG securing the win for City.

Two goals from Liam Coyle and one from Ray McGuinness gave Derry a 3-0 win over Athlone Town at St Mel’s Park in the quarter-final of the league cup on 30th October 1994.

15 years ago Derry defeated Finn Harps 2-0 at Brandywell in the first round of the league cup, while on the 30th October 2004 Dublin City left the Brandywell with a 3-2 win, Gary Beckett and Mark Farren on the scoresheet for City.

Derry’s all-time leading goal scorer Jimmy Kelly

Going back 79 years to the 30th October 1937, Derry City defeated Bangor 4-1 at Brandywell in the Irish League. Derry’s all-time leading goal scorer Jimmy Kelly scored twice, with Harry Duffy and Gerry McDaid also on the mark for the Candy Stripes.

76 years ago on 30th October 1940, Derry defeated an Army XI 11-1 in a friendly game in aid of the Spitfire fund. Former Hibernians forward Jimmy Kelso hit the back of the net four times, Eamon Gillen from Moville also scored four, Jimmy Kelly with two and a strike from Johnny Morton completed the scoring.

On Saturday 30th October 1943, Cliftonville from Belfast secured their first win over Derry City at Brandywell since Derry joined the Irish League in 1929. The Belfast club left Derry with a 3-1 win in the Northern Regional Gold Cup, Thompson scoring the only goal for Derry.


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