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MAY 22nd 2007 – (10 years ago)

Pat Fenlon resigned as Derry City manager on Tues 22nd May 2007 citing personal reasons.


MAY 23rd 2003 – (14 years ago)

Derry City lost 5-1 to Shamrock Rovers in a League fixture at Richmond Park.

Derry took the lead on 13 mins through a deflected Gary Beckett free kick but Rovers fought back to score five second half goals from Stephen Gough (2) and a hat-trick from James Keddy.

Derry City – Forde, McCallion, McCrystal, McLaughlin, Hutton, Friars, Doherty (McCready 85), Martyn, McGlynn, Beckett (Mullen 88), Moran (Gill 82).


MAY 25th 2012 – (5 years ago)

Derry City defeated Finn Harps 4-0 in the second round of the F.A.I. Cup with goals from Stephen McLaughlin 2, Rory Patterson and Barry Molloy.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Dermot McCaffrey, Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Owen Morrison, Stephen McLaughlin; Patrick McEleney, Rory Patterson Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Brian McGroary, Matthew Crossan, Ryan Curran.


MAY 26th 1989 – (28 years ago)

28 years ago Derry City striker Liam Coyle made his International debut for Northern Ireland in a one nil defeat to Chile at Windsor Park, Belfast. Coyle came on as a substitute for Jimmy Quinn on 64 minutes.

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NOVEMBER 21st 1936 – (80 years ago)

Derry City defeated Larne 4-0 at Brandywell in the Irish League with goals from Jimmy Kelly, Harry Duffy (ex-Yoker Athletic) and Archie McLeod 2 (ex-Partick Thistle).

NOVEMBER 21st 2002 – (14 years ago)

Derry City lost 3-0 to Bohemians at Brandywell in a league fixture.


NOVEMBER 22nd 1987 – (29 years ago)

Derry City defeated Sligo Rovers 4-0 at Brandywell in a league fixture with goals from Jonathan Speak 3 and an OG.

NOVEMBER 22nd 1952 – (64 years ago)

Derry City defeated Portadown 3-0 at Brandywell in the City Cup competition. Andy Mulgrew and Ronnie Kennedy with 2 scored the City goals.

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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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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.

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