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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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Twenty years ago today, on the 19th April 1997, Derry City defeated St Patrick’s Athletic by two goals to nil at Brandywell to lift the League of Ireland Premier Division title for only the second time in their history. A goal in either half from James Keddy and captain Peter Hutton secured the title and incredibly it was to be the last time the Candy Stripes would lift the famous old trophy. Derry finished ten points clear of second placed Bohemians in 1997, a video of the goals against the Inchicore side and a couple of articles from the Irish Times are below.

The Derry City league winning squad of 1996/97 included: – Tony O’Dowd, Declan Devine, Richie Purdy, Declan Boyle, Peter Hutton, Paul Curran, Gavin Dykes, Tom Mohan, Paul Hegarty, Liam Coyle, Gary Beckett, James Keddy, Kevin McKeever, Darren Kelly, Ryan Coyle, Sean Hargan, Tommy Dunne, Ryan Semple.

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APRIL 11th 2002 – (15 years ago)

Limerick FC defeated Derry City 3-2 on penalties at the Brandywell to win the League Cup for only the third time in their history.

A penalty in the 71st minute from star striker Liam Coyle gave the Candy Stripes a one nil win on the night, leaving the final tied 2-2 on aggregate.

Limerick goalkeeper Jimmy Fyffe saved Derry’s final two penalty kicks in the shoot-out, from Eddie McCallion and Gareth Mullan to secure victory for the Shannonside club.

Derry City: Payne; E McCallion, McCready, McLaughlin, Doherty, Deery, McGlynn, Coyle, T McCallion, Moran

APRIL 11th 1990 – (17 years ago)

Derry City defeated Saint Patrick’s Athletic 4-3 on penalties, in the FAI Cup quarter final replay at Harold’s Cross.

Paul Osam put the Inichicore side in front with the Candy Stripes equalising through an own goal by Pat’s centre half Damien Byrne.

Derry went on to win the penalty shootout 4-3.

APRIL 11th 1933 – (84 years ago)

Derry City defeated Coleraine 4-0 in the final of the North West Senior Cup with goals from John Forster and a hat-trick from former Everton striker Bobby Irvine.


APRIL 12th 1997 – (20 years ago)

Twenty years ago today the first domestic league game was screened live on television by RTE at Tolka Park, Dublin.

The game finished in an entertaining one all draw between Shelbourne and Derry City.

Stephen Geoghegan had given the hosts the lead but a second half effort form Gary Beckett secured a point for the Candy Stripes.

 APRIL 12th 1941 – (76 years ago)

Derry City suffered a heavy defeat, losing 6-2 to Portadown in the Northern Regional League. City’ goals coming from a brace by Jimmy Kelso.


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FEBRUARY 27th 1935 – (82 years ago)

Derry City defeated Ballymena United 7-1 away from home in the City Cup competition. Archie McLeod (ex-Partick Thistle) scored 4, a single strike from Jimmy Kelly and a brace from Albert Smith secured a huge win for the Brandywell club.

FEBRUARY 27th 1937 – (80 years ago)

Derry City defeated Linfield 1-0 at Windsor Park in the City Cup competition. Archie McLeod (ex-Partick Thistle) with the only goal of the game.

FEBRUARY 27th 1991 – (26 years ago)

Derry City defeated Limerick 2-0 in the final of the League Cup at Brandywell. Goals from Felix Healy and Joe Hanrahan saw the Candy Stripes lift the trophy for the second time since they entered the league of Ireland in 1985.

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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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On This Day – 24 Years Ago

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untitled7On this day 24 years ago, a Paul Mooney strike from 40 yards helped Derry City to a 3-2 win against Shelbourne in a dramatic Premier Division fixture played in front of a packed Brandywell Stadium.

A Jonathan Speak effort put City in front at the break before goals from Anto Whelan and Padraig Dully gave Shels the lead with 12  minutes to play.

Current Derry City head coach Donal O’Brien headed in the equaliser with five minutes left before Mooney’s stunning strike earned the Candy Stripes all 3 points to send them top of the table.

A video of all the goals below:

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