Around This Time – 13th October

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OCT 13th 2002 – (15 years ago)

Greencastle native Gerard Gill became Derry City’s youngest player in League of Ireland football when he made his competitive debut coming off the bench in a 0-0 draw at home to Cork City. Gill was 16 years, 3 months & 3 days old.


Willie Ross pictured before Patsy Gallacher's Benefit game at Celtic Park in 1932 - Celtic/Falkirk XI v Scottish League Select
Willie Ross pictured before Patsy Gallacher’s Benefit game at Celtic Park in 1932 – Celtic/Falkirk XI v Scottish League Select

OCT 13th 1934 – (83 years ago)

Willie Ross
Willie Ross

Eighty-three years ago today Derry City made one of its most important signings in it’s history when left back Willie Ross joined the Brandywell club from Scottish side Airdireonians.

Ross joined Airdire from junior side Shotts Battlefield but only made eleven first-team appearances in four seasons. He was released at the end of the 1933/34 season before taking a gamble and accepting an offer from City manager Billy Gillespie.

Ross served the club as player, manager, secretary and general manager and wrote his name into the fabric of Derry City when he managed the Candy Stripes to Irish Cup success in 1949 and 1964, Gold Cup winners 1964 and of course he led City to their only Irish League title in 1964/65.


OCT 13th 1972 – (45 years ago)

Forty-five years ago today the Derry City board met on Friday 13th October 1972 and came to the decision to withdraw from the Irish League and all its other competitions.

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Around This Time – Massacre at the Brandywell

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Derry City made history twenty-eight years ago today – 8th October 1989 – when they defeated Galway United 9-1 at Brandywell to record their biggest winning margin since they entered the League of Ireland in 1985.

The Candy Stripes having won the League of Ireland Premier Division title for the first time the previous season had one of the strongest teams in their history and made light work of the Tribesmen who included some familiar names in their starting eleven.  

In nets for the visitors was Donegal Town native and former Finn Harps and Derry City goalkeeping coach Declan McIntyre. Former Saint Patrick’s Athletic manager and outspoken media pundit Pat Dolan lined up in the Galway defence. Johnny Glynn who was part of Pat Fenlon’s backroom staff at the Brandywell in 2007 played upfront while the well-travelled Paul McGee, who appeared 13 times for Derry in 1990, played in a midfield role.

Derry were in cruise control at the break leading 4-0 with goals from John Coady, Alex Kristic, Felix Healy and Paul Doolin and went on to score another five in a rampant second half display. Kristic scored twice to complete his hat-trick with Sion Mills man Jonathan Speak demonstrating his predatory instincts, netting three times in just over four minutes.

A video of all the goals can be seen below –

The Candy Stripes all time record winning margin in a competitive fixture occurred in December 1964 during their only league championship winning season in the Irish League. Derry fired ten goals past hapless Cliftonville at Brandywell to record a 10-1 victory with goals by Fay Coyle 4, Joe Wilson 2, Matt Doherty 2, Ronnie Wood and Jimmy McGeough with one apiece. Fay Coyle finished top scorer for Derry with 34 goals that year. Indeed, Coyle scored 79 goals in three seasons for Derry putting him in the top ten City scorers of all time.

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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