Opening Day Fixtures

Derry City team from 1929

As Kenny Shiels prepares to take his Derry City squad to Waterford for the opening fixture of the 2018 season tomorrow evening and with the club edging ever closer to its 90th anniversary, we have delved through the archives to pick out some notable opening day fixtures from days gone by.

August 22, 1929: Irish League Fixture – Derry City 1-2 Glentoran – First competitive game in senior football

The Derry City story began on August 22, 1929, when the Brandywell club played its first competitive game in senior football against Glentoran FC. On that historic afternoon, an attendance of around 7,600 witnessed City fall to defeat against their Belfast opponents.

Derry were managed by the charismatic Joe McCleery, a native of Lurgan, and lined out with eight full-time professionals in their starting eleven.

But it was one of the part-timers, Peter Burke, who was based in Buncrana at the time, had the honour of scoring City’s first goal in competitive football when he fired home on the half hour mark. The visitors responded superbly in the second half when centre forward Fred Roberts netted twice to secure all three points for the East Belfast side. Continue reading