History

62 years ago today…

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September 21, 1957

Jim McLaughlin made his Derry City debut as a 16-year-old against Crusaders in a City Cup tie at Brandywell. He scored one of the goals as City secured a 3-1 win over the Hatchetmen.

Jim finished the season as Derry’s top scorer with a total of 16 goals. At the end of the season he was transferred to Birmingham, for a fee of around £4,000.

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48 years ago today…

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John Rowland scores his first goal against Distillery.

September 18, 1971

John Rowland scored five times as Derry City defeated Distillery 6-2 in an Ulster Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

30 years ago today…

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September 13, 1989

Derry City lost 2-1 to S.L. Benfica in the European Cup first round first leg tie at Brandywell.

Paul Carlyle scored for Derry in the second half, Jonas Thern and Ricardo with the goals for Benfica.

This was also the first game televised live by RTE which involved an Irish Club.

Liam Coyle v Carles Puyol

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16 years ago, Liam Coyle v Carles Puyol at Brandywell.

Derry City 3-1 Longford Town – FAI Shield Final, 1st leg, April 1986

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Derry City 3-1 Longford Town – FAI Shield Final, 1st leg, April 1986

Opening Day Fixtures

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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. Read the rest of this entry »