1921–22 FAI Cup

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1921–22 FAI Cup
Country Ireland
Dates 14 January–8 April 1922
Teams 11
Champions St James's Gate
Runners-up Shamrock Rovers
Matches played 13
Goals scored 48 (3.69 per match)

The FAI Cup 1921–22 was the first ever edition of Ireland's premier cup competition, The Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup or FAI Cup. The tournament began on 14 January 1922 and concluded on 8 April with the final replay held at Dalymount Park, Dublin. An official attendance[A] of 10,000 people watched St James's Gate complete the League and Cup Double by defeating Shamrock Rovers in a fixture marred by violence.[1] The winning goal was scored by John "Jack" Kelly.

First round[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Dublin United 8-1 Frankfort 14 January 1922
2 Olympia 1-3 Shamrock Rovers 14 January 1922
3 St James's Gate 3-1 Jacobs 14 January 1922
4 West Ham Belfast 0-0 Shelbourne 14 January 1922
replay Shelbourne 2-1 West Ham Belfast 21 January 1922
5 YMCA 3-4 Athlone Town 14 January 1922
Bye Bohemians

Second round[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bohemians 7-1 Athlone Town 28 January 1922
2 Shamrock Rovers 5-1 Dublin United 28 January 1922
Bye Shelbourne
Bye St James's Gate



St James's Gate:[2]
GK Ireland Coleman
FB Ireland Murphy
HB Ireland Kavanagh
FW Ireland McKay
FW Ireland Heaney
FW Ireland O'Shea
FW Ireland Carey
FW Ireland Kelly
FW Ireland Duncan
FW Ireland Dowdall
FW Ireland Gargan
Shamrock Rovers:[2]
GK Ireland Nagle
FB Ireland Kelly
FB Ireland Warren
HB Ireland Glen
FW Ireland Byrne
FW Ireland Birthistle
FW Ireland Campbell
FW Ireland Cowzer
FW Ireland Flood
FW Ireland Fullam
FW Ireland Doyle


A. ^ Attendances were calculated using gate receipts which limited their accuracy as a large proportion of people, particularly children, attended football matches in Ireland throughout the 20th century for free by a number of means.


  • Terry O'Rourke, Sean Ryan (1985). Gillette book of the FAI CUP. Irish Soccer Co-op. 
  1. ^ Rice, Eoghan (2005). "Foundation". We Are Rovers. Nonsuch. p. 35. ISBN 1-84588-510-4. Incensed with the result, Rovers supporters invaded the pitch and scuffles broke out between supporters and the victorious St. James Gate players. The Rovers fans were soon joined by their own players who invaded the opposition changing room and engaged in a mass brawl. The scene was one of mayhem and was only halted when the brother of one of the St. James Gate players took a gun from his belt and fired into the roof. 
  2. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference W40 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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