Dundalk Football Club is an Irish professional association football club based in Dundalk, County Louth. The club currently plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division and are the current reigning champions, founded in 1903, it is the second most successful team, in terms of trophies won, in the history of the League of Ireland. The traditional colours of the club are white jerseys with black shorts, because of the white jerseys, the team has been nicknamed The Lilywhites. Home games are played in Oriel Park, a local rivalry is shared with Drogheda United, their Louth neighbours, who entered the League in 1963 as Drogheda FC and later became Drogheda United in 1975. In 2002, the won the FAI Cup for a ninth time. Dundalk celebrated its 2000th league game against Finn Harps on Thursday 8 March 2007 in Oriel Park to a crowd of 3,000 spectators. In 2016, the became the first Irish side to reach the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League after their shock 3–1 aggregate win over FC BATE Borisov. They were beaten by Legia Warsaw in the final play-off round and they became the first Irish side to win a group stage game in European competition when they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0 at home. The Dundalk team had beaten Institution 2nd XI 1–0, the club continued to exist until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. However, other clubs began to make their presence felt in the locality. One in particular, the Great Northern Railway Association Club, otherwise known as the Dundalk GNR, founded in September 1903, the Dundalk GNR were located at the Athletic Grounds and competed in the Dundalk and District League from 1905 until 1914, although media coverage remained patchy. Sports coverage was re-instated in the media in 1919, with the Dundalk. Included among the teams was a representing the Dundalk GNR. The club were also partaking in the Newry League at the time, the Dundalk GNR was not involved in the fledgling League of Ireland, which began at the start of the 1921–22 season. It involved only Dublin-based clubs, all of which had stepped up from the Leinster Senior League Senior Division and this ultimately opened the way for the Dundalk GNR to move up to the Leinster Senior League. It was the club from outside the capital to compete in the 1922–23 season. The first game in the League of Ireland ended in a 2–1 loss to Fordsons on 21 August. The club, still known as the Dundalk GNR, and continuing in the black and amber kit from their pre-First World War origins, the match ended in a 2–1 defeat
St Patrick's Athletic F.C.
St Patricks Athletic F. C. is an Irish association football club based in Inchicore, Dublin, that plays in the Irish Premier Division. Founded in May 1929, they played originally in the Phoenix Park, St Patricks Athletic have won numerous trophies in Irish Club Football, including nine League Titles, the fifth most in Irish Football, as well as three FAI Cups and two League Cups. The current manager is Liam Buckley, who is in his spell in charge at the club after replacing Pete Mahon in 2011. The club graduated through the ranks of the Leinster Senior League and duly took their place in the League of Ireland in 1951, the clubs glory years came in the 1950s and 1990s when they won 7 of their 9 league titles. The club also have the record for never having been relegated from the Premier Division, the club play in red and white colours, and their nicknames include The Saints, Supersaints and Pats. The Saints also have a lot of Dublin Derby games with the likes of Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, during the late 1940s and 1950s St Pats played in the Leinster Senior League. During this period won the league title on six occasions. This included four successive titles between 1947–48 and 1950–51, in 1947–48 St Pats completed a treble after also winning both the FAI Intermediate Cup and Leinster Senior Cup. The 1948–49 season would see St Pats win a Leinster Senior League / FAI Intermediate Cup double, in 1950–51 a young Shay Gibbons helped St Pats win the Leinster Senior League title for a fourth time. After St Pats first team joined the League of Ireland in 1951–52, in 1951–52 the club was admitted, along with Cork side Evergreen United, to the League of Ireland. St Pats made an impact, winning the league championship at their first attempt. Two more league championship successes followed in 1954–55 and 1955–56, the club had to wait until 1959 before their first FAI Cup success, repeating the feat in 1961. and Willie Peyton are players who contributed greatly during this era. St Pats struggled throughout the late 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s with only the odd cup final or young star emerging to brighten things for long suffering Pats fans, among those players to emerge was Noel Campbell. Campbell spent a number of years with St Pats before moving to SC Fortuna Köln where he would play 8 seasons, perhaps the brightest star to play for St Pats was Paul McGrath. McGrath was signed by Saints manager Charlie Walker from junior side Dalkey United, within a year he had won the PFAI Player of the Year award and earned himself a move to Manchester United. The World cup Winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks also played one match for St Pats, the appointment of Brian Kerr as manager in 1986 was a major turning point in the fortunes of the club. Kerr worked on limited resources to create team capable of challenging the best, at the end of the 1988/89 season St Pats left Richmond Park for what the board of directors called a short time while redevelopment work was done. Playing in Harolds Cross, Kerrs blend of players and experienced campaigners disregarded by other clubs won the clubs first league championship in 34 years on Easter Monday 1990
Oriel Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. It is used mostly for football matches and is the stadium of Dundalk F. C. Its current capacity is about 4,500 with 3,000 seats, the ground was opened in 1919. In February 2005, Dundalk F. C. announced a programme for a complete revamping of Oriel Park. The pitch was converted to an all-weather surface costing 1.5 million euro, in December 2006 Dundalk applied for planning permission to Dundalk Town Council for a Youth Development/Coaching Centre. The general facilities are to include a car parking, gymnasium, disabled training facilities. Games rooms, media centre, multipurpose hall and associated services at Oriel Park. This is believed to have cost the club in the region of €5 million, further plans are being made to upgrade the main stand, changing areas and bar facilities. In early 2007 the roof of the stand needed to be repaired due to storm damage, other work completed before the start of the season included new dressing rooms and a temporary covered terrace. Recent redevelopments at Oriel Park include the sale of land for housing development, with Dundalks qualification for the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League, the club decided to undertake a major redevelopment which includes increasing the number of seats in the ground to 3,000. The main stand now holds 1,100 while the terracing in front of, the seats added to the shed side of the ground brings the seated capacity up to 3,000. During the 2009-10 season, Dundalk F. C. built a development complex behind the shed for an undisclosed amount. The complex has been used not just for the club but has hosted the 2010 European Senior Badminton Cup, stadiums of Ireland Oriel Park https, //www. youtube. com/watch. v=tm2GJ_tB7zM Video tour of the ground
Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. It is on the Castletown River, which flows into Dundalk Bay and it has associations with the mythical warrior hero Cú Chulainn. The Dundalk area has been inhabited since at least 3500 BC, a tangible reminder of their presence can still be seen in the form of the Proleek Dolmen, the eroded remains of a megalithic tomb located in the Ballymascanlon area to the north of Dundalk. Celtic culture arrived in Ireland around 500 BC and their land now forms upper and lower Dundalk. Dundalk had been developed as an unwalled Sráid Bhaile. The streets passed along a ridge which runs from the present day Bridge Street in the North, through Church Street to Clanbrassil Street to Earl Street. In 1169 the Normans arrived in Ireland and set about conquering large areas, by 1185 a Norman nobleman named Bertram de Verdun erected a manor house at Castletown Mount and subsequently obtained the towns charter in 1189. Another Norman family, the De Courcys, led by John de Courcy, settled in the Seatown area of Dundalk, both families assisted in the fortification of the town, building walls and other fortification in the style of a Norman fortress. The town of Dundalk was developed as it lay close to a bridging point over the Castletown River and as a frontier town. In 1236 Bertrams granddaughter, Rohesia commissioned Castle Roche to fortify the region, the town was sacked in 1315, during the Bruce campaign. Dundalk had been under Royalist control for centuries, until 1647 when it occupied by The Northern Parliamentary Army of Colonel George Monck. The modern town of Dundalk largely owes its form to Lord Limerick in the 17th century and he commissioned the construction of streets leading to the town centre, his ideas came from many visits to Europe. In addition to the demolition of the old walls and castles, in the 19th century the town grew in importance and many industries were set up in the local area, including a large distillery. This development was helped considerably by the opening of railways, the expansion of the area or Quay. The partition of Ireland in May 1921 turned Dundalk into a border town, the Irish Free State opened customs and immigration facilities at Dundalk to check goods and passengers crossing the border by train. The Irish Civil War of 1922–23 saw a number of confrontations in Dundalk, Aiken did not try to hold the town, however, and before withdrawing he called for a truce in a meeting in the centre of Dundalk. The 49 Infantry Battalion and 58 Infantry Battalion of the National Army were based in Dundalk along with No.8 armoured locomotive and two fully armoured cars of their Railway Protection Corps. For several decades after the end of the Civil War, Dundalk continued to function as a town, a regional centre
Referee (association football)
In association football, the referee is the person responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game during the course of a match. At higher levels of play the referee may also be assisted by an official who supervises the teams technical areas. Referees remuneration for their services varies between leagues, Referees are licensed and trained by the same national organisations that are members of FIFA. Each national organisation recommends its top officials to FIFA to have the honour of being included on the FIFA International Referees List. International games between national teams require FIFA officials, otherwise, the local national organisation determines the manner of training, ranking and advancement of officials from the youngest youth games through professional matches. The referees powers and duties are described by Law 5 of the Laws of the Game, as per Law 9 of the game, if during the game the ball hits the referee there is no stoppage in play. However the officials would be expected to position themselves such that this would be unlikely to occur. Modern day referees and their assistants wear a uniform consisting of a jersey, badge, shorts and socks, since then, most referees have worn either yellow or black, but the colours and styles adopted by individual associations vary greatly. For international contests under the supervision of FIFA, Adidas uniforms are worn because Adidas is the current sponsor, FIFA allows referees to wear five colours, black, red, yellow, green and blue. Along with the jersey, referees are required to wear shorts, black socks. The badge, which displays the referees license level and year of validity, is affixed to the left chest pocket. All referees carry a whistle, a watch, penalty cards, a wallet with pen and paper. Most are encouraged to have more than one of each on them in case they drop a whistle or a pen runs out, often, referees utilize two watches so that they can use one to calculate time lost for stoppages for the purposes of added time. In matches with goal-line technology, the referee will have on their person a device to receive the systems alerts, Referees use a whistle to help in match control. The whistle is sometimes needed to stop, start or restart play but should not be used for all stoppages, fIFAs Laws of the Game document gives guidance as to when the whistle should and should not be used. Overuse of the whistle is discouraged since, as stated in the Laws, the whistle is an important tool for the referee along with verbal, body and eye communication. Before the introduction of the whistle, referees indicated their decisions by waving a white handkerchief, the whistles that were first adopted by referees were made by Joseph Hudson at Mills Munitions in Birmingham, England. The Acme Whistle Company first began to mass-produce pea whistles in the 1870s for the Metropolitan Police Force, Referees in football are first described by Richard Mulcaster in 1581
Chris Forrester is an Irish footballer currently playing for Peterborough United in League 1. In 2016, he came to prominence in Britain during a televised FA Cup game, earning praise from Gary Lineker and he was subject to an array of bids from Wolves, QPR, and Derby on the opening day of the January 2017 transfer window. Forrester started his career with his local team, Smithfield. He played for Bohemians for three seasons before he moved on to Belvedere and was a member of the successful Belvedere side who won the FAI Under–17 Cup in 2010 by beating Carragaline United, unfortunately for Forrester and Bohs, they would be defeated in both. With the financial uncertainty at Bohemians during the off season, Forrester found himself in the first team alongside some of ex Belvedere team mates such as Craig Sexton. He made his first team debut for the Gypsies on 7 March against Portadown F. C. at Shamrock Park and his performances on the wing impressed many as he became a regular in the first team including featuring in Bohs Europa League tie against Olimpija Ljubljana. Forrester capped the off the season by being awarded the clubs Young Player of the Year award for 2011, during the season, Chris also spent time on trial at Mick McCarthys Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford. Forrester joined St Patricks Athletic on 12 January 2012 on a 2-year contract and he started the season off well, his impressive form in pre-season earned him a start in the league opener against Bray Wanderers. Forrester scored two excellent goals in a 4–0 twin over Phoenix in the Leinster Senior Cup at Richmond Park, greg Bolger benefited from a Forrester assist late on to make it 2–0 against U. C. D. after a fine performance by the young winger. Forrester won the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for April 2012 for his brilliant performances including the performance that made him a fan favourite against Shamrock Rovers. Forrester scored a header from a Ger OBrien corner after 43 minutes at home to Dundalk in the Saints first loss of the season, the following night, he won the PFAI Young Player of the Year Award, as voted by his fellow League of Ireland players. He also received exposure in the Worlds media when he was included in the hugely popular football website 101 Great Goals list of the top 101 Youngsters in the World in 2012. Forrester made his 50th career league appearance on 2 April 2013 in a 2–1 loss at home to Dundalk and he followed this up by scoring his first career hat-trick and also setting up Conan Byrnes goal in a 4–0 win for Pats at home to Shelbourne on 15 April 2013. Shelbourne would suffer further, on 17 May 2013 at Tolka Park when Forrester scored a header from a Killian Brennan corner, Forrester scored his 6th of the season when he scored a beautiful chip to put Pats 3–0 up in a 5–0 win over UCD on 28 May 2013. Although he continued to assist his teammates goals, Forrester wen through a goal drought until he headed in the goal at home to title rivals Dundalk in a vital 2–0 win for Pats. St Patricks Athletic beat Sligo Rovers 2–0 on the 13th October 2013 to win the 2013 League of Ireland, a week later he picked up the first winners medal in professional football as the Saints lifted the league trophy following a 1–1 draw with Derry City. Forrester finished the season with a goal in a 4–2 loss against Cork City at Turners Cross in front of Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Forrester was voted the 2013 St Patricks Athletic Young Player of the Season by supporters, during the off season in the League of Ireland, Forrester trained with Bristol City