At the end of the 1992/93 season leaders Bohemians traveled to Dundalk on the last day only needing a point to secure the title (their first since 1978). On the way their bus broke down causing kick off to be delayed 45 minutes. Dundalk won 1-0 and three teams ended the season level on points; Cork City, Shelbourne and Bohs. Cork eventually won the league title after two round-robin play offs.
When Bohs next visited Oriel Park, this ‘ad’ appeared in the official match programme.
Somewhat ironically Turlough O’Connor resigned as manager of Dundalk shortly after this to take up the managers role at Bohs.
The League of Ireland went from being sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, to Famous Fried Chicken, to Pat Grace’s Famous Fried Chicken in the mid 1980s.
It started with the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise owner Pat Grace sponsoring his local Limerick United team in 1981.
The following season the Kentucky Fried Chicken League of Ireland was born.
Within 2 years it was simply known as the Famous Fried Chicken League, or even the FFC LOI.
Here’s how the 1984/85 sponsorship was broken down
Another year on, another name change. This time the Pat Grace League of Ireland.
The following year Opel took sponsorship of the league as part of their very successful deal with the FAI. Pat Grace’s Famous Fried Chicken remained in the hearts of LOI fans with their shopping in Phibsborough Shopping Centre beside Dalymount.