Shoot Magazine on Shamrock Rovers leaving Milltown for Tolka Park

Shamrock Rovers won their 4th successive league title in 1986/87 but already warning signs about the move out of Milltown were there;

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Later that year the move was the main topic for Rovers manager Dermot Keely as he spoke to Shoot;

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Keely was right about Dundalk being the main threat as the Lilywhites won the league ahead of Pats and Bohs. Rovers were 4th in their first season away from Milltown.

Thanks to the great ScotsFootyCards for the scans!

Famous Fried Chicken league sponsorship

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.

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The following season the Kentucky Fried Chicken League of Ireland was born.

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Within 2 years it was simply known as the Famous Fried Chicken League, or even the FFC LOI.

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Here’s how the 1984/85 sponsorship was broken down

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Another year on, another name change.  This time the Pat Grace League of Ireland.

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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.

Cork City plans for Bishopstown

In early 1992 Cork City announced ambitious plans for their own new ground in Bishopstown. Here’s how the Soccer Magazine recorded it.

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The ‘Stadio de Plonk” (as called by City Fanzine No More Plastic Pitches) didn’t really work out that way. Cork moved in for 1993/94 but spent only 2 seasons there with the 2nd being particularly brutal and enforced home games in Cobh’s St Colman’s Park and even Shelbourne’s Tolka Park. Their under 20 side still use it though.

Thanks to the Jackie Jameson Irish Football Legend facebook page for the scan