Distillery F.C. (Dublin)
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Distillery F.C. Dublin

Full nameDistillery Football Club
LeagueLeinster Senior League
Athletic Union League

Distillery Football Club was an Irish association football club originally based on Distillery Road in Drumcondra, Dublin. [1] The club was active during the 1930s and 1940s, fielding teams in both the Leinster Senior League [2] and the Athletic Union League.[3] They also competed in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup, the FAI Junior Cup and the Leinster Senior Cup, winning the three latter trophies. [4][5][6][7] Despite their successes at intermediate and junior level, unlike their contemporaries Sligo Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic, Distillery never joined the League of Ireland.


Intermediate success

Distillery first came to national prominence when they won the 1930-31 FAI Junior Cup. [6] During the late 1930s and early 1940s they developed into the leading intermediate club team in Ireland, winning the Leinster Senior League on five occasions and the FAI Intermediate Cup four times in row between 1938-39 and 1941-42. [2][5] This latter achievement remained unequalled for seventy two years until Avondale United completed a four in a row in 2013-14. [1][8] In 1941-42 Distillery also won the Leinster Senior Cup after defeating Bray Unknowns 4-1 in the final. As a result they became the first non-League of Ireland club to defeat a League of Ireland club in the final. [7] The 1941-42 season saw the club achieve a quartet, winning the League Senior League, the Leinster Senior Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Junior Cup. [2][5][6][7]Tommy Eglington was a member of their 1941-42 FAI Junior Cup winning team. [9]


Distillery made their first appearance in the FAI Cup in the 1934-35. In the round of sixteen they defeated Butchers (Cork) 3-0 after two replays before losing 2-1 to Dundalk in the quarter-finals. In 1937-38 they were FAI Cup semi-finalists. In the round of sixteen they defeated Cobh Ramblers 2-1 before knocking out their neighbours Drumcondra 4-0 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals they drew 2-2 with St James's Gate before losing 3-2 in a replay. Gate subsequently went on to win the cup. Distillery were quarter-finalists again in 1938-39 and 1939-40 and also played in the 1940-41, 1941-42 and 1942-43 competitions. [4][10][11]

Notable former players

Dual Ireland internationals
Shamrock Rovers players



Source: [2][7][5][13][6]


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  2. ^ a b c d "LSL - MSL - USL - CSL Past Tables Query". foot.ie. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b Paul Doolan, Robert Goggins (1993). The Hoops. Gill & MacmillanLtd. ISBN 0-7171-2121-6.
  4. ^ a b "Ireland - FA of Ireland Cup 1921/22-1993/94". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ireland - FA Intermediate Cup Winners and Runners-Up". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "FAI Junior Cup Winners". stadium.aviva.ie. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Stat Attack - LSC Final:Leinster Senior Cup History". www.shamrockrovers.ie. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Avondale achieve 4-in-a-row FAI Intermediate Cup success". www.fai.ie. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Tommy Eglington". www.clontarfonline.com. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921-2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.
  11. ^ a b "On This Day: 9th February". www.dundalkfc.com. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Tommy Eglington". Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Mark Herbert, Donie Butler (1994-95). FAI Yearbook & Diary 1995. Dublin: Sportsworld Ltd.

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