Cork City F.C.

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Cork City
Full nameCork City Football Club
Nickname(s)Rebel Army, City
Founded1984;37 years ago (1984)
Ground Turners Cross
Owner FORAS (supporter owned)
ChairmanDeclan Carey [1]
Manager Colin Healy
League League of Ireland First Division
2020 10th (relegated from Premier to First Division)
Website Club website

Cork City Football Club (Irish : Cumann Peile Chathair Chorcaí) is an Irish association football club based in Cork. The club was founded and elected to the League of Ireland in 1984. It was one of the first clubs in Ireland (and the first in Cork) to field a team of professional footballers. With the progression of professionalism at the club, continued development of the Turners Cross stadium and the transition to summer football, the club became one of the biggest and best supported clubs in the country. [2] In 2008, financial issues resulted in a period of examinership, and the club's then holding company was wound up in 2010. [3] A team was entered into the 2010 League of Ireland First Division, [4] before the club re-acquired rights to the name "Cork City Football Club", [5] and was promoted back to the premier division for the 2012 season. [6] Cork City FC won its third premier division title, and first FAI Cup double, during the 2017 season. Following the 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division, the club were relegated to the League of Ireland First Division.


The club's traditional colours are green and white with red trim, and the crest is a variant of the Cork coat of arms. City's home games are played at Turners Cross. In a survey published in 2020, the club was the highest supported League of Ireland club. [7]



The current club are not the first to use the name Cork City. During the 1920s teams referred to as Cork City competed in both the Munster Senior League and the Munster Senior Cup. A team named Cork City finished as Munster Senior Cup runners up in 1924–25. [8] [9] Another Cork City F.C. also played in the League of Ireland between 1938 and 1940. [10] [11]


Following the bankruptcy of Cork United in 1982, senior football returned to the city with the formation of a new Cork City FC in 1984. Founded by officials from several Cork clubs (including Cork United and Avondale United), the new club was elected to the League of Ireland. Bobby Tambling was the first manager appointed to the club, but he was replaced by Tony 'Tucker' Allen after only 13 games.

In its first and second seasons, the young club barely averted relegation to the new First Division – failing to win a single game at home in Flower Lodge and avoiding relegation only on goal difference. The club reached the semi-finals of the FAI Cup, but were knocked-out by Shamrock Rovers – in the last match played at the Lodge.

Neale FennJohn Caulfield (Irish footballer)Tommy Dunne (footballer born 1972)Paul DoolinAlan MathewsDamien Richardson (footballer)Pat DolanLiam Murphy (football)Colin MurphyDerek MountfieldDave Barry (Irish footballer)Rob HindmarchNoel O'MahonyDamien Richardson (footballer)Noel O'MahonyEamonn O’KeefeNoel O'MahonyTony Allen (footballer)Bobby TamblingCork City F.C.

In 1986 the club moved to a new home at Turners Cross, where new manager Noel O'Mahony brought Cork to a midtable finish. The following year, former Ireland striker Eamon O'Keefe arrived as manager, delivering the Munster Senior Cup, and the League of Ireland Cup (the club's first national silverware).

By 1988, O'Mahony was re-installed as manager, and the side finished eighth in the league, and a loss to champions Derry City in the FAI Cup final earned the club its first European ticket. While Torpedo Moscow knocked the club out of the 1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup, City earned a fifth-place finish in the Premier Division, and the Munster Senior Cup was reclaimed.


The early 1990s saw lengthy unbeaten league runs, high league positions, retention of the Munster Senior Cup through four years, and a number of games in European competition. The most notable European game was a UEFA Cup tie with Bayern Munich, which saw City hold the Germans 1:1 at Musgrave Park before falling 0:2 to late goals in Bavaria. 1993 saw Cork City land the League of Ireland Premier Division title for the first time, after a complicated three team play-off. O'Mahoney resigned and the club moved to a new stadium in Bishopstown at the end of the season.

Damien Richardson took the helm and the 1993/94 season began with City coming from three goals down to beat Welsh side Cwmbran Town in the UEFA Champions League. In the following round they suffered odd-goal defeats both home and away to Turkish side Galatasaray. City finished in runners-up position in the league that year.

1994/95 was a varied season for Cork City. After a strong start to the season, financial pressures forced Richardson to resign and with Bishopstown not being developed to plan, games were switched to Cobh, Turners Cross, and an enforced trip to Tolka Park. Noel O'Mahony was re-appointed as manager but the title challenge collapsed. The club did have successes in the Munster Senior Cup and League of Ireland Cup that season however.

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Cork City returned to Turners Cross in 1996

At the start of the 1995/96 season Rob Hindmarch took the reins, but the club was in trouble. With the stadium dragging it under, the receiver was called in and the club left 'homeless'. Efforts to save the situation saw a new board installed and a move back to Turners Cross. With limited funds, Hindmarch had skimmed along but relegation still threatened, and a Cup exit saw Dave Barry appointed. The team managed a ninth-place finish in the league, and for the first time in five years City lost the Munster Cup – to Waterford junior side Waterford Crystal.

1996/97 saw City finish in fourth place. The club also narrowly lost out in the League Cup with an unexpected loss to First Division Galway United. Crowds began to increase, and the Munster Senior Cup was recaptured. The following season Cork performed well in the InterToto Cup and the team improved to third in the league. Dave Barry's reign reached its high point in that year, when City won the 1998 FAI Cup. Cork began the following season with eight straight wins but in the end had to settle for second place, as three defeats to champions St Patrick's Athletic were costly. After finishing runner up for the second season in a row in 1999/2000, Barry resigned to be replaced by Colin Murphy.


Colin Murphy stayed for one FAI Super Cup game before departing to Leicester City just days before a UEFA Cup game. His replacement, Derek Mountfield, lasted less than a season and was replaced by former player Liam Murphy. Under Murphy, City embarked on a 13-game unbeaten run that brought an Intertoto ticket and a tenth Munster Cup success.

In 2001, a controversial link-up was proposed between City, English side Leicester City and local outfit Mayfield United. Fans protested however, and the link-up never materialised. Also in 2001, the board of directors stepped down and businessman Brian Lennox assumed control and lead the club to a professional era.

2002 was most notable as a time of transition, as several older players, who had been a mainstay of the team in the 1990s, left the club or joined the coach staff. They were replaced by younger signings – such as George O'Callaghan, John O'Flynn and Dan Murray.

In February 2003 ex-St. Pat's manager Pat Dolan was unveiled as the new boss and he led City to third place in the new summer season. Dolan's second season as manager also proved successful, as City surpassed Malmö FF and NEC Nijmegen in the Intertoto Cup and secured second place in the league.

Dolan was controversially sacked in pre-season 2005 and replaced by former manager Damien Richardson. In 2005, Richardson lead Cork City to their second league championship – winning on the final day of the season with a 2–0 victory over Derry City. In the same year, Cork City finished runners-up the FAI Cup.

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UEFA Champions League qualifier- Cork City v Crvena Zvezda

2006 saw further upgrade work begin at Turners Cross and City met Apollon Limassol and Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League. The club lost to Drogheda United in the Setanta Cup Final, finished 4th in the league, and secured a place in the Intertoto and Setanta Cup.

At the start of the 2007 season, two new signings were deemed ineligible for play. This mirrored an inconsistent season start, with elimination from the Setanta Cup, a home win against St. Pat's and a record-equalling 4–1 defeat to Sligo Rovers. In August 2007, Roy O'Donovan left for Sunderland for a record LOI fee of €500,000. 2007 also saw the club's ownership change hands: from chairman Brian Lennox to venture capital firm "Arkaga". Despite an FAI Cup win, manager Damien Richardson's future at the club was in doubt, and – after some acrimony – he and the club parted ways. [12]

In January 2008, former Longford Town boss Alan Mathews became manager, [13] and the club signed several players – including taking advantage of FIFA's changes to the "3 club" rule by re-signing George O'Callaghan from Ipswich Town. However O'Callaghan was later dropped and released. City were knocked out of the first qualifying round in European competition by FC Haka. While David Mooney retained the league's top scorer spot, City failed to take points from Bohemians or St. Pats and finished fifth in the league. The club did however gain some silverware, beating Glentoran in the Setanta Sports Cup final. [14] Off the pitch the club suffered a considerable threat when, in August 2008, after investment difficulties with venture capital firm Arkaga, [15] the club entered into examinership. With debts of up to €800,000, cost-cutting measures were implemented. [16] Under related rules, the club was docked 10 points in the league. [17] In October 2008 the High Court ruled in favour of Tom Coughlan's bid to take over the club, and ended the examinership.

Paul Doolin replaced Mathews as manager for the 2009 season, [18] and the side gained a number of positive results early in 2009 – including defeating Roy Keane's touring Ipswich Town 2–0. [19] Despite these on pitch results however, the club's future was left in considerable doubt following a High Court decision on outstanding Revenue receipts. [20] A "winding up" order was issued when no agreement could be reached on tax payments. [21] The club were given several extensions to pay or to appeal, [22] [23] [24] and the club narrowly staved off closure by meeting a final deadline. [25] Doolin left at the end of 2009, after leading the club to a third-place finish in the 2009 League of Ireland Premier Division. [26]


Fallout from the financial and management difficulties in 2008 and 2009 followed the club into the new decade. Roddy Collins was appointed manager before the start of the 2010 season, [27] despite questions over his contract status at Floriana F.C.. [28] Mounting pressure on owner Tom Coughlan (including threatened boycotts [29] and censure by the FAI) [30] [31] resulted in his resignation as chairman. [32] Club participation in the Premier Division was also left in doubt as licensing decisions were deferred pending changes in club ownership and payment of outstanding tax receipts. [33]

Despite some temporary stays, and several months of court and legal wrangling, [33] the club ultimately failed to gain a licence, meaning a deal on new ownership could not be secured, and the courts enforced a winding-up order on Cork City Investment FC Limited. [34] [35] Cork City fans entered the 2010 League of Ireland First Division with a new company under the name Cork City FORAS Co-op in the immediate aftermath of the winding up of the holding company CCIFC Ltd. The name of the club was restored on 1 June 2010 when a supporters' trust, FORAS, completed the purchase of the rights from Cork City Investments FC Ltd's liquidator. The team continued to compete in the League of Ireland as Cork City FORAS Co-op for the remainder of the season – though the club and most Irish media returned to calling the club Cork City FC, and supporters used this name during the entire period regardless.

Tommy Dunne (formerly assistant manager to Paul Doolin) was appointed first team manager, and oversaw the 2010 season. A number of players were called-up and played for the Ireland U23s, [36] [37] and others to the Ireland U21s. [38] [39] Shane Duggan, and Graham Cummins were both named in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year, while Cummins won the PFAI First Division Player of the Year award [40] [41] and was joint top-scorer in the First Division with 18 league goals. Cork ultimately finished 6th in the First Division in 2010.

In 2011 the club won the First Division, on the last day of the season, [42] securing promotion to the premier division. The team also reached the league cup final losing to Derry City in a game played at Turner's Cross. [43] The club were knocked-out of the 2012 FAI Cup by Shamrock Rovers in the third round, and finished sixth in the 2012 Premier Division league competition. [44]

Results at the start of the 2013 season led to the removal of Tommy Dunne as manager by August, [45] with Stuart Ashton overseeing the remainder of the season and a sixth-place finish. Former veteran player and record scorer John Caulfield was appointed manager in 2014, and oversaw unbeaten runs at the start [46] and end of the season – keeping pressure on league-leaders Dundalk. [47] However, despite pushing the title to a final day decider, Caulfield's side failed to pick up points from Dundalk and finished second in the 2014 Premier Division competition. [48] The club were also runners-up in the 2015 season, again finishing second to Dundalk. [49] This won them a place in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League, where they made it to the third round, their best European record since 1997. For the third consecutive year, Cork City finished second to Dundalk in the 2016 Premier Division. However, in November they beat Dundalk in the 2016 FAI Cup final after Sean Maguire scored a last minute extra time goal to win John Caulfield his first major trophy as manager. [50]

The 2017 season started with a 22-game unbeaten run, [51] however a number of less favourable results mid-season (and the departure of league top-scorer Sean Maguire to the UK and international duty) [52] [51] pushed City's "inevitable" championship win until later in the season. [53] Cork City were named 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division champions on 17 October 2017 - with several games in hand. [51] [54] The club completed its first league and cup 'double', by winning the 2017 FAI Cup Final a few weeks later on 5 November 2017. [55]

City started 2018 with a third successive President's Cup final win over Dundalk - in a game overshadowed by the death of former player Liam Miller, who died earlier in February 2018. [56] As with the preceding four seasons, Dundalk were Cork's main rivals in the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division and 2018 FAI Cup, [57] with Dundalk ultimately winning both. [58]

A series of poor results at the start of the 2019 season, saw the departure of John Caulfield as manager. [59] Neale Fenn was appointed as Caulfield's replacement in August 2019, [60] following a period where Frank Kelleher and John Cotter held interim management and coaching positions. [61] [62] Cork City finished the 2019 season in 8th position, with just 9 wins and 37 points. [63]


With five games remaining in the 2020 season, and the club at the bottom of the table with just 2 wins, Neale Fenn was replaced as manager by Colin Healy. [64] The club's relegation to the League of Ireland First Division was sealed on 24 October 2020, as their bottom of the table 10th place finish was confirmed following a Finn Harps win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park. [65] In late October 2020, the supporters' trust voted in favour of a motion to sell the club to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings through his company Grovemoor Limited. [66] However, in mid-December 2020 it was reported that the proposed sale would not progress as Grovemoor Limited "[could not agree] terms on a lease agreement with the Munster Football Association" for the use of Turner's Cross. [67]


Cork City FC is owned by its supporters through a supporters' trust – the Friends of the Rebel Army Society. [67] This trust elects a Board of Management to run the football club, but the major decisions must be made at Annual General Meetings or Extraordinary General Meetings.


Cork City play their home games at Turners Cross – a 7,365 all-seater stadium on the southside of Cork City. [68] The stadium is rented from the Munster Football Association.

Honours and records


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One of Cork City's crests
League of Ireland Premier Division 1992–93, 2005, 2017
League of Ireland First Division 2011
FAI Cup 1998, 2007, 2016, 2017
League of Ireland Cup 1987–88, 1994–95, 1998–99
President's Cup 2016, 2017, 2018
Munster Senior Cup 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008, 2017, 2018, 2018–19
Setanta Sports Cup 2008
A Championship Shield 2008
Dr Tony O'Neill Cup 2002–03, 2003, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015
Enda McGuill Cup 2004, 2006, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016
FAI Youth Cup 2000, 2006, 2009, 2011
Capital of Culture Cup2005
FAI Futsal Cup 2009


Record league victory(a) v Athlone Town 7–0, 10 September 2011
Record league defeat(a) v Shamrock Rovers 0–6, 21 February 2020
Longest unbeaten run24, 1 April 1990 – 13 January 1991
Most Successive wins12, 24 February 2017 – 5 May 2017
Most appearances John Caulfield – 455
Most starts John Caulfield – 376
Most consecutive starts Mark McNulty – 147
Most substitute appearances John Caulfield – 79
League Goals
Aggregate John Caulfield – 129, Pat Morley – 129
Season Graham Cummins – 24 – 2011 (First Division), Pat Morley – 20 (Twice), Sean Maguire - 20 (Premier Division)
Game (including national cup competitions) Ciarán Kilduff – 4 Vs. Shelbourne, 10 October 2013
Clean Sheets Phil Harrington – 112
European Goals
Aggregate Sean Maguire – 5

Hall of Fame

2006 * Dave Barry
2006Patsy Freyne
2007Declan Daly
2007 Phil Harrington
2008 John Caulfield
2008 Pat Morley
2009Liam Murphy
2009Colin T O'Brien
2010 Dave Hill Derek Coughlan
2011Fergus O'Donoghue
2012Philip Long
2015 Billy Woods
2017Stephen Napier
* The "Cork City Official Supporters Club Hall of Fame" was inaugurated in 2006, with Dave Barry and Patsy Freyne as the inaugural inductees. [69]

League placings

1984/85289th1996/97544th200846 5th20201110th
1986/87187th1998/99702nd2010 526th
1987/88347th1999/2000582nd2011 691st
1988/89268th2000/01563rd2012 366th
1991/92433rd2003 533rd2015672nd
1993/94592nd200574 1st2017761st

^ Change to "summer" season • ^ Premier Division points record • ^ Docked 10 points • ^ First Division • ^ Premier Division • ^ Relegated

European record


UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup / Europa League
European Cup Winners' Cup / UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup


SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentHomeAway Aggregate
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of Russia.svg Torpedo Moscow 0–10–50–6
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 1–10–21–3
1993–94 UEFA Champions League PR Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Cwmbran Town 2–12–34–4 (a)
1R Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray 0–11–21–3
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague 0–40–20–6
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège 0–0N/A4th
Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Petah Tikva N/A0–0
Flag of Germany.svg Köln 0–2N/A
Flag of Switzerland.svg Aarau N/A0–0
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Flag of Ukraine.svg CSKA Kyiv 2–10–22–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR Flag of Sweden.svg Göteborg 1–00–31–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Flag of Switzerland.svg Lausanne Sports 0–10–10–2
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Latvia.svg Liepāja 0–11–21–3
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Sweden.svg Malmö 3–11–04–1
2R Flag of the Netherlands.svg Nijmegen 1–00–01–0
3R Flag of France.svg Nantes 1–11–32–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1QR Flag of Lithuania.svg Ekranas 0–12–02–1
2QR Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens 0–01–11–1 (a)
1R Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague 1–20–21–4
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1QR Flag of Cyprus.svg Apollon Limassol 1–01–12–1
2QR Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star 0–10–30–4
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Iceland.svg Valur 0–12–02–1
2R Flag of Sweden.svg Hammarby 1–10–11–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1QR Flag of Finland.svg Haka 2–20–42–6
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Iceland.svg KR 1–11–2 (a.e.t.)2–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR Ulster Banner.svg Linfield 1–11–02–1
2QR Flag of Sweden.svg Häcken 1–01–12–1
3QR Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk 1–20–11–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Estonia.svg Levadia Tallinn 4–22–06–2
2QR Flag of Cyprus.svg AEK Larnaca 0–10–10–2
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1QR Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw 0–10–30–4
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 3QR Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg 0–20–30–5
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Luxembourg.svg Progrès Niederkorn 0–22–12–3


First-team squad

As of 12 February 2021 [70]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 GK Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Mark McNulty
2 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Uniss Kargbo
3 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Ronan Hurley
4 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Rob Slevin
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG George Heaven
6 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Gearóid Morrissey
7 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Dylan McGlade
8 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Cian Coleman
9 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Beinoen O'Brien-Whitmarsh
10 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Steven Beattie
11 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Cian Bargary
13 GK Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Dave Harrington
14 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Cory Galvin
15 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Dale Holland
16 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Alec Byrne
17 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Darragh Crowley
18 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Josh Honohan
19 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Luke Desmond
20 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Paul Hunt
21 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Oran Crowe
22 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL James O'Leary
24 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Cian Murphy
25 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Gordon Walker
26 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Jamie Wynne
28 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jonas Häkkinen
30 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jack Baxter(on loan from Preston North End)

Retired numbers

12Club supporters (the 12th man)

Technical staff

As of December 2020, technical staff members supporting the first team included: [1] [71]

PositionStaff member
Head Coach Colin Healy
Assistant coachesJohn Cotter
Goalkeeping coach Mark McNulty
PhysiotherapistOrla McSweeney
DoctorGerard Murphy
Kit managerMick Ring
Head of Academy Liam Kearney
U19 Manager Dan Murray
U19 CoachSteven Beattie


1984 Flag of England.svg Bobby Tambling
1984–1985 Flag of Ireland.svg Tony 'Tucker' Allen
1986 Flag of Ireland.svg Noel O'Mahony
1987 Flag of Ireland.svg Eamon O'Keefe
1988–1992 Flag of Ireland.svg Noel O'Mahony
1992–1993 Flag of Ireland.svg Damien Richardson
1993–1994 Flag of Ireland.svg Noel O'Mahony
1994–1995 Flag of England.svg Rob Hindmarch
1995–2000 Flag of Ireland.svg Dave Barry
2000 Flag of England.svg Colin Murphy
2000 Flag of England.svg Derek Mountfield
2000–2003 Flag of Ireland.svg Liam Murphy
2003–2004 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Dolan
2005–2007 Flag of Ireland.svg Damien Richardson
2008 Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Mathews
2009 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul Doolin
2010 Flag of Ireland.svg Roddy Collins
2010–2013 Flag of Ireland.svg Tommy Dunne
2013 Flag of England.svg Stuart Ashton (interim)
2014–2019 Flag of Ireland.svg John Caulfield
2019–2020 Flag of Ireland.svg Neale Fenn
2020– Flag of Ireland.svg Colin Healy

Kit and colours

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Kit left arm.svg
Kit body whitehoops.png
Kit body.svg
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Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks long.svg
Original kit 1984–1989
Kit left arm.svg
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Kit body.svg
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks long.svg
Recurring black Away kit
Kit left arm.svg
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Kit body.svg
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks long.svg
Red Home kit 1997–2002
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body collarwithbodywhite.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks long.svg
v. Nijmegen 2004
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Graphic of a Cork City shirt decorating a bar on Grand Parade

The club's colours largely reflected the traditional colours of association football in Cork, with green and white featuring heavily. Since the club's inception in 1984, the kits also featured a red trim – influenced in part by the traditional Gaelic Athletic Association colours of County Cork. Over the years, these base colours were worn in different combinations: [72] originally green and white hoops in 1984, then white shirts with green and red trim in 1989. [73]

In 1997, the club broke with tradition to use a red and white kit – similar to the Cork County GAA kits. Subsequently, the club reverted to the green and white theme in 2002, initially with white sidings rather than stripes, but eventually returning to green white and red stripes. [72]

From 1984 to 2004, the team never wore a kit with a single solid colour.[ citation needed ] However, in 2004, when playing Intertoto cup opponents NEC Nijmegen, the referee deemed that both of Cork City's kits clashed with both of NEC's kits. The club was forced to hurriedly source an alternative while en route to the Netherlands. The team wore all-white kits with a makeshift crest and sponsorship.

There was a recurring theme of black away kits – often with yellow trim – reflecting the kits of former Cork clubs. [72] In 2004, a Cork XI selection featuring a number of City players faced Bolton Wanderers, wearing yellow and black. Black again became the colour of the team's away jersey in 2008, with a jersey from Danish maker Hummel.

In 2010, the club kept with tradition by wearing a green home kit with red and white trim manufactured by Hummel. The away kit was red with white trim, similar to the 1997–2001 home kits, and Cork GAA kits. These kits were used for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. City wore red at home for the first time since the 2001/02 season on 10 September 2010 against Mervue United to show support for the Cork Gaelic Footballers who were due to face Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final the following weekend. [74]

In November 2011, the club announced Umbro Ireland as the club's official kit partner. [75] For the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons, the club's official kit partner was Nike, with gear provided by Teamwear Ireland. [76] In September 2017 it was announced that Cork City had signed a three-year deal with kit supplier Adidas starting from the 2018 season. [77]

Supporters and rivalries

Colour from "shed-end" supporters ahead of a near-capacity game in April 2015 Turners Cross Stadium Shed End Cork City v Dundalk 24 April 2015 1.JPG
Colour from "shed-end" supporters ahead of a near-capacity game in April 2015

Cork City have one of the biggest support bases in the League of Ireland, and for example in early 2017 had average attendances of between four and five thousand per home game, compared to a league average of approximately 1,500. [79] The club had an average attendance of 4,453 during the 2015 season, the highest in Ireland, and approximately 1,000 higher than the next highest averages. [80] A 2020 survey indicated that Cork City had the highest number of supporters among League of Irelad clubs, and was the sixth highest supported football club in Ireland overall (between Chelsea and Barcelona). [7]

"The Shed" is a section of seating in the Curragh Road stand which is home to Cork City's more vocal supporters. Before redevelopment, this was the location of the 'Shed End' terrace, which was knocked in 2005. The Family Enclosure is a specified area in the 'Donie Forde' stand, where families and children watch games in a less boisterous atmosphere than that of the Shed End.

The only other league side in the Cork area is Cobh Ramblers F.C.. There has never been any significant rivalry between the clubs, as the Cobh club has spent much of its existence in the First Division.[ original research? ] Other rivalries have traditionally existed with some Dublin clubs such as Shamrock Rovers. [81] They also share a rivalry with Dundalk, as the two have been Ireland's two biggest clubs between 2014 and 2017. [82] [83] As 2017, games against Limerick F.C. have sometimes been referred to as the 'Munster Derby'. [84] Prior to 2010, this term was also sometimes applied to games against Waterford FC. [85] [86]

Launched in 2007, "Going Commando" is Cork City's only active fanzine.[ citation needed ] Other past fanzines have included "FourFiveOne" (discontinued in 2006) and "I was out there once!" (IWOTO). [87]

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The History of Dundalk Football Club (2002–present) covers the period from the aftermath of the 2001–02 season, when Dundalk had won the FAI Cup, but were also relegated to the League of Ireland First Division, to the end of the most recently completed season. It also includes short articles about some of the events that are an integral part of the club's recent history.


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