|Organising body||Leinster Football Association|
|Most successful club(s)||Shamrock Rovers (21)|
The LFA President's Cup was an association football cup competition featuring League of Ireland clubs affiliated to the Leinster Football Association. It was played for between 1930 and 2002. It was a de facto national super cup and on twenty four occasions featured the League of Ireland champions against the FAI Cup winners. The Football Association of Ireland also organised similar competitions, such as the Top Four Cup and the FAI Super Cup, both of which co-existed with the LFA President's Cup. Since 2014 the FAI has organised their own similarly named super cup, the President's Cup.
A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.
The League of Ireland, together with the Football Association of Ireland, is one of the two main governing bodies responsible for organising association football in the Republic of Ireland. The term was originally used to refer to a single division league. However today the League of Ireland features five divisions – the Premier Division, the First Division, an U19 Division, an U17 Division, an U15 Division and starting March 2019 an U13 Division. The League of Ireland has always worked closely with the FAI and in 2006 the two bodies formally merged. All the divisions are currently sponsored by Airtricity and as a result the league is also known as the SSE Airtricity League. In 2007, it became one of the first leagues in Europe to introduce a salary cap. The league's most successful club is Shamrock Rovers who have won 17 titles. Together with Dundalk, Bohemians and Shelbourne they are one of four clubs in the league to feature a golden star above their badge in recognition of winning ten titles. Bohemians are the only club in the league to have played every season in the top division.
The Leinster Football Association (LFA) is the governing body for association football in the Irish province of Leinster. It is responsible for organizing the Leinster Senior Cup and the Leinster Senior League as well as numerous other leagues and cup competitions for junior and youth teams. It was founded in 1892 and is the oldest football association in what is now the Republic of Ireland. Outside of the United Kingdom, only the national football associations of Denmark and the Netherlands are older. It was originally affiliated to the Belfast–based Irish Football Association, but following the partition of Ireland in 1921, it seceded from the IFA and subsequently played a leading role in the establishment of the Dublin–based Football Association of Ireland. It remains closely associated with the FAI and even shares a headquarters.
The LFA President's Cup was originally introduced as fundraiser to help cover the costs of the LFA's new headquarters at Parnell Square. The top four placed LFA affiliated clubs from the 1929–30 League of Ireland season took part in two semi-finals. Shelbourne defeated Brideville 1–0 at Harold's Cross Stadium in the first game on Sunday, 4 May 1930. Three days later the 1929–30 FAI Cup winners Shamrock Rovers defeated the league champions, Bohemians 2–0 at Dalymount Park. In the inaugural final on 23 May, Rovers and Shelbourne drew 1–1 at Shelbourne Park. For some reason the final was never replayed. In the 1930–31 final Dundalk beat Rovers 7–3. This became the competitions highest scoring final. Rovers won the cup for the first time outright in 1932–33. They would go on to become the competition's most successful club, winning it on twenty one occasions. They were also runners-up on a further ten occasions. The 1941–42 competition took nearly an entire year to compete despite a single tie format been used. Shamrock Rovers and Drumcondra drew in August 1941, drew in the replay in April 1942 before Rovers, in Bob Fullam's first competitive match in charge, won the second replay in August 1942.
Parnell Square is a Georgian square sited at the northern end of O'Connell Street, and west of Mountjoy Square, in the city of Dublin, Ireland.
The 1929–30 League of Ireland was the ninth season of the League of Ireland. Shelbourne were the defending champions.
Shelbourne Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Drumcondra, Dublin, who play in the League of Ireland First Division.
The most common format used throughout LFA President's Cup history saw the top placed LFA affiliated club from the League of Ireland play-off against the LFA affiliated club that had progressed the furthest in the FAI Cup. This match was usually a one-off fixture played before the following season. However the earliest competitions in 1930s featured as many as ten clubs and were played at the end of the season. There was no competition held between 1933 and 1938 and when it returned in 1939–40 it adopted the two club single match format. This format continued throughout the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. Between 1964 and 1965 and 1972–73, with the exception a single tie final in 1968–69, it reverted to a knockout tournament featuring up to eight clubs. In 1973–74 the LFA broke with tradition when they arranged an all-Munster final for the first and only time. Waterford, who had been League of Ireland champions for six out of the eight previous seasons, played Cork Hibernians, the winners of the two previous FAI Cup finals. Alfie Hale scored both goals, including one penalty, as Waterford won 2–0 at Flower Lodge on 29 August 1973. From 1973 to 1974 onwards the LFA President's Cup continued with the two club single match format, except between 1980 and 1981 and 1983–84 when the finals were played over two legs.
The Football Association of Ireland Senior Challenge Cup, known as the Extra.ie FAI Cup for sponsorship reasons, is a knock-out association football competition contested annually by teams from the Republic of Ireland. Organised by the FAI, the competition is currently sponsored by Extra.ie. It was known as the Free State Cup from 1923 to 1936. Shamrock Rovers hold the record of most wins with 24.
The Munster Football Association is the governing body for association football in the Irish province of Munster. It is affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland and is responsible for organizing the Munster Senior Cup and the Munster Senior League as well as numerous other leagues and cup competitions for junior teams. There are 13 leagues and approximately 800 teams affiliated with the MFA.
Waterford Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Waterford. The club finished top of the 2017 League of Ireland First Division, winning promotion to the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division. The club was founded and elected to the league in 1930. Originally the club was based at the greyhound stadium known as Kilcohan Park, but has now moved to the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.
When the LFA President's Cup was first established in 1929–30 every previous League of Ireland winner had come from Leinster and only two teams from outside Leinster – Alton United and Fordsons – had won the FAI Cup. This Leinster dominance would continue and the League of Ireland's traditional top four clubs – Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Bohemians and Dundalk – all came from the province. As a result the LFA President's Cup developed into a de facto national super cup. On twenty four occasions the final featured the League of Ireland champions against the FAI Cup winners. Between 1954 and 1955 and 1959–60 they met in six consecutive finals. Of the 64 finals played only nine did not feature either the League of Ireland champion or the FAI Cup winner.
Alton United F.C. is a defunct Irish football club who were based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and played in the Falls District League.
Shamrock Rovers Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Tallaght, South Dublin. The club's senior team competes in the League of Ireland Premier Division and it is the most successful club in the Republic of Ireland. The club has won the League of Ireland title a record 17 times and the FAI Cup a record 24 times. Shamrock Rovers have supplied more players to the Republic of Ireland national football team (62) than any other club. In All-Ireland competitions, such as the Intercity Cup, they hold the record for winning the most titles, having won seven cups overall.
Bohemian Football Club , more commonly referred to as Bohs, is a professional football club from Dublin, Ireland. Bohemians compete in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland, and are the oldest League of Ireland club in continuous existence. Bohs are the third most successful club in League of Ireland football history, having won the League of Ireland title 11 times, the FAI Cup 7 times, the League of Ireland Shield 6 times and the League of Ireland Cup 3 times. Prior to the establishment of the Football Association of Ireland and League of Ireland, Bohemians competed in the Irish Football League and Irish Cup, which were at the time all-Ireland competitions. During that period they won the Irish Cup once and finished runners up 5 times. They share the record for most wins in European competition with archrivals Shamrock Rovers and hold the record for Leinster Senior Cup wins with 32 cups claimed.
League of Ireland champions v FAI Cup winners. League champions in bold
More than two teams competed in the cup
|1929–30||Shamrock Rovers||1–1||Shelbourne||Shelbourne Park|
|1930–31||Dundalk||1–1||Shamrock Rovers||Shelbourne Park|
|Replay||Dundalk||7–3||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1931–32||This competition was not completed|
|1932–33||Shamrock Rovers||2–0||Dundalk||Dalymount Park|
|1939–40||Shelbourne||2–1||Shamrock Rovers||Shelbourne Park|
|1940–41||Shamrock Rovers||2–1||St James's Gate||Shelbourne Park|
|1941–42||Shamrock Rovers||3–3||Drumcondra||Tolka Park|
|Replay||Shamrock Rovers||4–4||Drumcondra||Dalymount Park|
|2nd Replay||Shamrock Rovers||5–3||Drumcondra||Glenmalure Park|
|1943–44||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||Dundalk||Glenmalure Park|
|1944–45||Shamrock Rovers||2–0||Drumcondra||Glenmalure Park|
|1945–46||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||Shelbourne||Glenmalure Park|
|1946–47||Drumcondra||2–2||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Drumcondra||1–0||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1948–49||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||Drumcondra||Glenmalure Park|
|1952–53||St Patrick's Athletic||1–1||Dundalk||Tolka Park|
|Replay||St Patrick's Athletic||5–0||Dundalk||Dalymount Park|
|1953–54||St Patrick's Athletic||2–2||Shelbourne||Tolka Park|
|Replay||St Patrick's Athletic||3–1||Shelbourne||Tolka Park|
|1954–55||Shamrock Rovers||2–1||Drumcondra||Tolka Park|
|1955–56||St Patrick's Athletic||3–1||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|1956–57||Shamrock Rovers||1–0||St Patrick's Athletic||Dalymount Park|
|1957–58||Shamrock Rovers||3–3||Drumcondra||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Shamrock Rovers||1–0||Drumcondra||Dalymount Park|
|1959–60||Shamrock Rovers||1–1||St Patrick's Athletic||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Shamrock Rovers||2–0||St Patrick's Athletic||Tolka Park|
|1960–61||Shelbourne||1–1||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Shelbourne||1–1||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|2nd Replay||Shelbourne||3–1||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|1961–62||Drumcondra||3–0||St Patrick's Athletic||Dalymount Park|
|1962–63||Shamrock Rovers||1–0||Shelbourne||Dalymount Park|
|1964–65||Dundalk||1–1||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Dundalk||4–2||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1965–66||Bohemians||1–1||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Bohemians||3–2||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1966–67||Drumcondra||1–0||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|1968–69||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||Dundalk||Tolka Park|
|1969–70||Shamrock Rovers||4–3||St Patrick's Athletic||Tolka Park|
|1970–71||Shamrock Rovers||3–3||Drogheda||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Shamrock Rovers||3–1||Drogheda||Tolka Park|
|1971–72||St Patrick's Athletic||0–0||Bohemians||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||St Patrick's Athletic||2–1||Bohemians||Tolka Park|
|1972–73||Shamrock Rovers||3–1||Dundalk||Dalymount Park|
|1973–74||Waterford||2–0||Cork Hibernians||Flower Lodge|
|1974–75||Bohemians||4–1||St Patrick's Athletic||Tolka Park|
|1975–76||Bohemians||4–0||Home Farm||Dalymount Park|
|1978–79||Bohemians||3–1||Shamrock Rovers||Glenmalure Park|
|1980–81||Dundalk||1–1||St Patrick's Athletic||Richmond Park|
|Dundalk||3–0||St Patrick's Athletic||Oriel Park|
|1981–82||Dundalk||2–1||Athlone Town||Oriel Park|
|Dundalk||2–2||Athlone Town||St Mel's Park|
|1983–84||Athlone Town||2–1||Bohemians||St Mel's Park|
|Athlone Town||3–0||Bohemians||Dalymount Park|
|1984–85||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||UCD||Tolka Park|
|1985–86||Shamrock Rovers||1–0||Bohemians||Glenmalure Park|
|1986–87||Shamrock Rovers||3–2||Dundalk||Oriel Park|
|1987–88||Shamrock Rovers||0–0||Dundalk||Oriel Park|
|1988–89||Dundalk||3–2||St Patrick's Athletic||Tolka Park|
|1989–90||Dundalk||3–1||Bray Wanderers||Carlisle Grounds|
|1990–91||St Patrick's Athletic||2–2||Bray Wanderers||Carlisle Grounds|
|1994–95||Bohemians||2–1||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1996–97||St Patrick's Athletic||0–0||Shelbourne||Dalymount Park|
|1998–99||Shelbourne||4–0||St Patrick's Athletic||Richmond Park|
|Shamrock Rovers||1929–30, 1932–33, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88 (Note 1)|
|Bohemians||1965–66, 1967–68, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02|
|Dundalk||1930–31, 1951–52, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1989–90|
|Shelbourne||1929–30, 1939–40, 1947–48, 1960–61, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2002–03 (Note 1) (Note 2)|
|Drumcondra||1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1966–67 (Note 2)|
|St Patrick's Athletic||1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1971–72, 1990–91, 1996–97|
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