History of Shamrock Rovers F.C.
Shamrock Rovers Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Ruagairí na Seamróige) is a football club from Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Founded in Ringsend, a southside, inner suburb of Dublin, the club's date of foundation is uncertain and disputed. Between 1926 and 1987 the club played at Glenmalure Park, Milltown. Shamrock Rovers F.C. is Ireland's most successful football club having won the League of Ireland a record 17 times, including four times in a row in the 1980s, along with the FAI Cup a record 24 times, including six times in a row in the 1960s. It was also the first Irish club to participate in a European competition, playing in the European Cup in 1957. Shamrock Rovers was also one of the European club teams that spent the 1967 season in the United States to found the United Soccer Association, representing Boston as the Boston Rovers.
Shamrock Rovers F.C. has supplied more players to the Republic of Ireland national football team (62) than any other club. Famous players that have played for the club include: Paddy Moore, Jimmy Dunne, Paddy Coad, Jackie Jameson, Frank O'Neill, John Giles, Mick Leech, Pat Dunne, Noel Synnott, Jim Beglin, Paddy Mulligan, Johnny Fullam, Mick Smyth, Liam O'Brien, and Eamon Dunphy. Irish Rugby union international Tony Ward also played for the club for a period in the 1970s. Prior to the 1970s, Shamrock Rovers F.C. was well supported, attracting over 20,000 people regularly to Glenmalure Park and up to 45,000 for Cup Finals and European matches at Dalymount Park. Shamrock Rovers spent 22 years, from 1987–2009, as a homeless club during which time they experienced severe financial troubles and entered into Examinership.