One year into the public health crisis, Ryan Clarke laments the absence of fans even more at the start of a new League of Ireland season.
With Dalymount Park set to undergo redevelopment, the home of Irish football in its current guise is nearing the end of an era. Bohemian FC are asking supporters to play their part in saying goodbye to the old ground.
The complex history of League of Ireland clubs and their stadiums is likely to get a little bit more complicated with the revelation that Shelbourne look set to join Bohemians in Dalymount Park in the not too distant future, writes Gavin White.
Dublin City Council have unveiled plans for the new Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian FC. The impressive design involves a realignment of the pitch but in its current form the iconic floodlights of the north Dublin ground will finally be consigned to history.
Compiled by journalist Colin White ‘Dalymount Park, The Home of Irish Football’ is a stunning new pictorial book documenting the history of the famous Dublin landmark and includes a heartfelt foreword by John Giles, a love letter to the place where he began his international career.
Planning Unit is a London-based creative design studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Knowles and Nick Hard. They have created a series of football stadium posters covering teams from the football league and across Europe. Dalymount Park was commissioned especially for Póg Mo Goal issue 2.
The late great Tom Finney, who died at the weekend aged 91, was the only scorer in the first meeting of Ireland, under the banner of the FAI, and England at Dalymount Park in 1946. Just two days after his début, Finney broke Irish hearts, a feat he would repeat over a storied career.
It’s become an urban footballing legend that Germany’s away shirt is green in homage to Ireland being their first opponents after the end of World War II. Except it’s not true. Well, at least the part about the second kit. Ireland did indeed play host to Germany’s first game overseas, however, following the conflict that ravaged Europe. And seven months later we travelled to Cologne for a friendly, 61 years before this Friday’s meeting in the same city.
Bohemian’s excellent poster advertising the new Airtricity League season, their new-look website and social media details.
Twenty-eight years ago this week, Bohemians beat Glasgow Rangers 3-2 in the UEFA Cup. The Dalymount clash was marred by fan violence but the result represented a famous night for League of Ireland football.