The Clash of the Irish Rovers

A BUMPER crowd is  expected at Lansdowne Road on Sunday for the first FAI Cup final at the AVIVA Stadium.

The clash of Sligo and Shamrock Rovers will draw the largest attendance at Irish football’s showpiece since the meeting of non-leaguers St. Francis and Bray Wanderers in 1990 when 30,000 people packed the Ballsbridge venue.

Almost 20,000 tickets have been snapped up with the FAI confirming that the entire lower section of the stadium will likely be full come Sunday’s kick-off. The cut-price tickets are expected to draw a large number of sales on the day.

Sligo Rovers were beaten in last year’s final and have already captured the EA League Cup title this season. Newly crowned league champions Shamrock Rovers are now aiming for the second part of a sensational double.

Rovers are synonymous with success in Irish football, with a record 24 cup wins, seven in the 1960’s alone, and three-in-a-row in the 1980’s.

After bridging a 16-year gap by claim the league pennant, the Tallaght Hoops are ninety minutes away from a first double since 1987.

First posted, Nov 2010

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