Cork Hibernians F.C.

Cork Hibernians F.C. were an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1957 and 1976 and, from 1962, played their home games at Flower Lodge. In 1971, they were League of Ireland champions.

Cork Hibernians
Full nameCork Hibernians Football Club
GroundThe Mardyke (1957-62)
Flower Lodge (1962-76)
LeagueLeague of Ireland


The club was originally formed by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and had previously played as AOH in the Cork Athletic Union League.[1] Under this name the club won the FAI Intermediate Cup in 1952 and were runners-up in the same competition in 1957. 1957 also saw them change their name, turn semi-professional and join the League of Ireland, replacing Cork Athletic. They played at The Mardyke until 1962, when they moved to Flower Lodge.[2] During the late 1960s and early 1970s Hibs enjoyed a local rivalry with Cork Celtic. Both clubs enjoyed moderate success on the field and support for both teams was very strong. Average gates of 10,000 were not unfamiliar. Indeed, at one game at Flower Lodge against Waterford United, a league decider, an attendance of 26,000 was recorded.[citation needed]

Hibernians enjoyed their most successful era under player-manager Dave Bacuzzi, a former Arsenal and Manchester City defender. Bacuzzi joined the club in May 1970. Initially, he thought he had been approached from a mysterious exotic location when he received a misspelled telegram asking him to contact Cork Island instead of Cork, Ireland. Bacuzzi subsequently guided Hibs to several trophies including the League of Ireland title in 1971, beating Shamrock Rovers in a play-off. In 1972 they won the FAI Cup when Miah Dennehy scored a hat-trick in the final against Waterford United and in 1973 they retained the same trophy. This win earned Cork a place in the 1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup. In the First Round, Hibernians met Czechoslovak outfit Banik Ostrava. In the opening game, away in Ostrava as Cork lost 1-0 on 13 September 1973.[3] On 3 October 1973, Hibs lost 1-2 at Flower Lodge, exiting the competition. Carl Humphries scored the home side's only goal.[4] They also won the all-Ireland competition, the Blaxnit Cup in 1972.[citation needed]

After Bacuzzi left to manage Home Farm in 1974, Hibs remained a top-five club but dramatically folded just before the start of the 1976/77 season.[5] Their crowds had dwindled, and they had lost money fielding ex-England international Rodney Marsh. The club was replaced by another Cork team, Albert Rovers for that season.[6]

In 1985 former player/manager Amby Fogarty attempt to revive the Cork Hibernians name, with the club elected to join the new League of Ireland First Division. However the club was removed from the League of Ireland without playing a game, as the Munster F.A. refused the new team a lease on Turners Cross unless they had their own public liability insurance, which Hibernians could not afford.[7]


Team recordsEdit

  • Record Win:
  • Record Defeat:
  • Highest Scorer in One Season:
    • Tony Marsden 22 goals (1971–72)
  • Highest League Scorer Aggregate:
    • Dave Wigginton 73 goals;
    • John Lawson 41 goals
    • Tony Marsden 38 goals
    • Donie Wallace 33 goals
    • Miah Dennehy 31 goals.
  • Leading Scorer in all Competitions:
    • Dave Wigginton 130.
  • Highest Attendance:

Season placingsEdit

Season Position
1975–76 5th
1974–75 4th
1973–74 3rd
1972/73 4th
1971/72 2nd
1970/71 1st
1969/70 3rd
1968/69 3rd
1967/68 10th
1966/67 9th
1965/66 4th
1964/65 4th
1963/64 6th
1962/63 6th
1961/62 5th
1960/61 9th
1959/60 6th
1958/59 10th
1957/58 12th

European recordEdit


Competition Matches W D L GF GA
European Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
European Cup Winners' Cup


Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Valencia 0–3 1–3 1–6
1971–72 European Cup 1R   Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–5 1–2 1–7
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Pezoporikos 4–1 2–1 6–2
2R   Schalke 04 0–0 0–3 0–3
1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Baník Ostrava 0–1 1–2 1–3

Notable former playersEdit

Former ManagersEdit

  • George Lax: 1957–59
  • John McGowan: 1959–61
  • Tommy Moroney: 1961–64
  • George O'Sullivan 1963–64
  • John Maloney 1965–66
  • Amby Fogarty: 1967–69
  • Austin Noonan: 1969–70, 1974–76
  • Dave Bacuzzi: 1970–74

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cork AUL Records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  2. ^ Niall Macsweeney (n.d.), A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921/2-1984/5. Basildon:Association of Football Statisticians.
  3. ^ "Banik Ostrava 1-0 Cork Hibernians". Football Database. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Cork Hibernians 1-2 Banik Ostrava". Football Database. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ Meagan, Jimmy (18 August 1976). "Hibs Crash Out Of L.O.I." The Irish Press. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Irish Newspaper Archives.
  6. ^ George, Bill (18 September 1976). "Alberts Elected To League". Cork Examiner. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Irish Newspaper Archives.
  7. ^ George, Bill (3 September 1985). "Cork Hibs forced out". Cork Examiner. Retrieved 22 May 2019 – via Irish Newspaper Archives.