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Cork is a city in Ireland, located in the South-West Region, in the province of Munster. It is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. Eight association football clubs/teams or franchises from Cork have represented the city in the League of Ireland. In 1924–25 Fordsons became the first team from the city to join the league. Since then, apart from the two seasons, 1982–83 and 1983–84, the league has featured at least one Cork team. The current representative, Cork City F.C., were elected to the league in 1984–85. They are the only city club currently competing in the League of Ireland Premier Division. However, Cobh Ramblers, based in Cobh, currently play in the League of Ireland First Division. Between them, teams from Cork have won the league title on twelve occasions.

League of Ireland in Cork city
DivisionsLeague of Ireland
Premier Division
First Division
U19 Division
U17 Division
Domestic cup(s)FAI Cup
President's Cup
Munster Senior Cup
League cup(s)League of Ireland Cup
League of Ireland Shield
Dublin City Cup
Top Four Cup
FAI Super Cup
Most championshipsCork United (5)
Cork City (3)
Cork Athletic (2)
Cork Celtic (1)
Cork Hibernians (1)



Club From/To Seasons
Fordsons/Cork F.C. 19241938 14½
Cork Bohemians 19321934 2
Cork City I 19381940 1?
Cork United I 19401948
Cork Athletic 19481957 9
Evergreen United/Cork Celtic 19511979 28
Cork Hibernians 19571976 19
Albert Rovers/Cork Alberts/Cork United II 19761982 6
Cork City II 1984-Present 34

^1 Where multiple names are listed, the clubs have changed names. See below


Year Event
1924 Fordsons F.C. become first club from Cork to play in League of Ireland. Finish 4th in 1924–25 season
1930 Fordsons changed their name to Cork F.C.
1932 Cork Bohemians F.C. enter league.
1934 Cork win the 1933–34 FAI Cup. Cork Bohemians resigned from league.
1938 Cork are replaced by Cork City
1940 On 13 February Cork City was dissolved and Cork United was immediately formed. United took on the playing record and fixtures of the defunct club.
1941 Cork United win league and FAI cup double. They finished level with Waterford AFC on points and the league decided a play off should be played in Cork. Waterford refused to play in Cork, preferring a neutral ground or a two legged game. The league awarded the championship to Cork United. Cork also beat Waterford in the FAI Cup final after a replay.
1942 Cork United win league for second season in a row
1943 Cork United complete hat-trick of league titles
1945 Cork United win fourth league title
1946 Cork United win 5th league title in six seasons
1947 Cork United win FAI Cup
1948 On October 10 United resigned from the league after competing in the Dublin City Cup and some of the League of Ireland Shield. Cork Athletic was immediately formed with the same personnel and took their place in the league
1950 Cork Athletic win the league
1951 Cork Athletic win the league and FAI Cup double. Evergreen United elected to the league
1953 Cork Athletic win FAI Cup
1957 Cork Athletic resign from league. Cork Hibernians elected to league.
1959 Evergreen United change their name to Cork Celtic
1971 Cork Hibernians win the league championship
1972 Cork HIbernians win FAI Cup. Miah Dennehy scores first ever hat trick in final.
1973 Cork Hibs win FAI Cup for second year in a row
1974 Cork Celtic win league championship
1976 Cork Hibernians resign from league. Albert Rovers elected to league
1977 Albert Rovers change their name to Cork Albert and in October changed again, adding an 's' to become Cork Alberts
1979 Cork Celtic resigned from league. Cork Alberts change their name to Cork United
1982 Cork United expelled from the league
1984 Cork City formed and elected to the league
1985 Cork Hibernians formed and elected to the League of Ireland First Division. Due to cost of insurance at Turners Cross, the club were removed from the League without playing a match[1]
1993 Cork City win league title
1998 Cork City win FAI Cup
2004 Cork City go on an Intertoto Cup run beating a record number of teams, compared to other Irish competitors
2005 Cork City win league title
2007 Cork City win FAI Cup
2008 Cork City win the Setanta Sports Cup
2008 Cork City go into examinership
2009 High Court issues order to wind up Cork City FC, order later removed
2010 Tom Coughlan is banned by the FAI and forced to relinquish control as chairman and enter takeover talks
2010 Cork City Investments Fc Ltd is wound up but the club is saved and competes under the temporary name Cork City FORAS Co-op in the League of Ireland First Division. The underage teams continue to compete under the name Cork City Football Club, now owned and funded by the fans.
2010 Cork City purchased the name and other rights of Cork City Football Club from the former holding company Cork City Investments Fc Ltd., and resume competing under the Cork City name in the 2011 season.
2011 Cork City win the League of Ireland First Division, ensuring promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. A dramatic 94th-minute winner from Graham Cummins against Shelbourne FC at Tolka Park saw the First Division title head to Leeside
2017 Cork City win their first league and cup double



List of winners by seasonEdit

A DivisionEdit

Season Champions Runners-up Third Place
1925–26 Shelbourne Shamrock Rovers Fordsons
1931–32 Shamrock Rovers Cork Waterford
1933–34 Bohemians Cork Shamrock Rovers
1935–36 Bohemians Dolphin Cork
1940–41 Cork United Waterford Bohemians
1941–42 Cork United Shamrock Rovers Shelbourne
1942–43 Cork United Dundalk Drumcondra
1944–45 Cork United Limerick Shamrock Rovers
1945–46 Cork United Drumcondra Waterford
1949–50 Cork Athletic Drumcondra Shelbourne
1950–51 Cork Athletic Sligo Rovers Drumcondra
1953–54 Shamrock Rovers Evergreen United Drumcondra
1957–58 Dumcondra Shamrock Rovers Evergreen United
1958–59 Shamrock Rovers Evergreen United Waterford
1959–60 Limerick Cork Celtic Shelbourne
1961–62 Shelbourne Cork Celtic Shamrock Rovers
1967–68 Waterford Dundalk Cork Celtic
1968–69 Waterford Shamrock Rovers Cork Hibernians
1969–70 Waterford Shamrock Rovers Cork Hibernians
1970–71 Cork Hibernians Shamrock Rovers Waterford
1971–72 Waterford Cork Hibernians Bohemians
1973–74 Cork Celtic Bohemians Cork Hibernians


Premier DivisionEdit

Season Champions Runners-up Third Place
1990-91 Dundalk Cork City St Patrick's Athletic
1991-92 Shelbourne Derry City Cork City
1992-93 Cork City Bohemians Shelbourne
1993-94 Shamrock Rovers Cork City Galway United
1997-98 St Patrick's Athletic Shelbourne Cork City
1998-99 St Patrick's Athletic Cork City Shelbourne
1999-00 Shelbourne Cork City Bohemians
2000-01 Bohemians Shelbourne Cork City
2003 Shelbourne Bohemians Cork City
2004 Shelbourne Cork City Bohemians
2005 Cork City Derry City Shelbourne
2009 Bohemians Shamrock Rovers Cork City
2014 Dundalk Cork City St Patrick's Athletic
2015 Dundalk Cork City Shamrock Rovers
2016 Dundalk Cork City Derry City
2017 Cork City Dundalk Shamrock Rovers


List of winners by clubEdit

Club Titles Seasons
Cork United
1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46
Cork City
1992–93, 2005, 2017
Cork Athletic
1949–50, 1950–51
Cork Celtic
Cork Hibernians


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ George, Bill (3 September 1985). "Cork Hibs forced out". Cork Examiner. Retrieved 22 May 2019 – via Irish Newspaper Archives.
  2. ^ a b c d "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.
  4. ^ "A Timeline of League of Ireland Soccer in Cork". Retrieved 7 November 2016.