Leinster Nomads A.F.C.

Leinster Nomads A.F.C. was an association football club based in Dublin, Ireland.

Leinster Nomads A.F.C.
Full nameLeinster Nomads Association Football Club
Nickname(s)the Nomads
GroundSandymount Avenue
PresidentJohn G. Nutting Esq
SecretaryC. K. Bennett[1]

History edit

The club was formed in 1891 by former members of Dublin Association F.C.[2] Dublin Association had folded in 1890 after a dispute with the Irish Football Association surrounding an Irish Cup semi-final tie with Cliftonville in which it was alleged that match officials were connected to Cliftonville. After the IFA to replay or terminate the tie, Association pulled out of the competition and folded as a club.[3] The first match for the new club was a 5–0 defeat to Dublin University in the college park in November 1891, the Nomads being said to lack both combination and condition.[4]

On 27 October 1892, Nomads were one of five football clubs present at the foundation of the Leinster Football Association (LFA), at a meeting in the Wicklow Hotel on Exchequer Street, Dublin. Shortly after, the LFA became affiliated to the Irish Football Association and the LFA soon organized their own cup competition, the Leinster Senior Cup, which was first played for in 1892–93; two months before the final, on its small college pitch, the university beat the Nomads 3–0,[5] but on the larger Sandymount, the university players were pulled out of position, especially with wingers gravitating to the centre of the pitch,[6] and two goals from Farrell - the second from a penalty after a handball - won the game for the Nomads; both sides were reduced to 10 men for much of the second half through injury.[7] Bohemians and Shelbourne then duopolized the cup for the next twenty-four years.[8]

The Nomads also entered the 1892–93 Irish Cup, and thanks to byes only required one win (4–1 at Moyola Park[9]) to reach the final 6, but there lost to Distillery, conceding five goals in the second half;[10] a protest about the state of the pitch was dismissed.[11] The club lost its other two ties in the competition.

On 23 April 1894, the Leinster Senior League was agreed, with the Nomads as one of the six founding clubs.[12] However the competition seems not to have completed its first season, as Phoenix withdrew during the season, and not all fixtures were played; Bohemians was declared champion,[13] the Nomads having won 2 of their 5 played fixtures.[14]

The club lost the use of its ground before the 1895–96 season, and was unable to secure a replacement, so disbanded, with players joining other sides in the city.[15]

Colours edit

The club played in all white.[16]

Ground edit

The club played at Sandymount, originally near a location known as the Vinery,[17][18] and the club moved to Sandymount Avenue before the 1893–94 season.[19]

International and Inter-provincial representation edit

Unlike its predecessor club, Dublin Association, the Nomads never had players represented on the Ireland team. The club itself saw this as a political move by the Belfast-based Irish Football Association, claiming that the IFA's selection committee of five men in Belfast were preventing anyone outside of that city to represent Ireland.[20] The team did have representation in select teams representing the Leinster FA and Dublin. On 9 December 1893, in Belfast, two Nomads members were part of a Leinster team that faced Ulster,[21] including R.H. Harrison, who captained the side.[22]

Leinster Football Association (LFA) interprovincials 1893-1895[22]
  •   R.H. Harrison
  •   D.J. Morrogh
  •   Bennett
  •   Gillespie
  •   Keogh
Dublin inter-county representatives 1893-1895[23]
  •   D. Morrogh
  •   Gillespie
  •   Keogh

Honours edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Leinster Nomads Association Football Club". Irish Independent: 7. 17 October 1892.
  2. ^ Garnham, Neal (2004). Association Football and Society in Pre-partition Ireland. Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 6.
  3. ^ "From Belfast Celtic to Shelbourne". The Irish Times. 16 November 1996. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Football in Ireland". Field: 56. 28 November 1891.
  5. ^ "Dublin University v Leinster Nomads". Irish Independent: 7. 24 January 1893.
  6. ^ "An Englishman on Irish football". Irish Independent: 7. 14 March 1893.
  7. ^ "Dublin notes". 17 March 1893 Ulster Football and Cycling News: 7. 17 March 1893.
  8. ^ Byrne, Peter (2012). Green Is the Colour: The Story of Irish Football. Andre Deutsch.
  9. ^ "Leinster Nomads v Moyola Park". Ulster Football and Cycling News: 3. 11 November 1892.
  10. ^ "Northern notes". Sport (Dublin): 7. 24 December 1892.
  11. ^ "Our football corner". Ulster Echo: 4. 21 December 1892.
  12. ^ "Association Football". rish Independent: 7. 24 April 1894.
  13. ^ "Notes from all quarters". Scottish Referee: 4. 30 August 1895.
  14. ^ "Leinster League Championship". Irish Independent: 7. 26 March 1895.
  15. ^ "Outdoor sports". Evening Herald (Dublin): 7. 16 November 1895.
  16. ^ "Challenge Cup ties". Irish Independent: 7. 11 February 1893.
  17. ^ "Leinster Nomads v Scots Greys". Kildare Observer and Eastern Counties Advertiser: 6. 30 January 1892.
  18. ^ "With the "Red-shirts" to the capital". Ulster Football and Cycling News: 11. 26 February 1892.
  19. ^ "Leinster Nomads F C". Freeman's Journal: 7. 14 October 1893.
  20. ^ roberts, Bejamin (2017). Gunshots & Goalposts: The Story of Northern Irish Football. Belfast: Avenue Books. ISBN 9781905575114.
  21. ^ Ciarán Priestley: The Bohemian Football Club: The Enduring Legacy of an Idle Youth Archived 2015-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ a b "Inter-Provincial Representative Matches". Northern Ireland Football Greats. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Inter-County & Inter-City Representative Matches". Northern Ireland Football Greats. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2020.