25/09/1957: Shamrock Rovers FC – Manchester Utd. FC 0-6
1904-1913 5 interlands Ireland
1924-1990 79 interlands Rep. Ireland
1903-1911 6x finale Irish Cup + 2 replays
1922-1925 4x finale Irish Free State Cup + 1 replay
1958-2010 Europese games Bohemian FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, Drogheda Utd. FC and Sporting Fingal
Other notable events:
Concerts of a.o. Bob Marley, The Clash, Faith No More, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, Red Hot Chili Peppers…
“Home ofIrishFootball”, among football lovers this is howDalymountParkin the 7thDistrict of theIrish capitalDublinis respectfully called.Onseptember 7 1901the first game at the current location in Phibsborough was played. Over 5,000 spectators witnessed that day the 4-2 victory by Bohemians against city rival Shelbourne FC. DalymountParkin thoseearly dayswasstill rather a “ground”than a “stadium”.Althoughthe first realstandsonly arose duringthe season 1907-1908DalymountParkwasalreadyin 1903the stage forthe IrishCup FinalbetweenBohemianFC andDistilleryFCfromBelfast.One yearlater, on 26april 1904,thelocalsturned out in force forthe first in a series ofmorethan 80footballgames.Irelanddrew1-1 with theneighbors fromScotland.
Twenty years after theconstruction of the firstcovered grandstand, Dalymountunderwenta thoroughfacelift during the1927-1928 season.The stadiumwas expanded and the old woodenmain standwas replaced by a new standwithsteel frame. In addition to the new covered main stand with 1,500 places three more uncovered terraces offered space for another 40,000 spectators. The “Schoolend”,theterracebehind one of the goals was partly covered in 1945. That same year as many as 41,238 spectators attended the final of the FAI Cup between arch rivals Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers. Anunsurpassedattendance for thefinalgame of the Irish FootballCup.Twelve years laterthe stadium the attendance record was broken twice. On 19 May 1957 48,000 enthusiastic spectators were present for the always loaded match between the Republic of Ireland and England. Several monthslater, on september 25th, theEuropean Cup football club tournamentduel betweenShamrock Roversand Manchester Unitedattractedasimilar massin the direction of“Dalyer“.
DalymountParkwas for many years thehome of theIrish nationalfootball team. But after in 1985, during the visit of reigning world champion Italy, it was judged as “unsafe”, the stadium capacity was reduced by half to about 22,000. Afterthe “BoysinGreen”finallyhad founda newpermanent homein thenational rugbyStadiumLansdowne Road,the Home ofIrishFootball“lost” in 1990finally itsstatus asinternationalstadium.On12 september 1990, theIrish closed a nostalgicchapterwitha friendly1-0 win againstMorocco.Not onlydid the national teammovetowardsLansdowne Road butwith the exception of someeditionsin the mid-1990sthe other side ofthe River Liffeywould henceforthalso host the final ofthe NationalCup.
DalymountParkgotits currentlookaroundthe turn of the century. In 1999 the old main stand was replaced by the new, 2,742 seats counting “Jodi Stand”. Thestandoppositethe main stand,“Connaught Street“, waspartly demolished. The other half was provided with 3,720 red seats. 1,485 red seats were also added to the “Des Kelly Carpets Stand” at the “School End”. The outdoorterraceat the “TramwayEnd” was closed for the public.Thefloodlights,that give the stadium its nostalgicappearance, date from1962. The almost 8,000 seats in the stadium are more than enough to cover the average attendance of 2,500 spectators at the home games of Bohemian FC.
In2006DalymountPark got news coverage in the Irishnational presswhena real estate companywanted to buy it andtear it down.The stadiumhad togive way toa residentialnew construction project inconjunction with theexpansionof theshopping centre. In return, the club was promised a new stadium with 10,000 seats in the periphery of the city in Diswellstown. These plans were scrapped but in 2015 the Dublin City Council bought Dalymount and ended the lease of Shelbourne at Tolka Park with the hopes of demolishing Dalymount in phases and rebuilding a new stadium at on the same spot which would be ground-shared by both clubs.