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Shamrock Rovers: The Biggest Football Club In Ireland

Passion, hard work, zeal, and cheers; all of these drive a sportsman, no matter what sport he plays and football is no exception to this rule. Shamrock Rovers Football Club (SRFC) is one such club that commands a large following and is a testimonial of what team spirit and dedication looks like.

Know More About This Football Club?

Founded in 1899 in Ringsend, Dublin, Shamrock Rovers FC is one of the most celebrated football clubs in the Republic of Ireland. Shamrock Avenue in Ringsend was the place where the first club rooms were secured, hence the inspiration for the club’s name.

Its hundred and twenty years history is painted with impressive accomplishments and awards such as winning the League of Ireland a total of 17 times. Like many other massive football clubs, the club has its own Shamrock Rovers Ultras which is an association of the clubs’ fans and supporters. Together, they bring life and color in the stands, making the game a visual spectacle to watch.

The Legacy Of The Club

The 1950s was when this club created history by becoming the first Irish team to play in the European Cup. The following decade, the club achieved an impeccable six-time, back-to-back, win in the Football Association of Ireland Cup. The club grabbed the League trophy in 1993-94 and its fans rejoiced over this victory.

Also known as ‘the hoops’, the club won the FAI Cup yet again in 2011, marking its 25th victory in the FAI Cup and making them record holders for winning this title. The club’s journey from Glenmalure Park stadium, where they initially played their games, to Tallaght in Dublin, after the Glenmalure stadium was sold to property developers, is metaphorical of how they have grown as players and members of the club.

The club’s plethora of achievements is commendable. These include- 17 League of Ireland trophies, 2 Setanta cups, 18 Leinster Senior cups- among many others.

Rivalry

The Bohemian Football Club is considered as the biggest rival, needless to say, that in a match between these two lions, the atmosphere is charged and electric. The chants, the anthems, the colors, and the flares, make adrenaline course through ones’ blood, making the match an unforgettable experience.

Suffice to say, when the SRFC ultras, hold the banner which states that ‘legends are born in Ringsend’, our heads point towards the Rovers that, with their consistent performance and remarkable team spirit, prove this to be true.

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