Welcome to volume two of my blog paying homage to the football clubs I've visited all over the world and the wonderful people responsible for keeping them going and looking after the stadiums, and in some cases basic grounds.

Since I was a little lad I've been fascinated in football and more so where games are played. With my love of travel and curiosity of the game I wanted to visit as many grounds and see games wherever possible. I was lucky that my Dad also loved the game and spent so much of his spare time taking me to matches. As I got older the boundaries widened owing to my location and increased wages to Europe and indeed the world. The sight of a stand or a floodlight pylon in the distance immediately hightens my senses and eagerness for a closer look.

I hope this site gives you the chance to share in my pleasure and experiences and maybe one day set you on the road to adventure. If you get half as much out of the hobby as I've done I can guarantee some great memories, good friends and stories to pass on to future generations.

Give your local club a go today. They'll be pleased to see you!

Everlasting thanks primarily to my late and very much missed and dearly loved parents; my Dad Bob Bernard and my Mum; Ann, who put up with endless years of football chat and my brothers Nick and Paul who gave me the chance and encouragement to do what I have. Thanks to all my friends who offer encouragement and Sally and Stan who inspire and give me great pride. Young Stan is showing a keen interest in my hobby!

Please feel free to post any comments (please use sensible language - I want everyone to be able to enjoy reading) or ask any questions relating to visiting grounds or events. If you want to see any ground reviewed please let me know. It will take quite some time for everywhere to appear, but make sure you keep having a look as the site is continually updated.

If you click on a lot of the pictures you will get a larger version on your screen.

I have also added links to video clips on youtube where appropriate for those of you who are bored of reading or are filling in time at work. I haven't always gone for the most obvious choices, but items that will be in some cases unusual but always historically interesting.

Click to see volume one of HAOTW.

Rob Bernard


September 2015

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Drumcondra (Ireland)

The story of Drumcondra FC from Dublin's Northside is an interesting tale of the determination of a local community for a great name to live on.

The 1946 IFA Cup Final Programme from the game which saw
Drums beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1

The original club were formed in 1924 and as a non league club they lifted the FAI Cup in 1927 before joining the League of Ireland the following year. 'Drums' were based at Tolka Park and had a great rivalry with Shamrock Rovers which drew great crowds. In 1948 they lifted their first league title, which they retained the following year.

The Drumcondra team that faced Atletico Madrid

Three more championships followed in 1959, 1961 and 1965 to add to a further four Cup wins to herald an era of European football to the club. They became the first Irish club to record an aggregate win when they defeated the Danes of B 1909 Odense in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup (later the UEFA Cup and Europa League). Drums also played against Atletico Madrid, Nuremburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Vorwarts Berlin and Bayern Munich who they beat in the home leg during their European adventures.

The Programme from the Santos match

In 1972 a combined selected team of Drumcondra and Bohemian players took on a Santos team including Pele in a friendly at Dalymount Park.

At the end of that season the clubs shares were bought by near neighbours Home Farm FC to amalgamate the two clubs as Drums were £6,000 in debt. They were to retain the amateur status of Home Farm and they moved into Tolka Park to be known as Home Farm-Drumcondra FC. Within a season they dropped the Drums name to become Home Farm FC. 

The 1958 Programme from the home leg v Atletico Madrid

The Drumcondra name lived on as Drumcondra AFC and Drumcondra Athletic FC were both formed, with both clubs claiming the historical identity of the old club. In 2008 an amalgamation created unity and Drumcondra FC who fielded many junior teams for boys and girls including teams in the Leinster Senior League.

Drumcondra FC fielded first teams in the Leinster Saturday Major 1D and the Sunday Senior 1A Divisions in the 2013-14 season.

My visit

Friday 15th October 2010

I was in Dublin for a few days of sightseeing and expanding my knowledge of football in the city with different visits. As ever I had tried to do as much homework before hand so as to make the actual days as stress free as possible.

The name Drumcondra firsat became known to me as a young lad playing Subbuteo. The team were featured with their prominent colours of yellow shirts with blue sleeves and shorts. I guess when the teams were designated by Subbuteo that Drums were one of Ireland's bigger clubs.

There was no sign of the club in the League of Ireland tables so google came to my rescue when I learned all about the reformed club and its location. As luck would have it Drumcondra was the nearest railway station to my first port of call that morning, Tolka Park the home of Shelbourne. The clubs home ground was immediately over the road from the stadium.

After I'd had a quick sneak inside Tolka Park I walked across the road to take the basic photos of Clonturk Park. It consisted of an open pitch and a clubhouse and changing rooms.

I wandered off for a mile walk to Home Farm full of admiration for the supporters and community who refused to let the famous Drumcondra name die.

The pictures featured on this page from Drums history have been taken from clubs' website.

1 comment:

  1. Drumcondra is where my mother was born and lived until she moved to Australia in 1953. My aunt still lives there in the family home in Ferguson Road just by the Tolka River. It is a short walk from Home Farm's ground. My mother used to tell me about the Drummers fans who used to walk up Drumcondra Road to the matches.