Derry City

Founded In
Derry, Northern Ireland

About Derry City

Derry City Football Club was first established back in 1928. Based in the city of Derry, they are currently the only League of Ireland team operating out of Northern Ireland. Throughout history, the club have achieved notable success in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland's league systems. They have several nicknames, including The Candystripes and the Red & White Army, both of which are in reference to their traditional home strip.

The 1964-65 season brought about Derry City's first national league title, as they became Northern Irish champions. However, the club withdrew from the country's league system in 1972, in part due to political unrest and security concerns, which prevented them from playing matches at their home stadium. After a period of several years where Derry functioned as a junior team, the club gained special dispensation from both FIFA and the FAI and were granted entry into the League of Ireland ahead of the 1985-86 season.

It took the club little time to establish themselves and in 1988-89, Derry picked up their first League of Ireland title and their second league title in total. The season also saw the team collect the FAI Cup and the League of Ireland Cup, in order to complete a domestic treble. To date, they are the only team in the country to have achieved this feat. In 1996-97, they were once again crowned as league champions. In total, they have won the FAI Cup five times, the League of Ireland Cup ten times and the IFA Cup three times.

Peter Hutton holds the Derry City appearance record, while Jimmy Kelly is the club's all-time greatest goalscorer. Other notable former players include Mark Farren, Paul Curran and Sean Hargan.

Derry's home games are held at Brandywell Stadium, which first opened in 1928. The venue, which is also known as Tobar an Fhíoruisce, has around 2,900 seats, but is able to hold a total of 7,700 people.

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