"The History of Dundalk F.C." by Jim Murphy is the definitive history of one of Ireland's most famous Association Football Clubs.

History Of Dundalk F.C.

The Irish Independent's End of Year Awards: - Book of the Year : "Jim Murphy's superb "History of Dundalk F.C." is the most comprehensive history of an Eircom league club yet." Published in November 2003, the book contains almost 500 pages, includes more than 200 photographs, a comprehensive statistics section and a season-by-season account from 1919 to the end of the 2002-03 season. In addition, the book traces the origins and development of Association Football in Dundalk from the early 1890's.

About The Book

"The History of Dundalk F.C. - The First 100 Years", is the definitive story of one of Ireland's most successful and famous Assocation Football clubs.

Founded in 1903 as the Great Northern Railway Works team, the club was a founder member of the first Dundalk and District League in 1906. Reformed after the First World War, they played in both the Dundalk and the Newry District Leagues. In 1922 they were admitted to membership of the Leinster Senior League, which was the stepping-stone to membership of the Free State League for the 1926-27 season.

Photos from History of Dundalk F.C.

Renamed Dundalk FC after a couple of years, the club has unbroken membership of the League in the past 77 seasons, a record shared with only two other members of the League at that time, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.

Dundalk FC has a rich history, with almost 50 trophy wins, including 9 League Championships and 1 First Division Championship, and has contested 14 FAI Cup Finals. In 2002 it won the FAI Cup for the 9th time. Almost 100 of its players have received representative honours for Ireland and the League of Ireland. In the 1970s the club had an outstanding record in European competition at its home venue, Oriel Park, being undefeated at home for five years playing against top opposition from PSV Eindhoven, Hadjuk Split, Glasgow Celtic, FC Porto and Tottenham Hotspur.

The story of the club is not of course exclusively about trophies and glory—the club’s most regular visitor over the past century has been crisis, not honours. For most of the club’s existence it has been losing money —penury and not trophies has been its most constant companion. Financial adversity and the responses to it has been the cement that has bound the trinity of officials, players and supporters together.

Photos from History of Dundalk F.C.

The survival of the club into its Centenary Year, and the joy and pride that the institution has brought to several generations of Dundalk people, ranks above all else as a testimony to its greatest achievement. The sheer fact of its survival for 100 years, in the face of its difficulties, in its own way is a small miracle.

The author, who first visited Oriel Park in the mid 1940's, for his sins spent a number of years on the management board of the club as Financial Controller and Editor of the matchday programme.


Gerry McDermott in the Irish Independent’s end of season Eircom League review ( Dec 3rd) has selected it as his Book of the Year. The full extract reads: “BOOK OF THE YEAR: Jim Murphy’s superb ‘History of Dundalk FC’ is the most comprehensive history of an Eircom League club yet.”

The Sunday Independent ( Dec 14th), review by Sean Ryan reads:

“The most comprehensive history of an Irish club I have seen, this is a monumental piece of research with almost 400 pages chock-full of highs, lows and statistics. There are anecdotes aplenty concerning the myriad players and managers who served the club, but the accounts make interesting reading too. For instance, the AGM of 1941 reported “a whopping surplus of £659, the best since the formation of the club.” The figures will make present-day treasurers green with envy, for the gate receipts of £1,906 far exceeded the players’ wages and expenses of £1,094. Those were the days!” [This should have read ‘almost 500 pages’]

Programme Monthly, January 2004:

“…must surely provide the last word on the first 100 years of the famous Irish club. Liberally illustrated throughout, the story is told season-by-season, with the chronological narrative interrupted by features on specific events in the history of the Club, Irish and World Football. Statistics are woven into the story, as are biographies of notable players, and the format is sufficiently loose to allow greater detail to be given of notable events and successful seasons. Beautifully printed on semi gloss paper, this is a superb addition to football’s bibliography.”


"An excellent, well-produced official history of the Irish club, Dundalk F.C. throughout its first 100 years. Includes a statistical section featuring the result of every game 1926-2003. Published in 2003." Size: 178mm x 251mm – 485 pages.

Soccer History Issue 8 Summer 2004 Ian Nannestad

“Well-illustrated with both pictures and interesting items of memorabilia, this is an essential work for anyone with an interest in the history of Irish football.”

Declan McCormack Athlone Town Matchday Programme Oct 29th 2004

“…simply first class... pure Premiership stuff—and I’m not referring to the soup in the tunnel stuff…..This is simply the best LOI club history on the book shelves…”


For more information about the book, including how to purchase, please email the author at Jim [at] historyofdundalkfc.com.