The FAI Cup Final, known recently as the FAI Ford Cup Final for sponsorship reasons, is an annual soccer match which is the last game in the Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup. It is the culmination of a knock-out competition among clubs belonging to the Football Association of Ireland, generally competed for by clubs from the Republic of Ireland, although representatives from Northern Ireland (most notably Derry City) have competed and even won the Cup. Shelbourne, Bohemians and Derry City are the only clubs to win both the (Northern) Irish Cup and the FAI Cup, although Shelbourne and Bohemians only won it before partition, whilst Derry City remained in the Northern Irish league system until 1973, entering the League of Ireland in 1985.
From 1990 until 2006 the FAI Cup Final was held at the old Lansdowne Road. For 2007 and 2008 the RDS was used as an alternative venue during the redevelopment of the Road. The 2006 final was the last ever soccer game to be played at the old Lansdowne Road. It was contested between St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City, who ran out eventual 4-3 winners after extra-time. The original FAI Cup was also retired after this game with a brand new version of the trophy used in the following seasons.
... The Aviva annually hosts the FAI Cup Final, which was shared between the RDS Arena and the Tallaght Stadium while the Aviva Stadium was being built ... The first Cup Final at the new stadium was the 2010 FAI Cup Final, held on Sunday 14 November 2010 ... A total of 36,101 attended the game making it the biggest attendance at an FAI Cup Final since 1968 ...
... them to enter the preliminary rounds of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup ... Derry City's FAI League Cup victory in 2005 also saw the club compete in the second ever cross-border Setanta Cup in 2006 ... Scottish soil in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup ...
... The 2006 FAI Cup Final was a soccer match held at Lansdowne Road, Dublin on 3 December 2006 and was the final match of the 2006 FAI Cup competition ... The match was the 83rd FAI Cup Final, and the last to be held at the old Lansdowne Road before it shut for redevelopment ... The winning team qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup and the 2007 Setanta Sports Cup ...
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