On this date: 30 years ago

On this date 30 years ago, a dream came true for Sligo Rovers Football Club. 

In previously getting to FAI Cup finals in 1939, 1940, 1970, 1978, 1981, but never managing to capture the trophy, the passion and determination of the club never eroded.
 
The game didn't start well for Rovers on 24th April, 1983, with Chris Rutherford having to leave the game early with an injury forcing player-manager Paul Fielding to come into the action while Tony Stenson at one stage looked as though he might not be able to continue due to injury. 
 
It got worse for Rovers before half-time with a header from Barry Murphy giving Bohs a deserved lead at the break. However Rovers demonstrated tremendous spirit to fight back and were level just 13 minutes into the second period as Martin McDonnell’s free-kick was smashed home by Tony Stenson. 
 
Rovers continued to drive forward from there and with Martin McDonnell again providing the pass on a muddy surface to find winger Harry McLoughlin. 

From there he produced one of the most famous moments in FAI Cup final history as he came in from the left to curl the ball into the top corner over the head of Bohs keeper Dermot O’Neill.

Rovers held out for the remainder of the game and in the 55th year of their existence finally had their hands on the FAI Cup.

It was fitting that long-serving Sligo man Tony Fagan who holds the club record for most appearances was the man to lift the trophy aloft.
 
30 years on, the memories remain as treasured as ever. We waited decades, we would have waited centuries, as the cup came home to Sligo. 
 
The celebrations, as can be seen in this video, are felt to this day.

Our Cup heroes: Team: Oakley, Ferry, Fox, Rutherford, Stenson, McLoughlin, Fagan, Savage, McDonnell, Gilligan, Elliott 
 
Subs: Fielding(Rutherford 19’), Graham

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