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