The Day Ford Won the Free State Cup

This weekend Cork will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ford opening up their first international manufacturing base in the City.

The brand association to sport has long been strong and it is in football in particular that they have sought to forge a bond. The roots run deep. They have been the official vehicle partner of the FAI for a little less than the 100 years but in 1926 they supplied the only works team to ever land what was to become the FAI Cup.

Fordsons FC was founded in 1921, entered what was then known as the Free State Cup in each of the next three seasons and brought home the cup in 1926.

Along the way that year they beat eventual League Champions Shelbourne, Athlone and Bray.

The Final took place on St Patrick’s Day against Shamrock Rovers. They themselves had beaten another factory team from the Jacobs Biscuit Factory to get to the final.

Thousands of fans travelled to Dublin, after celebrating a special early mass in the city.

Dalymount Stadium was packed and the Cork Ford side had to come twice from behind, save a penalty and clinch the Cup with a winner two minutes from the end of normal time.

Perhaps that was part of the inspiration for Cork City winning the Cup last year.

It certainly is a footnote in the history of the game, in the history of Ford and a moment worth remembering as they celebrate this weekend.

*Thanks to Cullen Communications for bringing this story to our attention

Similar Articles