The Dublin Lions plays a variety of different sports throughout the year. Each sport has its own unique brand of excitement and they are known to deliver when it comes to the pitch. Most recently they have decided to add rugby to their sporting package. So what exactly do we know about these amazing footballers?
The Dublin Lions play their matches at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. Their stadium is the Aviva Stadium which was built for the 1992 FIFA World Cup. The ground is named after John Lyttle, who was the manager of the Irish side that won the trophy that year. The team wear the blue and white striped shirts with the sponsor on the front and the club name on the spine of the shirt.
The club’s main strength is on the defensive end with goalkeeper Peter Dunigan. He has previously played for Celtic, Rangers and Kilmarnock. In his early days he was a right back, although he is now switching positions to left back. He is originally from Donegal but joined the Lions in 1996. Peter is one of their favourites and has always been impressive when it comes to performances.
Rugby is the other main sport in this town and this season they have qualified for the semi finals of the ERF cup. This is a huge achievement for an amateur club. They have also qualified for the quarter finals of the FAI Cup and the quarter final of the Carling Cup. All the players are proud representatives of their countries but this achievement is the biggest for them all.
The forwards are Michael Caine and Brian Mcamsley along with defender Peter Murphy. These players all started their careers at Celtic before moving on to greater leagues. Michael Caine made ninety appearances for the Irish international side but retired in 1997, having not been selected for any of their subsequent games. Brian Mcamsley played a couple of times for the Republic of Ireland and was capped once. Peter Murphy represented Northern Ireland during both the international and domestic seasons.
The Dublin Lions has built a reputation as one of the most exciting footballing teams in Europe. Their local derby against Millwall is a must watch event and fans have travelled all over the country to watch this historic clash. This rivalry is one that dates back to the 1820s and is still fierce to this day. Don’t miss out on the fun.