Finn Harps F.C.

Finn Harps F.C.

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Finn Harps Football Club () are a professional Irish football club playing in the First Division of the League of Ireland. The club was founded in 1954 and elected to the league in 1969. They hail from Ballybofey, County Donegal and play their home matches at Finn Park. The club's colours are blue and white, and they go by the nickname the Harps. The main successes of the club include winning an FAI Cup in 1973–74 and the First Division title in 2004. Due to the regular frequency of the club's relegation from and promotion to the Premier Division, they have been labelled a "yo-yo club".

Finn Harps share a local rivalry with Derry City with whom they contest the Northwest Derby. The club also works in close collaboration with Letterkenny Rovers."", BBC Sport Online, 31 August 2006. Retrieved on 6 June 2007.


The Early Years

Finn Harps was formed in 1954 as a junior club. The club's name derives from the river that runs through Ballybofey — the River Finn — and a traditional Irish symbol — the harp. They first came to national prominence by winning the 1968 FAI Junior Cup. This enabled them to compete in the 1969 FAI Intermediate Cup. After they were knocked out of that competition, club directors Fran Fields and Patsy McGowan decided to apply to the League of Ireland for membership. The club was admitted into the senior ranks in May 1969 and played their first senior game against...
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