St Francis F.C.

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St Francis F.C. is a football club from Dublin, Ireland. Founded in The Liberties, St. Francis currently play in John Hyland Park Baldonnel, close to Clondalkin, a suburb in west Dublin. They played in the League of Ireland from the 1996/97 season until the end of the 2000/01 season. They currently play in the Leinster Senior League and operate a number of schoolboy and women's teams. The club wear green and white hooped shirts.

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Early years

St Francis was founded by John Hyland and friends in 1958 initially as a schoolboy club. In 1968, the first adult side was introduced as St Francis joined the Athletic Union League, winning division 2A in their first season. In their second season St Francis won the FAI Junior Cup, the highest honour for junior sides in Ireland. The club progressed into the intermediate ranks and soon become one of the top teams at that grade, winning the Leinster Senior League 1989. The following year St Francis became the first non league side to reach the FAI Cup Final in over 50 years before finally losing to Bray Wanderers. Their fairytale story, combined with the final moving to Lansdowne Road saw a crowd of over 33,000 witness the historic final. They continued to be one of the top non league sides and when in preseason 1996 St. James's Gate were expelled from...
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