Harps class of 1974 to recall FAI Cup victory as part of 60th anniversary celebrations

Harps class of 1974 to recall FAI Cup victory as part of 60th anniversary celebrations
Forty years have now passed since Finn Harps won the FAI Cup in only their fifth year as a senior club.

Forty years have now passed since Finn Harps won the FAI Cup in only their fifth year as a senior club.

The team were dubbed the Cinderella of the League of Ireland and this Saturday, the fairytale will be recounted as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.

A great night of memories and football will take place at Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club as the famous 3-1 victory over St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park will be recalled.

Patsy McGowan’s team triumphed in front of 14,000 at the Phibsborough venue in the first FAI Cup final to be broadcast by RTE in colour.

Charlie Ferry scored in two minutes - meaning he had scored in every round of the competition - and although St Pat’s equalised, two goals from Brendan Bradley meant Harps, captained by Jim Sheridan, had won the Cup.

Host for the evening Bartley Ramsay will ask the men who became club legends on that famous day to share their memories and there will be footage from the day itself shown also.

“We’ve most of the players coming on Saturday night,” Ramsay, author of The Finn Harps Story, said. “Gerry Murray, Declan McDowell, Gerry McGranaghan, Tony O’Doherty, Jim Sheridan, Charlie Ferry, Brendan Bradley, Terry Harkin, Donal O’Doherty, Paul McGee, Peter Hutton senior, Declan Forbes and Joe Harper have all confirmed.

“This is the first ever FAI Cup that came back to the north-west and it’s a great opportunity to get the team together. It’s a great opportunity for fans of young and old to hear some of the old yarns. I always tell people that there’s a difference between what these lads tell you off the record compared to on the record. They’ve some great recollections.

“We’re going to start with a DVD and then I will conduct a questions and answers sessions for anyone can feel free to join in. There will be a mingle then thereafter.”