Yesterday at the Aviva Stadium Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers went head to head in the FAI Ford Cup final. It was an exciting, and at times tense, match which saw Sligo Rovers eventually claim victory after extra time and penalties.
It was our pleasure to be part of this year's Cup Final with the release of The Official Book of the FAI Cup
by Seán Ryan. The FAI Cup, Ireland's oldest and most fiercely contested soccer competition, has captured the imagination of fans across the country for almost a century. Now approaching its ninetieth year, the cup contest continues to produce dramatic showdowns, enthralling games and worthy winners: this was never so clear as yesterday.
The Official Book of the FAI Cup
was launched at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday past (2nd) ahead of yesterday's game. The book was generously sponsored by Ford and Eddie Murphy, the Chairman and Director of Ford Ireland, commended the title as an important book on an important subject as well as Seán Ryan himself for being a 'football man'.
Peter Sherrard, FAI's Director of Communications, introduced Seán Ryan, calling him 'a custodian of the game' and hailing him as a journalist and writer who 'gets behind the statistics and brings the stories to life'.
Author Seán Ryan concluded the speeches by sharing how the book came about and describing himself as 'an imposter' in the world of football; however, this was immediately undermined by his recounting from memory an abundance of facts and figures about this ninety year old cup contest to us, a captive audience. Seán said his reward as author who be if this 'book enticed people to come and see what the game is all about' but we beg to differ: this entertaining, fascinating and exhaustive reference book on the FAI Cup is a reward within itself and an achievement Seán should be very proud of.
We've already stated that The Official Book of the FAI Cup
is a must for die-hard fans and armchair spectators alike but this was confirmed by Eddie Murphy who finished by saying it would be 'a great Christmas present'.
For more on the launch of The Official Book of the FAI Cup
check out Donagh Corby's interview with Seán Ryan and Stephen Kenny (Derry City's Manager) at the event on Wednesday night.