Ireland has a long football history. They are always proud of pioneer to develop football stronger and faster as nowadays.
All local in Ireland love football and cheer up their national football team to all international events.
In this article, we share one aspect about Irish football which referring some major events during football history. Following it if you are exciting to discover some history and culture in Irish football.
Although no documents could prove the first origin of football in Ireland. Almost the local accepted that soccer was introduced when one Belfast merchant named John McAlery went this nation. When he had his honeymoon at Edinburgh, he saw someone played with a ball on the beach. He introduced rule of football to them through the Irish association as reference.
After considering about new method of game, Ireland invited two football teams called Queens Park and Caledonians to exchange and share official rules in one match. It was John McAlery to connect football teams into one league. They played an exhibition game at Ulster Cricket Grounds in 1878. The winning was Queens Part with 3-2 goals.
After this match, football started to be played widely for people in Ireland. As good consequence, many pro clubs were established along the nation.
The first club was organized in 1897 by John McAlery. He built up Cliftonville. He also played an important role to make advertisement about this club to foreign nations. Then he took his team to exchange many big events as a good way for experience and skill improvements.
The first match of this club as in 1897 against Quidnunces. They were defeated with 1-2 goals. After hard practices, they got the first winning in the same year before Knock under 2-0 goals. Besides Cliftonville, there were many football clubs also established and made the first inspiration for organization a national league in the next period