Pats European Trivia

  • Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 16:43

St Pat's are back in European action tomorrow night as they look overturn last week's 2-1 defeat to FC Skonto.

Liam Buckley's side trained at Richmond Park this morning and are eagerly awaiting tomorrow's second leg fixture against the Latvian side.

If you haven't already purchased your ticket, they will be on sale from 9.30am tomorrow morning from the club office on Emmet Road. Any unsold tickets will be available from the ground prior to kick-off.

Here's is some European trivia to help you prepare for tomorrow's game!

Pats enter Europe for the 16th time, the 5th most of all LOI teams. It is the 4th year in a row, a club record streak and the longest active streak in the league.

Pats were the first Irish club to enter the European Cup Winners Cup when making their European debut in 1961, losing both legs to Dunfermline Athletic of Scotland.

The first goal for the Saints in Europe was scored by Paddy ‘Ginger' O'Rourke in a 4-1 defeat away to Dunfermline. Jackie Hennessy scored the first goal in Dublin in a 3-1 defeat to Bordeaux in 1967.


The club's first European game in Richmond Park was against Slovan Bratislava in the UEFA Cup in 1996 (losing 4-3). Despite being champions Pats were forced to play in UEFA Cup as regulations prohibited clubs from ‘smaller' nations from attempting to qualify for the Champions League at that time.

Pats first real breakthrough in Europe happened in 2008. Pats beat JFK Olimps (Latvia) 1-0 away and 2-0 home. Ryan Guy with the first Pats winner away from Ireland. In the 2nd Qualifying Round the Saints drew 2-2 in Sweden before beating Elfsborg 2-1 in Richmond Park to progress past 2 rounds for the first time.

Saints have won 3 ties and lost 1 tie on away goals. We have gone to extra-time twice. Once winning outright (home to Siroki Brijeg in 2012), and once winning on away goals (away to IBV in 2012)

Christy Fagan became the first Saints player ever to score in Europe on 2 separate campaigns last season when he scored in Warsaw. That goal added to his 3 from 2012 leave him as joint top-scorer with Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien.

This game will be the 25th game St Pats have played in Dublin in European competition. We are looking for our 10th win. If we can secure that win it will also see be the 10th time the club have progressed in Europe. We currently hold the LOI record with 9 ties won (2 more than any other LOI club).



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