The European Championships are now well underway, so there’s no better time to recall the great days of soccer in Cork. As our pictures show, both Turners Cross and Flower Lodge attracted thousands of fans to watch great teams like Cork Celtic and Cork Hibernians. Big names like Noel Cantwell, Florrie Burke, and the legendary George Best, showed their skills on the soccer pitches of Cork.

Sonny Sweeney, Gerry Finnegan, hat-trick hero Miah Dennehy, John Herrick and Noel O'Mahony after the Cork Hibernians Vs Waterford FAI Cup Final in 1972.

 

Cork Athletic’s Florrie Burke, during the Ireland v. Germany game at Dalymount Park, Dublin, in 1951

 

Young members of Rockmount AFC at Dominick Street, Cork, in 1976.

 

The Cork Athletic Team from 1951. Included is Noel Cantwell, back row, fifth from left.

 

Jubiliation as Cork Hibernians return with the FAI Cup after their win at Dalymount Park in 1972, when they defeated Waterford.

 

George Best takes to the field for Cork Celtic at Flower Lodge in 1975.

 

Cork Hibernian’s Austin Noonan is tacked at the Hibs v Cork Celtic game in the League of Ireland Shield in 1968.

 

 

Fans watch the Ireland versus Hungary at The Mardyke in 1939. Jackie Carey and Paddy Bradshaw scored.

 

Cork Hibernians lift the cup at Flower Lodge in 1973 after defeating Shelbourne.

 

In 1956 Evergreen United player J. Madden received presentations on behalf of the directors and players at Turners Cross, to mark his recent marriage. Others included are Austin Noonan, John Vaughan, Jack Morley, Derry Barrett, Pat O’Keefe and Jack Lennox.