Galway United celebrate 25 years since FAI Cup Win

May 12th 1991 will be a day forever engraved in the hearts of Galway United supporters.

United had consolidated their position in the Premier Division under new manager Joey Malone. In the FAI Cup, Cobh Ramblers (3-1), Shelbourne (2-0), Limerick City (2-1) and St James Gate were eliminated as United again reached the final, this time held in Lansdowne Road.

Old rivals, Shamrock Rovers were the opposition and were seeking their 25th victory in the competition. Both sides were deadlocked at 0-0 with five minutes to go on the clock. Then a Rovers kick out found its way to the mercurial Tommy Keane, who whipped in an inch perfect cross from the corner flag. Johnny Glynn tapped the ball into the net, jumped the advertising hoardings and ran to the hundreds of United fans streaming down the terrace.

The goal was enough to win Galway United the FAI Cup and also send them back into Europe.

Team captain and goalscorer Johnny Glynn along with Bernie O’Connell and Tommy Shields who did radio commentary for Galway Bay Fm, joined John Mulligan to look back at that famous day

Galway United 1991 FAI Cup Winners


Declan McIntyre

John Morris Burke

Jimmy Nolan

Derek Rogers

John Cleary

Peter Carpenter

Paul Campbell

Larry Wyse

Johnny Glynn (Captain)

Tommy Keane

Noel Mernagh


Substitutes Used

Stephen Lally

Kevin Cassidy


Unused Substitutes

Terry O’Regan

Jarlath Keating

Eamonn Deacy

Tommy Kearns


Management Team

Joey Malone (Player-Manager)

Adrian Walsh (Assistant Manager)

George Guest (Physio)


Note – Audio taken from RTE Television’s coverage of the 1991 FAI Cup Final