This article documents numerous traditions of Derry City Football Derry city chat forumincluding the culture associated with and surrounding the club, and its supporters. When the club was first founded init named itself Derry City Football Club, as opposed to using the official name of the city - Londonderry. Nationalists generally refer to the city as 'Derry', while unionists call it 'Londonderry'.
At Derry city chat forum time of the club's naming, however, the dispute would not have been as politicised as it is in the current day and those who founded the club specifically decided against using the name of the city's previous primary club, Derry Celtic F.
"Derry city chat forum" Including " Celtic " in the club's name might have been perceived as being a strong statement of Irish nationalist identity and could have alienated Protestants in the city. Derry City wore claret and blue jerseys with white shorts for their first season of football - These were the identical colours to those of Aston Villawho were a globally renowned footballing power at the time.
This Derry city chat forum lasted untilwhen the club's first change of colours saw the club directors decide that white jerseys with black shorts should be worn by the team for the season.
The style, like that which had come before it, lasted just two seasons and was replaced by the now-traditional red and white "candystripes" with black shorts upon the club's changing of its official colours to that of the modern day for the beginning of the season. The current Derry city chat forum of the red and white striped jersey with black shorts are derived from an early connection with Sheffield Unitedwho wear the identical pattern.
Specifically, the colour-change should be Derry city chat forum to Billy Gillespie. Gillespie, a native of nearby Donegalplayed for Sheffield United over a twenty-year period from untiland scored over Derry city chat forum and cup goals in games for the South Yorkshire side, as well as captaining them to FA Cup success in He was the club's most capped "Derry city chat forum" with 25 for Ireland and had started out with Derry Celtic before embarking on a career across the Irish Sea.
The man was held in such high regard in his home country that when he left United in replace Joe McCleery as manager of Derry City, the club changed their strip to red and white stripes within two years of his arrival in reverence to him and his time at the Blades.
Derry have remained in the red and white stripes since, except for the seasons between andwhen the club's players donned an amber and black kit. Derry had been performing poorly and it was felt that a change of colour might help rejuvenate the team. At the time, the colours were strongly associated with Wolverhampton Wandererswho were a power-house of English football during the s. However, the colours brought Derry no such luck and were unpopular with the fans who sought Derry city chat forum return of the by-then traditional red and white stripes.
The seasons were a lean time for the club, with an Irish Cup final defeat to Glenavon FC in being the highlight. A re-introduction of the "candystripes" for the season saw the fortunes of the club improve as Derry entered their most successful spell in the Irish League. The colours have been retained ever since. Jerseys over the years, although in keeping with the red and white tradition, have varied slightly in the sense that certain seasons saw Derry wear thinner
Derry city chat forum while others saw thicker or stripes with varying thicknesses being worn by the players on the field.
Derry now wear white socks when sporting their full home rig, while they originally wore black ones. Similarly, the club adopted white "Derry city chat forum" instead of black ones for a spell in the early s and later in for their initial season in the League of Ireland. The club's away tops have varied in colour from plain white, to navy and green stripes, to white and light-blue stripes, and to black. "Derry city chat forum" sponsorship logos to appear on the front of shirt have included Northlands a local alcohol and drugs treatment and awareness organisationWarwick Wallpapers, Fruit of the LoomSmithwick'sand AssetCo.
For the season, the logos Derry city chat forum local media, Q Although the club did not traditionally sport a crest on the club jersey as the concept had not yet
Derry city chat forum popularised probably due to the complications and vast time-consumption involved in mass-producing intricate designs before greater technological advancement occurredthroughout the years playing in the Irish League - and for most of the first season in the League of Ireland - Derry City used the coat of arms of the city, rather than having an exclusive crest of their own.
This crest often appeared on club memorabilia such as scarves, hats and badges. The symbols on Derry's arms were, Derry city chat forum still are, a skeleton, a three-towered castle, a red St. George's cross and sword. The sword and cross were devices of the City of London and, along with an Irish harp embedded within the cross, demonstrated the link between the two cities The city's official name under UK law is, of course, Londonderryin particular, the association with the Honourable the Irish Society which had been granted lands in and around the city in the past.
The castle was thought to relate to a 13th or 14th century keep belonging to the local native chieftains. There were many theories about the skeleton; the most popular being that it is that of a Norman de Burca knight who was starved to death in the castle dungeons in This was accompanied by the Latin motto, " Vita, veritas, victoria ", meaning "Life, truth, victory.
In Apriljust under a year after the senior rebirth of the club and its entry into the League of Ireland, the DCFC ran a competition in local schools to design a new club crest. The crest depicted Derry city chat forum simplified version of the city's Foyle Bridgewhich had 18 months previously, the traditional red and white candy-stripes associated with the shirt of the club bordered by thin black lines and year in which Derry City was established as a club, as well as a football in the centre representing the fact that the club is a footballing entity.
The club's name featured in Impact font. This crest lasted until Julywhen the current crest was unveiled at Lansdowne Road when Derry City played Celtic in a pre-season tournament. The modernised crest, once again, featured a centred football, the club's name and the year of founding.
The famous red a white candy-stripes were present along with a red mass of colour filling the left half of the crest, separated from the right by a white stripe. Known cultural landmarks or items associated with the city are absent from the badge. The origins of this crest are not fully known and the reason for the change in has never been explained by the club, although it is likely that the club simply wished to develop a fresher, more contemporary image with a minimalist design and also because the Foyle Bridge was no longer as novel, trendy or innovative a feature as it were in the mid-to-late s.
A friendly rivalry is currently maintained with local Donegal club, Finn Harps. While both have encountered times of financial trouble in recent years, they have often been helped by the other in this regard.
Their success cannot be said to have occurred without this. Finn Harps were one of the major proponents of Derry's joining of the League of Ireland in Phil Coulter is known as Derry city chat forum fan of both sides, and has been instrumental in keeping them as operational football clubs.
With Derry now consistently staying in the top-tier and Finn Harps having a hard time maintaining top-flight status, their much-anticipated Northwest derby is now a rarer affair than it once was.
Derry also share a northwest derby game with
Derry city chat forum Roversalthough Sligo is not in as close proximity to Derry as Ballybofey is. The Derry city chat forum saw Derry's biggest rivalry coming in the form of Dublin's St. In recent years, Dublin's Shelbourne FC were seen as top-of-the-table rivals with games between the two often being crucial to the ultimate winning Derry city chat forum the league. In turn, these games were often very exciting six-pointers.
There is another club in Derry known as Institute FCbut because the clubs play under different associations no intense footballing rivalry exists, although Institute generally take their support from the city's Protestant or unionist community, as opposed to Derry City, who generally take theirs from the Catholic or nationalist one.
A number of Protestants from Derry follow Coleraine. Coleraine won the first leg at the Brandywell before a scoreless draw in the second leg at Coleraine. Coleraine brought a huge support to the Brandywell but Derry fans chose to boycott the return leg at the Showgrounds for one reason or another.
Cityview is the name of the club's official match programme. SinceLeague of Ireland
Derry city chat forum experiences at Brandywell stadium have been augmented by the programme. Every league, FAI CupLeague Cupand European fixture over the past 22 years has been catered for from the day the late Paddy Doherty put pen to paper in the summer of right up to the articles which are currently being created for the season.
Cityview provides loyal Derry City fans and supporters of opposition clubs visiting the Brandywell with information on current affairs within the world Derry city chat forum Irish football ; League of Ireland, Irish League, Setanta CupEuropean, and world football news; player profiles, statistics and interviews; team news and information on player injuries and suspensions; fan views and opinion pieces from long-serving contributors; a fan focus; a regular message from the manager; a half-time quiz; a layout of Brandywell stadium and safety directives; Derry City's history and honours; under and under sections; and an editorial on the game and opposition.
Cityview has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years. Fully supported by local, national, Derry city chat forum international corporate entities, Cityview provides prospective Derry city chat forum with the ability to not only align themselves with the success of Derry City, but to actually make a valuable contribution to that success.
The benefit to each advertiser is that in excess of 15, copies are sold sporting their advertisement or sponsorship. Cityview is open to submissions from supporters of the club in general and aims to air the views of everyone who elects to contribute to the content of the programme.
Cityview arrives in the hands of football fans hot off the press at the Brandywell, and fans of the Candystripes from around the world who order their subscription have their copy of Cityview dispatched to them on the day of the game. By Irish footballing standards, Derry City have a relatively large and deeply loyal fan-base.
Upon the club's entry into the League of Ireland incrowds of 10, regularly flocked to the Brandywell to see their team. The "red and white army", as they are known in reference to the club's red and white colours, are regarded as being one of the largest, noisiest and most colourful groups following a team in the League of Ireland.
Furthermore, the highest attendance in the Premier Division was the last-night-of-the-season meeting between Derry City and Cork City FC at the Brandywell on Friday 17 November when 6, watched Derry exact some measure of revenge for their defeat in the reverse of the fixture the season before which incidentally was also the highest Derry city chat forum in Fans often use the high vantage point of the City Cemetery in Creggan to view games for which they have failed to source Derry city chat forum or simply to view the games at a distance for free.
The club is renowned for its warm, close-knit, community spirit and the supporters have played a pivotal role in the survival and successes of the club over the years. When massive debts brought Derry close to extinction in the season, the Derry city chat forum community responded en masse and saved the club. During the club's successful season, club legend, Peter Hutton said:.
Support for the club crosses numerous social boundaries. Many fans reside in working class areas, such as the nearby Brandywell, Creggan and Bogsidewhile others are derived from more affluent regions of the city, like Culmore.
While the Cityside is commonly seen as the traditional base of the club, and especially the Brandywell area, the Waterside area of the city, with its sizable Protestant population, boasts a significant support base. Despite the perception of Derry City being a nationalist -supported club, it does
Derry city chat forum numerous supporters who would be of a Protestant upbringing. With the city viewed as a focal point of culture and activity serving the north-west region of Ireland, Derry's support stretches beyond the urban border of the city and into the surrounding county.
Limavady contains a significant support base, as does Strabane in nearby County Tyrone and even areas of bordering County Donegal. Derry Derry city chat forum Chat is a supporters' discussion forum website run by fans of the club. The club itself has from time-to-time made announcements on this forum.
Brandywell Pride was founded in by a group of supporters who had been travelling to Derry City's away games for a number of years. Presently, the club has around 30 core-members, who travel week-in and week-out to support Derry City, five of whom form the club's organising committee. The group aims to assist Derry City and club officials in any way possible, from dealing with ticket allocations to providing player sponsorship.
It has been in a position to buy shares in the club itself, as well contributing to several fund-raising drives by selling tickets.
The Brandywell Pride Supporters Club has several main goals. Primarily the club is about colour and noise that contribute Derry city chat forum the friendly and enjoyable atmosphere in the Brandywell various away grounds on match-days.
The supporters club has gone from strength to strength since its founding and has received considerable media attention, featuring on both the BBC and UTV. On 24 AugustKevin "Scaldy" Cairns of the club, who beats a bass drum during games, received a reception from Derry city chat forum Mayor of Derry, Helen Quigleyat the city's Guildhall for his dedication and commitment in supporting Derry City.
Here, the club has its own club room, fully furnished with various items of club memorabilia. The Oak Grove is a popular haunt for pre and post-match refreshments, where every kick is previewed and replayed.
Brandywell Pride also holds an annual prize giving night for the Derry City players at the close of each season within the establishment. The total membership numbers 23 and includes an honorary member, David Tennant. The Dublin Supporters Club was officially set up inbut it had been unofficially running for many years prior to that. The aim of the club is to allow Derry City fans based in Dublin to meet up and arrange "Derry city chat forum" to home and away games, as well as to help organise meeting in the city before the numerous games that the club plays in Dublin each year.
During the season Derry city chat forum club had 25 members. The Pride of Northside Supporters Club was founded in by a group of Derry City supporters and has since grown to establish itself amongst the community as a highly respectable organisation.
The club is diverse with, currently, 20 core-members. The Derry City FC board of directors have arranged a Fans. Page Footymad club forum. Forum: Hibees Chat. Footymad club forum. Hibs defender Tim Clancy set to sign for Derry City. Started by STEVE. The Official Website of the Candystripes - Derry City Football Club.