Lansdowne Football Club

Lansdowne FC
Full name Lansdowne Football Club
Union IRFU
Founded 1872
Region County Dublin
Ground(s) Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4(otherwise known as Aviva Stadium) (Capacity: 51,700)
Chairman Colin Goode
President Simon Coyle
Coach(es) Mike Ruddock
Mark McHugh
Captain(s) Ian Prendiville
League(s) All-Ireland League, 1A
Team kit
Official website

Lansdowne Football Club, also sometimes referred to as Lansdowne Rugby Football Club, is a rugby union team based in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1872 by Henry Dunlop as the Irish Champion Athletic Club. Its senior team currently plays in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. The club's playing colours are black, red and yellow hoops, with navy shorts. Lansdowne have won the Leinster Senior Cup a record 24 times, winning it for the first in 1891. Lansdowne won the All Ireland League for the first time in March 2013 and also won the Fraser McMullen cup in the same season. Lansdowne completed the "All Ireland Double" again in May 2015 winning the All Ireland League and the Fraser McMullen again.

Together with Wanderers, Lansdowne have shared the use of Lansdowne Road since 1880, with each club having their own clubhouse at opposite ends of the ground. However, since 1974 the ground itself has been owned by the IRFU.[1]


Notable players

Current Leinster / Connacht Contracted Players

Current Leinster Academy-Contracted Players


Over 100 Lansdowne players have represented Ireland at full international level. The latest Lansdowne player to be capped by Ireland is Matt Healy. On two occasions in 1931, Lansdowne supplied the entire Irish three-quarter line (Jack Arigho, Eugene Davy, Morgan Crowe and Ned Lightfoot), one of only three clubs ever to have done so at international level world-wide.[2]

As well as playing international rugby union for Ireland, at least five Lansdowne players have also represented Ireland and/or Great Britain at other sports. Noel Purcell was also an international water polo player and represented both Great Britain and Ireland at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics respectively. He helped Great Britain win the gold medal in 1920 [3] Ham Lambert played 21 times for the Ireland cricket team between 1931 and 1947.. Brothers Kevin O'Flanagan and Mick O'Flanagan also played soccer for Ireland. On 30 September 1946 they both played for Ireland in a 1-0 defeat against England at Dalymount Park[4] Brian Carney played as a junior with Lansdowne before switching rugby codes. He represented both Ireland and Great Britain at rugby league before returning to the union code.

British and Irish Lions

As well as representing Ireland, several Lansdowne players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.[5]

Other internationals

All Ireland League

Most capped AIL Players

AIL Top Try Scorers


Joseph Davy, John Flanagan, Joe Leddin, Anthony Twomey, Hugh Governey

Past Captains



External links

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