Jacob’s Biscuits Football Team

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

As part of the recreational opportunities that Jacob’s Biscuits offered their staff, they had a football team, which actually competed in the League of Ireland (then known as the Free State League) in the 1920s and 30s. Their home games were played at Rutland Avenue. Jacobs reached the FAI Cup semi-finals in 1923 and 1926. Once they left the League of Ireland in the thirties, the team’s high point came when they won the Football Association of Ireland Intermediate Cup in 1950, beating St. Patrick’s Athletic in the final.

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Jacob’s Football Team, known as “The Red Necks”, probably late 1920s. Back row from l-r Jem Looney, L. Cunningham, Mick O’Brien, Jim Kelly, John Temple, Barney -. Front row l-r Paddy Courtney, Mick O’Reilly, Christy Seery, Kit Smith, Ned McNamara, Joe Ward. Thanks to Michael O’Reilly for the photo.

Jacobs football team 2

Jacobs football team 1

The Jacob’s team c. 1950, and at a social outing. Know anyone in these photos? Please let us know! Contact us at localstudies@sdublincoco.ie or on 01 4620073. Thanks again to Michael O’Reilly for the photos.

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