The mid 1940s was a good time for Limerick but they were unfortunate not to bring home any silverware.

  • 1942-43 beaten in semi-final of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) Cup
  • 1943-44 runners up in the League of Ireland
  • 1944-45 runners up in the League of Ireland
  • 1946-47 beaten in semi-final of the FAI Cup


On 1 November 1953, in a Cup competition, Limerick won their first national trophy, the Shield, by beating Dundalk 3-2 in Oriel Park. They ended the season seventh in the League of Ireland and played a friendly match against Fulham who had amongst their players, Jimmy Hill of Match of the Day fame.

5The main talking point in the 1958-59 season was of a Hungarian refugee, Lazslo Lipot. The halfback’s promising talent earned him a place on the Blues team that played Evergreen in the Dublin City Cup on 31 August. The team went on to beat Shamrock Rovers 4-1 in the semi-final and Drumcondra 4-3 in the final of the Cup. They ended the season in seventh place in the League of Ireland and lost to Dundalk in the second round of the FAI Cup.

The 1959-60 season sparked a new era in senior soccer in Limerick. With Ewan Fenton as player-manager they went on to win the League of Ireland championship for the first time as well as qualifying in the European Cup. They played Swiss side, Berne Young Boys in Thomond Park in September 1960 where they were defeated 5-0 in the first leg and some weeks later again losing to Berne 4-2. In the mid 1960s, under the management of Ewan Fenton, they got to the final of the FAI Cup twice.