L On Sunday, 22 August 1937 Limerick made their debut in senior soccer at Dalymount Park, Dublin with a glorious one-goal win over Shamrock Rovers in the first round of the City Cup. Defeating such a formidable team was a momentous result for the Limerick club. The hero of the day was John Gormley who deputized for the injured O’Brien in goal. In the first half the Limerick side were dangerous but the inside forwards were too far down the field to ply the wings with suitable passes. From the onset the pace was fast and both sides played good football. The Dublin side demonstrated great combination after the resumption but were unable to score. Approximately eleven minutes from time the all-important goal came about from J. Curran who redeemed himself from his first half failures by banging the ball into the net. Endeavouring to get on level terms Shamrock Rovers tried all they could but Limerick’s E. Noonan, J. McCann and W. Nash held their attack in a vice-like grip.
In their first season in League of Ireland Football, Limerick finished in tenth place (out of twelve) but did manage to win the Munster Senior Cup 1-0 in a replay at Markets Field on 17 April 1938 against Cork United.
The early years saw little success including the 1939-40 season when Limerick finished at the bottom of the league, but it was not all doom and gloom. It was during this time that players such as Bud Aherne and Johnny Gavin made their debuts with their hometown team and later went on to play international football for Ireland. In 1941 Waterford resigned from the League of Ireland and Limerick bought Waterford’s blue jerseys thus changing their club colours from red and white stripes.