90 years ago today, Derry City Football Club played their first senior competitive game on Thursday August 22nd 1929 at the Brandywell.
It was the opening fixture of City’s debut Irish League season and Glentoran were the opponents.
On that historic afternoon, an attendance of around 7,600 witnessed City fall to defeat against their Belfast opponents.
Derry were managed by the charismatic Joe McCleery, a native of Lurgan, and lined out with eight full-time professionals in their starting eleven.
But it was one of the part-timers, Peter Burke, who was based in Buncrana at the time, who had the honour of scoring City’s first goal in competitive football when he fired home on the half hour mark.
The visitors responded superbly in the second half when centre forward Fred Roberts netted twice to secure all three points for the East Belfast side.
The City team was captained by former Crystal Palace star Con Hilley. The 26-year-old was born in Glasgow but both his parents were from the Pettigo area on the Donegal border. Fred Mason was named vice-captain in Derry’s first season in the Irish League.
The Brandywell club went on to finish 7th in their first season in the Irish League.
Match report from The Jungle View.
To mark the club’s 90th anniversary, a commemorative kit was launched in the colours that the club wore in that first season.
It was recently worn in a friendly against Belfast side Cliftonville at the Brandywell.
You can purchase this shirt in our club shop on match nights or online here.