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Can someone shed light on Distillery FC fans picture?

By Eddie McIlwaine

Published 10/09/2016

Big day: are these dapper Distillery FC fans at the 1903 Irish Cup final?
Big day: are these dapper Distillery FC fans at the 1903 Irish Cup final?

Director Terry Thompson will be delighted if, in spite of the passage of time, some football fan out there will tell him that the mystery picture I reproduce today from the archives is a party of Distillery FC supporters at the 1903 Irish Cup Final when The Whites beat Bohemians 3-1.

The match, played in Dublin, was the first Irish Cup final to take place outside Belfast in the seasons when it was an all-Ireland competition.

"The fans could be going to the game, or actually in whichever stadium was hosting it or on the way home," says Terry, who wants the information to be included in the history of the club, once of Grosvenor Park, Belfast, close to the old Dunville whisky distillery from which the team who play in white, take their name.

Distillery are now based at Ballyskeagh near Lambeg and are called Lisburn Distillery.

If you can shed some light from your own football records on what was going on when that ancient photo was snapped Terry will be delighted.

"Perhaps the fans were at some other big match when the photo was taken," he says. "I'd love to know the background of the picture which turned up in the club's archives."

Distillery had the first social club in the Irish League when they were at Grosvenor where they also had the first floodlights.

Dunville folded in 1936 and nobody knows why. There are still a few bottles of Dunville's around.

Belfast Telegraph

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