Linfield FC

History

The West (Kop) Stand

Linfield Football club was founded in March 1886 by workers of the Linfield Spinning Mill and was originally known as the Linfield Athletic Club. The club was given permission to play on ground at the back of the mill known as 'The Meadow.' Success and the need to accommodate more spectators brought about a move to Ulsterville Avenue in 1889. They were to remain for only four years as this ground was taken over for housing development. For a time, Linfield played all their home games at opponents' grounds.

Eventually the president of the club a Robert Gibson, who donated the Gibson Cup Trophy to the Irish League for the championship, along with others secured the lease of a ground at Myrtlefield, in the Balmoral area of the city. These three ground changes and the need to have 'an identity and a home' brought about the determination to purchase of a piece of land known as the 'bog meadows' just off lower Windsor Avenue in 1904. This ground was prepared and ready in 1905 for the first game on September 2nd against Glentoran. 'Windsor Park' as the ground became known has become the permanent home of Linfield FC.

There have been many developments to 'Windsor Park' over the years. 'Midgely Park' was purchased in 1951, the current office and boardroom complex completed in 1968, and the social club in 1970. The 6800 capacity North Stand, officially opened by the FIFA president Joao Havelange on Oct 20th 1984 was a joint venture with the government and the Irish Football Association and the most recent 4000 capacity Kop Stand was completed in the late 1990s.

Honours:

Irish League Championship - 51 times (inc. 2011/12)
1890/91
1891/92
1892/93
1894/95
1897/98
1901/02
1903/04
1906/07
1907/08
1908/09
1910/11
1913/14
1921/22
1922/23
1929/30
1931/32
1933/34
1934/35
1948/49
1949/50
1953/54
1954/55
1955/56
1958/59
1960/61
1961/62
1965/66
1968/69
1970/71
1974/75
1977/78
1978/79
1979/80
1981/82
1982/83
1983/84
1984/85
1985/86
1986/87
1988/89
1992/93
1993/94
1999/00
2000/01
2003/04
2005/06
2006/07
2007/08
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
Irish F.A. Challenge Cup - 42 times (incl. 2011/12)
1890/91
1891/92
1892/93
1894/95
1897/98
1898/99
1901/02
1903/04
1911/12
1912/13
1914/15
1915/16
1918/19
1921/22
1922/23
1929/30
1930/31
1933/34
1935/36
1938/39
1941/42
1944/45
1945/46
1947/48
1949/50
1952/53
1959/60
1961/62
1962/63
1969/70
1977/78
1979/80
1981/82
1993/94
1994/95
2001/02
2005/06
2006/07
2007/08
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
League Cup (City Cup) - 29 times winners (inc. 2007/08)
Gold Cup - 31 times winners
Ulster Cup - 15 times winners
Co. Antrim Shield - 42 times winners (inc. 2005/06 & 2013/14)
All-Ireland Cup - 4 times winners (inc. 2005 - Setanta Cup)
Budweiser Cup - Once
Coca-Cola Cup - 3 times winners

 

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AIK Solna (Sweden) vs Linfield
Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round
Kick-off: 24th July at 6pm
Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm
Latest Result
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Result : 0 - 1
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24-07-14: Interview

Warren Feeney pre match


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AIK v Linfield Match Feed


24-07-14: News Item

Team news


24-07-14: News Item

Minutes silence


24-07-14: News Item

Billy Kennedy tribute to late former Chairman.


24-07-14: News Item

Linfield FC mourns former Chairman - Billy McCoubrey


24-07-14: News Item

A flavour of a few days in Stockholm


24-07-14: Ticket Info

Ticket information for tonight's game


23-07-14: Linfield Ladies' News

League win for Linfield Ladies


23-07-14: News Item

Ken Garrett previews Europa League game


23-07-14: News Item

Linfield squad training in AIK Solna Stadium ahead of tomorrow's match - In Pictures


23-07-14: Interview

Sean Ward looks ahead to tomorrow's game


23-07-14: Interview

Warren Feeney after training


23-07-14: News Item

Out and about in Stockholm


23-07-14: Interview

Peter Thompson looks ahead to tomorrow's game


22-07-14: Interview

Warren Feeney looks ahead to Thursday's game


22-07-14: News Item

Linfield squad visits Stockholm before being put through their paces in Training


22-07-14: News Item

Peter Thompson - 400 Linfield appearances


21-07-14: Interview

Warren Feeney in Stockholm


21-07-14: News Item

AIK Solna Match Programme Cover



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