At Turner’s Cross last week, Cork City FC went head to head with Icelandic side KR Reykjavík in the first Europa League Qualifying Round. This may not seem like a big deal for Cork City FC (who are one of the biggest and best supported clubs in Ireland), but their journey to compete in Europe’s second biggest competition has not been plain sailing.
For the first two decades of the club’s existence, Cork City rode a wave of success and development that culminated in a move to their new stadium Turner Cross. However, due to mismanagement of the club and its finances, the club went into examinership at the end of the 2000s and were . Thanks to the continued support of the fans though – in FORAS who helped resurrect the club, and in the stands on gamedays – the club has managed to recover from its financial and administrative problems to once again compete for the Irish Premier Division title.
What makes Cork City FC special is the relationship the club has with Cork’s local community, the feeling that the club belongs to the people of Cork, and the fact that the fans decide who runs their club only serves to strengthen the connection and identification the supporters have with the club.