Shelbourne FC are an Irish football club who were formed in 1895. The team were founded in Ringstead by a group of seven people and entered the Leinster football league shortly after. In 1904, they turned professional and joined the Irish league becoming the first full time team to participate. During the early years, the club's main success came in the Irish Cup which they won three times in 1906, 1911 and 1920. The team has not won the competition since!
In 1926, Shelbourne won their first ever Irish League championship which was followed by a second in 1929. After failing to regain their title in 1930, they secured their third triumph in 1931. Two more titles were won during the 1940s before another success in the 1950s and 1960s. However, it took 30 years before they won their 8th league title in 1992. The noughties have been a much more lucrative period for the club as they won league titles in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Throughout their history, Shelbourne have also won seven Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cups and one League or Ireland Cup.
The team's dominance in the early 21st century was brought to an abrupt end in 2006/07 as ongoing financial problems ended with the team being demoted to the second tier of Irish football. A respectable 5th place finish occurred during the 2007 season. In 2008, the team were heavily tipped to win promotion but were pipped to the title by a point after a final day draw. Once again, the club were expected to challenge in 2009.
Again, they finished in 2nd place but this time had the luxury of a promotion/relegation play off against Sporting Fingal. Shelbourne lost the match 2-1 which kept them in the First Division for a 4th consecutive season.