Joe Martin: FAI Cup Hall of Fame
Joe Martin is to be inducted into the FAI Cup Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievement of wining the competition 66-years-ago. He will attend the 2017 Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday to receive the well-deserved accolade.
Joe made 212 appearances for Dundalk FC and scored 109 goals between the years 1949 – 1960. The Lilywhites triumph in April 1952 saw them defeat Cork Athletic FC at Dalymount Park and lift the FAI Cup for the third time in their history.
The striker scored at Milltown in the in the 1952 FAI Cup, semi-final replay to give Dundalk a 5-4 lead over Waterford, he also netted a precious late equaliser in the FAI Cup final against Cork Athletic, unusually with his left foot.
Joe told dundalkfc.com: “To receive this is the biggest honour that I have ever got. It’s good for me that I am from Dundalk so it makes it extra special being a Dundalk man. I am the highest club goal scorer that’s still alive and third in the all-time list, receiving this makes me as proud as anything.
“I remember playing Cork Athletic in 1952 and we were behind, everyone thought we were beaten and then I scored an equaliser with my bad foot. No one could believe it, least of all me – I never scored with my left foot. The game went to a replay and I didn’t score, we won 3-0. I didn’t score I was the architect that time.
“In the semi-final of the same year against Waterford we were being beat with 9 minutes to go. We were playing in Milltown and I hit the post, didn’t think it was our day until I equalised with the last kick of the game. It went to extra-time, the referee played 15 minutes each way and I scored the goal that put us in front and won us the game.
“Even with all of the glory with the club I think my best memories are coming home from the games. We would all be having sing songs in the cars on the way home and the craic was brilliant.
“I remember saying to the manager that we had an outside left who wasn’t much good, but he was great at harmonising in the songs on the way home so we should keep him.”