St James Gate FC, one of the founder members of the League of Ireland, has folded after 120 years.

Established in 1902 for the workers of St James's Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness, St James Gate played in Inchicore and Dolphin's Barn before settling in Crumlin's Iveagh Sports Grounds in 1928.

In 1921 they were part of the inaugural season of the Free State League of Ireland after the split from the Irish Football Association (IFA) .

They won the title, the first ever FAI Cup and the Leinster Senior Cup that season, with five of the squad later representing Ireland at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

St James Gate fell out of the LOI after the Second World War but returned to the First Division in 1990, staying in the league for six years.

They have most recently competed in the Major Sunday division of the Leinster Senior League, one level below intermediate.

In a statement released on social media, the club said: "The day has come where we have no choice but to close the doors on 120 years of history.

"Many circumstances had led to our decision, but effective immediately St James Gate FC will not be submitting a team for the upcoming Leinster Senior League season and will no longer be competing moving forward.

"The club has enjoyed many successes over the years including becoming the first winners of the League of Ireland and FAI Cups, meaning our names will forever be etched in Irish football's history books."

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