When it comes to spectacular sporting gaffes, the cock-up that led to the misspelling on a medal of the name of our latest FAI Cup champions is in a different league to Sky Sports confusing Swansea with Newport.
While Sky Sports showed a fleeting picture of Newport with the word “Swansea” emblazoned across it, the medals handed out to both winners and losers after last Sunday’s FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium will forever bear testimony to the engraver’s error.
Instead of naming “Sligo Rovers”, the inscription read “Silgo Rovers”, prompting a Twitter storm with one concerned tweeter wondering if “Derry might not qualify for Europe as the Cup final was apparently won by Silgo Rovers”.
The medal-winning blooper was not confined to the winning memento. For Sligo Rovers, the medal inscription read “FAI Senior Challenge Cup Final. Drogheda United v Silgo Rovers. Winners 2013”. For the losers it read “FAI Senior Challenge Cup Final. Drogheda United v Silgo Rovers. Runners Up 2013”.
Pressed on the issue last night, the FAI refused to stray from a statement that conceded an error had been made by supplier Lee Brothers and that the matter “will be subject to a full review” and the medals replaced.
However, for supporters of Bit O’ Red, its a blunder that, like the inscription, will be etched in their memories forever.
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