The change to full-time saw the club's fortunes drastically improve. They won their first FAI Cup in 2005, beating Cork City in the final and won back-to-back Setanta Cups in 2006 and 2007. They also qualified for the UEFA Cup for the 2006–07 season thanks to their 2005 FAI Cup success. This time they fared better than in their first foray into Europe as they defeated HJK Helsinki 4–2 on aggregate in the First Qualifying Round and were just eliminated 11–10 in an epic penalty shoot-out in the next round against IK Start of Norway. They were also in the UEFA Cup Qualifying stages for the 2007–08 campaign, losing to Helsingborgs IF in the second round.
 Another impressive performance came when Drogheda won 2-1 against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on 12 June, Chris Lyons scoring a brace.  Their surprise victories meant the newly promoted side were pushing for European places deep into the season, when many expected them to be in a relegation dogfight. On 20 August, Drogheda pulled off a historic victory over their rivals Dundalk at Oriel Park, the first time they had done so for 9 years, courtesy of a Mark Doyle brace.  Just over 2 weeks later, they defeated Bohemians at Head In The Game Park.
6 days later. They hammered relegated side UCD 5-1 at home on 6 March,  and sat top of the table with 6 points when the league was suspended as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic on 12 March.  A break of over 3 months would follow, and they finally returned to action with a 2-2 draw to Shamrock Rovers II on 2 August, without spectators.  The Drogs only lost 3 games between the months of August and November, and their title race with Bray Wanderers went down to the final day, when they travelled to the Stradbrook to face Cabinteely on 27 October. At the beginning of the evening, Drogheda were 1 point behind their Wicklow counterparts, but a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from James Brown and Luke Heeney meant they would lift the trophy on a historic night which granted them a place in the 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division.  2021-present: Back in the Premier Division There was little expectation on the newly promoted Drogs team as the 2021 season approached, but this changed when Tim Clancy began his recruitment.
Cooke finally had his own team of players and despite having less than a tenth of the budget that the club had in the glory days under Paul Doolin, Drogheda have had their best season by far since then. Between 1 June and 4 August, Drogheda went on an eight-game winning run in the league and cup – the longest winning run in the club's history.
The young coach managed to attract the experienced heads of Gary Deegan,  Dane Massey,  Dinny Corcoran and Ronan Murray,  all veterans of the league. Darragh Markey and Daniel O'Reilly also added to an already very youthful and talented group of players. The season was opened on 19 March when Drogheda beat Waterford 1-0 at home.  A 4-0 away win against rivals Longford Town on 10 April turned heads the way of the County Louth side, but they had to wait a bit longer for their next 3 points of the campaign, a 7-0 thumping of Waterford's reserve side at the RSC on 8 May.  This was followed by a 4 game winning run, including a 3-1 win over Saint Patrick's Athletic on 14 May,  a 1-0 away victory at Finn Harps,  and a 4-1 home win against Longford.
 Their last win of the season came against high fliers Derry City on 24 October.  Unfortunately for the Drogs, they finished the season with 3 losses in a row, but it didn't manage to take away from their impressive season, finishing 7th with a respectable 44 points, and making sure of a Premier Division place for 2022 Drogheda's impressive 2021 campaign meant their squad was practically torn apart by the bigger clubs in the pre season of 2022. Their manager, Tim Clancy, was signed by Saint Patrick's Athletic. Shelbourne legend Kevin Doherty, who had been assistant manager to Clancy since 2018, assumed the role of first team manager, and former Longford Town coach Daire Doyle joined his management team.
 Brian Donnelly was then appointed as the second Interim Manager of the season but he too resigned in September.  On 27 September, the club announced the imminent arrival as manager of another former player – Bobby Browne.  Despite finishing rock-bottom of the table with only four wins and nine draws (a total of 21 points) in 2010 and being relegated, Drogheda United were reprieved after the extinction of Sporting Fingal in February 2011.  2011–2013: Mick Cooke Mick Cooke, manager of Monaghan took over as manager on 27 February 2011, becoming the sixth Drogheda manager in nine months.  Cooke appointed former Drogs goalkeeper, Robbie Horgan as his assistant, and inherited the players who had been signed by Bobby Browne to play in the First Division so hopes weren't high.
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They were beaten 7–1 in the Setanta Cup final by Shamrock Rovers and 2–0 in the League Cup final by the same opponent. They also reached their first FAI Cup final since winning the competition in 2005, narrowly losing out on a 3-2 thriller against Sligo Rovers. In the Europa League qualifying rounds that season, the club were drawn against Swedish giants Malmö and only lost by a single goal over two legs after a battling performance. Despite this success, Mick Cooke left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season. 2015–2020: First Division In November 2015 Drogheda appointed former UCD manager Pete Mahon as manager of the club.
 Key players such as Conor Kane,  David Odumosu and Mark Doyle were all signed by other teams in Ireland, while James Brown and Killian Phillips earned moves to England, and Daniel O'Reilly to Scotland. Doherty had a big job on his hands to paper the cracks left in his team, but did well to hang on to a number of key players, as well as recruiting players such as Ryan Brennan,  Dean Williams,  Adam Foley,  Sean Roughan and Sam Long.  Drogheda grabbed their first win of the season on 4 March, beating UCD 4-2 at home.
They play their home matches at Head In The Game Park. The current club is the amalgamation of two former clubs in the town: Drogheda United, a non-league club founded in 1919; and Drogheda F. C., founded in 1962. The clubs merged their operations to form the current club in 1975 and have achieved success since 2005 by winning two Setanta Sports Cups, an FAI Cup, a League Cup, and their first league title, the 2007 League of Ireland Premier Division.
In their first season there they finished tenth and also in each of the next three seasons finished in the bottom three. In the 1967–68 season they achieved a respectable fifth-place finish and the following season finished in sixth place. When the league expanded to include fourteen teams the club dropped down the table again finishing in the bottom five in each of the next six seasons and also recording their heaviest league defeat 8–1 to Cork Hibernians in the 1970–71 season. They did, however, get to FAI Cup final that season where they were beaten 3–0 by Limerick in a replay after the first match ended 00..
 Harps would go on to win promotion after defeating Limerick 3-0 on aggregate. 2019 was a bittersweet year for Drogheda. They managed to maintain a close title race with Shelbourne up until the penultimate game of the season, when the Reds beat them 3-1 on home soil to secure the title.  A second place finish granted them a playoff spot yet again, and after a 6-2 aggregate win over Cabinteely,  they reached the playoff final, meeting Finn Harps for the second year running. Unfortunately for the Drogs, a late winner from Chris Lyons at United Park was not enough, as they shipped 2 goals in the second leg in Ballybofey, condemning them to playoff heartbreak once again.  On 30 October, the club and wider Drogheda community was rocked by the passing of a legendary figure, Vincent Hoey, fondly remembered as "Mr.
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Due to bankruptcy, the club went part-time and lost their entire league-winning squad, and manager, Paul Doolin, who took over Cork City. Former Cork and Longford boss Alan Mathews took over.  Mathews had to sign a side of semi-pros and free agents. Drogheda were in the bottom half of the table for the whole season, despite some shock wins. On 10 November 2009 they beat Bray Wanderers 2–0 in a relegation play-off.
Drogheda United FC - Latest news, reaction, results, pictures League of Ireland soccer club who play at United Park. Founded in 1919, they've won the title once (in 2007), the FAI Cup once (2005)