1985–86 League of Ireland

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The 1985–86 League of Ireland was the first season of the Premier Division and First Division. The Premier Division was made up of 12 teams, while the First Division was made up of 10 teams. 6 new teams were elected to the League of Ireland, all participating in the First Division.

Overview[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division was contested by 12 teams and Shamrock Rovers F.C. won the championship. The top 12 teams from the 1984–85 League of Ireland automatically qualified for the Premier Division.

First Division[edit]

The First Division was contested by 10 teams and Bray Wanderers A.F.C. won the division.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Team Base Stadium Manager
Athlone Town Athlone St Mel's Park Republic of Ireland Con Flanagan
Bohemians Dublin Dalymount Park Republic of Ireland Billy Young
Cork City Cork Turners Cross Republic of Ireland Noel O'Mahoney
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park Republic of Ireland Turlough O'Connor
Galway United Galway Terryland Park Republic of Ireland Tony Mannion
Home Farm Dublin Tolka Park Republic of Ireland Mick Lawlor
Limerick Limerick Jackman Park Republic of Ireland Joe O'Mahoney
Shamrock Rovers Dublin Glenmalure Park Northern Ireland Jim McLaughlin
Shelbourne Dublin Harold's Cross Stadium Republic of Ireland Paddy Mulligan
St Patrick's Athletic Dublin Richmond Park Republic of Ireland Jimmy Jackson
Waterford United Waterford Kilcohan Park Republic of Ireland Alfie Hale
UCD Dublin UCD Bowl

Premier Division[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 33 15 3 4 44 17 +27 1986-87 European Cup First round
2 Galway United F.C. 31 12 7 3 42 19 +23 1986-87 UEFA Cup First round
3 Dundalk F.C. 30 12 6 4 36 16 +20
4 Bohemian F.C. 27 8 11 3 27 22 +5
5 Waterford United F.C. 26 8 10 4 27 25 +2 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup First rounda
6 St Patrick's Athletic F.C. 25 8 9 5 23 19 +4
7 Limerick F.C. 24 10 4 8 45 28 +17
8 Athlone Town A.F.C. 19 6 7 9 23 27 -4
9 Home Farm F.C. 15 5 5 12 15 30 -15
10 Cork City F.C. 13 3 7 12 23 44 -21
11 Shelbourne F.C. 13 3 7 12 15 40 -25 Relegation to the 1986-87 League of Ireland First Division
12 University College Dublin A.F.C. 8 2 4 16 19 51 -32 Relegation to the 1986-87 League of Ireland First Division

a: Waterford United qualified for the first round of the 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup by virtue of playing in the 1986 FAI Cup against European Cup-bound team Shamrock Rovers.

First Division[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Bray Wanderers A.F.C. 28 11 6 1 30 10 +20 Promotion to the 1986-87 League of Ireland First Division
2 Sligo Rovers F.C. 27 11 5 2 32 13 +19 Promotion to the 1986-87 League of Ireland First Division
3 Longford Town F.C. 25 10 5 3 29 23 +6
4 Derry City F.C. 22 8 6 4 31 18 +13
5 Drogheda United F.C. 18 5 8 5 20 18 +2
6 Cobh Ramblers F.C. 15 5 5 8 14 25 -11
7 Finn Harps F.C. 13 3 7 8 23 31 -8
8 Newcastle United F.C.* 13 5 3 10 21 33 -12
9 Monaghan United F.C. 11 4 3 11 19 32 -13
10 E.M.F.A. 8 1 6 11 21 37 -16

'*'Newcastle United F.C. changed their club name to Newcastlewest F.C. for next season.

League of Ireland clubs in Europe 1985-86[edit]

European Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

After winning the league title in the previous season, Shamrock Rovers received automatic qualification into the First round of the European Cup. Shamrock Rovers were drawn against Hungarian club, Budapest Honvéd, 1984-85 Hungarian League Winners. Budapest Honvéd were the hosts for the first leg and won the game comfortably in a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers. In the return leg, Shamrock Rovers were defeated once again 3-1, thus eliminating them from the competition.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 5-1 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 3 - 1
First leg[edit]
Second leg[edit]

Budapest Honvéd won 5–1 on aggregate.

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 4-7 Scotland Dundee United 2 - 5 2 - 2

European Cup Winners Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

FAI Cup Runner-ups, Galway United entered the European Cup Winners' Cup in the First round against Danish side, Lyngby BK. Galway United were defeated 1-0 in the away leg in Lyngby BK. In the second leg, United were defeated 3-2 at Terryland Park, ending their European campaign.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lyngby BK Denmark 4-2 Republic of Ireland Galway United 1 - 0 3 - 2

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