2007 Shelbourne F.C. season

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Shelbourne
2007 season
Chairman Joe Casey
Manager Dermot Keely
First Division 5th
FAI Cup Second Round
League of Ireland Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League:
Mark Leech (12)
All:
Mark Leech (12)
Highest home attendance 1,896 vs Dundalk (March 23, 2007)
Lowest home attendance 549 vs Finn Harps (August 12, 2007)
Home colours
Away colours

In the 2007 season, Shelbourne finished 5th in the League of Ireland First Division.

Club[edit]

Club Information[edit]

Chairman, Director Joe Casey
Director Andy Byrne
Secretary Colm Murphy
Commercial Manager Niall Fitzmaurice
Ground Tolka Park

Commercial partners[edit]

Title Sponsor
Main Sponsor JW Hire
Kit, Associate Sponsor Umbro
Associate Sponsor Nivea for Men
Associate Sponsor Irish Daily Star
Associate Sponsor Bus Eireann
Associate Sponsor Dulux

Coaching and Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Dermot Keely
Assistant Manager Colin O'Neill
Goalkeeping Coach Fred Davis
Head Physio Tony McCarthy
Assistant Physio Stephen Weafer
Equipment Manager Pat Roche
Kit Administrator Johnny Watson

Pre-season[edit]

Exodus[edit]

This is the squad that completed the 2006 season, winning the Premier Division in the process. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Steve Williams
2 Republic of Ireland DF Owen Heary (c)
3 Republic of Ireland DF David Crawley
4 England DF Dave Rogers
5 Wales DF Jamie Harris
6 Republic of Ireland MF Jim Crawford
7 Republic of Ireland MF Ollie Cahill
8 Republic of Ireland MF Stuart Byrne
9 Republic of Ireland FW Glen Crowe
10 Republic of Ireland FW Jason Byrne
No. Position Player
12 Republic of Ireland MF Greg O'Halloran
14 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Baker
15 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Moore
16 Republic of Ireland FW Gary O'Neill
17 Republic of Ireland MF Bobby Ryan
18 Cameroon MF Joseph Ndo
19 Republic of Ireland DF Colin Hawkins
20 Republic of Ireland GK Dean Delany
22 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Dillon
24 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Kearney

The following players were registered to Shelbourne, but had been sent out on loan by the then manager Pat Fenlon.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers (on loan at Waterford United)
Republic of Ireland MF David Tyrell (on loan at Bray Wanderers)
Republic of Ireland MF Gary Deegan (on loan at Kilkenny City)

Following the ongoing financial problems during the 2006 season, Pat Fenlon resigned and the vast majority of players left. Several of them had reached the end of their contracts, whilst some were sold shortly after the celebrations in November, and others left after being declared free agents in the courts following missed payment of wages. Only 2 senior players remained with the club, the experienced Jim Crawford, and the young James Chambers who had spent 2006 on loan at Premier Division side Waterford United.

Withdrawal from the Setanta Cup[edit]

In February Shelbourne were forced to withdraw from the 2007 Setanta Sports Cup shortly before it was due to commence. The general assumption was that the club would be unable to field a team. St. Patrick's Athletic were invited to fill the vacancy, and they duly accepted.

Demotion[edit]

Before the start of the new league season, the club were demoted to the First Division by the FAI.

The FAI issued a First Division licence in place of the Premier Division licence which had been revoked by order of the FAI's First Instance Committee due to the financial situation. Shortly after this, the club's majority shareholder Ollie Byrne suffered a brain tumour and Joe Casey was installed as Chairman.

Former manager Dermot Keely was brought in as manager once more and assembled a squad of players in barely 72 hours - just in time for the club to take its place in the 2007 First Division.

Withdrawal from Champions League[edit]

On 30 March 2007, when applications for UEFA licences were nearly due and the clubs' First Division licence was up for review, Shelbourne announced that they would not be applying for a UEFA licence; thus relinquishing the Champions League spot that was rewarded for winning the league in 2006. Part of the statement read:

League runners-up Derry City were handed the Champions League place.

Players[edit]

Jim Crawford and James Chambers were the only existing senior players to stay with the club for the 2007 season. Jim was appointed captain by Keely. Goalkeeper Tony O'Dowd signed for Shelbourne, returning to the club with whom he had started his footballing career. Experienced defender Alan Murphy was signed from Longford Town and was appointed vice-captain, whilst a plethora of young players arrived from a host of clubs.

Mark Leech signed on a season-long loan from Premier Division club Drogheda United, and new Derry City arrival Kyle Moran did the same.

Four players arrived at Shelbourne from Dublin rivals Bohemians; Conor Rafferty and 2006's top scorer for the First Division Davitt Walsh signed on loan deals until the end of July, defenders Aidan Collins and Niall O'Reilly made their moves to Tolka Park permanent.

FIFA Regulations: Article 5.3[edit]

Two of Shelbourne's new players, Mark Leech and John Brophy, who had already played with two clubs within the year prior to the season's kick-off, were left ineligible to play for the club in competitive action until July at the beginning of the season as FIFA's rules, or, in particular, Article 5.3 of FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, stated that no player could play for more than two different clubs between 1 July of one season and 30 June of the following year.

Both players were eventually cleared by FIFA, and made their competitive debuts in a 1-1 draw with Kilkenny City at Buckley Park on 30 March 2007.

2007 Squad[edit]

A total of 37 players represented Shelbourne at various stages during the 2007 season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland GK Tony O'Dowd
Republic of Ireland GK James Hussey
Republic of Ireland DF Niall O'Reilly
Republic of Ireland DF Aidan Collins
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Murphy (Vice-captain)
Republic of Ireland DF Aaran McEneff
Republic of Ireland DF Daniel Ennis
Republic of Ireland DF Brian Gartland
Scotland DF Stuart Malcolm
Republic of Ireland DF Sean L'Estrange
Scotland DF Marc McCulloch
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Keely
Republic of Ireland DF Conor Rafferty (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland MF Jim Crawford (Captain)
Republic of Ireland MF Kieran Harte
Republic of Ireland MF Glen Lacey
Republic of Ireland MF Robbie O'Neill
Republic of Ireland MF Mark O'Brien (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland MF Graham Curran
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Peter McGlynn
Republic of Ireland MF Alan Reilly
Republic of Ireland MF Joey O'Neill
Republic of Ireland MF Noel Haverty (was on loan from St. Patrick's Athletic)
Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers
Republic of Ireland MF Ciarán Ryan
Republic of Ireland MF Chris Mulhall
Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Doran
Republic of Ireland FW Darren McKenna
Republic of Ireland FW John Brophy
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Leech (was on loan from Drogheda United)
Republic of Ireland FW Anto Flood
Republic of Ireland FW Lee Roche
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Rooney
Republic of Ireland FW Davitt Walsh (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland FW Wayne Byrne
Republic of Ireland FW Ciaran Quinn
Republic of Ireland FW Kyle Moran (was on loan from Derry City)

Results[edit]

League of Ireland First Division[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Final effect of position
1
Cobh Ramblers (C.P)
36
22
11
3
57
17
+40
77
Promotion to Premier Division and Setanta Cup qualification playoff
2
Finn Harps (P.P)
36
23
7
6
61
20
+41
76
Promotion/relegation playoff semi-final; winner to play 11th in Premier Division
3
Dundalk (P)
36
19
9
8
56
30
+26
66
4
Limerick 37
36
14
11
11
46
41
+5
53
5
Shelbourne
36
11
10
15
46
46
0
43
6
Athlone Town
36
11
8
17
40
55
-15
41
7
Kildare County
36
9
12
15
48
62
-14
39
8
Monaghan United
36
9
11
16
38
52
-14
38
9
Wexford Youths
36
7
10
19
31
55
-24
31
10
Kilkenny City
36
5
11
20
33
77
-44
26
Must re-apply for 2008 league membership

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

League Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
36 11 10 15 46 46 0 43 7 6 5 23 18 +5 4 4 10 23 28 −5

Last updated: November 10, 2007.
Source: League of Ireland First Division Fixtures

League Form/Results by Round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ground H A H A H H A H A A A H A A H A H A H A H H H A H A A H H A H A A H A H
Result D L L D W D L D D D L W L L D L W L W W W D L D W W W L W L D W L L L L

Last updated: November 10, 2007.
Source: League of Ireland First Division Fixtures
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FAI Ford Cup[edit]

The draw for the FAI Ford Cup took place on May 31, 2007. Shels, like all League sides, automatically went into the second round.

League of Ireland Cup[edit]

Shelbourne began the League of Ireland Cup in the Second Round, as the club was officially classed as European entrants when the draws were made. Shelbourne were drawn against Dublin rivals Bohemians, who had begun the 2007 season in the top flight with two of last year's championship winning Shelbourne team, Owen Heary and Glen Crowe. Despite a valiant effort from the young Shelbourne team, the difference in quality eventually told, with Bohemians qualifying for the next round due to 2 late goals from the man who had scored the goal that won Shelbourne the league just a few short months previous, Glen Crowe.

Friendlies[edit]

Season Overview[edit]

Shelbourne's 2007 season in the First Division began brightly with a dogged display against Kildare County at Tolka Park less than 2 weeks after their squad was assembled. Darren McKenna's dramatic late equaliser in that game secured a point for Shels giving the Tolka Park side much optimism for the season ahead.

Shels next two games against the much fancied promotion favourites Finn Harps and Dundalk brought the young Shels side back to earth with two defeats, including conceding a last minute equaliser to Harps.

After a frustrating 1-1 draw against 10 man Kilkenny City at Buckley Park, Shels first victory of the season arrived 5 games in against Athlone Town at Tolka Park courtesy of a Mark Leech header. Shels' generally young and inexperienced side failed to build on their first victory and would draw 4 of their next 5 games, their loss during this five game period came courtesy of conceding another last minute goal this time away to Cobh Ramblers. With injuries to notable players such as Jim Crawford and Aidan Collins, Shels' strength in depth would face a stern test during this period.

A heavy 3-0 away defeat to Dundalk in May was countered by an encouraging 2-0 victory at home to Kilkenny City but that game was marred after John Brophy suffered a broken leg after a heavy challenge ruling him out of action for 4 months.

Shels inconsistent start to the season was capped with a 1-0 defeat away to Athlone Town leaving Shels far too close to the foot of the First Division table for their liking. Injuries and player departures would take their toll on Shels during June and Shels suffered their heaviest defeat of the season during this period with a 4-0 defeat away to Monaghan United. Despite encouraging displays against Cobh Ramblers (2-2 draw) and another late defeat this time to Limerick 37 (3-2) would not be not enough to prevent numerous changes during the upcoming July transfer window.

Shelbourne made significant changes at the start of the July transfer window. A total of 11 players joined Shels during the month of July including Stuart Malcolm, Marc McCulloch, Alan Keely, Anto Flood and Mark Rooney while Mark O'Brien and Noel Haverty joined Shels on loan from rivals Bohemians and St. Patrick's Athletic respectively.

The impact of Shels newly assembled squad was felt immediately with a 1-0 victory over Wexford Youths at Tolka Park, only Shels 3rd win of the season. After a 1-0 away defeat to Finn Harps, Shels revitalised themselves with 3 consecutive victories against Dundalk, Kilkenny City and Athlone Town. July's turnaround in Shelbourne's form gave Shels optimism for securing the 3rd place play-off spot.

Shels hopes of securing 3rd place were dashed over one weekend at Tolka Park with a 1-1 draw against Monaghan United and a defeat by Finn Harps with yet another last minute goal conceded.

Shelbourne Football Club was in mourning during August after the death of Chief Executive Ollie Byrne. The first match after Byrne's death came against Limerick 37 at Tolka Park. In what was an emotional night at Tolka Park, Shelbourne provided one of their most impressive displays of the season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

Two more victories over Wexford Youths and Kildare County gave Shels much optimism over finishing in 4th place but these ambitions were hit after another defeat to Finn Harps with yet another last minute conceded goal, the third time Shelbourne conceded a last minute winner to Harps this season.

With no promotion prospects during the remainder of the season, Shelbourne's form slipped dramatically during the season run in. Despite a comfortable 4-1 win away to Athlone Town, Shels struggled during this period with a defeat to Dundalk and a disappointing home draw to lowly Kilkenny City.

Shelbourne's finish to the season was one they would rather forget. 4 defeats in their final 4 matches marked a considerable decline in the Shels form after a new lease of life during the months of July and August.

After what was a truly difficult season both on and off the pitch, Shelbourne finished 5th in the First Division table and Mark Leech finished the club's top goalscorer with 12 league goals.

2007 Season Statistics[edit]

Player Appearances/Goals[edit]

As of November 10, 2007.

No. Nat Pos Player Total First Division FAI Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland FW John Brophy 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland FW Wayne Byrne 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers 34 7 32 7 1 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland DF Aidan Collins 18 1 17 1 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Jim Crawford 17 0 17 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Graham Curran 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Doran 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Daniel Ennis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland FW Anto Flood 16 11 16 11 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Brian Gartland 16 1 15 1 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Kieran Harte 26 1 24 1 1 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Noel Haverty 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland GK James Hussey 15 0 14 0 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Keely 18 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Sean L'Estrange 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Glen Lacey 27 1 26 1 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Leech 32 12 30 12 1 0 1 0
Scotland DF Stuart Malcolm 17 1 17 1 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Marc McCulloch 19 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Aaran McEneff 13 0 11 0 1 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Peter McGlynn 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland FW Darren McKenna 11 2 10 2 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland FW Kyle Moran 10 1 9 1 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Chris Mulhall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Murphy 30 1 28 1 1 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Mark O'Brien 18 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland GK Tony O'Dowd 26 0 25 0 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Joey O'Neill 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Robbie O'Neill 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Niall O'Reilly 15 0 13 0 1 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland FW Ciaran Quinn 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Conor Rafferty 12 0 11 0 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland MF Alan Reilly 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland FW Lee Roche 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Rooney 17 2 17 2 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF Ciarán Ryan 9 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland FW Davitt Walsh 13 1 12 1 1 0 0 0

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Position Goalscorer Total Goals First Division FAI Cup League Cup
1
Republic of Ireland Mark Leech
12
12
0
0
2
Republic of Ireland Anto Flood
11
11
0
0
3
Republic of Ireland James Chambers
7
7
0
0
4
Republic of Ireland Darren McKenna
2
2
0
0
Republic of Ireland Mark Rooney
2
2
0
0
6
Republic of Ireland Aidan Collins
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Graham Curran
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Kieran Harte
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Alan Keely
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Glen Lacey
1
1
0
0
Scotland Stuart Malcolm
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Kyle Moran
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Alan Murphy
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Mark O'Brien
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Quinn
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Davitt Walsh
1
1
0
0