2010 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season

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Shamrock Rovers F.C.
2010 season
Chairman Republic of Ireland Jonathan Roche
Coach Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill
League of Ireland Champions
FAI Cup Final
League of Ireland Cup Semifinals
Leinster Senior Cup Quarterfinals
Europa League Third qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: Gary Twigg
All: Gary Twigg
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2010 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season was the club's 89th season competing in the League of Ireland and the team's second season under the stewardship of Michael O'Neill. The team finished the season as League of Ireland champions, narrowly beating rivals Bohemians to the title by virtue of a better goal difference.[1][2]

Gary Twigg concluded the season as the league's top goalscorer for the second season in succession. The Hoops reached the FAI Cup final, the semifinals of the League of Ireland Cup, the quarterfinals of the Leinster Senior Cup and defeated Bnei Yehuda of Israel in the second qualifying round of the Europa League before losing to Juventus in the next round.

The team played a direct style of football throughout the season, with Michael O'Neill generally employing the 4–5–1 formation.[3]

Preseason[edit]

The club made a number of signings during the off-season and preseason in an effort to strengthen the squad. Enda Stevens and James Chambers were signed at the end of 2009, the former agreeing to a one year contract.[4][5] They were joined by Chris Turner, Craig Walsh and Billy Dennehy in January 2010, while Dan Murray and Danny Murphy signed for the club in February.[6][7] The signing of Chris Turner was disputed by Sligo Rovers and eventually sanctioned in March.[8][9] The team played four preseason friendlies, winning three and drawing one.

Squad[edit]

All players used during the season:

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

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Alan Mannus
2 Republic of Ireland DF Patrick Sullivan
3 Republic of Ireland DF Enda Stevens
4 Scotland DF Craig Sives
5 Republic of Ireland DF Aidan Price
6 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Rice
7 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Bradley
8 Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers
9 Scotland FW Gary Twigg
10 Republic of Ireland FW Dessie Baker
11 Republic of Ireland MF Ollie Cahill
11 England FW Neale Fenn
13 Republic of Ireland DF Pat Flynn
14 Republic of Ireland FW Graham Barrett
No. Position Player
14 Republic of Ireland MF Aidan Downes
15 Republic of Ireland MF Paddy Kavanagh
16 Republic of Ireland GK Robert Duggan
16 England GK Pat Jennings
17 Republic of Ireland MF Seán O'Connor
18 Northern Ireland MF Chris Turner
19 England DF Danny Murphy
20 Republic of Ireland MF Billy Dennehy
21 Republic of Ireland MF Craig Walsh
22 Republic of Ireland FW Don Cowan
23 Northern Ireland FW Thomas Stewart
24 England DF Dan Murray
25 Republic of Ireland MF Robert Bayly

Out on loan[edit]

All players loaned out during the season:

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

No. Position Player
21 Republic of Ireland MF Craig Walsh (at Longford Town)
22 Republic of Ireland FW Don Cowan (at Longford Town)

Transfers[edit]

All players transferred during the season:

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

No. Position Player
11 England FW Neale Fenn (Signed in August)[10][11][12]
14 Republic of Ireland MF Aidan Downes (Signed in August)
16 England GK Pat Jennings (Signed in July)
23 Northern Ireland FW Thomas Stewart (Signed in April)
25 Republic of Ireland MF Robert Bayly (Signed in March)[13]
No. Position Player
11 Republic of Ireland MF Ollie Cahill (Released in July)[14]
14 Republic of Ireland FW Graham Barrett (Retired in September)[15]
16 Republic of Ireland GK Robert Duggan (Transferred to Drogheda in July)

Technical staff[edit]

Matches[edit]

League of Ireland[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss




































FAI Cup[edit]






League of Ireland Cup[edit]



Leinster Senior Cup[edit]


Europa League[edit]




References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twigg writes new chapter in Rovers' history". Irish Independent. 2010-10-30. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ "How the title was won". The Irish Times. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Rovers must get it right this time". Irish Independent. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Rovers sign Drogheda's Chambers". RTÉ. 2009-11-26. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Latest new signing - Enda Stevens". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 2009-12-10. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Danny Murphy signs for the Hoops". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Murray joins Hoops". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Hoops sign duo, but appeal is lodged". Extratime.ie. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Turner able to choose his own club". Extratime.ie. 2010-03-11. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Shamrock Rovers sign Neale Fenn". Extratime.ie. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  11. ^ "Hoops swoop in attempt to lure Fenn out of retirement". Irish Independent. 2010-08-02. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Dundalk furious at Rovers' swoop for 'retired' Fenn". Irish Independent. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Hoops strengthen midfield with Bayly". Extratime.ie. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  14. ^ "Cahill joins Sporting Fingal". Extratime.ie. 2010-07-11. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  15. ^ "Barrett's cruel decline robbed Ireland of a star". Irish Independent. 2010-10-08. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 

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