2013–14 Gibraltar Premier Division

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Premier Division
Season 2013–14
Champions Lincoln
20th title
Relegated Gibraltar Phoenix
Champions League Lincoln
Europa League College Europa
Matches played 56
Goals scored 238 (4.25 per match)
Top goalscorer John-Paul Duarte
(15 goals)
Biggest home win Lincoln 16–1 Gibraltar Phoenix
(15 February 2014)
Biggest away win Gibraltar Phoenix 0–16 Lincoln
(8 February 2014)
Highest scoring Lincoln 16–1 Gibraltar Phoenix
(15 February 2014)
Longest winning run 11 games
Lincoln
Longest unbeaten run 14 games
Lincoln
Longest winless run 14 games
Gibraltar Phoenix
Longest losing run 14 games
Gibraltar Phoenix
All statistics correct as of 5 April 2014.

The 2013–14 Gibraltar Premier Division (known as the Argus Insurance Premier Division for sponsorship reasons) is the 115th season of the national amateur football league in Gibraltar since its establishment - the highest level of football in Gibraltar. The league was expanded this season, and will be contested by eight clubs, a requirement for entry into UEFA competitions.[1] The season began on October 7, 2013 with Glacis United defeating Lions Gibraltar 3-2. Lincoln are the defending league champions, having sealed their 11th successive title win in 2012-13.

Season summary[edit]

The 2013-14 season of the Gibraltar Premier Division, the first since the GFA's acceptance into UEFA, began on October 7, 2013 with Glacis United defeating Lions Gibraltar 3-2. The two sides had finished level on points the previous season at the bottom of the table but remained in the division thanks to the league's expansion from 6 to 8 teams in order to meet the minimum requirements for entry into UEFA competitions. Reigning champions and heavy favourites Lincoln got off to a slow start, being held 0-0 and 1-1 in their opening fixtures to Lynx and College Europa, respectively. Both sides proved early season surprise packages and occupied the top two places for the majority of the early part of the season. The mid season break saw the first edition of the Gibraltar Premier Cup in which Lincoln came out victorious after defeating Manchester 62 in the final. Following this both sides continued long lasting unbeaten runs to reach the top two positions in the table, with Lincoln yet to suffer defeat as of March 31, 2014.

At the other end of the table, two sides suffered mass exoduses in pre-season and struggled for form as a result. St Joseph's, 2012-13 league runners up and reigning Rock Cup champions, saw themselves in particular trouble while the struggle to keep players meant that newly promoted Gibraltar Phoenix, who failed to pick up a single point in their first 10 games, were left struggling to even field a starting 11 by December. In the March 28 game between Lincoln and College Europa, an explosion caused a floodlight failure with 12 minutes to go and saw the match abandoned at 3-2 to the Red Imps. Because Victoria Stadium is the only current stadium in Gibraltar, evening games the rest of the weekend, including the game between St Joseph's and Glacis United, were postponed. However, daytime games including Lions Gibraltar's 1-0 victory over a much improved Gibraltar Phoenix, were permitted to go ahead. Both Lincoln and College Europa have appealed to replay the abandoned game. On April 2, the final 12 minutes were played out with 4-2 the result. Gibraltar Phoenix were relegated on April 7, 2014 after a 5-0 defeat to Manchester 62, having lost all 12 games of the season up to that point. Lincoln secured their title win with a 4-1 victory over Lions Gibraltar on April 14.

Teams[edit]

Location of the stadium which all teams play in

After the 2012–13 season, no teams were relegated due to the expansion of the league. College Europa and Gibraltar Phoenix were promoted from the Second Division as champions and runners up, respectively.[1]

Club Finishing position 2012–13
College Europa 1st in Gibraltar Second Division (promoted)
Gibraltar Phoenix 2nd in Gibraltar Second Division (promoted)
Glacis United 6th
Lincoln Red Imps 1st (champions)
Lions Gibraltar 5th
Lynx 4th
Manchester 62 3rd
St Joseph's 2nd

European qualification[edit]

This will be the first season of the league since Gibraltar were accepted as full members of UEFA. Gibraltar has been allocated one place in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, provided the qualifying club has received a UEFA licence.[2]

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
College Europa Spain Nuñez, ManoloManolo Nuñez Gibraltar Manasco, DylanDylan Manasco Nike Cancer Relief Gibraltar
Gibraltar Phoenix Gibraltar Gore, MattMatt Gore Gibraltar Lowe, GaryGary Lowe Adidas Digital Corner
Glacis United Spain Sanchez Alfaro, JavierJavier Sanchez Alfaro Nike
Lincoln Gibraltar McElwee, MikeMike McElwee Gibraltar Chipolina, RoyRoy Chipolina Joma OSG Security
Lions Gibraltar Gibraltar Cummings, SteveSteve Cummings Gibraltar Dalli, JansenJansen Dalli Errea Mitsubishi
Lynx Gibraltar Parody, AlbertAlbert Parody Adidas Trends
Manchester 62 Gibraltar Asquez, AaronAaron Asquez Gibraltar Reoch, MattMatt Reoch Joma CEPSA GIB
St. Joseph's Gibraltar Aguilera, JerryJerry Aguilera Gibraltar Aguilera, JerryJerry Aguilera Joma

League table[edit]

The Europa League qualifying spot was unconfirmed after the cup and league finished.[3] UEFA regulations suggested College Europa as Cup runners-ups. GFA promised the spot to the league runner-ups pre-season. Eventually College Europa were awarded the spot.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln (C) 14 11 3 0 66 6 +60 36 2014–15 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Manchester 62 14 9 3 2 37 10 +27 30
3 Lynx 14 9 2 3 36 18 +18 29
4 College Europa 14 5 4 5 31 20 +11 19 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
5 Glacis United 14 6 1 7 18 32 −14 19
6 Lions Gibraltar 14 4 2 8 23 33 −10 14
7 St Joseph's (O) 14 4 1 9 20 29 −9 13 Qualification to Relegation play–off
8 Gibraltar Phoenix (R) 14 0 0 14 9 94 −85 0 Relegation to 2014–15 Second Division

Source: 2013–14 Football league of Gibraltar
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Teams in the 2013-14 season will play each other twice, with the season starting on October 7, 2013 and ending on May 7, 2014.

Home ╲ Away[1] COL GPH GLA LIN LGI LYN MAN SJO
College Europa 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–4
Gibraltar Phoenix 0–11 2–3 0–16 2–6 0–7 0–5 0–4
Glacis United 0–2 3–0 0–3 3–2 0–2 0–7 1–0
Lincoln 4–2 16–1 4–0 4–1 3–0 1–1 5–0
Lions Gibraltar 1–1 1–0 3–4 0–4 0–2 3–1 3–2
Lynx 3–2 8–2 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1
Manchester 62 2–0 4–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 3–2 2–0
St Joseph's 0–1 6–1 0–0 0–4 4–2 2–3 0–3

Source: Soccerway: Gibraltar Premier Division Table
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-off[edit]

St Joseph's won and remained in the Premier Division.

18 May 2014
18:00
St Joseph's 2–0 Mons Calpe
Nathan Santos Goal
Bruninho Araújo Goal

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Gibraltar John-Paul Duarte Lincoln 15
2 Gibraltar George Cabrera Lincoln 14
Spain Sergio Ginés Lynx
4 Argentina Christian Toncheff College Europa 10
5 Gibraltar Joseph Chipolina Lincoln 9
6 Gibraltar Robert Montovio College Europa 8
7 Spain Tostao College Europa 7
8 Gibraltar Naoufal El Andaloussi Manchester 62 6
Gibraltar Liam Clarke St. Joseph's / Lincoln
Gibraltar Kyle Casciaro Lincoln
Gibraltar Nathan Santos St. Joseph's

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gibraltar Premier Division to expand". Gibraltar Football. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Strategic talks in Dubrovnik". UEFA. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Storm brewing over which football team should go into the UEFA Europa League". panorama.gi. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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