List of Irish football champions

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The Republic of Ireland football champions are the winners of the highest league in football in the Irish Republic. This is not to be confused with the Irish League Champions who are the National Champions of neighbouring Northern Ireland. Prior to 1921 teams from the Republic of Ireland played in the Irish League, governed from Belfast. They broke from this League after Ireland was partitioned in 1921 after a dispute over the staging of the National cup final. The Irish League continues as the National Championship for Northern Ireland and the champions of both are confusingly referred to as Irish League Champions. Globally the term Irish Champion is more commonly given to the Champions of the Republic of Ireland as the nation is commonly shortened to Ireland in general conversation. Equally the Irish League Champions are more commonly referred to as the Northern Irish League Champions although the word Northern has never officially been added to the League's title. Traditionally the League of Ireland was considered inferior to its Northern parent League up until the late 1960s when a gradual improvement in the game south of the border and a gradual decline north of the border saw the power in Irish Football gradually move from its traditional Belfast power base to the Dublin clubs. In total, 19 teams have won the League of Ireland with Shamrock Rovers the most successful side with 17 titles followed by Shelbourne with 13 titles and Bohemians 11.

Teams in bold are those who won the double of League Championship and FAI Cup.
Teams in italic bold are those who won the treble by adding the either the League of Ireland Shield (1921–1972) or League of Ireland Cup (1973–present) to the double.

List of Champions[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer[1] Goals
1921-22 St. James's Gate (1) Bohemians Shelbourne Jack Kelly (St. James's Gate) 11
1922-23 Shamrock Rovers (1) Shelbourne Bohemians Bob Fullam (Shamrock Rovers) 27
1923-24 Bohemians (1) Shelbourne Jacobs Dave Roberts (Bohemians) 20
1924-25 Shamrock Rovers (2) Bohemians Shelbourne Billy Farrell (Shamrock Rovers) 25
1925-26 Shelbourne (1) Shamrock Rovers Fordsons Billy Farrell (Shamrock Rovers) 24
1926-27 Shamrock Rovers (3) Shelbourne Bohemians David Byrne (footballer born 1905) (Shamrock Rovers) / John McMillan (Shelbourne) 17
1927-28 Bohemians (2) Shelbourne Shamrock Rovers Charlie Heinemann (Fordsons) 24
1928-29 Shelbourne(2) Bohemians Shamrock Rovers Eddie Carroll (Dundalk) 17
1929-30 Bohemians (3) Shelbourne Shamrock Rovers Johnny Ledwidge (Shelbourne) 16
1930-31 Shelbourne (3) Dundalk Bohemians Alex Hair (Shelbourne) 29
1931-32 Shamrock Rovers (4) Cork Waterford Pearson Ferguson (Cork) / Jack Forster (Waterford) 21
1932-33 Dundalk (1) Shamrock Rovers Shelbourne George Ebbs (St. James Gate) 20
1933-34 Bohemians (4) Cork Shamrock Rovers Alf Rigby (St. James Gate) 13
1934-35 Dolphin (1) St. James's Gate Sligo Rovers Alf Rigby (St. James Gate) 17
1935-36 Bohemians (5) Dolphin Cork Jimmy Turnbull (Cork) 37
1936-37 Sligo Rovers (1) Waterford Dundalk Bob Slater (Shelbourne) 20
1937-38 Shamrock Rovers (5) Waterford Dundalk Willie Byrne (St James Gate) 25
1938-39 Shamrock Rovers (6) Sligo Rovers Dundalk Paddy Bradshaw (St James Gate) 22
1939-40 St. James's Gate (2) Shamrock Rovers Sligo Rovers Paddy Bradshaw (St James Gate) 29
1940-41 Cork United (1) Waterford Bohemians Mick O'Flanagan (Bohemians) 19
1941-42 Cork United (2) Shamrock Rovers Shelbourne Tommy Byrne (Limerick) 20
1942-43 Cork United (3) Dundalk Drumcondra Sean McCarthy (Cork United) 16
1943-44 Shelbourne (4) Limerick Shamrock Rovers Sean McCarthy (Cork United) 16
1944-45 Cork United (4) Limerick Shamrock Rovers Sean McCarthy (Cork United) 26
1945-46 Cork United (5) Drumcondra Waterford Paddy O'Leary (Cork United) 15
1946-47 Shelbourne (5) Drumcondra Shamrock Rovers Paddy Coad (Shamrock Rovers) / Alf Hanson (Shelbourne) 11
1947-48 Drumcondra (1) Dundalk Shelbourne Sean McCarthy (Cork United) 13
1948-49 Drumcondra (2) Shelbourne Dundalk Bernard Lester (Transport) / Eugene Noonan (Waterford) / Paddy O'Leary (Cork Athletic) 12
1949-50 Cork Athletic (1) Drumcondra Shelbourne Dave McCulloch (Waterford) 19
1950-51 Cork Athletic (2) Sligo Rovers Drumcondra Dessie Glynn (Drumcondra) 20
1951-52 St. Patrick's Athletic (1) Shelbourne Shamrock Rovers Shay Gibbons (St. Patrick's Athletic) 26
1952-53 Shelbourne (6) Drumcondra Shamrock Rovers Shay Gibbons (St. Patrick's Athletic) 22
1953-54 Shamrock Rovers (7) Evergreen United Drumcondra Danny Jordan (Bohemians) 14
1954-55 St. Patrick's Athletic (2) Waterford Shamrock Rovers Jimmy Gauld (Waterford) 30
1955-56 St. Patrick's Athletic (3) Shamrock Rovers Waterford Shay Gibbons (St. Patrick's Athletic) 21
1956-57 Shamrock Rovers (8) Dumcondra Sligo Rovers Tommy Hamilton (Shamrock Rovers) / Donal Leahy (Evergreen) 15
1957-58 Dumcondra (3) Shamrock Rovers Evergreen United Donal Leahy (Evergreen) 16
1958-59 Shamrock Rovers (9) Evergreen United Waterford Donal Leahy (Evergreen) 22
1959-60 Limerick (1) Cork Celtic Shelbourne Austin Noonan (Cork Celtic) 27
1960-61 Dumcondra (4) St. Patrick's Athletic Waterford Dan McCaffrey (Drumcondra) 29
1961-62 Shelbourne (7) Cork Celtic Shamrock Rovers Eddie Bailham (Shamrock Rovers) 21
1962-63 Dundalk (2) Waterford Drumcondra Mick Lynch (Waterford) 12
1963-64 Shamrock Rovers (10) Dundalk Limerick Eddie Bailham (Shamrock Rovers) / Jimmy Hasty (Dundalk) / Johnny Kingston (Cork Hibernians) 18
1964-65 Drumcondra (5) Shamrock Rovers Bohemians Jackie Mooney (Shamrock Rovers) 16
1965-66 Waterford (1) Shamrock Rovers Bohemians Mick Lynch (Waterford) 17
1966-67 Dundalk (3) Bohemians Sligo Rovers Johnny Brooks (Sligo Rovers) / Danny Hale (footballer) (Dundalk) 15
1967-68 Waterford (2) Dundalk Cork Celtic Carl Davenport (Cork Celtic) / Ben Hannigan (Dundalk) 15
1968-69 Waterford (3) Shamrock Rovers Cork Hibernians Mick Leech (Shamrock Rovers) 19
1969-70 Waterford (4) Shamrock Rovers Cork Hibernians Brendan Bradley (Finn Harps) 18
1970-71 Cork Hibernians (1) Shamrock Rovers Waterford Brendan Bradley (Finn Harps) 20
1971-72 Waterford (5) Cork Hibernians Bohemians Alfie Hale (Waterford) / Tony Marsden (Cork Hibernians) 22
1972-73 Waterford (6) Finn Harps Bohemians Alfie Hale (Waterford) / Terry Harkin (Finn Harps) 20
1973-74 Cork Celtic (1) Bohemians Cork Hibernians Terry Flanagan (footballer) (Bohemians) / Turlough O'Connor (footballer) (Bohemians) 18
1974-75 Bohemians (6) Athlone Town Finn Harps Brendan Bradley (Finn Harps) 21
1975-76 Dundalk (4) Finn Harps Waterford Brendan Bradley (Finn Harps) 29
1976-77 Sligo Rovers (2) Bohemians Drogheda United Syd Wallace (Waterford) 16
1977-78 Bohemians (7) Finn Harps Drogheda United Turlough O'Connor (footballer) (Bohemians) 24
1978-79 Dundalk (5) Bohemians Drogheda United John Delamere (Sligo Rovers / Shelbourne) 17
1979-80 Limerick United (2) Dundalk Athlone Town Alan Campbell (Shamrock Rovers) 22
1980-81 Athlone Town (1) Dundalk Limerick United Eugene Davis (Athlone Town) 23
1981-82 Dundalk (6) Shamrock Rovers Bohemains Michael O'Connor (Athlone Town) 22
1982-83 Athlone Town (2) Drogheda United Dundalk Noel Larkin (Athlone Town) 18
1983-84 Shamrock Rovers (11) Bohemians Athlone Town Alan Campbell (Shamrock Rovers) 24
1984-85 Shamrock Rovers (12) Bohemians Athlone Town Tommy Gaynor (Limerick City) / Michael O'Connor (Athlone Town) 17
1985-86 Shamrock Rovers (13) Galway United Dundalk Tommy Gaynor (Limerick City) 15
1986-87 Shamrock Rovers (14) Dundalk Bohemians Mick Byrne (Shamrock Rovers) 12
1987-88 Dundalk (7) St. Patrick's Athletic Bohemians Jonathan Speak (Derry City) 24
1988-89 Derry City (1) Dundalk Limerick City Billy Hamilton (Limerick City) 21
1989-90 St. Patrick's Athletic (4) Derry City Dundalk Mark Ennis (St. Patrick's Athletic) 19
1990-91 Dundalk (8) Cork City St. Patrick's Athletic Peter Hanrahan (Dundalk) 18
1991-92 Shelbourne (8) Derry City Cork City John Caulfield (Cork City) 16
1992-93 Cork City (1) Bohemians Shelbourne Pat Morley (Cork City) 20
1993-94 Shamrock Rovers (15) Cork City Galway United Stephen Geoghegan (Shamrock Rovers) 23
1994-95 Dundalk (9) Derry City Shelbourne John Caulfield (Cork City) 16
1995-96 St. Patrick's Athletic (5) Bohemians Sligo Rovers Stephen Geoghegan (Shelbourne) 19
1996-97 Derry City (2) Bohemians Shelbourne Tony Cousins (Shamrock Rovers) / Stephen Geoghegan (Shelbourne) 16
1997-98 St. Patrick's Athletic (6) Shelbourne Cork City Stephen Geoghegan (Shelbourne) 17
1998-99 St. Patrick's Athletic (7) Cork City Shelbourne Trevor Molloy (St. Patrick's Athletic) 15
1999–2000 Shelbourne (9) Cork City Bohemians Pat Morley (Cork City) 20
2000-01 Bohemians (8) Shelbourne Cork City Glen Crowe (Bohemians) 25
2001-02 Shelbourne (10) Shamrock Rovers St. Patrick's Athletic Glen Crowe (Bohemians) 21
2002-03 Bohemians (9) Shelbourne Shamrock Rovers Glen Crowe (Bohemians) 18
2003 Shelbourne (11) Bohemians Cork City Jason Byrne (Shelbourne) 21
2004 Shelbourne (12) Cork City Bohemians Jason Byrne (Shelbourne) 25
2005 Cork City (2) Derry City Shelbourne Jason Byrne (Shelbourne) 22
2006 Shelbourne (13) Derry City Drogheda United Jason Byrne (Shelbourne) 15
2007 Drogheda United (1) St. Patrick's Athletic Bohemians David Mooney (Longford Town) 19
2008 Bohemians (10) St. Patrick's Athletic Derry City Mark Farren (Derry City) 16
2009 Bohemians (11) Shamrock Rovers Cork City Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers) 24
2010 Shamrock Rovers (16) Bohemians Sligo Rovers Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers) 20
2011 Shamrock Rovers (17) Sligo Rovers Derry City Éamon Zayed (Derry City) 22
2012 Sligo Rovers (3) Drogheda United St. Patrick's Athletic Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers) 20
2013 St. Patrick's Athletic (8) Dundalk Sligo Rovers Rory Patterson (Derry City) 18

Total Champions[edit]

Clubs in italics no longer exist.

Club Winners Runners-up Championship seasons
Shamrock Rovers
17
14
1922–23, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1931–32, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1963–64, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1993–94, 2010, 2011
Shelbourne
13
10
1925–26, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1952–53, 1961–62, 1991–92, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2003, 2004, 2006
Bohemians
11
13
1923–24, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1974–75, 1977–78, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2008, 2009
Dundalk
9
11
1932–33, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1994–95
St Patrick's Athletic
8
4
1951–52, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2013
Waterford
6
4
1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73
Drumcondra
5
5
1947–48, 1948–49, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1964–65
Cork United
5
0
1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46
Sligo Rovers
3
3
1936–37, 1976–77, 2012
Cork City
2
5
1992–93, 2005
Derry City
2
5
1988–89, 1996–97
Limerick
2
2
1959–60, 1979–80
Athlone Town
2
1
1980–81, 1982–83
St James's Gate
2
1
1921–22, 1939–40
Cork Athletic
2
0
1949–50, 1950–51
Cork Celtic
1
2
1973–74
Drogheda United
1
2
2007
Cork Hibernians
1
1
1970–71
Dolphin
1
1
1934–35

Total titles won by town or city[edit]

Nineteen clubs have been champions, from a total of 9 towns and cities. Most have come from Dublin.

Town or city Number of titles Clubs
Dublin
57
Shamrock Rovers (17), Shelbourne (13), Bohemians (11), St Patrick's Athletic (8), Drumcondra (5), St James's Gate (2), Dolphin (1)
Cork
11
Cork United (5), Cork City (2), Cork Athletic (2), Cork Celtic (1), Cork Hibernians (1)
Dundalk
9
Dundalk (9)
Waterford
6
Waterford United (6)
Sligo
3
Sligo Rovers (3)
Derry
2
Derry City (2)
Limerick
2
Limerick (2)
Athlone
2
Athlone Town (2)
Drogheda
1
Drogheda United (1)

Total titles won by province[edit]

Province Number of titles Clubs
Leinster
69
Shamrock Rovers (17), Shelbourne (13), Bohemians (11), Dundalk (9), St Patrick's Athletic (8), Drumcondra (5), St James's Gate (2), Athlone Town (2), Dolphin (1), Drogheda United (1)
Munster
19
Waterford United (6), Cork United (5), Cork City (2), Cork Athletic (2), Limerick (2), Cork Celtic (1), Cork Hibernians (1)
Connacht
3
Sligo Rovers (3)
Ulster
2
Derry City (2)

Titles by decade[edit]

Clubs with two or more titles per decade

Decade Number
of titles
Club(s) Number
of titles
Club(s)
1920's
3
Shamrock Rovers
2
Bohemians, Shelbourne
1930's
3
Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers
1940's
5
Cork United
3
Shelbourne, Drumcondra
1950's
3
St. Patrick's Athletic, Shamrock Rovers
2
Cork Celtic
1960's
3
Waterford
2
Drumcondra, Dundalk
1970's
3
Waterford
2
Bohemians, Dundalk
1980's
4
Shamrock Rovers
2
Athlone Town, Dundalk
1990's
4
St. Patrick's Athletic
2
Dundalk
2000's
5
Shelbourne
4
Bohemians

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airtricity League - Top scorers". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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