League of Ireland First Division

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League of Ireland First Division
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Country Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1985
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to League of Ireland Premier Division
Relegation to None
Domestic cup(s) FAI Cup
League of Ireland Cup
International cup(s) Europa League (FAI Cup Winners)
Current champions Longford Town
(2014)
Website AirtricityLeague.com
2014

The League of Ireland First Division (Irish: Céad Roinn Sraith na hÉireann) is the second tier of the Republic of Ireland's national football league, the League of Ireland. The division was formed in 1985 as a result of the decision to split the League of Ireland into two divisions, which also created the League of Ireland Premier Division. In 2009, the FAI rejected proposals from clubs to remove the division and restore the League of Ireland to its original structure.[1]

2015 Clubs[edit]

Team Base Stadium Capacity Founded
Athlone Town Athlone Athlone Town Stadium 5000 2013
Cobh Ramblers Cobh St Colman's Park 5980 1922
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park 6000 1954
Shamrock Rovers B Dublin Tallaght Stadium 6000 2013
Shelbourne Dublin Tolka Park 6000 1895
UCD Dublin UCD Bowl 3000 1924
Waterford United Waterford Waterford Regional Sports Centre 5500 1930
Wexford Youths Crossabeg Ferrycarraig Park 2500 2007

2015 Managers[edit]

Manager Club
Republic of Ireland Eddie Wallace Athlone Town
Republic of Ireland Martin Cambridge Cobh Ramblers
Republic of Ireland Ollie Horgan Finn Harps
Republic of Ireland Colin Hawkins Shamrock Rovers B
Republic of Ireland Kevin Doherty Shelbourne
UCD
Republic of Ireland Tommy Griffin Waterford United
Republic of Ireland Shane Keegan Wexford Youths

Previous Seasons[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third Place Last Place Top goalscorer Teams Promoted Teams Relegated
1985-86 Bray Wanderers
(1st title)
Sligo Rovers Longford Town E.M.F.A. Republic of Ireland Con McLoughlin (Finn Harps) (11)
Republic of Ireland Harry McLoughlin (Sligo Rovers) (11)
Bray Wanderers
Sligo Rovers
1986-87 Derry City
(1st title)
Shelbourne Drogheda United Longford Town Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Krstić (Derry City) (18) Derry City
Shelbourne
1987-88 Athlone Town
(1st title)
Cobh Ramblers Finn Harps E.M.F.A. Republic of Ireland Con McLoughlin (Finn Harps) (19) Athlone Town
Cobh Ramblers
1988-89 Drogheda United
(1st title)
UCD Bray Wanderers Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland Pat O'Connor (Home Farm) (14) Drogheda United
UCD
1989-90 Waterford United
(1st title)
Sligo Rovers Bray Wanderers Monaghan United Republic of Ireland John Ryan (Bray Wanderers) (16) Waterford United
Sligo Rovers
Newcastlewesta
1990-91 Drogheda United
(2nd title)
Bray Wanderers Cobh Ramblers Monaghan United Republic of Ireland Jim Barr (Monaghan United) (12)
Republic of Ireland Con McLoughlin (Finn Harps) (12)
Drogheda United
Bray Wanderers
1991-92 Limerick City
(1st title)
Waterford United Cobh Ramblers Longford Town Republic of Ireland Con McLoughlin (Finn Harps) (12)
Republic of Ireland Barry Ryan (Limerick City) (12)
Limerick City
Waterford United
1992-93 Galway United
(1st title)
Cobh Ramblers Monaghan United St. James's Gate Republic of Ireland Mick Byrne (Monaghan United) (15)
Republic of Ireland Richie Parsons (Longford Town) (15)
Galway United
Cobh Ramblers
Monaghan United
1993-94 Sligo Rovers
(1st title)
Athlone Town Finn Harps St. James's Gate Republic of Ireland Karl Gannon (Home Farm) (16) Sligo Rovers
Athlone Town
1994-95 UCD
(1st title)
Drogheda United Finn Harps Kilkenny City Republic of Ireland Michael O'Byrne (UCD) (14)
Republic of Ireland Philip Power (Home Farm) (14)
UCD
Drogheda United
1995-96 Bray Wanderers
(2nd title)
Finn Harps Home Farm Everton Monaghan United Northern Ireland Jonathan Speak (Finn Harps) (17) Bray Wanderers
Finn Harps
Home Farm Everton
1996-97 Kilkenny City
(1st title)
Drogheda United Waterford United Limerick Republic of Ireland Richie Hale (Kilkenny City) (13)
Republic of Ireland Tony Izzi (Cobh Ramblers) (13)
Kilkenny City
Drogheda United
St. James's Gateb
1997-98 Waterford United
(2nd title)
Bray Wanderers Limerick Longford Town Republic of Ireland Fergal Coleman (Galway United) (13) Waterford United
Bray Wanderers
1998-99 Drogheda United
(3rd title)
Galway United Cobh Ramblers St. Francis Republic of Ireland Tony Izzi (Cobh Ramblers) (13) Drogheda United
Galway United
1999-00 Bray Wanderers
(3rd title)
Longford Town Kilkenny City Limerick Republic of Ireland Robbie Farrell (Home Farm Fingal) (17)
Republic of Ireland Andrew Myler (Monaghan United) (17)
Republic of Ireland Keith O'Connor (Longford Town) (17)
Bray Wanderers
Longford Town
Kilkenny City
2000-01 Dundalk
(1st title)
Monaghan United Athlone Town Fingal-St. Francis Republic of Ireland Andrew Myler (Athlone Town) (29) Dundalk
Monaghan United
2001-02 Drogheda United
(4th title)
Finn Harps Dublin City Limerick Republic of Ireland Kevin McHugh (Finn Harps) (27) Drogheda United Fingal-St. Francisc
2002-03 Waterford United
(3rd title)
Finn Harps Galway United Kilkenny City Republic of Ireland Willie Bruton (Cobh Ramblers) (14)
Republic of Ireland Kevin McHugh (Finn Harps) (14)
Waterford United
2003 Dublin City
(1st title)
Bray Wanderers Finn Harps Kilkenny City Republic of Ireland Alan Murphy (Galway United) (21) Dublin City
2004 Finn Harps
(1st title)
UCD Bray Wanderers Limerick Republic of Ireland Kevin McHugh (Finn Harps) (24) Finn Harps
UCD
Bray Wanderers
2005 Sligo Rovers
(2nd title)
Dublin City Cobh Ramblers Athlone Town Republic of Ireland Kieran O'Reilly (Cobh Ramblers) (17) Sligo Rovers
Dublin City
2006 Shamrock Rovers
(1st title)
Dundalk Galway United Kilkenny City Republic of Ireland Philip Hughes (Dundalk) (21) Shamrock Rovers
Galway United
2007 Cobh Ramblers
(1st title)
Finn Harps Dundalk Kilkenny City Republic of Ireland Conor Gethins (Finn Harps) (15) Cobh Ramblers
Finn Harps
Kilkenny Citya
2008 Dundalk
(2nd title)
Shelbourne Waterford United Kildare County Republic of Ireland Robbie Doyle (Sporting Fingal) (17) Dundalk
2009 UCD
(2nd title)
Shelbourne Sporting Fingal Kildare County Republic of Ireland Conan Byrne (Sporting Fingal) (21) UCD
Sporting Fingal
Kildare County
2010 Derry City
(2nd title)
Waterford United Monaghan United Salthill Devon Republic of Ireland Graham Cummins (Cork City) (18)
Republic of Ireland Mark Farren (Derry City
Republic of Ireland Willie John Kiely (Waterford United)
Derry City
2011 Cork City
(1st title)
Shelbourne Monaghan United Salthill Devon Republic of Ireland Graham Cummins (Cork City) (24) Cork City
Shelbourne
Monaghan United
2012 Limerick
(2nd title)
Waterford United Longford Town SD Galway Republic of Ireland Seán Maguire (Waterford United) (13)
Republic of Ireland Kevin McHugh (Finn Harps)
Republic of Ireland Danny Furlong (Wexford Youths)
Limerick
2013 Athlone Town
(2nd title)
Longford Town Mervue United Salthill Devon Republic of Ireland David O'Sullivan (Longford Town) (21) Athlone Town Mervue Unitedd
Salthill Devond
2014 Longford Town
(1st title)
Shelbourne Galway F.C. Cobh Ramblers Republic of Ireland David O'Sullivan (Longford Town) (21) Longford Town
Galway F.C.

a: Resigned from the league at the end of the season
b: Expelled from the league due to financial reasons before the season started
c: Taken over and merged with St Patrick's Athletic F.C. before the start of the season
d: Merged together with Galway FA and GUST to form Galway F.C. at the end of the season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel McDonnell (2009-12-03). "FAI reject change to league format". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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