Monaghan United F.C.
|Full name||Monaghan United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Magic Mons|
|Capacity||5,600 (620 seats)|
Monaghan United F.C. (Irish: Cumann Peile Mhuineacháin Aontaithe) was an Irish football club.They were based in Monaghan and played their home matches at Gortakeegan, County Monaghan. The club's primary colours were blue and white and their nickname was "The Magic Mons".
The club was founded in 1979 and played in the League of Ireland from 1985 to 2012 when they withdrew from senior football.
Monaghan United played their first League of Ireland game in 1985 against Derry City at Belgium Park. Belgium Park served as their home ground between 1979 and 1987, at which time they moved to Gortakeegan. They secured a sponsorship deal with the nearby building firm, Century Homes, changing the ground name to Century Homes Park in 2000.
In the 1992–1993 season, Monaghan United finished third in Division One and defeated Waterford United by 5–2 on aggregate (2–2 away and 3–0 at home) winning promotion to the Premier Division. They competed in the Premier Division until the end of the 1994–1995 season, where they finished last and as a result were relegated to the First Division.
Monaghan United regained promotion to the Premier Division in the 2000–2001 season, finishing second to Dundalk that season. But their stay was short lived as they finished last in the Premier division the following season managing only two league victories in the whole season.
In 2010 Monaghan United reached their first senior cup final in the EA Sports Cup. The same season the team finished in the play-off positions of Division 1, beating Waterford United before losing to Bray Wanderers on penalty kicks. However in 2011 they won promotion to the Premier Division, beating Galway United 5–1 over two legs.
On 18 June 2012, Monaghan United announced their withdrawal from the League of Ireland citing financial reasons as the main factor in their decision. They announced they were to concentrate on juvenile and ladies soccer going forward.
Final Senior squad for 2012
All players and the manager were released by the club on 18 June 2012 upon the club leaving the League of Ireland.
Players of Note
- Jonathan Douglas was a member of the Ireland squad that won the U16 European Championship in 1998. He joined Blackburn Rovers in 2000 from Monaghan United and had loan spells with Chesterfield, Blackpool and Gillingham before moving to Leeds United on loan at the start of the 2005/'06 season and returning to Blackburn Rovers for the 2006–2007 season. Jonathan made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2004 in a goalless draw against Poland. He has earned eight caps representing the Republic of Ireland.
- Stephen Finnegan is a current member of the Monaghan United squad and has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level and also received a call up to the Northern Ireland Schools squad in 2006 .
- James Hand is a former Monagahan United player who received a call up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team which won the Madeira Cup in 2006, playing in all three games. He is currently playing for League One outfit Huddersfield Town. James played for Monaghan United from Under-12 right through to Under-15 level.
- Keith Foy was a Republic of Ireland Under-21 International and played with English League outfit Nottingham Forest until his release in 2003. He returned to Ireland and signed for St. Patricks Athletic before moving to Monaghan United in 2004. He was awarded Monaghan United's Player of the Year for the 2005 Season as well as Supporters Player of the Year. He signed for Sligo Rovers for the 2006 season.
- Mark Connolly – signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers and later moved to Bolton Wanderers in 2009.
- Aaron McCarey, goalkeeper, joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010.
|Highest league positions|
|Premier Division||7th – 1993–1994 season|
|Division One||2nd – 2000–01 season|
|Lowest league position|
|Premier Division||12th – 2001–02 season|
|Division One||11th – 2003 season|
|2004||Average: 182 Highest: 700|
|2005||Average: 183 Highest: 550|
|2006||Average: 175 Highest: 800 (v Shamrock Rovers)|
|Record||2,000 v Waterford United 1993.|
- "Monaghan United withdraw from league". extratime.ie. Retrieved 18 June 2012.