1921–22 League of Ireland

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League of Ireland
Season 1921–22
Champions St. James's Gate (1st Title)
Matches played 56
Goals scored 204 (3.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Kelly (11)
Biggest home win Dublin United 6-0 Frankfort
Biggest away win YMCA 0-5 Bohemians
Highest scoring Frankfort 4-4 YMCA

The 1921–22 League of Ireland was the first season of top level association football in what is now the Republic of Ireland. It began on September 17, 1921 and ended on December 17, 1921. St James's Gate were the inaugural champions. Gate went on to complete a treble, also winning both the 1921–22 FAI Cup and 1921–22 Leinster Senior Cup. Meanwhile, Shelbourne won the inaugural League of Ireland Shield.

Overview[edit]

The first season of the League of Ireland featured eight teams in a single division known as 'Division A'. All eight teams were from County Dublin. The teams that competed in the first season were: Bohemians, Dublin United, Frankfort, Jacobs, Olympia, St. James's Gate, Shelbourne and YMCA.[1] The eight founding members had spent the 1920–21 season playing in the Leinster Senior League. Bohemians and Shelbourne had played in the 1919–20 Irish League. YMCA and Frankfort subsequently withdrew from the league after just one season and together with Rathmines Athletic and Reds United, make up a group of four clubs who have played just one season in the top level of the League of Ireland.[2]

Teams[edit]

Locations of the 1921/22 League of Ireland Division 'A' teams
Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Dublin United Donnybrook, Dublin Beech Hill
Jacobs Crumlin, Dublin Rutland Avenue
Frankfort Drumcondra, Dublin Richmond Road
Olympia Inchicore Bellevue Lodge
St. James's Gate Crumlin, Dublin St. James's Park
Shelbourne Ringsend Shelbourne Park
YMCA Sandymount Claremount Road

Division 'A'[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 St. James's Gate (C) 14 11 1 2 31 8 +23 23
2 Bohemians 14 10 1 3 35 13 +22 21
3 Shelbourne 14 8 2 4 31 21 +10 18
4 Olympia 14 5 4 5 20 21 −1 14
5 Jacobs 14 4 4 6 23 27 −4 12
6 Frankfort 14 3 5 6 22 32 −10 11
7 Dublin United 14 5 0 9 25 39 −14 10
8 YMCA 14 0 3 11 17 43 −26 3

Source: [3][4]
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.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH DBU FRA JAC OLY STG SHE YMCA
Bohemians 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 5–0
Dublin United 2–5 6–0 3–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 3–2
Frankfort 1–3 5–0 3–0 3–3 2–1 0–4 4–4
Jacobs 1–3 4–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 1–4 3–1
Olympia 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 2–1
St. James's Gate 1–0 5–1 2–0 4–2 0–1 4–1 2–0
Shelbourne 2–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–1
YMCA 1–5 2–4 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–4

Source: [3][4]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Jack Kelly St James's Gate 11
2 Patrick Smith Jacobs 10
3 E. Pollock Bohemians 9

Source:[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ League of Ireland Rsssf
  2. ^ One Season Wonders
  3. ^ a b McSweeney, Niall. A Record of League of Ireland Football 1921-22 to 1984-85. Association of Football Statisticians. 
  4. ^ a b c Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statisical Record 1921-2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.