2002–03 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2002–03
Champions Bohemians
Relegated Bray Wanderers
UEFA Champions League Bohemians
UEFA Cup Shelbourne
Derry City
UEFA Intertoto Cup Shamrock Rovers
Top goalscorer Glen Crowe: 18
(Bohemians) [1][2]
2003

The 2002–03 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 18th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 10 teams. Bohemians were declared champions.

Regular season[edit]

The 2003 season would see the League of Ireland Premier Division change from a winter league to a summer league. To facilitate this change, the 2002–03 season was a shortened season. This saw each team play three rounds of games, totalling 27 games each. [2][3]

Final Table[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Bohemians 54 15 9 3 47 27 +20 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Champions League
2 Shelbourne 49 15 4 8 44 26 +18 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Cup
3 Shamrock Rovers 43 12 7 8 42 29 +13 Qualified for 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup
4 Cork City 39 11 6 10 37 34 +3
5 Longford Town [note 1] 35 8 11 8 25 29 +-4
6 University College Dublin 33 8 9 10 23 25 -2
7 St Patrick's Athletic 33 8 9 10 27 33 -6
8 Derry City [note 2] 31 8 7 12 31 37 -6 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Cup
9 Drogheda United 30 8 6 13 26 40 -14 Won promotion/relegation play-off
10 Bray Wanderers 20 4 8 15 31 53 -22 Relegated to First Division


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Longford Town had 9 points deducted for fielding Avery John against Cork City, Bohemians and Bray Wanderers but this decision was revoked on appeal.
  2. ^ Derry City qualified for the 2003–04 UEFA Cup after winning the 2002–03 FAI Cup.

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

The promotion/relegation play-off format was changed this season. It now featured four teams, the second, third and fourth placed teams from the 2002–03 League of Ireland First Division plus the ninth placed team from the Premier Division.

Semi-final[edit]

1st Legs
2nd Legs

Galway United win 2–1 on aggregate

Drogheda United win 4–2 on aggregate

Final[edit]

Drogheda United win 3–2 on aggregate and retain their place in the Premier Division. [2][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statisical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4. 
  3. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.