2004 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2004
Champions Shelbourne
Relegated Dublin City
UEFA Champions League Shelbourne
UEFA Cup Cork City
Longford Town
UEFA Intertoto Cup Bohemians
Setanta Sports Cup Shelbourne
Cork City
Longford Town
Top goalscorer Jason Byrne: 25
(Shelbourne) [1]
2003
2005

The 2004 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 20th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 10 teams. Shelbourne were champions while Cork City finished as runners-up. Both clubs also enjoyed respectable runs in Europe.

Overview[edit]

The season began on 19 March and ended on 22 November. Each team played four rounds of games, totalling 36 games each. The 2005 season would see the League of Ireland Premier Division revert to 12 twelve teams. To facilitate this expansion there was no promotion/relegation play-off this season and only one team, Dublin City, were automatically relegated. At the end of October, Drogheda United and Bohemians were all but out of the title race. Drogheda United and Bohemians were twelve points and eight points behind behind leaders Shelbourne respectively. Shelbourne had not quite sealed the title yet, though, as Cork City had reached second place and were just four points behind with four games remaining. On 5 November it looked like the Cork City's league challenge might have been over after they could only draw at home to Derry City. If Shelbourne had beaten Longford Town the following day they would be nine points clear with Cork City having just three games remaining. Longford won 4-1. Both Cork City and Shelbourne won their remaining games before the final round of matches. This meant that Cork City were three points behind Shelbourne. Cork had to win and Shelbourne lose for the title to go the Cork instead of Shelbourne. It turned out that neither result went the way Cork wanted as both they and Shelbourne drew. This meant that Shelbourne retained the league title and Cork City would have to be satisfied with second place. [2][3][4]

Final Table[edit]

Pos
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
1
Shelbourne
36
19
11
6
57
37
+20
68
Qualified for UEFA Champions League and Setanta Cup
2
Cork City
36
18
11
7
52
32
+20
65
Qualified for UEFA Cup and Setanta Cup
3
Bohemians
36
15
15
6
51
30
+21
60
Qualified for UEFA Intertoto Cup
4
Drogheda United
36
15
7
14
45
43
+2
52
5
Waterford United
36
14
8
14
44
49
-5
50
6
Longford Town
36
11
13
12
32
34
-2
46
Qualified for UEFA Cup and Setanta Cup [note 1]
7
Derry City
36
11
11
14
23
32
-9
44
8
St Patrick's Athletic
36
11
9
16
38
49
-11
42
9
Shamrock Rovers
36
10
8
18
41
47
-6
38
10
Dublin City
36
6
7
23
39
69
-30
25
Relegated to First Division

Source:[2][4][3]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Longford Town qualified for the UEFA Cup after winning the 2004 FAI Cup Final.

Europe[edit]

Shelbourne[edit]

Both Shelbourne and Cork City enjoyed respectable runs in Europe. Shelbourne reached the UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, just one round away from the group stages. They then went onto play in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup first round. Cork City also reached the third round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

First qualifying round

Aggregate 2 - 2, Shelbourne won on away goals rule

Second qualifying round

Shelbourne won 4 - 3 on aggregate

Third qualifying round

Deportivo La Coruña won 3 - 0 on aggregate

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round

Lille won 4 - 2 on aggregate

Cork City[edit]

2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

First round
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cork City Republic of Ireland 4–1 Sweden Malmö FF 3–1 1–0
Second round
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
NEC Netherlands 0–1 Republic of Ireland Cork City 0–0 0–1
Third round
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nantes France 4–2 Republic of Ireland Cork City 3–1 1–1

Bohemians[edit]

2004–05 UEFA Cup[edit]

First qualifying round
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Levadia Estonia 3–1 Republic of Ireland Bohemians 0–0 3–1

Longford Town[edit]

2004–05 UEFA Cup[edit]

First qualifying round
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Vaduz Liechtenstein 4–2 Republic of Ireland Longford Town 1–0 3–2

UEFA coefficient[edit]

The League of Ireland Premier Division performances in Europe this season meant that the league received a coefficient of 1.333 added to their overall coefficient which now accumulated to 4.164. This gave them a ranking 38th place as shown.

Source:[5]

Top-scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals
Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Shelbourne 25
Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Bohemians 19
Republic of Ireland Declan O'Brien Drogheda United 14
Republic of Ireland Daryl Murphy Waterford United 14
Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Cork City 13

Source:[2][1][3]

Awards[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ a b c "Ireland 2004". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2005". www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert.