2006 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2006
Champions Shelbourne
Relegated Shelbourne
Dublin City
UEFA Champions League Derry City
UEFA Cup St Patrick's Athletic
Drogheda United
UEFA Intertoto Cup Cork City
Setanta Sports Cup Cork City
Derry City
Drogheda United
St Patrick's Athletic
Top goalscorer Jason Byrne: 15
(Shelbourne) [1]
2005
2007

The 2006 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 22nd season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Shelbourne were champions while Derry City finished as runners-up. However Shelbourne were subsequently relegated to the First Division and had to withdraw from the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and 2007 Setanta Sports Cup because of their financial difficulties.

Club information[edit]

Team Manager Main sponsor Kit supplier Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Republic of Ireland Gareth Farrelly Des Kelly Carpets O'Neills Dalymount Park 8,500
Bray Wanderers Republic of Ireland Eddie Gormley Slevin Group Adidas Carlisle Grounds 7,000
Cork City Republic of Ireland Damien Richardson Nissan O'Neills Turners Cross 8,000
Derry City Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny MeteorElectrical.com Umbro The Brandywell 7,700
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland Paul Doolin Murphy Environmental Jako United Park 5,400
Dublin City Republic of Ireland Dermot Keely Carroll's Irish Gift Stores Umbro Dalymount Park 8,500
Longford Town Republic of Ireland Alan Mathews Flancare Umbro Flancare Park 4,500
Shelbourne Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon JW Hire Umbro Tolka Park 10,100
Sligo Rovers Northern Ireland Sean Connor Toher's Jako The Showgrounds 5,500
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland John McDonnell Smart Telecom Umbro Richmond Park 5,500
UCD Republic of Ireland Pete Mahon Budweiser O'Neills Belfield Park 1,900
Waterford United Republic of Ireland Gareth Cronin ThermoFrame Diadora Waterford Regional Sports Centre 8,000

Overview[edit]

The Premier Division season kicked off on 10 March and concluded on 17 November. The season saw several clubs face financial difficulties. The Revenue Commissioners took High Court action and threatened to have Shelbourne wound up after it failed to pay more than €104,000 in outstanding taxes.[2][3] Shelbourne also struggled to pay its players during the season. In July Dublin City also went out of business and withdrew from the league, unable to complete the season. However Shelbourne's off field problems did not prevent them from winning the title. Mark Farren's stoppage-time winner for Derry City away to Waterford United on 13 November ensured that for the third successive year the title would be decided on the final day of the season. Shelbourne clinched the title with a 2–1 win over Bohemians at Tolka Park. Jason Byrne and Glen Crowe scored the vital goals. However Shelbourne's celebrations were cut short when the league decided to relegate them to the First Division. They also withdrew from the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and 2007 Setanta Sports Cup because of their financial difficulties.[4][5]

Final Table[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shelbourne [note 1] 30 18 8 4 60 27 33 62 Relegated to First Division
2 Derry City 30 18 8 4 46 20 26 62 Qualified for UEFA Champions League and Setanta Cup
3 Drogheda United 30 16 10 4 37 23 14 58 Qualified for UEFA Cup and Setanta Cup
4 Cork City 30 15 11 4 37 15 22 56 Qualified for UEFA Intertoto Cup and Setanta Cup
5 Sligo Rovers 30 11 7 12 33 42 −09 40
6 UCD 30 9 11 10 26 26 00 38
7 St Patrick's Athletic [note 2] 30 9 10 11 32 29 03 37 Qualified for UEFA Cup and Setanta Cup
8 Longford Town 30 8 10 12 23 27 −04 34
9 Bohemians [note 3] 30 9 5 16 29 34 −05 29
10 Bray Wanderers 30 3 8 19 22 64 −42 17
11 Waterford United [note 4] 30 2 6 22 20 58 −38 12 Lost promotion/relegation play-off
12 Dublin City [note 5] 17 4 3 10 11 24 –13 15 Withdrew from league

Source: [4][5]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shelbourne were relegated to the First Division for financial irregularities.
  2. ^ St Patrick's Athletic qualified for the UEFA Cup and Setanta Cup after reaching the 2006 FAI Cup Final.
  3. ^ Bohemians were deducted three points for fielding Jason McGuinness while he was suspended.
  4. ^ Waterford United lost promotion/relegation play-off but subsequently replaced Shelbourne for the 2007 season.
  5. ^ Dublin City withdrew from league on 18 July. All their results were expunged.

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

Dundalk who finished second in the 2006 League of Ireland First Division played off against Waterford United who finished eleventh in Premier Division.

1st Leg
2nd Leg

Dundalk won 3–2 on aggregate but did not meet the criteria set out by the FAI's Independent Assessment Group and were not promoted. [5][6][7]

Independent Assessment Group[edit]

In March 2006 it was announced that the League of Ireland and the FAI would be merging. As part of this arrangement the league would be restructured and membership of the 2007 Premier Division and 2007 First Division would be decided by an Independent Assessment Group established by John Delaney and chaired by a former FAI honorary secretary, Des Casey. Former Republic of Ireland international footballer, Niall Quinn was originally a member of the group. However he later withdrew because of his growing commitments to Sunderland A.F.C.. He was replaced by Richard Collins, a former chairman of and current director of Charlton Athletic. Other members of the group included John Fitzgerald, the former city manager of Dublin City Council and Pat O'Neill, a former chairman of the Irish Sports Council. The IAG effectively performed a financial stress test on the League of Ireland member clubs. Clubs were assessed on their past five season record in the league. Crucially though, clubs would also be graded on off-field criteria, including attendance, infrastructure, governance, strategic planning, finance, youth development and marketing. The IAG announced their results in December 2006. However the final outcome of the IAG decision was further complicated by the financial difficulties of Shelbourne who, despite initially passing the stress test, were subsequently relegated to the First Division. This provided a reprieve for Waterford United, ranked at thirteen by the IAG, who were selected to replace them.[5][7][8][9]

IAG Table[edit]

Pos Team Off field On field Total
1 Derry City 370 460 830
2 Cork City 348 460 808
3 Bohemians 372 423 795
4 Shelbourne [note 1] 278 493 771 Relegated to First Division
5 St Patrick's Athletic 364 407 771
6 UCD 374 370 744
7 Drogheda United 300 437 737
8 Shamrock Rovers 346 377 723 Promoted to Premier Division
9 Longford Town 284 430 714
10 Sligo Rovers 360 343 703
11 Bray Wanderers 351 333 684
12 Galway United [note 2] 389 267 656 Promoted to Premier Division
13 Waterford United [note 3] 296 340 636 Remained in Premier Division
14 Dundalk [note 4] 348 247 595 Remained in First Division
15 Finn Harps 310 283 593
16 Cobh Ramblers 315 240 555
17 Monaghan United 331 173 504
18 Kildare County 265 230 495
19 Athlone Town 305 177 482
20 Kilkenny City 266 177 443
21 Limerick - 243 243
22 Dublin City [note 5] - - - Withdrew from league

Source: [5][9][7]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shelbourne were relegated to the First Division for financial irregularities.
  2. ^ Galway United were promoted after passing the criteria set out by the FAI's Independent Assessment Group.
  3. ^ Waterford United lost promotion/relegation play-off but subsequently replaced Shelbourne for the 2007 season.
  4. ^ Dundalk did not meet the criteria set out by the FAI's Independent Assessment Group and as a result were not promoted.
  5. ^ Dublin City withdrew from league on 18 July. All their results were expunged.

UEFA coefficient[edit]

The League of Ireland Premier Division's UEFA coefficient accumulated to a total value of 6.498 for the 2006–07 European season.

League's 2006 UEFA ranking

Source:[10]

Top-scorers[edit]

Player Club League goals Cup goals Total
Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Shelbourne 15 8 23
Republic of Ireland Mark Farren Derry City 9 8 17
Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Shelbourne 12 4 16
Republic of Ireland Ciarán Martyn Derry City 8 7 15
Republic of Ireland Declan O'Brien Drogheda United 11 3 14

Source:[1][5]

Awards[edit]

SWAI eircom League Player of the Month award

Month Winner Club
March Republic of Ireland Paul Keegan Drogheda United
April Republic of Ireland Jason Gavin Drogheda United
May Northern Ireland Pat McCourt Derry City
June Republic of Ireland Paul McTiernan Sligo Rovers
July Cameroon Joseph Ndo Shelbourne
August Republic of Ireland Kevin Deery Derry City
September Northern Ireland Darren Kelly Derry City
October Republic of Ireland Philip Hughes Dundalk
November Republic of Ireland Roy O'Donovan Cork City

PFAI eircom League Player of the Year award

PFAI eircom League Young Player of the Year award

TV3's Goal of the Season award

Attendances[edit]

Premier Division games had an average attendance of 1,539 people. Derry City's average home attendance of 3,127 was the highest of any league team for the season. The record for the highest attendance in the Premier Division was also set in the Brandywell Stadium on the last night of the season when Derry City met Cork City. 6,080 attended the game.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Shelbourne given time to settle tax debt". www.rte.ie. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Shelbourne clear tax debt". www.rte.ie. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Ireland 2006". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Rovers and Galway promoted". www.irishtimes.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Quinn leaves assessment group". www.irishtimes.com. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "FAI name the 12 clubs who will participate in the Premier Division". FAI.ie. 11 December 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  10. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2007". www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert.