2012 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2012
Champions Sligo Rovers
UEFA Champions League Sligo Rovers
UEFA Europa League Derry City
Drogheda United
St. Patrick's Athletic
Setanta Cup Sligo Rovers
Derry City
Drogheda United
St. Patrick's Athletic
Shamrock Rovers
Cork City
Matches played 165
Goals scored 437 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Gary Twigg: 22
(Shamrock Rovers) [1]
Biggest home win Shamrock Rovers 7–0 Dundalk
Biggest away win Bray Wanderers 0–4 Derry City
Highest scoring Bray Wanderers 2–4 Drogheda United
St. Patrick's Athletic 5–1 Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers 6–0 Dundalk
Bray Wanderers 3–3 St. Patrick's Athletic
Cork City 4–2 UCD
Highest attendance 5,621
Sligo Rovers 3–2 St. Patrick's Athletic
Lowest attendance 151
Monaghan United 0–1 Bray Wanderers
Total attendance 107,714 (of 64 matches)
Average attendance 1,683
2011
2013

The 2012 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 28th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division featured 12 teams. Sligo Rovers were champions, winning their first top league title since 1976–77. Drogheda United finished as runners-up.


Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Cork City Cork Turners Cross
Derry City Derry Brandywell Stadium
Drogheda United Drogheda United Park
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park
Monaghan United Monaghan Kingspan Century Park
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium
Shelbourne Drumcondra Tolka Park
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds
St. Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park
UCD Belfield UCD Bowl

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bohemians Republic of Ireland Aaron Callaghan Republic of Ireland Owen Heary Macron DHL
Bray Wanderers Republic of Ireland Pat Devlin Republic of Ireland Danny O'Connor Adidas Sinnot Autos Volkswagen
Cork City Republic of Ireland Tommy Dunne England Dan Murray Umbro Clonakilty Blackpudding
Derry City Northern Ireland Declan Devine Republic of Ireland Kevin Deery Hummel Diamond Corrugated
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland Mick Cooke Republic of Ireland Paul Crowley Vandanel Scotch Hall Shopping Centre
Dundalk Republic of Ireland Darius Kierans Republic of Ireland Chris Shields Umbro Fyffes
Monaghan United Republic of Ireland Roddy Collins Republic of Ireland Alan Byrne Nike None
Shamrock Rovers England Brian Laws[2] Republic of Ireland Ken Oman Umbro SEAT
Shelbourne Republic of Ireland Alan Mathews Republic of Ireland David Cassidy Macron Cab 2000
Sligo Rovers England Ian Baraclough England Danny Ventre Jako Connolly's Volkswagen
St. Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Liam Buckley Republic of Ireland Conor Kenna Umbro Nissan Motors
UCD Republic of Ireland Martin Russell Republic of Ireland Michael Leahy O'Neills O'Neills Soccer

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Dundalk England Ian Foster Contract Ended 29 October 2011 Pre-season Republic of Ireland Sean McCaffrey 23 December 2011
Bohemians Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon Signed by Hibernian 25 November 2011 Pre-season Republic of Ireland Aaron Callaghan 31 December 2011
St. Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Pete Mahon Contract Ended 2 December 2011 Pre-season Republic of Ireland Liam Buckley 2 December 2011
Derry City Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny Resigned 24 December 2011 Pre-season Northern Ireland Declan Devine 6 January 2012
Shamrock Rovers Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill Signed by Northern Ireland 24 December 2011 Pre-season Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny 27 December 2011
Sligo Rovers England Paul Cook Signed by Accrington Stanley 13 February 2012 Pre-season England Baraclough, IanIan Baraclough 27 February 2012
Dundalk Republic of Ireland Sean McCaffrey[3] Mutual Consent 12 January 2012 10th Stephen Kenny N/A
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny Sacked[4] 11 September 2012 4th England Brian Laws 17 September 2012[5]
Bray Wanderers Republic of Ireland Keith Long Mutual Consent September 2012 9th Republic of Ireland Pat Devlin September 2012

Overview[edit]

There was a mid-season break coinciding with the Republic of Ireland national football team's UEFA Euro 2012 finals campaign. On 18 June 2012, Monaghan United announced their withdrawal from the league. [6][7][8] Their record was subsequently expunged. [9] The Premier Division title was won by Sligo Rovers, their first title in thirty five years.[10][11][12][13][14]

Final Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sligo Rovers (C) 30 17 10 3 53 23 +30 61 UEFA Champions League/Setanta Cup
2 Drogheda United 30 17 6 7 51 36 +15 57 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
3 St Patrick's Athletic 30 15 10 5 44 22 +22 55 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
4 Shamrock Rovers 30 14 10 6 56 37 +19 52 Setanta Cup
5 Derry City [note 1] 30 11 6 13 36 36 0 39 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
6 Cork City 30 8 12 10 38 36 +2 36 Setanta Cup
7 Bohemians 30 9 9 12 35 38 −3 36
8 Shelbourne 30 9 8 13 35 43 −8 35
9 UCD 30 8 7 15 32 48 −16 31
10 Bray Wanderers 30 5 10 15 33 54 −21 25
11 Dundalk 30 4 8 18 23 63 −40 20 Won promotion/relegation play off
12 Monaghan United [note 2] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew from league.

Source:[9][15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Derry City qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League after winning the 2012 FAI Cup Final.
  2. ^ Monaghan United withdrew after 14 games. Their record was expunged.


Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN MON SHM SHE SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
Bray Wanderers 2–1 0–3 0–4 2–4 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–2 3–3 3–1
Cork City 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 4–2
Derry City 1–0 3–2 2–0 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–0
Drogheda United 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–0
Dundalk 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 2–1
Monaghan United
Shamrock Rovers 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 6–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Shelbourne 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–2
Sligo Rovers 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–1
St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–2 5–1 1–0 0–0 2–0
UCD 1–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1

Source: www.rsssf.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN MON SHM SHE SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–3
Bray Wanderers 1–4 0–0 1–3 1–3 0–0
Cork City 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–2 0–0
Derry City 2–0 0–1 4–0 2–1 1–2
Drogheda United 2–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–0
Dundalk 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–2
Monaghan United
Shamrock Rovers 0–1 1–3 7–0 2–2 2–1
Shelbourne 0–0 3–2 0–2 1–3 0–2
Sligo Rovers 3–1 4–1 3–0 0–2 3–2 3–0
St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 1–0 2–1 5–0
UCD 2–2 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–1

Source: www.rsssf.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion/Relegation play-off[edit]

Dundalk, the eleventh placed team from the Premier Division, played Waterford United, the winner of the First Division play-off. The winner of this play off would play in the 2013 Premier Division.

Dundalk win 4–2 on aggregate and retained their place in the Premier Division. Waterford United appealed the result of the playoff, claiming Michael Rafter was ineligible as Dundalk had incorrectly registered him when they signed him earlier that season. However the appeal was unsuccessful. [17][18][19]

Awards[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers[1] 22
2 England Danny North Sligo Rovers 15
3 Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Bray Wanderers 14

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club
March Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers [20]
April Republic of Ireland Christopher Forrester St Patrick's Athletic [21]
May Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Bray Wanderers [22]
June England Danny North Sligo Rovers [23]
July Republic of Ireland Chris Fagan St Patrick's Athletic [24]
August Republic of Ireland Mark Quigley Sligo Rovers [25]
September Republic of Ireland Jason McGuinness Sligo Rovers [26]
October Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers [27]
November Northern Ireland Rory Patterson Derry City [28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "McCaffrey leaves Dundalk by mutual consent". Airtricityleague.ie. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Kenny sacked by Shamrock Rovers – RTÉ Sport". RTÉ.ie. 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Laws joins Hoops until end of season – RTÉ Sport". RTÉ.ie. 17 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "FAQ: What happens next now that Monaghan United are gone?". www.the42.ie. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "FAI Statement Re Monaghan United FC withdrawal". www.sseairtricityleague.ie. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "What Happens (To) Teams That Enter The League Of Ireland First Division?". www.balls.ie. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Sligo Rovers 3 St Patrick's Athletic 2". RTÉ Sport. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Dundalk 2–2 Waterford United". RTÉ News. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Waterford to appeal Dundalk play-off result". RTÉ News. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "FAI dismiss Waterford protest". The Irish Times. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Gary Twigg named SWAI". SWAI.ie. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Chris Forrester named SWAI". SWAI.ie. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jason Byrne named SWAI". SWAI.ie. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Danny North named SWAI". SWAI.ie. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Fagan wins Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for July". Airtricityleague.ie. 
  25. ^ :"Mark Quigley named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for August". Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  26. ^ :"Jason McGuinness named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for September". Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "Gary Twigg named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for October". Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "Patterson is November's Player of the Month". Airtricityleague.ie.