1985–86 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Shamrock Rovers
Relegated Shelbourne
UCD
European Cup Shamrock Rovers
UEFA Cup Galway United
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Waterford United
Top goalscorer Tommy Gaynor:15
(Limerick) [1][2]

The 1985–86 League of Ireland Premier Division was the first season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The Premier Division was made up of 12 teams.

Overview[edit]

The Premier Division was contested by 12 teams and Shamrock Rovers F.C. won the championship. The top 12 teams from the 1984–85 League of Ireland automatically qualified for the Premier Division. [2][3]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Hometown/Suburb Stadium Manager
Athlone Town Athlone St Mel's Park Republic of Ireland Con Flanagan
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park Republic of Ireland Billy Young
Cork City Cork Turners Cross Republic of Ireland Noel O'Mahony
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park Republic of Ireland Turlough O'Connor
Galway United Galway Terryland Park Republic of Ireland Tony Mannion
Home Farm Drumcondra, Dublin Tolka Park Republic of Ireland Mick Lawlor
Limerick Limerick Jackman Park Republic of Ireland Joe O'Mahoney
Shamrock Rovers Milltown, Dublin Glenmalure Park Northern Ireland Jim McLaughlin
Shelbourne Harold's Cross Harold's Cross Stadium Republic of Ireland Paddy Mulligan
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park Republic of Ireland Jimmy Jackson
Waterford United Waterford Kilcohan Park Republic of Ireland Alfie Hale
University College Dublin Belfield UCD Bowl

Final Table[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Shamrock Rovers 33 15 3 4 44 17 +27 1986-87 European Cup First round
2 Galway United 31 12 7 3 42 19 +23 1986-87 UEFA Cup First round
3 Dundalk 30 12 6 4 36 16 +20
4 Bohemians 27 8 11 3 27 22 +5
5 Waterford United[note 1] 26 8 10 4 27 25 +2 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup
6 St Patrick's Athletic 25 8 9 5 23 19 +4
7 Limerick 24 10 4 8 45 28 +17
8 Athlone Town 19 6 7 9 23 27 -4
9 Home Farm 15 5 5 12 15 30 -15
10 Cork City 13 3 7 12 23 44 -21
11 Shelbourne 13 3 7 12 15 40 -25 Relegation to the First Division
12 University College Dublin 8 2 4 16 19 51 -32 Relegation to the First Division

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Waterford United F.C. qualified for the 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup after reaching the 1985–86 FAI Cup final.

League of Ireland clubs in Europe[edit]

European Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

After winning the league title in the previous season, Shamrock Rovers received automatic qualification into the First round of the European Cup. Shamrock Rovers were drawn against Hungarian club, Budapest Honvéd, 1984-85 Hungarian League Winners. Budapest Honvéd were the hosts for the first leg and won the game comfortably in a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers. In the return leg, Shamrock Rovers were defeated once again 3-1, thus eliminating them from the competition.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 5-1 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 3 - 1
First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Budapest Honvéd won 5–1 on aggregate.

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 4-7 Scotland Dundee United 2 - 5 2 - 2

European Cup Winners Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

FAI Cup Runners-up, Galway United entered the European Cup Winners' Cup in the First round against Danish side, Lyngby BK. Galway United were defeated 1-0 in the away leg in Lyngby BK. In the second leg, United were defeated 3-2 at Terryland Park, ending their European campaign.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lyngby BK Denmark 4-2 Republic of Ireland Galway United 1 - 0 3 - 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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