1992–93 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 1992–93
Champions Cork City
Relegated Waterford United
Sligo Rovers
Bray Wanderers
European Cup Cork City
UEFA Cup Bohemians
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Shelbourne
Top goalscorer Pat Morley: 20
(Cork City)[1][2]

The 1992–93 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 8th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. With a team that included Phil Harrington, John Caulfield, Pat Morley, Paul Bannon, Gerry McCabe and Dave Barry, manager Noel O'Mahony guided Cork City to their first Premier Division title after a series of three-way play-offs that also involved Bohemians and Shelbourne. [3][4]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season initially saw the 12 teams use a traditional round-robin format with each team playing 22 games on a home and away basis. The division was then split into two groups, a top six and a bottom six. After the split, the six teams played the other teams in their group in a second series of 10 games again using a round-robin format.[2][5] On the last day of the regular season, Bohemians only needed to draw away to Dundalk to secure the title as they had a two-point advantage over both Shelbourne and Cork City. However Bohemians lost 1–0. Earlier in the day Shelbourne had defeated Derry City 1–0 with a goal in the last minute by Paul Doolin and Cork City beat Limerick 3–0. As a result, all three teams finished level on 40 points. Bohemians actually finished the season with the best goal difference, but at the time League of Ireland rules stated that the title could not be won on goal difference and a play-off would be required. [3][4]

Final Tables[edit]

Top Six[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Bohemian F.C. 40 13 14 5 46 19 +27 Qualified for Championship Play-offs
2 Shelbourne F.C. 40 15 10 7 53 29 +14 Qualified for Championship Play-offs
3 Cork City F.C. 40 16 8 8 47 34 +13 Qualified for Championship Play-offs
4 Dundalk F.C. 39 13 13 6 35 28 +7
5 Derry City F.C. 37 11 15 6 26 23 +3
6 Limerick F.C. 27 6 15 11 27 31 -4

Bottom Six[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
7 St Patrick's Athletic F.C. 30 7 16 9 27 27 -0
8 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 28 8 12 12 39 35 +4
9 Drogheda United F.C. 27 7 13 12 29 41 -12
10 Waterford United F.C. 27 10 7 15 34 59 -25 Relegated to First Division after play-off
11 Sligo Rovers F.C. 26 6 14 12 16 32 -16 Relegated to First Division
12 Bray Wanderers A.F.C. 23 5 13 14 19 40 -21 Relegated to First Division

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

This season saw the introduction of a promotion/relegation play-off. Waterford United F.C. who finished in tenth place played off against Monaghan United F.C., the third placed team from the 1992–93 League of Ireland First Division.[2][6]

1st Leg[edit]

2nd Leg[edit]

Monaghan United F.C. won 5–3 on aggregate and are promoted to Premier Division [2]

Championship Play-offs[edit]

First Series[edit]

In the round-robin three way play-off, Cork City beat Bohemians at home, Bohemians beat Shelbourne at home and Shelbourne beat Cork City at home. The return fixtures were all drawn. Once again all three teams finished level on points and a second series of play-offs would be required.[3][4]






First Series Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Shelbourne 4 4 1 2 1 3 3
Bohemians 4 4 1 2 1 2 2
Cork City 4 4 1 2 1 2 2

Second Series[edit]

The second series of play-offs saw the three teams playing each other once at neutral venues. During the break between the first and second series of play-offs, Shelbourne won the 1992–93 FAI Cup final and as a result qualified for 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup. Cork City clinched the title after defeating Shelbourne 3–2 in the deciding game at the RDS Arena.[2][4][7]


22 May
Shelbourne 2 – 3 Cork City
Haylock Goal 44' pen
Whelan Goal 64'
Morley Goal 23'
Barry Goal 54'
Bannon Goal ?'
RDS Arena
Referee: Michael Caulfield

Second Series Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Cork City 4 2 2 0 0 4 2 Qualified for 1993–94 European Cup
Bohemians 2 2 1 0 1 2 2 Qualified for 1993–94 UEFA Cup
Shelbourne [note 1] 0 2 0 0 2 2 4 Qualified for 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shelbourne qualified for the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup after winning the 1992–93 FAI Cup final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4. 
  3. ^ a b c "Two Other Times Cork City And Dundalk Won The League In Dramatic Circumstances". www.balls.ie. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Long title wait for City ended in most dramatic fashion back in 1993". www.eveningecho.ie. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ireland - FA of Ireland Cup 1921/22-1993/94". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016.