1996–97 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Derry City
Relegated Bray Wanderers
Home Farm Everton
UEFA Champions League Derry City
UEFA Cup Bohemians
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Shelbourne
UEFA Intertoto Cup Cork City
Top goalscorer Stephen Geoghegan: 16 (Shelbourne)
Tony Cousins: 16
(Shamrock Rovers) [1][2]

The 1996–97 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 12th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Derry City F.C. won the title.

Regular season[edit]

The season saw each team playing three rounds of games, playing every other team three times, totalling 33 games. [2][3]

Final Table[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Derry City F.C. 67 19 10 4 58 27 +31 Qualified for 1997–98 UEFA Champions League
2 Bohemian F.C. 57 16 9 8 43 32 +11 Qualified for 1997–98 UEFA Cup
3 Shelbourne F.C. [note 1] 54 15 9 9 52 36 +16 Qualified for 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
4 Cork City F.C. 54 15 9 9 38 24 +14 Qualified for 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup
5 St Patrick's Athletic F.C. 53 13 14 6 45 33 +12
6 Sligo Rovers F.C. 47 12 11 10 43 43 0
7 Shamrock Rovers F.C. 43 10 13 10 43 46 -3
8 University College Dublin A.F.C. 43 12 7 14 34 39 -5
9 Finn Harps F.C. 39 10 9 14 41 43 -2
10 Dundalk F.C. 36 9 9 15 32 50 -18 Won promotion/relegation play-off
11 Bray Wanderers A.F.C. 23 5 8 20 30 59 -29 Relegated to First Division
12 Home Farm Everton F.C. 19 3 10 20 26 53 -27 Relegated to First Division

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shelbourne qualified for the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after winning the 1996–97 FAI Cup final.

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

Dundalk F.C. who finished in tenth place played off against Waterford United, the third placed team from the 1996–97 League of Ireland First Division.

1st Leg[edit]

2nd Leg[edit]

Dundalk F.C. won 3–1 on aggregate and retained their place in the Premier Division. [2][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. 
  4. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.