2008 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2008
Champions Bohemians
Relegated Finn Harps
Cobh Ramblers
UCD
UEFA Champions League Bohemians
UEFA Europa League St Patrick's Athletic
Derry City
Sligo Rovers
Setanta Cup Bohemians
St Patrick's Athletic
Derry City
Sligo Rovers
Top goalscorer David Mooney: 15
(Cork City)
Mark Quigley: 15
(St Patrick's Athletic)
Mark Farren: 15
(Derry City) [1]
2007
2009

The 2008 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 24th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Bohemians were champions while St Patrick's Athletic finished as runners-up.

Club information[edit]

Team Base Manager Main sponsor Kit supplier Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Phibsborough Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon Des Kelly Interiors Umbro Dalymount Park 8,500
Bray Wanderers Bray Republic of Ireland Eddie Gormley Hard Metal Umbro Carlisle Grounds 7,000
Cobh Ramblers Cobh Republic of Ireland Stephen Henderson Goodyear Uhlsport St. Colman's Park 5,000
Cork City Cork Republic of Ireland Alan Mathews Beamish Hummel Turners Cross 8,000
Derry City Derry Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny MeteorElectrical.com O'Neills Brandywell Stadium 7,700
Drogheda United Drogheda Republic of Ireland Paul Doolin Hunky Dorys Jako United Park 5,400
Finn Harps Ballybofey Republic of Ireland Paul Hegarty Donegal Creameries Masita Finn Park 7,900
Galway United Galway England Ian Foster O'Connell Drylining Ltd Rival Terryland Park 5,000
Shamrock Rovers Drumcondra Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill Woodie's DIY Umbro Tolka Park 9,700
Sligo Rovers Sligo England Paul Cook Toher's Jako The Showgrounds 5,500
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Republic of Ireland Jeff Kenna Paddy Power Umbro Richmond Park 5,500
UCD Belfield Republic of Ireland Pete Mahon Budweiser O'Neills UCD Bowl 3,000

Overview[edit]

The regular season began on 7 March and concluded on 14 November. Each team played the other teams three times, totaling 33 games. Bohemians finished the season as champions, winning by a margin of nineteen points. There was no promotion/relegation play-off between Premier Division and First Division teams. This was because the 2009 Premier Division would be reduced to 10 clubs. This saw three clubs relegated out of the Premier Division. [2]

For the first time in the history of the league the national broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann started showing highlights of every Premier Division game played on its new show Monday Night Soccer. This show was presented by Con Murphy. This replaced eircom League Weekly which had run on TV3 on Monday nights from 2002 to 2007. The final season of live weekly radio coverage was provided by national broadcaster RTÉ with live reports and commentary on match nights, which was dropped from the end of 2008. Live games were shown by RTÉ, Setanta Sports and TG4's Sacar Beo.

Final Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bohemians (C) 33 27 4 2 55 13 +42 85 UEFA Champions League/Setanta Cup
2 St Patrick's Athletic 33 20 6 7 48 24 +24 66 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
3 Derry City 33 16 10 7 46 25 +21 58 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
4 Sligo Rovers 33 12 12 9 41 28 +13 48 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
5 Cork City [note 1] 33 15 11 7 45 28 +17 46 Setanta Cup
6 Bray Wanderers 33 11 6 16 28 52 −24 39
7 Shamrock Rovers 33 8 13 12 33 35 −2 37
8 Drogheda United [note 2] 33 12 9 12 38 32 +6 35
9 Galway United 33 8 8 17 34 49 −15 32
10 Finn Harps (R) 33 9 4 20 26 53 −27 31 Relegated to First Division.
11 Cobh Ramblers [note 3] (R) 33 6 8 19 27 55 −28 26 Relegated to A Championship.
12 UCD (R) 33 4 9 20 19 46 −27 21 Relegated to First Division.

Source: [2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cork City qualified for Setanta Cup as holders. Cork City were deducted ten points after going into administration.
  2. ^ Drogheda United were deducted ten points after going into administration.
  3. ^ Cobh Ramblers were relegated directly from the Premier Division to the A Championship after being refused a First Division licence.


Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH BRW COB COR DER DRO FHA GAL SHM SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–0
Bray Wanderers 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 0–2
Cobh Ramblers 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 0–0
Cork City 0–1 0–0 5–0 1–1 0–2 3–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Derry City 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 4–1
Drogheda United 1–2 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–1
Finn Harps 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–0
Galway United 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–3 0–4 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–2
Shamrock Rovers 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1
Sligo Rovers 1–2 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–1 3–0 3–2 1–2 0–0
St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 0–1 5–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0
UCD 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–3

Source: soccerway.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 COB COR DER DRO FHA GAL SHM SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 3–0
Bray Wanderers 3–2 2–1 4–3 0–1 0–1 2–1
Cobh Ramblers 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–0 2–0
Cork City 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Derry City 4–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1
Drogheda United 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2
Finn Harps 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–0
Galway United 0–2 4–0 3–2 3–0 1–1
Shamrock Rovers 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–1
Sligo Rovers 0–1 2–0 4–0 3–3 1–1 2–1
St Patrick's Athletic 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0
UCD 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1

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

Top Scorers[edit]

Goalscorers Goals Team
Republic of Ireland David Mooney 15 Cork City [1]
Republic of Ireland Mark Quigley 15 St Patrick's Athletic [1]
Republic of Ireland Mark Farren 15 Derry City [1]
Republic of Ireland Killian Brennan 11 Bohemians

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ireland 2008". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016.