Leinster Senior League (association football)

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Leinster Senior League
Leinster Senior Football League (association football).png
Founded1896
CountryRepublic of Ireland Ireland
RegionLeinster Leinster
Divisions20 (including Senior Division)
Level on pyramid3–12
Domestic cup(s)Leinster Senior Cup
FAI Cup
FAI Intermediate Cup
FAI Junior Cup
League cup(s)Metropolitan Cup
Charlie Cahill Cup
Current championsSt. Mochta's FC
Most championshipsShelbourne (12 titles)
Websitewww.lsl.ie

The Leinster Senior League is an association football league organised by the Leinster Football Association. In 2015–16 the Leinster Senior League operated twenty divisions. It also organises various cup competitions. Its Senior Division is a third level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. Leinster Senior League teams also compete in the Leinster Senior Cup, the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Junior Cup. In recent seasons the winners of the Senior Division have also qualified to play in the League of Ireland Cup. Despite using the Leinster name in its title, the vast majority of its member clubs are based in the Greater Dublin Area.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Within a few seasons of the Leinster Football Association having been formed in 1892, the Leinster Senior League was established. Ciarán Priestley highlights a printed notice in the 4 September 1894 edition of The Irish Times. Under the headline "Leinster Football League" there is a report of "a general meeting of the league... held the other evening at 27 D'Olier Street". Priestley also lists Bohemians, Britannia, Dublin University, Leinster Nomads, Phoenix and Montpelier as participants in the first season. The Leinster Senior League website states it was established in 1896.[1] However other sources suggest the league started a little later and was first played for in 1897–98 and that an unidentified British Army regimental team where the inaugural winners while Shelbourne were runners up. See
Note 1
[2][3]

2016–17 Senior divisions[edit]

Senior

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Bangor Celtic Crumlin, Dublin Iveagh Grounds
Bluebell United Bluebell/Red Cow Capco Park
Cherry Orchard Ballyfermot Elmdale Crescent
Crumlin United Crumlin, Dublin Pearse Park
Drumcondra Clonturk, Drumcondra Clonturk Park
Firhouse Clover Firhouse Belgard Road
Greystones United Greystones Woodlands
Killester United Killester Haddon Park
Malahide United Malahide Gannon Park
St. Patrick's C.Y.F.C. Ringsend Irishtown Stadium
St. Mochtas F.C. Clonsilla/Blanchardstown Porterstown Road
Tolka Rovers Glasnevin Frank Cooke Park
UCD Reserves Belfield, Dublin UCD Bowl
Wayside Celtic Kilternan Jackson Park

Source: [4]

Senior 1

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Arklow Town Arklow Lamberton Grass/Astro
Broadford Rovers Dublin 16 Marlay Park
Dunboyne Dunboyne Summerhill Road
Dublin Bus Clondalkin Coldcut
Glebe North Balbriggan Market Green
Glenville Palmerstown Palmerstown School
Home Farm Whitehall, Dublin Whitehall Stadium
Leixlip United Leixlip Leixlip Amenities Center
Portmarnock Portmarnock Paddys Hill
Newbridge Town Newbridge, County Kildare Station Road
St. John Bosco Crumlin, Dublin Iveagh Grounds
Swords Celtic Swords, Dublin Balheary Reservoir
TEK United Blackrock, Dublin Stradbrook Road
Verona Coolmine

Source: [5]


Senior 1A

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Ballymun United Ballymun Soccer Complex
Beggsboro Cabra, Dublin Kilkiernan Road
Dublin University Trinity College, Dublin College Park, Dublin
Edenderry Town Edenderry Fr. Paul Park
Liffey Wanderers Irishtown, Dublin Irishtown Stadium
Lucan United Lucan/Leixlip Leixlip Amenities Centre
Maynooth University Town Maynooth University
Mount Merrion Sandymount/Leopardstown Leopardstown Park
Newtown Rangers Tallaght Farrell Park
Peamount United Newcastle, South Dublin Greenogue Astro/Grass
Sacred Heart Dublin 24 Killinarden Hill
Shamrock Bhoys County Wicklow Vevay Sports Field
Templeogue United Templeogue St McDaras School
Tullamore Town Tullamore Leah Victoria Park

Source: [6]

Senior 1B

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Ballyfermot United Ballyfermot Cold Cut
Celbridge Town Celbridge/Kilcock
Confey Leixlip Confey Park
Greenhills/Greenpark Walkinstown Greenhills Park
Hartstown Huntstown Hartstown/Huntstown Hartstown Park
Leicester Celtic Rathfarnham Loreto Park
Inchicore Athletic Inchicore Pearse Park
Kilnamanagh Kilnamanagh/Tallaght Ned Kelly Park
Knocklyon United Knocklyon Kiltipper Road
Pegasus/St James Athletic Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Belfield Park
Portlaoise Portlaoise Rossleighan Park
St James's Gate Crumlin, Dublin Iveagh Grounds
St. Josephs Boys Sallynoggin Pearse Park
Skerries Town Skerries, Dublin Park Lane

Source: [7]


Junior leagues[edit]

This is a selection of teams playing in the lower levels of the Leinster Senior League.

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Beechwood Milltown, Dublin Royal Hospital, Donnybrook
Dundrum Dundrum, Dublin Meadowbrook Park
Drumcondra/Stella Maris Drumcondra, Dublin
Greystones A.F.C. Greystones Archfield
Manortown United Perrystown Greentrees Park
Phoenix Scribblestown/Ashtown
Pioneers Dublin Airport ALSAA Sports Complex
Terenure College Terenure College Bushy Park
Transport Crumlin, Dublin Windmill Park


Representative team[edit]

A Leinster Senior League representative team competes in the FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament against teams representing the Ulster Senior League, the Munster Senior League and Connacht. [8]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ lsl.ie
  2. ^ Leinster Senior League
  3. ^ Ciarán Priestley: The Bohemian Football Club: The Enduring Legacy of an Idle Youth Archived 4 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Senior Sunday". lsl.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Senior 1 Sunday". lsl.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Senior 1A Sunday". lsl.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Senior 1B Sunday". lsl.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ "League Table 2016 FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament". www.uslfootball.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ IFA Cup Rsssf
  10. ^ Where's My Country? Rsssf