Munster Senior League (association football)

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Munster Senior League
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Country Republic of Ireland Ireland
Region Munster Munster [1]
Divisions Senior Premier Division
Senior 1st Division
Senior 2nd Division
Junior Premier Division
Junior 1st Division
Junior 2nd Division
Floodlit Over 35
Number of teams 62 (2015–16) [2]
Domestic cup(s) Munster Senior Cup
FAI Cup
FAI Intermediate Cup
FAI Junior Cup
League cup(s) Keane Cup
Donie Forde Cup
Beamish Cup
Current champions UCC
Most championships Cobh Ramblers (15 titles)
Website Munster Senior League

The Munster Senior League is an association football league organized by the Munster Football Association. It currently organizes seven divisions as well as various cup competitions. It's Senior Division is a third level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. Munster Senior League teams also compete in the Munster Senior Cup, the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Junior Cup. In recent seasons the winners of the Senior Division have qualified to play in the League of Ireland Cup. Despite using the Munster name in its title, the vast majority of its member clubs are based in County Cork. However, in the past it has included clubs from County Limerick, County Waterford, County Kerry and County Tipperary. [3]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The original Munster Football Association was founded in 1901 and it is believed that a Munster League was founded within a few years. The 1909–10 season saw six teams representing the Highland Light Infantry, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the Durham Light Infantry, the Sherwood Foresters, the King's Regiment and Haulbowline all played in the Munster League First Division. A Munster Intermediate League featured the reserve teams of all these British Army regiments plus teams representing the Royal Engineers, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Army Service Corps. In the Munster Cup the Highland Light Infantry lost 1–0 to the Royal Welsh Fusilers in the final played at Turner's Cross. [4] Cahir Park F.C. was founded in 1910 and by 1912–13 they were the Munster Senior League second division champions.[5] However these leagues were effectively disbanded during the First World War and Irish War of Independence era.

Reformed[edit]

In 1921 Harry Buckle, a former Ireland international, settled in Cork and began working for the Ford Motor Company. Finding little or no association football activity in the city, Buckle initially founded Fordsons F.C. and then helped found the County Cork–based South Munster League for the team to play in. In addition to playing and coaching with the new club, Buckle also served as president of the Tipperary/Limerick based – North Munster League and helped reform the Munster Football Association. By 1922–23 the South Munster League and North Munster Leagues had effectively merged to become the Munster Senior League.[6] Barrackton United of the South Munster League became the first post–First World War Munster Senior League champions after defeating Cahir Park F.C. of the North Munster League in a play-off.

Teams[edit]

Intermediate Leagues[edit]

Senior Premier

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Avondale United Carrigaline/Ballintemple, Cork Avondale Park
Castleview Cork O'Sullivan Park
Cobh Wanderers Cobh Oldchurch Park
College Corinthians Douglas, County Cork Corithians Park
Douglas Hall Douglas, County Cork Moneygourney
Mayfield United Mayfield, Cork Lotamore Grounds
Rockmount Whitechurch, County Cork Rockmount Park
Ringmahon Rangers Cork Ringmahon Road
St. Mary's Kilcully, Cork Kilcully Park
UCC University College Cork The Mardyke/The Farm

Source: [7]


Senior Division 1

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Bandon Bandon, County Cork Town Park
Blarney United Blarney O'Shea Park
Carrigaline United Carrigaline Ballea Park
Everton Togher, Cork City Everton Park
Leeds Ballyvolane, Cork City Leeds Park
Leeside Little Island, Cork Little Island Sports Complex
Midleton Midleton Knockgriffin Park
Passage Passage West Rockenham Park
Riverstown Glanmire The Cliff
Wilton United Cork Lee Road

Source: [8]


Senior 2nd Division

Team Home town/suburb Home ground
Ballincollig Ballincollig Coolroe
Ballinhassig Ballinhassig Gortnaglough
Casement Celtic Togher, Cork City
Fermoy Fermoy Carrig Park
Glasheen Glasheen
Kilreen Celtic Ballyphehane Ballyphehane Park
Kinsale Kinsale Madden Park
Mallow United Mallow, County Cork Town Park
Tramore Athletic Douglas, County Cork Tramore Park

Source: [9]


Representative team[edit]

A Munster Senior League representative team competes in the FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament against teams representing the Ulster Senior League, the Leinster Senior League and Connacht. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of Affiliated Leagues & Clubs 2015/2016". www.munsterfa.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "List of Teams Affiliated to the Munster Senior League". www.munsterfa.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  3. ^ www.munsterseniorleague.ie
  4. ^ various. Highland Light Infantry Chroncicle (Jan 1908-Oct1910). 
  5. ^ www.cahirparkafc.ie
  6. ^ Carey, Tadhg (2009). When We Were Kings: The Story of Athlone Town's 1924 FAI Cup Triumph. Athlone: Temple Printing. 
  7. ^ "League Table Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division". www.munsterseniorleague.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "League Table Munster Senior League Senior Division 1". www.munsterseniorleague.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "League Table Munster Senior League Senior Division 2". www.munsterseniorleague.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "League Table 2016 FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament". www.uslfootball.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 

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