Irish football : Irish Premier League 2013 season preview
Sligo Rovers celebrate first title win in 35 years
Sligo Rovers claimed their first title in 35 years with two games remaining last term, while Derry City needed extra time to overcome Saint Patrick's Athletic and lift the Irish Cup. Here is a short summary of the 2012 season:
- Champions: Sligo Rovers (Champions League 2nd qual. round)
- Runners-up: Drogheda United (Europa League 2nd qualifying round)
- Third place: Saint Patrick's Athletic (UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round)
- Cup winners: Derry City (Europa League 2nd qualifying round)
- Relegated: Monaghan United
- Promoted: Limerick.
The overall number of titles for each club in Irish Premier league since 1921 and their standings in the last five seasons.
Trevor Croly takes over at Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers have appointed Trevor Croly as the club's new manager ahead of the 2013 season. A former player and assistant manager at the club, the 38-year-old has left his post as Liam Buckley's assistant at St. Patrick's Athletic to succeed Stephen Kenny, sacked in September. Croly has agreed a two-year contract with Shamrock. He was assistant manager at Rovers for two and a half years having been appointed by Michael O'Neill when the current Northern Ireland boss took over in 2009.
|1||Sligo R.||61||30||17-10-3 (30)|
|3||St Patrick||55||22||15-10-5 (30)|
The final league standings for the 2012 season.
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Shamrock Rovers hope to put disappointing season behind them
Shamrock Rovers, the Republic of Ireland's most successful club, intend to improve on their disappointing fourth place finish last season. They have the league's biggest budget and signed 3 of the 4 nominees for PFAI Player of the Year in 2012 away from rivals, Jason McGuinness from Sligo Rovers, Sean O'Connor from St Patrick's Athletic and winner Mark Quigley from Sligo Rovers.The 4th, midfielder Ronan Finn, already played there. Irish champions Sligo Rovers and runners-up Drogheda United enjoyed a great season last year but it will be difficult to repeat that same success this campaign.
|Shamrock Rovers||2.25||Sligo Rovers||3.25|
|University College Dublin||151||Bray Wanderers||201|
The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2013 Irish football league.
Irish Cup finals in last five seasons
2012 Derry City - St. Patrick's Athletic 3:2 (after extra time)
2011 Sligo Rovers - Shelbourne 1:1 (4:1 penalties)
2010 Sligo Rovers - Shamrock Rovers 0:0 (2:0 penalties)
2009 Sporting Fingal - Sligo Rovers 2:1
2008 Bohemians - Derry City 2:2 (4:2 penalties)
(transfer market value in m€)
Goalkeeper Andy McNulty (0.1m); Defense: Owen Heary (0.2), Derek Pender (0.1), Danny Joyce (0.1), Ciaran Nangle (0.1); Midfield: Karl Moore (0.1), Darragh Hanaphy (0.1), Dave Mulcahy (0.1), Ryan McEvoy (0.1); Forward: David Scully (0.1), Peter McMahon (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Darren Quigley (0.1m); Defense: Colm Tresson (0.1), David Webster (0.1), Shane O'Connor (0.1); Midfield: Gary Dempsey (0.4), Kevin O'Connor (0.2), Danny O'Connor (0.1), Daire Doyle (0.1), Graham Kelly (0.1); Forward: Jason Byrne (0.2), Dean Zambra (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Mark McNulty (0.1m); Defense: Darren Dennehy (0.3), Danny Murphy (0.2), Dan Murray (0.2), Neal Horgan (0.1), John Dunleavy (0.1); Midfield: Colin Healy (0.1), Shane Duggan (0.1), Adam Rundle (0.1); Forward: Danny Morrissey (0.1), Danny Furlong (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Ger Doherty (0.1m); Defense: Stewart Greacen (0.3), Dermott McCaffrey (0.2), Simon Madden (0.1), Ryan McBride (0.1); Midfield: Owen Morrison (0.3), Barry Molloy (0.1), Ruaidhri Higgins (0.1), Kevin Deery (0.1); Forward: Rory Patterson (0.2), Mark Griffin (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Gabriel Sava (0.1m); Defense: Alan McNally (0.1), Brian Gannon (0.1), Shane Grimes (0.1), Stephen Quigley (0.1); Midfield: Ryan Brennan (0.1), David Cassidy (0.1), Paul O'Conor (0.1); Forward: Gary O'Neill (0.2), Graham Rusk (0.1), Peter Hynes (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Peter Cherrie (0.1m); Defense: Richie Towell (0.3), Mark Rossiter (0.2), Liam Burns (0.1), Dane Massey (0.1); Midfield: Stephen O'Donnell (0.5), Mark O'Brien (0.1), Stephen McDonnell (0.1), Stephen Maher (0.1); Forward: Kurtis Byrne (0.2), Barry Conlon (0.2m).
Goalkeeper Barry Ryan (0.2m); Defense: Robbie Williams (0.2), Jonathan Tiffoney (0.2), Brian O'Callaghan (0.1), Pat Purcell (0.1); Midfield: Stephen Bradley (0.2), Joe Gamble (0.2), Danny Galbraith (0.2), Axel Bossekota (0.1); Forward: Dominic Joseph Foley (0.2), Craig Curran (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Barry Murphy (0.2m); Defense: Colin Hawkins (0.3), Shane O'Connor (0.3), David Elebert (0.2), Jason McGuinness (0.1); Midfield: Shane Robinson (0.3), James Chambers (0.2), Sean O'Connor (0.1), Ronan Finn (0.1); Forward: Mark Quigley (0.3), Thomas Stewart (0.2m).
Goalkeeper Ger Hanley (0.1m); Defense: Graham Gartland (0.3), Pat Flynn (0.1), Brian Shortall (0.1), Lorcan Fitzgerald (0.1); Midfield: Brendan McGill (0.3), Robert Bayly (0.1), Glenn Cronin (0.1), Paul Crowley (0.1); Forward: Philip Hughes (0.1), Paul Byrne (0.1m).
Goalkeeper Gary Rogers (0.1m); Defense: Gavin Peers (0.1), Evan McMillan (0.1), Iarfhlaith Davoren (0.1), Seamus Conneely (0.1); Midfield: Danny Ventre (0.1), Rafael Cretaro (0.1), Joseph Cyrille Ndo (0.1), Ryan Connolly (0.1); Forward: Ross Gaynor (0.1), Aaron Greene (0.1m).
St. Patricks Athletic
Goalkeeper Brendan Clarke (0.2m); Defense: Ger O'Brien (0.1), Aidan Price (0.1), Conor Kenna (0.1), Ian Bermingham (0.1); Midfield: Killian Brennan (0.3), Shane McFaul (0.2), Greg Bolger (0.1), John Russell (0.1); Forward: Stephen O'Flynn (0.2), Conor Murphy (0.1m).
University College Dublin
Goalkeeper Mark McGinlay (0.1); Defense: David O'Connor (0.1), Hugh Douglas (0.1), Michael Leahy (0.1), Tomas Boyle (0.1); Midfield: Robbie Creevy (0.1), Chris Mulhall (0.1), Danny Fallon (0.1), James Kavanagh (0.1); Forward: Gerard O'Callaghan (0.1), David McMillan (0.1m).