Irish football/soccer : 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:
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.
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.
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)