1996–97 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season1996–97
ChampionsDerry City
RelegatedBray Wanderers
Home Farm Everton
UEFA Champions LeagueDerry City
UEFA CupBohemians
UEFA Cup Winners' CupShelbourne
UEFA Intertoto CupCork City
Top goalscorerStephen Geoghegan: 16 (Shelbourne)
Tony Cousins: 16
(Shamrock Rovers) [1][2]

The 1996–97 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 12th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Derry City F.C. won the title.

Regular season[edit]

The season saw each team playing three rounds of games, playing every other team three times, totalling 33 games. [2][3]

Final Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Derry City (C) 33 19 10 4 58 27 +31 67 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Bohemians 33 16 9 8 43 32 +11 57 Qualification to UEFA Cup first qualifying round
3 Shelbourne 33 15 9 9 52 36 +16 54 Qualification to Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round[a]
4 Cork City 33 15 9 9 38 24 +14 54 Qualification to Intertoto Cup group stage
5 St Patrick's Athletic 33 13 14 6 45 33 +12 53
6 Sligo Rovers 33 12 11 10 43 43 0 47
7 Shamrock Rovers 33 10 13 10 43 46 −3 43
8 UCD 33 12 7 14 34 39 −5 43
9 Finn Harps 33 10 9 14 41 43 −2 39
10 Dundalk (O) 33 9 9 15 32 50 −18 36 Qualification to Relegation play-off
11 Bray Wanderers (R) 33 5 8 20 30 59 −29 23 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
12 Home Farm Everton (R) 33 3 10 20 26 53 −27 19
Source: www.rsssf.com
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Shelbourne qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round after winning the 1996–97 FAI Cup final.

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

Dundalk F.C. who finished in tenth place played off against Waterford United, the third placed team from the 1996–97 League of Ireland First Division.

1st Leg[edit]

2nd Leg[edit]

Dundalk F.C. won 3–1 on aggregate and retained their place in the Premier Division. [2][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statistical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.
  3. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2016.