2001–02 League of Ireland Premier Division

League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2001–02
Champions Shelbourne
Relegated Dundalk
Galway United
Monaghan United
UEFA Champions League Shelbourne
UEFA Cup Shamrock Rovers
UEFA Intertoto Cup St Patrick's Athletic
Top goalscorer Glen Crowe: 21
(Bohemians) [1][2]

The 2001–02 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 17th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 12 teams. Shelbourne were declared champions after St Patrick's Athletic were deducted 15 points for fielding an ineligible player.

Regular season

The season saw each team playing three rounds of games, playing every other team three times, totalling 33 games. The 2002–03 season would see the League of Ireland Premier Division reduced from 12 to 10 teams. As a result, three teams were automatically relegated. [2][3] The season is best remembered for the controversy involving allegations of St Patrick's Athletic fielding ineligible players. St. Pat's originally had 9 points deducted for fielding Paul Marney in the first three games of the season. This was later revoked after arbitration. However Shelbourne appealed against this decision which was taken to the High Court where the appeal was rejected. It was then discovered by the Shelbourne chief executive, Ollie Byrne, that Charles Livingstone Mbabazi had not been registered by St. Pat's for the first five games of the season and so the club had 15 points deducted, three points for each game. The decision of the FAI appeal board to dismiss St. Pat's appeal in the Livingstone case saw Shelbourne confirmed as league champions.[2][4]

Final Table

1Shelbourne F.C.331968502863+22Qualified for 2002–03 UEFA Champions League
2Shamrock Rovers F.C.3317610543257+22Qualified for 2002–03 UEFA Cup
3St Patrick's Athletic F.C. [note 1]332085592953+30Qualified for 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup
4Bohemian F.C.3314109573252+25
5Derry City F.C.3314910423051+12
6Cork City F.C.3314712483949+9
7University College Dublin A.F.C.3312129403948+1
8Bray Wanderers A.F.C.33121011544546+9
9Longford Town F.C.33101013415140-10Won promotion/relegation play-off
10Dundalk F.C. [note 2]3391212374639-9Relegated to First Division
11Galway United F.C.335424287319-45Relegated to First Division
12Monaghan United F.C.332625198512-66Relegated to First Division


  1. St Patrick's Athletic had 15 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
  2. Dundalk F.C. qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Cup after winning the 2001–02 FAI Cup.

Promotion/Relegation Play-off

Longford Town who finished in ninth place played off against Finn Harps, the third placed team from the 2001–02 League of Ireland First Division.

1st Leg

2nd Leg

Longford Town win 6-5 on penalties after extra time and retain their place in the Premier Division. [2][5]

See also


  1. "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Graham, Alex. Football in the Republic of Ireland a Statisical Record 1921–2005. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-135-4.
  3. "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. "St Pats keep mum 'til report published". www.irishexaminer.com. 12 April 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. "(Republic of) Ireland League Tables - Second Level". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
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