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League of Ireland Premier Division
2020
Season information
Dates 14 February 2020 – 30 October 2020
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League
Europa League
Season statistics
Matches played 45
Goals scored 103
Average (2.29 per match)
Top goalscorer Patrick Hoban (7 goals)
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The 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division is the 36th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league began on 14 February 2020 and will conclude in 23 October 2020. The fixtures were announced on 20 December 2019. The season was halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland as per directive of the Irish Government and the Football Association of Ireland. The FAI subsequently announced a contingency plan with a view to completing the domestic season at a later date with a reduced number of games.

Overview

The Premier Division consists of 10 teams. Ordinarily each team plays each other four times for a total of 36 matches in the season. Following a meeting of the Football Association of Ireland regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided that the season would be played on a 27 match basis with teams playing each other three times.

Shelbourne, the 2019 First Division champions, were promoted to the league for the first time since 2013, replacing fellow Dublin side UCD, who were relegated to the League of Ireland First Division after finishing bottom of the league in 2019.

Teams

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Dublin (Phibsborough) Dalymount Park 3,640
Cork City Cork Turners Cross 7,845
Derry City Derry Brandywell Stadium 3,700
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park 4,500
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park 6,000
St Patrick's Athletic Dublin (Inchicore) Richmond Park 5,340
Shamrock Rovers Dublin (Tallaght) Tallaght Stadium 8,000
Shelbourne Dublin (Drumcondra) Tolka Park 3,600
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds 5,500
Waterford Waterford Regional Sports Centre 5,500

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bohemians Flag of Republic of Ireland Keith Long Flag of Republic of Ireland Keith Buckley Flag of Republic of Ireland O'Neills Flag of Republic of Ireland Des Kelly Interiors
Cork City Flag of Republic of Ireland Neale Fenn Flag of Republic of Ireland Gearoid Morrissey Flag of Germany Adidas Flag of Republic of Ireland University College Cork
Derry City Flag of Northern Ireland Declan Devine Flag of Republic of Ireland Conor McCormack Flag of Germany Adidas Flag of Northern Ireland Diamond Corrugated
Dundalk Flag of Italy Filippo Giovagnoli Flag of Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland Flag of England Umbro Flag of Republic of Ireland Fyffes
Finn Harps Flag of Republic of Ireland Ollie Horgan Flag of Republic of Ireland Gareth Harkin Flag of Spain Joma Flag of Republic of Ireland KN Group
St Patrick's Athletic Flag of Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Donnell Flag of Republic of Ireland Ian Bermingham Flag of England Umbro Flag of Republic of Ireland MIG Insurance Brokers
Shamrock Rovers Flag of Republic of Ireland Stephen Bradley Flag of Republic of Ireland Ronan Finn Flag of England Umbro Flag of England JD Sports
Shelbourne Flag of Republic of Ireland Ian Morris Flag of Republic of Ireland Lorcan Fitzgerald Flag of England Umbro Flag of Republic of Ireland FLYEfit
Sligo Rovers Flag of Republic of Ireland Liam Buckley Flag of Republic of Ireland Kyle Callan-McFadden Flag of Spain Joma Flag of Republic of Ireland Avantcard
Waterford Flag of Republic of Ireland John Sheridan Flag of Republic of Ireland Michael O'Connor Flag of England Umbro Flag of Republic of Ireland 24/7 Cardiac Care

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Waterford Flag of Republic of Ireland Alan Reynolds Resigned 16 June 2020 6th Flag of Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 8 July 2020
Dundalk Flag of Republic of Ireland Vinny Perth Sacked 20 August 2020 3rd Flag of Italy Filippo Giovagnoli 26 August 2020

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Shamrock Rovers  (C) 18 15 3 0 44 7 +37 48 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Bohemians 18 12 1 5 23 12 +11 37 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Dundalk 18 7 5 6 25 23 +2 26
4 Sligo Rovers 18 8 1 9 19 23 −4 25
5 Waterford 18 7 3 8 17 22 −5 24
6 St Patrick's Athletic 18 5 6 7 14 17 −3 21
7 Derry City 18 5 5 8 18 18 0 20
8 Finn Harps 18 5 5 8 15 24 −9 20
9 Shelbourne 18 5 4 9 13 22 −9 19 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
10 Cork City 18 2 5 11 10 30 −20 11 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Season statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Republic of Ireland Patrick Hoban Dundalk 5
Flag of Republic of Ireland Graham Burke Shamrock Rovers 5
3 Flag of Republic of Ireland Jack Byrne Shamrock Rovers 3
Flag of Republic of Ireland Daniel Mandroiu Bohemians 3
5 Flag of Republic of Ireland Aaron Greene Shamrock Rovers 2
Flag of Northern Ireland Michael Duffy Dundalk 2
Flag of Republic of Ireland Stephen Mallon Derry City 2
Flag of England Jordan Flores Dundalk 2
9 Flag of Republic of Ireland Niall Morahan Sligo Rovers 1
Flag of Northern Ireland Aaron McEneff Shamrock Rovers 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ronan Coughlin Sligo Rovers 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Shane Griffin Waterford 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Greg Sloggett Dundalk 1
Flag of Scotland Billy King St Patrick's Athletic 1
Flag of England Andre Wright Bohemians 1
Flag of Malaysia Sam Bone Waterford 1
Flag of England Walter Figueira Derry City 1
Flag of Cape Verde Roberto Lopes Shamrock Rovers 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Alec Byrne Cork City 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Jaze Kabia Shelbourne 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Dylan Watts Shamrock Rovers 1
Flag of Canada Kris Twardek Bohemians 1
Flag of Northern Ireland Rhys Marshall Shamrock Rovers 1
Flag of England Adam Liddle Derry City 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Gary Deegan Shelbourne 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Chris Forrester St Patrick's Athletic 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ryan Connolly Finn Harps 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ronan Hale St Patrick's Athletic 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Andy Boyle Dundalk 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ciarán Kilduff Shelbourne 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Dane Massey Dundalk 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Karl O'Sullivan Finn Harps 1
Flag of Republic of Ireland Kevin O'Connor Waterford 1

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date Goals
Flag of Republic of Ireland Graham Burke Shamrock Rovers Cork City 6–0 21 February 2020 5

See also

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