1985–86 League of Ireland Premier Division

League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Shamrock Rovers
Relegated Shelbourne
European Cup Shamrock Rovers
UEFA Cup Galway United
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Waterford United
Top goalscorer Tommy Gaynor:15
(Limerick) [1][2]

The 1985–86 League of Ireland Premier Division was the first season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The Premier Division was made up of 12 teams.


The Premier Division was contested by 12 teams and Shamrock Rovers F.C. won the championship. The top 12 teams from the 1984–85 League of Ireland automatically qualified for the Premier Division. [2][3]


Stadia and locations

Team Hometown/Suburb Stadium Manager
Athlone Town Athlone St Mel's Park Republic of Ireland Con Flanagan
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park Republic of Ireland Billy Young
Cork City Cork Turners Cross Republic of Ireland Noel O'Mahoney
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park Republic of Ireland Turlough O'Connor
Galway United Galway Terryland Park Republic of Ireland Tony Mannion
Home Farm Drumcondra, Dublin Tolka Park Republic of Ireland Mick Lawlor
Limerick Limerick Jackman Park Republic of Ireland Joe O'Mahoney
Shamrock Rovers Milltown, Dublin Glenmalure Park Northern Ireland Jim McLaughlin
Shelbourne Harold's Cross Harold's Cross Stadium Republic of Ireland Paddy Mulligan
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park Republic of Ireland Jimmy Jackson
Waterford United Waterford Kilcohan Park Republic of Ireland Alfie Hale
UCD Belfield UCD Bowl

Final Table

1Shamrock Rovers F.C.3315344417+271986-87 European Cup First round
2Galway United F.C.3112734219+231986-87 UEFA Cup First round
3Dundalk F.C.3012643616+20
4Bohemian F.C.2781132722+5
5Waterford United F.C.[note 1]2681042725+21986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup
6St Patrick's Athletic F.C.258952319+4
7Limerick F.C.2410484528+17
8Athlone Town A.F.C.196792327-4
9Home Farm F.C.1555121530-15
10Cork City F.C.1337122344-21
11Shelbourne F.C.1337121540-25Relegation to the First Division
12UCD824161951-32Relegation to the First Division


  1. Waterford United F.C. qualified for the 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup after reaching the 1985–86 FAI Cup final.

League of Ireland clubs in Europe

European Cup

First round

After winning the league title in the previous season, Shamrock Rovers received automatic qualification into the First round of the European Cup. Shamrock Rovers were drawn against Hungarian club, Budapest Honvéd, 1984-85 Hungarian League Winners. Budapest Honvéd were the hosts for the first leg and won the game comfortably in a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers. In the return leg, Shamrock Rovers were defeated once again 3-1, thus eliminating them from the competition.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 5-1 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2 - 0 3 - 1
First leg

Second leg

Budapest Honvéd won 5–1 on aggregate.


First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 4-7 Scotland Dundee United 2 - 5 2 - 2

First round

FAI Cup Runners-up, Galway United entered the European Cup Winners' Cup in the First round against Danish side, Lyngby BK. Galway United were defeated 1-0 in the away leg in Lyngby BK. In the second leg, United were defeated 3-2 at Terryland Park, ending their European campaign.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lyngby BK Denmark 4-2 Republic of Ireland Galway United 1 - 0 3 - 2

See also


  1. "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 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.
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