1997–98 Irish League

The Irish League in season 1997–98 comprised two divisions, one of 10 teams and one of 8 teams, and Cliftonville won the championship.

Irish Premier Division
Season1997–1998
ChampionsCliftonville
3rd Irish title
RelegatedArds
Matches played180
Goals scored469 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorerVinny Arkins (22)
1996-97

Premier DivisionEdit

Location of teams in the 1997–98 Irish League Premier Division
Location of the Belfast-based teams in the Irish League Premier Division 1997-98

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification or Relegation
1 Cliftonville (C) 36 20 8 8 49 37 1.324 68 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Linfield 36 17 13 6 50 19 2.632 64 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first qualifying round
3 Portadown 36 17 9 10 50 38 1.316 60
4 Glentoran 36 17 8 11 52 34 1.529 59 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round
5 Ballymena United 36 14 9 13 55 55 1.000 51
6 Crusaders 36 13 12 11 51 51 1.000 51
7 Coleraine 36 11 10 15 41 48 0.854 43
8 Glenavon 36 9 12 15 47 56 0.839 39
9 Omagh Town 36 7 10 19 43 68 0.632 31
Qualification for the promotion/relegation play-off
Qualification for the Intertoto Cup First Round
10 Ards (R) 36 4 11 21 31 63 0.492 23 Relegation to the first division
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

First DivisionEdit

Irish First Division
ChampionsNewry Town
PromotedNewry Town
Matches played112
Goals scored350 (3.13 per match)
Location of teams in the 1997–98 Irish League First Division

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification or Promotion
1 Newry Town (C, P) 28 20 5 3 61 18 3.389 65 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Bangor 28 18 4 6 51 26 1.962 58 Qualification for the promotion/relegation play-off
3 Distillery 28 15 6 7 48 34 1.412 51
4 Dungannon Swifts 28 14 6 8 63 49 1.286 48
5 Ballyclare Comrades 28 13 3 12 47 45 1.044 42
6 Larne 28 8 2 18 30 58 0.517 26
7 Limavady United 28 5 3 20 29 61 0.475 18
8 Carrick Rangers 28 3 3 22 21 59 0.356 12
Source: rsssf.com
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

ReferencesEdit