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2002–03 League of Ireland Premier Division

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The 2002–03 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 18th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The division was made up of 10 teams. Bohemians were declared champions.

League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2002–03
Champions Bohemians
Relegated Bray Wanderers
UEFA Champions League Bohemians
UEFA Cup Shelbourne
Derry City
UEFA Intertoto Cup Shamrock Rovers
Top goalscorer Glen Crowe: 18
(Bohemians) [1][2]
2003

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

The 2003 season would see the League of Ireland Premier Division change from a winter league to a summer league. To facilitate this change, the 2002–03 season was a shortened season. This saw each team play three rounds of games, totalling 27 games each. [2][3]

Final TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bohemians 27 15 9 3 47 27 +20 54 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Champions League
2 Shelbourne 27 15 4 8 44 26 +18 49 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Cup[a]
3 Shamrock Rovers 27 12 7 8 42 29 +13 43 Qualified for 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup
4 Cork City 27 11 6 10 37 34 +3 39
5 Longford Town 27 8 11 8 25 29 −4 35[b]
6 University College Dublin 27 8 9 10 23 25 −2 33
7 St Patrick's Athletic 27 8 9 10 27 33 −6 33
8 Derry City 27 8 7 12 31 37 −6 31 Qualified for 2003–04 UEFA Cup[a]
9 Drogheda United 27 8 6 13 26 40 −14 30 Won promotion/relegation play-off
10 Bray Wanderers 27 4 8 15 31 53 −22 20 Relegated to First Division
Source: www.rsssf.com
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Derry City qualified for the 2003–04 UEFA Cup after winning the 2002–03 FAI Cup.
  2. ^ Longford Town had 9 points deducted for fielding Avery John against Cork City, Bohemians and Bray Wanderers but this decision was revoked on appeal.

Promotion/Relegation Play-offEdit

The promotion/relegation play-off format was changed this season. It now featured four teams, the second, third and fourth placed teams from the 2002–03 League of Ireland First Division plus the ninth placed team from the Premier Division.

Semi-finalEdit

1st Legs
2nd Legs

Galway United win 2–1 on aggregate

Drogheda United win 4–2 on aggregate

FinalEdit

Drogheda United win 3–2 on aggregate and retain their place in the Premier Division. [2][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.