In recent times, Cork City and Limerick FC have been competing the Munster Derby in the Premier Division. They have been tight matches normally which draw big crowds to both stadiums. The most recent result was at Turners Cross in Cork where Limerick FC won 3-2. This derby is between the two biggest cities in what is arguably Ireland's most sports passionate province. Although the football mad cities are 100 km apart, they are the two largest clubs in the province of Munster with both clubs having large fan-bases and support at their home stadiums. They both represent their respective cities with no other club in their city.
Traditionally, they have provided some entertaining and often talked about games down the years. The last game of any note between the two teams was a Promotion/Relegation play-off match in 2003 in which Derry were the victors in front of a crowd of over 6, 000. With Harps promotion for the 2008 season, it returned with great anticipation and the three meetings were all sold out.
Bohemians vs St. Patrick's Athletic (City Derby) Probably the most placid rivalry between the big four, both clubs were founded in Phoenix Park but quickly moved further afield to Inchicore and Phibsboro. The two have rarely been competitive for the title at the same times as each other and both see Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne as more important rivals. UCD vs the Big Four University College Dublin's support base consists of only around 50 fans which means during derbies at UCD Bowl there is often more away fans than home supporters. Provincial Derbies Munster Derby: Limerick FC v Cork City The Munster Derbies are contested between the two largest Munster clubs, Cork City and Limerick FC but sometimes the rivals are kept apart due to playing in different divisions.
They can also meet in European Qualifying Rounds, this has happened on four occasions in the European Cup/Champions League with Waterford United overcoming Glentoran in 1970-71, Dundalk beating Linfield in 1979-80, Shamrock Rovers losing to Linfield in 1984-85 and Shelbourne defeating Glentoran in 2005-06. Capital Derbies With five Dublin based clubs currently competing in the league and a number of defunct clubs over the years the city of Dublin hosts a large amount of derbies each season.
Most derbies in the league occur due to close geographical proximity, with a number of clubs based in Dublin. However, there are also many rivalries between other city clubs outside the capital such as Cork City vs Limerick and Drogheda United vs Dundalk. These clubs also maintain rivalries with the Dublin-based clubs. The earliest rivalry contested was between Bohemian and Shelbourne, Dublin based clubs who played in the Belfast dominated Irish Football League from the early 1900s to 1920. After the foundation of the League of Ireland in 1921 this rivalry continued along with newly formed rivalries between Shamrock Rovers and St James' Gate, with the four clubs winning all of the league's first eleven titles between them.
During the 2017 League Of Ireland Premier Division, the fixture produced 4 red cards in 4 matches. Since Drogheda's promotion from the First Division in 2020, it has been evenly contested 9 times (including friendlies), resulting in 6 Dundalk wins and 4 Drogheda wins. Connacht Derby: Galway United vs Sligo Rovers The Connacht Derby is played between Galway United and Sligo Rovers. Traditionally it had been a First Division derby but the success of both clubs meant it became a regular Premier Division encounter. Both teams regularly beat each other, resulting in an almost exact record for both, however in the Premier Division Sligo have come out on top most times. Other derbies There are many other derbies and rivalries in Irish football, including: The Cork Derby - Cork City vs Cobh Ramblers The Midlands Derby - Longford Town vs Athlone Town The Southeast Derby - Wexford Youths vs Waterford United Former rivalries Drumcondra vs Shamrock Rovers Was seen as the biggest rivalry between North and South Dublin but ended with the five times League of Ireland Champions and winners of five FAI Cup finals Drumcondra going out of business in 1972 and amalgamated with Home Farm.
The attendances at the game had been declining for thirty years, but attendances unexpectedly rose in 2009, largely due to Rovers moving into Tallaght Stadium and Bohs' status as league champions, with the attendance at one game tripling on the previous encounter.  The rivalry features elements of the North-South cultural divide that exists in the city. In 2016 during an away 4-0 win for Rovers, fans from both side invaded the pitch, fighting was reported with the Garda Public Order unit intervening.  Bohemians vs Shelbourne (Northside Derby) The oldest derby in the league, the two are the only still functioning clubs from the original 1922 League of Ireland season and completely dominated early pre-Irish Republic league football; they competed together in the old Belfast-centered (now Northern) Irish Football League.
Bohs issue apology after Mandroiu listed as 'gargled' in team newsBohemians have apologised after giving a bizarre reason for Danny Mandroiu missing their 2-1 win over Dundalk. The Gypsies listed 'gargled' as the reason for him missing Friday's game in their official team news. They later released a statement to say that the bizarre reason was a joke in a WhatsApp message that accidentally appeared in their match preview. The club said said on Twitter: "Something that appeared in our teams news has understandably annoyed one of our players for which we sincerely apologise. "Team news was circulated on WhatsApp yesterday, and what later appeared was sent back to the sender as a joke. "When the match preview was compiled, this was copied/pasted accidentally and appeared in preview mailout before it was corrected in online version.
Turners Cross is well known in Irish football as one of the great stadiums for atmosphere, meanwhile since Limerick FC have returned to their 'spiritual home' of football at Markets Field for the first time in 31 years, attendances have rocketed and the famous Markets Field atmosphere of old has come back. This fixture is seen as one of Ireland's more physical league games, and statistics have shown that the Munster Derby is one of the fixtures with the most red and yellow cards issued. In the table below records of game results can not be found from the 1986-87 season to the 1994-1995 season where Limerick were relegated and did not face Cork in a league fixture until 2010. Northwest Derby: Derry City vs Finn Harps Very little distance separates these two clubs and Northern bragging rights are laid on the line for these games.
Derbies in the League of Ireland - WikipediaThe Brandywell has often held The Northwest Derby, played between Derry City and Finn Harps There are many derbies in the League of Ireland, and despite the fact that historically more teams compete in the First Division, the majority are played in the Premier Division, the top flight of Irish football. Background Current locations of Dublin-based League of Ireland clubs Founded in 1921 the League of Ireland is the national association football league of the Republic of Ireland. Formed by the Football Association of Ireland out of split with the Irish Football Association for first 65 years it consisted of a single division but since the mid 1980s it has expanded into a two tier system with a Premier Division and First Division.
"Sincere apologies to the player involved for understandable but unintended annoyance and potential reputational damage caused. " The player earlier expressed his anger at the error, tweeting: "Regarding the team news that @bfcdublin sent out earlier, what was said was completely untrue, I am out injured at the moment. "I'm sure you will hear this from the club too eventually but I just wanted to clear that up for myself and my reputation.
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Unlucky for Harps, though, Derry came out on top on all three occasions. The derby returned in 2010 following Derry's relegation from the Premier Division the previous year, but the Foylesiders still held the advantage over the Donegal men in the ties. Louth Derby: Drogheda United vs Dundalk FC The Louth Derby is contested by Drogheda United and Dundalk. The derby had not been played in many years due to the clubs being in different divisions. Many of Dundalk's most successful periods have corresponded with Drogheda being at the lower end of the league table or in the First Division, while Drogheda's most successful period (between 2004 and 2008) occurred while Dundalk were in the lower tier. The fixture never fails to generate a hostile and heated atmosphere, and fans of the respective clubs despise each other.
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