Tonight’s game at the presumably rain drenched UCD Bowl sees the only team in either division who have yet to draw 0-0 this season (UCD) take on the club with seven scoreless draws (Shamrock Rovers).
All of Rovers’ scoreless games have been away from home and Trevor Croly’s men have managed just ten goals on the road – the fewest in the 2013 Premier Division. If the Hoops don’t knock in a couple of goals on campus they will have recorded their lowest away tally since the 1960s.
There has been a total of 16 scoreless draws altogether so far (187 games) which is the same number as last year and 10 in the First Division (112 games). The all-time League of Ireland record is 32 in the 1977/78 season (240 games).
Five teams have had 8 scoreless draws in one season – Limerick in 1993/94 (relegated), Longford Town and UCD in 2006, Bohemians in 2007 and Cobh Ramblers in the 2007 First Division (champions). Dundalk won the 1990/91 title with seven 0-0 draws.
The Students were involved in four consecutive goalless matches in that 2006 season and the only other times that a team drew 0-0 in seven away league games in one campaign was Cobh Ramblers in 2007 and Shamrock Rovers in 1991/92 during which Noel King was sacked.
There were five seasons with no scoreless draws by any team most recently in 1968/69 (132 games). There has been at least one goal in each of UCD’s last 65 games in all competitions going back to their visit to the Brandywell in April 2012.
First Division outfit Cobh Ramblers had a run of 109 league games without a scoreless draw from April 1998 to April 2001 and that includes a promotion/relegation playoff with Bohs.
The last team to win the Premier Division without a 0-0 scoreline was Bohemians in 2002/03 and the last side to go down was Finn Harps in 2008. I suppose you could say they were ‘relegated in the right manner’.