League of Ireland Books

Recently I was asked to recommend some League of Ireland related books.

Of the 116 books listed here, I own 102. The year of publication is in brackets and I’ve placed an * beside the ones I don’t have.

Some are booklets, pictorial histories and even poetry. If anyone wants information on something in my collection, or if you can think of more to add, please get in touch.

Since Alex Graham’s table and results book was updated I sold the 2006 version at this year’s programme fair – for €3! Maureen O’Hara (Shamrock Rovers), Keith Gillespie (Longford Town) and Roy Keane (Cobh Ramblers) mention LOI clubs in their autobiographies.

Apparently Tony Reid wrote a history of Waterford in the 1970s. There are also books on the Leinster Football Association, Leinster Senior League, Munster Football Assocation and Munster Senior League.

I bought the MSL one written by Gerry Desmond and Dave Galvin, the same authors of the Irish Handbooks in the 90s, plus a Glenmore Celtic Golden Jubilee.

You will find the results and goalscorers of every league game from the 1987-88 to 2014 seasons in the European Football Yearbooks, except 1988-89, 1989-90 and 2003.

Airtricity League Media Guides were released in PDFs in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 but I have never seen one, either in print or online, for the 2011 season.

I’ve one other e-book, ‘The Irish Brawn Drain’, which was published by the British Journal of Sociology in 2000.

Athlone Town
A History of Athlone Town F.C. The First 101 Years – by Frank Lynch (1991)
Who Needs Cantona We’ve Got Rod de Khors – by Kevin O’Neill (2005)
When We Were Kings: The Story of Athlone Town’s 1924 FAI Cup Triumph – by Tadhg Carey (2009)
In Rod We Trust: How Athlone Won the League – by Kevin O’Neill (2013)

Bohemian A.F.C. Official Club History 1890-1976 – by Tony Reid (1977)
Bohemian Football Club Golden Jubilee Reprint (1988) *
Bohemian Times: An Outline History of Bohemian Football Club & Dalymount Park 1890-1993 – by Phil Howlin (1994)
Dalymount Park: The Home of Irish Football – by Colin White (2015)

Dalymount book

Bray Wanderers
Tales of The Wanderers 1996-98 – by Colm Keane (1998)
Triumphant Seagulls: Bray Wanderers AFC 12 Days of Glory Cup Winners (1999)
More Tales of The Wanderers 1998-2000 – by Colm Keane (2000)
Bray Wanderers 25 Years in League of Ireland Football 1985-2010 – by Aidan O’Toole (2010)

Cobh Ramblers
Cobh Ramblers AFC Golden Jubilee Souvenir Brochure (1979) *

Cork & Cork Celtic/Hibs/City
Soccer Memories Volume 1, Cork – by Plunkett Carter (1980) *
Evening Echo A Century of Cork Memories – by Plunkett Carter (1996)
From The ‘Lodge to the Box: A Miscellany of Cork Soccer – by Plunkett Carter (2002)
Reflections From The Shed – by Darren O’Keeffe (2010)
The Dav: Anecdotes and Stories from Inside & Outside the Box – by Carl Davenport (2010)
Death of a Football Club? The Story of Cork City FC: Season 2008 – by Neal Horgan (2014)
Soccer in Munster: A Social History 1877-1937 – by David Toms (2015) *

Derry City
The Derry City F.C. Story 1928-1986 – by Frank Curran (1986)
A History of Derry City Football and Athletic Club 1929-1972 – by W.H.W. Platt (1986)
Come on the City: Derry City Down the Decades (1986) *
Derry City Football Club Diary of a Season Special Championship Souvenir 1986/87 – by Richard Cambell & Michael O’Donnell (1987)
Eddie McMahon’s Derry City – by Eddie McMahon (1997)
Born to Play: The Liam Coyle Story – by Joe W. Doherty (2002)
When You’ve Read Their History: 75th Anniversary of Cup Campaigns – by Derry City Sports Project Committee (2003)
The Team I Loved So Well – by Gary Ferry (2008)
Derry City FC The Journey So Far – by Gary Ferry (2015)

Drogheda United
Drogheda United The Story So Far – by Tom Reilly (2007)
DUFC A Claret and Blue History – by Brian Whelan (2010)

The Story of Dundalk League and Shield Winners 1966-67 (1967)
My Most Difficult Opponent – by Barry Kehoe (1989) *
Dundalk FC 70th Anniversary Season Media Guide (1996)
The History of Dundalk F.C. The First 100 Years – by Jim Murphy (2003)
C’mon The Town: A Dundalk FC Miscellany – by Jim Murphy (2013)
Dundalk FC Champions 2014 Season Review – by Gavin McLaughlin (2014)
The Double: Dundalk FC – by Gavin McLaughlin (2015)

Finn Harps
The Strings of my Harps – by Patsy McGowan (1998)
The Finn Harps Story – by Bartley Ramsay (2008)
Finn Harps F.C. Our First Season: Celebrating 40 Years of League of Ireland Football (2009)
Finn Harps 1974 FAI Cup Winners 40th Anniversary Souvenir Programme (2014)
Diary of the Finn Harps Season: Promotion 2015 (2016)

Galway United
Galway United FC 25th Anniversary Celebration – by Pat Kelly & Paul O’Brien (2002)
Chick: The Eamonn Deacy Story – by Ger Geraghty (2015)

Home Farm
Home Farm Football Club Yearbook (1975) *
Home Farm The Story of a Dublin Football Club 1928-1998 – by Brendan Menton (1999)

Kilkenny City
Mud Sweat & Jeers – by Jim Rhatigan (2000)

How Limerick Won the League – by the Limerick Leader (1980) *
The End of an Era: A History of Limerick Senior Soccer at the Markets Field 1937/1984 – by Aidan Corr & Bernard Spain (1985)

Mervue United
The History of Mervue United 1960-2010 – by Willie Henry (2011)

St Patrick’s Athletic
Back from the Brink – by Paul McGrath (2006)

Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers Three in a Row 1983/4, 84/5, 85/6 (1986)
Come on the Hoops: The Story of Shamrock Rovers Ireland’s Greatest Football Club – by Charlie Willoughby (1987)
The Hoops: A History of Shamrock Rovers – by Paul Doolan & Robert Goggins (1993)
Shamrock Rovers 100 Years – by Robert Goggins (2002)
We Are Rovers: An Oral History of Shamrock Rovers FC – by Eoghan Rice (2005)
Dyed in the Wool: Memoirs of a Hoops Fan – by Robin Browett (2005)
The Four-in-a-row Story – by Robert Goggins (2009)
Chronological History of Shamrock Rovers FC – by Robert Goggins (2012)
Through The Hoops – by Jimmy Cummins (2013)
Tallaght Time: Shamrock Rovers 2009-2012 – by Macdara Ferris & Karl Reilly (2013)

Shamrock Rovers books

Shelbourne Football Club Golden Jubilee 1895-1945 Official Souvenir (1945) *
Shelbourne FC: Facts and Figures – by Frank Martin (1996)
Shelbourne Double Champions 2000 (2000) *
Shelbourne Cult Heroes: From Bulawayo to Ballybough – by Sean Fitzpatrick (2009)
Shelbourne’s European Run 2004 – by Peter Goulding (2013)
Shels: A Grand Old Team to Know – by Christopher Sands (2016)

Sligo Rovers
A History of Sligo Rovers – by Tony Reid (1980)
Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down! – by Billy Sinclair (1991) *
They Think It’s All Over – by Declan Burke, Martin Finan & Stephen Fahy (1995)
A History of Sligo Rovers 1928-1997 – by Joe Molloy (1997)
There’s Only One Red Army – by Eamonn Sweeney (1997)
North West Frontier: Professional Football in the F.A.I. National League – by Conall Collier (1998)
Stories of the Showgrounds – by Kevin Colreavy (2014)

UCD AFC Golden Jubilee – by S.B. Hooper (1945) *
St. Patrick’s Blue & Saffron: A Miscellany of UCD Sport since 1895 – by Patrick N. Meenan (1997)

Waterford United
Singing The Blues – by Brian Kennedy (2006)
Blue, White & Dynamite: A Collection of Waterford Football Stories – by Brian Kennedy (2007)

Who Stole Our Game? The Fall and Fall of Irish Soccer – by Daire Whelan (2006)
Just Follow The Floodlights! The Complete Guide to League of Ireland Football – by Brian Kennedy (2011)

Gillette Book of the FAI Cup – by Sean Ryan & Terry O’Rourke (1985)
The Official Book of the FAI Cup – by Sean Ryan (2011)

Gods Vs Mortals: Irish Clubs in Europe, A Front Row Seat at 10 of the Greatest Games – by Paul Keane (2010)
Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia. Lifting the lid on Serbia’s undertakers – by James Moor (2013)

Ireland On The Ball – by Donal Cullen (1993)
The Boys in Green: The FAI International Story by Sean Ryan (1997)
The Garrison Game: The State of Irish Football – by Dave Hannigan (1998)
Ireland’s First Real World Cup: The Story of the 1924 Ireland Olympic Football Team – by David Needham (2012)
The Irish Soccer Split – by Cormac Moore (2015)

Bass Sports Book of Irish Soccer – by Noel Dunne & Sean Ryan (1975)
A Record of League of Ireland 1921/2-1984/5 – by Niall Macsweeney (1985)
The AFS Book of Inter League Matches: A Complete Record – by R.J. Spiller (1985)
The Book of Irish Goalscorers – by Sean Ryan & Stephen Burke (1987)
Irish Football Handbook 1991-92 – by Gerry Desmond & Dave Galvin (1991)
European League Results Surveys: Eire – by Dave Allen & Graeme Riley (1992)
Irish Football Handbook 1992-93 – by Gerry Desmond & Dave Galvin (1992)
Irish Football Handbook 1993-94 – by Gerry Desmond & Dave Galvin (1993)
Irish Football Handbook 1994-95 – by Gerry Desmond & Dave Galvin (1994)
National League Annual 1996 – by Michael Hayes (1995)
National League Annual 1996-97 – by Michael Hayes (1996)
National League Annual 1997-98 – by Michael Hayes (1997)
National League Annual 1998/99 – by Michael Hayes (1998)
Eircom League Annual 1999/00 – by Michael Hayes (1999)
Eircom League Annual 2001/02 – by Michael Hayes (2001)
Republic of Ireland Football League Tables and Results 1921-2005 – by Alex Graham (2006) *
League of Ireland Media Guide 2009 – by Michael Hayes (2009)
Airtricity League Guide 2010 – by Michael Hayes (2010)
Republic of Ireland Football League Tables and Results 1921-2012 – by Alex Graham (2013)

League of Ireland Yearbook – by Tony Reid (1977)
The Football League of Ireland Rules and Yearbook 1989-90 (1989) *
90/91 Irish Soccer Supporter’s Guide – by Patrick Brizay (1990)
The Supporters’ Guide to Irish Football 1998 – by John Robinson (1997)
The Supporters’ Guide to Eircom FAI Clubs 2005 – by John Robinson (2005)
The Supporters’ Guide to Eircom FAI Clubs 2006 – by John Robinson (2006)

Here are the links to the four articles I wrote online outside of this blog in 2015. They were on the Asian Cup for Back Page Football, the FAI Cup quarter-finals for GOAL and a couple for Balls.ie called The League of Ireland’s Most Goal Shy Team and Can You Steal a Sporting Statistic?

Of course, Pat Sullivan, Mark Rossiter, Stephen McPhail and Chris Shields all scored within two weeks of me writing about their goal droughts. Finally, myself and Shamrock Rovers graphic designer Declan Swanton made this infographic for Damien Duff’s 100 caps for Ireland, shortly before Duffer decided to hang up his boots.

In October, I launched a second Twitter account (@Peile50YearsAgo) with a real-time Tweets from Irish football in the 1960s gimmick. Ireland lost a controversial playoff with Spain, which saw Eamon Dunphy make his debut, and the World Cup draw in England is just days away.

Shamrock Rovers have won each of their first 8 games but guess who goes on to win their first ever title? Bohs have won their first trophy in 19 years and Sligo are flying too. Meanwhile, Drogheda and the Cork clubs struggle and the futures of St Pat’s at Richmond Park and the Leinster Senior Cup are in doubt.


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4 responses to “League of Ireland Books”

  1. stammeringpoet says :

    That’s a pretty impressive list, I have to say and I’m honoured to be included in it! I’ve also done a Shels season 2005 in verse and one for 2006 in verse. I think I’ve done 2004, without the European run, but I’m not sure. When I get me arse in gear, I’ll do a 2003 and a pre-2002, though the post 2006 version would be one depressing book! If you want any of them, I can send them on. gouldingpeter@gmail.com Best, Peter

  2. Ashley Hyne says :

    Hi, Would it be possible to ask if you could help me? I need a copy of the inter-league book by the AFS and wondered if I could arrange something with you?

  3. Dylan Jones says :

    Am also a collector of books on Irish Soccer History (south and north), though try and get books on Intermediate & Junior level (clubs and leagues).
    Will try and pick this Shels book up next in Dublin.

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