2007 Shelbourne F.C. season

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Shelbourne
2007 season
ChairmanJoe Casey
ManagerDermot Keely
First Division5th
FAI CupSecond Round
League CupSecond Round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Mark Leech (12)

All:
Mark Leech (12)
Highest home attendance1,896 vs Dundalk (March 23, 2007)
Lowest home attendance549 vs Finn Harps (August 12, 2007)

In the 2007 season, Shelbourne finished 5th in the League of Ireland First Division.

Overview[edit]

Following the financial crisis of 2006, at the start of the 2007 season, the club was left with just two senior players by January, and the club's financial crisis resulted in the club pulling out of the Setanta Cup. The crisis even began to threaten their participation in the Champions' League for 2007. Shelbourne's woes were deepened on 25 January 2007 when owner and general manager, Ollie Byrne, was taken to hospital with a reported brain tumour, most likely, stress-induced.

Shelbourne, with no manager and just one remaining senior player by February were said to be massively in debt – some reports putting it at €6 million, and others between even €10 million and €12 million. The fiasco only served to increase the pressures on the FAI, who already had to find two new replacement clubs to participate in the league following the extinction of Dublin City F.C. and Limerick F.C. in 2006. The association decided to set up a review of the awarding of a Premier Division licence to the club and eventually decided that the club should be stripped of the chance to compete in the Premier Division. Shelbourne had their Premier licence revoked and were, instead, considered lucky to be placed in the First Division for the 2007 season. There had been worries that the club would face outright extinction and that the FAI would throw the club out of the league altogether, especially after Limerick, who had less severe problems than Shelbourne, were denied a First Division licence. Liam Moggan, the chairman of the FAI's Licensing Committee resigned in protest after the decision was made to grant Shelbourne a First Division licence as he believed that the club - manager-less, player-less and heavily in the red - did not meet the criteria for the awarding of such a licence, even though its criteria were less strict than those required to pass for a Premier licence. It is probable that the Committee as a whole took an extremely sympathetic view while taking into account the long history of the club and, facing a minimal time-frame for exploring alternatives before the kick-off in March, logistical factors, such as ensuring that the league began with the preferred number of teams, when coming to a final decision to keep Shelbourne in the league.

However, the FAI did not specifically announce whether their decision was punishment for continuing off-the-field abuses from 2006, such as failing to pay players their wages, or whether it was a repercussion of Shelbourne failing to meet the requisite criteria for partaking in the 2007 Premier Division (although it is likely that the course of action taken was due to the latter as if it were a punishment for the 2006 season a deduction in points from that season's tally would be the usual penalty, which would have led to the club being stripped of their title in this scenario). If the relegation was indeed due to a failure to meet standards for 2007, the club's off-the-field abuses during 2006 remain to be seen as having been permissible for that season.

Meanwhile, Waterford United were invited to take Shelbourne's place in the Premier Division for 2007 as they were the next best-placed First Division club in the Independent Assessment Group's rankings. Waterford United accepted the invitation, while the task of sourcing funds, a manager and squad before the transfer-deadline of 28 February remained at the forefront of the club's worries by mid-February. On 23 February, Shelbourne announced that Dermot Keely had been appointed as their new manager.[1] The signing of a new squad of players commenced immediately afterward - quite a few of these players being youngsters and loaned players from other clubs, although the club did also manage to entice a number of ripened seniors to Tolka Park for the 2007 season.

Club[edit]

Club Information[edit]

Chairman, Director Joseph M Casey
Director Andy Byrne
Secretary Colm Murphy
Commercial Manager Niall Fitzmaurice
Ground Tolka Park

Commercial partners[edit]

Title Sponsor
Main Sponsor JW Hire
Kit, Associate Sponsor Umbro
Associate Sponsor Nivea for Men
Associate Sponsor Irish Daily Star
Associate Sponsor Bus Éireann
Associate Sponsor Dulux

Coaching and Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Dermot Keely
Assistant Manager Colin O'Neill
Goalkeeping Coach Fred Davis
Head Physio Tony McCarthy
Assistant Physio Stephen Weafer
Equipment Manager Pat Roche
Kit Administrator Johnny Watson

Pre-season[edit]

Exodus[edit]

This is the squad that completed the 2006 season, winning the Premier Division in the process. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Steve Williams
2 Republic of Ireland DF Owen Heary (c)
3 Republic of Ireland DF David Crawley
4 England DF Dave Rogers
5 Wales DF Jamie Harris
6 Republic of Ireland MF Jim Crawford
7 Republic of Ireland MF Ollie Cahill
8 Republic of Ireland MF Stuart Byrne
9 Republic of Ireland FW Glen Crowe
10 Republic of Ireland FW Jason Byrne
No. Position Player
12 Republic of Ireland MF Greg O'Halloran
14 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Baker
15 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Moore
16 Republic of Ireland FW Gary O'Neill
17 Republic of Ireland MF Bobby Ryan
18 Cameroon MF Joseph Ndo
19 Republic of Ireland DF Colin Hawkins
20 Republic of Ireland GK Dean Delany
22 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Dillon
24 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Kearney

The following players were registered to Shelbourne, but had been sent out on loan by the then manager Pat Fenlon.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers (on loan at Waterford United)
Republic of Ireland MF David Tyrell (on loan at Bray Wanderers)
Republic of Ireland MF Gary Deegan (on loan at Kilkenny City)

Following the ongoing financial problems during the 2006 season, Pat Fenlon resigned and the vast majority of players left. Several of them had reached the end of their contracts, whilst some were sold shortly after the celebrations in November, and others left after being declared free agents in the courts following missed payment of wages. Only 2 senior players remained with the club, the experienced Jim Crawford, and the young James Chambers who had spent 2006 on loan at Premier Division side Waterford United.

Withdrawal from the Setanta Cup[edit]

In February Shelbourne were forced to withdraw from the 2007 Setanta Sports Cup shortly before it was due to commence. The general assumption was that the club would be unable to field a team. St. Patrick's Athletic were invited to fill the vacancy, and they duly accepted.

Demotion[edit]

Before the start of the new league season, the club were demoted to the First Division by the FAI.

The FAI issued a First Division licence in place of the Premier Division licence which had been revoked by order of the FAI's First Instance Committee due to the financial situation. Shortly after this, the club's majority shareholder Ollie Byrne suffered a brain tumour and Joe Casey was installed as Chairman.

Former manager Dermot Keely was brought in as manager once more and assembled a squad of players in barely 72 hours - just in time for the club to take its place in the 2007 First Division.

Withdrawal from Champions League[edit]

On 30 March 2007, when applications for UEFA licences were nearly due and the clubs' First Division licence was up for review, Shelbourne announced that they would not be applying for a UEFA licence; thus relinquishing the Champions League spot that was rewarded for winning the league in 2006. Part of the statement read:

The club feels that following its recent success over the last number of years it would not be of benefit to the club's record to play in this year's Champions League qualifying round. It also felt that it would be of no benefit to the league's co-efficient in Europe.

League runners-up Derry City were handed the Champions League place.[2][3][4]


Players[edit]

Jim Crawford and James Chambers were the only existing senior players to stay with the club for the 2007 season. Jim was appointed captain by Keely. Goalkeeper Tony O'Dowd signed for Shelbourne, returning to the club with whom he had started his footballing career. Experienced defender Alan Murphy was signed from Longford Town and was appointed vice-captain, whilst a plethora of young players arrived from a host of clubs.

Mark Leech signed on a season-long loan from Premier Division club Drogheda United, and new Derry City arrival Kyle Moran did the same.

Four players arrived at Shelbourne from Dublin rivals Bohemians; Conor Rafferty and 2006's top scorer for the First Division Davitt Walsh signed on loan deals until the end of July, defenders Aidan Collins and Niall O'Reilly made their moves to Tolka Park permanent.

FIFA Regulations: Article 5.3[edit]

Two of Shelbourne's new players, Mark Leech and John Brophy, who had already played with two clubs within the year prior to the season's kick-off, were left ineligible to play for the club in competitive action until July at the beginning of the season as FIFA's rules, or, in particular, Article 5.3 of FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, stated that no player could play for more than two different clubs between 1 July of one season and 30 June of the following year.

Both players were eventually cleared by FIFA, and made their competitive debuts in a 1-1 draw with Kilkenny City at Buckley Park on 30 March 2007.

2007 Squad[edit]

A total of 37 players represented Shelbourne at various stages during the 2007 season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland GK Tony O'Dowd
Republic of Ireland GK James Hussey
Republic of Ireland DF Niall O'Reilly
Republic of Ireland DF Aidan Collins
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Murphy (Vice-captain)
Republic of Ireland DF Aaran McEneff
Republic of Ireland DF Daniel Ennis
Republic of Ireland DF Brian Gartland
Scotland DF Stuart Malcolm
Republic of Ireland DF Sean L'Estrange
Scotland DF Marc McCulloch
Republic of Ireland DF Alan Keely
Republic of Ireland DF Conor Rafferty (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland MF Jim Crawford (Captain)
Republic of Ireland MF Kieran Harte
Republic of Ireland MF Glen Lacey
Republic of Ireland MF Robbie O'Neill
Republic of Ireland MF Mark O'Brien (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland MF Graham Curran
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Peter McGlynn
Republic of Ireland MF Alan Reilly
Republic of Ireland MF Joey O'Neill
Republic of Ireland MF Noel Haverty (was on loan from St. Patrick's Athletic)
Republic of Ireland MF James Chambers
Republic of Ireland MF Ciarán Ryan
Republic of Ireland MF Chris Mulhall
Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Doran
Republic of Ireland FW Darren McKenna
Republic of Ireland FW John Brophy
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Leech (was on loan from Drogheda United)
Republic of Ireland FW Anto Flood
Republic of Ireland FW Lee Roche
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Rooney
Republic of Ireland FW Davitt Walsh (was on loan from Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland FW Wayne Byrne
Republic of Ireland FW Ciaran Quinn
Republic of Ireland FW Kyle Moran (was on loan from Derry City)

Results[edit]

League of Ireland First Division[edit]

March 9, 2007 Shelbourne2 – 2Kildare CountyTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 GMT Brian Gartland Goal 14'
Darren McKenna Goal 88'
Report Philip Gorman Goal 4' (pen.)
Gary Walsh Goal 28'
Attendance: 1,697
Referee: Tom Connolly (Dublin)
March 16, 2007 Finn Harps2 – 1ShelbourneFinn Park, Ballybofey
19:45 GMT Gordon Simms Goal 9'
Conor Gethins Goal 90'
Report Davitt Walsh Goal 66' Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)
March 23, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 2DundalkTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 GMT Report Philip Hughes Goal 52' (pen.)
Shaun Williams Goal 80'
Ben Whelehan Red card 70'
Attendance: 1,896
Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin)
March 30, 2007 Kilkenny City1 – 1ShelbourneBuckley Park, Kilkenny
19:45 GMT Michael Comerford Goal 41'
Andrzej Polewczak Red card 12'
Report[permanent dead link] Mark Leech Goal 12' Referee: Tomasz Superczynski (Dublin)
April 6, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 0Athlone TownTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Mark Leech Goal 75' Report Referee: Mark Gough (Limerick)
April 13, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 1Monaghan UnitedTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST James Chambers Goal 67' Report Peter D'arcy Goal 22'
Darren Meenan Red card 86'
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: Pádraig Sutton (Clare)
April 21, 2007 Cobh Ramblers1 – 0ShelbourneSt. Colman's Park, Cobh
19:30 IST Graham Cummins Goal 90+1' Report Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)
April 27, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 1Limerick 37Whitehall, Dublin
20:00 IST Kyle Moran Goal 61' Report David Wall Goal 46' Attendance: 894
Referee: Scott MacDonald (Scotland)
May 4, 2007 Wexford Youths1 – 1ShelbourneFerrycarrig Park, Wexford
20:00 IST Aidan Collins (o.g.) Goal 74' Report Alan Murphy Goal 45' Attendance: 1,221
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)
May 12, 2007 Kildare County1 – 1ShelbourneStation Road, Newbridge
19:30 IST Alan McDermott Goal 50'
Alan Byrne Red card 48'
Report Darren McKenna Goal 45' Attendance: 510
Referee: Edwin McNally (Cork)
May 24, 2007 Dundalk3 – 0ShelbourneOriel Park, Dundalk
19:45 IST David Crawley Goal 2'
Cathal O'Connor Goal 65'
Philip Hughes Goal 77'
Report Referee: Tom Connolly (Dublin)
May 28, 2007 Shelbourne2 – 0Kilkenny CityTolka Park, Dublin
19:45 IST James Chambers Goal 32'
Glen Lacey Goal 76'
Davitt Walsh Red card 83'
Report Attendance: 563
Referee: Tomasz Superczynski (Dublin)
June 2, 2007 Athlone Town1 – 0ShelbourneAthlone Town Stadium, Athlone
19:00 IST Ian Rossiter Goal 50' (pen.)
Eric Lavine Red card 60'
Report Glen Lacey Red card 68'
Alan Murphy Red card 69'
Attendance: 807
Referee: Pádraig Sutton (Clare)
June 22, 2007 Monaghan United4 – 0ShelbourneKingspan Century Park, Monaghan
20:00 IST Willie Doyle Goal 20'
Darren Meenan Goal 26' Goal 82'
Robbie Farrell Goal 44'
Report Referee: Conor Fitzgerald (Dublin)
June 26, 2007 Shelbourne2 – 2Cobh RamblersTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Mark Leech Goal 11'
James Chambers Goal 75' (pen.)
Report Brian Gartland Goal 1' (o.g.)
Graham Cummins Goal 63'
Attendance: 648
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)
June 29, 2007 Limerick 373 – 2ShelbourneJackman Park, Limerick
19:45 IST Ross Cosgrove Goal 51'
Kevin Waters Goal 77'
Paul Danaher Goal 90'
Report Graham Curran Goal 22'
Kieran Harte Goal 68'
Attendance: 801
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)
July 6, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 0Wexford YouthsTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Mark Leech Goal 75' Report Attendance: 754
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)
July 20, 2007 Finn Harps1 – 0ShelbourneFinn Park, Ballybofey
20:00 IST Stephen Parkhouse Goal 17' Report Mark Leech Red card 31' Referee: Pat Whelan (Dublin)
July 27, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 0DundalkTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Anto Flood Goal 17' Report Attendance: 1,186
Referee: Pádraig Sutton (Clare)
July 31, 2007 Kilkenny City2 – 5ShelbourneBuckley Park, Kilkenny
19:45 IST Ted O'Connor Goal 32'
John McNicholas Goal 79'
Report Anto Flood Goal 35' Goal 58' Goal 74'
Stuart Malcolm Goal 48'
James Chambers Goal 80' (pen.)
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)
August 3, 2007 Shelbourne2 – 0Athlone TownTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST James Chambers Goal 34'
Anto Flood Goal 68'
Report Attendance: 889
Referee: Damien Hancock (Dublin)
August 10, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 1Monaghan UnitedTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Mark Leech Goal 79' Report Jason McCartney Goal 85' Attendance: 746
Referee: Mark Gough (Limerick)
August 12, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 1Finn HarpsTolka Park, Dublin
17:00 IST Report Shaun Holmes Goal 90+5' Attendance: 549
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)
August 25, 2007 Cobh Ramblers1 – 1ShelbourneSt. Colman's Park, Cobh
19:45 IST Davin O'Neill Goal 31' (pen.) Report Anto Flood Goal 22'
Alan Reilly Red card 81'
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)
September 1, 2007 Shelbourne4 – 0Limerick 37Tolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Aidan Collins Goal 10'
Mark Leech Goal 24' Goal 73'
Ciaran Quinn Goal 75'
Report Attendance: 767
Referee: Tomasz Superczynski (Dublin)
September 7, 2007 Wexford Youths1 – 2ShelbourneFerrycarrig Park, Wexford
20:00 IST Johnny Flynn-O'Connor Goal 12' Report Mark Leech Goal 38'
James Chambers Goal 80'
Referee: Conor Fitzgerald (Dublin)
September 15, 2007 Kildare County1 – 4ShelbourneStation Road, Newbridge
19:30 IST Stephen Cooling Goal 66' Report James Chambers Goal 12'
Mark Leech Goal 45' Goal 71'
Anto Flood Goal 88'
Referee: Hugo Whoriskey (Meath)
September 21, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 2Finn HarpsTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Alan Keely Goal 9' Report Shaun McGowan Goal 53' Goal 90+1' Attendance: 767
Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin)
September 23, 2007 Shelbourne2 – 1Kildare CountyTolka Park, Dublin
16:00 IST Anto Flood Goal 51'
Mark Leech Goal 84'
Report Dean Barrett Goal 90+1' Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin)
September 27, 2007 Dundalk1 – 0ShelbourneOriel Park, Dundalk
19:45 IST Robbie Doyle Goal 16' Report Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork)
October 5, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 0Kilkenny CityTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Report Attendance: 702
Referee: Darren Eady (Wales)
October 12, 2007 Athlone Town1 – 4ShelbourneAthlone Town Stadium, Athlone
19:45 IST Noel McGee Goal 73' Report Anto Flood Goal 35' Goal 62'
Mark Rooney Goal 36'
Mark O'Brien Goal 39'
Attendance: 470
Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin)
October 19, 2007 Monaghan United1 – 0ShelbourneKingspan Century Park, Monaghan
20:00 IST Darren Meenan Goal 76' Report Referee: Tom Connolly (Dublin)
October 26, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 2Cobh RamblersTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Anto Flood Goal 44' Report Kieran O'Reilly Goal 49'
Graham Cummins Goal 69'
Attendance: 714
Referee: Hugo Whoriskey (Meath)
November 2, 2007 Limerick 372 – 1ShelbourneJackman Park, Limerick
19:45 GMT Pat Purcell Goal 44'
John Tierney Goal 60' (pen.) Penalty missed 88' (pen.)
Report Mark Rooney Goal 52'
Stuart Malcolm Red card 87'
James Chambers Red card 87'
Attendance: 603
Referee: Hugo Whoriskey (Meath)
November 10, 2007 Shelbourne1 – 3Wexford YouthsTolka Park, Dublin
19:45 GMT Mark Leech Goal 90+2' Report Johnny Flynn-O'Connor Goal 30'
Garrett Larkin Goal 66'
Conor Sinnott Goal 73' (pen.)
Attendance: 720
Referee: Pádraig Sutton (Clare)

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Cobh Ramblers (C) 36 22 11 3 57 17 +40 77 Premier Division / Setanta Cup play-off
2 Finn Harps 36 23 7 6 61 20 +41 76 Premier Division after play-off
3 Dundalk 36 19 9 8 56 30 +26 66 Lost promotion/relegation play-off
4 Limerick 37[a] 36 14 11 11 46 41 +5 53
5 Shelbourne 36 11 10 15 46 46 0 43
6 Athlone Town 36 11 8 17 40 55 −15 41
7 Kildare County 36 9 12 15 48 62 −14 39
8 Monaghan United 36 9 11 16 38 52 −14 38
9 Wexford Youths[b] 36 7 10 19 32 55 −23 31
10 Kilkenny City 36 5 11 20 33 79 −46 26
Source: [5][6]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Limerick 37 replaced Limerick F.C. as members of League of Ireland.
  2. ^ Wexford Youths replaced Dublin City as members of League of Ireland.

League Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
36 11 10 15 46 46  0 43 7 6 5 23 18  +5 4 4 10 23 28  −5

Last updated: November 10, 2007.
Source: League of Ireland First Division Fixtures

League Form/Results by Round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
GroundHAHAHHAHAAAHAAHAHAHAHHHAHAAHHAHAAHAH
ResultDLLDWDLDDDLWLLDLWLWWWDLDWWWLWLDWLLLL
Updated to match(es) played on November 10, 2007. Source: League of Ireland First Division Fixtures
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

FAI Ford Cup[edit]

The draw for the FAI Ford Cup took place on May 31, 2007. Shels, like all League sides, automatically went into the second round.

June 15, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 1Cork CityTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Report Roy O'Donovan Goal 7' (pen.) Attendance: 1,002
Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin)

League of Ireland Cup[edit]

Shelbourne began the League of Ireland Cup in the Second Round, as the club was officially classed as European entrants when the draws were made. Shelbourne were drawn against Dublin rivals Bohemians, who had begun the 2007 season in the top flight with two of last year's championship winning Shelbourne team, Owen Heary and Glen Crowe. Despite a valiant effort from the young Shelbourne team, the difference in quality eventually told, with Bohemians qualifying for the next round due to 2 late goals from the man who had scored the goal that won Shelbourne the league just a few short months previous, Glen Crowe.

May 8, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 2BohemiansTolka Park, Dublin
20:00 IST Report Glen Crowe Goal 68' Goal 80' Referee: Ian Stokes (Dublin)

Friendlies[edit]

July 7, 2007 Shelbourne0 – 2Leeds UnitedTolka Park, Dublin
19.30 IST Report Robbie Blake Goal 30'
David Prutton Goal 76'
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin)

Season Overview[edit]

Shelbourne's 2007 season in the First Division began brightly with a dogged display against Kildare County at Tolka Park less than 2 weeks after their squad was assembled. Darren McKenna's dramatic late equaliser in that game secured a point for Shels giving the Tolka Park side much optimism for the season ahead.

Shels next two games against the much fancied promotion favourites Finn Harps and Dundalk brought the young Shels side back to earth with two defeats, including conceding a last minute equaliser to Harps.

After a frustrating 1-1 draw against 10 man Kilkenny City at Buckley Park, Shels first victory of the season arrived 5 games in against Athlone Town at Tolka Park courtesy of a Mark Leech header. Shels' generally young and inexperienced side failed to build on their first victory and would draw 4 of their next 5 games, their loss during this five game period came courtesy of conceding another last minute goal this time away to Cobh Ramblers. With injuries to notable players such as Jim Crawford and Aidan Collins, Shels' strength in depth would face a stern test during this period.

A heavy 3-0 away defeat to Dundalk in May was countered by an encouraging 2-0 victory at home to Kilkenny City but that game was marred after John Brophy suffered a broken leg after a heavy challenge ruling him out of action for 4 months.

Shels inconsistent start to the season was capped with a 1-0 defeat away to Athlone Town leaving Shels far too close to the foot of the First Division table for their liking. Injuries and player departures would take their toll on Shels during June and Shels suffered their heaviest defeat of the season during this period with a 4-0 defeat away to Monaghan United. Despite encouraging displays against Cobh Ramblers (2-2 draw) and another late defeat this time to Limerick 37 (3-2) would not be not enough to prevent numerous changes during the upcoming July transfer window.

Shelbourne made significant changes at the start of the July transfer window. A total of 11 players joined Shels during the month of July including Stuart Malcolm, Marc McCulloch, Alan Keely, Anto Flood and Mark Rooney while Mark O'Brien and Noel Haverty joined Shels on loan from rivals Bohemians and St. Patrick's Athletic respectively.

The impact of Shels newly assembled squad was felt immediately with a 1-0 victory over Wexford Youths at Tolka Park, only Shels 3rd win of the season. After a 1-0 away defeat to Finn Harps, Shels revitalised themselves with 3 consecutive victories against Dundalk, Kilkenny City and Athlone Town. July's turnaround in Shelbourne's form gave Shels optimism for securing the 3rd place play-off spot.

Shels hopes of securing 3rd place were dashed over one weekend at Tolka Park with a 1-1 draw against Monaghan United and a defeat by Finn Harps with yet another last minute goal conceded.

Shelbourne Football Club was in mourning during August after the death of Chief Executive Ollie Byrne. The first match after Byrne's death came against Limerick 37 at Tolka Park. In what was an emotional night at Tolka Park, Shelbourne provided one of their most impressive displays of the season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

Two more victories over Wexford Youths and Kildare County gave Shels much optimism over finishing in 4th place but these ambitions were hit after another defeat to Finn Harps with yet another last minute conceded goal, the third time Shelbourne conceded a last minute winner to Harps this season.

With no promotion prospects during the remainder of the season, Shelbourne's form slipped dramatically during the season run in. Despite a comfortable 4-1 win away to Athlone Town, Shels struggled during this period with a defeat to Dundalk and a disappointing home draw to lowly Kilkenny City.

Shelbourne's finish to the season was one they would rather forget. 4 defeats in their final 4 matches marked a considerable decline in the Shels form after a new lease of life during the months of July and August.

After what was a truly difficult season both on and off the pitch, Shelbourne finished 5th in the First Division table and Mark Leech finished the club's top goalscorer with 12 league goals.

2007 Season Statistics[edit]

Player Appearances/Goals[edit]

As of November 10, 2007.

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division FAI Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FW Republic of Ireland John Brophy 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Wayne Byrne 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland James Chambers 34 7 32 7 1 0 1 0
DF Republic of Ireland Aidan Collins 18 1 17 1 0 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Jim Crawford 17 0 17 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Graham Curran 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Doran 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Daniel Ennis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Anto Flood 16 11 16 11 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland 16 1 15 1 1 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Kieran Harte 26 1 24 1 1 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Noel Haverty 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
GK Republic of Ireland James Hussey 15 0 14 0 1 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Alan Keely 18 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Sean L'Estrange 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Glen Lacey 27 1 26 1 1 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Mark Leech 32 12 30 12 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Stuart Malcolm 17 1 17 1 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Marc McCulloch 19 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Aaran McEneff 13 0 11 0 1 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Peter McGlynn 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Darren McKenna 11 2 10 2 0 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Kyle Moran 10 1 9 1 0 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Chris Mulhall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Alan Murphy 30 1 28 1 1 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Mark O'Brien 18 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
GK Republic of Ireland Tony O'Dowd 26 0 25 0 0 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Joey O'Neill 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Robbie O'Neill 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Niall O'Reilly 15 0 13 0 1 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Ciaran Quinn 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Conor Rafferty 12 0 11 0 1 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Alan Reilly 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Lee Roche 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Mark Rooney 17 2 17 2 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Ciarán Ryan 9 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Davitt Walsh 13 1 12 1 1 0 0 0

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Position Goalscorer Total Goals First Division FAI Cup League Cup
1
Republic of Ireland Mark Leech
12
12
0
0
2
Republic of Ireland Anto Flood
11
11
0
0
3
Republic of Ireland James Chambers
7
7
0
0
4
Republic of Ireland Darren McKenna
2
2
0
0
Republic of Ireland Mark Rooney
2
2
0
0
6
Republic of Ireland Aidan Collins
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Graham Curran
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Kieran Harte
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Alan Keely
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Glen Lacey
1
1
0
0
Scotland Stuart Malcolm
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Kyle Moran
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Alan Murphy
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Mark O'Brien
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Quinn
1
1
0
0
Republic of Ireland Davitt Walsh
1
1
0
0

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Shels pull out of Europe", Irish Football Online, 30 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Statement from the Board of Management of Shelbourne FC Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine", Gareth Penrose, Shelbourne FC, 29 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Derry to play in Champions League", BBC Sport Online, 30 March 2007.
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  6. ^ "Ireland 2006". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.