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2013 Drogheda United F.C. season

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Drogheda United
2013 season
ChairmanJim Agnew
ManagerMick Cooke
Premier Division8th
FAI CupRunners-Up
League of Ireland CupRunners-Up
Setanta Sports CupRunners-Up
UEFA Europa LeagueFirst Qualifying Round
Leinster Senior CupFourth Round
Top goalscorerLeague: Declan O'Brien (14 goals)
All: Declan O'Brien (19 goals)
Highest home attendance2,128 vs Dundalk 6/10/2013
Lowest home attendance100 vs Wayside Celtic 9/4/2013
Average home league attendance775 (All home games inc. Europa League (20))
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The 2013 season (December 2012 – October 2013) was the 94th season of football for Drogheda United. This was Drogheda United's 12th campaign in the League of Ireland Premier Division since being promoted in the 2001–02 season.

It was the third year that Mick Cooke was the team's manager, following replacing Bobby Browne in February 2011, however on Monday 9 September 2013, the club released a statement saying they wouldn't be renewing Cooke's contract for the 2014 season.

This year the club finished 8th out of 12 in the League of Ireland, a minor disappointment after being runners-up the previous year however they showed magnificent cup form reaching 3 finals. They lost to Shamrock Rovers in both the Setanta and EA Sports Cup finals and are to play Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup final on 3 November 2013.

In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Drogheda lost out to Malmö FF 2-0 on aggregate, after drawing 0–0 in the home leg in Tallaght Stadium.

Club staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Republic of Ireland Mick Cooke
Assistant manager Republic of Ireland Robbie Horgan
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Mark Clohessy
Technical Staff Republic of Ireland Damien Kavanagh
Fitness Coach Republic of Ireland Gerard Kelly
Under 19s coach Republic of Ireland Rory Kerr
Physiotherapist Republic of Ireland Danny Miller
Club doctor Republic of Ireland Dr Conor Kelly
Chairman Republic of Ireland Jim Agnew
Club President Republic of Ireland Vincent Hoey
Directors Republic of Ireland Jim Agnew
Republic of Ireland Noel Heeney
General Manager\Club Secretary Republic of Ireland Trudy Kerr
Club Licensing Officer Republic of Ireland Shane Griffin
Club Finance Officer Republic of Ireland Martin Hodgins
Club Media Officer Republic of Ireland Róisín Philips
First Team Liaison Officer Republic of Ireland Dermot McKenna
FAI Delegate Republic of Ireland Frank Pentony
Club Promotions Officer Republic of Ireland Nicola Carpenter
Half-time Co-ordinator Republic of Ireland Paul Holland
Matchday co-ordinator Republic of Ireland Thomas McConnon
Supporter Liaison Republic of Ireland Noel Heeney

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Gabriel Sava Italy GK (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 37) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
16 Michael Schlingermann Germany GK (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
40 Evin Farrell Republic of Ireland GK (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 28) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-17
Defenders
2 Stephen Quigley Republic of Ireland RB (1985-01-13) 13 January 1985 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
2 Gavin Holohan Republic of Ireland RB (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Alfreton Town
3 Philip Hand Republic of Ireland LB (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Sporting Fingal (U-20)
4 Derek Prendergast (Captain) Republic of Ireland CB (1984-10-17) 17 October 1984 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers
5 Alan McNally Republic of Ireland CB (1982-09-15) 15 September 1982 (age 41) Republic of Ireland UCD
12 Shane Grimes Republic of Ireland LB (1987-03-09) 9 March 1987 (age 37) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
17 Brian Gannon Republic of Ireland CB (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Sporting Fingal
20 Michael Daly Northern Ireland RB (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Free Agent
28 Alan Byrne Republic of Ireland CB (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 40) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
Midfielders
6 Paul O'Conor Republic of Ireland CM (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 36) Republic of Ireland UCD
7 Cathal Brady Republic of Ireland CM (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 37) Republic of Ireland Longford Town
8 Ryan Brennan Republic of Ireland CM (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
11 Gavin Brennan Republic of Ireland LM (1988-01-23) 23 January 1988 (age 36) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
15 David Cassidy Republic of Ireland CM/RM (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
18 Dean Gaynor Republic of Ireland RM/LM/CF (1991-12-09) 9 December 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Drogheda Town
18 Ciaran McGahon Republic of Ireland CM (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 29) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19
22 Eric Foley Republic of Ireland CM/RM (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
23 Jason Marks Republic of Ireland RM (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 35) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United
Forwards
9 Peter Hynes Republic of Ireland CF (1983-11-28) 28 November 1983 (age 40) Republic of Ireland Limerick
10 Gary O'Neill Republic of Ireland CF (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 42) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers
14 Graham Rusk Republic of Ireland CF (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 34) Republic of Ireland UCD
19 Declan O'Brien Republic of Ireland CF (1979-06-16) 16 June 1979 (age 44) Republic of Ireland Monaghan United

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Name Nationality Positions (s) Date of Birth (Age) Moving From Signed Reference
Permanent Transfer
Gary O'Neill Republic of Ireland CF (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 42) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers Nov 2012 [1]
Paul O'Conor Republic of Ireland CM (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 36) Republic of Ireland UCD Nov 2012 [2]
David Cassidy Republic of Ireland CM/RM (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Nov 2012 [2]
Graham Rusk Republic of Ireland CF (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 34) Republic of Ireland UCD Nov 2012 [2]
Dean Gaynor Republic of Ireland RM/LM/CF (1991-12-09) 9 December 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Drogheda Town Feb 2013
Michael Daly Northern Ireland RB (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 34) Republic of Ireland Free Agent Feb 2013
Evin Farrell Republic of Ireland GK (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 28) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-17 Jun 2013
Gavin Holohan Republic of Ireland RB (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Free Agent Jul 2013
Ciaran McGahon Republic of Ireland CM (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 29) Republic of Ireland Drogheda United U-19 Jul 2013

Out[edit]

Name Nationality Positions (s) Date of Birth (Age) Moving To Departed
Permanent Transfer
Shane Finnegan Republic of Ireland GK (1992-05-16) 16 May 1992 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Glebe North Nov 2012
Conor McMahon Republic of Ireland RB (1986-02-23) 23 February 1986 (age 38) Republic of Ireland Athlone Town Nov 2012
Conor O'Keefe Republic of Ireland RB (1993-09-19) 19 September 1993 (age 30) Republic of Ireland Released Nov 2012
Sean Brennan Republic of Ireland CM/CF (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 38) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Nov 2012
Paul Crowley Republic of Ireland DM (1980-08-13) 13 August 1980 (age 43) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Dec 2012
Tiarnan Mulvenna Republic of Ireland CF (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 35) Republic of Ireland Dundalk Dec 2012
Johnny Breen Republic of Ireland CF (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Released Dec 2012
Keith Boyle Republic of Ireland CF (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 31) Republic of Ireland Released Dec 2012
John Sullivan Republic of Ireland CM (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 33) Republic of Ireland Dundalk Jan 2013
Dean Gaynor Republic of Ireland RM/LM/CF (1991-12-09) 9 December 1991 (age 32) Republic of Ireland Released Jun 2013
Stephen Quigley Republic of Ireland RB (1985-01-13) 13 January 1985 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers Jul 2013
Brian Gannon Republic of Ireland CB (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 39) Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Jul 2013

Statistics[edit]

Last updated on 3 November 2013, 18:00

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FAI Cup League Cup Setanta Cup Europa League Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card Red card
1 GK Gabriel Sava 20 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 6 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 30 (0) 0 4 1
2 RB Stephen Quigley 6 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 8 (0) 1 0 0
2 RB Gavin Holohon 4 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 4 (0) 0 0 0
3 LB Philip Hand 12 (3) 0 1 (1) 1 0 (0) 0 2 (0) 1 0 (1) 0 15 (5) 2 0 0
4 CB Derek Prendergast 20 (0) 0 5 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 7 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 37 (0) 1 12 2
5 CB Alan McNally 15 (1) 0 5 (0) 0 4 (0) 2 0 (2) 0 2 (0) 0 26 (3) 2 5 0
6 CM/CB Paul O'Conor 26 (3) 4 6 (0) 2 4 (0) 0 6 (1) 2 2 (0) 0 44 (4) 8 3 0
7 CM Cathal Brady 12 (4) 0 2 (0) 1 1 (1) 0 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 17 (5) 1 0 0
8 CM Ryan Brennan 26 (3) 6 6 (0) 1 2 (1) 1 6 (1) 2 1 (0) 0 41 (5) 10 7 1
9 FW Peter Hynes 11 (13) 2 2 (4) 0 1 (2) 1 0 (3) 0 2 (0) 0 16 (22) 3 1 0
10 FW Gary O'Neill 13 (5) 4 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 7 (0) 2 2 (0) 0 23 (5) 5 1 0
11 LM Gavin Brennan 28 (4) 8 4 (0) 1 2 (2) 0 7 (0) 2 2 (0) 0 43 (6) 11 11 0
12 LB Shane Grimes 28 (1) 0 6 (0) 1 3 (1) 0 6 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 43 (2) 1 7 0
14 FW Graham Rusk 14 (5) 2 0 (2) 0 2 (1) 1 2 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 18 (11) 3 0 0
15 CM David Cassidy 25 (1) 0 6 (1) 1 3 (1) 1 4 (1) 1 2 (0) 0 40 (4) 3 10 1
16 GK Micheál Schlingermann 13 (1) 0 5 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 22 (1) 0 0 0
17 CB Brian Gannon 14 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 4 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 18 (4) 0 3 0
18 RM/LM/FW Dean Gaynor 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 0 0
18 FW Ciaran McGahon 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
19 FW Declan O'Brien 18 (10) 14 5 (0) 2 2 (1) 2 3 (4) 1 1 (1) 0 29 (16) 19 5 0
20 CB/RB Michael Daly 28 (3) 2 4 (1) 1 4 (0) 0 4 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 36 (4) 3 10 0
22 RB/CM/RM Eric Foley 8 (8) 1 0 (3) 0 1 (1) 0 3 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 12 (12) 1 2 0
23 RM Jason Marks 4 (6) 0 1 (1) 0 3 (0) 3 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 8 (7) 3 1 0
28 CB Alan Byrne 24 (0) 1 6 (0) 0 4 (0) 0 7 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 43 (0) 2 9 1
40 GK Evin Farrell 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 0

Usual Starting XI[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions