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Monaghan United F.C.
Full nameMonaghan United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Magic Mons
Capacity5,000 (800 seats)[1]
ChairmanJim McGlone
LeagueLeague of Ireland
Dublin Women's Soccer League
WebsiteClub website

Monaghan United F.C. (Irish: Cumann Peile Mhuineacháin Aontaithe) is an Irish association football club based in Monaghan. The club joined the League of Ireland in 1983 and subsequently went on to play in the B Division, the First Division and the Premier Division. They resigned from the league midway through the 2012 season. The club continues to field a women's team in the Dublin Women's Soccer League and, together with the Cavan Monaghan Underage League, they enter a combined team in the League of Ireland U13 Division, League of Ireland U15, U17 and the U19 League of Ireland Divisions.


League of Ireland[edit]

Monaghan United were founded in 1979. Among the club's founding members was Sean McCaffrey who was also the manager of the club when they joined the League of Ireland B Division in 1983–84.[2][3][4][5] In 1985–86 Monaghan United became founder members of the League of Ireland First Division. United played eight seasons in the First Division before winning their first promotion. After finishing third in 1992–93 they became the first League of Ireland club to gain promotion via a promotion/relegation play off. They defeated Waterford United 5–2 on aggregate and were subsequently promoted to the 1993–94 Premier Division. They survived just two seasons in the Premier Division before being relegated at the end of the 1994–95 season. Monaghan United gained promotion to the Premier Division for a second time in 2000–01 after finishing second to Dundalk. This time their stay in the Premier Division last just one season. After managing to win just two league games, they finished last and were relegated following the conclusion of the 2001–02 season.[6][7][8][9] Monaghan United reached the final of the 2010 League of Ireland Cup but lost 1–0 in the final to Sligo Rovers. They also finished third in the 2010 First Division and qualified for the promotion/relegation play off. They subsequently beat Waterford United before losing to Bray Wanderers on penalties.[10][11][12] In 2011, under the management of Roddy Collins, Monaghan United again qualified for the promotion/relegation play off. This time they won promotion after beating Galway United 5–1 on aggregate.[13][14][15] However, midway through the 2012 season, Monaghan United withdrew from the league for "mainly but not only financial" reasons.[16][17][8][18][19]

Stat Opponent Score Season Date
Record Win Longford Town 5–0 1992–93 4 October 1992
Kildare County 6–1 2009 16 October 2009
Salthill Devon 6–1 2010 10 April 2010
Record Defeat Galway United 0–8 2001–02 26 October 2001


Dublin Women's Soccer League[edit]

Monaghan United formed a ladies football team in 2006. They won Division Four of the Dublin Women's Soccer League in their first season and were promoted to Division Two. In 2007 they again won the league along with the Leinster Junior Cup. In 2008 they won the DWSL Intermediate Cup after defeating Santry 3–1 in the final. In 2012 they reached the semi-finals of the WFAI Intermediate Cup.[20][21]

U17 Division[edit]

In 2015 Monaghan United and the Cavan Monaghan Underage League formed the Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership in order to enter a combined team in the new League of Ireland U17 Division.[22][23][24]


Monaghan United originally played their home games at Belgium Park which served as their home ground between 1979 and 1987. Since 1987 they have played at Gortakeegan.[1]




Notable former players[edit]


Republic of Ireland internationals
League of Ireland XI representatives
Republic of Ireland B internationals
Republic of Ireland U23 internationals
Republic of Ireland U21 internationals
Republic of Ireland U19 internationals
Republic of Ireland U17 internationals
Other Internationals

Goal scorers[edit]

First Division Top Scorer
Season Player Goals
1990–91 Republic of Ireland Jim Barr 12
1992–93 Republic of Ireland Mick Byrne 15
1999–00 Republic of Ireland Andrew Myler 17
Most League Goals in a Season
Season Player Goals
1999–00 Republic of Ireland Andrew Myler 17
2009 Republic of Ireland Karl Bermingham 17
Most League Goals
Years Player Goals
2001–03 Republic of Ireland Trevor Vaughan 28



Republic of Ireland Paddy AndrewsAll-Ireland football winner with Dublin[26]



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