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Shelbourne were founded in Dublin in 1895. In 1904 the club joined the Irish Football League, which was then an all Ireland competition, before becoming founding members of the League of Ireland in 1921. Shelbourne have won the league 13 times and are one of three clubs to have won both the IFA Cup and the FAI Cup. They play their home matches at Tolka Park, in the Dublin suburb of Drumcondra. The club colours are primarily red and white, with home jerseys being predominantly red. "Shels" is the club's most common nickname, an abbreviation of Shelbourne.





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Meet the Manager



Dean Delany (born 15 September 1980) is an Irish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Beginning his career in England with Everton in 1997, three years later he moved on to Port Vale, having never turned out for the first team at Everton despite winning caps for the Republic of Ireland under-21s and lifting the FA Youth Cup. He spent four years with Vale, and did make 39 first team appearances, though was never their first choice keeper. He also spent time on loan at Macclesfield Town, but never made it onto the field. He returned to Ireland in 2004 to sign a contract with Shelbourne, who he helped to the League of Ireland title in 2006. He spent 2007 with Waterford United, though returned to Shelbourne the following year. The "Shels" had been demoted in his absence, and he was the goalkeeper in the 2011 season, as they won promotion back into the top-flight. He joined Bohemians in time for the 2013 season, before returning to Shelbourne again in 2017 and helping the club to win promotion as League of Ireland First Division champions in 2019. He was named on the PFAI First Division Team of the Year for the 2009 and 2018 seasons.



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23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Republic of Ireland football league system

*First two tiers are active in FM


sse-airtricity-league-logo.png SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Rules   Past winners (last 10 seasons)



sse-airtricity-league-logo.png SSE Airtricity League First Division

Rules   Past winners (last 10 seasons)



Also there is U19 National League which is separated in two divisions

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Dean Delany`s career objectives


- gain promotion;

- extend key players` contracts.


- build strong competitive team (primary with local players);

- improve club facilities (as much as possible);

- improve staff positions (primary with local specialists).


- become the most titled team in Ireland (currently Shamrock Rovers with 18 titles);

- reach group stages of Champions League;

- produce at least one Irish international player;

- build the most successful youth system in Ireland.


Recruitment preferences

1. Ireland

2. UK

3. Other countries (slight preference to English speakers)


Current season expectations



As you can see our board is far less ambitious as bookmakers. I think we have a chance for promotion but it should be a tough race. 

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Squad overview

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This squad is well suited to 4-4-2 formation. We have some very good players for this level but lack quality depth at almost all positions. First of all we need at least one pacey striker to build partnership with tall and good in air Kilduff. Also would like to bring in left winger and central defender.

Key players:

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gary Deegan

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Mark Byrne

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Karl Sheppard


Staff overview

Coaching team


Medical team*


Recruitment team


U19 staff


*Peter Hurley was appointed as sports scientist by me.

We don't have any analytics in the club. Alongside with at least two scouts it's priority task for staff recruitment. Overall our staff quality is very average but ok for current level. 

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January - February 2021




We have tested ourselves against some Premier League sides and it was not as good as i wanted. Despite some improvements in our game near to the end of pre-season i couldn't be happy with our defensive performance but probably we will look more solid in officiam matches.


We have made some signings during these two months. It's really tough to recruite players with such limited scouting options. All players signed on loan from Bohemians are real Shels transfers (good option for llm scouting :lol:)


23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Michael Barker - will provide depth in two positions (CD and FB)

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png J.J. Lunney - pretty good midfielder who is comfortable with the ball

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Harry Milne - good fullback for this level

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Glen McAuley - should be our main scorer. Good finishing and off the ball movement.

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Jamie Gray - another striker. Quick enough to be dangerous for slow opponents.


Also added some numbers to our staff. Two new scouts 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Richie Smith23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Patsy Freyne, recruitment analyst 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Martin Waters, new coach 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png John Dineen, performance analyst 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Joe Walsh and physio 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Charlotte Skidmore.


Other news:



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February 2021




Great start of the season for us. Though opponents were weeker it's pleasent to begin league campaign with 3 straight clean sheets. Kilduff (3 goals) and Fitzgerald (2 assists) were outstanding for us in this month.



Nice but nothing special as it's only first 3 matches of the season.


And some sad news. Barker will miss at least 6 month.

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March 2021




Our ubeatable run coninues. I was concerned with our defence during pre-season matches but after 7 league games we conceded only twice from set pieces. Important win over Cork City who are our main rivals for promotion.



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9 часов назад, ToMexico!! сказал:

I had an enjoyable save with UCD a few editions ago. Shame to see them in 2nd place ;)

hI, @ToMexico!! How far did you go with UCD? I've never managed in Ireland until this year and hardly imagine what to expect in long-term.

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April 2021




Our agressive manner of defending played against us in first two matches of April. Straight red cards in the beginning of both games. As the board doesn't treat cups as important in mtach against Waterford i decided to rotate the squad and give playing time to those who lack match sharpness. With the 10 man on the pitch we were hardly outdominated by Premier league side but it's something i'm not worring about. After three games without winning we had returned to the winning run and near to the mid of the season we are keeping the 1st place. Kilduff's head is the main weapon in our arsenal :D 


It's my fault. I didn't took it seriously when Bohemians manager threatened to recall Glen due to playing him in unagreed role (AF instead of P). McAuley scored 5 goals  for us in 8 games.

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May 2021




Very good month for us. Totally outclassed Wexford and took 6 points against tough opponents Cork City and U.C.D. Have finished month with friendly game as we have two weeks break in the league.  


Unfortunately our top goalscoreer Kilduff got injured in match with U.C.D. and will return to training not earlier than July.


Another bad news came from Bohemians. The same story as with McAuley. Now we really lack depth in CM postion.

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June 2021




Winning friendly matches is ok but i would prefer league games instead. We lost points where we shouldn't and let Wanderers reduce gap between us. 

A lot of news in this month.


Now we can hire another coach. Didn't find right candidates yet but will continue for searching in the future.



Great response from the board and may be we will see benefits in the next intake.



And about intake. Preview is rather optimistic but let's see.



For me it's two news in one. Now i know that Fernandes has Indian nationality :D How have i missed this?


Decided to extend contracts with players those future i see in our club. Surprisingly most of them have agreed to reduce wage though if we promote to Premier league it will still be more than they had before reniewing.

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Jack Brady (GK) -250€ p/w >190€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Luke Byrne (CD) -500€ p/w >450€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Daniel Byrne (CD) -350€ p/w >300€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Lorcan Fitzgerald (LFB) -400€ p/w >300€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Karl Sheppard (RW) -650€ p/w >875€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ciaran Kilduff (ST) -650€ p/w >475€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Shane Farrell (CM) -300€ p/w >170€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Joze Kabia (S) -325€ p/w >160€ p/w (+25% promotion rise) until 31/12/22


In the end of month we have signed for free CM 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Louis Dunne. We are lacking creative players so it should be good addition to the squad.




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July 2021




Match against Bray Wanderers was probably one of the most important in this season. Tough strong-willed victory has allowed us to break away from 2nd position. 7 games left and we have a good chance of straight promotion. We need at least 12 points to secure 1st place.


Through summer transfer window we have completed few deals.

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ethan Boyle - From Linfield (free)

This deal we had arranged earlier in april. Ethan spent last two seasons in Northern Ireland playing for the top local side Linfield. Very solid fullback who is ready for Premier League level.

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Jake Walker - loan from St.Patrick Athletic

Sensational deal because Jake is current Premier league top goalscorer in this season with 12 goals. I don't why he was transfer listed but we couldn't miss this chance and though we don't have enough money for buying out him we have agreed loan deal. By the way Jake scored twicely in his debut match.

Also we managed to loan again J.J. Lunney. He wasn't given a chance in Bohemians and as a result loan listed. This time loan deal has no any options of prefered role.

And one future transfer is arranged. After the end of his contract with Shamrock Rovers 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gary O'Neill will join our team. Solid improve to our midfield for sure.


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August 2021




4 points...only 4 points we need to secure 1st spot. In last 4 fixtures we will face all teams that are currently in play-off positions so it should be tough run of games. Despite the defeat to Derry City in FAI Cup i was content with our game because we were not in optimal squad and looked overall better than PL side.



Kilduff has been injured again and probably will miss all September. Good news is that we have only two fixtures in September though one of them is against Cork City.


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September 2021





Yes, we did it! Win over U.C.D. was enough to become unreachable for opponents. Next goal was unbeatable season but already in the next match against Cork City we have failed to do it.




On a positive wave i made some requests to the board. Some of them were rejected but these were accepted. Now we can hire another U19 coach and able to search players in entire Europe.



I would describe this intake as 'better than nothing'. Interesting to see Belorusian and German youngsters among academy graduates.  

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Viny MacAnthony - though he is valued as top prospect in this intake i'm not sure about his future due unamitious personality and very low determination.

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Sean McBride - he is already have some good skills for central defender but i'm concerned with his mental attributes except great determination. Though he is only 15.



Congratulations to Denzil with his first goal for India.

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October 2021



I don't know what had happened in match against Galway Utd but it was our worst performance in this season.  Final two games were not the best too but we took 6 ponts anyway. I think after securing 1st spot we were too complacent. But after all we are the champions (even though of Irish second tier).


Season review



Overall balance at the end of the season: - 344k€


Player stats (league games)

Best players:

1. Ciaran Kilduff. 17 goals in 20 games, av. 96 minutes per goal, fantastic performance from our experienced striker. Could score even more but missed 2 months being injured.

2. Lorcan Fitzgerald. 15 assists, 4 goals from direct free kicks. Outstanding stats for fullback.

3. L. Byron - D. Byron partnership. We were sometimes too vulnerable in defence but these two guys made opponents' life as hard as possible.




We are going to holiday now. Board set initial budgets. Significant increase to our wage budget (from 10k to 40k p/w) should help us to strengthen team.


P.S. I should say sorry for my poor English, guys, it's not my native language.



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Season Preview

Part I - Club news



As we don't have any reserve/B teams, affiliated club is important addition to club vertical.



I was sure board will reject my request for the new stadium but they accepted it. However, it's a long process and I have some doubts about capacity. 1700 is too low, i don't know where they are coming from with these numbers.  



We have updated our Youth Recruitment to Good level.


Part II - Staff upgrade

Thanks to our chairman we have increased the size of coaching and recruitment staff to decent level.

Coaching team


Key additions here:

HoYD 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Karl Moore - last season Karl was our regular starter but retired after the end of contract and now he is ready to the new beginning. He already has great attributes for his new role and could develop more.

Coach 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Jonathan Walters - well-known ex Stoke and Ipswich player with more than 50 international appearances. Started his coaching career last year in Scottish 4th tier as Stenhousemuir reserves manager.

Recruitment team


Key additions here:

Scout 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Dave Johnstone - decent specialist for our level. Scotland is an important market for us so we needed someone with good knowledge of this area.

U19 Coaching team


Key additions here:

Manager 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gary Hogan - spent almost all of his career in lower leagues of Norway. Has experience in working with youngsters there so should be familiar with his role in Dublin.

Assistant 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Greg Rogan - another prodigal son who returns home. For four years he worked with Youths in Portugal teams Casa Pia and Dezembro.


Part III - Transfers, squad presentation

Transfers In







Very busy winter. 1/3 of these signings are youth players for U19 squad. 150k for Mahon is the new transfer record for Shels though we will pay this fee partially for 3 years.

Transfers Out







This table doesn't include players who were released from the club after the end of contract. 3 players went on loan to Waterford. I will follow Farrell performance as he has potential to be the part of or squad.


Shelbourne F.C. 2022 Squad 



new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Tadhg Ryan - good backup for Brady though assistant thinks he is even better than Jack




new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png John Mahon - he has more pressure than anybody else being signed for record transfer fee. Hope he will cope with it

new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Aaron Barry - good backup option for Luke Byron and only 250€ p/w

new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Simon Madden - experienced fullback. This season will be 13th in the Premier league for him.

new 23px-Flag_of_England.svg.pngMatty Downing - Leeds home-grown. Very quality adiition to our defence. Although i want to give some time for aging Fitzgerald who was impressive last season.




new  23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gary O'Neill - i've already presented this guy in previous updates. Good creator.

new  23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Barry McNamee - naturally attacking midfielder who can effectively play on both flanks. One of the best assistants last season in Finn Harps and fans Player of the Year. Plan him to use as left winger in my system.

new  23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Dara Markey - can be useful in several positions.  Has some potential but right now is more rotation option

new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Keith Ward - another versatile player came from Bohemians. As far as i see he is more successful as inside winger on the left flank.

new 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Karl O'Sullivan - very quick runner who is young enough

new 23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Jordan Williams - probably our main signing. Was bought for less than 20k from Stockport few days before transfer deadline. Very good left-footed winger. Our left flank looks very strong now with him and McNamee

new 23px-Ulster_Banner.svg.png Shea Gordon - the only player who is on loan. Decent destroyer as rotation option for our captain Mark Byrne




new  23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gary Shaw - experienced striker. Someone who could be a good sub for Kilduff

new  23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Rob Manley - decent finisher, scored 8 goals last season in Longford.


Part IV - Friendly matches. Board expectations. Season odds.


Decent preseason. I don't pay too much attention to results. Good thing is that we have avoided serious injures. The team is fit and ready for the start of the season.




Board and bookmakers believe that we can finish in top 5. Looking at our squad i agree with them but anything could happen in the season. 

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February 2022



Season calendar is very strange. Firstly we have 5 straight home fixtures and then 7(!) away matches in a row. Anyway i'm happy with the start. 7 points from 9 possible is even better than i expected. And using second XI squad we've passed through fourth round of Leinster Cup.


Seems like a good tradition to start the season with this award.


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20 минут назад, withnail316 сказал:

Well done on promotion, chief. Looks like you jumped the gun with the stadium request, though. 

Thanks, mate. About stadium i think so, but i believe the board could refine stadium plan if we will show good attendance in near 1-2 seasons.

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