- Friday December 15th, 2023 @ 12:00
2024 League Of Ireland Fixtures Released
St Patrick's Athletic will be on the road on the opening night of the 2024 League of Ireland Premier Division season as the Sports Direct FAI Cup winners face the First Division Champions.
Jon Daly's men will face Galway United on Friday February 16th at Eamonn Deacy Park, kick-off will be at 7.45pm.
The Saints head into the 2024 campaign off the back of an excellent season, with a third placed League finish and European qualification topped off with a FAI Cup Final victory against Bohemians in front of a record crowd at Aviva Stadium last month.
Their opening home game will be a repeat of that final, with Bohemians visiting Richmond Park for a tasty Dublin derby on Friday February 23rd.
The first Friday/Monday double weekend will see a trip to face Derry City on March 1st before an away game in Waterford three days later.
The last match before the mid-season break will be Thursday Night Football in Inchicore on June 13th and it doesn't come much bigger than St Patrick's Athletic versus Shamrock Rovers.
If that derby isn't big enough, the first game back after the break will see Pat's host Bohs on Friday June 28th.
We'll travel to The Showgrounds to face Sligo Rovers on the final day, Friday November 1st.
Manager Jon Daly said:
"Getting the fixtures for the new season is always an exciting day and it gives us even more focus heading into pre-season.
We're very much looking forward to it and it's a great first game.
Galway had an excellent season, winning the league and getting promoted and we're coming off the back of winning the cup and having a good league campaign ourselves, so it's set up to be a good match.
They had a 100% home record in the league last season and they'll be looking to continue that, Eamonn Deacy Park will be a difficult place to go for every team but it's a challenge we're looking forward to.
There will be a massive crowd down there, our away end will sell out and I'm sure the Galway United supporters will be out in big numbers for their first game back in the Premier in a few years.
Our fans have been with us home and away in massive numbers and they'll be the same again in 2024.
I know we've beaten our Season Ticket sales for a third season in a row which is fantastic, and some of the away days we had last season in the likes of Longford, Derry, Donegal and Cork during our cup run, and big league wins on the road too, we'll be aiming to continue that on February 16th before a huge Dublin Derby at home to Bohemians the following week."
St Pat's last Premier Division visit to Galway was at the end of the 2017 campaign, Billy Dennehy got our goal in a 1-1 draw.
All three league games between the sides in 2017 ended 1-1 with United knocking Pat's out of the FAI Cup that season after a 2-0 win at Richmond Park.
The Saints finished 8th with The Tribesmen relegated after a 10th place finish, they'll mean business in 2024 in their first season back in the top flight since 2017.
John Caulfield's side, with former Saint Brendan Clarke among their ranks, secured 94 points to win the 2023 First Division and promotion back to the top flight, finishing 25 points clear of their nearest chasers Waterford.
The meeting on February 16th will be the 8th time St Patrick's Athletic have faced Galway United on the League of Ireland opening day and the 80th league meeting overall.
Pat's have won 37 of them, with 20 draws and 22 Galway victories.
The Inchicore faithful have fond recent memories at EDP, they saw their side win the League Cup there in 2015 thanks to a 4-3 penalty shootout win against Galway in the final after a scoreless draw.
Conan Byrne, James Chambers, Christy Fagan and Ian Morris scored from the spot, with goalkeeper Conor O'Malley saving two in front of 3,662 supporters.
After the trip to Galway, Pat's will be back in Inchicore for their first home match of the campaign, with Bohemians the visitors in a repeat of the 2023 Sports Direct FAI Cup final, which The Saints won 3-1 in front of a record cup final crowd.
Anto Breslin, who is heading into his third season as a Saint, can't wait for it:
"Pat's v Bohs is one of the biggest games in Irish football.
We've had lots of great battles with them over the last couple of years at Richmond, Dalymount and The Aviva.
It's a cracking first home game and a repeat of the final too.
Inchicore will be packed and we're already looking forward to it."
Jon Daly will be beginning his first full season in charge at Richmond Park in 2024, after a four game spell in caretaker charge, the Dubliner was named Manager on May 22nd, winning 18 of his 31 matches, most notably the FAI Cup final last month.
The 40-year-old has been building his squad nicely over recent weeks with four new signings so far.
Ruairi Keating and Aaron Bolger joined from Cork City while Brandon Kavanagh and Cian Kavanagh have arrived from Derry City.
Tom Grivosti, Danny Rogers, Jay McClelland, Axel Sjoberg and Ryan McLaughlin have all signed new contracts with more announcements to come soon.
A number of other players, including Captain Joe Redmond, PFAI Player of the Year Chris Forrester and FAI Cup Final Man of the Match Jamie Lennon, to name just three, are all under contract for 2024.
Redmond is buzzing for the re-start:
"We're all really looking forward to the start of the new season.
To have the fixtures out is great and we've got a couple of really big games to start us off.
Galway United away in their first match back in the Premier Division since 2017 will be one of the fixtures of the opening weekend, I'd say it will be sold out and will be a great atmosphere.
It's not a ground I've played at before, but I watched their FAI Cup semi-final against Bohemians on TV, the place was packed and it looks like a really good stadium to play at and a difficult one.
Then we've Bohs at home the following week at Richmond, which will be bouncing, followed by games in Derry and Waterford, all of those will probably be sell-outs so it's a huge start to the season for us.
We've been keeping ourselves ticking over in the gym and doing some pitch work and runs since the final and our holidays, we'll be back in full speed in a couple of weeks for pre-season and we can't wait for February 16th."
We're heading for a special season in Inchicore, having just broken our Season Ticket sales record for the third year in a row, Richmond Park will be the place to be in 2024.
We'll share away ticket details for the Galway game closer to the time and keep an eye on our website, social media channels and weekly newsletter for further updates.
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