IFA Interim Intermediate League

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IFA Interim Intermediate League
Season2008–09
Champions Harland & Wolff Welders
Relegated Brantwood
Oxford United Stars
Matches played132
Goals scored413 (3.13 per match)
2009–10

The IFA Interim Intermediate League was a temporary league in Northern Ireland for one season only (2008–09), consisting of the former members of the IFA Intermediate League (dissolved in 2008) who did not meet the criteria for the new IFA Championship. Members of the Interim League had one year to make improvements in order to gain entry to the 2009–10 IFA Championship.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

The 2009–10 IFA Championship was the second season since its establishment after a major overhaul of the league system in Northern Ireland. It also marked the first season in which the Championship was divided into two divisions, with the clubs in both divisions having intermediate status. Championship 1 served as the second tier of Northern Irish football, with Championship 2 as the third tier.

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The title was won by Harland & Wolff Welders. [1]

With the Championship expanding to two divisions the following season; Championship 1 and Championship 2, ten of the twelve members of the league succeeded in gaining entry to the 2009–10 IFA Championship 2, with only Oxford United Stars and Brantwood failing to do so, dropping out of national football.

Oxford United Stars F.C.

Oxford United Stars Football Club is a Northern Ireland football club, founded in 1937, based in Derry. It currently competes in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League. They are known as the U2's in reference to Oxford United's nickname 'The U's'. The club graduated to the second division of the Irish League after competing in local amateur leagues, including the Derry and District League, which the reserve team, Oxford United, now plays in.

Brantwood Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the Ballymena & Provincial Football League. The club, founded in 1901, hails from Belfast and plays its home matches at Skegoneill Avenue. Club colours are royal blue. The current manager is Jimmy In 2009, the club, which had failed to gain a place in the IFA Championship in 2008 and instead played in the IFA Interim Intermediate League, elected not to apply again for membership of the IFA Championship and announced that it would step down into the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League for season 2009–10, ending over 50 years at national intermediate level.

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Harland & Wolff Welders (C)2219215518+3759Gained entry to 2009–10 IFA Championship 2
2 Dundela 2218227019+5156
3 PSNI 2212463827+1140
4 Queens University 2210573624+1235
5 Lurgan Celtic 2211294436+835
6 Annagh United 2293103330+330
7 Oxford United Stars (R)2292112631529Failed to gain entry – relegated to Level 4 regional league
8 Portstewart 22741123381525Gained entry to 2009–10 IFA Championship 2
9 Moyola Park 22661024371324
10 Wakehurst 22451322361417
11 Brantwood (R)22351423563314Failed to gain entry – relegated to Level 4 regional league
12 Chimney Corner 22321719614211Gained entry to 2009–10 IFA Championship 2
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

IFA Interim Intermediate League Cup

A knock-out competition for members of the Interim League - the IFA Interim Intermediate League Cup - took place during 2008-09 and was won by Harland & Wolff Welders, who beat Dundela in the final on 9 December 2008.

Harland & Wolff Welders F.C.

Harland & Wolff Welders Football Club is a semi-professional, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Championship. The club, founded in 1965, hails from Belfast and plays its home matches at Tillysburn Park in the East of the city. The club was formed by the welders of the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard.

Dundela Football Club, nicknamed "The Duns" is a semi-professional, Northern Irish football club from Belfast, currently playing in the NIFL Championship, and plays its home matches at Wilgar Park. The club's colours are green and white. The home kit has green shirts, green shorts and green socks, whilst the away kit is all red. The current manager is Bryan McCarroll

See also

Irish Cup national football competition in Northern Ireland

The Irish Football Association Challenge Cup is the primary football knock-out cup competition in Northern Ireland. Inaugurated in 1881, it is the fourth-oldest national cup competition in the world. Prior to the break-away from the Irish Football Association by clubs from what would become the Irish Free State in 1921, the Irish Cup was the national cup competition for the whole of Ireland.

The County Antrim & District Football Association Senior Shield is a football competition in Northern Ireland. The competition is open to senior teams who are members of the North East Ulster Football Association, often plus intermediate teams who qualify via the Steel & Sons Cup, depending on the numbers required.

The Steel & Sons Cup is an intermediate football competition in Northern Ireland run by the North East Ulster Football Association. The competition culminates in the final which has traditionally been played on 25 December. The 2006 final, however, broke with tradition when it was staged on the Saturday before 25 December as this was a closed date for all other football fixtures in Northern Ireland. The final returned to its original Christmas Day slot in 2007-08. The 2012/13 tournament was declared null after Glentoran II were stripped of their title having fielded an ineligible player in an earlier round. This is the first time in the tournament's history that no winner was declared.

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