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    2017 Licences

    A First Division licence, apparently without any conditions for Athlone.

    SSE Airtricity League clubs awarded licences for 2017

    Following a meeting of the Independent Club Licensing Committee of the Football Association of Ireland, 14 Premier Division and six First Division licences were awarded for the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The following licences were awarded:

    Premier Division
    Bohemian FC, Bray Wanderers FC, Cork City FC, Derry City FC, Drogheda United FC, Dundalk FC, Finn Harps FC, Galway United FC, Limerick FC, Longford Town FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, Sligo Rovers FC, St Patrick's Athletic FC, Waterford FC

    First Division
    Athlone Town FC, Cabinteely FC, Cobh Ramblers FC, Shelbourne FC, UCD AFC, Wexford FC
    Celebrating 130 Years of Athlone Town Football Club - Pride of the Midlands Since 1887

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    Oh what's this..we've been promoted already, that's good. Six team First Division is a bit crap though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfordian View Post
    Oh what's this..we've been promoted already, that's good. Six team First Division is a bit crap though.
    You can get a Premier Division license without being in the Prem. It just means your facilities etc are up to scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atfconline View Post
    A First Division licence, apparently without any conditions for Athlone.
    Which Athlone though ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatYerGreens View Post
    You can get a Premier Division license without being in the Prem. It just means your facilities etc are up to scratch.
    Oh right, that's a new thing is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfordian View Post
    Oh right, that's a new thing is it?
    No. Its been that way for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfordian View Post
    Oh right, that's a new thing is it?
    We've been getting PD licenses for years even in the FD. It's thanks to our facilities

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    Not sure if sarcastic or not...

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    I can't believe I've never read on here, every year since licensing began, that you can get a Premier Licence whilst playing in the First.

    Come on lads ffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Not sure if sarcastic or not...
    I'm pretty sure.....

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    Gortakeegan once got a UEFA Category 4 license, purely on the quality of the famous Mon Dogs.

    #TrueFact

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    Quote Originally Posted by atfconline View Post
    A First Division licence, apparently without any conditions for Athlone.
    How the fcuk did Athlone get a licence?

    I wouldn't even give them a TV licence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partizan View Post
    I wouldn't even give them a TV licence.
    Or a dog licence.
    If a dog weighs under 50 lbs it's a cat, and cats are useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nah Nah Nah Nah View Post
    I'm pretty sure.....
    Hard to tell with outspoken at times.

    He can be a bit...outspoken. Like Dunphy.

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    Why do UCD only have a First Division license? What changed?
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    How is it that UCD and Wexford only get FD licences even though they would have had PD licences in the past? Only applied for those licences?

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    It is always that way- if you're in the premier you get the premier license but if you facilities are short of the mark you only get a D1 one in the first. Probably just because applying for the extra derogations isn't worth the hassle.

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    It's also a few quid cheaper to get a First Division one apparently. So if you're not interested in kudos for your filling in of forms...sorry your structures and facilities..then you can just apply for a First Division one. We did that one year.
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    In recent seasons our licence has required the artificial pitch to pass UEFA standard tests. I'm guessing that's been ignored / waived / made-up-as-we-go-along this year, seeing as the new pitch is only down a couple of days.

    The whole licencing system is clearly, in the words of one famous Dundalk fan, 'a faaaaaarce'

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