It has been a memorable 2015/16 season for the Hoops. Coming off a season where the team completed the famous Irish Quintuple, expectations were place higher. Well Mike Korrigan's squad made things look easy once again as they repeated in winning the Quintuple and went far in Europe. Since joining back in 2013 Korrigan has three league wins and nine cup wins.
A few years back the club launched the 2020 INITIATIVE as way to better the Shamrock Rovers Brand, Well three years into its initial launch the club has pretty much completed all goals. This season saw the club win a record 20 LOI titles, stadium expansion to 11k and making it to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. The club still has much to do but are looking good.
Entering the 2015/16 League of Ireland season the Hoops were looking to win every match. Sadly that did not happen as they drew four times again. Also the club won the title in mid February for the second time in a row. Many players were named to the LOI Best XI once again and Korrigan was named manager of the year for the third season in a row. Spanish Youngster Jordi Gavalda lead the club in league goals scored with 20.
Next the Rovers had another amazing run when it came to all of the major Irish Cups. It was once again an easy sweep of the four major trophies (Irish Shield, FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and the All-Ireland Cup). The senior quad will be looking to repeat once again next season.
Finally the Rovers had one of the most amazing and dramatic European season in club history. It all started with an 18-0 agg score against Santa Coloma to kick off Europe. Things got even better after the BATE matches. Shamrock became the first Irish club to make it to the Champions League Group Stage. Drawn against Arsenal, Real Madrid and Viktria Plazen the experts did not give the boys a chance. With two victories over Plzen and a historic draw against Real, Shamrock survived and were able to move on to Europa League. After a shocking victory over Leverkusen the dream would end in the next round against Schalke.
This past season was amazing and the Rovers are looking to repeat in all competitions. Hopefully Europe is ready for us next year as we keep improving. The hoops return to training on 20 June.