Former Ireland striker Eamon O’Keefe arrived as manager as the club strived to inject an urgent degree of professionalism. Within a month O’Keefe delivered the Munster Cup, and in October skipper Liam Murphy lifted the League Cup, the club’s first national silverware, when Shamrock Rovers were defeated at Turners Cross.
On the league front there was a further gradual improvement with City finishing in seventh place. Despite the advances made, however, the turnstiles were still clicking too slowly and there was pressure on the board to improve the image and appeal of the club.
League of Ireland Premier Division 1987-1988
|2||St. Patrick's Athletic||33||18||9||6||52||25||27||45|
|11||Bray Wanderers (R)||33||4||10||19||27||65||-38||18|
|12||Sligo Rovers (R)||33||4||5||24||30||81||-51||13|