Rob Hindmarch took the reins, but it was obvious he had inherited a mess. The club was in the mire, the stadium dragging it under. In mid-season the receiver was called in and the club was left homeless. Frantic efforts to save the situation saw a new Board installed and a move to Turners Cross. Penniless, Hindmarch had skimmed along with bargain basement imports but relegation still threatened, a three-point deduction adding to the problems. A Cup exit saw Dave Barry appointed and the team gleaned enough points to scramble to ninth. They lost the Munster Cup decider to junior side Waterford Glass.
Note 1: Shelbourne qualified for the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup after winning the 1995–96 FAI Cup final.
Note 2: Cork City F.C. were docked 3 points for fielding an ineligible player. The club went into liquidation in January 1996 but were saved from extinction after moving from Bishopstown Stadium to Turners Cross.
|1||St. Patrick's Athletic (C)||33||19||10||4||53||34||19||67|
|11||Drogheda United (R)||33||7||9||17||39||51||-12||30|
|12||Galway United (R)||33||5||6||22||26||67||-41||21|