This time last year I wrote about how Waterford were attempting to break their League of Ireland playoff curse by overcoming UCD. They did not.
This season, they have yet another chance. Waterford have now reached the playoff final on eight separate occasions previously and have yet to be successful as either the Premier Division or First Division team. This pain began for the Blues in the first League of Ireland playoffs back in the 1992/93 season when they were beaten by Monaghan.
Next Friday night they meet Cork in a Munster Derby playoff and, once again, Waterford can potentially overcome the pain of losing these season defining matches. As is the case with many playoff final matches in football, these are financially very important as they determine which league tier a club will participate in for the next season.
It’s 50/50 when it comes to which Division the winner (who gains promotion) comes from. Since the playoffs were introduced in Ireland for the 1992/93 season, the winner has come from the First Division and the Premier Division both 14 times. There were 3 seasons with no playoff and the format has changed various times along the way.