2023–24 Gibraltar Football League

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Gibraltar Football League
The Victoria Stadium where each match is played
Season2023–24
Dates16 September 2023 - 12 May 2024
ChampionsLincoln Red Imps
4th GFL title
28th overall
Champions LeagueLincoln Red Imps
Conference LeagueFCB Magpies
St Joseph's
Matches played125
Goals scored411 (3.29 per match)
Top goalscorerSpain Juanfri
(17 goals)
Best goalkeeperGibraltar Bradley Banda
(13 clean sheets)
Biggest home winManchester 62 7–0 Lions Gibraltar
(5 November 2023)
Lincoln Red Imps 7–0 College 1975
(17 December 2023)
Biggest away winManchester 62 1–10 Lincoln Red Imps
(21 April 2024)
Highest scoringManchester 62 1–10 Lincoln Red Imps
(21 April 2024)
Longest winning run9 games
Lincoln Red Imps
Longest unbeaten run11 games
St Joseph's
Longest winless run16 games
College 1975
Longest losing run7 games
Lions Gibraltar
Glacis United
2022–23 2024–25

The 2023–24 Gibraltar Football League season is the fifth season of the Gibraltar Football League in Gibraltar (and second under its current name), and the 124th season of football on the territory overall. The league began on 16 September 2023. Lincoln Red Imps are the reigning champions, winning their third successive title in April 2023. Due to the league's fall down the UEFA coefficient rankings, this season only 2 teams qualified for the UEFA Conference League.

The winners (Lincoln Red Imps, their sixth consecutive title win and twenty-eighth overall) qualified for the 2024–25 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round. The runners-up (St Joseph's) and third-placed team (FCB Magpies) qualified for the 2024–25 UEFA Conference League first qualifying round.

Format

The 2023–24 season sees a change in the format of the GFL. Instead of playing one round of fixtures before splitting, teams will instead play each other twice for a total of 20 games this season. After the second round of games, the top 6 enter the GFL Championship Group, where each team plays each other once to decide the league champion. However, the Challenge Group has been scrapped.

Controversy

In November 2023, it was reported that Lynx were planning to report the Gibraltar Football Association to UEFA and FIFA after it was revealed that Lincoln Red Imps had fielded an ineligible player (believed to be Ibrahim Ayew) in their opening league match, which Lincoln won 3-2. The GFA's ruling was that though the player was suspended, Lincoln would not be punished for the mistake. This was despite the fact that Mons Calpe had been punished for a similar infraction the previous season. This led to complaints of bias and corruption within the GFA which formed the basis of the Lynx complaint.

Lynx subsequently finished 7th in the league, missing out on the Championship Group by a single point.

Teams

The following clubs compete in the 2023–24 season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Club sponsor 2022–23
FCB Magpies England Nathan Rooney Mexico Paco Zúñiga Macron Chestertons 3rd
College 1975 Argentina Leo Vela Gibraltar Jamie-Luke McCarthy Joma 10th
Europa Italy Michele Di Piedi Spain Antonio Bello Kappa Situs Construction 2nd
Europa Point Republic of Ireland Ryan McCarthy (interim) Sweden Martin Falkeborn Custimoo Bull Casino 11th
Glacis United Argentina Claudio Racino Gibraltar Julio Bado Macron LOBO 6th
Lincoln Red Imps Spain Javi Muñoz Gibraltar Roy Chipolina Givova Damex 1st
Lions Gibraltar Gibraltar Adrian Parral Spain Antonio Cintas Macron 9th
Lynx Gibraltar Albert Parody Gibraltar Jesse Victory Joma Grupo Casais 4th
Manchester 62 England Jamie McDonough Gibraltar Ethan Santos Joma Concussion Legacy Foundation 8th
Mons Calpe Spain Juan Marí Sánchez Argentina Christian Fraiz Givova FanPlay 365 7th
St Joseph's Spain Abraham Paz Spain Juanma González Legea 5th

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
FCB Magpies England Nathan Rooney Resigned 17 May 2023 Pre-season Spain Alfonso Cortijo 1 June 2023
Manchester 62 England Jamie McDonough Appointed assistant coach 31 May 2023 Australia Anthony Limbrick 20 June 2023
Europa Point Gibraltar Garry Lowe Signed by Bruno's Magpies 6 July 2023 Sweden Dalibor Savic 12 July 2023
Glacis United Italy Michele Di Piedi Sacked 16 August 2023 Argentina Claudio Racino 1 September 2023
Europa Spain Miguel Ángel Berlanga Mutual consent 25 August 2023 Spain Mario Pérez 25 August 2023
FCB Magpies Spain Alfonso Cortijo Promoted to Director 1 September 2023 England Nathan Rooney 1 September 2023
Mons Calpe Spain David Guti Sacked 2 October 2023 8th Spain Juan Marí Sánchez 3 October 2023
Manchester 62 Australia Anthony Limbrick Resigned 23 November 2023 6th Gibraltar Allen Bula (caretaker) 3 December 2023
Europa Spain Mario Pérez Sacked 6 December 2023 10th Spain Ángel Espinosa (caretaker) 6 December 2023
Manchester 62 Gibraltar Allen Bula End of caretaker spell 14 December 2023 4th England Jamie McDonough 15 December 2023
Europa Spain Ángel Espinosa 1 January 2024 10th Italy Michele Di Piedi 1 January 2024
College 1975 Argentina Luis Manuel Blanco Resigned 17 February 2024 10th Argentina Leo Vela 18 February 2024
Europa Point Sweden Dalibor Savic End of contract 30 April 2024 6th Republic of Ireland Ryan McCarthy (interim) 1 May 2024

Regular season

During the regular season, each team faced each other twice (once at home at once away), before the league is split into two (with only the top six teams advancing to the GFL Championship Group).

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Lincoln Red Imps 20 17 1 2 63 12 +51 52 Qualification for the GFL Championship Group
2 St Joseph's 20 16 2 2 49 15 +34 50
3 FCB Magpies 20 13 3 4 52 28 +24 42
4 Mons Calpe 20 8 5 7 31 28 +3 29
5 Manchester 62 20 9 1 10 39 41 −2 28
6 Europa Point 20 8 4 8 27 22 +5 28
7 Lynx 20 8 3 9 29 31 −2 27
8 Europa 20 6 2 12 25 34 −9 20
9 Glacis United 20 5 1 14 21 47 −26 16
10 Lions Gibraltar 20 3 4 13 16 50 −34 13
11 College 1975 20 3 2 15 21 65 −44 11
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Fair Play
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other twice (20 matches), before the top six teams advance to the GFL Championship Group.

Results

Home \ Away FCB COL EFC EPO GLA LIN LGI LYN MAN MON SJO
FCB Magpies 7–2 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–4
College 1975 2–6 2–3 0–5 1–1 0–6 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–3 0–3
Europa 4–3 0–3 0–1 3–2 1–4 1–2 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–1
Europa Point 0–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–5 1–1 1–0
Glacis United 1–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–8 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–3
Lincoln Red Imps 3–0 7–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 3–2 5–0 2–1 1–2
Lions Gibraltar 0–2 1–1 0–5 1–3 1–0 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–0 1–5
Lynx 1–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 4–1 1–3 2–1 1–2
Manchester 62 1–5 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–0 0–7 7–0 5–1 1–2 0–3
Mons Calpe 2–4 1–0 1–0 3–1 5–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1
St Joseph's 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 4–0 1–2
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

GFL Championship Group

The top six teams from the regular season contest the GFL Championship Group to decide the league champion. Results from the regular season were carried over into this round.

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Lincoln Red Imps (C) 25 21 2 2 86 15 +71 65 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 St Joseph's 25 20 3 2 62 16 +46 63 Qualification for the Conference League first qualifying round
3 FCB Magpies 25 14 4 7 55 36 +19 46
4 Europa Point 25 10 5 10 32 31 +1 35
5 Mons Calpe 25 9 6 10 37 39 −2 33
6 Manchester 62 25 9 2 14 44 64 −20 29
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Fair Play
(C) Champions
Notes:
  1. ^ The 2023–24 Rock Cup winners also qualified for the Conference League first qualifying round. Since the cup winners (Lincoln Red Imps) qualified based on league position, the Conference League spot was passed to the third-placed team.


Results

Home \ Away FCB EPO LIN MAN MON SJO
FCB Magpies 0–3 3–1
Europa Point 0–0 0–3
Lincoln Red Imps 4–0 5–1
Manchester 62 1–3 1–10 0–5
Mons Calpe 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2
St Joseph's 2–0 1–1
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

As of 12 May 2024.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Spain Juanfri Lincoln Red Imps 17
2 Sweden Hugo Jesslén Europa Point 16
3 Spain Pablo Rodríguez St Joseph's 15
4 Scotland Connor Flynn-Gillespie Lynx 14
5 Spain Labra Europa 12
6 Spain Víctor Villacañas Lincoln Red Imps 10
7 Cuba Aldair Ruiz Manchester 62 9
8 Argentina Facu Álvarez FCB Magpies 8
Argentina Seba Díaz FCB Magpies
Spain José Giráldez FCB Magpies
Gibraltar Tjay De Barr Lincoln Red Imps
England Ahmed Salam Manchester 62
Poland Hugo Bartkowiak Mons Calpe
  1. ^ Includes 4 goals for College 1975.
Hat-tricks
Player For Against Result Date
Netherlands Manny Duku Manchester 62 Lions Gibraltar 7–0 (H) 5 November 2023
Sweden Hugo Jesslén4 Europa Point College 1975 5–0 (A) 25 November 2023
Argentina Seba Díaz FCB Magpies Glacis United 3–0 (H) 8 December 2023
Spain Labra4 Europa Lions Gibraltar 5–0 (A) 16 December 2023
Spain Juanfri Lincoln Red Imps College 1975 7–0 (H) 17 December 2023
Scotland Connor Flynn-Gillespie Lynx Lions Gibraltar 4–0 (A) 28 January 2024
Argentina Facu Álvarez FCB Magpies College 1975 7–2 (H) 17 February 2024
Spain Juanfri4 Lincoln Red Imps Manchester 62 10–1 (A) 21 April 2024
Spain Manuel Caballero St Joseph's Manchester 62 5–0 (A) 3 May 2024

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Gibraltar Bradley Banda St Joseph's 13
2 Spain Nauzet Santana Lincoln Red Imps 11
3 Finland Johannes Ström Europa Point 9
4 Gibraltar Christian Lopez FCB Magpies 5
Gibraltar Bradley Avellano Lynx
6 Argentina Marcos Zappacosta Europa 3
Spain Borja Valadés Lions Gibraltar
Spain Daniel Tudela Mons Calpe
9 Spain Walid Birrou Glacis United 2
Gibraltar Dayle Coleing Lincoln Red Imps
Spain Fernando Canto Manchester 62
Scotland Alan Martin Manchester 62
Argentina Christian Fraiz Mons Calpe

See also

References

  1. ^ Mens Domestic Football Season to Kick off on Friday 15th September with the traditional Pepe Reyes Memorial Cup Gibraltar FA. 2 August 2023. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  2. ^ Lynx FC criticises the GFA and will go to UEFA and FIFA following the case of undue alignment of Lincoln Red Imps (in Spanish) Al Sol de la Costa. 30 November 2023. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  3. ^ Nathan Rooney departs Magpies Bruno's Magpies. 17 May 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  4. ^ Alfonso Cortijo Returns Bruno's Magpies. 1 June 2023. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  5. ^ Anthony Limbrick appointed manager Manchester 62. 20 June 2023. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  6. ^ Thanks for all your hard work Garry Europa Point FC. 6 July 2023. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  7. ^ Officiellt: Dalibor Savic till Europa Point FC Fotbolltransfers. 12 July 2023. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  8. ^ Official Announcement Bruno's Magpies. 1 September 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  9. ^ David Guti deja de ser el entrenador del Mons Calpe SC Al Sol de la Costa. 2 October 2023. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  10. ^ Officiellt: Dalibor Savic lämnar Europa Point FC fotbolltransfers. 30 April 2024. Retrieved 1 May 2024.

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