Sammon relishes home visit


BOHEMIANS v DERBY COUNTY (Saturday July 13th, Dalymount Park, 3pm)

Ireland striker Conor Sammon returns to the scene of many League of Ireland battles when he comes to Dalymount Park on Saturday with his Derby County team-mates for a friendly against Bohemians (kick-off 3pm).

“I have had the chance to play there previously with Derry City and UCD, so it will be really good going back and seeing some familiar faces,” Sammon (pictured with Jeff Hendrick) said.

“Some of my friends support Bohs, so I will have friends and family there too.”


They will be joined by 300 Derby County fans who are making the journey to Ireland for this first match of Derby’s pre-season programme.

Fellow internationals Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick will be in Nigel Clough’s squad for the visit, along with summer signings, Lee Grant (from Burnley), Chris Martin (ex-Norwich City), Johnny Russell (ex-Dundee United) and Craig Forsyth (ex-Watford)

“It also gives us a chance to bond with the new lads coming in, so we are all really excited and looking forward to the trip,” said Sammon.

Manager Clough says he sees plenty of encouragement that Derby can improve on last season’s tenth place in the Championship and challenge for the top six this time.

“The quality of players is certainly as good as we’ve had in five years and the spirit, along with the type of characters, really does provide an element of excitement for next season,” the manager told the Derby County web site.

“For what we’ve got available we think we have a cracking squad.”

Derby will open their Championship campaign on 4th August at home to Blackburn Rovers. These two clubs are among the founder-members of the Football League which celebrates its 125th anniversary this coming season.

Derby County’s friendly with Bohemians is the first of three on successive Saturdays. On 20th July (kick-off 1pm) Bradford City end a week-long stay in Ireland with a match against Bohemians.

Former League of Ireland player Carl McHugh signed a new one-year contract with Bradford City earlier this month. He joined the club a year ago, and since then got his first caps at under 21 level for the Republic of Ireland and started 22 games for Phil Parkinson’s team. He also played a key part in City’s run to the Capital One Cup Final.

Bohemians have played Derby County four times since their first meeting in 1900, when the visitors won 4-0 win in front of a crowd of 2,000. In 1912, County won 5-1 at Dalymount Park, returning in 1934 to win 6-3.
Derby’s last visit was on 10th May 1950 when they faced a Bohemian Selected XI and improved again on their goal tally with a 7-3 win.

Bohemians and Bradford City have met twice before, playing home and away friendlies a century ago. The Gypsies visited Bradford in March 1913, travelling with several guest players. They lost there 3-2 and, the next month, drew 2-2 when Bradford City came to Dalymount Park.

On Saturday 27th July Bohemians welcome Irish League side Glenavon to Dalymount for the third of this series of friendlies (kick-off 3pm).

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