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“There are goals in this team”

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 9 October, 7.45pm

Bohemians continue their search for that extra something to turn draws into wins as they host St Patrick’s Athletic, their nearest neighbours in the league table.

As St Pat’s in fourth place have faltered, with a run of four losses, fifth-place Bohemians have struggled to take advantage with a run of four draws.

“We’re not a million miles off but we need to take and create more chances in games, along with being difficult to beat,” said Long.

“We have conceded some poor goals recently that we did not do earlier in the season. This is an area where we need to tighten up if we’re going to move forward next season.


“Since the summer break we have been a little bit easier to play against and we have to find again that steel and determination we had. If we do that, and play with a bit more fluidity there are goals in this team.”

Following last week’s Leinster Senior Cup semi-final, which Bohemians lost on penalties, they face “another tough game” against St Patrick’s.

As for displacing Pat’s from fourth place, “mathematically, it’s still possible, but they have a game in hand and it’s going to be very difficult,” said Long.

“All we can do is to try and win the game on Friday night, which won’t be easy, and take care of our own performances over the remaining four games.”

Long is again missing the injured James O’Brien (ankle), Derek Prendergast (calf), Stephen Best (thigh) and Jason Caffrey (illness). But Jake Kelly returns, having been cup-tied last weekend, and Anto Murphy, who was out for the last two league games, has done full training all week, and is available.

Stephen Best has publicly committed himself to Bohemians for next season, and manager Long is working on securing other key-pieces of the 2016 squad.

For the present, however, his main focus is on getting the most out of the rest of this year’s campaign. “We want to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can,” he said.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

“We’ll be going all-out to try and win the game”

Leinster Senior Cup, Dalymount Park, Friday 2 October, 7.45pm

Bohemians host Shamrock Rovers on Friday in the Leinster Senior Cup four weeks after the sides drew in a league clash at Tallaght.

While the Leinster Senior Cup is not normally a high priority for Premier Division teams, it is Bohemians’ one remaining chance of silverware from the season.

Manager Keith Long is disappointed that Bohemians are not contesting an FAI Cup semi-final, but with their fifth position in the league safe, this other semi-final takes on more significance than it might otherwise have.

“Obviously the further you go in the competition, and with the draw at home against Shamrock Rovers, it becomes important. The players will certainly need no added incentive to give this their full commitment,” said Long.


“In previous rounds we have been able to give younger players some game-time and that’s the way a lot of clubs would treat this competition. But it is a chance for silverware, and we’ll approach the game in the manner that we’ve done throughout the season and we’ll be going all-out to try and win the game.”

Bohemians have this season kept up their good record of recent years against Shamrock Rovers, with a win at home and a draw away in the league.

“But records and form count for nothing when the next game comes around. We will have to concentrate on getting our performance right on Friday. It’s a head-to-head and we’ll see who comes out on top,” said Long.

Dave Mulcahy returns from ankle injury and Keith Buckley from suspension. Jake Kelly is cup-tied and James O’Brien (ankle) is ruled out. Anto Murphy (groin) has been training but may not be fully fit. Stephen Best (quad strain) and Derek Prendergast (knock in training) are expected to be available.

Bohemians have won the Leinster Senior Cup 31 times, more than any other club. These wins stretch back to 1893-94, the second time the competition took place. Bohemians also won the cup in the five following years. They got to keep the trophy, which is displayed in Dalymount Park.

Bohs last won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1997-98. In this 125th anniversary year, a 32nd win would be especially welcome.

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02


Thursday 1 October, 7.45pm, Dalymount Park (Members’ Bar), Phibsboro

A History Ireland Hedge School on the social, cultural and political conditions of Dublin in 1890 when a group of students met to found Bohemian Football Club

Chaired by Tommy Graham, editor, History Ireland, with Donal Fallon (Come Here To Me blog), Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Dr David Dickson (TCD, Author of Dublin – the Making of a Capital City), Dr Ciaran Priestley (Bohemian FC).

Tickets cost €5 can be bought at the door.


History Hedge School

Walking Football

The Bohemian Foundation is starting a new walking football initiative in Ballymun.

If successful, it will be extended to other areas of Dublin.

The aim of the project is to encourage people over the age of 50 to get active.

There are big health benefits to walking football, which promotes cardiovascular fitness while minimising stress on the body.

But, apart from fitness, walking football also offers social benefits, encouraging participants to meet new people.

See flyer for details.

Walking Football

“We must be fully committed in each game”

SSE Airtricity League, United Park, Friday 25 September, 7.45pm

Bohemians go to Drogheda hungry for a win after three successive draws, but wary of a Drogs team that is “scrapping for points”.

Manager Keith Long is on alert facing a Drogheda team that took a 6-0 drubbing from Dundalk last week. “Dundalk could have done that to any team. They’re in unbelievable form at the moment. I don’t expect Drogheda to be feeling sorry for themselves after that result.

“I expect them to re-focus and be ready for Friday. They know that three points are so important in the battle against relegation,” Long said.

“They will have targeted this home game against us. But I can assure them we’ll be going there looking for a good performance and a win.”

Long continues to insist that his team is pursuing maximum points from the remaining games, even though Bohemians’ position in the table is assured.


“We have a responsibility to ourselves and to the club to put in a performance every time we cross the line. The players have been reminded of that this week” said Long.

“We have to show respect for the league too. Every club below us is scrapping for points and we’ve got to make sure we’re fully committed in each game.”

Last Friday’s draw against Longford Town was a “missed opportunity”, according to Long. “With a full complement of players, we could have gone and won that game. It’s difficult to implement what you’re trying to do when you’re down to ten men and the momentum of the game changes.”

Bohemians’ work-rate and commitment in games have not weakened in any way, and midfielder Keith Buckley has set an example in that respect.

“He has become something of a legend in the club because of his travelling exploits [on bicycle] to and from Dalymount Park and I like how he has connected with the supporters,” said Long.

“He is very influential for us. His honesty and his work-rate are there for all to see. But I also want to see, as he develops, that the final pass becomes better.

“We’ve seen glimpses of that this season, like the pass he played against Shamrock Rovers in the build-up to our goal which he might not have played previously.

“But if we are looking for someone that epitomises the club at this time, we need look no further than Keith.”

The Bohemian manager was disappointed that the referee last Friday “put himself under pressure with soft yellow cards early in the game” but he was also disappointed that Buckley made a rash tackle when he was already on a yellow.

Buckley serves an automatic suspension this weekend. Anto Murphy is again sidelined with a groin injury along with James O’Brien who picked up a knock in training.

Dave Mulcahy is also doubtful having gone off with an ankle injury last week. Derek Pender and Marc Griffin, the long-term injured, remain out.

Dan Byrne returned to the matchday squad last week after nearly 18 months out of the game with a knee injury, apart from a very short interlude earlier this season. He has been in full training for three weeks, but is still building full strength and confidence to make him ready for a return.

“It has been very tough for Dan but I hope we’ll see him back in the team before the end of the season,” his manager said.

Paddy Kavanagh scores against Longford Town by A. Baldiemann


The Bohs bus is heading to United Park on Friday (September 25th) as Drogheda Utd host Bohemians at 7.45pm.

  • Departs Dalymount: 5.30pm sharp
  • Cost: €15
  • Email to book your place

10-man Bohs prove a point

Bohemian FC 1-1 Longford Town

Last Friday evening saw Bohemians entertain Longford Town with the home side looking to move to within four points of Saint Patrick’s Athletic in the chase for fourth spot. With the end of the season on the horizon manager Keith Long would have been desperate for his side to take three points from a Longford Town side who sat fourteen points behind them coming in to the game.

The opening exchanges belonged to the Gypsies with midfielder and captain Roberto Lopes getting forward to good effect. It was his neat one two with Akinade which fashioned a half chance but the Longford defense were not to beaten.
As the half wore on the game became somewhat fractured and this suited Longford as they looked to get a foothold in the game. An innocuous tackle on the half way line saw Buckley booked for Bohemians with team mate Kavanagh tasting yellow soon after.


On the half hour mark Bohs got the games first shot on target courtesy of Akinade. A flick on saw him race between Longford’s centre half pairing but with the angle against him he cut back inside only to see his shot end up in the keepers arms.
Soon after Buckley found himself on the wrong side of the referee and was shown a second yellow. This would prove to be the catalyst for the game and within a minute of Buckley’s sending off the Gypsies found themselves in front.

Man of the match and former Birmingham City player Paddy Kavanagh picked the ball up just inside the Longford half and began one of his trademark runs. With space at a premium he cut inside three Longford men and unleashed a powerful left foot shot from all of twenty five yards which the Longford keeper could only watch nestle into his net.

However, the home sides joy was to be short lived as Longford got themselves back on level terms shortly after from a corner kick. The Bohemians defense could only watch as Haverty’s looping header came off the underside of the bar and in to the net. The goal was greeted with loud cheers by the boisterous Longford contingent.

The second half proved a stalemate as Longford were happy to sit back and hit Bohs on the break. Paddy Kavanagh proved to be his side’s best outlet and came close on a couple of occasions with some mazy runs. In the end a draw seemed a fair result although the Gypsies will feel the loss of Buckley early on cost them three points.

Next up for the Gypsies is a trip to face Drogheda United on the 25th of September, kick-off 7.45pm.

Paddy Kavanagh shapes up to give Bohs the lead against Longford Town by A. Baldiemann


The red version of our commemorative 125th anniversary t-shirt goes on sale from The Bohs Store in Dalymount Park at tomorrow night’s (Friday) home match against Longford Town.

We also have a small number of white t-shirts remaining.

T-shirts are priced at €15 and quantities of both colours are limited, so get yourself down to Dalymount early to get yours.

125 t-shirts

We’re more than a match for any team in the league

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 18 September, 7.45pm

Bohemians continue their quest for all points possible from the remaining league games, hosting Longford Town, who are just two places but 14 points behind them in the table.

Manager Keith Long sees an outside chance that his side could “sneak into fourth place”, due to St Patrick’s Athletic’s recent run of poor form. “It’s a big ask to catch them but we have to win a game like Friday’s to have a chance,” said Long.

Draws against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers have shown Bohemians to be “more than a match for any team in the league”, once again being difficult to beat.


With a week off competitive football, due to a disappointingly early exit from the FAI Cup, Bohemians have Jake Kelly (hamstring) fully fit but Anto Murphy (abdomen) is a doubt for Friday. Murphy “put his body on the line”, when he played through pain in the Tallaght draw two weeks ago.

Bohemians’ defence kept Shamrock Rovers to a single goal despite missing stalwarts Roberto Lopes and Derek Prendergast through suspension. Both return this week, though the manager must sit out his second game in the stands, completing a two-game suspension.

Bohemians’ long-term injured – Derek Pender, Dan Byrne and Marc Griffin – remain out.

Partly through necessity, some squad members have had game-time in recent weeks after months on the bench. Dylan Hayes and Jason Caffrey have had chances and Long will aim to give these and others game-time between now and the end of season.

“Dylan has come into the team and done well. I was pleased how he played against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. We’ll take it one game at a time but I’m sure there will be opportunities for players between now and the end of the season to make a claim for next year,” Long said.

“There are six games left, and there is a bigger picture, but our goal is to get the maximum points from the remaining games. We’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that but we’ll also have one eye on what might take shape for next season.”

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

Bohemians and Irish Refugee Council team up

Leading on from the successful “Refugees Welcome” mural painted in Dalymount Park last June, Bohemian FC and the Irish Refugee Council are teaming up once again for a fundraising effort and to send the message that refugees are welcome here in Ireland.

Bohemians will be donating part of the proceeds made at our home game v Longford Town this Friday 18 September to the work of the Irish Refugee Council and the first team will wear IRC t-shirts during their warm-up, while fans will be encouraged to take photographs beside the “Refugees Welcome” mural, which was created by Marley Cahill on World Refugee Day, to share across their social networks.

Caroline Reid, Communications Officer with the IRC, said: “Bohemian FC are great supporters of human rights issues across the board. The club have been incredibly generous, offering us a wall for the “Refugees Welcome” mural and use of the stadium for a family day back in June and now this fundraising drive.


“We are delighted to be working alongside Bohs on this issue and hope this event will inspire other clubs to take proactive steps towards welcoming new communities and fostering integration. Clubs and spaces like Bohs offer a place for people to come together and we hope that anyone who believes in an Ireland of welcomes will get behind the message being sent out on the 18th.”

Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC Director, said: “Bohemian FC is acutely aware of the enormity of the refugee crisis unfolding across Europe. As a club we would like to take this concrete action, both to support the invaluable work of the IRC, and to reflect the will of our members and supporters in assisting those in flight. As a club we are fully democratic, inclusive, progressive, and welcoming to all and this is reflected in the numerous actions the club, and its supporters, continuously take on wider social issues.”

Keith Long, first-team manager Bohemian FC, said: “Supporters and players for Bohemians have come from a wide range of backgrounds over the club’s lifetime. We want the club and Dalymount Park to be a welcoming home for all.”

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