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BOHS SIGN CONOR LEVINGSTON AND JAMES TALBOT

Bohemians are delighted to announce the signings of midfielder Conor Levingston and goalkeeper James Talbot.

Both have represented Ireland at youth level all the way up to U19s and come to Dalymount Park after five years at Wolves and Sunderland respectively.

As well as the new arrivals, defender/midfielder Robbie McCourt and striker Cristian Magerusan have signed new deals to remain for the 2019 season.

Wexford man Levingston, 20, said: “Bohs is a massive club and I’m looking forward to getting going. This is a club with a great fanbase and the potential here is brilliant.

“I like to see myself as a box-to-box midfielder, hopefully I can score a few goals too.

“I’m competitive. I’ve watched the boys in the Cup semi-final and I was really impressed with what I saw.

“Hopefully I can add to that and hopefully we can go one step further. Everyone wants to win trophies and we want to aim for Europe.”

Welcoming Levingston and 21-year-old Finglas man Talbot to the club, manager Keith Long said: “These are the kind of players we want.

“We want to work with young, talented players who are hungry to show people what they can do.

“I’m delighted Conor has come in. He’s a young boy with a good pedigree, good standards and good habits having been a professional with Wolves

“He’s ambitious. He’s had a good schoolboy international career and has played U23s for Wolves.

“He’s a new and exciting talent and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“James gives us a different profile as a goalkeeper. I believe he will come in and prove to be a very good acquisition for us.

“He’d five years’ schooling at Sunderland. He’s extremely talented and he’s a local boy too.

“There were high hopes for James at Sunderland where he came through with Jordan Pickford. He’s hungry to come in and prove himself.”

Long was disappointed to lose some members of his 2018 squad last week, with Dan Casey departing for Cork City, while Ian Morris left to take the managerial reins at Shelbourne where he made former team-mate Dan Byrne one of his first signings.

Long said: “It’s no secret that we didn’t want to lose Dan Casey. Morro has gone for other reasons – he’s got career ambitions to be a coach, to be a manager and on a personal level, I wish him well.

“We’ve lost Dan Byrne, who feels he needs to being playing, and JJ Lunney to Waterford before that too so there is obviously an element of change once again amongst the squad.

“It’s difficult when the likes of Cork and Waterford come in for players given the resources they have behind them.

“We wanted to try and keep as much of the squad as we could together.

“We’re talking to others at the club and from outside as well. We’ve deals agreed in principle with some that we’re not quite in a position to announce yet and others on holidays but we’ll hopefully have more news in the near future but I’m delighted add Robbie and Cristian to the list of players we’ve retained.”

A product of St Kevin’s Boys, highly-rated 20-year-old McCourt, a local from Glasnevin, joined Bohs in July from West Brom, while Romania-born Magerusan came through the Bohs U19s.

Long added: “Robbie came back during the summer, has played in a number of positions for us and has showed his versatility.

“He’s played at centre-half at schoolboy level for Ireland and was highly sought-after before going over to the UK.

“I think we can really get the best out of him next season when he’s had a pre-season with us under his belt.

“It can be difficult for players coming in when he did at the tail end of the summer transfer window. But in the games he did play, we saw glimpses of the player he is.

“Cristian’s scored a lot of goals for the U19s when he came back from injury set-backs. He’s sharp around the box. He’s only 19, still has a lot to learn but he’s excellent finisher with great potential.”

Conor Levingston is modelling the new redesigned 2019 Bohemians away jersey which is available to pre-order.

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Reminder: Meeting tonight (members only) to discuss the future of Bohemian FC

Tuesday November 6 2018, 7.30pm
Room HG20, Nursing Building, DCU Glasnevin Campus

A reminder to club members:

The Bohemian Football Club has now reached a critical point in terms of the operation of the club and our ability to grow beyond our current performance both on and off the pitch.

The league environment, economically, is falsely inflated by multiple clubs who have the ability to sustain significant losses and continue to operate. 

The aim is to discuss this situation and agree upon steps to take meaningful actions to tackle it – this meeting is critical to the future direction of The Bohemian Football Club. 

We ask each member to help make the meeting fully representative of The Bohemian Football Club membership base, so that our decisions may have the fullest possible numerical endorsement.

The board of Bohemian FC

Note: The DCU campus is large and difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with it. We advise arriving at DCU 30 minutes before the meeting is due to commence so that it can begin at 7.30pm sharp.

Directions: We advise members to enter the campus at the Collins Avenue entrance. The School of Nursing is the first building on the left and the car park is the first building on the right.

View full map here

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2018 CUP JERSEY EXTRA STOCK

We have a very limited number of spares in all adult sizes of the special edition 2018 Cup jersey that was worn in FAI Cup and IRN-BRU Cup games this season.

If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact cupjersey@bohemians.ie directly with any queries.

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BOHS-SKB U15s HOST ST PAT’S IN LEAGUE FINAL

It’s our final competitive game of 2018 at Dalymount Park tonight – and it’s FREE in for all as Bohs-SKB U15s take on St Patrick’s Athletic in the final of the SSE Airtricity U15 League.

We have had tremendous support for our U19s in the last couple of weeks, which has been really appreciated and well-received by all staff and players.

We hope we can see that again tonight for our U15s as Ger Browne’s side look to win a league title in the first year of the Bohs-SKB partnership, which is already beginning to bear fruits for both clubs.

A crowd of 1563 came to watch Craig Sexton’s U19s in the Uefa Youth League last week and we brought around 300 to Tallaght on Monday as Bohs won the SSE Airtricity U19 League for the second year running, added to the Enda McGuill Cup won in September.

The encouragement from the stands has played a part in those successes and we hope to see members and fans out in force once again as we look for one final memorable night from the 2018 season at Dalymount Park.

Kick-off is 7.30pm, Members’ Bar open from 6pm.

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JOE WICKHAM: RADICAL, BOHEMIAN AND FAI CHIEF

Fifty years ago, on 30 October 1968, Joe Wickham died in service as Football Association of Ireland secretary. He suffered a heart attack at half-time in a Poland v Ireland match in Katowice.

Wickham was at that time FAI chief and the public face of football in Ireland for 32 years. He was an internationally respected football administrator. He was also popular in his own country, being awarded the Soccer Writers’ Association Personality of the Year in 1964, described by one of those writers, Tony Reid, as having “administrative genius”, but being “extremely humble”.

Wickham is often associated with big moments in Irish football (and political or social) history. In 1938, he invited the new president, Douglas Hyde, to a match against Poland in Dalymount Park; Hyde’s attendance there led to him being removed as patron of the GAA.

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Joe Wickham top left with Eamon de Valera, Douglas Hyde and Oscar Traynor

“We have to give it go and let’s see where that takes us”

Preview: Shamrock Rovers U19s v Bohemians U19s
SSE Airtricity U19 League Final
Tuesday October 30, Tallaght Stadium, 7.30pm
(General admission €5, U14s go free)

The Bohemians U19s are looking to cap off another remarkable season by clinching a second league title in a row when they travel to Tallaght Stadium to face Shamrock Rovers.

SSE Airtricity U19 League champions last term, Bohs brought that form into this season once again – lifting the Enda McGuill Cup with a hard-fought win away to St Patrick’s Athletic in September.

The Bohemians faithful acknowledged the hard work being done at underage level by really getting behind Craig Sexton and his side for their Uefa Youth League return leg fixture at Dalymount Park last Wednesday.

A crowd of 1563 came to Dalyer as Bohs went down fighting against a fancied FC Midtjylland side, losing 2-1 to the Danes on the night and going out 4-2 on aggregate.

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Sexton’s side have dusted themselves down after that disappointment and are refreshed and ready to go toe to toe with Aidan Price’s Hoops in the league decider.

He said: “It’ll be an interesting game, it’ll be a tight one I think. But we have to give it go and let’s see where that takes us.

“I think we will get a crowd there with it being a Dublin derby, it’ll appeal to a wider audience.

“I think it’s the first time Bohs and Rovers have played in a big final since I played in the U20s final in 2010.

“We were beaten on penos that night, so hopefully the result will go the other way this time around!”

While trophies and the honour of representing the country in Uefa competition have been obvious highlights, Sexton sees the progression of players to Keith Long’s first team as the real sign of success.

The pathway for players is clear, from the joint Bohs-SKB U15 and U17 teams right through to the U19s and on to the first team. 

Ali Reghba, Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Danny Grant, Jamie Hamilton, Promise Omochere and Ryan Graydon have all featured for the first team this season as well as starring for Sexton’s U19s, while Paddy Kirk, now 20, has this season established himself as a first-team squad regular having shone for the U19s in recent seasons.

Sexton said: “Either way the game goes, this group have been fantastic. What they’ve achieved this season and last has been unbelievable.

“For the first team, the amount of players we’ve been able to bring through has been extremely pleasing.

“That’s where our success lies and I’m extremely proud of all the boys.”

Their route to the final has proved difficult, however, having had to dig deep in the knockout stages of the league against both Waterford and UCD.

In the quarter-final against Waterford, Bohs trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before eventually coming out on top 4-3 after extra time. In the semi-final, Bohs relinquished a 2-0 lead to need penalties to defeat UCD.

Sexton added: “We played Waterford, we scored with five or ten to go having been behind the whole game.

“Against UCD we were 2-0 up, cruising in the game, concede one and concede another just on the stroke of full-time.

“For the players to press the restart button and go again for another 30 minutes and win the shootout after that set-back was excellent.

“It shows you the type of group we have that they were able to dig deep and get those results.”

Ali Reghba gave Bohs the lead from the spot at Dalymount last Wednesday - Stephen Burke

CLUB DRAW WINNERS

Please find below winners of the club draw of the FAI National Draw, which was conducted at last week’s Uefa Youth League game.

The main national draw will take place on Wednesday November 21.

  • Pair of Ireland match tickets with accomodation (James Whelan/11821)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Colette Duignan/12003)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Jamie Connors/17858)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Niamh Slaughter/11552)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Ronan Corbett/17584)
  • Ireland Jersey (Adrian Muldoon/11927)
  • Ireland Jersey (Brian Mulvany/17443)
  • Pair of Summer School Schools Places (Russell Fitzsi_mons/1617)
  • Hospitality for 4 at a 2019 Bohs game (Davy Keogh/12008)
  • 2019 Bohs Home Jersey (Sean Butler/17863)
  • 2019 Bohs Away Jersey (Richard Garry/17541)
  • 2018 Limited edition Bohs Cup Jersey (Eamonn Oakes/17423)
  • €50 Bohs Shop Voucher (Lar Kelly/17625)
  • €50 Bohs Shop Voucher (Robert Dunne/11524)
  • Lunch for 2 in Bang Bang (Davin Richardson/11977)
  • Lunch for 2 in Bang Bang (Mary Coughlan/4882)
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    KEITH LONG SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

    Bohemian FC is delighted to announce that Keith Long has signed a three-year deal to remain as first-team manager until the end of the 2021 season.

    Now in his fourth year in charge, Long will retain his backroom team led by assistant manager Trevor Croly next season.

    Ahead of Bohs’ final league game of the season against Dundalk at Dalymount Park tomorrow, Long said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to the club. I think we’re a club going in the right direction.

    “The connection between the players, supporters, staff and everyone involved is really strong.

    “For me there was never any desire to be anywhere else other than here. I want to build upon the work we’ve started.

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    “The club are doing a lot of things right off the field and on the field, we can see some progression and lots of potential.

    “I’m excited about the young players we have at the club that we’ve built up and brought through.

    “Our culture is rich and our identity is clear. We’re not just a first team. There’s a lot going on in at the club with the community between the Foundation and the More Than A Club Project.

    “With the players we’re brought through ourselves and now with our link-up with St Kevin’s, there is an awful lot to be positive about.

    “We’re a big club and I want to bring success back to Dalymount.

    “We want more nights like the semi-final of the cup here in Dalymount. We want big games, big occasions and big crowds.

    As well as signing his own contract, Long confirmed re-signings ahead of next season.

    Shane Supple, Dinny Corcoran and Danny Grant were already under contract for 2019 and added to Darragh Leahy whose new contract was announced last week, Andy Lyons, Rob Cornwall, Derek Pender, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon and Promise Omochere have all penned new deals.

    Long added: “We still have a little bit of work to do with a couple of lads we want but negotiations are well down the road and we’ve decisions to make on others.

    “In an ideal world we’d like to keep as many as we can from this season to bring the club forward next year and we have our eye on one or two to come in too, obviously.”

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    VOTE FOR Mr GREEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Our main sponsors and betting partners Mr Green are asking fans to vote for the Mr Green Bohemians Player of the Year.

    Voting takes place on Mr Green’s twitter account to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Glasgow and VIP tickets to a Celtic game.

    Mr Green has drawn up a four-man shortlist of Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Shane Supple and Keith Ward.

    Cast your vote here.

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    U15s and U19s advance to league finals

    Both our U15s and U19s face a Dublin derby in their respective SSE Airtricity League finals.

    At St Kevin’s pitch at Shanowen Road yesterday, Ger Browne’s Bohs-SKB U15s battled from 2-0 down to win 4-3 after extra-time.

    Gavin O’Brien helped himself to a perfect hat-trick in normal time – left foot, header and right foot… and he’s a right-back!

    O’Brien’s heroics came at a price – he was forced off with cramp. But it was his replacement at right-back Jason Moloney who sealed the win in the last minute of extra-time.

    Bohs-SKB will play St Pat’s in the league final. No date has been set for the decider.

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    View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and St Kevin’s highlights from the game here.

    On Saturday, the Bohemians U19s reached their second SSE Airtricity League final in two years.

    Craig Sexton’s side built up a 2-0 lead with goals from Steven Nolan and Ali Reghba.

    But the Students fought back to make it 2-2 in injury-time. Extra-time could not separate the sides so the game went to a penalty shootout where Bohs won 5-3, with Cristian Magerusan netting the decisive score.

    Champions last year and Enda McGuill Cup winners this term, the U19s will now face Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium in the final. That game will take place on either October 30 or October 31.

    View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and Johnny Bohan’s video of the shootout here.

    Before that, Sexton’s side face FC Midtjylland in the return leg of the Uefa Youth League tie at 7pm this Wednesday.

    They were two goals down in the first leg in Herning, Denmark, on October 3 but rallied to claim an important away goal through Steven Nolan to give them everything to play for in the return leg at Dalymount Park.

    We ask all members and supporters to make an effort to attend this game – representing our league in Uefa competition is a huge reward for a group of players who have represented our club with distinction in recent seasons. They deserve your support.

    U12s go free, general admission is just €5. Membership cards and season tickets are valid but we ask supporters to consider making a voluntary donation towards the matchday expenses.

    Bohs and St Kevin's backroom teams salute U15s
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