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GET WELL SOOM JIMMY WYLIE

You can’t keep a good man down – Jimmy Wylie was already on his feet when he got an unexpected visit from club captain (and fellow walking wounded!) Derek Pender at the Mater Hospital today.

As explained by his daughter Paula on Liveline, 88-year-old former Bohemians commissionaire Jimmy was waiting for the 46A to bring him to Dalymount ahead of last Friday’s game against Derry City when he was knocked to the ground by a man running to catch a bus.

Helped up by passers-by, a determined Jimmy made it as far as Dalymount Lane before accepting he needed some help.

Assisted by club stewards and St John’s Ambulance staff, Jimmy was brought to the Mater Hospital where it was discovered he had fractured his pelvis in the fall. He has been in good spirits recovering in the Mater since.

Keen to move on and eager get back to full fitness, Jimmy instead took aim at the league’s fixture list for causing the incident and quipped: “Why did we have two home league games in a row? We used to only play at home once every fortnight.

“That’s the way it should be. I wouldn’t have even been on O’Connell St waiting for a bus if the fixtures list was arranged the way it used to be.”

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JAKE KELLY SIGNS

Bohemians are delighted to announce the signing of winger Jake Kelly from Dundalk.

Kelly, 25, previously lined out for St Patrick’s Athletic in between two spells at Bray Wanderers where he worked under Keith Long.

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BARS OPEN FOR CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS

Can’t make it to Cork tomorrow? Fear not! The match will be shown live in our bars at Dalymount Park from 8pm. Spread the word.

“WE HAVE TO TEST OURSELVES”

CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Turner’s Cross, Friday 31 July, 8pm

Bohemians face a “tough challenge” in Cork following two home victories in the league. The record of recent games between the two sides is strongly in Bohemians’ favour but manager Keith Long insists the form is reset when each game is started.

He regards Cork City as serious contenders for the league title, especially following a 1-1 draw last weekend against leaders Dundalk. “In my view Cork marginally shaded that game,” Long said.

“They have good players, experienced players, international players.They are a top side and it’s a tough challenge, but we have to go down there and test ourselves against them. If we’re organised and disciplined we have a chance of picking up points.”

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Despite the flurry of first-half goals and eventual 4-2 victory over Derry last weekend, Long expects more of his players.

“It was a chance to put a team to the sword, which we haven’t done. Derry were frail at the back and we exposed them ruthlessly in a 10-minute spell, but we went out of the game for long periods.

“It was a chance to improve our goal difference and we didn’t capitalise on that. But ultimately we are judged on the three points. It was a win and we can’t be too disappointed.”

Long was pleased with the success, yet again, of a Bohemians set-piece, which led to the first goal, and with how his team dealt with the loss of Ismahil Akinade at the end of the first half and later playing for 12 minutes with ten men, while Paddy Kavanagh was being treated for a facial injury.

For Friday Bohemians must prepare without Anto Murphy and Kavanagh, both suspended. Murphy completes his two-game ban for a red card, and Kavanagh misses one game for accumulated yellow cards.

Lorcan Fitzgerald (hamstring), is rated a 50/50 chance to be available. So too is Akinade (shoulder), who took a heavy fall in last week’s defeat of Derry City. Dan Byrne and Marc Griffin are out with long-term injuries.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

BOHS BUS TO CORK CITY

The Bohs bus is heading to Turner’s Cross on Friday (July 31st) as Cork City host Bohemians at 7.45pm.

  • Departs Dalymount: 3pm sharp
  • Cost: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to book your place
  • Deadline for bookings: 5pm, Wednesday

 

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EARLIER KICK-OFF FOR LIMERICK v BOHEMIANS

Bohemians’ game away to Limerick at Markets Field on Saturday August 8th will kick off at the earlier time of 6.30pm.

“Winning is a good habit”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 24 July,7.45pm

In their second successive home game Bohemians are aiming to confirm the form shown last week. A ten-man win over Sligo Rovers, with a clean sheet, was a welcome response to losses against other teams below Bohemians in the league table.

Manager Keith Long was very pleased with the grit his team showed as they weathered a Sligo storm in the latter part of the game.

“Winning is a good habit and, equally so, losing can become a bad habit. So, it was important that we didn’t let the rot set in last week. It was a good three points, and we hope we can back it up against Derry,” said Long.

“The players really dug in and put their bodies on the line. It was our first clean sheet in seven competitive games and a return to the defensive performances that served us so well earlier in the season.” (Bohemians started the season with eight clean sheets in eight competitive games.)

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In a strong team display last Friday Roberto Lopes put in yet another exemplary performance. Just turned 23 last month, he has had leadership responsibilities thrust upon him through captain Derek Pender’s absence.

“At the start of the year I named him vice-captain because he epitomises everything that is good about Bohemian Football Club. He’s come up through the under-19s, he’s honest, he works really hard, and is an example to everyone,” said Long.

“He goes about his business in a quiet manner, he doesn’t look for plaudits. He’s a big influence in the dressing-room, maybe more in actions than in words.”

Lopes may have to play a more defensive role again on Friday, as Bohemians plan without Anto Murphy, who serves an automatic suspension for his red card last week. Fellow-defender Lorcan Fitzgerald returns from suspension but is rated a “50/50 chance” to start, with a hamstring injury.

With defenders Pender and Dan Byrne on the long-term injury list, Bohemians are especially pleased to welcome back Eoin Wearen, a midfielder who can also cover in defence.

Wearen transferred to the north-west with former Sligo manager Owen Heary but has not featured in Rovers’ most recent games. He returns to his native area of Dublin and, if the paperwork can be completed in time, could be pressed into action on Friday.

“He’s a very welcome addition, and we hope we can the best out of him. He’s got a lot of quality and he’s a good fit for Bohemians,” said Long.

Marc Griffin’s cruciate injury and Dean Kelly’s departure leave Bohemians short in the striker department but manager Long, working with a very modest player budget, continues to look for possible signings in the remaining week of the transfer window.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

Bohs to host Man City Elite Development Squad

Bohemians v Manchester City Elite Development Squad
Dalymount Park, Saturday August 1st, 3pm

Bohemians will host Patrick Vieira’s Manchester City Elite Development Squad in a friendly at Dalymount Park on Saturday August 1st at 3pm.

Bohs manager Keith Long will pick a strong team for the game against Vieira’s squad of next generation Premier League stars, which will include City’s latest addition Patrick Roberts, who joined from Fulham last week for £8 million.

Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for children, and are now available from Dalymount Park Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and at this Friday’s SSE Airtricity League clash against Derry City.

All remaining tickets will be available on the turnstiles on match-night.

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WEAREN RETURNS

Bohemians are delighted to announce the re-signing of midfielder Eoin Wearen after his brief stint with Sligo Rovers.

The former West Ham youth originally signed for Bohs in May of last year. He made 15 league appearances for the club last season, scoring three times.

Wearen, 22, said: “I can’t wait to get started and push for Europe with this great club. It is a special club to play for and I feel privileged to have another opportunity to play here.

“I feel like I am coming back home and look forward to playing in front of our great fans once again.”

Eoin Wearen and Club Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert

“LET’S GET BACK TO BASIC”

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 17th July, k-o 8.05pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is looking for his side to get “back to basics” after a disjointed few weeks which have seen the Gypsies play just two competitive games in the last 34 days.

Bohs face Sligo Rovers this Friday night in front of the Setanta Sports cameras, looking to bounce back from consecutive league defeats against Drogheda United and Longford Town.

“It’s been a bit disjointed in the last few weeks, but it gives us a chance to re-focus and get back to the basics and back to what we did well earlier in the season,” said Long.

“We’ve trained particularly well this week and last week, and hopefully you’ll see that in the performance tomorrow night against Sligo. As disappointing as the defeats were, we can’t dwell on them. We need to look forward, and that’s what we’ve done over the last 13 days.”

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While Sligo Rovers have been going through a rough patch, Long still expects a tough game from the Bit O’Red, now managed by former Bohs man Joseph Ndo.

“They’re in a state of flux at the moment, but they’re a full-time team and they have lots of good players. If we’re not on our guard, it could be a difficult night for us,” said Long.

“Joey was one of the great technicians of the League of Ireland, and I have no doubt that he’ll try and play a brand of football that he’s accustomed to.”

At the beginning of the season, many pundits would not have been surprised if the current league positions (5th & 10th) of the two teams was reversed. But the Bohs manager welcomes the new-found expectations that his side’s form has heralded.

“That expectation is there now, and we’ve got to handle that and embrace it. We recognise that the players have done a decent job so far, but we can’t take our foot off the pedal in any way,” said Long.

“The League table doesn’t lie at this stage of the season, we want to kick on, get as many points as we can, and try and finish as high up the table as we can.”

The Gypsies have collected more points on their travels than at Dalymount Park this season, and Long is looking for his side to take the game to the opposition when on home turf.

“It’s a home game. The onus is on us, irrespective of who we’re playing. We’re expected to win, and we want the players to embrace that challenge.”

Bohs will be without the suspended Lorcan Fitzgerald, while Jake Hyland is almost certain to miss out with a groin injury.

Jason Byrne and Dylan Hayes are back in contention after run outs in a friendly against Everton Under 21s on Wednesday. Derek Pender (achilles), Marc Griffin (cruciate) and Dan Byrne (knee) remain on the longer-term injury list.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock
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