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Comedy Night: PJ Gallagher, Eric Lalor and friends

We are delighted welcome PJ Gallagher, Eric Lalor and friends to the Phoenix Bar in Dalymount Park on Sunday December 10th.

The Irish comedy stars will perform a comedy gig in aid of the Bohemian FC Youths section.

Doors open at 7pm, with the show due to kick off at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale for €20 (€21.50 online) and include a free drink.

They are available direct from Dalymount Park or from our online store: store.bohemians.ie

Buy yours now or help get the word out by inviting friends to this event.

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BOHS/ST KEVIN’S AGREE PATHWAY PARTNERSHIP

Bohemian FC and St Kevin’s Boys FC are delighted to announce we have entered into an exclusive partnership to provide a development pathway from elite underage football through to senior level.

The inaugural SSE Airtricity U15 League this year saw Bohemians and St Kevin’s enter separate teams but under this new five-year agreement, the clubs will enter a joint team when the 2018 season kicks off in March.

This arrangement will be extended to U13 level when the new SSE Airtricity U13 League commences in March 2019.

It brings together the League of Ireland’s oldest club and the country’s most famous schoolboy club.

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Both have a proud tradition of nurturing talent. Ireland’s most recent senior international squads are a testament to that.

They featured two former Bohemians in Stephen Ward and Matt Doherty and the established former St Kevin’s duo of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.

It is anticipated that the new arrangement will add to the strides Bohemians have made in recent years with our existing underage elite teams.

Graham Lawlor’s U19s won the SSE Airtricity U19 League last month and as a result will compete in the UEFA Youth League next year, while it took an agonising penalty shootout defeat away to Cork City to deny Jimmy Mowlds’ U17s the SSE Airtricity U17 League title.

The senior team has reaped the benefits of these strong foundations with nine graduates of our underage sides being handed first-team debuts in various competitions over the course of the 2017 season.

Beyond the elite teams, Bohemians have worked hard to build our youth structures from the bottom up. The club has increased its participation numbers within the community through our Academy (ages 4-7), Girls Academy (ages 7-12), and youth teams (ages 7-15).

Bohemian Youth Development Officer Ian Morris said: “A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes at growing the club’s youth structures.

“The youth section has grown steadily and we feel we now have very strong foundations in place.

“This arrangement with St Kevin’s will complement those and we’re looking forward to it.”

St Kevin’s Director of Football Ken Donohoe said: “We are delighted this strategic partnership has been agreed.

“It is an opportunity for both clubs to further grow and present a clearly defined pathway for coaches and elite players from the youngest age groups right through to League of Ireland football and beyond, using the expertise within both clubs that has made them so successful in their respective spheres up to now.

“It will create opportunities for players from both clubs to maximise their potential in a highly professional and competitive environment.

“We look forward to both clubs embracing this concept with desire, determination and commitment to making it a success that will enhance football standards in this country.”

Bohemians first team manager Keith Long believes the new development is a “statement of intent” that can only benefit both parties.

Long said: “It’s an exciting opportunity for both clubs. We’re two elite clubs operating out of the northside of Dublin. We both have a reputation for bringing talent through, so the potential is clear.

“We have the same vision and we believe we can work really well together. From a footballing point of view, this deal makes sense for both of us.

“You only have to look at the calibre of player St Kevin’s have produced to see that.

“Now they have a pathway to bring them from that level on to senior League of Ireland level and beyond. It’s a statement of intent from both clubs.”

The deal brings an end to Bohemians’ previous arrangement with the North Dublin Schoolboy League.

Bohemian FC President Chris Brien said: “I want to thank Tony Gains and the NDSL for all their support and assistance over the last six years.

“It has been a very successful partnership, however, the board of Bohemian FC decided it was time for a new initiative and I look forward to a new chapter for our elite section.

“I believe the partnership between the two clubs will help move both of us to a new level.”

St Kevin’s FC Chairman Michael O’Callaghan said: “Ever since the FAI announced the advent of the newly-structured National League, our club made the decision that we would endeavour to do all that we possibly could to be involved at the highest level of the schoolboy game in this country.

“We did not want to accept a supporting role where we would have a loose association with a senior club. We wanted to be as fully involved as possible in the running, coaching and development of the young players in the National Leagues. We have had many years of negotiations and discussions to achieve that end.

“Having got to know the officials at Bohemian FC – and they having got to know us – we feel that the new partnership will prove beneficial to both clubs. We have a proven track record of developing young players since our foundation in 1959. We also have excellent facilities and infrastructure that we can put at the disposal of the elite SSE teams.

“Of course Bohemian FC has an even longer pedigree in the game, stretching back to 1890. We trust that the new partnership will prove beneficial to both clubs.

“We look forward to forging a new future together. We hope that this partnership, allied to the redevelopment of Dalymount Park in the near future, will lead to a resurgence in Bohemians’ fortunes.

“We look forward to working together to improve the standard of the players coming through the pathway, from the youngest underage teams all the way through to playing in the League of Ireland – and possibly beyond.

Bohemian FC Youth Director Conor Emerson said: “The deal creates a unique opportunity. St Kevin’s lead the way in youth football development and bring huge expertise and experience in this area.

“Coupled with what we have to offer in terms of the pathway into senior football, we feel we now have the complete package, benefiting both clubs.

“More importantly, it will benefit the players coming through our systems.”

St Kevin’s Secretary Brendan Bermingham said: “Having spent the last couple of months in discussion with Bohemian FC representatives I’m delighted to announce that we were finally able to get a partnership agreement over the line.

“A link with such a progressive club allows present and future St Kevin’s players an opportunity to be part of the Bohemians structure and display their talents at the highest levels.

“The integrated partnership can only benefit both organisations. We look forward to the exciting and successful times ahead.

Under the agreement, the U13/U15 Bohs-SKB partnership teams’ first kit will be the Gypsies’ iconic red and black stripes with the St Kevin’s crest on the sleeves, while the second kit will be St Kevin’s traditional tangerine.

As well as the Bohs-SKB U13/U15 teams using St Kevin’s training facilities, the existing Bohemians U17 and U19 teams will do likewise.

The Bohs-SKB U13/U15 teams will play their matches at St Kevin’s pitches at Shanowen Rd, while the Bohs U17 and U19 teams will play their matches at St Aidan’s.

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NOEL NOLAN RIP

Noel Nolan, who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 91, served with great distinction on the Bohemian Football Club’s management committee from 1966 to 2003 when he became a Life Vice-President.

A Bohs “B” and “C” team player in the late 1940s, he was a prime-mover in the club’s change from amateur-only players in 1969 and the arrival of our first semi-professional, Tony O’Connell. What a good move that was!

Yes, Noel was a hugely progressive figure but there was more, a whole lot more. A natural leader, he got things done in a most practical fashion and with such energy. All that and he was also a wonderful counsel through good and bad times.

He championed Bohemians every step along the way and was well respected by officials of other clubs up and down our League of Ireland.

His typical welcome to visitors to Dalymount Park often began with the words: “You’re as welcome as the flowers in May!”

And there were so many laughs along the way. A terrible man for puns, his jokes and stories were probably worse but somehow all the funnier for that.

He was genuine, he was funny, he was great company and the best of friends to so many of us. And we loved him.

We shall miss him, oh how we’ll miss him, but we must celebrate him too, he’d like that best of all.

Our sincere sympathy to Noel’s family and many friends.

[A fuller tribute to Noel Nolan will be published in due course.]

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Noel Nolan, RIP – Reposing at Massey Bros. Funeral Home, 88A Cabra Road Tuesday (28th Nov), from 2pm with removal to Christ The King Church arriving at 5pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday (29th Nov) at 10am followed by burial in Dardistown Cemetery. All enquiries to Massey Bros. 018389774.

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BENNION JOINS AS GOALKEEPING COACH

Manager Keith Long has appointed Chris Bennion as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.

The Scot, 37, had a distinguished League of Ireland career most notably with Dundalk, Shelbourne and Longford Town.

He was most recently goalkeeping coach at Drogheda United.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Colin McCabe has signed a new one-year deal to remain at Bohemians.

The Cavan man, 20, joined in August from Celtic as understudy to Shane Supple following a hand injury to Greg Murray.

He made his league debut in the final game of the season, helping Bohs to a 3-1 win over Finn Harps.

McCabe re-signing brings to 18 the number of players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Eoghan Morgan, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.

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WARD RE-SIGNS, LUNNEY JOINS FROM ST PAT’S

Bohemians are delighted to announce that Keith Ward has re-signed for 2018 and that JJ Lunney has joined from St Patrick’s Athletic.

Also signed up for next season are U19 star Eoghan Morgan and 18-year-old striker Cristian Magerusan.

A fans’ favourite in his first spell at the club in 2012, Ward rekindled that form having re-signed from Derry City ahead of the 2016 season.

Manager Keith Long said: “Wardy’s been great for us and we’re delighted to he’s committed again.

“He took a little while to settle back in but Wardy is the kind of player that when he plays well, the whole team tends to play well.”

The 27-year-old chipped in with five league goals from midfield this season, most notably a stunning hat-trick away to Drogheda United in September.

But it is his creative ability that has earned him most plaudits, especially his understanding with striker Dinny Corcoran, who helped himself to 15 league goals this term.

Long said: “This is their second spell at Bohs playing together and they were also both at UCD too. They’ve developed a great undestanding and have a telepathic relationship.”

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Lunney featured in 22 league games for St Patrick’s Athletic this year having signed from Preston North End.

The 19-year-old has been capped by Ireland from U15 all the way up to U19 level and is a player Bohs wanted to sign last year.

Long is delighted to have finally got his man and said: “We tried to bring him in before but unfortunately JJ had already committed to St Pat’s.

“He is a player who is going to give us great energy in midfield. He can play in the middle or on the wing and he’s a left-footer.

“He’s an excellent young player and is exactly the type of player we want to recruit to the club.

“He’s ambitious and we believe we can help him reach his potential at Dalymount Park.”

Having played for the Bohs schoolboys, Morgan re-signed for the club from Shamrock Rovers at the start of the 2017.

The midfielder, also 19, starred for the U19s as Graham Lawlor’s side went on to win the SSE Airtricity League U19 title.

The Glasnevin man’s performances were rewarded with first-team action in the Leinster Senior Cup and EA Sports Cup before being handed his league debut off the bench against Dundalk in July.

Magerusan, described by Long as “an excellent finisher and an all-round striker with great potential” has been training with the club since the start of the year.

But difficulties obtaining international clearance for the 18-year-old Romanian, who last lined out for Lucan United having also previously been on the books of CFR Cluj, prevented him for signing for the first team until now.

It brings to 17 the number of players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Eoghan Morgan, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.

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Phibsboro’ Village Tidy Town table quiz

If you’re already missing Friday nights at Dalymount Park, you can go some way towards rectifying that this week by attending the Phibsboro’ Village Tidy Town table quiz.

Kick-off in the Phoenix Bar is 8pm, teams of four cost €40 and your quizmaster for the night is our very own Brian Trench.

There will be prizes for the top three teams as well as spot prizes and a raffle. Support your club and support our community.

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Last Man Standing Competition

The deadline to enter the latest instalment of the Bohemians Last Man Standing competition is this Friday.

It’s just €10 to join with a guaranteed prize pot of €300!

You can sign up at LMS.bohemians.ie

Spread the word and invite your friends to take part.

How does it work?

  1. Pay your entry fee before Friday’s deadline of 8pm.
  2. Each week, simply pick ONE team to win. If your team wins, you go through – lose or draw and you’re out.
  3. You cannot pick that team again during the competition.
  4. If the team you picked has their game postponed, you are automatically put through to the next round. But you cannot pick that team again in the competition.
  5. If you forget to pick a team, you’ll be assigned the first team alphabetically that you’ve yet to pick.
  6. Player with the longest streak of predicting winning teams wins the prize of €300.
  7. If two players remain and both don’t pick a winner, the pot is split.
  8. Every competition has a guaranteed winner with no rollover system in place.
  9. If more than two remain, everyone goes through to the next round. If all remaining players lose their match in a round together, they all go through to the next round.
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CHRISTMAS DRAW EARLY BIRD RESULTS

A big thank-you to everyone who bought Christmas Draw tickets in time to be included in the Early Bird Draw. €2000 worth of cash prizes was up for grabs. A list of the 15 lucky winners is below. There is still over €8000 to be won at the main draw, which will be held on Saturday December 16. To be in with a chance of winning, buy online at xmasdraw.bohemians.ieor from Jimmy O’Connor at Dalymount Park.

EARLY BIRD DRAW Sunday November 19

€200 Imelda Farrell (Ticket number: 1387 Seller: Anto Farrell)
€200 Derek Downes (Ticket number: 0234 Seller: Peter Arcaya)
€200 John Flood (Ticket number: 0989 Seller: Mick Scully)
€200 Tommy Dornan (Ticket number: 1403 Seller: Self)
€200 John V. Reilly (Ticket number: 0987 Seller: Mick Scully)
€100 John Moore (Ticket number: 1510 Seller: Online)
€100 Paul O’Brien (Ticket number: 1108 Seller: )
€100 MKS (Ticket number: 1058 Seller: Yank)
€100 Derek Hyland (Ticket number: 0437 Seller: Stephen McLoughlin)
€100 Keith Carroll (Ticket number: 1097 Seller: Stephen Lambert)
€100 Paul Cassin (Ticket number: 0455 Seller: Vinny Bracken)
€100 Lorraine Lattimore (Ticket number: 0412 Seller: Stephen McLoughlin)
€100 Paddy Maguire (Ticket number: 0275 Seller: Pat Flynn)
€100 Betty Keegan (Ticket number: 0578 Seller: John Keegan)
€100 Betty Keegan (Ticket number: 0581 Seller: Rory O’Connor)

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CASEY AND U19 stars sign for 2018

Keith Long has continued his squad building for 2018 with the re-signing of Dan Casey and the promotion of Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson and Paddy Kirk to the Bohemians first team.

Casey, who turned 20 at the end of last month, joined Bohs in July following his release from Sunderland and made seven league starts and two substitute appearances.

A product of St Joseph’s Boys, he initially slotted in at right-back but it was at centre-back that the former Ireland U19 international excelled.

Manager Long said: “I believe Dan has a big season ahead of him. He’s played at right-back for Sunderland and Ireland as well but he’s a natural at centre-back.

“Young players will make mistakes but he will benefit from his four months in the league this year and I believe he will push on next season.

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“With Rob Cornwall, Warren O’Hora and Dan Byrne all there, centre-back is a position where we have four top players vying for their place in the team.

“Dan has the potential to go on and become one of the best young centre-backs in the league and he will benefit from having a full pre-season with us too.”

In a breakthrough year for the club’s underage teams, which saw Graham Lawlor’s U19s win the league and Jimmy Mowlds’ U17s finish runners-up in theirs, Long is keen to continue to give youth a chance at senior level.

Hamilton, who unlike Wilson and Kirk is still eligible at U19 level next year, was given his first taste of first-team football in the Leinster Senior Cup and EA Sports Cup this season.

The winger, who gave a man-of-the-match performance in the U19s’ league final win against St Patrick’s Athletic, made three first-team subsitute appearances in the league and scored his first league goal in the 3-1 win against Finn Harps on the final day of the season.

That victory also marked a first for Wilson, who made his league debut with an acomplished performance at right-back, before picking up the club’s U19 Player of the Year Award after the game.

U19 captain Kirk is yet to make his league debut but the left-back also featured in EA Sports and Leinster Senior Cup games this season.

Long said: “We’ve good young players coming through at the club as is evident with the success of our U19s and U17s.

“It’s a big step up but they deserve to be rewarded for their efforts and to be given a chance at this level.

“We’ve also retained a number of the U19 team who are still eligible for that level next season, so we believe they can continue to improve.”

It brings to 13 the number of players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Rob Cornwall, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Warren O’Hora.

Meanwhile, Long is one of three nominees for the PFA Ireland Manager of the Year, which will be announced at the PFA Ireland Awards Banquet on Saturday night.

It is deserved recognition for a manager who guided a team tipped for relegation to a fifth-placed finish this season.

It is the second time in three seasons that Long, who is up against Cork City’s John Caulfield and Dundalk’s Stephen Kenny this time around, has been nominated for the award.

Long added: “It’s nice to recognised for an individual award but it’s recognition for the efforts of everyone involved with the team and backroom team.”

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BOHEMIAN FC CHRISTMAS DRAW

EARLY BIRD DRAW: Sunday November 19th
MAIN DRAW: Saturday December 16th

The 2017 Bohemian FC Christmas Draw takes place on Saturday December 16h at Dalymount Park.

With over cash prizes of over €10,000 on offer every year, the Christmas Draw is one of our biggest annual fundraisers.

€2000 of that will be handed out at the Early Bird draw, which will be held this Sunday – so make sure you return your tickets or buy them online in time to be included.

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Tickets, which cost €20 each, are on sale from the xmasdraw.bohemians.ie.

You can also help promote this event by inviting your friends to attend and purchase tickets.

As always, the club would like to thank all of you who have already supported this fundraiser by either buying or selling tickets.

In particular, we would like to thank Jimmy O’Connor and his fundraising team for their dedicated efforts.

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