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PLAYER FUND

Dear members and fellow supporters,

As a club, we have overcome great hurdles over the past decade. As we all know, the effect of the property crash and economic downturn came close to putting us out of business.

After a number of tough seasons where members and supporters dug deep on numerous occasions to keep the show on the road, we collectively saved our club, reduced our multi-million euro debt to a manageable amount and have secured Dalymount Park as our home for future generations.

Thanks to the endeavours of our members and a small but dedicated body of volunteers, we have every reason to be optimistic about our long-term future.

However, the decision to reduce the Premier Division from 12 teams to 10 next season presents everyone in the division with a fresh challenge.

Despite the constraints of prudence, Keith Long and his team have continued to punch above their weight over the past two-and-a-half seasons.

To give Keith the best possible chance at continuing that, we, as a group of members and supporters, are establishing a fans’ fund to supplement the playing budget.

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“IT’S A GOOD GAME TO START BACK WITH”

​ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
Friday June 16th 2017, Richmond Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians go into tomorrow’s Dublin derby determined to hit the ground running after the mid-season break.

Just five points separate the sides with Bohs currently seventh on 20 points and St Pat’s second from bottom on 15.

In an extremely congested table, the Gypsies are seven points off fourth place but also six points off the bottom.

Bohs manager Keith Long is keen to get points on the board to ensure the Gypsies are looking up the table rather than over their shoulders.

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Four of Bohs’ six wins this season have come away from home and Long is determined to add to that tomorrow.

He said: “We could have done without the mid-season break, I don’t really see the point of it.

“But it’s a good game to start back with. It’s a Dublin derby and Richmond Park is a great surface to play on.”

A full-time side, few would have predicted that St Pat’s would be sitting in the relegation zone.

But Long says his side will not get lulled into a false sense of security – Liam Buckley’s side have already humbled the Gypsies 4-0 in Dalymount Park this season.

Long added: “The table doesn’t lie but they turned us over the last time we played them, so we know all about the quality they possess.

“But we have to concentrate on our own game and ensure we put in a good performance.

“We’ve worked hard in training all week and we’ve hammered that home to the players.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs must plan without suspended duo Lorcan Fitzgerald (five yellow cards) and Dylan Hayes (additional two-match suspension following red card v Limerick).

Ismahil Akinade has stepped up his rehabilitation from surgery (to remove his spleen) by playing 45 minutes in a training game on Wednesday night. But he is still not ready to be considered for first-team action.

Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remains sidelined. Striker Steo Donnelly, signed from Usher Celtic, is not yet eligible to play.

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Watch the Boys in Green at Dalymount Park

Didn’t get your hands on a ticket for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Austria?

Then instead you can enjoy it from the comfort of Dalymount Park.

The Members’ Bar opens at 4pm ahead of the game, which kicks off at 5pm.
BAR SPECIALS
(For duration of the game)

  • All pints €4 (Guinness, Bulmers, Heineken, Five Lamps, Bohemian Red Ale, Hop House, Carlsberg, Coors)
  • Bottles 3 for €10 (Budweiser, Miller, Bulmers)

Everyone welcome – spread the word.

 

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JJ Glynn takes charge of Bohs under-15s

Bohemians are pleased to announce the appointment of Gerard Glynn as manager of the club’s inaugural SSE Airtricity League under-15s team.

The UEFA A Licence holder brings a wealth of experience to the role having coached in the FAI’s Centre of Excellence for 10 years.

He is the FAI’s development officer for South Dublin (Templeogue/Rathfarnham), has served on the backroom teams of international development squads and took charge of the Irish team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Glynn, better known as JJ, said: “I’ve worked with this particular age group for many years both with the Centre of Excellence and with the international squads.

“I’m really looking forward to taking on this challenge. I’m familiar with a lot of people at the club already.

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“I’ve worked closely with Jimmy Mowlds, the Bohs under-17s manager, at the FAI’s Centre of Excellence.

“I’ve also previously worked with players at the club earlier in their careers – the likes of Warren O’Hora, Jamie Hamilton and Eoghan Morgan, who are doing well with the under-19s and on the fringes of the first team now too.”

Glynn’s backroom team will comprise of Conor Murphy (UEFA B Licence holder/Bohemians under-16s premier manager), Glen Byrne (UEFA B Licence holder/Bohemians under-15s premier manager) and Jamie Wilson (strength and conditioning coach with the NDSL Kennedy Cup team).

Glynn said: “We’re looking forward to getting started and recruiting the right kind of player to the club.

“We want to bring in players who will be capable of progressing right through the age groups – to Jimmy’s under-17s, to Graham Lawlor’s under-19s and, hopefully, all the way through to the first team for Keith Long.”

It is an exciting time in domestic football with the new SSE Airtricity League under-15 league, which will commence in August, finally providing a pathway for players to progress from schoolboy football right through to League of Ireland first teams.

Glynn added: “The restructuring is going to be of massive benefit to young players and a real chance for them to progress, whether that be to first-team football here in Ireland or to further afield.

“It’s going to be a big step-up for them from schoolboy football to be competing on a national basis. They will be pitting themselves against the best players in their age group from right around the country, so we are really looking forward to that challenge.”

Welcoming Glynn to the club, Bohemian FC Youth Development Officer Ian Morris said: “We are absolutely delighted to have JJ on board. As soon as we sat down for the first time, I knew he was the man we wanted.

“His knowledge of developing players at this age is unquestionable. The working relationship between Jimmy Mowlds and Graham Lawlor is excellent. This is something I was keen to build on.

“The communication between each age group’s manager is key and we have that in abundance here as can already be seen by the amount of players who have progressed into the first team and who have made their debuts this season.

“Conor, Glen and Jamie are all young knowledgeable coaches, who all work in Emerging Talent Programmes. Their enthusiasm and work ethic is constant and I am really pleased we have them all on board.”

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STEO SIGNS FOR BOYHOOD IDOLS

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Stephen Donnelly.

The striker joins from Usher Celtic having scored 25 goals in the AUL Premier A Division this season.

The 24-year-old rejected advances from other SSE Aitricity League clubs and from the North in order to sign for his boyhood idols.

‘Steo’ said: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been going to Bohs games with my da since I was five years old.

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“I really can’t wait to play for that jersey, it will mean a lot.

“I’ve had the best year of football this year with Usher and I owe everything to everyone at the club but I’m looking forward to the challenge of stepping up to a higher level now.”

Before teaming up with Usher, Donnelly spent the previous five years in the United States where he completed a soccer and physical education scholarship with Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

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DIRECT PROVISION RESIDENTS COME TO DALYMOUNT

The Bohemian Foundation will tonight welcome residents of three Dublin Direct Provision centres to Dalymount Park.

Between 60 and 80 residents of the centres at Finglas, Clondalkin and Leeson St will attend tonight’s SSE Airtricity League game between Bohemians and Drogheda United as guests.

The event is a joint effort between the Bohemian Foundation, Bohemian Football Club and MASI, while Extreme Adventures Ireland are providing transport to and from the game for those residents who wish to attend.

MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) is a collective movement. Their mission is to provide a platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose. They are also calling for an end to Direct Provision.

Lucky Khambule of MASI said: “There is nothing in this world that unifies people more than sports. Football will be the winner on this day.

“As invited guests, we are looking forward to mixing with supporters and adding our voices to cheer on Bohemians. We hope everyone who comes along will enjoy their day.”

The Bohemian Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation intent on improving the health and well-being of Bohemians’ North Dublin community.

Organising the event on behalf of the Bohemian Foundation, Kevin Brannigan said: “In Ireland, sport and football in particular holds a key place in the national consciousness.

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“It brings people together at a national and local level every weekend in parks and stadiums across the island. Here at Bohs, we want to bring football fans who are currently in Direct Provision into this fold.

“We view these new fans as integral parts of the ‘new Ireland’ and we want to show them that Bohs and football in general holds the door open for them to take their place amongst us on the sidelines, in the terraces and on the pitches.”

Bohemians as a club and through our supporters have previously, working alongside the Irish Refugee Council, highlighted the conditions of those living in direct provision through fan displays, murals at Dalymount Park and by our players wearing campaigning t-shirts during their warm-ups.

Extending the club’s welcome to our newest fans, Bohemian FC president Chris Brien said: “People of many nationalities now call Ireland ‘home’ and as Dalymount Park is the traditional Home of Irish Football, we want to let them know they are always welcome to join us here  as equals and as part of our club and community.”

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“WE HAVE TO IMPROVE HOME FORM”

​BOHEMIANS v DROGHEDA UNITED
Friday June 2nd, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians to start making “home advantage pay” as they bid to go into the mid-season break on a high.

In a congested mid-table, the Gypsies sit seventh on 19 points with six league wins to their name so far this term.

But four of those have come on the road and, with a strong home support so far this year, Long believes it is time to give the Dalymount faithful something to cheer about.

After an elating 2-1 victory in Bray two weeks ago, Bohs fell flat at home in a 2-1 defeat to Limerick four days later.

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They bounced back with a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Galway United last Friday night and now Long has told his troops to match that level of performance at home.

He said: “We will endeavour to end the first half of the season on a positive note before the mid-season break.

“Dalymount is a fantastic place to play football but we have to improve our home form in order for us to gain a measure of consistency.

“We have lost too many games at Dalymount despite the fact that our attendances have been very good and our supporters have been right behind us in every game.

“We’ve let ourselves down to an extent at home so far this campaign. We need to start grinding out results and make home advantage pay.

“If we can do that and continue our decent away form, we will give ourselves every chance of climbing the table.”

Long was particularly disappointed with the manner in which his side failed to register any points on the board from their last home game.

Having fallen behind to Limerick after 15 minutes, the Gypsies equalised through Georgie Poynton on the half-hour mark.

Momentum was in Bohs’ favour going in at the break, but they failed to push on in the second half and were left empty-handed when miscommunication at the back saw Dan Byrne’s own goal win it for Neil McDonald’s men.

Long said: “We were extremely disappointed. If ever there was a game that highlighted our home form, that was it.

“We didn’t play particularly well. When the game was in the balance, we needed to bring the game to the opposition but came up short.

“We conceded a late goal which was gut-wrenching in a game that we didn’t play well in but should have got something from.

“As a group we can learn from this and ensure that in future we are more demanding of each other and have leaders all over the pitch who are prepared to whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Despite the manner of that defeat, heads did not drop for the trip to Eamonn Deacy Park three days later as goals from Dinny Corcoran and Lorcan Fitzgerald secured all three points.

Long said: “We scored two really good goals in the first half and were dangerous on the break. But we really had to dig deep and soak up a lot of Galway pressure in the second half to get the points.

“It was difficult for the players having played three games in a week but the lads showed great determination and spirit to come away with a hard-earned win.”

In Pete Mahon’s ninth-placed Drogheda, Bohs once again face another side looking over their shoulders and scrapping for points.

Long added: “Drogheda have proved difficult opponents for us this season and we enjoyed the rub of the green in United Park.

They have some talented players and a very experienced backroom team. It is imperative now that we try and follow up last Friday’s good result with another win.”

TEAM NEWS

Paddy Kavanagh, who missed last week’s trip to Galway with a rib injury, remains a doubt. Dylan Hayes returns from suspension.

Eoin Wearen (cruciate) and Ismahil Akinade (recovering from surgery to remove spleen) remain sidelined.

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COLM GRACE RIP

Everyone at Bohemians is saddened to learn of the passing of of club member Colm Grace after a short illness.

We wish to extend our condolences to Colm’s family and friends.

Colm will be laid to rest at Mulhuddart Cemetery tomorrow (Monday) following 10am requiem mass at Christ the King Church, Cabra.

TEAM NEWS v GALWAY

​GALWAY UNITED v BOHEMIANS
Friday May 26th, Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians captain Derek Pender, a late withdrawal for the starting line-up against Limerick on Tuesday, remains a doubt with a groin injury.

Paddy Kavanagh is set to miss out with a rib injury sustained in the same game, while Dylan Hayes is suspended after his late red card.

Eoin Wearen (cruciate) and Ismahil Akinade (recovering from surgery to remove spleen) remain sidelined.

Bohemians v Bray Wanderers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

KEITH WARD INTERVIEW

Keith Ward looked lively in what was a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Limerick on Tuesday night. Jamie O’Halleron spoke to him after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

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