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LONG ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SIGNINGS AND TWO RE-SIGNINGS

Bohemians are delighted to announce the signings of goalkeeper Niall Corbet, defenders James Finnerty and Michael Barker, and midfielder Daniel Mandroiu.

As well as the new arrivals, defender Paddy Kirk and striker Ryan Swan have both re-signed for 2019.

Laois man Corbet, 24, joins after a season with Waterford having previously been with UCD where he was PFAI First Division Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017.

Manager Keith Long said: “Niall is a good age for a goalkeeper with his prime still very much ahead of him but with good experience in the league already.

“Obviously there is a big void to fill with Shane Supple retiring but Niall and James Talbot are two excellent keepers who I believe will push one another.”

Meath man Finnerty, 19, comes to Dalymount from Rochdale having spent three years with Aston Villa.

Long said: “He’s had a good schooling with Villa. He’s a young lad and, like Danny Mandroiu, it’s a big step for him and will take a while to adjust.

“Nobody at that age is the finished article but he has a really good pedigree and with a bit of patience, we can bring him on further to another level.”

Barker rejoins Bohemians after five years away with UCD, Bray Wanderers and, most recently, St Patrick’s Athletic. The 25-year-old came through the Bohs U20 team and played for the first team in 2013 and 2014.

Long said: “Michael was at the club before my time here and is someone I’ve tried to sign for the last two closed seasons so it’s third time lucky and I’m delighted to finally get him in.

“He’s a very under-valued defender. He is an excellent tackler and can play at right-back, centre-back and left-back and in midfield too so he gives us a number of options.

“I think he will prove to be a very valuable player for us.”

A local from Ballymun, Mandroiu, 20, comes to Dalymount from Brighton’s U23s.

Long said: “Danny’s an extremely talented young player who’s been away with Brighton now for four years.

“He’s technically very good. Obviously it’s a culture change coming from U23s football to first-team football but he’ll have a full pre-season to get up to speed.”

A product of Bohs’ partners St Kevin’s Boys, Mandroiu said: “I know a few of the lads already – Darragh Leahy and Robbie McCourt – from St Kevin’s so I’m looking forward to playing with the again and I know James Talbot from the Ireland squads too so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to get started. I had a chat with Keith and he sounded like he really wanted me to sign and Bohs are a club I wanted to play for when I was younger too so I can’t wait to get that opportunity.”

Having captained the Bohs U19s to league glory in 2017, 20-year-old Kirk broke into the first team this season and impressed with commanding performances at left-back.

Long said: “Paddy’s done really well for us in the games he’s come in. He was thrown in at the deep end in big games too and impressed.

“He always wants to win and has an absolutely terrific attitude. He’s exactly the profile and character of player I want at this club.”

Swan, 22, joined Bohs from UCD 12 months ago but was cruelly ruled out for the season before it even started when he suffered a cruciate ligament tear in training.

Long said: “I’m delighted to have Swanny re-signed. He’ll be like a new signing for us obviously because he didn’t get to play at all this year.

“He’s worked ever so hard while he was out injured and he will be more determined than ever to make an impression for us.”

Signed for 2019: Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Conor Levingston, Daniel Grant, Daniel Mandroiu, Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Dinny Corcoran, James Finnerty, James Talbot, Keith Ward, Michael Barker, Niall Corbet, Paddy Kirk, Promise Omochere, Rob Cornwall, Robbie McCourt, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan.

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IRN BRU Cup quarter-final set for February 2nd

The IRN BRU Cup quarter-final between Bohemians and East Fife has been confirmed for Saturday February 2nd 2019, Dalymount Park, 3pm.

It will be Bohs’ first competitive fixture of the new season.

The winners will be away to Ross County in the semi-final.

Tickets are now on sale from tickets.bohemians.ie. We ask both sets of supporters to consider buying online in advance of the game.

Our club bars will open 1pm and we would like to invite opposition fans travelling over from Scotland to join us.

There will be drink promotions, live music post-match, while Ireland v England in the Six Nations will be shown in our bars.

Please note that, as Irn Bru Cup games are a split gate, season tickets and membership do not apply.

Members can, however,  pay a reduced rate of €10 at the membes stile on production of 2018 or 2019 membership card.

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IRN-BRU CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

T‪he winners of Bohemians v East Fife will be away to Ross County in the semi-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup.‬

‪No date has yet been confirmed for our quarter-final tie at Dalymount Park.

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CHRISTMAS DRAW – EARLY BIRD RESULTS

€200 Jackie Kelly c/o mono
€200 Albert Cooke c/o self
€200 Tom Cassidy c/o self
€200 Larry Curtain c/o Vinny Bracken
€200 Marie Nesbitt c/o S. McLoughlin

€100 Martha Maxwell c/o Mono
€100 Martha Maxwell c/o Mono
€100 Breda McSweeney c/o Dan McSweeney
€100 Frank Gunning c/o Self
€100 The Lessons c/o Ed Smith
€100 Ruaidhri O’ Connor Snr c/o Ruaidhri O’Connor
€100 John Mulcahy c/o Liam Howlett/Dave McManus
€100 Tommy Murphy c/o online
€100 Tom Burke Snr c/o Tom Burke
€100 Kay Keegan c/o Tony Colmey

Statement from Shane Supple announcing his retirement from football with immediate effect due to a persistent hip injury

As of today, I will be hanging up my gloves and stepping away from the game.

This is a decision I haven’t taken lightly but due to a persistent hip issue and, after consultations with medical professionals, as well as those closest to me, I feel I can no longer play to the level needed and, more importantly, that I expect of myself.

I need to listen to my body and can no longer put it through the high level of physical demand required at this level of competition as a goalkeeper in the League of Ireland.

I had envisaged playing long into my 30s and had intended doing that with Bohs – a club that has been so good to me and has given me the most enjoyable years of my playing career.

Sport has given me so much enjoyment from as long as I can remember up to my last game in Dalymount at the end of this season.

Sport has taught me some of the most valuable life lessons and allowed me to meet some great people who have had such a positive impact on my life. I can look back on my career with no regrets and an awful lot of fond memories.

To Keith Long, I can’t thank you enough for bringing me to the club: You were always a man of your word, putting your team first. I don’t think you even realise the impact you have made on the players you manage. We are all better people having played under you. Our game and country need more people like you with the honesty, integrity and humility you display every day.

I’d also like to thank Trevor Croly – the best coach on this island and someone who cares about his players and Chris Bennion, my goalkeeping coach, who, despite his limited hearing, has been a pleasure to work with.

I’d like to mention Dave Henderson, who played a big part in me coming to Bohs and has been a constant mentor to me during my time at the club, a guy with an unbelievable knowledge of the game and who understands the player, not just his footballing ability but the personality and what motivates a player.

Everyone at the club from Lynn O’Neill to Robbie Murray to Colly O’Connor – I can’t thank you enough for helping make my time at the club so enjoyable.

I was lucky enough to be part of a dressing room full of good lads who became even better lads, and who played for the club, team-mates and mangement week in, week out.

It was a privilege to play alongside some great leaders, in particular our captain Derek Pender and my old friend Ian Morris, who always led by example and drove this team to demand more from ourselves every training session and game.

Unfortunately, men like these are a dying breed in the game but Bohs were lucky to have two of the best.

I will miss Friday nights in Dalymount the most, the atmosphere created by the best fans in the world with the flares, banners and Johnny Logan’s Hold Me Now. Nothing will replace that!

As a team we always knew you had our backs no matter the result and that’s something not many players can say about their own fans.

It was so satisfying to repay you with the run we went on the last three months of the season and to celebrate those nights with you after.

It was just a shame we couldn’t give you a day out at the Aviva that you deserved so much. I will never forget the night of the replay down in Turner’s Cross when you all sung The Auld Triangle after the game as we warmed down, the hairs on the backs of our necks stood up.

We may not have won any trophy, but we were successful in creating a bond between everyone associated with Bohs.

Stick with Keith and this team because you won’t get a more honest bunch.

I’m also delighted to see that Keith has already brought in an exceptionally promising young goalkeeper in James Talbot who will thrive if Bohs supporters give him the level of backing they did me.

I’d finally like to thank my dad for everything he has done for me down through the years. I would not be the man I am today if it wasn’t for him. Whether it was Ireland or England, Gaelic or football you were always there. You were always my hero!

Thank you to my mam and brother for their constant support down through the years even when I didn’t make life easy for them, and to my girlfriend who has been a great support in helping me make this tough decision.

I’m not sure what is next but I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

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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
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