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HAT-TRICK SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE

The Hat-Trick Sponsorship Initiative is a novel fans’ fundraising initiative, the primary aim of which is for supporters to collectively sponsor a players home jersey, a player’s away jersey and a matchball – the three goals!

While such sponsorship would be outside the means of many of us individually, it can become a reality when we join together.

You can be a part of this fundraising initiative for as little as a TENNER. You’ll be entered into a raffle for fantastic prizes and you’ll be contributing to help Batman Ben Farrell at the same time.

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PRIZES GALORE
There will be a raffle for all Bohs fans who sign up to the HSI. One entry to this raffle will be given for each €10 contributed.

The prizes will be the inducements offered by the club for matchball and player sponsorships as follows:

  • Free entrance for five people with half time hospitality and free match programme.
  • Eoin Wearen’s Home Jersey
  • Paddy Kavanagh’s Away Jersey
  • Signed Bohs football

Don’t miss out! Be a Bohs Hat-trick Hero and sign up now!

CHARITY
10% of everything raised will be donated to help Batman Ben Farrell to get the medical treatment he so urgently needs.

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A MESSAGE FROM AYMAN BEN MOHAMED

Following his move to L’Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Ayman Ben Mohamed has asked to convey the following message:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at ‪Bohs‬ immensely.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure from the first day to the last and I leave with a heavy heart.

“From management, to team-mates and the great fans of this club, I am so grateful for everything.

“I will never forget my time here.”

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Fee agreed for proposed sale of Ayman Ben Mohamed

Bohemians can confirm the club has agreed an undisclosed fee for the sale of Ayman Ben Mohamed to L’Espérance Sportive de Tunis.

The agreement is subject to international clearance, the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Tunisian club.

Ben Mohamed, 21, joined Bohemians at the start of this season having previously lined out for Longford Town and UCD.

His starring performances this season saw him earn an international call-up from Tunisia for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti in June.

The London-born midfielder, who moved to Ireland with his family when he was two, qualifies for Tunisia through his father Lotfi, who is originally from the Tunisian capital Tunis.

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Dave Henderson appointed Head of Recruitment

Bohemians are delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Henderson as the club’s new Head of Recruitment.

Cabra man Henderson, 56, has a long association with Bohs.

He was the Gypsies’ goalkeeper between 1992 and 1998 and was part of Pat Fenlon’s backroom team between 2008 and 2011, serving as chief scout and later as goalkeeping coach.

Most recently, Henderson was chief scout at Shamrock Rovers and has previously served on the backroom teams of Shelbourne and Hibernian.

During Henderson’s last stint at Dalymount Park, he was responsible for signing players who went on to further their careers abroad, such as Paddy Madden and Matt Doherty, or become established members of the Bohemians first team, including Roberto Lopes and Keith Buckley.

Bohs manager Keith Long said: “Since I came to the club, I’ve been looking to bring in someone of the ilk of Dave Henderson.

“He has a proven track record with spotting talent and potential in young players.

“I’m delighted we’ve got him on board. He will prove to be an invaluable asset as we look to build our squads.”

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BOHS HOST ST MOCHTA’S

BOHEMIANS v ST MOCHTA’S
Dalymount Park,  7.45pm, Friday July 29 2016

  • All kids go FREE
  • General admission: €5
  • No admission charge for members or season ticket holders

Due to the postponement of Friday’s SSE Airtricity League game against Dundalk, Bohemians will instead host St Mochta’s in a friendly at Dalymount Park.

 

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MULCAHY JOINS CORK CITY

Defender/midfielder Dave Mulcahy has left Bohemians to join Cork City.

We would like to thank him for his five years’ service to the club.

Mulcahy, 38, originally joined Bohs in 2012 from St Patrick’s Athletic.

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“IT’S UP TO US TO GO FOR IT”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 22 July, 8pm

Bohemians manager Keith Long has encouraged his side to rise to the challenge when high-flying Derry City come to Dalymount Park on Friday.

The Gypsies managed three victories from three league meetings against the Candystripes last season.

But since Kenny Shiels took the reins at the start of this term, Derry are a different animal, currently occupy third place and are now aiming for European football next year.

Long said: “It’s going to be another tough game for us. They’re well organised – everyone has a job to do and they stick to it.

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“They’ve really improved. You only have to look at their league position to know they’re a different prospect for any side this season compared to last season.

“But we’re at home so it’s up to us to go out and give a performance.”

Six places and 12 points separate the sides going into Friday’s game. But despite the gulf, there wasn’t all that much in it when the sides met at The Brandywell in April.

A first-half Rory Patterson gave Shiels’ men a 1-0 victory. But as has often been the case this season, the Gypsies were frustrated, feeling they should have got something out of the game.

Long said: “There wasn’t a huge amount in the game. Kurtis Byrne had a great a chance and really should have scored.

“Both teams were very competitive and I expect it will be the same on Friday.”

Bohs come into this game after a bruising Dublin derby defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

Having saved an early penalty and taken the lead with only ten men, Bohs’ luck ran out as they eventually went down 3-1 – a scoreline that arguably flattered the hosts.

Long said: “The timing of Keith Buckley’s sending-off was unfortunate. We had started the game poorly and Dean Delany got us out of jail with the penalty save. But we were starting to get into it.

“We still managed to get ahead despite being a man down and it was a great finish by Kurtis Byrne.

“But defensively we were too easy to play against. Ultimately Rovers didn’t have to work too hard for their goals and that’s very disappointing.

“Up front we were culpable too – we missed some great opportunities and could have gone in level at half-time.

“We came back into it in the second half but we had to take Izzy Akinade off as a precaution when he took a knock to the head.

“He was making life difficult for Rovers and we lost some of our attacking threat when he had to come off.”

Long’s options are severely hampered by suspension and injury concerns.

Buckley serves a one-game ban after his dismissal against Rovers.

But there are big doubts over the fitness of Ayman Ben Mohamed, who has been limited to a bit-part role in recent weeks due to an ongoing niggling groin injury, Eoin Wearen (hamstring), Dylan Hayes (ankle) and Derek Pender (quad).

Definitely still out is Stephen Best (knee), while Lorcan Fitzgerald (ankle) looks set to miss out again too.

Better news for Bohs, however, is the return of Paddy Kavanagh (ankle).

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DES KELLY RIP

It is with great sadness that Bohemians today learned of the passing of long-time friend, supporter and sponsor Des Kelly.

Des, owner of Des Kelly Interiors, had an extremely close relationship with the club for many years and gave us incredible backing as main sponsor for nearly a decade.

Everyone at Bohs would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Des’ family.

Husband of the late Youlanda, Des will be sadly missed by his children Matthew, Desmond, Denise, Gregory, Gillian, Youlanda, Orlando and Gerardo, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, fellow brothers and sisters in the Legion of Mary, relatives and close friends.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Reposing at his home from 2pm until 7pm on Saturday and from 11.30am until 3pm on Sunday (with Mass at 12 noon). Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon in The Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Morning Star and Regina Ceoli Hostels. House Private Monday morning.

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NOTICE TO MEMBERS

We are sorry to have to ask members to pay in to the two mid-season friendlies—last Saturday v. Portsmouth and this Saturday v Newcastle United (note 2pm kick-off)—and also for any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused at the Members’ Stile.

It is not the first time we have asked members to pay in to a friendly, but we sincerely apologise for not communicating this to you in a more timely fashion.

We can assure you that the committee is keenly aware of the sacrifices the members continue to make and is ever grateful for your efforts. Such decisions are certainly not taken lightly.

These are indeed important fundraising events for your Club but, as is the case with cup games, the gate receipts are shared. We believe that the success of such matches is vital in putting your Bohemian Football Club on as firm a footing as possible.

Thank you for bearing with us and for your support.

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“WE HAVE TO BE CLINICAL”

SHAMROCK ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Tallaght Stadium, Friday 15 July, 8pm

Keith Long has told his in-form Bohemians side to go out and have a go at Tallaght Stadium on Friday.

But he has warned that focusing on revenge will see the Gypsies come unstuck.

Unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, Bohs are enjoying their best form of the season.

And Long said: “It’s a big game for both sets of players and both sets of supporters. Neither side will need extra motivation going into a derby game.

“But we have to be clinical, do our jobs right and go out and give a performance.

“Confidence is good but there can’t be any passengers. We want to go out to Tallaght and have a go.”

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Bohs were left licking their wounds the last time the rivals met in April. Having lost just once in their previous 11 league meetings against the Hoops, the Gypsies were humbled 4-0 at Dalymount Park.

The eventual collapse hinged on the concession of two goals either side of half-time. Up until the opener, Long’s men had been on top for most of the opening half.

A lot has changed at Rovers since, with Stephen Bradley taking the reins as caretaker manager earlier this month after the departure of Pat Fenlon.

Long said: “We gave away a silly free-kick to concede just before half-time having been the better side before that. We come back out, hit the crossbar and then they go 2-0 up on the break.

“What happened after that was what was most disappointing. The wheels came off as we went chasing the game.

“But none of that comes into our thought process ahead of this game. We can’t be looking at it as a chance for revenge or we’ll come unstuck.

“It’s a different game. Rovers have new management and both sides will be well up for it.”

The Gypsies come into the game in good form but Long was left frustrated that his side could not secure all three points last time out as a battered Bray Wanderers came away from Dalymount with a 0-0 draw.

He added: “We just couldn’t capitalise and put the ball in the net. With the amount of chances we created, we would have been well worthy of the three points.

“We need to be more clinical. We created a lot of one-on-one chances but the fact that their keeper Peter Cherrie was man of the match said it all.

“We put together some very good passages of play at times so the signs are there that our performances are improving.

“But it is disappointing that we’re not going into this game with another three points behind us.”

Long’s options have been limited by injuries sustained by Stephen Best (knee) and Lorcan Fitzgerald (ankle) during last week’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Portsmouth.

It had been feared that Best had suffered a cruciate injury, but a scan on Monday instead confirmed knee tendon damage that will rule him out for up to a month.

Dan Byrne (hamstring), Paddy Kavanagh (ankle) and Ayman Ben Mohamed are also considered major doubts.

Better news for Bohs was Ian Morris making his debut for the club against Portsmouth, while Jake Kelly (shoulder), who had been out for a month, also played 60 minutes in the same game.

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