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What do think it would cost you to sponsor a Bohs match, the matchball and a player’s jersey for the season?

On top of that, you would also be entered into a raffle with fantastic prizes, including Bohs matchday hospitality packages.

And if that wasn’t enough, you would also be contributing to a charity.

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WHICH FOOT DOES HE KICK WITH?

With ex-Bohemian boss Pat Fenlon hotly-tipped for the soon-to-be vacated manager’s job at Linfield, KEVIN BRANNIGAN examines the role ‘Nutsy’ and other players from the Republic had in the history of one of Loyalism’s footballing bastions.

It’s early November 1993 and the newspapers on both sides of the border are filled with fear. The two Irelands are set to come head to head in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Belfast’s Windsor Park, with the Republic needing a positive result to qualify for USA ’94.

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ALL SQUARE AT SCRIBBLESTOWN

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In an even game at Scribblestown on Friday evening, Jason Byrne’s second-half penalty gave Bohemians the lead but they were pegged back almost immediately by Jordan Keegan, who ensured Shelbourne would earn a deserved draw, writes CONOR HAYES.

The game began under a heavy rain shower and this impacted on both sets of players, who struggled to make an impression in the early stages – the only action of note being Karl Moore’s cross from the left which nearly found lone-striker Byrne but was well gathered by Shelbourne keeper Greg Murray.

As the rain stopped, the game improved and it was Shels who had the first effort on goal in the 18th minute as Gareth Coughlan’s 35-yard free-kick stung the hands of keeper Dean Delany before it was eventually cleared to safety.

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This seemed to spring Bohs into life and soon afterwards Craig Walsh wasn’t too far away with his shot from distance, which was well parried by Murray.

With 30 minutes gone, the best chance of the half arrived. Patrick Kavanagh, playing behind the front man, pushed a lovely through ball to substitute Keith Buckley who couldn’t beat his former Bohs team-mate Murray one-on-one.

Five minutes later, the Shels net-minder was called into action again as Roberto Lopes teed-up a volley for himself, which was clawed away and behind for a corner.

Shelbourne then had the better of the rest of the first period. First, Darren Tinnelly worked his way into the box but then shot over the bar, while just before the half-time whistle sounded, Michael Duffy found himself in space but shot straight at Delany.

The Drumcondra outfit began the second half as they had ended the first and again tested Delany, this time former Bohs Under-19 ace Dylan Connolly with the effort. Another former Gypsy, substitute Conor Murphy, then had a chance in the box but skewed his shot wide.

On 60 minutes and against the run of play, Bohemians took the lead. A back-pass from the right side put Murray under serious pressure and with Andy Mulligan – only brought on seconds before – about to nip in, he pushed the winger over inside the box, a clear penalty. Byrne stepped up and sent the him the wrong way.

Bohs’ lead was to be short-lived, however. Less than three minutes later, Shels were level and again it was a back-pass which put a keeper in difficulty. Lopes left his effort short of Delany, who could only half-clear the ball to substitute Keegan, whose lovely effort from 40 yards found the empty net.

Owen Heary brought on more reinforcements from the bench at this point and with 20 minutes remaining, one of those subs, Anto Murphy, almost found the corner with a curling drive but again Murray was equal to it.

Bohs were playing with more confidence and an excellent move which involved new signings Walsh and Steven Beattie eventually found its way to Dinny Corcoran, who just couldn’t turn in Mulligan’s pull-back.

Skipper Derek Pender, marauding from right-back, was heavily involved as the men in red and black pushed for a winner and five minutes from time, he found Beattie lurking in the box but the forward could only scuff his shot into the ground, which allowed Murray to collect with ease.

This was the last major chance and Shelbourne saw out the remaining minutes to secure a deserved draw. Next up for the Gypsies is the rescheduled Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park on Thursday evening.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery, Patrick Kavanagh (Steven Beattie 65), Ryan McEvoy (Anto Murphy 58), Craig Walsh (Darragh Reynor 82), Kevin Devaney (Keith Buckley 17), Karl Moore (Andy Mulligan 58), Jason Byrne (Dinny Corcoran 65).

Shelbourne: Greg Murray, Simon Dixon, Philip Hand, Robert Gaul, William McDonagh, Stephen Sherrin, Keith Quinn, Gareth Coughlan, Dylan Connolly, Darren Tinnelly, Michael Duffy, Subs: Brian Gannon, John Sullivan, Lee Murtagh, Jordan Keegan, Conor Murphy.

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RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP EARLY AND WIN!

Bohemians have 10 copies of EA Sports’ FIFA 2014 game for Xbox to give away to supporters who renew or take out 2014 membership online before our first home league game against Drogheda United on March 14th.

The 10 winners will be drawn at half-time against Drogs. All online renewals made before March 14th will be included in the draw.

You can become a member for the equivalent of €1 euro a day – or less than 58 cent a day if you’re a student!

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WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

Across Europe, clubs are turning their backs on private ownership and reforming into collective, membership-based bodies in order to enshrine the security and future prosperity of their club into the hands of those who care most — the fans.

The Bohemian Football Club has been a members-owned club since its foundation on 6th September 1890 in the gate lodge at the North Circular Road entrance to the Phoenix Park, where the Club played and trained for the first three years of its existence.

The democratic principle of ‘one man, one vote’ is at the heart of Ireland’s oldest football club which has truly pioneered the game, prime movers in founding the Leinster Football Association, the Football Association of Ireland, the League of Ireland, and the Amateur League.

By fashioning Dalymount Park (opened in September 1901) from what had been part vegetable patch, part vacant lot, Bohemians created what many still feel is the ‘home of Irish football’, a ground that has graced by a cast of thousands, including such as Stanley Matthews, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Charlton, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, and Zinedine Zidane, as well of course countless Irish stars past and present, Paddy Moore, Jackie Carey, Johnny Giles, Liam Brady et al.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

Just complete an application form and return it to: Bohemian Football Club, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.

If you do not know any current members or are unable to get someone to propose your membership, simply present yourself at the office during normal working hours or on a match night and hand it over in person.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It costs €365 for Full Membership, €585 for Family Membership, €210 for Student Membership and €90 for an Associate (Associate Members can be a spouse/partner or, if under-16, a sibling or child of the member).

Senior Membership for €80 is offered to members over 65 who have 10 years’ service.

HOW DO I PAY?

  • By post, by sending a cheque payable to the Bohemian Football Club to: Bohemian Football Club, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. ‰
  • In person, by cash or cheque at the office in Dalymount. ‰
  • Online, through the Bohs Store.
  • By Standing Order. Payments are usually scheduled monthly. E-mail bfcmembership@gmail.com for a Standing Order form. Your bank will require the following details: Bohemian Football Club Account No. 1 Sort Code 93-22-05 Account No. 01266417 AIB Drumcondra, 140 Lr Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

QUERIES?

  • Phone our office: (01) 868 0923.
  • E-mail bfcmembership@gmail.com.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Membership Card ‰
  • Free entry to Jodi Stand for all Bohemian FC home games in the Airtricity League Premier Division at Dalymount Park. ‰
  • Annual report. Sent out prior to AGM; contains club’s financial position and plans for the future. ‰
  • The right to attend and vote at general meetings of the club (AGMs, EGMs) and information meetings. ‰
  • After 3 years’ service a Member can put him or herself forward for election to the Board of Directors (Management Committee), and after 5 years for the presidency.
  • Members have full use of the club bars and can avail of a discount for function room rental for parties, etc. ‰
  • Discounts in the club shop. ‰
  • Priority booking events and trips arranged by the club. ‰
  • Regular Club Newsletter (by e-mail). ‰
  • Cup games for a fiver! For home games in the FAI Ford Cup, EA Sports Cup, and Leinster Cup members pay just €5 for entry.

ALREADY A MEMBER?

Please encourage others to join and/or let us know re potential members and your membership sub-committee will do all the following up!

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OWEN HEARY Q&A THIS WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 8pm, MEMBERS’ BAR, DALYMOUNT PARK

Bohemians will be hosting a public question and answers session with Owen Heary on Wednesday February 26 in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park.

The Bohemian boss will give supporters the low-down on his team’s pre-season preparations and reveal his expectations for the coming season –  the Gypsies’ first competitive game of 2014 is the following evening against Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup.

A member of the first-team squad will also be present to field questions.

General admission is €5 –  and free for club members.

 

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BOHS UP FIRST FOR COLLEGE CHIEF CALLAGHAN

Bohemians’ two matches in three days against UCD next month will bring them up against their former manager Aaron Callaghan, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Callaghan has joined UCD as first-team manager, having previously been a coach there. He left Bohemians in July 2013 and has been overseeing coaching at junior club, Esker Celtic.

Callaghan had been served with a five-match touchline ban when he left Bohemians. He will carry this into the new season with UCD.

Bohs kick off their league season at the Belfield Bowl on March 7 and the sides meet again at the same venue on March 10 in the EA Sports Cup.

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LEINSTER SENIOR CUP TIE RESCHEDULED

Bohemians’ Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers, originally due to take place last Saturday but postponed due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for Thursday February 27th (Dalymount Park, 7.45pm).

Meanwhile, please note that this Friday’s friendly against Shelbourne will take place at Phoenix FC’s all-weather pitch at Scribblestown (7pm), not Martin Savage Park as previously stated.

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“WALKING INTO DALYMOUNT, YOU GET THAT SPECIAL FEELING”

After a bittersweet first taste of Premier Division football last year, new recruit Jack Memery is hungry to prove himself and is relishing the prospect of calling Dalymount ‘home’ this season, writes CILLIAN SHIELDS.

Left-back Memery watched on from the sidelines as his Shelbourne team-mates suffered relegation in 2013, but he feels he is ready to establish himself in the top tier and is confident that with Owen Heary’s fresh blend of youth and experience, Bohemians can their sights a lot higher this season.

Memery, 20, said: “After seeing the lads Owen has signed and having trained with the team for a few weeks now, I think it’s going to be a very big year for Bohs.

“Owen’s retained most of the squad from last year and added in a few more experienced players with a lot of quality. I think we’ll be out of the relegation fight for starters and I think we’ll be able to push on and do very well.”

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CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING

Bohemians’ youth section have again set the standard by hosting a Child Protection Course in Dalymount Park.

The youth section prides itself on having coaches who put the child first with safety and development the priority ahead of results. They have now taken another step in the right direction by organising this training.

As well as the Youth Secretary Willy O’Brien and Youth Development Officer Kay McKenna, all coaches in the youth section have now completed child protection training, as well as all parent reps in the section.

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The Youth Officer was delighted  with the workshop, Kay said: “It allowed coaches to be more sensitive to different backgrounds, and opens their eyes to certain circumstances, whether it is financial or to do with their nutrition. It gave you positive ways to work with players and ways to speak to them.”

The course was three hours long but enjoyable. As well as a large Bohemian presence, several other clubs were also represented.

Club President Matt Devaney and Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert also took time out to complete the workshop. Devaney said: “Everyone was happy about completing the training. Although it was sensitive material, the training was positive and people had fun.”

The Bohs youth section has already begun to make sure its procedures and policies are up to date so that it is one of the safest footballing environments for players, coaches and fans in the country.

The Bohemian FC Child Protection Officer Tomás McElhinney can be contacted on 085 1456984.

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BYRNE VOLLEY SINKS TOLKA

BOHEMIANS  2 – 1  TOLKA ROVERS

Jason Byrne grabbed the first goal of his second coming in a Bohemians shirt to see off Leinster Senior League side Tolka Rovers at IT Blanchardstown on Monday night. The Tallaght man’s clinical far post volley proved to be the winner in a fiercely-fought contest on the lush astro-turf in West Dublin.

Bohs boss Owen Heary will have been pleased by the application and determination of the opposition, who provided a well-organised test for his match-starved side. Following the cancellation of games against Bray Wanderers and Sandyhill / Shangan, this was just the second time the Gypsies completed the full 90 minutes in the 2014 pre-season programme, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The wind and rain kept the crowd low, but those who did turn out got to see new signing Steven Beattie operate with menace from the right flank. The former Northern Kentucky University star looked extremely sharp from the outset, and shone alongside Jack Memery, Aidan Price, and Jason Byrne as the 4 new / returning faces in the starting line-up. Beattie and Byrne linked up for the first shot of the night, but record-chasing Byrne’s curling effort was deflected over on 5 minutes. Midfielder Darragh Reynor will be looking for more game time this season, and he forced an unorthodox save from Tolka ‘keeper Gavin Brown in what was the only other Bohs effort in a tight opening half hour.

Bohs had the ball in the net on 33 minutes, but Dinny Corcoran’s header was ruled out by Rhona Daly, who correctly adjudged that Aidan Price was climbing all over Tolka’s John Brophy. Centre half Brophy was in action again just two minutes later when he headed against his own post under pressure from Jason Byrne. From the resulting corner, Roberto Lopes hit the opposite post with a towering header. The Gypsies were well on top at this stage, and got a deserved opening goal with three minutes to go before half time.  Captain Derek Pender played a crisp one-two with Beattie down the right hand side, out-muscled his full-back opponent, and pulled a by-line cross to the onrushing Stephen Traynor, who scooped the ball past Brown from close range.

Although Heary would have been happy to have the lead, he looked for more creativity in the second half, and his side responded almost immediately. A pinpoint cross-field ball from left full Jack Memery found right winger Steven Beattie, who showed a burst of real pace to beat his man on the inside before unleashing a strong left-footed shot that Brown could only parry for a corner. Beattie was hitting his stride and found himself in behind 5 minutes later when Dinny Corcoran slipped him in. His pulled-back cross was perfect for Byrne, but the veteran’s dragged effort was disappointing for a finisher of his high standards.

On the opposite flank, Andy Mulligan got in on the creative act with a lovely cross that Corcoran headed wide before Tolka scored a very fine equalizer against the run of play. The hour mark had just arrived when Luke Kelly found himself with space, and he spliced the Bohs defence apart with a delicious through ball for Shane Hughes, who finished neatly past the onrushing Dean Delany. Bohs resumed their attacking threat from the right almost at once, with a Pender cross and Corcoran lay-off paving the way for Reynor to hit the angle of post and bar with an 18-yard effort. The offensive triangle of Byrne, Corcoran and Beattie combined in the best move of the match on 63 minutes, but Corcoran’s eventual shot was well saved by Brown in the Tolka goal.

Beattie made way for Keith Buckley before Bohs got the lead goal on 67 minutes. Mulligan was clattered by Aaron Henderson, which set up a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left flank. Reynor’s left-footed cross soared all the way to the back post, where the ever-lurking, always-predatory Jason Byrne was waiting. His first-time volley was the classiest piece of skill in the entire 90 minutes, nestled in the far corner, and proved to be the winner.

It wasn’t the last piece of action however, as Tolka Rovers were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute. Substitute Ryan McEvoy tangled with the onrushing Carl Somers, and referee Rhona Daly pointed to the spot. The penalty was particularly soft – the most dangerous thing about McEvoy’s challenge was the Bohs man’s beard. Tolka goalscorer Shane Hughed stepped up, but his penalty was well-saved by the knee of Delany.

Heary emptied his bench in the last 20 minutes to give much-needed game time to Dave Mulcahy, Anto Murphy, Craig Walsh, Paddy Collins, and another Monday afternoon signing, Philip McCabe. The game petered out with no more incidents to report. Next up for Bohs is a tie with local rivals Shelbourne on Friday evening. Two weeks from that night, the league campaign gets under way. It’s getting close.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery (Philip McCabe, 72), Steven Beattie (Keith Buckley, 63), Darragh Reynor (Craig Walsh, 68), Stephen Traynor (Ryan McEvoy, 68), Andy Mulligan, Dinny Corcoran (Paddy Collins, 74), Jason Byrne (Dave Mulcahy, 74).

Tolka Rovers: Gavin Brown, Derek Swan, Aaron Henderson, Niall O’Reilly, John Brophy, Wayne Byrne, Dennis Moran, Brian Fitzpatrick, David Somers, Carl Somers, Luke Kelly. Substitutes: Shane Hughes, Tony Collins, Eamon Moylan, Sean Kelly, Paul Fitzpatrick, Robert Keegan.

Referee: Rhona Daly

Pic by A. Baldiemann: Stephen Traynor scoops home Bohs’ opener.

Stephen Traynor nets the Gypsies' opener. Pic: A. Baldiemann
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