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All the latest club news and updates from Dalymount Park.

D15 SUPPORTERS’ UNION

Calling all Bohs supporters in Dublin 15 and surrounding areas!

We’d like to bring to your attention the establishment of a new supporters’ club. The BFC Dublin 15 Supporters’ Union aims to bring together existing fans on matchdays and also recruit new fans from the area.

A typical matchday would involve members meeting up between 6-7pm in a location close to the Blanchardstown Centre and then availing of club buses from the Centre to Dalymount and back after the match.

Membership is free and for more information, you can visit the group’s Facebook page or email bfcdublin15@gmail.com with your name, address and contact number.

BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO

The 2013 Hat-trick Sponsorship Initiative will be launched at Thursday’s AGM.

This is a unique fans’ fundraising initiative, the aim of which is for Bohs fans to collectively sponsor a Bohs match, matchball and player – the three goals!

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

When you have goals, you also have an ‘assist’ – the HSI assist will be a designated charity, which will receive 10% of the funds raised.

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You can participate in this sponsorship initiative for as little as €10. The first 25 fans who sign up at the AGM (St Peter’s Hall, 7.30) or subsequently will be entered in an early bird draw for a football signed by the 2012 Bohs squad.

In addition, there will be a major raffle for all Bohs fans who contribute to the HSI. One entry to this raffle will be given for each €10 contributed. Prizes will be three match hospitality packages for four/five people, a signed Bohs football and a signed Bohs jersey. Don’t miss out!

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GREYSTONES AWAY ON TUESDAY

Bohemians will play Greystones FC in a friendly at The Woodlands, Greystones, next Tuesday (February 26th) with an 8pm kick-off.

CALLAGHAN: IT’S STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

Aaron Callaghan says Bohemians’ pre-season training could not be going any better, writes FRANKIE LALLY.

The Bohs boss watched his side follow up Saturday’s 5-1 thumping of Longford Town with a 5-2 win over Dublin side Hardwicke at IT Blanchardstown on Monday evening.

Unperturbed by the ongoing upheaval in the club’s pre-season fixture list, Callaghan is delighted with what he has seen so far and insists he is unlikely to make any late additions to his squad before the league season gets under way next month.

He explained: “We have 26 in the squad at the moment and that is us closed now…”

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“That was a very good game against Hardwicke. We were very lively and I’m happy with what I saw.

“It was the first game for a lot of those players, Dave Mulcahy being one, and at this stage it’s about giving game time to everyone in the squad.

“It’s all starting to take shape now. We’ve had a really good pre-season so far and the fitness levels are good. It’s about fine-tuning our tactical organisation now.”

With the loss of key centre-backs Kevin Feely and Evan McMillan to Charlton and Sligo Rovers respectively, Callaghan has had plenty of tinkering to do to find the right balance at the back.

Dave Scully has been tested at centre-back in recent weeks and Callaghan reckons the 28-year-old could be an option in the heart of defence alongside the experience of Stephen Paisley, a closed-season capture from Shelbourne.

Callaghan said: “Dave has played centre-back before – he was playing there when he went to Carlisle United. He’s a threat from set-pieces too and I think he is quite capable of playing in both positions.

Early-season illness and injuries are a concern for the Gypsies boss, however, as both Karl Moore and Shane Murray were forced to sit out Monday’s game.

He said: “Injury-wise, Shane has a viral infection and Kevin Devaney has an ankle problem.

“Karl Moore,who started pre-season well, has an infection too so he has been off for the last 10 days.”

Callaghan saw new signing Paisley net twice in Wednesday’s emphathic win and reckons the 29-year-old’s experience could prove vital at Dalymount Park this year.

He added: “Stephen makes a difference. He’s scored goals from centre-back all through his career.

“When we lost Kevin and Evan, we lost a bit of height. We needed to get a bit of that back – as well as some experience – so we waited and got Stephen. I’m delighted he has signed.”

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FIXTURES UPDATE

Bohemians’ friendly with Athlone Town, originally set for this Friday at Dalymount Park, will now take place tomorrow (Wendesday) at IT Blanchardstown, with a 6pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, the Leinster Senior Cup fourth-round clash with with UCD has been set for this Sunday afternoon at Dalymount Park, with a 1pm kick-off.

(Please note that in the event of the Dalymount pitch needing further time to recover, Sunday’s game will be switched to IT Blanchardstown with the same kick-off time. We will keep you informed if a change of venue is required.)

CARD AT IT

Membership director Stephen Burke has been toiling away to ensure this year’s membership cards will be available for collection at Thursday’s AGM.

Stephen can confirm that anyone who has already paid their 2013 membership subscription can collect their card at the 124th Annual General Meeting of Bohemian FC, which kicks off on Thursday at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Hall.

All Platinum, Gold and Silver membership cards as well as accompanying guest passes are also ready for collection.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, then we’ll post your card (a sample of which can be seen, right, in the name of our first-ever goalscorer) out to you after the meeting.

2013 Membership card for website

PAISLEY, O’BRIEN DOUBLE UP

BOHEMIANS 5 HARDWICKE FC 2

Adouble apiece from new boys Stephen Paisley and Conor O’Brien helped Bohemians to a 5-2 pre-season win over Hardwicke FC on Monday evening.

But the Gypsies, playing their second friendly in three days at IT Blanchardstown, made hard work of it and fell behind in the first half before a rallying cry from manager Aaron Callaghan, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

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Despite starting an entirely different XI to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Longford Town, playing against non-league opposition, it was a game that most would have expected Bohs to run away with quite comfortably. It was Hardwicke, however, who created most of the chances and if it wasn’t for some wasteful finishing, they would have caused some real headaches for Callaghan.

Bohs should have claimed the game’s opener early on when a great cross from Dwayne Wilson left the goal gaping for Shane Fitzgerald. But the former Drogheda United and UCD man, starting his second spell with the Gypsies, failed to convert.

And Fitzgerald was made curse that miss as Dean Byrne opened the scoring for the inner-city side on 26 minutes.

After that setback, Bohs upped their game and strived to get back on level terms, with Dave Mulcahy going close with a spectacular effort that was saved by Hardwicke stopper Trevor Owens.

Callaghan had it all to do at half-time. But whatever he said in the dressing room paid off as, after the break, it was a very different story. Just after the restart, the manager decided to use his subs bench and on came Darragh Hanaphy and Conor O’Brien for Kevin O’Leary and Niall Forrester respectively.

And on 50 minutes, Bohs were back on level terms. Wilson’s free-kick from the left saw Paisley emerge from the goalmouth scramble to head home the Bohs equaliser.

It didn’t take long for the former Shelbourne man to double his tally either. Another free-kick found saw Paisley rise highest once again as he headed home on the line to put his new side in front on 57 minutes.

Callaghan made use of his bench once more as Kevin Devaney and Santiago came on for the remaining half-hour.

The Gypsies began to assert real control now and Paisley nearly claimed a rare hat-trick for a defender but was thwarted by Hardwicke keeper Owens.

Mulcahy had another shot parried by Owens but Bohs finally extended their advantage on 73 minutes when O’Brien, son of former Gypsies player and assistant manager Liam, finished from close range after a great run and cross by Hanaphy.

The game looked to be over but Hardwicke were awarded a penalty after Dave Scully, usually a striker but playing at centre-back, handled on the line with 10 minutes of normal time remaining.

He wasn’t given his marching orders much to the annoyance of the visitors’ bench – he would surely have seen red in a competitive game. But Hardwicke were back in the game as Peter O’Toole stepped up and duly converted the spot-kick.

We looked to be heading for a grandstand finish but two late goals from substitute Devaney (87 minutes) and a second from O’Brien (89 minutes) ensured it was another five-goal rout in Blanch for the Gypsies.

Bohemians: Greg Murray, Michael Barker, Dave Scully, Stephen Paisley, Ciaran Nangle, Dave Mulcahy, Niall Forrester, Darragh Reynor, Dwayne Wilson, Kevin O’Leary, Shane Fitzgerald. Subs: Darragh Hanaphy, Santiago, Conor O’Brien, Kevin Devaney.

FIVE GYPSIES GET THE CALL

Five Bohemians players – more than any other club – have been included in a home-based Republic of Ireland squad for next weekend’s practice match against Leinster and Munster, who are preparing for the UEFA Regions Cup.

Goalkeeper Greg Murray, defenders Michael Barker, Luke Byrne and Roberto Lopes (pictured) – who is also eligible for the Cape Verde Islands – as well as striker Chris Lyons have all made the cut for Noel King’s panel.

Boss King said: “The Leinster & Munster side are obviously preparing for their tournament and are a very strong team so this will be an excellent opportunity for our players to show our management team what they can do.

“We have played games like this in the past to good effect and quite a few players have come through those games and furthered their careers including Enda Stevens, Karl Sheppard, Paddy Madden and Paul Corry.

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“If we can produce as many players for the Under-21 squad from this group I will be extremely pleased. There is no better way to judge players then when you are working with them directly.

“The opportunities are always there for Airtricity League players to push their way into the U21 squad and I’m looking forward to this game.”

Saturday’s practice match kicks off at 1.30pm at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh.

IRELAND squad: Greg Murray (Bohemian FC), Niall Burdon (Shelbourne FC), Michael Barker (Bohemian FC), Roberto Lopes (Bohemian FC), Luke Byrne (Bohemian FC), Chris Lyons (Bohemian FC), Hugh Douglas (UCD AFC), Barry McCabe (UCD AFC), Robbie Benson (UCD AFC), Ismahil Akinade (Bray Wanderers FC), Kevin Knight (Bray Wanderers FC), Eoghan Osborne (Dundalk FC), Daniel Purdy (Longford Town FC), Stephen McDonnell (Dundalk FC), Chris Forrester (St Patrick’s Athletic FC), Conor Murphy (St Patrick’s Athletic FC), Barry McNamee (Derry City FC).

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AGM THIS THURSDAY

Areminder that the Bohemian Football Club’s 124th Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday (February 21st) at St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 at 7.30pm.

All members are encouraged to attend.

Admission to meetings only on production of 2012 or 2013 membership card.

Friday’s friendly off

Bohemians’ friendly with Athlone Town, originally scheduled for Friday February 22nd, has been postponed to protect the pitch at Dalymount Park.
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