Keith Long - by Michael Ryan

Keith Long has expressed his wish to thank Bohemians members and supporters for clubbing together to back efforts to strengthen his squad.

With the transfer window opening on July 1, a fans’ player fund was launched earlier this month to increase the club’s playing budget for the remainder of the season.

Supporters, who feel they are in a position to do so, can still donate to the fund here at playerfund.bohemians.ie.

Bohs manager Long said: “Other clubs are privately owned and have investors backing big budgets.

“We don’t have that luxury at Bohs. We have dedicated volunteers working hard behind the scenes to get funds into the club but we know resources are still tight.


“But what we do have at Bohs is something special. This club has been continuously owned by its supporters for 127 years and that bond is incredible.

“It’s honestly a privilege to manage Bohs and to feel a part of its history.

“We have a proud and passionate group of fans who will do everything to try and help us be successful.

“Supporters dug deep when times got tough to keep the club afloat over the last decade.

“Now they’re continuing to show that dedication with their support for this fund and, for that, myself and all the playing and coaching staff are extremely grateful.”

Long is expecting a busy transfer window across the league.

He has already recruited promising young winger Keith Dalton from Dundalk and hopes to make further additions in the coming days.

He said: “Given the make-up of the division this year, we all know our rivals are going to strengthen.

“With the restructure of the league, it is a huge battle for all clubs. It’s a congested table and everyone is scrapping for anything that will give them an advantage.”

Given the manner of the Gypsies’ 3-1 comeback win over St Patrick’s Athletic a fortnight ago and confident 2-0 victory over Sligo on Friday, Bohs fans’ tails are up as the team climbed to sixth in the table.

Long added: “The enthusiasm in the stands is rubbing off on our players – I think people can see that from our last two results.

“The togetherness between players and fans at the end of both games is something we want to replicate.

“Nobody at the club can afford even a hint of complacency and we will guard against that. But with that vocal support behind us, we have renewed confidence.”

A reminder that with no game this weekend, our next fixture sees Bohs host champions Dundalk this Wednesday July 5 at Dalymount Park.

That will be followed by a friendly against FC United of Manchester at 3pm on Saturday July 8. Our bars are open from 1pm for what we hope will be enjoyable day of football and music between two fan-owned clubs.

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