Bohemians accept invitation to compete in IRN-BRU Cup

Irn Bru Cup

Bohemians can confirm that following discussions with the FAI and our first-team management, we have accepted an SPFL invitation to compete in this season’s IRN-BRU Cup.

The scheduling challenges presented by League of Ireland clubs’ participation in this tournament are well-documented but were highlighted further last year by Bohs’ progression through to the quarter-finals, which were scheduled to take place after our domestic season had concluded.

The tie was rescheduled for February and the postponement prior to kick-off against East Fife due to a frozen Dalymount pitch was for us both unprecedented and regrettable. The final decision to call off the game was made late to afford every opportunity for the fixture to be fulfilled.

With our league season starting a week later and the IRN-BRU Cup semi-finals due to take place that same weekend, we reluctantly gave our opponents a walkover to the last four of the competition.

These are scheduling and logistical challenges that we believe the FAI and SPFL will be now even more aware of than before, as we are ourselves entering the competition. We are committed to working with both associations to find fair compromises in the event of any scheduling hurdles.

Our supporters enjoyed the camaraderie of the occasions of visiting Peterhead and of hosting Sutton United in previous rounds of the competition last season and indeed many of the East Fife fans who travelled to Dublin put the disappointment of their game being called off to one side to spend time with our supporters in our club bars.

While the priority of our first team will rightly remain on our own league campaign and progressing in our domestic cups, the games provided by our inclusion in the IRN-BRU Cup last year were memorable and unique days for players and fans alike, and we are once again looking forward to meeting unfamiliar clubs in the tournament in September.

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