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COMMIT TO 2021 MEMBERSHIP AND RECEIVE SPECIAL EDITION JERSEY

In these uncertain times, we want to express our thanks to those who commit to club membership for 2021 with a one-off commemorative jersey.

The tremendous loyalty shown to the club in 2020 cannot be overstated and we hope we can rely on that level of support once more next year.

The O’Neills jersey is a replica of the shirt worn by the club in 1985 and donned by the likes of the Great Man Jackie Jameson during the Billy Young era.

It is exclusive to members – full, student and senior members only – and will not go on general sale.

Simply sign up before November 30, and select your preferred size when doing so. The jerseys will be available in April.

Sign up now at join.bohemians.ie

Terms and conditions:

  • Deadline to sign up to or renew membership in time to receive the jersey is November 30.
  • The jersey is available to full members, student members and senior members (senior members must have 10 years’ service as a member) only.
  • Associate members/children as part of family membership package, season ticket holders and Junior Gypsies are not eligible.
  • Adult sizes only.
  • The jerseys will be available in April.
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ttBohemian FC and Bloody Sunday

Today is the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a day remembered in Irish history for actions that morning when Michael Collins’ “Squad”, supported by members of the Dublin Brigade, carried out a series of assassinations across Dublin which helped to cripple the British Intelligence network in the city.

It is also remembered for the brutal reprisal that took place in Croke Park later that day when a combined force of RIC, including the Black and Tans, and Auxillaries along with British Army troops opened fire at a Gaelic Football match between Dublin and Tipperary, causing the deaths of 13 spectators and Tipp player Michael Hogan.

Though Dalymount Park sits only a short walk away from Croker, any connections with Bohemians and the events of that day would appear remote or non-existent, though that is certainly not the case. Both in the streets of Dublin that morning and in Croke Park that afternoon there were men who were, or would become, players, coaches, administrators and supporters of Bohemians.

We will begin early that morning on the streets of the south inner city, Charlie Dalton, the 17-year-old Drumcondra native and IRA intelligence officer has been preparing the attack on 28 Pembroke Street, making arrangements with Maudie, a maid who worked in the house to gather intelligence on the six suspected British intelligence operatives residing there.

At the appointed hour of 9am, Dalton and several other Volunteers burst into the house. Dalton’s job was to ransack the house for documents and intelligence files. His colleagues were tasked with the other work. Lieutenant Dowling and Captain Price were shot dead in their beds. Four other British officers were also shot in a volley of bullets in the hallway – Colonel Montgomery was killed and although the other officers were badly wounded, they survived.

Dalton was a member of Bohemians and an occasional player for the lower Bohs sides. His older brother Emmet, a British military veteran, had also joined the IRA by this stage and was also a member of Bohemians, playing for the first team as an inside-forward and becoming club President in 1924. By the end of the War of Independence, Emmet had become the IRA’s head of training.

Charlie Dalton (left)
Charlie Dalton (left)

Teenaged Jeremiah “Sam” Robinson was was out that morning acting as a lookout for his friend Vinny Byrne, one of Collins’ famed “12 Apostles”. Their destination was 28 Upper Mount Street – their targets British Lieutenants Aimes and Bennett.

This was a late change to the plans due to a recent piece of intelligence received Charlie Dalton. Byrne and fellow Squad member Tom Ennis led the party. In Byrne’s witness statement, he mentioned that they were a party of about ten men and that the operation did not go as smoothly as hoped.

The sound of shooting aroused the attention of other British military personnel in the area and the men keeping an eye on the entrance to Mount Street came under fire. Most of the party fled to the river and rather than risk crossing any of the city bridges back to the northside where they could be intercepted. They crossed by a ferry, and Sam and the others disappeared into the maze of streets and safe-houses of the north inner city.

Sam, along with his brother Christy, another IRA Volunteer, would go on to enjoy a stellar career with Bohemians as part of the all-conquering 1927-28 side and was capped twice by Ireland. But his cousin William “Perry” Robinson would not escape Bloody Sunday unscathed. He was the second youngest victim in Croke Park. Perched in a tree near the Canal End, he was struck by a bullet through the chest and would die in Jervis Hospital. He was 11 years old.

On Ranelagh Road was Christopher “Todd” Andrews, a Bohemian fanatic, who would later become a prominent public servant in the 1930s. He helped establish Bord na Móna in the 1940s, before going on to chair Córas Iompair Éireann and the RTÉ Authority, and began a political dynasty. His younger brother Paddy would enjoy success with Bohs in the 1930s, becoming club captain and would be capped for Ireland.

However, for Todd, his thoughts were with the headache caused by a clash of heads during a match for UCD the previous day as well as his duty that morning, the shooting of Lt. William Noble.

As he later recalled:

“I had increasing fears we might be surprised by the Tans. If that happened and we were captured, we would have been shot or hanged. It is not an agreeable prospect for a nineteen-year-old psychologically unattuned to assassination.”

In the end, Andrews did not have to fire a shot – their target had escaped. Noble had left at 7am that morning. Andrews’ home was raided later than night, and his father, also Christopher, was lifted by the Black and Tans. Todd was forced into hiding, searching for a safe house in the south Dublin suburbs.

Charlie Harris with the Dubs

Charlie Harris with the Dubs

That afternoon in Croke Park, strange as it may seem, there was also a strong Bohs connection. Many of the Dublin side were taken from the O’Toole’s club from Seville Place in the North inner-city, they would become the dominant club side of the 1920s in Dublin, winning seven county football championships over the course of the decade. Their trainer was Charlie Harris, and he was also assisting the Dubs that day from the Croke Park touchline.

A former athletics champion, Croke Park was familiar terrain for Harris, he had even raced against a horse there in 1912, narrowly losing! Harris had also been the trainer of Bohemians since 1916, and was involved with the club for over 30 years as an integral part of many successful Bohemians teams.

He even coached the Irish national side on a number of occasions, including at the 1924 Olympics. Harris, like most of the Dublin team was likely among the group that was rounded up by the RIC and detained in the Croke Park dressing rooms before finally being released later that day after threats and intimidation.

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Dublin Team Bloody Sunday

“We do not want our season to be over tonight”

Preview: BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK
Extra.ie FAI Cup quarter-final
Friday November 20 2020, Dalymount, 7.45pm
RTÉ 2 and WatchLOI
Audio Described Commentary: access4all.bohemians.ie

Keith Long wants to repay the dedication of Bohemians supporters when Dundalk are the visitors to Dalymount Park for our final home game of 2020 tonight.

A place in the last four of the Extra.ie FAI Cup away to Athlone Town is the prize on offer to the winners of this evening’s game.

Long said: “The club and supporters have been immense this year. With all the uncertainty that surrounds us, the club has stood strong beside the team and supported its people.

“We also know fans are watching the games from home and are behind the team. We would love nothing more to be playing tonight in front of a packed Dalymount.

“Having no supporters has been a real challenge but I hope wherever you are tonight watching the game that we can make you proud to be a Bohemian.

“We do not want our season to be over tonight and the players I can assure you we will do everything to win and progress to a semi-final.”

That is easier said than done. While Dundalk have faltered this season, they are still a side oozing trophy winners.

But Bohs can take confidence by their second-place finish this season – their highest in a decade and one ahead of the Lilywhites, as well as the fact they have taken four points from the sides’ two meetings this year.

Long added: “Dundalk are a high quality side and they provide a big obstacle in our bid to get to a semi-final.

“I have great admiration for the consistency of Dundalk over the last six or seven seasons and despite not quite performing to the standards of recent seasons this year, they are still a very good side with many top quality players.

“All form as we know goes out the window in the cup and there is no doubt we will have to be at our very best tonight in order to progress.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Anto Breslin (suspended) and Andy Lyons (arm). Keith Ward (Achilles) is a doubt.

Danny Grant and Danny Mandroiu are available having been away with the Ireland U21 squad last week.

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Keith Long and Trevor Croly sign four-year deals

Bohemian Football Club is delighted to confirm that manager Keith Long and assistant manager Trevor Croly have both signed new four-year contracts.

Long, the club’s longest serving manager since Billy Young, took the reins in November 2014 and was joined by his former St Patrick’s Athletic team-mate Croly in December 2016.

Together they have led the club to European qualification two years in a row, with this season’s second-placed finish representing Bohs’ highest league position in a decade.

Long, 46, said: “I am delighted to commit my future to the club and to extend my contract until 2024.

“We are a club going in the right direction. Prior to Covid, we were in a very strong position and that was down to a collective effort of everyone at the club, with record numbers of members and season tickets holders.

“We have managed to qualify for Europe for the second season running with the youngest squad in the Premier Division, and the players and staff deserve great credit for that.

“The challenge for us now is to continue to make progress on and off the pitch.

“As a fully members-owned club, it does present significant challenges. We recognise those challenges as we endeavour to continue to grow, move forward and improve year-on-year in a sustainable manner.

“Our strength is in our supporters, our members. That is why I hope they will continue to get behind the club and the team, as they have done throughout my time at the club, despite the continuing uncertainty that we all face in our world today.

“We have a talented and dedicated backroom team who have a passion for Bohs and understand what this club means to its people.

“It is fantastic that Trevor has comitted his future to the club also as we continue on this journey together along with the rest of the backroom team, Chris Bennion, Remy Tang, Cathal Murtagh, Paul Kirwan, Robbie Murray, Colly O’Connor and Aaron Fitzsimons.

“I am excited by the potential of the club and by the potential of the players we have coming through at the club, and through the underage Bohs-SKB Academy teams with the continued support of Alan Caffrey and the coaches in our academy.

“We will continue to try bridging the gap with the aim of winning silverware – being successful in tandem with being sustainable, and helping improve and develop young players.

“I have loved every minute working at Bohs, working with so many great people who love the club. I am excited for the future and look forward to chasing our dreams together.”

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Refugees Welcome jersey goes global in FIFA 2021 game

In EA’s FIFA 2021 updated game, the best-selling Bohemian FC jersey from has gone global, in partnership with Amnesty International.

The away-game jersey features the iconic image of a family fleeing, with the words ‘Refugees Welcome’. It also features the famous ‘Love Football, Hate Racism’ slogan.

Amnesty International Ireland launched its partnership with Bohemian FC in early 2020, which captured media headlines and went viral on social media. The jersey also went on to become the club’s best-seller, with people ordering it from over 40 countries around the world, from China to the British Virgin Islands.

Now Amnesty International branches around the world are joining in to support the jersey’s launch in EA Games’ updated FIFA 2021, which is played by more than 45 million people worldwide.

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Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, called on gamers around the world to embrace the message.

“Gamers and football fans are powerful communities, with a huge reach. The response to the jersey in Ireland was incredible. We’re hoping the gaming community take it global now.

“In a time when global leaders are demonising refugees, stoking fear and hatred against people fleeing for their lives, it’s up to every community to take responsibility and fight back.

“The tragic drownings in the Mediterranean sea, and recently in the UK channel, show that anti-refugee rhetoric leads to policies that cost people their lives. It turns communities against one another, and breaks down our common humanity. So while the ‘Refugees Welcome’ message is straightforward, it is powerful.”

In gameplay, when you select Bohemian FC as your team, the update to FIFA 2021 includes the option to choose the football club’s away-jersey which features the logos.

Daniel Lambert, Chief Operating Officer for Bohemian FC, said:

“Our ethos has always been that football brings people together, brings communities together, brings nations together. Football is a universal language that should always unite and never divide.

“By playing with Bohemian FC in FIFA 2021 you represent these values; values of equality, inclusion and acceptance.”

EA Games FIFA 2021 screenshot with BOHs 'Refugees Welcome' jersey

“We want to finish the league campaign on a high”

St Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians
SSE Airtricity League
Monday November 9 2020, Richmond Park, 7.30pm
Live on WatchLOI

Bohemians head into their final league game of the season tonight with second place and European football long secured.

It has been 16 days since the team’s last game, but that time has allowed one of the club’s key performers this season recover from injury.

Rob Cornwall is expected to wear the captain’s armband this evening in the absence of the suspended Keith Buckley.

The centre-back, who has recovered from an ankle injury sustained in the 3-0 win over Cork City a month ago, said: “I’ve been training for the last few weeks, so I am looking forward to hopefully getting back out on to the pitch tonight.

“It was the same injury that I got out in the game in Hungary. On both occasions they were impact injuries so there is not a lot you can do to prevent that.”

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With other first-team regulars unavailable, the 26-year-old’s experience could prove invaluable to what is the youngest team in the league and 21st youngest top-flight team in Europe.

Cornwall joined four years ago as a 22-year-old but the retirements of the likes of Shane Supple, Ian Morris and Derek Pender in recent seasons have seen him become one of the more senior members of the squad sooner than he anticipated.

He said: “It feels weird being considered one of the older lads in the team now – some of them probably think I’m older than I am because of all my grey hair!

“With Bucko out tonight, it’s a chance for us to step up – not just me but other players too. There are leaders across the team.”

With five players ruled out through injury or suspension, it is also a chance for others perhaps frustrated by their lack of game-time to make their case for a starting place in Friday week’s FAI Cup quarter-final against Dundalk, but Cornwall said nobody is looking that far ahead.

He said: “We are not looking ahead to the Dundalk game yet.

“It’s very much all about tonight. Inchicore is a hard place to go at the best of times and St Pat’s are a good team. We’re fully focused on that and trying to get three points – we want to finish the league campaign on a high.”

Just over a year ago, Bohs headed to the same venue against the same opposition needing a point to guarantee European football for the first time in eight years.

Under the cosh for much of the game, Keith Long’s men held out for a 0-0 draw. In the era of games being played behind closed doors, the post-match scenes that followed are a distant memory but Cornwall insists fans still motivate the side every time they take to the pitch.

He added: “We all remember the scenes out there last season – James Talbot’s save, the ball being cleared off the line, and what it meant to the fans when the final whistle went.

“It’s been a strange year not being able to celebrate games with fans, but we are still spurred on in the knowledge that they are cheering us on from home, and we live in hope that next season we’ll be able to have fans back with us again sooner rather than later.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without captain Keith Buckley and Anto Breslin (both suspended) as well as Andy Lyons (arm), Danny Mandroiu (groin) and Keith Ward (Achilles).

Vice captain Rob Cornwall (ankle) and Dan Casey (head) both return, while Evan Ferguson and Gavin O’Brien have been promoted from the Bohs-SKB U17s.

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FOOTBALL FANS FOR FEMINIST FREEDOM

Manus O’Riordan writes on incidents in the politically charged year of 1913 that involved Bohemian FC and our supporters.

Download here.

Football Fans for Feminist Freedom

CHRISTMAS DRAW 2020

  • The annual Bohs Christmas Draw is back!
  • Over €10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs
  • Main draw: December 19
  • Early bird draw: November 28
  • Tickets – €20 each or 3 for €50 – are available from christmasdraw.bohemians.ie
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DIRECT PROVISION GIFT DRIVE

We have once again teamed up with MASI, Bang Bang and DHL to get Christmas gifts to 1000 kids living in Direct Provision.

Times are really hard for everyone lately, we are collectively pulling through this but imagine you are a child in a Direct Provision Centre during all of this.

While we unfortunately cannot mix in person this year, we want to make sure kids living in Direct Provision know that they are not forgotten.

In 2018, thanks to so many of you, we managed to get gifts for almost 100 children in Clondalkin Direct Provision Centre.

Last year, thanks again to you, we got gifts for 500 kids and had a Christmas party in Dalymount Park thanks to RAMSI and Bang Bang.

This year we have spoken to MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland – and have set our target at 1000 children, who are without the things other kids take for granted.

Get behind this – let’s show them a huge Céad Míle Fáilte!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be doing the majority of donations online this year.

If you can, and are within the 5km of Bang Bang (Leinster St, Phibsborough), you can drop gifts in too.

(New gifts only and unwrapped please. We cannot accept very large items, or any second hand items whatsoever).

We’ve set a target of €30,000 (€30 for each child) and we will then work with toy retailers and One For All to get gifts for all children.

This is a joint collaboration between:

  • Bang Bang, who are leading on the call-out for donations
  • Bohemian Football Club where all gifts will be sorted, stored and packed and who will also promote
  • DHL Express Ireland, who have agreed once again to deliver the packages to the centres across Ireland
  • MASI, who are co-ordinating the list of children and on the ground contacts

Direct Provision needs to end. It is inhumane and degrading. But let’s at least make it slightly better for children this Christmas.

 

Direct Provision Gift Drive

“Character is massive in sport and the boys are made of the right stuff”

Preview: Bohemians v Finn Harps
SSE Airtricity League
Saturday October 24 2020, Dalymount, 7.30pm

Bohemians go into their final home league game of the season in fine form and up against a club who have not won at Dalymount Park in 21 years.

But manager Keith Long has warned his second-placed side to expect a battle against Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps, who are currently battling for every point at the opposite end of the table.

Long said: “Ollie and his backroom team have been in this position several times over recent years and they are past masters in the art of avoiding the drop.

“Harps are always well organised and have some very good players in their ranks that can cause any team problems. Games between us have by and large been close affairs and tonight we expect a tough challenge as we always do against a committed and motivated team.”

Bohs’ run of three wins on the trot came to a halt with a 0-0 draw away to Dundalk last week. The Gypsies had good chances to score and the fact they left the home of last year’s champions feeling a little disappointed with a draw indicates how far the team has come.

Long said: “I felt we had the better of the chances in the first half most notably Andre Ward’s chance after four minutes when the ball came to him too quick to sort out his feet in the box.

“We also played some good attacking football particularly on the break and looked dangerous going forward. We came close to scoring through Keith Ward in the second half also.

“But we had to be content with an away draw which is saying something as our trips to Oriel in recent years have always proved difficult and getting anything up there is a real achievement.

“It was an achievement also for our squad and the mentality of the players to have the belief despite the disruptions we faced during the week and on the day of the game.

“I have to single out Michael Barker and Paddy Kirk for special mention. Both players were outstanding in Dundalk despite playing out of position at centre-back.

“They have had to be patient watching the team do well from the sides. Their attitude to training has never wained and they showed that hard work pays off with two brilliant displays.

“Character is massive in sport and the boys are made of the right stuff coming into the team and leading from the back. It speaks volumes for them as individuals and the type of men they are.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Rob Cornwall (ankle) but Dan Casey (head) returns as does one player previously ruled out as a result of testing positive for Covid-19 and another who was self-isolating having been deemed a close contact.

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