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JOIN THE BOHS LOTTO ONLINE

Like all businesses and football clubs, our income has taken a big hit during this current period.

If you are in a position to contribute, please consider entering the Bohs Lotto at lotto.bohemians.ie.

  • Current jackpot: €5000
  • Next draw: Saturday March 28

Please don’t enter if the current situation has had a negative impact on your personal finances.

We know that many of you are facing great uncertainty and we don’t want to burden any of you any further.

We are only asking supporters whose circumstances allow them to contribute to consider doing so.

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The Bohs Lotto has always been an important fundraiser for the club thanks to Jimmy O’Connor and his fundraising team.

But as people heed the advice to stay at home, it is not possible for tickets to be sold in person as normal.

That is why we are asking people to consider filling that void by signing up online at lotto.bohemians.ie.

There are several options to purchase, which we hope will suit the varying amounts people can afford.

For example it is just €1 per line but you can buy multiple lines or buy a year-long option for €46 that includes six free lines.

Thank you again for your support. It is really appreciated by all at the club.

21st March 2020 Draw (Drawn by Collie O’Connor, Bohs kitman):

Winning Numbers: 2, 10, 14, 19. Jackpot not won.

8 winners with 3 numbers win €40 each:

  • Colm Duignan c/o Season Coupon
  • Tony Pasquetti c/o Stephen McLoughlin
  • Imelda Farrell c/o Anto Farrell, DEASP, Finglas
  • Charlie’s Angels c/o Stephen McLoughlin
  • Rose Smith c/o Eddie Smith, Homestead Pub
  • Brendan Dwyer c/o Season Coupon
  • Oliver Smyth c/o Season Coupon
  • Mark Crowther c/o Season Coupon

Next Lotto Jackpot: €5,000

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A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND PLAYERS

We are living in extraordinary times and we hope that all of our members, supporters, volunteers, staff, players and all of your loved ones are coping as best you can during this period of great uncertainty.

As you know, we were due to have an AGM around this time of year and the board had pencilled in a date in mid April. However, due to the Coronavirus, this has obviously been cancelled for the foreseeable future until we are in a position to set a new date.

The main focus of the Board of Management at this time is ensuring the stability and sustainability of Bohemian Football Club and, at the same time, to look after our players and staff to the best of our ability.

At a meeting between all 19 league clubs and the FAI on Friday, a target date of June 19th was set for the resumption of SSE Airtricity League football.

The plan sees the league season extended by six weeks until December 4th and the final round of league games cancelled, which reduces the Premier Division programme from 36 games to 27.

Now that we have the league’s draft calendar in place, the confirmation of government support of €203 a week per employee and public indications from government ministers that further supports for employers/employees will be announced in the coming days, we can build a plan to protect the interests of both the club and our players.

As a members-owned club with a great relationship between our members, fans, players and staff, it behoves us to do the right thing and support our people as much as possible through these difficult times.

Therefore, we wish to clarify that it is our intention to honour all of our contracts/salaries with players and staff in full, with a small amendment to factor in that the season has been extended by an extra six weeks, which we are discussing with our management team and playing staff.

Obviously, the situation will be kept under continuous review as the ongoing developing situations in other countries at the moment have taught us that things can change quickly. If anything does, we will advise everyone accordingly.

We wish to put on record that it is only because of the hard work done in recent years, both on and off the pitch, and the continued support of the members and fans of the club, that we can fulfil our obligations to our players.

The revenue generated by the record number of members and season tickets sold this season has put us in a position where we can now protect the interests of our staff as much as possible.

Had this crisis hit in any number of previous seasons, we would have struggled to pay wages, let alone fulfil contracts in their entirety. Thank you all for your amazing support for ensuring we are on a more solid footing this time around.

Likewise, our sponsors have been tremendous and their ongoing support is crucial to the club in these difficult times. We now have partners rather than sponsors and we thank them for their commitment. Again, without their backing we would not be in a position to support our people.

We are no strangers to cashflow problems or seemingly insurmountable debt issues.

The hard work required over the past decade to get our club back on a sound footing is well documented, so we would like to express our solidarity with those clubs in the league worst-affected by this current situation. We hope that their supporters and communities help them navigate through the challenges ahead.

We know that many people’s lives have been turned upside down in the past few weeks and many more are facing great uncertainty.

In such circumstances, there are things much more important than football. But to those supporters whose circumstances allow, you can continue to support our club by buying merchandise or by signing up to our online lotto and, for those who pay membership subs monthly, by continuing with your standing order.

These will be our only sources of income over the next months until the season starts again. The economic effects of the current crisis and fewer home games as a result of the truncated league programme will affect our income streams.

But as was shown in the not too distant past, if we stick together and support each other we can overcome all the obstacles put in our way. This will be no different.

Take care of yourself and look out for one another.

We look forward to us all being together as one in the Jodi Stand on a Friday night again soon.

Board of Management,
Bohemian Football Club

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Paddy Ratcliffe – A Bohemian Life Less Ordinary

Paddy Ratcliffe hailed from Dublin’s northside and lived an extraordinary life, he sandwiched two spells at Bohemians as a tough-tackling full back, either side of eventful service fighting the evils of fascism during the Second World War.

Paddy was a tail-gunner for the RAF in bombing raids over Germany, he survived being shot down, having two bullets lodged in his leg as well as the perils of the POW camps before returning to his beloved Dalymount.

Paddy also enjoyed a successful career in England before relocating to the United States later in life. This article covers his eventful footballing career, his military service and his later life.

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This article was originally published on A Bohemian Sporting Life.

Bohs during the War years

At the outbreak of the Second World War League football ceased in Britain almost immediately, the 1939-40 League season was only three games old when it was suspended and a full league season wouldn’t be completed until the end of the 1946-47 season. This robbed many talented players of the peak years of their careers. However, in neutral Ireland football continued as usual, or as usual as possible in the midst of a bloody and truly global conflict. There may have been food and petrol rationing but the early and mid-40’s gave the League of Ireland one of it’s most dominant ever sides, Cork United, who won the league five times between 1940 and 1946.

For Bohemian F.C. the 40’s weren’t to be their most successful era, victory in the League of Ireland Shield in 1939 and an Inter-city cup win in 1945 were pretty much all that the era provided in terms of silverware but as always the club was developing players who would rise to prominence elsewhere. While I’ve written previously about the likes of the famous O’Flanagan brothers perhaps a less well known story is of Paddy Ratcliffe, a talented full-back for Bohemians who enjoyed a good career in the English League, but by even having a career at all he had cheated death and defied the odds.

From the printers to Dalymount

Patrick Christopher Ratcliffe, better known simply as Paddy Ratcliffe was born in Dublin on New Years Eve 1919. Paddy was the son of Bernard and Bridget Ratcliffe. Bernard was a postman but he had also served in the British Army, joining at the age of 18 in 1904 and serving in the Royal Artillery. He later rejoined to serve during World War I.

Patrick first appears on the footballing radar as a player for Hely’s F.C. which was likely the works team of Hely’s stationers and printers of Dame Street. Hely’s were a large and prominent business in Dublin at the time and as well as selling stationery they also had a line in sporting goods, so you could buy a tennis racquet or fishing rod along with your pens and ink. Hely’s is also mentioned in Ulysses as a former place of employment for Leopold Bloom.

Paddy Ratcliffe is mentioned as having left Hely’s F.C. to sign for Bohemians in August 1939, he made his first team debut the following month in a 2-1 win over Jacob’s in the Leinster Senior Cup. The League season began in November of 1939 and Paddy was an ever-present as Bohs playing all 22 games at left-back games as Bohs finished eighth that year. He was also part of the Bohemians side that defeated Sligo Rovers to win the league of Ireland Shield for 1939-40. The following season saw significant improvement in the league with Bohemians finishing third, Paddy played 25 games across all competitions but only 10 in the league, the reason for this fall in appearance numbers had nothing to do with a loss of form however, because in 1941 Paddy Radcliffe joined the RAF to fight in the Second World War. Newspaper reports announced in April 1941 that Paddy had played his last game for Bohemians, and like his father before him he was off into the violent theatre of global conflict.

Paddy the POW

Paddy joined the RAF and became the tail gunner on a Lancaster bomber, Paddy’s role as a tail-gunner saw him sit in an exposed turret at the very rear of the plane, operating four heavy machine guns which would play a crucial role in the defence of these heavy bomber planes. It was also an incredibly dangerous job, the tail-gunner was a particularly vulnerable target to lighter, more maneuverable, fighter plans, there were risks of frostbite from flying at such high altitude often with open panels, and the small, cramped rear turret could be awkward to escape from in the event of an emergency.

Not everyone came home from the Lancaster bombing raids over Germany, for example the Lancaster was the main bomber used in the famed Dambusters attacks of Operation Chastise in May 1943. Of the 19 Lancaster bombers deployed eight were shot down over Germany. A similar fate befell Flight Sergeant Paddy Ratcliffe during one of those bomber missions when his plane was shot down over Germany. Paddy was lucky to survive as he had two Nazi bullets in his leg but he was destined to see out the War as a POW in Stalag 357 in North-western Germany. In these particular POW camps over 30,000 prisoners (the vast majority of them Soviet prisoners) died over the course of the War.

Irish newspaper reports from September 1943 even went so far as to express remorse at his death as it must likely have been assumed that Paddy and his crew had perished over Germany. We don’t know if even his family knew he had survived. But thankfully Paddy did survive the war and after hostilities had ceased he was straight back into the Bohemians team for the 1945-46 season. While playing usually in the position of left-back he also lined out as both an inside left and scored his only goals for Bohemians in a Shield game from that position.

A return to football

Ratcliffe’s performances in the early part of the season were impressive enough to secure a move across the water to Notts County as they prepared for a return to post war football. Notts County’s manager was Major Frank Buckley who had known Ratcliffe’s first manager at Bohemians, George Lax. Like Ratcliffe, Lax had also joined the RAF during the War. Perhaps it was on the recommendation of George Lax that Ratcliffe was signed? Paddy may also have come to their attention from playing wartime matches as there are reports of him lining out for the likes of Rochdale during 1942.

Either way, his spell with Notts County was short, by the time the first full, post-war league season was underway in 1946-47 Paddy had signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He joined Wolves as part of a deal that also brought forward Jesse Pye to Moulineux for a combined fee of £10,000. Pye would enjoy great success at Wolves scoring 90 times for them, including a brace in the FA Cup final which brought the cup to the black country. He was even capped for England in the famous Goodison Park game when they were defeated 2-0 by Ireland. Paddy, however, would only make two appearances in the English top flight before moving to Plymouth for the 1947-48 season.

This meant that Paddy had to drop down to Division Two to ensure more first team football. He made his Plymouth debut on the opening day of the season in August 1947 against Newcastle in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 in St. James’s Park. Paddy’s first two seasons were ones of mixed fortunes, he played only 25 league games in his first two years, and while he got a better run of games in the 1949-50 season (playing 21 games) Plymouth finished second bottom of the Second Division and were relegated to Division Three South.

Paddy going for a header on the soccer pitches of Los Angeles

Success and a first taste of the Big Apple

Despite the relegation the following seasons were some of Paddy’s best, he became the undisputed first choice as a right-back and began to contribute goals as well, becoming a regular penalty taker for the side. In the 1951-52 season Plymouth Argyle finished as Champions in Division Three South and kept clear of relegation when back in the Second Division. In fact Plymouth came fourth in the second tier in 1952-53 with Paddy as a regular. This remains Plymouth’s best ever league finish.

In the 1953-54 season there were greater challenges for Plymouth, they finished in 19th place in Division Two, only three points clear of relegation but they did take part in an ambitious end of season tour to eight cities across the the USA. Paddy boarded the Ile de France at Southampton on the 27th April 1954 and set sail for New York. The Plymouth Argyle tour would see them face local sides like Simpkins of St. Louis, the Chicago Falcons and various “All-Star” teams, as well as randomly playing two games against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago and then Los Angeles. The games against Dortmund were the only games which Plymouth lost on their tour where they racked up easy wins including a 16-2 trouncing of a supposed “All-Star” team in Denver. The tour ran through to the beginning of June when the Argyle signed off their visit with a 1-0 win over a New York All-Stars team in Astoria, Queens.

A short quote from “Irish soccer player” Paddy Ratcliffe appeared in the Big Spring Daily Herald of West Texas in June of 1954 where he asked what his impressions were of the United States. A somewhat wide-eyed Paddy described his experiences as follows: “Every city I’ve seen is like London at rush hour. Life here is a bit too strenuous for me. You Americans don’t take holidays. You don’t relax and lounge around. But you seem to have more fun. At home we’re in bed by 11. That’s when you people are going out”. An interesting first impression as we’ll later see.

The 1954-55 season was another tough one for Plymouth. They escaped the drop by a single place. The 1955-56 season was to be Paddy’s last in English football, he had been a regular up until this point but by the start of the season he was 35 years old and new manager Jack Rowley (a superstar as a player in his time with Manchester United) preferred others in the full-back berths. Paddy would only make 8 appearances that season as Plymouth were again relegated from Division Two. In all he had made 246 appearances and scored 10 goals for the Pilgrims.

Despite spending most of his career playing at a decent standard Paddy was never selected for Ireland, this is especially surprising given his versatility in either full back position. There were some suggestions that he should be called up aired in the newspapers, in the Dublin Evening Mail in 1953 and from “Socaro” the football correspondent in the Evening Press. The Irish selectors had the chance to watch Paddy in the flesh when he lined out one final time for Bohemians in May 1952. He was playing in a memorial match for the Jimmy Dunne, the legendary Irish striker who died suddenly in 1949. Dunne had played and coached Shamrock Rovers but had also been Paddy’s coach during his last spell with Bohs in 1945. A Rovers XI played a Bohs XI in Dalymount just before a national squad was picked for the upcoming game against Spain but Paddy never got a call up. Guesting for that Bohs XI were the likes of Tom “Bud” Aherne and goalkeeper Jimmy O’Neill who did feature in the heavy 6-0 defeat to Spain just two weeks later.

In America

While he may never have gotten that cap for Ireland and his career in England had come to an end with Plymouth this wasn’t the final act in Paddy’s footballing career. The tour of the United States had obviously made a big enough impact on Paddy and he decided to up sticks and move to the United States with his young family. Paddy had married a Dublin woman named Olive Privett in 1946 and they set off for a new life in Los Angeles in 1957. They moved to the Lawndale area of Los Angeles with their four children (two girls and two boys) and Paddy began a career in the printing business, becoming print foreman of Palos Verdes newspapers and occasionally penning articles in its pages about the beautiful game. Paddy also continued playing for a Los Angeles Danish side well after his 40th birthday, only hanging up his boots in 1962. He was also involved in coaching young American talent in football of the association variety. He even took time to catch up with former professional colleagues when they visited the United States, entertaining his old adversary Stanley Matthews when he was on a tour of America.

Despite being somewhat of an evangelist for soccer in the States, Paddy’s son Paul shone as a varsity American football player, lining out as a quarter back for his high school. When quizzed about the American variant of the sport, Paddy described it as “a daffy game – they call it football but a specialist comes on to kick it maybe ten times in a 60 minute game. How can they call it football?”

Paddy passed away in October 1986 at the age of 66 and was buried in Los Angeles. He had begun his career with Bohs before the War, lived a perilous existence as a rear-gunner on an Allied Bomber, survived the deprivations as a prisoner-of-war in Nazi Germany and returned to have a successful footballing career in Britain, despite having a pair of German bullets in his left leg. Even after his playing career had ended he began a new life and trade in the United States believing it presented the best opportunities for his young family but never forgetting where he came from or the sport he loved.

Once more, thanks to Stephen Burke for his assistance on Paddy’s early life and Bohs career, and for more on Paddy’s career at Plymouth check out the excellent Vital Argyle website. Featured image is from the profile of Paddy in the Greensonscreen website.

Paddy Ratcliffe

EBook: The Enduring Legacy of an Idle Youth

We are very fortunate that we have, within our membership, some dedicated historians who have undertaken great research on the past activities and personalities of our club.

We are conscious of boredom setting in during this current period of no football and all of us adjusting to spending more time at home, so we are going to endeavour to provide you with some reading material over the next few weeks in the hope that we can alleviate some of that.

First up we have the second edition of a pamphlet ‘The Enduring Legacy of an Idle Youth’ by club member Ciarán Priestley.

An Ebook/PDF version to download or view is now available.

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Originally printed in 2010, this 2020 updated second edition pamphlet focuses on the founding of the club in 1890 and some of the club’s key figures from that era and around the turn of the 20th century.

The author Ciarán Priestley writes:

“During a tumultuous period in Irish history, a small group of young Dubliners decided to embark upon an ambitious project to start a club from the ground up and play the emerging sport of Association football.

“While their well-heeled education had honed their skills and promised much, their young adult lives were afforded indulgence and little substance.

“In defiance of an overly-extended and idle youth, the Bohemian Football Club was created as a vehicle for ambition, improvement, victory and loss.

“While those who assembled at the Gate Lodge in the Phoenix Park on 6 September 1890 have long since departed, the club created in their image has survived many generations since.

“The Bohemian Football club of 2020 may live closer to the values of its founders than at any other moment in its history.”

Ciarán originally intended holding a talk on the pamphlet in The Back Page on April 1. That will now obviously be put on hold. But in the meantime, you can listen back to a talk he gave to Dublin City Libraries in 2014.

We will have more reading material in the coming days and weeks. But if you have any particular articles of interest that you would like to see revived and circulated among our members, please don’t hesitate to suggest them to me at pro@bohemians.ie.

Similarly, if you wish to submit a new article for consideration, please get in touch.

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02

FOOTBALL ACTIVITY SUSPENDED UNTIL MARCH 29

The FAI has today confirmed ‘the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction until March 29 inclusive’ in line with advice from the Government, the Department of Health and Uefa in respect of efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19.

This affects three Bohemians fixtures, our away fixture to Cork City tomorrow, our home game against Dundalk next Friday and our away trip to Finn Harps on March 27.

It also affects all underage and WNL fixtures up to and including March 29. The situation thereafter will remain under review by the FAI in conjunction with the relevant state authorities.

Any tickets purchased for our March 20 home game against Dundalk will remain valid when an alternative date is found.

However if supporters would instead prefer for their order cancelled and refunded, they are advised to contact tickets@bohemians.ie.

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Today’s FAI statement read:

The Football Association of Ireland announces the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction until March 29 inclusive, and with immediate effect following directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA.

The FAI made this decision after a meeting in Dublin today with Government, the Department of Health and stakeholders from other national sporting bodies.

The decision has been taken in light of the growing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

The FAI again met with representatives from the National League Executive Committee and the Professional Footballer’s Association of Ireland today, and continues to work with both bodies to help our clubs and players through this difficult time.

The FAI remains in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines.

Bohemians v Shelbourne - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

CORK CITY AWAY: BUS AND TICKET INFORMATION

  • The #Bohs supporters’ bus is on the road to Turner’s Cross, Cork City this Friday
  • Departs: 2pm sharp.
  •  Meet from 1.30pm at Dalymount (St Peter’s Rd Car Park)
  •  Stop-off for Gold Cup
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place
  •  Please note that Cork City advise fans travelling to buy tickets online

 

Bohs fans

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Happy International Women’s Day to all Bohemians home and abroad.

International Women’s Day this year falls on the same week a Bohs senior team competes in the Women’s National League for the very first time.

One of the greatest strides our club has made in recent seasons has been the belated but rapid growth of our girls and women sections.

This coming Saturday marks another step in the progress of those sections when the Bohs senior team kick off the 2020 season with a home game against Athlone Town at the Oscar Traynor Centre at 2pm.

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This is a huge step forward in our 130th year and the result of hard work by a small but extremely dedicated group of volunteers, coaches and players to whom we are all very grateful.

The Bohs girls section started in 2017 with the introduction of the Girls Academy and the section played its first games in 2018.

The girls section now has nine teams competing in various age groups, while the Saturday morning academy prepares young players for those teams.

The club entered the U17s Women’s National League last season, an important step towards joining the senior league this year.

We hope as many of you as possible can get behind the women’s senior team at the Oscar Traynor Centre this Saturday.

Kick-off is 2pm, admission is free and all support is most welcome.

The People's Club

SUPPORTER INFORMATION AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S GAME

Dear supporter,

A couple of important notes ahead of today’s game, similar to arrangements for the Shamrock Rovers game.

Standing in stairwells/aisles: We are under strong pressure from the Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade to clear the stairwells, particularly between blocks F & G. Crowding on the stairwells poses a very serious health and safety risk and must be addressed.

It would be appreciated if fans could move into the seating areas, and remain standing if they so wish, and clear the stairwells. If we cannot improve the situation over the next couple of games, the Gardai and DFB will become involved and insist that further action is taken.

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  • For this game, the membership stile is being suspended.
  • Those seated in blocks A,B & C should enter from NCR into Dalymount Lane
  • Those seated in blocks D,E,F & G should enter from St Peter’s Road into Dalymount Lane.
  • Arrive early. Our bars open 5pm.
  • You must produce a membership card, a season ticket or match ticket.
  • All of the above will be scanned.
  • Barcodes are unique and can only scanned once. Any duplicates will be denied entry. No exceptions.
  • Allow time for bag searches.
  • Bags larger than a normal size backpack will not be allowed in.
  • No smoking in the stand.

We remain under scrutiny with regard to health and safety concerns.

We are a members-owned club. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that tickets to this game made their way into the hands of our regulars.

With that in mind, there is a collective responsibility on us all to ensure the safety of one another and that our actions do not invite further scrutiny or sanctions.

MAKE SPACE FOR ONE ANOTHER

More often that not when it appears the stand is full, there are actually scores of individual unoccupied seats across the stand.

Move up! And when it’s close to kick-off and it looks like the place is filling up, help fellow supporters find a vacant seat.

COUNTERFEIT/COPIED TICKETS

All our tickets have a unique barcode that will only scan once. If your ticket barcode shows up on our scanners as having already been scanned, we cannot allow you into the game.

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern remains the overcrowding in sections F&G and in particular people standing in the aisles, which could lead to serious crowd surges, crushes and injuries.

Standing in the aisles needs to stop. It is a major health and safety concern that is potentially catastrophic.

The Gardaí have instructed stewards to allow no standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that these blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

We ask that our members and supporters cooperate with stewards and adhere to their instructions.

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND: BARS/ACCESS ROUTES

Our bars cannot accommodate everyone. Overcrowding in our bars and in the access routes under the stand have been identified by DFB as areas of major concern.

If our staff/volunteers indicate that our bars are full, please accept this. Matchdays are stressful enough for our staff/volunteers without unnecessary confrontations.

If you are only accessing underneath the stand to use the toilet, please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos), by the merchandise store (portaloos) or those under Block G instead. Doing so will help alleviate the numbers under the stand.

FIRE HAZARDS

DFB fear so many people congested in the one place and the regularity with which flares and smoke bombs are ignited that these combined pose a fire hazard.

DFB and the Gardai have insisted that no flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G.

Similarly, fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out, such as those done by the Notorious Boo-Boys, will have to take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

The authorities have also insisted on increased searches on Dalymount Lane.

Any supporter found in possession of a flare or similar pyrotechnics will be refused access/denied entry to the ground and faces being banned by the board of management.

Anyone who used pyrotechnics in the ground also faces a large fine and potential prosecution.

FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Jodi Stand all supporters should please move down the aisles and on to the pitch and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Des Kelly Stand, away supporters should exit through the appropriate gate, either into the adjacent car park, or via the Jodi Stand, and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

MISSILES

Missile have been thrown on to the pitch at derbies in recent seasons. This cannot continue or the Gardai and FAI will impose further sanctions on the club.

ALL drinks served in the bars tonight will be served in plastic glasses until after the game. Anyone caught throwing missiles will be ejected from the stadium and faces being banned from all further Bohemians games.
Similarly, anyone who encroaches on to the pitch will be ejected and could face prosecution.

ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control and supervision of the Gardai.

  • We advise against arriving to Dalymount Lane after 7.45pm:
  • For this game, the membership style is being suspended.
  • Those seated in blocks A,B & C should enter from NCR into Dalymount Lane
  • Those seated in blocks D,E,F & G should enter from St Peter’s Road into Dalymount Lane.

THANKS

We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above may be unpalatable.

But collectively as a fan-owned club, a level of self-policing is required.

We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all those who attend our games.

Please assist us by cooperating with our stewards with respect and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

If we fail to meet the requirements laid down to us by the authorities and the FAI, we run the risk of further sanctions and costs we can ill-afford being imposed on us: increased number of stewards, reduced capacity, kick-off times being moved etc

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the game. Get behind Keith and the lads, and let’s all collectively contribute to getting the result we are all hoping for.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“Our fans’ vocal support, passion and patience will be vital for us”

BOHEMIAN FC v SHELBOURNE FC
SSE Airtricity League
Friday March 6, Dalymount Park, 8pm

Keith Long says Bohemians need to show courage and determination in tonight’s Dublin derby against Shelbourne.

Tonight’s opposition have started well following their promotion from the First Division under the guidance of Ian Morris, once a protege of Long.

In their three games thus far, they have won two and lost one ahead of tonight’s first league meeting between Bohs and Shels in seven years, claiming all three points away to Cork City and most recently at home to St Pat’s.

Shels came close to pulling off a shock result against Long’s men in the FAI Cup last season, leading 2-0 with nine minutes remaining before a Danny Mandroiu masterclass inspired Bohs to a memorable 3-2 victory.

Revenge will be on their mind when the sides kick off at 8pm this evening.

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Long said: “Our opposition will not make it easy for us. We should embrace this because it makes us better. We need to fight every day and in every game and for every second.

“If we have the right mindset of courage and a willingness to learn, we can achieve great things.

“Our fans’ vocal support, passion and patience will be vital for us and I look forward to them helping us on this journey as they have done.”

Bohs come into the game with two wins and two defeats from their opening four games.

Last time out at Dalymount 10 days ago, they ran out 2-0 winners against Sligo Rovers.

Long said: “We came out of the traps and scored an early goal. This came about as a result of our willingness to run forward and force errors from our opponents.

“We played with good tempo in the opening period but we could not get a second goal.

“In the second half, again we had chances primarily through Glen McCauley and on another day he could have had a couple of goals.

“Instead, we had to wait until the final minute of the 90 to secure the points through Kris Twardek’s first goal for the club.”

But the positivity from that result came unstuck with a disappointing result and performance at the Brandywell four days later where Derry City claimed a 2-0 victory.

Long added: “Our last game was a disappointing one. We did not play to our potential and while there was very little between the teams, we didn’t do enough to stress the opposition as much as we would have liked and didn’t work their goalkeeper enough throughout the game.

“We lacked the understanding and quality needed to break a team like Derry down.

“We did have some chances, JJ Lunney had an effort narrowly wide in the first half and we felt Keith Ward’s effort – at a time in the game when we were starting to exert pressure on the opposition – was over the line.

“The referee, Derek Tomney, who was in a great position thought otherwise and we have to respect his decision.

“Our vantage point at the side wasn’t ideal but a large portion of the defender’s leg was over the line when he cleared the ball, suggesting that the ball did in fact cross the line.

“If we had got ahead, it’s a different game for us but we lacked cohesion and the understanding to break our opponents down afterwards.

“We are developing a way to play but along the way, there will be setbacks like that.

“You will see misplaced passes, you will see mistakes but these are all part of the process and are essential in getting us to where we want to be, which takes courage and it takes hard work.”

TEAM NEWS

Dinny Corcoran (groin) and James Talbot (ankle) are out, while James Finnerty (calf) remains doubtful.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) is out for the season.

Derry City v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“The lads walk out and see what it means to the people who travel around the country behind us”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday February 28 2020, Ryan McBride Stadium, 7.45pm

Bohemians are looking to build on a positive week when they travel to face Derry City at the Brandywell tonight.

The Gypsies’ season opener defeat in injury-time against Shamrock Rovers has been put behind them with successive 2-0 victories against Waterford and Sligo Rovers respectively.

Manager Keith Long said: “We were very good down in the RSC against Waterford in horrendous conditions.

“Against Sligo on Monday, we started very well and got ahead early on through Danny Mandroiu. We could have made life a bit easier for ourselves when we were converted chances we had when we were on top.

“Sligo made us sweat as a result then in the last 15 minutes or so and had their own opportunities before we got the second through Kris Twardek late on.

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“But we’ve two 2-0 wins and two clean sheets for Stephen McGuinness in his first two games for the club so I’m pleased.”

McGuinness is one of several new players tasting first-team football at Bohs for the first time.

His chance to impress came sooner than expected after being drafted into the team following a foot injury suffered by regular first-choice keeper James Talbot against Shamrock Rovers a fortnight ago.

Having a strong pool of players available and ready to slot in when required will be key for Bohs’ attempts to consolidate last year’s third-place finish. Various injury crises over the course of last season saw the Gypsies falter on occasion but there is a feeling that there is greater strength in depth this time around.

Long said: “It’s still very early in the season, we’re only three games in. But we’re going to again have a disproportionate amount of games in the first half of the season so we need to use our squad and be able to call on players who are capable of stepping in.

“We’ve seen Kris Twardek come in and do very well for us so far in the games he’s played and opened his account for us on Monday. Stephen McGuinness has come in and kept two clean sheets.

“Glen McAuley gives us different options up front too. He’s a different kind of player to Dinny Corcoran or Andre Wright. He’s worked very hard over the last two games and his efforts probably deserved a goal.

“We’ve got good competition for places in various positions. Anto Breslin played the first two games and did very well at left-back but Paddy Kirk came in on Monday night and was excellent, so you’ve two good players going head to head for the one position and pushing each other.”

The Gypsies were unbeaten in four league games against Declan Devine’s Candystripes last season, winning one and drawing three, but there wasn’t a whole lot between the teams and just three points separated Bohs in third and Derry in fourth in the final league standings.

Long is expecting another close encounter tonight against a side who lost their opening game of the season 1-0 to champions Dundalk before needing a late equaliser to secure a point against rivals Finn Harps last week.

Long said: “The Brandywell is a great stadium to play in so we are looking forward to it. There has been very little between the sides last year.

“They’ve lost some players but they’ve brought in new faces too, some we’re familiar with, some less so.

“They have the advantage going into this game of having not played on Monday, so they’ll have been able to prepare well and will be fresh whereas we still have people recovering.

“They acquitted themselves well against Dundalk, despite losing. We know it will always be difficult against them and they’ll be looking for three points.”

Long hopes Bohs’ bid to get a result at the Ryan McBride Stadium will once again be assisted by a vocal travelling support encouraging them from the off. An away support of 450 did just that last week against Waterford.

He added: “Every time we go to the Brandywell, we tend to bring a good crowd with us. It’s really important to have that backing behind us.

“It was huge for us last season and most memorably in the cup the season before.

“It might be a cliche but it’s true that a big travelling support after a long journey really gives the lads a big lift.

“They walk out on to the pitch and they get to see what it means to the people who travel around the country and get behind us.

“We brought a massive support down to Waterford last week in horrendous conditions and that was significant to our players.”

TEAM NEWS

Dinny Corcoran (groin), James Finnerty (calf) and James Talbot (ankle) remain doubtful.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) is out for the season.

Kris Twardek opens his account for the Gypsies - Stephen Burke
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