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JODI STAND SOLD OUT FOR BOHS v ST PAT’S

The home section (Jodi Stand) for Friday’s Dublin derby between Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic has sold out.

Away fans can still purchase tickets for the Des Kelly Stand at www.tickets.bohemians.ie or directly from St Pat’s office at Richmond Park.

 

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC SUPPORTER INFORMATION: JODI STAND ALL TICKET AND WILL SELL OUT

The Jodi Stand for next week’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic is on course to sell out early next week.

There will be no cash taken at the Jodi Stand turnstiles. 

Non-members/non-season ticket holders must buy tickets in advance either online at tickets.bohemians.ie or direct from Dalymount park during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

The Jodi Stand is strictly for Bohs supporters only. St Pat’s fans will be in the Des Kelly Stand and they are also advised to purchase tickets in advance at tickets.bohemians.ie or directly from their club at Richmond Park.

All three of our home league games this season have seen the Jodi Stand sell out.

As we’ve communicated with supporters in recent times, sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club but they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park and the Garda requirement to segregate away supporters from home supporters for most fixtures.

We are under pressure from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade over legitimate concerns they have over health and safety.

We have implemented a number of measures for high-profile fixtures such as those v Shamrock Rovers.

Due to congestion and overcrowding fears that the Gardaí, DFB and the FAI have about Dalymount Lane, underneath the Jodi Stand and in certain aisles of the stand, these measures will continue for league fixtures for the foreseeable future.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the cooperation of our members and supporters who have shown great understanding in adhering to these measures. That is greatly appreciated by all staff and volunteers at the club.

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

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

Improvements have been made this season and we sincerely thank fans for their cooperation but it needs to continue as it remains a serious concern that is under the spotlight.

Stewards will not allow standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND

No exit/entry to Phoenix Bar to/from toilets under Block G: Patrons in the Phoenix Bar must use the toilets located in between the Members’ Bar and Phoenix Bar and enter the Jodi Stand via the central vomitory at block D.

Please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos) or those under Block G if you do not require access to bars to lessen numbers in access routes to/from bars.

If staff feel the Members’ Bar or Phoenix Bars are full, no further fans can be accommodated. Please respect this.

FIRE HAZARDS

No flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G due to risk of fire if flares are ignited.

The preference is for flags to be hung on the Tramway End but fire retardant flags are permitted behind blocks A-D.

Fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out must take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

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

MISSILES/PITCH INVASIONS

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.

ACCESS TO DALYMOUNT LANE – ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION… AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control from now on and supervision of stewards and, for higher category games, the Gardai.

The access procedures in operation for games v Shamrock Rovers will now extend to all home fixtures.

  • Match ticket holders (+ cash sales for lesser fixtures) must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members and season ticket holders (you must present a 2019 card) access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.
  • Junior Gypsies must be accompanied by an adult in the possession of a match ticket/membership/season ticket.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • We cannot guarantee late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We advise against arriving any later than 7.20pm.

We do not wish to see any members or ticket holders miss out, so we appeal to you to once again assist us – as you have done – in reducing the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.

THANKS

We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above is 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 continuing to cooperate with our stewards with respect, arriving early, and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Jodi

AGM REMINDER

A reminder that the 130th annual general meeting of the Bohemian Football Club takes place tonight.

  • Access only with 2018 or 2019 membership card
  • St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Rd
  • 7.15pm
  • Keith Long will address members at start of meeting
  • Members’ Bar open after meeting
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“WE’RE GOING DOWN WITH CONFIDENCE”

CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday March 15 2019, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm
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Keith Long believes Bohemians need to improve on last week’s performance if they want to come away from Turner’s Cross with a positive result.

Bohs maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Dalymount Park against Derry City last Friday.

But the Gypsies felt it was two points dropped – despite coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils.

Manager Long said: “We were disappointed with the first half last week. I felt if we had taken the initiative a bit more, we could have gone on and won the game.

“We lacked energy and didn’t ask Derry enough questions. We didn’t do enough to impose ourselves on the game.”

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Former Bohemian Eoghan Stokes gave the Candystripes the lead from the spot but Bohs rallied well with James Finnerty’s first goal from the club getting them back on level terms and they were unlucky not to go on and seal all three points.

Long said: “We responded to the goal well and I have to credit the players for that. We came back very strong.”

Games against Cork City produced some memorable battles last year. Bohs humbled the then defending champions 4-2 in Dalymount Park in the league.

But the Leesiders got the last laugh – winning an FAI Cup semi-final replay in Turner’s Cross 2-1 after Bohs had victory snatched away with a controversial penalty decision in the original tie.

Long added: “This is a different challenge again. Cork will be up near the top of the table at the end of the season. They will come good.

“The profile of John Caulfield’s team has changed a bit, they’re a bit younger this season and they are still gelling.

“They had a brilliant win up in Finn Harps last week and going down to Turner’s Cross has traditionally been one of the toughest tasks in the league.

“They’ve a huge crowd who come out to support them.

“But we’re going there with confidence and we want to maintain our unbeaten start to the season.

“Hopefully we’ll have another good vocal away crowd – we did in Belfield and down in Waterford – as that can give us a big lift when you come out on to the pitch.”

TEAM NEWS

Keith Buckley (groin) returns but Dinny Corcoran (groin) remains a doubt. Michael Barker (hamstring) played 45 minutes in LSC on Monday and also comes back into contention. Kevin Devaney (knee) has returned to training but will not be risked. Aaron Barry unavailable against parent club.

Keith Long salutes Bohs fans in Waterford - A Baldiemann

THE BIG BOHS GIG

On Sunday May 19th, Bohs are taking over Vicar St once again.

Tickets for The Big Bohs Gig are now on sale from Ticketmaster.

We ask all members and supporters to buy their tickets early, spread the word far and wide, and get behind what promises to be a memorable evening.

Doors: 7pm. Show: 7.45pm

  • Natty Wailer of the Wailers
  • PJ Gallagher
  • Brush Shiels
  • John Colleary
  • Shakalak
  • Shane Supple
  • Plus Special Guests
  • MC: Eric Lalor

As well as an exciting line-up of acts, Zozimus, an 18-minute short film on the Bohs-Rovers derby, filmed at last year’s 3-1 win at Dalymount Park, will be premiered. Teaser below!

The Big Bohs Gig

“WE ARE STILL GELLING”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
Friday March 8 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

MATCH SPONSOR: The Phibsborough House
MATCHBALL SPONSOR: Sports Field Maintenance

Darragh Leahy believes Bohemians have found the right blend of youth and experience at the back this season.

Doubts were raised as to how Keith Long’s new-look side would cope with the loss of some key men.

With goalkeeper Shane Supple retiring and defensive trio Ian Morris, Dan Casey and Dan Byrne moving to pastures new, Long had to rebuild his back-line.

Finglas man James Talbot, 21, has got the nod between the sticks ahead of fellow new signing Niall Corbet so far and the former Sunderland youth keeper has rewarded Long’s faith in him by keeping four consecutive clean sheets – the first time a Bohs keeper has done so since Brian Murphy in 2009.

His performances thus far have seen him nominated for the February SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association Player of the Month Award alongside team-mate Dinny Corcoran.

In front of Talbot, 35-year-old captain Derek Pender, who made his 200th appearance for the club against Waterford last week, is as usual leading by example at right-back but is being pushed all the way by the Bohs U19 captain Andy Lyons.

Beside Pender, Rob Cornwall looks to have rediscovered his form of 2017 alongside 20-year-old centre-back James Finnerty, formerly of Aston Villa, who joined during the closed season from Rochdale.

Leahy himself had a stop-start closed season due to the persistence of a hip injury that disrupted his involvement towards the end of last season. He has had a battle on his hands to keep his place at left-back ahead of fellow 20-year-old Paddy Kirk, a product of the Bohs U19s, who has shone when called upon to deputise in his place.

Leahy said: “The manager asked for patience at the start of the season and we are still gelling. But we’re four games unbeaten and long may it continue.

“It’s still very early days. We are only four games in so you have to be realistic. But we’re happy we’re still unbeaten and it was important to get points on the board.

“People are always going to ask questions when you lose players. But we’ve a good mix of youth and experience at the back with Detser (Pender) and Rob in there too.

“I was carrying an injury from last season and Paddy has come in and done well as well so we’ve competition for places there across defence and throughout the team, which is what you want.”

Leahy is a good example of what is required from a young player trying to adapt to the rigours of first-team football for the first time.

A product of Bohs’ partners at St Kevin’s, Leahy joined from Coventry City at the start of last season. He was thrown in at the deep end for his first-team debut against Shamrock Rovers on the opening night of the 2018 campaign aged just 19.

He went on to have a starring role for the Gypsies last term and made the PFAI Team of the Year as well as being included in Stephen Kenny’s first squad as Ireland U21 manager.

Many of Long’s first team are of similar age and inexperience this term with the likes of Talbot, Finnerty, Conor Levingston, Danny Madroiu and Luke Wade-Slater all players returning home after spells in England and experiencing League of Ireland football for the first time.

Leahy said: “It did take me a while to settle in. You can’t take this league for granted and that’s important for younger players coming into the league to realise.

“It’s a tough league and different to playing U23s in England but thankfully the new lads have come in and done well so far.”

Another packed-out home stand is expected when Derry City are welcomed to Dalymount Park tomorrow.

The Jodi Stand sold out for the previous two home games against Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers and fans are being advised to buy tickets online – www.tickets.bohemians.ie - in advance or risk missing out.

Leahy added:  “The fans were right behind us last year and hopefully we can keep our form up and the crowds will stick with us.

“Derry are always a tough team to play against. We beat them twice last season but like us they have a lot of new players so the challenge will be a different one.

“We’re looking forward to it. The Jodi has been packed for our two home games we’ve had so far. The atmosphere around the place has been buzzing and we want that to continue.”

TEAM NEWS

The squad is likely to remain unchanged meaning Michael Barker (hamstring), Promise Omochere (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out, while Kevin Devaney (knee) remains a doubt.

Republic of Ireland U21 Staff & Player Features

BOHS BUS TO CORK

Keith Long’s Red & Black Army are on the road to Cork City next week.

Keith Long applauds supporters down in Waterford - Pic A Baldiemann

“We’ve got off to a good start but nobody is getting carried away”

WATERFORD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
The RSC, Friday March 1 2019, 7.45pm

Two points clear at the top of the table after predictions of a nervy start to the season, Bohemians can be pretty satisfied with how the new campaign has panned out so far.

Keith Long has given debuts to nine players and his new-look side appear to have settled quickly but nobody at Dalymount Park is getting carried away.

They have picked up the maximum nine points from the three games played so far with victories against Finn Harps, UCD and rivals Shamrock Rovers.

But six of those points came against two newly-promoted teams and the other three against a side who have taken just one point from Bohs in their last six league meetings.

Defender Paddy Kirk, 20, said: “Obviously there is always a bit of apprehension at the start of the season when you’ve so many new players as to how the team is going to settle.

“Keith asked for patience from supporters and they’ve been behind us in all three games but thankfully we’ve got off to a good start.

“We’re only three games in though so we’re realistic. Nobody is getting carried away. It’s important to keep your feet on the ground and focus on the next game and no further.”

On the bench for the season opener against Finn Harps, Kirk was one of two changes to the starting line-up for the second game against UCD.

He replaced Darragh Leahy at left-back, while a fellow product and captain of the Bohs U19s, Andy Lyons, replaced skipper Derek Pender at right-back.

In total, Bohs gave game-time to 10 players under the age of 21 that night as the two most youthful line-ups in the division (hat-tip: Will Clarke) went head to head.

With Leahy, included in the 2018 PFAI Team of the Year, his rival for the left-back berth, Kirk is determined to grab every opportunity he is given.

He shone in the win 2-0 win against UCD – his persistence down the left-hand side setting up Bohs’ second goal – and his development as a player by manager Keith Long was highlighted ahead of Monday’s game against Rovers.

He might have felt slightly hard-done-by to find himself on the bench for that game but Kirk is a realist and was once again composed when he came off the bench in Leahy’s place in the 1-0 win.

Kirk, who is studying communications in DCU as well as holding down part-time jobs in the catering department of Trinity College and working with foreign students at DCU, said: “Competition for places is healthy and we have competition all over the team.

“That drives you individually and collectively as a team. It’s always going to be tough for me competing with Darragh but I feel I’ve come on as a player. It’s pleasing to hear the manager say that too and I feel I am ready to play.

“It has been a big step-up from U19s but thanks to Keith, Trevor Croly and the likes of Derek Pender I think I’m improving. I am obviously still learning but the players we have and have had previously help you and make the step-up easier.

“The likes of Detser (Derek Pender), he’s not one to scream and shout but he’s captain for a reason. He leads by example and you watch and learn from that.”

His 30-minute appearance from the bench was Kirk’s first taste of a derby – and he relished it.

He said: “I’ve never got to play against Rovers – even at underage level – so I was delighted to have been a part of it.

“I’m happy with how I did and more importantly the result. It would be easy to let the occasion get to you so I’m glad I was able to contribute.”

Bohs travel to Waterford tomorrow to face a team that finished fourth last season – two places and 11 points ahead of the Gypsies.

Alan Reynolds’ side have one win and two defeats from their opening two games but as a side that took 10 points from Bohs last term, Kirk and Co know they will have to be at their level best to get a result.

He added: “We’ve done our homework on them as we do all teams. We’re going down in good form with three wins and three clean sheets. But they are a very good side.

“We’ve done well at the back so we want to continue to be solid there and build on that.

“All the lads who have come in have settled in so far and James Talbot has done very well since coming in as goalkeeper. He’s been like a young Supps (Shane Supple). Maybe it’s the GAA background… except he’s a bit mad!

“He has settled quickly and the fans have taken to him. He was at Sunderland for four years for a reason so he is obviously very talented and we have another excellent keeper in Niall Corbet so the pair of them are pushing each other all the time.”

TEAM NEWS

Michael Barker (hamstring), Promise Omochere (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out. Kevin Devaney (knee) remains a doubt.

Paddy Kirk

IMPORTANT SUPPORTER INFORMATION: HEALTH AND SAFETY APPEAL

Dear supporter,

Tonight, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet for the first time this season in what is yet again a Dublin derby sold out well in advance.

Sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club but they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park.

We are coming under more pressure than ever before from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade over legitimate concerns they have over health and safety during Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers games.

We have met multiple times with the Gardaí, DFB and the FAI in recent seasons and again in recent weeks.

We wish to share with you some of their key concerns in the hope that you will assist us in addressing them.

We have communicated some of this information to you before in the last couple of seasons but the situation is quite serious and there are additions below so we ask you to take them on board.

The logistics behind sell-out crowds and event management for this fixture is putting a lot of strain on what is primarily a volunteer-run club so we appeal for your cooperation in lessening that and adhering to the requests laid out.

 OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern is 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.

We all want to embrace the best of the Dublin derby experience. But we simply cannot accommodate everyone in blocks F&G or surrounding areas.

As you can see from the photo above, there is usually space further down in the Jodi Stand, particularly in blocks A&B. Please help recreate the derby atmosphere throughout the stand rather than just in F&G.

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.

A new measure considered necessary to help prevent overcrowding in F&G for this fixture is the decision to stop access between the Phoenix Bar and the exit to the toilets/Block G. Patrons in the Phoenix Bar will have to use the toilets located in between the Members’ Bar and Phoenix Bar and enter the Jodi Stand via the central vomitory at block D.

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

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.

The preference is for flags to be hung on the Tramway End.

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.

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.

ACCESS TO DALYMOUNT LANE – ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

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

  • Match ticket holders must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members and season ticket holders (you must present a 2019 card) access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.

A reminder that Junior Gypsies cards do not apply for this fixture.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • There will be no entry to Dalymount Lane or late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We strongly advise supporters not to leave any margin for error here. We advise against arriving any later than 7.15pm.

We do not wish to see any members or ticket holders miss out, so we appeal to you to once again assist us in reducing the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.

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

Jodi Stand

“We’ve beaten what’s in front of us but there are tougher challenges ahead”

Keith Long is encouraged by Bohemians’ start to the season but has warned that there are much tougher challenges ahead.

Bohs have won back-to-back games against the division’s newly-promoted sides Finn Harps and UCD.

But the stakes ratchet up several notches when Shamrock Rovers come to Dalymount Park.

The Gypsies have enjoyed the bragging rights against the Hoops lately, winning four and drawing one of the last five, but Long is expecting a tough battle.

Long said: “We’ve done what we can. We’ve beaten what’s in front of us but there are tougher challenges ahead of us, starting against Shamrock Rovers.

“That’s not being in any way disrespectful to Finn Harps or UCD.

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“UCD will find their rhythm and Harps have already done so getting a point against Dundalk on Friday.

“We’re in a good place and it’s great to have points on the board but Rovers are a different proposition.

“There is an expectancy there for them to challenge and win titles so we have to be at our very best against them.

“It’s a big step-up again and a different test for us but we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s a quick turnaround playing Friday and Monday but it’s the same for both teams and we haven’t had to travel.”

As always in derby games, the crowd will have their part to play.

Long said: “It’s a derby, a full house and something our new players will have to adapt to quickly.

“We need the crowd behind us again. They followed us over to Belfield in big numbers on Friday after a full home stand in Dalymount the previous week.

“They’ve given us a big lift already this season and we hope they can help us again.”

That trip to face UCD was decided by two beautiful finishes – first from Danny Mandroiu from 25 yards and then from Dinny Corcoran from six yards.

Long said: “They were two good goals, excellent finishes. Danny Mandroiu’s was sensational. Dinny’s was excellent too after great work by Paddy Kirk down the left-hand side.”

Kirk was one of two changes to the starting line-up from opening night. He came in at left-back in place of Darragh Leahy while Andy Lyons replaced skipper Derek Pender.

Both Kirk and Lyons are products of the club’s U19s and Long is delighted with their progression.

He said: “This time last year you would have been wary about putting both in like that but they have both come on so much.

“They’re a credit to themselves and both did very well. It’s good to have that competition across the squad and players who are ready to come in and play when called upon.”

That competition for places has been bolstered up front too by the re-signing of Ali Reghba – another product of the club’s U19s – and the return to fitness of Ryan Swan.

Swan made his long-awaited debut off the bench against Harps and was again used as a substitute against UCD.

Signed ahead of the 2018 season, he failed to see any action all year after suffering a cruciate tear in pre-season.

Long added: “I’m delighted to have Ali back on board. He gives us more options up front and out wide.

“He’s still very young and has a lot to learn but he’s a quick learner too and has worked extremely hard.

“There’s competition up front now with Dinny, Sam Byrne, Ryan and Ali.

“It’s great to have Ryan playing too. He was so unfortunate last year, getting injured in only his second training session.

“He’s worked ever so hard and his attitude has been exemplary. He’s honest, hard-working and they’re the kind of people we want.”

TEAM NEWS

Michael Barker (hamstring), Promise Omochere (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out. Kevin Devaney (knee) remains a doubt.

UCD v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
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