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“We want the positivity around the club to continue”

BOHEMIANS v CABINTEELY
EA Sports Cup
Monday April 1, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians welcome Cabinteely to Dalymount Park tonight with boss Keith Long hoping a much-changed side can progress and build upon recent momentum.

Bohs’ positive start to the season sees them third in the league table – eight points off the top but with two games in hand.

Friday’s Dublin derby 1-0 win against St Patrick’s Athletic saw another bumper crowd at Dalymount Park and Long wants to keep the feelgood factor going.

He said: “We want the positivity around the club to continue and we want to keep building momentum.

“We have had a reasonable start to our league campaign – four wins, two draws and one defeat, keeping five clean sheets along the way.

“It’s still very early days. We want to build on that but we also have to be mindful that we have nine games between tonight and May 3.

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“That means we will have to mix things up a bit with our team selection. But we are in a position where we can trust the strength in depth of our squad.”

Fixture pile-ups have been a bone of contention for many league managers in recent seasons, no more so than Long whose part-time players perhaps feel the strain more than their full-time rivals.

But he is looking at tonight’s game in a positive light and as a chance for players on the fringes of the first team to prove their worth.

They did so the last time Long made wholesale changes to his line-up when Bohs beat Shelbourne 4-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup last month in a team that contained just one started from the side that drew with Derry in the league three days previously.

He said: “Despite the congestion, a game like this is actually probably a good one for us to have as it allows us to give much-needed games to lads who might feel a bit disappointed that they haven’t been involved as much as they would have liked to have been so far.

“It allows lads a chance to step up and remind us what they have to offer and it will be a reward for some our U19s, who have started their season very well once again, and a chance for them to get to experience first-team football too.”

Bohs last won this competition a decade ago with a 3-1 win over Waterford in the RSC. Having come so close to reaching an FAI Cup final last season, Long’s men would love to progress and bring silverware back to Dalymount once more.

He added: “It’s a competition we want to progress in and to win. It would be fantastic to go all the way.

“But it will be a much-changed team who aren’t used to playing with each other coming up against a side who have made a strong start to the season in the First Division, so I wouldn’t be taking them lightly.”

 

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Limited run. €25 each. Available now to pre-order from our online store.

Orders can be made at the halfway line at tonight’s game. Cash only.

Tonight will be the only league game where it will be possible to order. Deadline for online orders is Sunday April 7th.

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LYONS IN WAIT

Andy Lyons is often referred to as ‘one for the future’, so he must have been heartened to hear Keith Long’s assertion in the opening weeks of the season that he is no longer just a ‘prospect.’

He is ready for the cut and thrust of first-team football and is giving captain Derek Pender a real battle for the right-back berth – no mean feat.

His exploits in the green of Ireland of late certainly bears this out. A prospect he may be, but the present is looking pretty good too.

The Naas man does not turn 19 until August and, along with striker Ali Reghba, has spent the last 10 days away with the Irish U19s in Krasnodar in Russia at the elite stage of qualification for the European Championships to be held in Armenia next summer for which they have now qualified with a game to spare.

The pair are just two of seven Bohs players away on international duty over the past 10 days with Darragh Leahy and Danny Mandroiu becoming the first serving Bohs players to represent Ireland at U21 level in ten years when Stephen Kenny’s men beat Luxembourg 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday.

Lyons, who was part of Kenny’s domestic-based Ireland U21 training camp last month, played a big part in getting Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19s to this stage having played the full 90 minutes in the victories against Holland and Bosnia and 25 minutes against the Faroe Islands last winter.

He has been integral to the team’s efforts in Russia too, starting and playing 84 minutes in their opening game, a 5-0 mauling of Romania and playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan. That result, coupled with Russia drawing 0-0 with Romania, means the Ireland U19s will be on the plane to Armenia.

Ahead of today’s final game against hosts Russia (2pm Irish time), Lyons said: “It is a huge honour and a massive thrill every time you pull on the green jersey at any level.

“It is a huge achievement for me and my family but also for the club and how we bring players through. Myself and Ali have really enjoyed our time away in Russia. I’m hugely thankful to Tom Mohan too for showing such faith in me and giving me so much game time.

“I loved being away with the group and it was a source of pride to me to be able to represent Bohs on an international stage. It is so different to club football with players from so many leagues coming together and it really furthered my footballing education, that’s for sure.

“It was some culture shock with the food, the traffic, the slow WiFi and the travelling involved! But we have loved every minute of it.

“It is something you dream about all your life, to play for your country. When you get a chance like that, you have to take it. Last November we beat Holland, Bosnia and the Faroe Islands to top our group, so we were in the elite phase on merit and were top seeds in our group here.

“Only one team goes through to the finals in Armenia next summer so we are delighted to have qualified. We believed in ourselves and we still want to get the result against Russia, the host nation. They are going to have big support with home advantage and though we had huge respect for them, we won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated or shy away from the challenge.”

Andy has been making tremendous strides with Bohemians too of course. He has starred for Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s, winning back-to-back U19 league titles, the Enda McGuill Cup and representing the club in the UEFA Youth League last season.

He made his first-team bow against Dundalk i a 3-1 Leinster Senior Cup defeat Oriel Park last June with his league debut coming the following month in a 6-0 rinsing of Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.

And Lyons, who sits his Leaving Cert this summer, is quick to pay tribute to his current manager and coach as being a big part of the reason he has been making such notable strides.

He said: “Keith Long and Trevor Croly have been huge influences on my career and I owe them so much. Keith called me into the first-team squad when I was only 16 and he has never been afraid to give young players like myself a chance and always shows great faith in us.

“I have loved every minute of my time at Bohemians. It is a great club to be a part of and as a young player, it is the perfect place to be as we can all see a clear pathway from underage football at the club to the first team.

“I wake up every morning with a smile on my face looking forward to going into training and the dressing room at Dalymount is just a great place to be a part of. There is such a welcoming culture at the club and a real sense that we’re in it together.

“That spirit has brought us through some tough times and there is a great mix of youth and experience now too so you’d think that will stand to us going forward. The development of players at this club is the best in the country. The people at Bohs deserve so much credit for the way they nurture talent and the the alliance with St Kevin’s is going to make that even better.

“No other club has what we have, such a sense of community and such a rich crop of young players getting a chance at senior level.

“As long as your attitude is right, as long as you keep learning and as long as you keep your standards high, the management believe in you and your ability to do a job for the first team.”

Ali Reghba and Andy Lyons

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

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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

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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.

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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
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