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All the latest club news and updates from Dalymount Park.

GET LUKE BYRNE ON THE COVER OF FIFA 2014!

Our friends are Extratime.ie, in conjunction with EA Sports, are once again running a poll to select an Airtricity League player for the cover of the FIFA 14 game.

The Bohemians nominee is Luke Byrne. So get behind your club and Lukey – vote early and vote often, and encourage friends and fellow supporters to do likewise.

 

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VOTE FOR BOHS IN FORD GREATEST FAI CUP FINAL COMPETITION

Ford, proud sponsors of the FAI Cup, are calling on supporters to vote on the Greatest FAI Cup final. A shortlist of the top-10 finals has been drawn up and fans can pick their favourite at facebook.com/fordireland.

The shortlisted matches, which were compiled with help from the Irish media, include 10 cup classics, each with their own story to tell.

Two victorious Bohs cup finals – 1935 and 2008 – feature in the shortlist. The 1935 final was a seven-goal thriller against Dundalk, with the Gypsies coming away winners in the joint highest-scoring final to date.

Also included is our most recent final, the penalty shootout against Derry City in 2008, when Mindaugas Kalonas (pictured) slotted home the winning spot-kick after a classic 2-2 draw at the RDS.

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Ford, now into their seventh year as sponsor of Ireland’s most prestigious domestic football cup competition, also share a deep heritage with the famous trophy, as a team from the company won the 1926 final under the banner of Fordsons.

Bohemians fans can vote for their favourite final at facebook.com/fordireland and the winning game will be announced ahead of this year’s final. All fans who vote will automatically be entered into a draw for fuel vouchers and a HD 3DTV.

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DALYMOUNT CLEAN-UP II

Following on from a successful day’s cleaning of the Jodi Stand earlier this month, Bohemians are once again calling on fans to lend a hand tomorrow (Saturday August 24th) from 11am on as attention turns to fixing up the Connaught St side of Dalymount Park.

The more volunteers, the less time it will take. So it’s time to dust down your paint brushes, sweeping brushes and trowels.

The upkeep of our stadium is crucial in maintaining a professional image and attracting new supporters and maximizing earning potential from friendly games.

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We continue to rely on the help and goodwill of our members and supporters, so if you can spare some time, we hope to see you tomorrow.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to help in the upkeep of Dalymount Park, please email anthony@bohemians.ie. If you would like to help in any other area of the club, please email volunteer@bohemians.ie.

 

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MEMBERS’ INFORMATION MEETING TONIGHT

A reminder that a members’ Information Meeting will be held tonight (Thursday, 22nd August) at 7:30pm, in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park.
  • The board will provide updates re the club’s activities in all areas.
  • Entry to meeting on production of 2013 membership card only.
  • Members paying by instalment should ensure their payments are up to date.

CLUB STATEMENT

Bohemian FC condemns unequivocally the racist abuse directed at Shamrock Rovers player Eamon Zayed after last Friday’s match in Dalymount Park.

The club apologises to Eamon Zayed and to Shamrock Rovers for this completely unacceptable incident.

If the culprit or culprits are identified, Bohemian FC will take sanctions against them, including barring them from Dalymount Park.

Club president Matt Devaney called on the perpetrator or perpetrators to make themselves known to the club. “The best thing they can do to support the club is to come forward, apologise and take the punishment,” he said.

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HEAR-OIC BOHS BATTLE OFF BOTTOM

BOHEMIANS 1 – 0 SHAMROCK ROVERS

A cheer unlike anything heard at Dalymount Park this season greeted the final whistle as a battered and bruised Bohemians clawed their way off the bottom of the Airtricity Premier Division table with a barnstorming Derby victory. Dave Mulcahy’s early strike lifted the Gypsies to the lofty heights of 10th position and condemned a sorry-looking Shamrock Rovers to a third straight league defeat, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Manager Owen Heary took a big gamble by selecting life-long Bohs fan Daniel Byrne in the centre of midfield for his first start in the red and black shirt he dreamed of wearingas a boy. It was a gamble that dutifully paid off as Byrne and Mulcahy produced a tough-tackling, Hoop-busting performance to rival some of the great Hunt-Caffrey showings of the noughties. The Bohs backline held out admirably against a green and white tide in the second half, and Ronan Finn’s heart-stopping late penalty miss may well be one of those moments that shapes the final table come November.

Often these games can be extraordinarily cagey for the first 20 minutes, but this match was barely two minutes old before it exploded into life. Bohs forced an early corner which was taken by Andy Mulligan. His low pass was stepped-over by Anto Murphy before Luke Byrne scuffed a shot goalwards. First to react was the wily Mulcahy, who poked out a toe and beat Barry Murphy from close range. Cue delerium from the Jodi Stand, with some fans spilling onto the pitch in their delight.

The huddled Hooped horde in the Des Kelly stand were particularly tetchy all evening, spitting their fury toward referee Padraig Sutton, their own players, and finally manager Trevor Croly as the evening wore on. Danny Ledwith almost gave them some relief but his sixth minute free kick cannoned off the post. The Shams fans were particularly irked when Mulcahy clattered into Conor Powell after 9 minutes. It was a challenge that can be filed under “robust”, but the yellow card shown to him was sufficient. Croly was particularly apoplectic on the sideline, but he looked like a man under immense pressure for the entire 90 minutes.

While Rovers dominated possession and territory, it was Bohs who looked particularly dangerous from set pieces. First Conor Murphy should have done better from a whipped free kick, and then Anto Murphy couldnt quite twist his head around to make meaningful contact on a Mulligan corner. As half-time approached, Rovers were well on top, and could easily have had a penalty when debutant Byrne seemed to clearly handle in the box. He was trying to protect his face, but got two hands on the ball and Sutton amazingly didnt point to the spot.

The second period continued in a similar vein. Rovers piled men forward with little penetration, while Bohs struggled to put together some decent counter attacks. One counter attack that worked brilliantly allowed Dinny Corcoran to nod through to Andy Mulligan down the left. The Arklow man’s bobbly shot seemed to be destined for the corner, but agonizingly crept past the post and wide. Suspended Karl Moore, sitting in block E amongst the Bohs fans and cheering every tackle, was sure it was in.

As Bohs got deeper and deeper, nails were being bitten shorter and shorter. For all Shamrock Rovers squad depth and supposed talent, their constantly hoofed passes from the back seemed to be getting them nowhere until a bizarre penalty incident with 10 minutes remaining. Ken Oman launched yet another aimless ball toward the Bohs box where the first header was missed. The ball was about to bounce over Derek Pender into Mark Quigley’s path, and the Bohs full-back had no option but to stick his hand out and slap it away. This time Sutton pointed to the spot and Bohs hearts sank. In truth, Pender was lucky not to be sent off as he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. Ronan Finn stepped up confidently, but his firmly struck penalty crashed off the crossbar and was scrambled clear. The roar of relief would have been heard in Wicklow.

The penalty was Rovers last real opportunity, and a series of blocked shots was all they had to offer in the last 10. Bohs were heroic in defence, with Luke Byrne in particular making some vital last ditch headers and clearances. Anto Murphy and Roberto Lopes were also immense at centre half, while Dinny Corcoran held the ball up magnificently on his own. Special mention to Stephen Traynor who was calm, collected and classy when he came on.

With the FAI Cup resuming next week, Heary has the chance to regroup and recouperate before a trip to table-topping St Pats. The blue touch paper has been well and truly lit on Bohs’ survival story.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Anto Murphy, Luke Byrne; Andy Mulligan, Dave Mulcahy, Daniel Byrne, Lorcan Shannon (Keith Buckley ’53); Conor Murphy (Stephen Traynor ’60), Dinny Corcoran (Dave Scully ’84). Subs not used: Darragh Reynor, Dave Scully, Kevin Devaney, Michael Barker, Greg Murray.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Conor Powell, Ken Oman, Pat Sullivan (c), Danny Ledwith (Mark Quigley ’65); Gary McCabe (Thomas Stewart ’46), Conor McCormack, Shane Robinson (Eamon Zayed ’84), Richie Ryan;  Ronan Finn, Karl Sheppard Subs not used: James Chambers, Nathan Brown, David Elebert, Shane Fagan

Attendance: 2,761

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COLLECTION TONIGHT FOR ROBYN SMYTH

There will be a bucket collection at tonight’s game for the Robyn Smyth fund. We encourage both Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers supporters to donate generously.

Robyn is now eight years old. At the age of three, Robyn was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. A tumour was found in her chest and head,  and tests showed that the cancer had already spread to many parts of Robyn’s body.

This meant Robyn’s cancer was stage 4, this put her survival rate at 20% to 30%.

Robyn has since endured chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and six months on tablets to try to kill any remaining cancer cells.

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70%-80% of children diagnosed with Neuroblastoma will relapse. Robyn stayed in remission for 4-and-a-half years but on July 9th 2013, her parents the devastating news that Robyn had relapsed.

The treatment available in Ireland for children that relapse is very limited but there are cutting edge trial treatments available in hospitals in America and Europe. We are desperately trying to raise funds for these treatments – the treatments there start at €350,000 and can end up costing double this or more.

Please donate generously either at tonight’s game or on her website.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP

The annual Bohs Fantasy Football Competition, which is an important fundraiser for the club,  kicks off tomorrow.

On top of large cash prizes – including €500 for the winner and €200 for the runner-up – there are lots of fantastic monthly prizes including tickets for December’s Manchester United v Everton game, a B&B getaway at Druids Glen Resort, 3 golf four-balls and tickets to a major gig.

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THE REAL DUBLIN DECIDER

BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS (Dalymount Park, Friday August 16th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians are aiming to get points to match their improved performances in defence as they welcome old rivals Shamrock Rovers on Friday.

Manager Owen Heary sees his side as having gained in discipline and structure, and against Cork City “defended excellently” for more than 90 minutes.

“It was a vast improvement on what we have done in the last few games, and then we had the sucker punch in the 95th minute,” he said.

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Heary felt keenly his players’ disappointment but observed that the depth of disappointment reflected their exceptional work-rate.

“The Rovers game is a good one to come at this point because we need to bounce back quickly. The lads know what is expected of them. They believe in what we are doing, and they know they are going in the right direction.”

Heary is not inclined to move players around, and even less to select himself, in order to strengthen the defence further.

He also saluted the outstanding performance of goalkeeper Dean Delany against Cork and in bringing off a series of top-class saves in earlier games, even against UCD when Bohemians conceded three goals.

“He’s a senior player and he’s stepping up to the plate,” said Heary of the only player in his squad to play all 24 league games this season.

Daniel Byrne made his Bohemian début against Cork City as a substitute on 80 minutes, having recently signed from Kilbarrack United. Heary was delighted for Byrne to get on for the club he supports as a fan. He expects the 20-year-old defender/midfielder to be a “vital part” of his plans for the rest of the season, as all the players in his squad fight for places.

For Friday the Bohemian manager must plan without former Shamrock Rovers player Karl Moore (suspended) and Ciaran Nangle (ankle injury), but Keith Buckley returns from suspension and Andy Mulligan from hamstring injury, giving Heary crucial choices to make in midfield.

“Karl has been brilliant for us in the last few matches. He’s a natural winger and you don’t get many of them these days,” said Heary. “But Andy Mulligan has that too, Keith Buckley is back, and Kevin Devaney can be a threat to the Rovers defence on the right. So we have options.”

Shamrock Rovers will be missing several leading players through suspension but Heary is keenly aware of the strength-in-depth of the rivals’ squad.

“We’ll focus on what team we think they will put out,” he said. “In these derbies, form goes out the window, as we have seen in the last few games against Rovers. It’ll be down to keeping our discipline and sticking to the game plan.

“This is massive for the club, massive for the fans and, particularly, it’s massive for the team.”

Forward Chris Lyons (bruised ribs) faces a late fitness test for Friday, though he trained this week. He has been joined in training by fellow-forward Eoin Rhodes, recently signed to Bohemians’ under-19 squad from Ross Celtic in Co. Wexford.

Rhodes featured in last month’s friendly against Glenavon and scored a hat-trick in an under-19s’ pre-season match against Baldoyle United. He is one of three recent under-19 recruits from Co. Wexford.

Bohemians will play a friendly in Ferns on Saturday in acknowledgement of the contributions to the club from that county.

 

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MATCH SPONSORS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

A big Bohemian thank-you to our friends and neighbours at Collis Pharmacy,  our match sponsors for this Friday’s Dublin Derby against Shamrock Rovers (Dalymount Park, 7.45).

As always, please support our sponsors – and tell them we sent you! Collis Pharmacy is located just across the road from Dalymount Lane (350 NCR).

If you are interested in matchday sponsorship packages at Bohemians, click here for more information, or email commercial@bohemians.ie.

The matchday sponsorship package is an excellent way to reward your company’s staff or your clients with a good night out, whilst at the same time promoting your business.

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