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INTERNATIONAL BOHS

Are you – or do you know – a Bohemian in exile overseas?

Keen to stay in touch and support the Club you love from afar?

Then International Bohs Membership is for you!

The package includes:

  1. International Bohs Membership Card
  2. 2013 Official Bohemian FC Squad photo
  3. Every home match programme during the season by e-mail*
  4. Regular Club Newsletter: The Bohemian Bulletin.

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With each home match programme at your fingertips, as well as the regular club newsletter, you’ll keep right up-to-date with news of the Gypsies and all the goings-on at Dalymount Park.

Plus, a little VIP treatment if you attend a match during the season.**

Yes, we will do our utmost to make your visit to Dalymount Park a memorable one!

Annual Subscription: €100 (payment is via Paypal below please).

E-mail your name and address to: membership@bohemians.ie.

If you have any queries re International Bohs, don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address above.

International Bohs membership is open to those based outside the island of Ireland.

* PDF-version of programme is e-mailed at latest 48 hours after each match.
** On the very odd occasion – i.e. a particularly important game – we may be rather over-stretched and unable to give you our fullest attention during your visit… in which case ‘VIP treatment’ will be on a best endeavours basis!

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ONE OF OUR OWEN

One of our own, skipper Owen Heary,  gets a deserved special mention on UEFA.com today as he looks forward to kicking off his 21st and final season in the League of Ireland tonight.

Let’s hope his final season is one to remember!

View UEFA.com article.

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WEEKENDER: MARCH 3

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

The Friday night lights will be switched on again for 2013 as Bohs welcome UCD to Dalymount tonight, kicking off an eagerly-anticipated second season for Aaron Callaghan and his young squad.

Although every football fan “eagerly anticipates” every season, the Bohemian brand of eagerness is encouraged by last season, when we started with a manager and squad that collectively represented something of an unknown quantity. The manner in which they went about their business however, competing with the best in the division, means that we go into this campaign with no fear.

“Unknown quantity” is probably a phrase that can be applied to UCD nearly every season. Bohs fans are sure to enjoy the attacking talent of Chris Lyons and the defensive contributions of Ciaran Nangle this season, and both were signed from UCD. Dinny Corcoran will line out against us.

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There are obviously some recurring themes with Martin Russell’s men, and one of them is that we expect them to try to play football and keep possession.

Looking at the betting on our game, it is heartening to see a fair bit of divergence in views. William Hill rate us a 5/6 shot (or 1.83), while Pinnacle go 10/9 (2.11). Shrewd punters all over the world are getting to grips with these lesser known firms such as Pinnacle as their prices on big leagues such as the English Premier League can sometimes be significantly better than the better-known bookies in Ireland and England. For each game this season, a bet on every Bohs game will be suggested, but it won’t always be a “tip” as such – for this one, the draw is taken at 23/10 (Bet365, Boyles, Hills).

Scanning the rest of the Premier Division coupon, the big televised game on Sunday in Limerick sees Cork City visit Thomond Park to face Limerick. The home side are playing under a new highly-rated coach, and Cork have racked up some impressive results in the Setanta Cup against moderate Danske Bank League opposition so this one is hard to call. These are probably two teams on whom you would keep a watching brief for the first few weeks of the season.

Title favourites Shamrock travel to Dundalk where Stephen Kenny and Stephen O’Donnell are sure to improve the Lilywhites compared to last season’s showing. 4/6 the away side does not appeal, nor does the 5/4 on Sligo to win in Derry. Until Danny North is fit, punters should not be in a rush to back Sligo to routinely win away from home.

Shelbourne could struggle this season and they travel to Bray who have Gary Dempsey, Kieran “Marty” Waters, and Jason Byrne helping their cause. Surrounded by hungry youngsters, they will ensure that the Carlisle Grounds is unlikely to yield three easy points to any visiting team, and backing the Seagulls off scratch (0 in the Asian handicap means your money is returned in the event of a draw) at 41/40 with Bet365 is a shortlist bet.

The best bet in the Premier Division is at Richmond Park. Some will argue that Drogheda over-achieved last season, but that coupled with their excellent Setanta Cup form means that Hills’ quote of 5/2 is too big to ignore. Liam Buckley’s St Pat’s team may have to deal with more frustration and more missed opportunities – the story of their brief Setanta Cup campaign. Drogheda have no reason to feel inferior to these opponents and can take the three points.

In the First Division Finn Harps are worthy of attention this season, with a large squad training hard under the guidance of the Donegal GAA fitness coach. Make of that what you will. They will have their backers at 7/2 at Waterford. No-one with any common sense likes to use the word “banker” with a straight face but everyone wants one these days, and this week the heavy hitters will have their cross-hairs on Longford to beat Salthill, who have 4 suspended.

Recommended:
Drogheda, 1pt 5/2 (Hills)
Longford, 2pts 4/9 (Hills, Bet365)

Airtricity League Launch 2013

AARON: YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE A GOOD START CAN TAKE YOU

Bohemians kick off their league campaign with the second of three early-season meetings with UCD – and boss Aaron Callaghan wants the Gypsies to start as they mean to go on.

Callaghan is keen to make a winning start on Friday (Dalymount, kick-off 7.45pm) and is confident that his squad is much better prepared than at the same time last year.

“We have been able to put a bit of shape and structure on the team but we will see better when we have played a few league games,” Callaghan said.

“A good start can give you momentum, as Drogheda demonstrated last year. It can help the confidence of both the players and the fans and you never know where it can take you.”

Callaghan firmly believes his squad can improve on last season.

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“The lads are hungry. Their attitude in training has been fantastic and we hope that will manifest itself in match performances. There’s a desire there to do well and I believe we can win a trophy.”

The manager is not fazed by last month’s extra-time defeat to UCD in the Leinster Senior Cup.

“There was nothing between the teams. They play a similar game to us and their fitness levels are high. But the line-up of both sides will look very different on Friday from what it was.”

Callaghan expects his counterpart Martin Russell to make “five or six” changes for Friday and he himself could be making as many EIGHT changes.

The manager is delighted to have retained 15 of last year’s squad, as the slow start in 2012 was at least partly down to players learning new approaches.

“The fact that we kept so many, and who can help new players coming in, is very good from our point of view.”

Callaghan also believes he has a squad with cover for all positions, and thus competition for starting places. However, he already has a fairly clear idea what his best 11 might look like but “nobody can rest on their laurels, they need to keep their standards high”.

The pre-season schedule has taken a small toll on the players. Shane Fitzgerald (ankle), Kevin Devaney (ankle) and Kevin O’Leary (illness) are not available for Friday.

On Monday 11th March, Bohemians again host UCD at Dalymount Park in the EA Sports Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

(Pic: UCD’s Michael Leahy and Bohs winger Keith Buckley at last week’s Airtricity League launch at the Aviva Stadium)

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BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO

A poster advertising the Hat-trick Sponsorship Initiative is now available to download below.

The 2013 Hat-trick Sponsorship Initiative is a unique fans’ fundraiser, the aim of which is for Bohemians supporters to collectively sponsor a Bohs match, matchball and player – the three goals!

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While such sponsorship would be outside the means of many of us individually, collectively it can become a reality when we join together.

When you have goals, you also have an ‘assist’ – the HSI assist will be our designated charity Focus Ireland, who do fantastic work to break the cycle of homelessness. No matter what challenges Bohemian FC are facing, we cannot lose sight of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Focus Ireland will receive 10% of the funds raised, will get a free advert in the Bohemians matchday programme and will do a bucket collection at the HSI-sponsored match.

That match will be Bohs v Dundalk on April 19th and the matchball will also be sponsored by the HSI. The player jersey being sponsored by the HSI this season is Karl Moore’s away jersey.

There will be a major raffle for all fans who sign up to the HSI. One entry to this raffle will be given for each €10 contributed. The prizes will be the inducements offered by the club for match, matchball and player sponsorships, as follows:

  • Two-match hospitality packages for five people
  • One-match hospitality package for four people
  • Signed Bohs jersey
  • Signed Bohs football

The hospitality packages include tickets to the Bohs v Dundalk game, match programmes, seats in the Directors’ Box and half-time hospitality in the newly-refurbished Jackie Jameson Bar.

Don’t miss out! Be a Bohs Hat-trick Hero and sign up now here.

And help spread the word by printing out and distributing the poster below among supporters:

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AND ON THE CUP

Bohemian winger Andy Mulligan was in the thick of the action as Carlow IT retained the Colleges FAI Cup with a 1-0 win against Waterford IT at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday.

Carlow were the early pacesetters and, after just five minutes, were handed a great opportunity to take the lead when Waterford keeper Cormac O’Brien felled Ben Ryan in the penalty area. But O’Brien made up for it by saving Barry O’Mahony’s resultant spot-kick.

Tullow man Mulligan also had a great chance to hand a first-half advantage to Carlow. But the 19-year-old, keen to nail down a regular starting berth at Dalymount this season, dragged his shot wide of O’Brien’s goal on 17 minutes.

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Carlow then had another man familiar around these parts to thank for keeping them in the game as former Bohs keeper Craig Sexton dealt with Craig Maguire’s deflected shot comfortably.

In the end, it took a substitute to help settle the game as Shelbourne’s Adam Hanlon was sprung from the bench. And on 62 minutes, his pinpoint cross from the right was met by the head of Ben Ryan to secure Carlow IT their second Colleges FAI Cup in a row.

Meanwhile, next Wednesday’s (13th March) final of the Colleges and Universities Football League Premier Division pits Roberto Lopes against Bohs team-mate Stephen Traynor.

Defender Lopes plays for Dublin Insitute of Technology and attacking midfielder Traynor for Dublin City University. They are up against each other in the final at Frank Cooke Park (Tolka Rovers), kick-off at 7.30pm.

(Picture, courtesy of Sportsfile, shows Andy Mulligan shaking hands with President of Ireland Michael D Higgins at the start of the game.)

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ROCKET FUEL

EDDIE ROCKET’S are Bohemians’ new matchday catering partners for the 2013 season.

Check out their menu for what’s on offer at Dalymount Park this term, starting with the Airtricity League opener this Friday (March 8th, 7.45pm) against UCD.

Kids meals – a mini hamburger or chicken nuggets served with fries and Fruice Juicy – cost just €5!

View full menu here.

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ITB A… GYPSY

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce that it has agreed a training sponsorship deal with IT Blanchardstown for the coming Airtricity League season, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Under the deal ITB will provide subsidised training facilities, including its new FIFA 1 Star all-weather pitch.

The all-weather pitch has been open for six months. It was part-funded by Fingal County Council and has also been made available to local sports clubs. Bohemian FC will also take advantage of the Sports Management and Coaching Degree students and staff in the Institute who will provide fitness support to the senior and under 19 teams.

ITB will receive pitchside and match-programme advertising and the ITB logo is displayed on this season’s new home and away team kit.

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ITB Sports Officer Ronan Keaskin said of the sponsorship: “ITB is excited to provide one of the country’s leading football teams with ongoing support both through its excellent facilities and the additional support we can give through the Sports Management Programmes run here. We wish Bohemian FC the best of luck with their forthcoming season.”

Bohemian FC president Matt Devaney said the club was delighted to form this new relationship with IT Blanchardstown. “We have already benefited from the use of the Institute’s excellent facilities in our pre-season preparations. We were able to host several friendlies on the all-weather pitch there when Dalymount Park could not be used without great risk to the playing surface,” Mr Devaney said.

“Under the partnership with ITB our senior and under-19 teams will continue to train there and I’m sure they will draw strength from the quality of the facilities and the support of the Institute staff,” he continued.

“As a club with many young players and supporters it means a lot to us to have a close relationship with a higher education institution and as a club that is building its support and strengthening its community relations in north-west Dublin, ITB is a perfect fit.”

View more pics of the launch on our Facebook page!

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT – SPONSOR YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYER

Player sponsorships for the 2013 season are available to purchase from the Bohs Store online.

Home jersey sponsorship costs €300, while away jersey sponsorship is €250. Home and away sponsorship of the same player is available for just €450.

Sponsors will get their name/company name under their player’s profile picture in the matchday programme and website and will also be presented with their player’s signed match-worn jersey at the end of the season.

To see which players remain available for sponsorship, please visit the Bohs Store. Alternatively, email commercial@bohemians.ie or call 086-1636640.

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LAST MAN STANDING DEADLINE THIS TUESDAY

Deadline for entries for the Bohemians LOI-LMS is THIS TUESDAY (March 5th).

Click here to enter for just €10.

The Bohemians Last Man Standing competition is BACK for 2013.

We will be using the League of Ireland Premier and First division fixtures, starting with the opening-day fixtures this Friday (March 8th).

The Last Man Standing competitions have raised over €20,000 for Bohemians in the last three season and the same amount has been given out in prize money.

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These competitions have raised vital funds for the club and we aim to continue our efforts to support Bohs on and off the pitch. We encourage all true Gypsies to enter the competition and to recruit friends and family members to join in. For this series, the entry fee is just €10.

It’s easy to take part and there’s fun and excitement in the competition, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that half of all the entry fees goes to Bohemian Football Club. There’s also potentially a massive prize for the winner of the competition.

To play, you pick a team from the League of Ireland in week one. If they win you go through to next round where you pick another team (you cannot pick the same team twice). If your team loses or draws you are out. Simple as that.

If you join the competition you get an email notice ahead of each round of fixtures with a deadline to reply with your selection.

This continues until we have a Last Man Standing (or woman, as we have had more than one female winner!), who picks up the prize money. If more than one person is still standing after 10 matches, then they will share the pot of all entry fees received.

Click here to enter.

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