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The FAI has released a Safer Return to Football policy document, which outlines plans for the proposed aspirational and gradual return of the SSE Airtricity League.‬

As part of the proposals, Bohemians are due to compete in a four-team tournament behind closed doors alongside the three other clubs who have qualified for Europe – Dundalk, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers – in late July or early August.

It is hoped this will act as a pilot scheme for a full return to SSE Airtricity League, while also fhelping preparations for European football.

‪The road back to football will obviously present great challenges and is likely to be a drawn out process.

FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne summed it up: “The only certainty around a return to football during this COVID-19 pandemic is the uncertainty.”

The patience of all clubs, players, supporters and all other stakeholders will continue to be tested but we will further update fans when we are in a position to do so.‬

In the meantime, you can read the FAI statement in full here.

Key points


What a man.

To sum him up in words, that’s pretty impossible, but here goes.

The first thing to come to mind is that he was, in Bohemian FC circles, nothing short of a revolutionary.

Before being elected to the club’s management committee in 1987 he’d been agitating for change, asking all the right questions from the back of St Peter’s Hall. Once he was on the committee, he was able to make things happen. Two years later he was Honorary Treasurer and we were somewhere new. He’d already opened the club up information-wise, the annual report suddenly full of details and reports from the individual sub-committees, no longer just an exercise in accounting. That sort of thing made a huge difference.

He was behind, well, everything, including all sorts of fundraisers. Crucially, he brought new people forward and encouraged them. Suddenly a younger generation the club had tended to take for granted as ‘just supporters’ were now actually able to get involved.

And he did so much of the hard graft himself, tackling problems, lots of them, head on, fearlessly. He did little things, he did big things, and they all made a difference.

His whole family were members: his wife, Vivienne, and daughters Monica and Melanie – three of the first seven women to become full members – and of course his son, Michael. This was all pretty much unheard of until then. Indeed, changing the club’s articles so that women could join was one of the first things Oliver pioneered.

His enthusiasm was infectious. He got people to do things and it was very hard not to find yourself suddenly ‘volunteered’ for something or other. Unvolunteering was trickier!

He made a few enemies, but that was only natural; he was in the business of shaking up the place, changing things, getting things done.

Yes, he was eccentric, but all the best people are, aren’t they?

As if he hadn’t done enough, to top it all he persuaded Tony O’Connell to become President in 1993, one of the most significant moments in the Club’s history. Now Bohemians really had a chance.

I remember walking out of Oriel Park back then, downhearted naturally – having just seen us ‘robbed’ of the title – only to find Oliver already working on every member he could see to lift them with the news of “O’Connell for President!”

What an amazing, amazing man, and what a mind he had, yes, pretty unfathomable it was at times!

He was an inspiration, he always will be. We were lucky to have him, to know him, to see him in action.

Oliver Ward, our most wonderful Bohemian from Castlepollard.

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Tony O'Connell and Oliver Ward


Bohemians and Shamrock face off in a virtual Dublin tonight at 8pm as Keith Ward takes on Aaron McEniff.

The game, a collaborative effort between and Teneo Communications, will be broadcast on’s Facebook page and is a fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.

We urge those who can to donate generously to Pieta House, a very worth cause, particularly in these challenging times.

To be in with a chance of winning Wardy’s signed jersey, a signed Keith Ward Bohemians jersey, all you have to do is upload a screenshot of your Pieta House donation and tweet @ballsdotie using the hashtag #DublinDerby.

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Wardy said: “All football fans are finding this period tough and it’s the same for players.

“We all look forward to our Friday nights, walking out on the pitch and hearing the crowd get behind you from the start.

“We all live for Friday nights under the lights at Dalyer and we’re all missing them right now. You don’t realise just how lucky you are to be a footballer getting that support every week until it’s taken away from you.

“I was looking forward to maybe another three years playing at the top in the league but it might be down to two now!

“Nothing beats a real derby, they’re magic and they’re the fixture every player and fan looks out for every year.

“But this is bit of craic and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it gives our fans something to look forward to too and helps take people’s mind off what is a tough time at the moment.

“Any win over Rovers is worth celebrating so hopefully I can do the club and fans proud tonight!”

Virtual Dublin Derby



Dalymount Dressing Room Brick (limited number), dating from 1935.

How much?



Important info

Each brick will be in put in a period-branded presentation box and be available for collection only, in a Dublin 7 location, once demolition begins on the Jodi Stand.

Exact dates for Jodi Stand demolition are not know at present.

A certificate of purchase will issue via post in the next two weeks to each buyer.

Background info

If walls could talk…

Dalymount has been at the centre of football in Ireland since 1901, in the heart of an ever-changing city for almost 120 years.

From its first International game in 1904 when Ireland played as a united island, countless FAI Cup finals, Dublin’s first music festivals with Thin Lizzy and Bob Marley, famous Bohemian European nights and players like Zidane, Pele, Jameson, Van Basten, Brady, Best, Crowe, to the proud hub of the Dublin 7 community it is today, which most recently hosted the Frank Lampard’s first ever game as Chelsea manager.

Dalymount, like Bohemian FC, has a very long, proud and much-admired history that has been intrinsically linked with the fortunes of the game, as well as the cultural history of the city and the nation.

Originally a vegetable plot known as ‘Pisser Dignam’s Field’, by the 1930s it had been transformed thanks to the club’s enterprising membership and world famous stadium architect Archibald Leitch. In its golden years, it saw crowds of over 45,000.

In the near future, Dalymount will see the biggest change in its history.

With Government support the stadium will be totally transformed, bringing a modern new appearance to meet the needs of Bohemians and Dubliners alike for the next 100 years.

In advance of this, we are offering something very special, the bricks of the original dressing rooms, which have been structurally unaltered since 1935 (the Jodi stand was built over them in 1999).

Play your part

In this testing period, we would urge all who hold an interest and a love for the stadium to get behind this initiative if they are in a financial position to do so.

The success of this initiative will help ensure the league’s oldest club – a fully member/community-owned institution – can continue to flourish and operate through what are unprecedented times.

Support your club and own history.

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To all our members, supporters, volunteers, staff and players,

A brief note to wish you and all your loved ones a Happy Easter.

We hope you are all coping as best you can during these challenging times and that you, your friends and your family are staying safe and healthy.

We are aware of members and supporters of the club who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 and to them we extend our solidarity and our sincerest condolences.

We in particular want to extend our gratitude to those of you who are either working on the frontline during this crisis or have family or people close to you doing so.

We are all indebted to the efforts of all working on the frontline both in our health services and other essential services.

It is an extremely challenging and overwhelming time for such workers, who are putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the safety of us all as best they can and to provide for our other essential needs.

It is difficult to express just how grateful we are to all of those people but we hope the small gesture of switching on the floodlights at Dalymount Park last night during the Shine Your Light initiative serves as a message of solidarity and a reminder that we are all thinking of you during this time.

Once again, look after yourself and look out for one another.

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

Board of Management,
Bohemian Football Club

Shine Your Light


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

  • 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.


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

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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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

Jodi Stand

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.


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.


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

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

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02


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


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.

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