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Calling all reporters, tweeters, bloggers, photographers, interviewers, video operators, feature writers and others who want to contribute to the Bohemian web site and other media in the coming season …

Please come to a 2014 planning meeting at Dalymount Park (Members’ Bar) on Thursday 23rd January, 7-8pm.

We want to hear any suggestions you may have for improvements in the services we provide to supporters and we want to get as many as we can involved in contributing to making those improvements.

We’re happy that many of our contributors from last season will continue but we also want to have cover for all positions on the team.


We need to ensure we keep up the flow of match reports, match previews, post-match interviews, player profiles, history features, Twitter match updates, photographs, coverage of the under-19 team, and lots more.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute, please email Brian Trench and Luke O’Riordan with your details and skills.



Bohemians will travel the short distance to play Shelbourne in a pre-season friendly at Tolka Park on Thursday February 20th at 8pm

More pre-season fixtures will be announced in the near future.

2014 fixture list.


A presentation was made to Owen Heary at the annual Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards banquet last night to acknowledge his contribution to the League of Ireland over the course of his 21-season playing career.

Heary’s haul of seven league titles from his time at Shelbourne and Bohemians is a joint record he shares with Johnny Matthews, while the two FAI Cup medals, Setanta Cup and League Cup medals he has won make the 37-year-old the most decorated player in the league’s history.

Pictured with Heary making the presentation at the Conrad Hotel are SWAI member Aidan Fitzmaurice and association president Paul Buttner.


St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley picked up the Personality of the Year Award – a prize Heary won in 2008 – for the second time, beating off competition from his own players Killian Brennan and Anto Flood, Dundalk’s Stephen Kenny and Richie Towell, and Derry City boss Roddy Collins.

Brendan Clarke, also of champions St Pat’s, won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award ahead of Sligo Rovers’ Gary Rogers and Dundalk’s Peter Cherrie.

League of Ireland legend Tommy McConville, who lost his battle with cancer in October, was posthumously awarded the association’s Special Merit Award, with his former Dundalk team-mate Dermot Keely giving a moving tribute in his best friend’s absence.

Bohemians were well represented at the event with backroom staff Owen Heary, Graham O’Hanlon, Fred Davis, Colin O’Connor and Bobby Brown in attendance alongside new signings Jason Byrne and Aidan Price.

Also present were directors and club officials Matt Devaney, Stephen Lambert, Daniel Lambert, Lynn O’Neill and Luke O’Riordan.

Picture credit: Sportsfile



Owen Heary completed the signing of Jason Byrne on Monday and revealed the target of smashing Brendan Bradley’s goalscoring record while wearing the red and black of Bohemians was the driving factor behind his former team-mate’s decision to rejoin the club, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

The duo’s careers first crossed paths when Heary was captain at Shelbourne and Pat Fenlon signed Byrne from Bray Wanderers in 2003. During Byrne’s spell at Tolka Park, he finished top scorer in the league for four consecutive seasons and helped the club to three league titles.


Heary and Byrne were reunited by Fenlon in 2008 when the striker joined Bohs after a short spell with Cardiff City. Together they helped the Gypsies to back-to-back league titles as well as winning the FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and Setanta Sports Cup.

Heary said: “Everyone knows how good a player Jason has been over the years. Along with Glen Crowe, he’s the best striker I’ve ever seen in the league. Thankfully I was lucky enough to play with them both.”

While Byrne turns 36 next month, Heary is adamant that he can still make a big contribution this season. “Jason has that killer instinct up front that we missed last season,” he said. “People talk about age but look at how he did with Bray last year. He scored 17 goals in all competitions, which is a tremendous tally for any striker.

“As long as he’s given good service, he will score. Give Jason two or three chances in a game and he’ll find the net. You don’t lose that instinct. The younger lads will gain so much from him too. His movement, positioning, technique – the lads will be watching and learning from him every day in training.”

Yet it is the prospect of breaking Bradley’s record that really has ‘Jayo’ gunning for glory. Bradley’s haul of 235 goals during spells with Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers and Derry City has stood out in front since 1986, but Byrne is just 28 goals off matching that tally.

Heary said: “I would love him to do it at Bohs. That was the real motivating factor in him coming back. I know he’s a legend at Bray too but I think he would really love to do it at a club like Bohs having had so much success here before. It’s something that is really in his sights now and I really believe he can do it in the next two years.”

Already a legend at Shelbourne, Byrne’s arrival at Dalymount Park in 2008 was initially greeted with a lukewarm response from some. But Byrne went on to build up a great rapport with supporters in his three years at the club, the highlight of which was scoring the goals that clinched the league title away to Drogheda United in his first season.

Heary said: “It’s sometimes difficult for fans and players when someone who’s had so much success with one of your rivals and is so associated with them joins your club. But Jayo quickly silenced any doubters by scoring really important goals that won leagues and cups.

“The crowd quickly grew to like and love him and it was there for all to see in his last game for us that there was a genuine affection between him and the supporters built up during his time here.

“Bohs is close to his heart, he’s delighted to be back and can’t wait to play in front of those fans again. If they get behind him and encourage him like they did before, he can be a real asset to us this season.”

Another League of Ireland goalscoring legend linking up again with Heary this season is Stephen Geoghegan, also a former league-winning Shelbourne team-mate of his. “Geogo will be responsible for our opposition match analysis this season and will also be keeping an eye on and identifying young players and potential targets,” Heary said.

With the first team beginning pre-season training later this month, Heary will also be hoping to complete some important training of his own as he looks to take the next step in his backroom career having hung up his boots and the end of last season.

He added: “I have my interview for the (UEFA coaching) Pro Licence at the end of the month and, all going well, I’ll be able to start the course in February.

“The lads have all been given a fitness programme for the off-season and we’ll assess them when they come back for pre-season on January 18th. We’ve a run-up of six weeks between then and the start of the league season to get everyone really into shape. I’m looking forward to it.”




Bohemians go into a new year with a new team working on the club’s longer-term development, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Former directors Daniel Lambert and Chris Brien aim to develop key relationships in business and in the community, while also drafting a strategic plan that will be proposed for adoption later this year.

“The directors have until very recently had to put almost all of their effort into the club’s survival, week-to-week, even day-to-day. We have not been able to address medium-term and longer-term strategy.

“Now that the club’s financial position has been stabilised, we can get on with that task,” said Lambert.




Bohemians’ Leinster Senior Cup fourth-round tie against Bray Wanderers has been provisionally arranged for Saturday February 15th at Dalymount Park with a 5pm kick-off.


Bohemians will kick off the 2014 Airtricity League season with a cross-city trip to play UCD at the Belfield Bowl on Friday March 7th.

The club’s first home game of the league season will see the Gypsies host Robbie Horgan’s Drogheda United at Dalymount Park on Friday March 14th.

The first big Dublin Derby of 2014 is a week later when Bohs welcome Shamrock Rovers to Dalyer on Friday March 21st.



Bohemians have been drawn at home to Bray Wanderers in the fourth round of the 2013/2014 Leinster Senior Cup.

Time and date have yet to be confirmed but the ties are scheduled to take place before February 16th 2014.

Holders Shamrock Rovers have been drawn at home to Drogheda United, while the tie of the round sees league champions St Patrick’s Athletic host league runners-up Dundalk.

FULL DRAW: Bohemians v Bray Wanderers, Crumlin Utd v Swords Celtic, Kilbarrack Utd v Sheriff YC, Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda Utd, Shamrock Rovers (Wexford) v Longford Town, St Patricks Athletic v Dundalk, UCD v Shelbourne, Wexford Youths v Athlone Town.



Christmas came early for Bohemians fan Tony Fitzpatrick after he was drawn as the winner of the top prize in the club’s annual Christmas Draw, a Volkswagen Up!.

As well as the Up! car provided in conjunction with our friends and sponsors at Volkswagen Karmann, over €7000 in runner-up prizes were handed out at Saturday’s draw.

All the Christmas winners – as well as all the winners of the six monthly draws held in the run up to the main event – are listed below.


Many thanks to our sellers – especially Jimmy O’Connor – and buyers! Congratulations to our winners.

Please contact Jimmy at 085 1655168 or membership director Stephen Burke at to arrange collection of prizes.


  • 1st Prize: Volkswagen Up! Car – Winning Ticket No. 1757 – Winner: Tony Fitzpatrick (Seller: Jimmy O’Connor)
  • 2nd: €2,000 – 1367 – James Reburn (Stephen Lambert)
  • 3rd: €1,000 – 0164 – John Sheils (Stephen McLoughlin)
  • 4th: €750 – 1530 – Cormac Billings (Matt Devaney)
  • 5th: €500 – 0413 – Eddie Starrs (Gerry Sexton)
  • 6th: €200 – 0967 – Bernard & Harry Kinsella (Mick Scully, Chelsea S.C.)
  • 7th: €200 – 0545 – Tracey Elliott (Joe Hanberry, Newtown House)
  • 8th: €200 – 0846 – Tony O’Connell (Self)
  • 9th: €200 – 0666 – Marie Nugent (Anto Farrell)
  • 10th: €200 – 1873 – Bob Simpson (Jimmy O’Connor)
  • 11th: €200 – 0521 – Helen Moore (Joe Hanberry, Newtown House)
  • 12th: €200 – 0379 – Siobhan Hough (Gary Foster)
  • 13th: €200 – 0158 – Colm Daly (Stephen McLoughlin)
  • 14th: €200 – 1676 – Carol Downes (Peter Arcaya)
  • 15th: €200 – 0523 – Ann & Mago (Joe Hanberry, Newtown House)
  • 16th: €200 – 0131 – Linda McLoughlin (Des Parsons)
  • 17th: €100 – 1104 – Gerry Kelly (Self)
  • 18th: €100 – 0414 – J.J. Thompson (Gerry Sexton)
  • 19th: €100 – 1709 – Ciaran Whelan (Eddie Smith)
  • 20th: €100 – 1105 – Kathleen Munroe (Des Munroe)
  • 21st: €100 – 1005 – Brian Keegan (Self)
  • 22nd: €100 – 0676 – Stephen Dornan (Self)
  • 23rd: €100 – 0302 – Debbie, Fran, Wayne, Charleen (Members’ Bar)
  • 24th: €100 – 0769 – Gary Waters (Jimmy Murphy)
  • 25th: €100 – 1245 – Shannen Treacy (David McManus)


10 Winners : €100 each

  • Ticket: 0235 – Winner: David & Marian Maguire – Seller: Sean Maguire
  • Ticket: 0794 – Winner: Thomas Cassidy – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 1998 – Winner: Robert Dunne – Seller: Joe Hanberry, Newtown House
  • Ticket: 0125 – Winner: GS, GB, DM, WQ – Seller: Liam Parsons, Traders
  • Ticket: 0914 – Winner: John Smith – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0961 – Winner: Alan Carr – Seller: Mick Scully, Chelsea S.C.
  • Ticket: 1709 – Winner: Ciaran Whelan – Seller: Eddie Smith
  • Ticket: 1823 – Winner: Gerry Conway – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0561 – Winner: The 4 Amigos – Seller: Eamon Murray
  • Ticket: 0001 – Winner: Big Al – Seller: The Yank
  • 11th Prize: Voucher for Castleknock Hotel. Ticket: 0655 – Winner: Killian Molloy – Seller: Oliver Ward



10 Winners : €100 each

  • Ticket: 0990 – Winner: Katie Whelan – Seller: Mick Scully, Chelsea S.C.
  • Ticket: 0578 – Winner: Tony Norton – Seller: Pat Flynn
  • Ticket: 0840 – Winner: Colm Grace – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0208 – Winner: James O’Neill – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0606 – Winner: Damien Stain – Seller: Mick Greene, D.I.T.
  • Ticket: 0793 – Winner: Thomas Cassidy – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0160 – Winner: Noel Byrne – Seller: Stephen McLoughlin
  • Ticket: 1341 – Winner: Grace Lambert – Seller: Stephen Lambert
  • Ticket: 1035 – Winner: Brian Mulcahy – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0350 – Winner: Joe Shannon – Seller: Tony Colmey
  • 11th Prize: Voucher for Castleknock Hotel. Ticket: 0629 – Winner: Charlie Burke – Seller: Mick Greene, D.I.T.


10 Winners : €100 each

  • Ticket: 0220 – Winner: Gerard Coughlan – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 1092 – Winner: Matthew Broderick – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0315 – Winner: Kay Wade – Seller: Tony Colmey
  • Ticket: 0789 – Winner: Carol Kennedy – Seller: Eddie Smith
  • Ticket: 1934 – Winner: David Nicholson – Seller: McManus
  • Ticket: 1316 – Winner: Paddy Cowzer – Seller: Stephen Lambert
  • Ticket: 0639 – Winner: Pat Rice – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 1008 – Winner: Paul & Coco – Seller: Anne Delaney
  • Ticket: 0668 – Winner: Anto Farrell – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0666 – Winner: Marie Nugent – Seller: Anto Farrell
  • 11th Prize: Voucher for Castleknock Hotel. Ticket: 1147 – Winner: Dermot Mullen – Seller: Chris Brien


10 Winners :  €100 each

  • Ticket: 0404 – Winner: Brendan Buggy – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 1908 – Winner: Anthony E. Greene – Seller: Arthur Sheridan
  • Ticket: 0024 – Winner: Jerry Corbit – Seller: Yank
  • Ticket: 0257 – Winner: Glen de Mange – Seller: John Whelan
  • Ticket: 0843 – Winner: Niall Cullen – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 0499 – Winner: Russell Fitzsimons – Seller: Self
  • Ticket: 1951 – Winner: Linda Arcaya – Seller: Peter Arcaya
  • Ticket: 1807 – Winner: Tomasz Soltys – Seller: Marta Soltys
  • Ticket: 0543 – Winner: Mark & Niamh Power – Seller: Joe Hanberry, Newtown House
  • Ticket: 1937 – Winner: Mary Bolger – Seller: Pancho, Mellowes BDS
  • 11th Prize: Voucher for Castleknock Hotel. Ticket: 1864 – Winner: Peter McDonald – Seller: Bob McDonald
  • 12th Prize: Nivea for Men Hamper. Ticket: 0356 – Winner: John Mooney – Seller: Vinny Bracken


10 Winners:  €100 each

  • Ticket: 0616 – Winner: Paul S & Paul B – Seller: Mick Green, D.I.T.
  • Ticket: 0912 – Winner: Joe Nolan & Friends – Seller: Larry Rogan
  • Ticket: 1965 – Winner: Lorraine & Laura & Shane Fitzsimons – Seller: Tony Colmey
  • Ticket: 0132 – Winner: Darren Grant – Seller: Des Parsons
  • Ticket: 1840 – Winner: Roger Franzoni – Seller: Tony Colmey
  • Ticket: 0467 – Winner: Mary Sorahan – Seller: Liam McDonagh
  • Ticket: 0350 – Winner: Joe Shannon – Seller: Tony Colmey
  • Ticket: 0413 – Winner: Eddie Starrs – Seller: Gerry Sexton
  • Ticket: 1827 – Winner: Mrs Florrie Cronan – Seller: Eileen McClinton
  • Ticket: 1929 – Winner: Andrew Kelly – Seller: Jimmy Murphy
  • 11th Prize: Voucher for Castleknock Hotel. Ticket: 0686 – Winner: Louise Dumbrell – Seller: Tommy Dornan
  • 12th Prize: Golf Voucher. Ticket: 1515 – Winner: Adam, Zara & Sienna Monaghan – Seller: Mono


The Bohs Store is open every day this week and next during normal office hours (10am-5pm). The store will also open on additional weekend days to assist all you last-minute shoppers:

  • Saturday December 14th (11am to 1pm)
  • Sunday December 15th (2pm to 5pm)
  • Saturday December 21st (2pm to 5pm)

The deadline for online orders to be delivered in time for Christmas (domestic deliveries only) is Tuesday December 17th.


Membership and season tickets are always the perfect gift for any Bohemian, while the newly-improved International Membership package is the ideal way for Gypsies overseas to keep in touch with the goings-on back home.

Recent additions to the store include Bohs backpacksshower jackets and golf driver covers, while the Premium Gifts Range will provide you with the perfect present.

Can’t decide what to buy? Then why not pick up a €20, €50 or €100 gift voucher so your loved one or friend can decide for themselves – or use their voucher towards picking up the new Bohemians home kit when it is launched in the new year.

Also still on sale from the club store are tickets to the annual Bohemian FC Christmas Draw. The top prize this year is a Volkswagen Up! car in conjunction with our friends and sponsors at Volkswagen Karmann.

There is also over €7000 in runner-up prizes. The draw takes place this Saturday, December 14th, so buy your tickets online or from the club before Friday to make sure you don’t miss out!

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