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ALL tickets for our upcoming friendlies against Derby County and Bradford City will entitle entry to BOTH games.

Two-game ticket prices as follows: Adults €15, students €10 and children/OAPs €5.

Saturday July 13th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Derby County 3pm
Saturday July 20th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Bradford City 1pm


After Bohemians’ EA Sports Cup defeat to Derry City on Monday, manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon.

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Intro Graphic by Ray O’Hanlon

Graham Parkinson Cancer Treatment Fund charity game

BOHEMIANS v O’DEVANEY/DUNARD (Saturday July 27th, KO 5.30pm)

Dubliner Graham Parkinson, 20, has been battling cancer for 6½ years.

Graham, an ex-Bohemians youth, has a rare tumour in his lower back, called a malignant peripheral nerve sheath and needs to raise substantial funds to travel to Germany for treatment as the treatment required is not available in Ireland or the UK.

Later this month, Bohemians are doing our bit to help Graham’s ongoing efforts as a Bohs XI hosts O’Devaney/Dunard in a friendly at Dalymount Park (Saturday July 27th, 5.30pm).


The match will be followed by an after-party and presentation night at Hanlon’s Pub (NCR) at 8pm, with DJ Ginger on the decks and spot prizes on offer, including two tickets to the upcoming sold-out Liverpool-Celtic Aviva Stadium friendly.

Tickets to the Bohs-O’Devaney/Dunard match and after-party cost just €10 with all proceeds going to Graham’s treatment fund. We hope to see you there!

For more information on Graham’s fight, please visit his Facebook page:

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Bohemians have completed the signing of former Ireland Under-19 striker Conor Murphy from St Pat’s.

The 20-year-old previously lined out for Derry City, Monaghan United and Bray Wanderers.

Meanwhile, striker/winger Dwayne Wilson, who was released by Bohs last week, has signed for Bray.


DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS (Friday July 28th, The Brandywell, 745pm)

Bohemians return to action with back-to-back games against Derry City in the Airtricity League and EA Sports Cup on Friday and Monday.

Manager Aaron Callaghan took the opportunity of the season break to develop strategies with his squad for the remainder of the season.

“Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees, so we took time to reflect on where we’re going,” he said. “Our highest priority is to put a league run together, ensure we stay in the Premier Division and finish as high up as possible. We know we have to improve, and we have to improve our home form particularly.”

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Focusing on the club’s league position means that chasing a possible trophy in the EA Sports Cup takes second place.

“We’ll go to Derry knowing that three points would give us a huge lift. But to come away with a point would be fantastic,” said Callaghan.

“We have to take heart from the fact that UCD went up there and won and we had a good result in Sligo a few weeks back.”

Bohemians have secured notable draws on their travels, in Tallaght, Inchicore, Drogheda and Sligo. “Our home form has been baffling at times. We don’t seem to start games well at home and we need to address that,” said Callaghan.

“But we’ve had some fantastic results away from home. The young lads have stepped up to the mark and we’ll be asking them to do it again.”

Bohemians will have to rely even more than usual on the younger players as they will likely be without their three most experienced players for Friday. Owen Heary has a recurrence of his hip injury, Dave Mulcahy has been out of training with a virus, and Derek Pender is suspended due to his sending-off two weeks ago against Shelbourne.

There are also doubts that Dave Scully (ankle), Ryan McEvoy (virus), Stephen Traynor (ankle) or Kevin O’Leary (virus) will be fit for selection.

Callaghan is aiming to refresh his squad in the transfer window from next week. Ahead of that, Shane Fitzgerald and Dwayne Wilson have been released.

The manager is looking to let several more go, and is “actively pursuing the chances to bring in three or four lads, to ensure we strengthen in those areas where we need to most”.



The Bohs bus heads to the Brandywell on Friday (June 28th) as the Gypsies travel take on Derry City in the Airtricity League.

Check-in is from 1.30pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 2.30pm sharp and return straight after the game. The fare is €20 return.

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BOHEMIANS v DERBY COUNTY (Saturday July 13th, Dalymount Park, 3pm)

Bohemians welcome Nigel Clough’s Derby County to Dalymount next month and included in the travelling party from Pride Park will be three current members of the Ireland international team – Conor Sammon, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick.

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni handed senior international debuts to a total of eight players in the past year, and among them were the Derby County trio, all of whom made their bows in a 2-0 friendly win against Poland in January.

Sammon will be familiar to many Dalymount regulars having lined out for UCD (2005-2007) and Derry City (2008) in the past.


Club boss Clough is a keen admirer. After the striker made his international debut, Clough said: “To leave Conor on all game is the biggest compliment the manager could pay him. On your debut, you usually get about 60 or 70 minutes and then a pat on the back.

“To leave Conor on and against good opposition shows how well he did. He gave the ball away late on and chased back 60 yards and won a throw-in. That sums up Conor. We have seen that honesty and appetite for hard work all season. It is the main thing that attracted us to him.”

Although Sammon has yet to get on the scoresheet in his seven caps to date, the Malahide man played an important role in getting Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.

Most notably he won a penalty, converted by Jon Walters, in the 2-2 draw against Austria in March. He then unselfishly teed up Robbie Keane to seal his hat-trick in the 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands earlier this month, having also provided the assist for his skipper in the 4-0 friendly win against Georgia five days previously.

Keane said:  “Conor came on against the Faroes and set up another goal for me, so that was two from two games. He’s very effective. He’s so big but he’s also quick. Against the Faroes, a player had 10 yards on him out on the right wing but he caught him. I didn’t realise how fast he was until then.

“Height-wise, he is like Niall Quinn but they are completely different. Because he’s tall, people look at Conor as a target-man but he has pace as well. With the two goals he set up for me, he showed that he’s got that in his locker as well.”

But perhaps the highlight of the 26-year-old’s brief international career to date came in Ireland’s last outing, the New York friendly defeat against Spain earlier this month. Although the World and European champions ran out 2-0 winners, Ireland’s performance provided some encouragement for the future with Sammon’s physical presence proving a nuisance for the Spanish defence.

In one break, he muscled unsuspecting Barcelona star Gerard Pique off the ball to create a chance out of nothing. Although Sammon’s subsequent shot let him down, Keane was once again impressed with his efforts and said:  ”Conor was a handful. I don’t think Pique knew what hit him when the two of them went down the line. It was a good experience for Conor coming in against these players.”

Another man to have gained vital experience last season is Sammon’s Pride Park team-mate Keogh. Having signed from Coventry City last summer, he was immediately handed the captain’s armband by Clough and went on to make 49 first-team appearances for his new club over the course of the season.

Like Sammon, Keogh is also 26 and a also a late bloomer on the international stage. His first taste of football at that level was his brief cameo role against Poland, having come on as a late substitute for Ciaran Clark. The Essex-born centre-half had to wait until June to add to his international appearances but in doing so, he capped off his first Ireland start with a goal in the win over Georgia.

After the game, Keogh beamed:  “It couldn’t have gone any better really. Great to get a first start and show the manager what I can do. To top it off with a goal, I’m over the moon. Every since I’ve been involved I’ve been made to feel very welcome. I’m buzzing.”

But one of the brightest prospects for both Derby County and for Ireland is undoubtedly Hendrick. Still just 21, the Dubliner now has four caps to his name and has already made 91 first-team appearances for the Rams.

Having established himself as a first-team regular at club level, the former St Kevin’s Boys starlet it tipped to do likewise for Ireland in the future, but he is keeping his feet on the ground.

He explained: “International football is different to the Championship. You are playing against better players and if you do give the ball away, you are more likely to be punished. So you have to maintain possession all the time really and there are times you can get away with it in the Championship but that is less the case in international football.

“I thought I’d be staying with the Ireland Under-21s so I’m just happy Trapattoni gave me the chance. I just want to keep trying to get into the squad and keep trying to improve my game.

“Everyone dreams of doing that when you are younger, that is what you always want to do but I didn’t think it would come this quickly. Hopefully, I can get a few more games and keep improving my game and see where that takes me.”


Our good friends at the Temple Bar Hotel have joined us in welcoming Derby County supporters to Dublin.

The hotel, with an unrivaled location in the very heart of Dublin city centre, is providing special weekend bed and breakfast rates for the travelling Rams of €95 per single room and €125 per double room.

To make a reservation, please contact the Temple Bar Hotel at or call +353 1 677 3333 – and make sure to mention you’re coming to Dublin for the Bohs game!

Nestled in the most vibrant area of city centre bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and close to all major bus and rail links in the city, this hotel offers every possible amenity on its doorstep.

Dublin’s most popular shopping streets – Grafton St and Henry St – are both within short walking distance, while the city’s most popular tourist attractions are accessible by foot and by bus/Luas.

And that’s not all… The Temple Bar Hotel not only has a great location, but offers guests full entertainment facilities all under one roof! Check out & for more details.




English League Cup runners-up Bradford City will play Bohemians in a friendly game at Dalymount Park on Saturday July 20th (KO 1pm).

The game could see the return to Airtricity League turf of Carl McHugh, formerly of Dundalk.

The Donegal man played a pivotal part in the Bantams’ run to Wembley last season, helping them knock out three Premier League clubs – Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa – before Phil Parkinson’s side eventually fell at the final hurdle against Swansea.

The 20-year-old’s season highlight was netting an 88th-minute goal in their semi-final first-leg 3-1 win over Villa, which proved crucial in an eventual 4-3 aggregate giant-killing.


And despite having to be content with a place in the Bantams’ next trip to Wembley – their League One promotion-clinching play-off success – McHugh also capped off a remarkable season by winning his first caps for Noel King’s Ireland Under-21s, and also won the Football League Young Player of the Month Award for January.

(Picture shows Bradford players celebrating after knocking Aston Villa out of the English League Cup semi-finals. Carl McHugh (centre) with Donegal flag.)


Saturday July 13th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Derby County 3pm
Saturday July 20th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Bradford City 1pm





A North Dublin Derby turned into a North Dublin Nightmare as Bohemians were thrashed at home by basement club Shelbourne in a disastrous night at Dalymount Park. The miserable weather matched the mood of the home fans at the final whistle following a crushing defeat in the last game before the mid-season break.

Derek Pender’s 32nd minute red card masked a dreadful home performance that lacked vigour, creativity and determination. All three Shelbourne goals came from poor Bohs defending. To try and put the scoreline in perspective – before tonight, the visitors had scored one away goal and collected just two points on their travels. New boss Johnny McDonnell seems to have invigorated the Tolka Park club, while this defeat is Bohs’ sixth by two goals or more at home in all competitions this season, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Shelbourne started the better, playing with a kind of purpose that was certainly lacking when these sides met in the first round of games. Yet again, Bohs conceded an early goal at home. After a Shels corner was cleared away, Sean Brennan picked up the ball just inside the Bohs half. He beat his first man with consumate ease, then got the benefit of a lucky ricochet off Owen Heary to suddenly find himself through on goal. Brennan kept his composure and slotted the ball past Dean Delany to send the away fans in the Des Kelly stand into wild celebration.

Despite the return of Heary, Bohs looked particularly shaky at the back. Granted, the wind was right in their faces, but a series of hoofed clearances and missed passes did little to relieve the pressure on the back four. Even when the ball did go up the other end, Dave Scully cut a forlorn figure. Keith Buckley, Karl Moore and a rather sluggish-looking Kevin Devaney offered little in the way of back-up play.

The key moment of the game came just after the half hour mark. Derek Pender had been cynically tripped five minutes earlier, and perhaps was still reeling. He lunged in on Darren Tinnelly with studs showing. For a supposedly experienced player, it was a ridiculous challenge to make at this stage of such an important game. There were howls of anger when referee Tomás Connolly produced a straight red card – but the truth is, Pender gave the referee little choice. If you lunge in recklessly with feet off the ground, you can have no arguments.

If Pender’s tackle was ridiculous, it was nothing to the shambles of Shelbourne’s second goal which came just two minutes after the red card. Owen Heary is a legendary figure, but the seven-time league winner is not beyond criticism, and his 34th minute error will rank as one of the worst of his career. Sean Brennan floated an innocuous ball into the danger area. Heary was right underneath it, and inexplicably just stepped aside and left it. Bohs fans watched – mouth-agape – as Dean Kelly gleefully nodded the ball in from just five yards. Heary seemed angry with Dean Delaney, but it was 100% the captain’s fault.

Ironically enough, Bohs actually started to play well while a man down and 2 goals down. With little to lose, they strung a few passes together before the break. Kevin Devaney half-heartedly tumbled in the box, but referee Connolly was having none of it.

The second half started poorly for the home side again. Dean Delany fired a series of goal kicks all the way out of play as Bohs struggled to judge the wind. The final nail in the coffin came on 52 minutes, and again an individual error cost the Gypsies. Luke Byrne has been Bohs best player of the season by some distance, but he was culpable for the visitors’ third. First, he stood off Philly Hughes as the big frontman brought it down and flicked it through for Kelly. Byrne was favourite to intercept the pass, but slipped and fell, allowing Kelly a clear run on goal. He clipped it brilliantly over Delany to finish the game as a contest.

The final forty minutes was difficult watching for any Bohs fan. The errors kept on coming. Byrne played a weak pass across the face of goal and Sean Brennan could have made it 4 if not for Delany’s intervention. The keeper again saved Bohs on 70 minutes when he saved well from Hughes before Mark Leech scuffed a shot from 6 yards straight at the Bohs net minder.

Referee Tomás Connolly attracted most of the ire from the Bohs fans, who seemed particularly interested in Shelbourne’s time-wasting and their moving of free kicks and throw-ins a yard or two further ahead. Surely a more important problem was Bohs’ devastating lack of creativity. Karl Moore was the only player with a little spark about him, and he won a soft penalty with 10 minutes to go. Connolly seemed to be eager to even things up (although his decision to send Pender off was a simple one). Moore tumbled over Shels keeper Niall Burdon, who seemed to get a hand on the ball. Nevertheless, Connolly pointed to the spot. Chris Lyons stepped up, and keeping with the theme of the night, struck a dreadful penalty straight at Burdon’s legs.

The mid-season break sees Bohs level on points with UCD in the relegation play-off spot. Shelbourne, in the automatic relegation spot, are now just 5 points behind the Gypsies. Bohs are without a win in their last 8 games, and have only scored 13 goals in 17 league games. Before the game, Aaron Callaghan talked about bringing in two or three players in the transfer window. Aftre this result, there is no doubt that the squad needs strengthening if the Gypsies are to avoid a proper scrap to avoid the drop.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Owen Heary, Roberto Lopes (Ciaran Nangle, 14), Luke Byrne, Karl Moore, Ryan McEvoy, Dave Mulcahy (Stephen Traynor, 56), Keith Buckley, Kevin Devaney (Chris Lyons, 73), Dave Scully. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Shane Murray, Michael Scott, Michael Barker.

Shelbourne: Niall Burdon, Jack Memery (Brian Shortall, 78), Graham Gartland, Ian Ryan, Darren Tinnelly, Glenn Cronin, Sean Brennan, Stephen Hurley, Pat Flynn, Dean Kelly (Mark Leech, 66), Philip Hughes (Gareth O’Connor, 87). Subs not used: Adam Hanlon, Ger Hanley, Craig Mooney, Jake Donnelly.



It could be an important round of fixtures for the bottom section of the league table this weekend, and needless to say that means it could be a big weekend for Bohs.

If results go our way, we could be as high as 8th in the table, and 11 points clear of basement team Shelbourne.

A home win over Shels for us, coupled with an away win for Derry City (who are a best-price 1.76 to do just that) will see us pull well away from the bottom of the table, and overtake the Seasiders.  Throw a Drogheda win at Cork into the equation, and a bit of a reverse in goal differences, and we could also overtake the Leesiders on goal difference.


So how much of a chance do we have of beating our northside neighbours?  Since being beaten 3-0 at home by St Pat’s Athletic, Johnny McDonnell has come to Shels and obviously brought a message that players have responded to.

He wasn’t long in the job when they went down narrowly in Tallaght, but they again came off the worse in a 1-0 scoreline at home to Derry last weekend, a game in which they looked much improved from previous weeks.

They key for Bohs could be to try to nick an early goal and build on the unexpected result we managed in Sligo last weekend.  Another clean sheet here would be excellent, and if we can score a goal or two it would be a massive 3 points.  From a betting point of view though, everything looks to be factored in and Bohs don’t appeal at 11/10 on betfair.

People will fancy Shels at 7/2, or 9/4 draw no bet, and there is an argument that those are fancy prices for an improving side who many will feel are due a “new manager” bounce (a bounce which doesn’t actually exist in football, according to many studies).

However, the greater talent lies in the Bohs lineup and with more cutting edge we can win on a nervy night.  If pushed, the bet to be recommended might be the half-time draw at 11/10 with betfair.  Despite improving under their new coach, it can’t be ignored that Shels have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 league games.

The other games briefly mentioned above have the potential to also help our cause, as Derry travel to Bray to take on the goal scoring machine that is Jason Byrne, and Drogheda make the trip south to take on Tommy Dunne’s Cork side whose form has badly tailed off recently.

Shamrock Rovers were pushed for a while but ran out comfortable winners at the Cross, despite conceding a late goal, and Drogheda will be smarting from their Louth Derby loss to Dundalk in which they didn’t look to be playing at full tilt but still created plenty of chances.  They can take the 3 points against Cork here (2.9 Drogheda win with Coral) and pile on the misery for Tommy Dunne.

Derry’s trip to Bray should also result in the sort of scoreline that will bring a smile to Bohs fans’ faces.  Jason Byrne’s hot streak cannot continue forever, and fresh from nicking a narrow away win at Tolka last weekend, the Candystripes will find it easier to create chances against a weak Bray Wanderers side.

You can back the away team at 1.76 with Pinnacle and this is a price that should be taken.  This could be a high-scoring game but if Derry can keep Byrne quiet, they can win it fairly easily.

The game of the weekend probably comes in Dundalk as St Pat’s are the visitors.  Killian Brennan is pulling all the strings in midfield for the Saints and has just scooped the player of the month award for May.

Despite Dundalk’s fine form, this is not a game that will hold any fears for Pat’s and they will be well able to handle the surface.  It should be an entertaining game with a few goals but not necessarily a game that appeals from a betting perspective.

UCD have pulled off some shock results of late but Sligo will fancy this fixture as one in which they can re-focus and find their goalscoring form.  With Danny North in the team, and a realisation that they simply have to start winning if they want to have any chance of retaining the league title, they can be backed on the asian handicap to get this particular job done in some style.


Drogheda United, 1pt 2.9 (Coral)

Derry City, 1pt 1.76 (Pinnacle)

Sligo Rovers -1.75, 1pt 97/100 (Ladbrokes)

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