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BOHEMIANS COMPLETE SIGNING OF WINGER STEPHEN MALLON

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Stephen Mallon from Sheffield United.

The 21-year-old joins after spending the 2020 season on loan at Derry City.

The Belfast man has represented both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at underage level, and spent the 2019 season on loan with Australian side Central Coast Mariners.

Welcoming Mallon to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Having lost two key wide players in Danny Grant and Kris Twardek in recent months, wide areas are a position where we have been looking to strengthen since those departures.

“In Stephen, we have an exciting winger who will give us options on both wings – be it on his natural side on the left or as a reverse winger on the right.

“He is young, hungry to prove himself, and this is a big season for him. He knows the league having been on loan at Derry last season and I believe he will prove to be a key signing for us.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney, Stephen Mallon. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Waterford v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

EVAN FERGUSON JOINS BRIGHTON

Bohemians can confirm that Evan Ferguson has transferred to English Premier League side Brighton.

The striker, who came through St Kevin’s and the Bohs-SKB Academy, became the youngest player to represent the Bohemians first team when he made his debut away to Derry City in September 2019.

The 16-year-old most recently won the SSE Airtricity U17 League with Bohs-SKB, scoring in the final against Shamrock Rovers last month.

Son of former Bohemians defender Barry, Evan has represented the Bohs U19s in the Uefa Youth League and Ireland at underage level up to U17.

Bohemians first-team manager Keith Long said: “Evan has progressed through the Bohs-SKB Academy system, playing in our LOI U15, U17 and U19 teams, and he also became the youngest player to ever play for the Bohemians first team.

“Under the guidance of Karl Lambe, Rob Doran and Alan Caffrey at St Kevin’s, and later with Ger Browne, Jimmy Mowlds and Derek Pender at Bohs-SKB, Evan has developed into one of the country’s brightest prospects.

“Everyone at Bohemians and St Kevin’s wishes Evan the very best of luck with Brighton and we hope to see him representing Ireland at senior international level in the future.”

 

Bohemians v Finn Harps - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS COMPLETE SIGNING OF DEFENDER RORY FEELY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Rory Feely from St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 24-year-old plays at centre-back or right-back, and has previously played on the right wing.

The former Kildare minor Gaelic footballer came through St Pat’s U19s before making his first-team bow towards the end of the 2014 season.

His real breakthrough season at Richmond Park came in 2016 but his biggest impression came during his two seasons with Waterford in 2018 and 2019 before St Pat’s swooped to re-sign him ahead of the 2020 season.

He has amassed 110 Premier Division appearances, scoring five goals.

Welcoming him to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said:

“Rory is a very experienced player having played over 100 Premier Division games despite his relatively young age having only turned 24 on Sunday.

“He is a very athletic and adaptable addition to our squad. He will bring good qualities to the team and give us options in several positions with his versatility and ability.”

Rory will be following in the footsteps of his older brother Kevin when he lines out in red and black. Kevin, 28, came through the Bohs U19s and was a fans’ favourite in his one full season with the first team in 2012.

His form that season earned him a move to Charlton Athletic – he has since concentrated on his Gaelic football career and is a star performer for Kildare.

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Rory Feely - Stephen Burke

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR BOHEMIANS WNL TEAM IN 2021

Bohemians can confirm that expenses will be offered to our senior Women’s National League team for the 2021 season.

In our inaugural season in the senior WNL this year, Bohemians were one of the first clubs in the league not to charge annual fees for our players. An addition next season will be reimbursing players for expenses incurred.

That is a low bar, but we feel it is unacceptable that any player should have to pay to represent a senior team of our club.

We have so much to do to give women’s football the support and resources it deserves, but covering the expenses of our senior WNL team is an important next step in our own club’s journey.

These are just the first steps in our aim to make Bohemian FC the best environment in Ireland for women’s football.

Bohemians were late to the party when it comes to women’s football. We were not in a position to resource it as securing the very existence of the club took priority for much of the last decade.

Now that the club has been on a sound footing in recent years, great strides have been made as we play catch-up.

We have made a concerted effort to make up for lost time – our talented and decicated volunteers and coaches built a girls section from scratch in 2017 and now have eight grassroots girls teams up to U18 level.

The next step was entering our first WNL U17 team at the beginning of 2019 before making history in our 130th year by entering the senior Women’s National League for the first time this season.

Bohemians will have a third WNL team this year with the creation of the U19 WNL. Our U19s and U17s are holding trials in January. You can register your interest here.

Bohemians line out at Dalymount Park - Stephen Burke

ALI COOTE JOINS FROM WATERFORD

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Ali Coote.

The former Scottish underage international joins after an impressive season with Waterford.

The midfielder, 22, came through the youth ranks of Dundee United before spending three years with Brentford.

Welcoming Coote to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Ali is coming to the club on the back of a very impressive season with Waterford.

“He is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder and I believe he has all the characteristics we look for in a player.

“He has the qualities to improve us in midfield and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Bohemians v Waterford - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS SIGN THOMAS OLUWA

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of  Thomas Oluwa.

The forward, 19, joins from Shamrock Rovers.

Welcoming him to the club, manager Keith Long said: “Thomas is an exciting young forward player who will provide us with options at the top end of the pitch.

“He is young and has a lot to prove but comes to us determined to do well.

“We feel his qualities of pace, power, energy along with the  ability to play in a number of positions can help us.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Thomas Oluwa

BOHEMIANS SIGN GEORGIE KELLY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Georgie Kelly.

The striker, 24, joins from Dundalk having been on loan with St Patrick’s Athletic since July.

The Donegal man started his League of Ireland career with Derry City in 2015 but came to prominence in a three-season stint with UCD where he scored 37 league goals in 68 games.

That form saw him earn a move to Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk where, despite strong competition up front limiting his minutes on the pitch, he helped himself 14 times in 48 appearances.

Welcoming Kelly to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “At 24, Georgie comes to us at a good age with good experience and a hunger to improve.

“His profile is ideal for us and we are looking forward to working with Georgie and looking forward to the potential he brings to the club.

“We are working hard to bring players to the club to strengthen the team but we have to be patient to ensure we get the right players in with the right attributes and character.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly.

Georgie Kelly

DANNY GRANT JOINS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Bohemians can confirm that winger Danny Grant has joined English Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Grant, 20, joined the club in 2017 from Bangor Celtic and progressed through the Bohemians U19s into the first team.

He made his first-team debut away to Dundalk in March 2018 and has gone from strength to strength since, playing 74 times for the club in all competitions and chipping in with 16 goals.

Bohemians manager Keith Long said: “It’s a great opportunity for Danny and, importantly, it’s a good deal for the club.

“Danny has improved year on year since coming to the club, initially with our U19s and then with our first team.

“He’s reached another level this year, becoming an Ireland U21 international and winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year Award.

“He has earned this opportunity. It will be a step up for him but he has proven himself capable at every step he has made so far.

“He’s been given a 3½-year deal by Huddersfield which is a real commitment to him.

“That is a testament to his own ability and to how he has grasped the opportunity afforded to him at Bohemians.

“Obviously we are very disappointed that we are losing a player of his ability. It gives me a problem trying to replace a player of that quality, and hopefully we will have news on that when the time is appropriate.

“But all of the backroom team and players are very happy for him. Everyone at the club wishes him the world of luck with Huddersfield and for his future career.”

 

Shelbourne v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIAN FC APPOINT DISABILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION ACCESS OFFICER

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce the appointment of James Flanagan as our first Disability and Social Inclusion Access Officer.

James brought audio-descriptive commentary to the club in 2019 for the visually impaired. This is something he has delivered ever since, making Dalymount Park itself, and our games from afar via audio streaming, more accessible than ever.

His new role will have specific focus on accessibility to the club – both for those with disabilities as well as those who may be socially excluded or marginalised.

The club will draw on best practice internationally and learn from, and liaise with, the relevant bodies nationally and at a European level.

Bohemian FC Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert said: “We wish to now build upon initiatives in recent years and continue to make our club and our games accessible for as many people as possible.

“James brings huge experience, passion and dedication to this role. The opportunities and impact we can have as a club in our local community are endless, and inclusiveness is at the centre of our values and ethos.”

James Flanagan said: “I am delighted to be able to take on the role of trying to further increase promotion and diversity at our club.

“We want to continue to lead the way on social issues and give a platform for people of a minority, to have a sense of belonging and passion for the club that everybody deserves to have regardless of what walk-of-life they have come from.

“There are numerous parts of the community that have been sidelined from society and it is our aim to welcome them to Dalymount Park, and indeed our local community through initiatives and programmes that meet the needs of all.”

James will kick off his new role with a Fans With A Disability Forum to discuss the issues and needs of fans attending games.

If you would like to attend this meeting, which will be held virtually, please email James at accessofficer@bohemians.ie.

James Flanagan

WILSON JOINS AND WARD RE-SIGNS

Bohemians are delighted to confirm that left-back Tyreke Wilson has joined from Waterford and that midfielder Keith Ward has re-signed for 2021. Wilson, 21 last week, spent four years with Manchester City before joining Waterford ahead of the 2020 season. His form at the RSC this term saw him named in the PFAI’s Team of the Year today. Welcoming him to the club, manager Keith Long said: “I am delighted to have signed Tyreke and I am looking forward to working with him. “He is a high quality footballer as can be seen by him being eing named in  the PFAI team of the Year.” Ward, 30, has made 148 appearances for the club, contributing 15 goals along the way. His first spell at Dalymount Park came under Aaron Callaghan in 2012 and Long brought him back to the club four years ago following spells with Dundalk, Sligo Rovers and Derry City. Long added: “Wardy has been an integral part of our team since he re-signed for the club ahead of the 2017 season. “He has been excellent for the club and I am delighted he has extended his stay with us.” 2021 squad so far - Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney.

Tyreke Wilson
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