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A message from Chris Brien as he steps down as club president

Dear supporter,

I am writing to inform you that I took the decision to resign from the board at our meeting on Tuesday night.

It was my intention to stand down at the next AGM but I have decided to go early as the board is about to commence a strategic review and I felt I should not be involved in that if I was not going to be there to see it through.

It has been very much a rollercoaster ride since I joined the board as finance director in 2009 to stepping down as president for the second time in 2021.

We went from terminating players’ contracts, tough negotiations with creditors, bankers, PFAI and FAI to clearing all our debts and doing so while remaining in the Premier Division the whole time.


All of this was achieved by members and fans working together towards a common goal of saving the club and putting it on a sustainable footing.

In that time there has been great growth in so many areas of the club thanks to all involved. On the pitch, we have had success under Keith Long in qualifying for Europe for two successive seasons. But we are no longer just a first team – we are a proper club that is once again truly embedded in our community.

Great credit must be given to everyone involved but particularly the various boards during this period and, of course, Matt Devaney who did a great job as president between 2013 and 2017.

We only borrow the club for a short period of time and all we can do is try and pass it on in a better position than when we got it. I hope I played my part in achieving this over the last number of years.

I know some people will say we lost Dalymount during this period. But while we lost ownership, we secured it as our home ground for generations.

This is something many previously thought unthinkable and this represents a far better future for our club than moving away from Phibsborough.

Working closely with Dublin City Council, Shelbourne and local stakeholders, we have a rebuilt modern stadium and shared space to look forward to that will cement Dalymount Park’s place in the heart of our community.

I mentioned at previous AGMs that getting training facilities was a priority of mine and I am delighted that the club managed to get agreement with DCU before I stood down.

As well as providing first class training facilities for our players, this exciting partnership of shared values will leave lasting connections in football, social inclusion, social outreach and academic programme collaboration.

Before I go, I would like to thank everyone who supported me throughout the years as nothing would have been done without that support.

This has always been a team effort and we achieved everything by working together. This was evident right from those darkest of days right through to the present day. It has been particularly remarkable and appreciated since the onset of the pandemic, which could have proved to be a chaotic time for the club if it wasn’t for the loyalty of our members, supporters and sponsors.

This was never a vanity project and I had always decided to go when I thought others could do a better job than me. As a pensioner, I am beginning to feel my age and some new blood and fresh ideas will be good for the club.

I think that as we have grown over the last few years, things have started to move more quickly than we could have anticipated and now is the time for a new, energetic and more vibrant president who can lead us into what I believe can be a very bright future.

I know I rejoined the board before having resigned before, but I will not be doing that again. The first time I joined the board, we made the biggest loss in the club’s history and in my second time on the board, we have agonisingly gone a full year of games behind closed doors, so I don’t want to bring any more bad luck!

I will, however, continue my work with the Bohemian Foundation, so I will still be around and, obviously, if the board feel I can help with any particular issue, then I am more than happy to get involved.

Finally, I would like to thank you for allowing me to be your president. It has been a huge honour and privilege. I hope you feel I have made a positive contribution.

Thank you

Chris Brien

Chris Brien

Interview: Chloe Flynn and Pat Trehy

Bohemians joint captain Chloe Flynn and assistant manager Pat Trehy spoke to Emma Clinton to reflect on their stunning victory against Treaty United in their season opener and to look ahead to this Saturday’s trip to face Galway United. Filmed and edited by Emma Meyler.

Emma Clinton and Emma Meyler are communications students in DCU and have joined the Bohemians media team this season as part of the partnership between the two organisations.


Congratulations to the Bohemians team who have been crowned Irish Amputee Football Association National League champions for the first time in the club’s history.

The 2020 season came to a halt as a result of Covid-19 restrictions but the Irish Amputee Football Association National League have ruled that the remaining fixtures could not be completed, the title should be awarded to Bohs.

The IAFA noted that the team “topped the table through match days 1, 2 and 3, and should be declared 2020 champions on a points per game basis” and intend making a proper trophy presentation when the easing of restrictions allows them to do so.

Bohemians manager Brian Doyle said: “We are absolutely delighted to become IAFA National League champions for the first time in the club’s history.


“Obviously the circumstances are bittersweet but the squad are thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with a much-coveted league title.

“We had a 100% record in the games we did manage to play pre-Covid, scoring 25 goals and conceding just two, which shows just how efficient we were as a team.

“I can’t pay tribute enough to the players who have continued to work extremely hard over lockdown, partaking in two training sessions a week over Zoom – this is a testament to their drive and determination to bring silverware back to the club.

“The support we have received has been phenomenal too, particularly from Chris Brien, and with special thanks to Des Kelly Interiors who provided the team with new kits.

“Everyone has really made the boys feel part of something bigger.

“We dedicate this win to every single Bohs supporter and we will work harder than ever to become the first side to win back-to-back league titles!”


Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians - The Megazyme Irish Amputee Football Association National League - Round 3

Qatar World Cup: Bohemian FC and Amnesty call on FAI to speak up for migrants’ rights

As Ireland face Qatar in an international friendly tonight, Bohemian FC and Amnesty International Ireland jointly call on the FAI to use this moment to pressure FIFA and the Qatari authorities on the long-standing abuses of migrant workers.

These abuses have included unpaid wages, excessively long working hours, severe restrictions on movement, appalling living conditions, and particularly in the case of domestic workers, verbal and physical abuse.

This treatment has been facilitated by the inherently abusive kafala (sponsorship) system. Migrants make up 90% of Qatar’s workforce and as such, the World Cup would not have been possible in the country without them.

While many reforms have been committed to, including the abolishment of the kafala system, the implementation of the reforms have been weak and are already seeing backlash from parts of the local business community, making this a critical moment in the fight for workers’ rights in Qatar.

“Football fans and players should be able to take part and enjoy the World Cup, confident that the migrant workers who made the World Cup possible are not victims of human rights abuses,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.

“The FAI have a responsibility under international human rights standards to use their leverage to prevent human rights abuses that they are linked to. So we’re calling on the FAI to use the spotlight of the World Cup to come out publicly in support of the human rights of the workers, and to urge FIFA to take urgent action.

“After years of pressure, the Qatari government committed in 2017 to reforming its abusive kafala sponsorship system, amongst other major promises of change. But these reforms are fragile and are facing backlash, so this is a critical moment.

“We need the international pressure to continue to build and the FAI have a clear role in that.”

Amnesty International and Bohemian FC previously worked together on the ‘Refugees Welcome’ away jersey, which was made possible due to the generosity of our main sponsor Des Kelly Interiors.

Many Bohs fans have been instrumental in coming out in support for of human and migrant rights in Ireland, and Amnesty has campaigned on this particular issue ever since the hosting of the World Cup was given to Qatar in 2010.

“Workers’ rights are human rights, and we want to show solidarity with the people who’ve built the very stadiums that enable this World Cup to take place,” said Daniel Lambert, Chief Operating Officer for Bohemian FC.

“We are calling on the FAI to use their leverage with FIFA and Qatar, and speak out to try and achieve real, long-lasting change for migrant workers. We and our supporters want the legacy of the World Cup 2022 to be a positive one, not one where people are being horrifically exploited.

“We know that football can be a force for great good, let’s grasp this opportunity to demonstrate this on our biggest stage, the World Cup.”


As FIFA member associations, national Football Associations (FAs) are expected to comply with FIFA’s own Human Rights Policy. Further, as bodies that – through their business relationships with FIFA – profit financially from revenues generated by the World Cup, FAs also have a responsibility under international human rights standards to use their leverage to prevent human rights harm to which they are linked.

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Bohemian FC Launch 2020 Away Jersey


The epitome of a game of two halves was played out at a chilly Dalymount Park as Bohemians blew a two-goal lead against newly-promoted Longford Town.

The Gypsies led 2-0 at the break and looked to be cruising thanks to goals from Georgie Kelly and Ross Tierney.

But an inspired second half Longford Town substitution saw Conor Davis grab a brace, and so it was Daire Doyle and his troops leaving Phibsborough much the happier with the point.

Keith Long had opted for the one change from the opening night defeat on the road to Ollie Horgan’s now table-topping Finn Harps, with Keith Ward coming in for Ciaran Kelly and, in doing so, reverting to his more familiar 4-2-3-1.


The last competitive meeting between these sides saw Bohs edge a hugely entertaining contest in the quarter-final of the 2019 FAI Cup. James Talbot proved the hero that night, brilliantly denying opposite number Lee Steacy’s decisive penalty as the home side went through 5-4, after a 1-1 stalemate AET.

And just like that evening, there was little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges this time around.

The hosts then just started to lift the tempo slightly, moving the ball quicker and began to pin the visitors back, resulting in the breakthrough with 20 minutes played.

Liam Burt’s low cross was almost behind front man Kelly, but the talismanic striker showed his class to turn on a six-pence, control and finish with his left foot all in the one move, under the helpless Steacy.

Just a minute later, the home side thought they had doubled their lead, only to be met with an incredible double save from the busy Steacy.

Ross Tierney burst through the Longford defensive line and smashed his shot low to the left, and just as Burt looked to follow up and tap home, he was met with the cat-like reflexes of Steacy to bravely block yet again.

The Gypsies were beginning to find their groove now, and got the second goal their pressure deserved as the diminutive Tierney, sharply turned on the edge of the area and volleyed home superbly just before the half hour mark.

Last season’s runners-up sensed blood now and missed yet another glorious double chance to extend their lead as Kelly’s side-foot strike was sharply saved, with Keith Buckley volleying over the rebound.

Doyle’s men came flying out of the traps last week with a fantastic 2-0 home win against Derry City, and showed that they carried a threat with Joe Gorman looking dangerous from set pieces and the exciting Dean Byrne causing trouble down the left wing, having a good chance well saved by Talbot just before the break.

The Town were much improved in the second half and showed again just why they won’t be any pushovers this season with a much more spirited effort, and halved the deficit with 15 minutes remaining.

Bohs, a defender temporarily down due to a James Finnerty head injury and possibly showing signs of complacency with the two-goal cushion, were punished when a too-casual Bastien Héry was dispossessed close to the edge of his own area.

The ball spilled to substitute Davis, who went on a fantastic dribble through the entire Bohs rearguard all by himself before smashing the ball low across Talbot and into the back of the net.

Longford completed an incredible comeback – that didn’t look likely based on their first half performance – when Davis snuck in at the back post to tap home to get his second.

A tantalising low cross by Callum Warfiled was left by everyone in the Bohs defence, who appeared to think it was going to trickle out for a goal-kick. But supersub Davis had another idea, gambling that it would come through and he got his rewards by tapping home.

A bitterly frustrating first home game for the Gypsies, who will have to improve on this second half showing in next week’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park (Saturday, 6pm).

But Longford showed a spirit and resolution that will no doubt serve as a threat to the rest of the division as the season progresses.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Anto Breslin, Rory Feely, Rob Cornwall, Ali Coote (Bastien Hery 64), Keith Ward (Thomas Oluwa, 76), Liam Burt (Dawson Devoy 76’), Georgie Kelly, Keith Buckley (c), James Finnerty, Ross Tierney. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Andy Lyons, Ciaran Kelly, Bradley Rolt, Tyreke Wilson, Jack Moylan
Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Paddy Kirk, Dean Zambra (c), Dylan Grimes, Sam Verdon (Callum Warfield, 59), Aaron O’Driscoll, Aaron Bolger (Aaron Dobbs 77), Aodh Dervin, Karl Chambers (Aaron McNally 77), Dean Byrne (Conor Davis 69), Joe Gorman. Unused substitutes: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Aaron Robinson, Aaron Dobbs, Callum Thompson, Joe Manley
Referee: Ben Connolly


Bohemians v Longford Town - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Match report: Bohemians 6 Treaty United 2

Bohemians opened up the SSE Airtricity WNL 2021 campaign with a win over Treaty United at the Oscar Traynor Centre in a match that produced eight goals.

This fixture produced nine goals in Bohemians’ last home game of the 2020 season, with Treaty stealing the three points with a 5-4 win.

This time round, it was Bohs who took all three points as Sean Byrne and his management team masterminded a dominant performance over the opposition.

The Gypsies opened up the scoring in the eighth minute when Treaty United were put under pressure from their own kickout. Bronagh Kane was first to react to a bad pass from the Treaty goalkeeper and slotted the ball home into an empty net for an early lead.

In what could be a record, Kane added hers and Bohemians’ second goal just 37 seconds later as Treaty were put under immediate pressure from the tip-off and Chloe Darby won the ball in midfield before a quick pass to Naima Chemaou saw the striker play in Kane, who composed herself before slotting past Ryan.


Bohs grabbed their third in the 16th minute as a Paula Dorans throw found Chloe Darby. Her quick one-two with Abbie Brophy saw Darby break down the right before sending a pinpoint cross to Naima Chemaou in the box, she controlled the ball before volleying home a debut goal.

Bohemians were rewarded again for their pressure in the 37th minute as Kane won a free-kick near the sideline. Chemaou’s set piece found captain Sophie Watters’ run in the box. She controlled the ball before slotting a left-foot shot past Ryan.

Treaty pulled a goal back just before the interval – Aoife Cronin tapping home at the back post following a Rebecca Horgan cross.

The away side pulled another goal back 11 minutes after the break when an Emma Costelloe corner wasn’t dealt with by the Bohs defence, as the ball found its way to Shannon Parbat who fired home from close range.

Treaty United mounted more pressure on the Bohs defence and nearly grabbed a third goal when Cronin and Coombes clashed in the box, Cronin’s quick turn and shot looked destined for the net only for it to hit the post.

Bohs got back on track with the introduction of Aoife Robinson on the hour mark. The striker’s energy saw her dispossess a Treaty defender before playing a pass to Erica Burke and, when the ball fell back into the path of Robinson, she curled a right-foot shot into the top right-hand corner of the net, all within 36 seconds of entering the field of play.

With seven minutes remaining, Bohs hit their sixth goal when Watters won a free-kick near the corner flag, Chloe Darby swung in the resulting free which found Robinson unmarked at the back post to head home.

Darby went close to adding a seventh goal late on but her shot came back off the post, but it was all smiles for the women of Bohemians as they sit on top of the league after week one in the FAI WNL.

Bohemians: Niamh Coombes, Paula Doran, Jade Reddy, Isobel Finnegan, Chloe Flynn, Ally Cahill, Sophie Watters (Capt.), Chloe Darby, Abbie Brophy, Bronagh Kane, Naima Chemaou. Subs: Erica Burke for Chemaou (H/T), Annmarie Byrne & Erica Byrne for Reddy & Cahill (52), Aoife Robinson for Kane (59), Niamh Kenna for Finnegan (84). Unused subs: Katie Lovely, Claire Conlon, Ciara Mulligan, Courtney Maguire (GK).

Treaty United: Medbh Ryan, Alannah Mitchell, Shannon Parbat, Eve O’Sullivan, Jenna Slattery, Aoife Horgan, Gillian Keenan, Olive Gibson, Aoife Cronin, Alana Roddy, Aine Walsh – Subs Rebecca Horgan for Keenan (20), Emma Costelloe for Slattery (24), Ciara Griffin & Jesse Mendez for Gibson & Walsh (72), Michaela Mitchell (GK), Tara O’Gorman, Clodagh Doherty, Lauran Keane, Eimear Carey.

Goalscorers Bronagh Kane, Aoife Robinson, Sophie Watters and Naimu Chemaou


Highlights of our first home game of the 2021 SSE Airtricity League season.

Goals from Georgie Kelly and Ross Tierney gave the Gypsies a half-time lead, but they will have felt they should have been further ahead at the back.

Failure to make those chances count and mistakes at the back allowed Conor Davis in twice in the final 15 minutes to give Longford a share of the spoils.



Saturday March 27
Oscar Traynor Centre, 2pm

Bohemians took their first baby steps in the senior Women’s National League in 2020 and are looking to build on that this season.

Bohs have been playing catch-up to give women’s football the platform and attention it deserves as securing the very existence of the club took priority for much of the last decade.

But great strides have been made in recent seasons – talented and dedicated volunteers and coaches built a girls section from scratch in 2017, which now has 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 in 2020. Bohemians will have a third WNL team this year with the creation of the U19 WNL.


The senior squad, managed by Seán Byrne, was hastily assembled last season after the club’s application to join the WNL was belatedly accepted.

It was the first part of a building process he hopes will grow further this season as Bohs aim towards being the club of choice for women footballers in this country.

While they finished bottom of the table last term, they did so with one of the youngest and most inexperienced teams in the league.

It was a tough learning curve but one he hopes will stand to them this season.

Tomorrow, they host Treaty United, who finished one place and four points above them last season, at Oscar Traynor.

Byrne said: “This is a very strong league with the likes of Peamount, Shelbourne and Wexford ahead of the rest last year.

“We are one of four clubs in Dublin – UCD Waves have strengthened too – and our team is still very young.

“It is a long process to get up to those standards – we still have a lot of building to do. But the experience they had last season will stand to them.

“We have to be realistic but we want to build an environment where our players can fulfil their potential.

“We had a very young team but the likes of Chloe Darby, Abbie Brophy, Ciara Mulligan and others were thrown in at the deep end and showed what they are capable of.”

Bohs’ ranks have been bolstered by new arrivals: Goalkeeper Niamh Coombes, defenders Erica Byrne, Claire Conlon, Jade Reddy, defender/midfielder Isobel Finnegan and striker Naima Chemaou.

Byrne added: “We are happy that the players that we have brought in will add quality to the team. We are hoping to do well.

“They are good additions, Chemaou was with Peamount and an underage international. Erica played gaelic football for Kildare last year, switched codes last year and has looked excellent in pre-season.

“Jade is an underage international who has come in from Peamount, and Isobel is another ex-underage international who has returned from the US.

“We have the benefit of the U19 League starting this year too which will help with bringing players through by bridging the gap between U17s and senior football, and giving us an opportunity to give game-time to young players on the fringes of the team.”

Midfielder Sophie Watters, joint captain with defender Chloe Flynn this season, is already seeing a difference in the competition for places in the team this season.

The Dundalk woman said: “Last season, we were late coming into the league as a club, so we were late coming together as a team.

“We were young and maybe a little bit naive. We feel we can improve now with last season under our belts.

“With the new players coming in, you can already see the difference in training already – we have really good competition for places and we are all pushing each other.

“As a team we are going to try our best to improve on last season – we want to concede fewer goals and score more, and hopefully build from there.”

Prior to Watters’ stint with Crusaders in the north, her previous stint in the league here was with Shelbourne.

She believes the league, and women’s football in general, has come on leaps and bounds in that period.

She added: “You can definitely see that the profile within the three years since then has improved so much.

“The standard within the league keeps getting better and better, and the profile is growing too, with the live streaming this season adding to that.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of it.”

Bohemian FC Women’s Squad Portraits 2021


Saturday March 27 2021
Dalymount Park, 4pm

Keith Long believes he has brought in players of the right character and quality to succeed at Bohemians.

Bohs had a disappointing start to the season last weekend when a defensive error allowed Adam Foley in the 38th minute to give Finn Harps all three points in Ballybofey.

It was a frustrating night for the Gypsies who were on top for long periods and had the lion’s share of goal-scoring opportunities with Georgie Kelly, Ross Tierney and Liam Burt all going close.

Prior to the game, vice-captain Rob Cornwall warned that, with nine new rivals this season, it would take time for the team to gel.


Four of those started in Ballybofey with full debuts handed to Rory Feely, Ali Coote, Liam Burt and Georgie Kelly, while Thomas Oluwa was introduced in the second half.

And Long believes that the more competitive games they play together, the more cohesion we will see, as they look to get back to winning ways against newly-promoted Longford Town, who will come into the game confident after their opening night 2-0 win over Derry City.

Long said: “The relative stability of last season has been replaced this year with change.

“To finish second last season, qualifying for Europe for the second year running with the youngest team in the country is evidence that we are making progress.

“We try to look at change as a positive and an opportunity but there is no doubt that we lost some key players from last year, which are not so easy to replace.

“Time will tell, but we hope we have recruited well and brought the right characters to the club. It takes a certain type to fill a Bohs jersey and it will squeeze out those that look for shortcuts.

“But with nine new players in a squad it will take time for them to settle in. Pre-season went reasonably well but only competitive games can bring cohesion to a team.”

As well as the five who featured in Ballybofey last Saturday, Tyreke Wilson, Bastien Héry, Bradley Rolt and Stephen Mallon, who is currently sidelined, have yet to be thrown into the mix.

Long said: “Of the new players coming into the club, we have looked to try and strengthen all areas of the team if possible.

“Sometimes that can be difficult in this league and replacing so many key players can be an exhausting process but, as in many other seasons before, we hope that we have brought players to the club that can help us improve.”

As well as the new recruits, Long has also promoted from within.

He said: “We have made progress at academy level with Bohs-SKB with eight of our high potential young players signing their first professional contracts at the club.

“It is important for me as manager to have the ability to look within and I believe we have an exciting crop of young players coming through – that extends to some of the players that we currently have in our system not on professional contracts.”

While there has been a lot to be positive over the closed season as the club strengthens for the future, the continued but necessary absence of supporters from stadiums continues to simultaneously frustrate and motivate Long and his players.

He added: “We cannot forget the suffering that people have gone through in this pandemic with the loss of so many loved ones to this horrible virus, with the real toll on our society yet to be seen.

“But, in my view, football is the most important of the least important things. It is our promise that we will try and represent our club and its people as best we can on the pitch until such a time as we can get supporters back into grounds and filling out Dalymount once more.

“It is different, it is not the same, and is almost unnatural to a degree not having them behind us. We understand and are cognisant of how lucky we are to be in a position to do what we love.

“But I long for the day we see supporters, families, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, back where they belong – in Dalymount wearing the red and black of our great club.”


Bohemians are without Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) and Promise Omochere (knee).

Conor Levingston (calf) and Bradley Rolt (hamstring) have both trained well and could come into the reckoning.

Neither Andy Lyons nor Dawson Devoy featured for the Ireland U21s in Wales today so they may be included also.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Finn Harps 1 Bohemians 0

Highlights of our first game of the 2021 SSE Airtricity League season where Bohs were left kicking themselves for not making their changes count as a mistake at the back allowed Harps’ Adam Foley in for the only goal of the game.

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