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Preview: Finn Harps v Bohemians

FINN HARPS v BOHEMIANS
Saturday March 20 2021
Finn Park, Ballybofey, 6pm
Live on WatchLOI

Rob Cornwall cannot wait to kick off the 2021 season tomorrow but cautions that Bohemians’ new boys will need time to gel.

The closed season has seen nine new arrivals with Keith Long snapping up defenders Rory Feely and Tyreke Wilson, midfielders Ali Coote, Bastien Héry, Liam Burt and Stephen Mallon, and forwards Bradley Rolt, Georgie Kelly and Thomas Oluwa.

Beginning his fifth season with Bohemians, vice-captain Cornwall said: “It has been a long off-season with the league starting later than usual because of Covid, so we can’t wait to get started.

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“Ballybofey is a place no team likes to go to, so it is a tough opening fixture. It’s a long trip, we don’t know what the pitch will be like, and we know Finn Harps will always be organised and up for it. But we have prepared long and hard too, so we can’t wait for it.

“Keith has brought in real quality again this season but with nine new signings, we all know we will need time to gel, especially after losing some good players too.

“The players who have come in will really add to the club – the likes of Georgie Kelly and Liam Burt have been flying.”

As well as the new arrivals, Bohs’ ranks have been bolstered with eight Bohs-SKB Academy graduates signing their first professional contracts and they have been thrown in at the deep end with first-team pre-season training at the club’s new base at the DCU Sports Campus.

Goalkeepers Kian Moore and Reece Byrne, defenders Seán Grehan and Gavin O’Brien, midfielders Jamie Mullins, Colin Conroy and Aaron Doran, and winger/forward Robbie Mahon will be available for the U19s – and for the first team if called upon.

All eight were part of the Bohs-SKB U17s that won their league in December under the guidance of former Bohemians captain Derek Pender, who has now taken on a new role with the first team as academy transition coach.

These young guns are keeping Cornwall and Co on their toes.

Cornwall, 26, said: “As well as the new signings, we have great young players coming through too. You look at Jack Moylan, who came through Bohs-SKB U17s and then our U19s. He was given a taste of first team football last year and now he has really impressed this year in pre-season.

“Young players coming through only have to look at how Danny Grant took his chance in the first team having come through our underage teams. They should aim to be the next Danny Grant. It is a big ask but that is what they should be aiming for.

“Even in my own position, Seán Grehan has come in from the Bohs-SKB U17s and he reminds me of another Warren O’Hora – a Rolls Royce of a player for his age.

“And Ross Tierney, who came through Bohs-SKB U17s and our U19s as well, is like a young Bucko. Those lads are built differently – they can run for miles!”

There is no doubting that there is huge excitement about the new arrivals but Cornwall is right to urge patience for the team to settle.

As well as losing Cornwall’s regular centre-half partner Dan Casey to Sacramento Republic, Bohs have lost firepower too from the side that came second in 2020, the club’s highest finish in a decade.

Danny Grant and Andre Wright, who netted 15 times between them in the halved 2020 season, have left for Huddersfield and Ayr United respectively, while veteran goal-poacher Dinny Corcoran joined Drogheda United.

But Cornwall has backed Bohs’ new look attack to find their groove, adding: “Georgie is a quality player. I first knew him back when we were with Derry City. He had hair back then and looked like Justin Bieber!

“He went on to prove himself as a brilliant finisher with both UCD and Dundalk, so we know what he is capable of.

“We’ve seen in pre-season that we have a number of players who can chip in with goals too – the likes of Thomas Oluwa and Liam Burt as well. They are all hungry to get going.”

Cornwall finished with a thank-you to the Bohs supporters, whose dedication during the 12 months of Covid-19 has seen membership figures soar past 1000, a record high in 131 years of fan-owned football.

He added: “It is such a pity that the new lads coming in won’t get the joy of playing in front of a packed Jodi Stand for a while yet.

“We can’t wait to get back playing in front of fans again, there is no better feeling. But we are all very aware of how much the supporters have got behind the club over the past year and that drives us every time we walk out on to the pitch.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Stephen Mallon (metatarsal), Promise Omochere (knee) and Rory Feely (hamstring). Conor Levingston (calf) and Bradley Rolt (hamstring) are both back training but this game comes too soon for them to be considered.

PRE-SEASON RESULTS

Shelbourne 0 Bohemians 2 (Oluwa, Burt)
Dundalk 2 Bohemians 1 (Burt)
Bohemians 2 UCD 0 (G Kelly, Rolt)
Bohemians 2 Bray Wanderers 1 (Moylan, Oluwa)
Bohemians 0 Derry City 0
Galway United 1 Bohemians 2 (Burt, Oluwa)
Bohemians 6 Cobh Ramblers 0 (Tierney, Mullins, Ward 2, Moylan, Doran).

Bohemians Squad Portraits 2021

FRANK O’SULLIVAN RIP

Everyone at Dalymount Park is devastated to learn of the passing this week of one of our longest serving supporters and members, Frank O’Sullivan, at the fine age of 94.

Frank supported the club for his whole life and was a notable, passionate, well-regarded and entertaining contributor to club AGMs for many years; his absence from them and our games in recent seasons was felt and commented upon by many.

Frank was a one-off who lived in nearby Shandon Park since 1930. He lived alone and was, alas, the last surviving member of his family. He left his mark though, and his neighbours have shared with us how much they are going to miss him.

His hearse will pass his house in Shandon Park at 10.20am tomorrow (Friday) for those who want to pay their respects while adhering to social distancing, prior to his funeral mass at St Peter’s.

May he rest in peace.

Bohemian FC and DCU agree 18-year collaborative partnership

We are delighted to announce the coming together of two great north Dublin institutions, Bohemian Football Club and Dublin City University.

Bohs and DCU have agreed an 18-year multifaceted partnership, which both parties believe will leave deep and lasting connections in football, social inclusion, social outreach and academic programme collaboration.

The arrangement will see the DCU Sports Campus on the Ballymun Road become Bohemians’ training base, and the club will work closely with the university to further develop what is already a world class facility.

In doing so, Bohemians will be committing our biggest capital investment since the 1999 construction of the Jodi Stand in Dalymount Park, which will represent a significant seven-figure investment over 18 years.

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Bohemian FC Announce Partnership with Dublin City University

BOHS DISABILITY SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED

Bohemian FC is delighted to formally recognise the newly-formed Bohs Disability Supporters Association as an official supporters club.

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The Bohs DSA is an independent supporters group that is the voice of fans with a disability.

We encourage any fan with a disability to join the Bohs DSA and you can email them at bohsdsa@outlook.ie.

The Bohs DSA will liaise closely with James Flanagan, the club’s Disability and Social Inclusion Access Officer, on several areas to improve accessibility and inclusion at the club, while also working with James and key stakeholders to ensure the new Dalymount will be accessible to all for generations to come.

The launch of the supporters club was held via Zoom with Bohemian FC president Chris Brien and first team manager Keith Long in attendance as the club gave formal recognition to the group.

The Bohs DSA is the first DSA in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Paul Dwyer said: “I believe as part of Ireland’s first DSA I can help make simple changes that make football accessible for anyone and everyone who wishes to enjoy it regardless of a physical or intellectual disability.”

Bohemian FC Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert said: “This is a fantastic new addition to our supporters clubs – a group that is comprised of people living with or affected by a disability and their family members.

“They know better than anyone what measures we can take to make our club the most inclusive and accessible environment possible. We look forward to engaging with them and working closely together, and congratulations to them on establishing the first DSA in Ireland.”

The launch of the Bohs DSA is in celebration of CAFE Week of Action 2021. The Week of Action is a annual celebration of access, inclusion and the many diverse roles that disabled people can play right across the industry.

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EIGHT BOHS-SKB ACADEMY GRADUATES SIGN PRO DEALS

Bohemians are delighted to confirm that eight Bohs-SKB Academy graduates have signed professional terms with the first team.

They are goalkeepers Kian Moore and Reece Byrne, defenders Sean Grehan and Gavin O’Brien, midfielders Jamie Mullins, Colin Conroy and Aaron Doran, and winger/forward Robbie Mahon.

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BOBBY WADE RIP

Everyone at Bohemians wishes to extend our sympathies and condolences to the family of Bobby Wade following his sad passing.

One of the remarkable amateurs who helped revive the club’s fortunes in the ’60s under manager-coach Seán Thomas, Bobby was a skilful left full, arguably the finest to play in that position for Bohemians since Jack McCarthy decades earlier.

In his début season, 1964/65, against all odds Bohemians finished third in the League.

That feat was repeated in 1965/66, and perhaps even more surprisingly it was accompanied by the club’s first silverware in almost twenty years in the shape of the President’s Cup and the Leinster Senior Cup.

In 1966/67 this young, completely amateur Bohemian team continued to amaze and finished League runners-up (our highest position since 1936), retaining the Leinster Senior Cup.

Eventually raided by the professional outfits, Bohs struggled in the years that followed, but Bobby Wade remained loyal and was honoured as club captain in 1967/68.

An ever-present during three of his six seasons with Bohemians, Bobby played the last of his 204 appearances (one goal) for the club in 1969/70 when the Gypsies raised the FAI Cup for the first time since 1935. His one goal for Bohs had come in a 4-1 win v. St Patrick’s Athletic in the Leinster Senior Cup in November 1966.

Bobby Wade won three amateur international caps, two against Scotland towards the end of season 1965/66, and his third v. Great Britain alongside clubmate Billy Young in an Olympic qualifier at Dalymount Park on 11/8/1967.

His son, Glen, saw first team action with Bohs from 1996 to 1999.

Death notice and online book of condolences, which we encourage all supporters to sign.

Bobby Wade - 1966-67

BOHEMIANS SIGN STRIKER BRADLEY ROLT ON LOAN

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Bradley Rolt on loan from Peterborough.

Welcoming the 19-year-old Englishman to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Brad comes to us hungry to gain first-team experience and initially joins us on loan until the summer, with a view to extending until the end of the season.

“He has had some loan spells at national league level in England but these were cut short due to Covid-19.

“His decision to come to us is an indication of how hungry he is to play football and progress in the game.

“He his highly regarded at this parent club Peterborough and he will give our squad a different dynamic as we prepare for the season ahead.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Andy Lyons, Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Bastien Héry, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Liam Burt, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney, Stephen Mallon. Strikers: Bradley Rolt (on loan from Peterborough), Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Bradley Rolt

LIAM BURT SIGNS FOR BOHEMIANS

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Liam Burt, subject to international clearance.

The Scotland Under-21 international can play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder.

The Glasgow man, who turned 22 on Monday, was most recently with Celtic and has previously played for Rangers where he enjoyed loan spells with both Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic.

Welcoming Burt to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Liam is a talented lad who can play across the three in a 4-2-3-1.

“Liam is a good age and has had a good football education at both Rangers and Celtic. He needs to kick on in his career now and moving to a new country and new environment can help him do that.

“He is an extremely talented player with real pace and we hope the qualities he offers us will benefit the team.

“He is a good kid with a good background and we are looking forward to Liam showing the quality he undeniably has.”

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

 

 

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CARL GREHAN TAKES BOHS-SKB U17 REINS

[dropcapp]S[/dropcap]ucceeding Derek Pender as Bohs-SKB U17s manager is Carl Grehan. He will work alongside Rory Kirk, who assisted Pender this season.

First-team manager Keith Long said: “We are delighted to welcome back Carl having worked previously as a coach with Jimmy Mowlds at U17s and Craig Sexton with the U19s.

“Carl has also coached at St Kevin’s so understands the close relationships between the clubs. He is a highly regarded UEFA A licence coach with good experience and knowledge to pass on to players in our academy.”

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DEREK PENDER APPOINTED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMY TRANSITION COACH

Bohemians are delighted to confirm that former club captain Derek Pender has been promoted to the position of first team academy transition coach.

Pender, 37, retired from first-team football at the end of the 2019 season after captaining the club to European qualification for the first time in eight years.

He took the reins of the Bohs-SKB U17s in 2020 and guided them to the SSE Airtricity U17 League title.

Welcoming Pender to his new position, first-team manager Keith Long said: “The thinking behind the role is to have someone with Derek’s experience, leadership and resillience qualitities on the pitch in training alongside our young players.

“Derek will impart that crucial knowledge he has from his time in the game as a player. To have that experience will be beneficial for our young players and have a positive impact on their collective and individual development.”

Derek Pender
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