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Bohemian FC wishes to thank supporters of our own club but in particular those who travelled over from East Fife for their patience and understanding yesterday.

The timing of the announcement that the game was being called off has understandably been criticised and we wish to explain why that was made so late.

The referee inspected the Dalymount playing surface circa 1.30pm and was of the opinion that areas of the pitch were too frozen to be considered safe to be played on.

It is likely that had this been a domestic fixture, the decision to postpone the game would have been made earlier.

However, given the expense and logistics involved in East Fife officials, management, players and supporters travelling from Scotland to Dublin, the referee wanted to afford more time in the hope that the areas worst affected – those under the shade of the Jodi Stand – might thaw in the continued sunshine.

Ultimately those hopes were in vain and the decision to call off the game in the interests of player safety was the correct one. The freezing temperatures saw fixtures in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland suffer a similar fate.

Discussions between Bohemians, East Fife, the FAI and the SPFL were held about the possibility of playing the game later yesterday evening or this morning at an alternative venue to minimise travel expenses and disruption for East Fife, with both the synthetic surfaces at Abbotstown and Oriel Park mooted.

But ultimately, after an early start and a long day of travelling for East Fife, these suggestions were not considered viable. Instead both clubs and both associations will begin talks tomorrow as how best to proceed.

Lastly, Bohemians’ progression in the tournament has seen the inclusion of Irish clubs in the IRN-BRU Cup criticised in the Scottish press and the disruption to Scottish clubs’ fixtures calendar come under scrutiny.

The logistics have been challenging. But we have done our level best to be as flexible as possible. We offered to extend last season into the month of November to facilitate this tie being played then but no date was deemed suitable.

Instead we agreed to start our 2019 season two weeks earlier to host the game yesterday, weakening our chances of progression against a team who are in form and mid season.

The decision to invite Irish clubs to compete in the tournament will remain under scrutiny but as a club, we have been grateful for our inclusion despite the logistical challenges it has presented.

Our supporters have enjoyed the camaraderie of the occasions of visiting Peterhead and of hosting Sutton United in previous rounds.

These were memorable and unique days for our players and fans alike and it is of deep regret that yesterday did not provide us with yet another one.

Friendships have been formed, however. Another highlight of the spirit of this tournament saw the East Fife Marching Band donate €800 to the Bohemian Foundation, the charitable arm of our club.

We also wish to put on record the understanding of the travelling East Fife supporters who remained good-natured yesterday despite their disappointment.

Refunds were issued to fans who stayed behind. Anyone who bought tickets online will be automatically refunded.

Any Bohemians fan can also instead retain their ticket stub to use for entry at any home league game this season bar fixtures against Shamrock Rovers.


“We hope the personalities and ability of our players can shine through”

Bohemians v East Fife
Saturday February 2nd, Dalymount Park, 3pm

Keith Long believes his budding Bohemians will need the patient and encouraging support of the Dalymount Roar behind them to get over the line against East Fife today.

The Bohs manager also reckons people need a bit of a reality check if they think the Gypsies are going into today’s IRN BRU quarter-final as favourites to progress.

Entering into his fifth season at the helm, Long is now the longest-serving Bohemians manager in two decades and is on course to eclipse Turlough O’Connor’s longevity and become the club’s longest-serving manager since Billy Young, who managed the club with distinction for 16 years until 1989.

An away semi-final against Ross County on February 15 awaits the winners and while bullish of his new-look side’s ability, Long is wary that the timing of the fixture in respect of both teams’ seasons is weighted in the visitors’ favour.


He said: “It’s going to be a tough game but we’re really looking forward to it. Even though we’re starting our season a bit earlier than other teams, it’s still been a long off-season so we hope there’ll be a big crowd behind us.

“It’s a quarter-final and a huge opportunity for us to progress and that’s what we want to do. We want to get to a final. It would huge for the club and the supporters.

“To do that, we need to play to our utmost ability and have our fans be patient and right behind us if the tie is in the balance.

“It’s going to be a measure of where we’re at as a team. The timing of this game presents mitigating factors against us.

“That’s not looking for excuses but you have to be realistic when you have so many new players. It can take time to gel and find our feet, so we hope the personalities and ability of our players can shine through.

“We know we are not the finished article but we have some excellent new young players in the team but there is still work to be done and we will continue to evolve.

“We’ve rebuilt our squad, this is our first competitive fixture. In many ways we are coming into this game undercooked in comparison to the opposition.

“They’re third in their league, they’re flying high and they’ll be coming over confident. They’re bang in-season and in a good run of form.

“In my mind they are coming over as favourites. The bookies mightn’t agree but reality suggests otherwise. It’s very much a new team coming up against a settled, confident one.

“That’s not being trying to play mind games or knocking ourselves at all. We have real quality and potential. It’s just a reflection of where both teams are in their respective seasons at the moment.”

Prior to beating Sutton United on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Dalymount in the last round, Bohs have played and beaten Scottish opposition in this tournament already.

In September, a much-changed Bohs team beat Peterhead with Kevin Devaney’s effort the only goal of the game.

That scoreline did not quite reflect Bohs’ superiority on the day but Long doesn’t believe there are many comparisons to be made between the opposition that day and what they face at Dalymount this afternoon.

East Fife are third in Scottish League 1 with Peterhead occupying the same position in their league – a division lower.

Long said: “East Fife are third and the teams ahead of them are full-time and with good budgets in Raith and Arbroath.

“We’ve played Scottish opposition already in this tournament but we only won 1-0, albeit in a game we dominated, against a Peterhead side who are a division lower

“There is going to be a quantum difference in the standard of East Fife in comparison.”

Bohs come into this game with mixed results performances in their three pre-season games played to date.

They kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw with Shelbourne at Abbotstown, followed it up with a 0-0 draw with the Defence Forces in Crumlin and appeared to find their groove with a 4-0 win against Longford Town at the AUL on Tuesday night.

Long said: “Pre-season can be misleading. It’s wrong to get carried away with results whether they’re good or bad as pre-season games are about a lot of things – getting minutes spread out across the players to try bring them up to speed, trying out different combinations and structures across the team and all that.

“We’ve shown quality in patches – most notably in the first half against Shelbourne and in the second half against Longford – but it would be wrong to read too much into those at this stage.”


Kevin Devaney (groin) and Darragh Leahy (hip) are likely to sit this one out. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Scott Allardice is cup-tied having played for Dundee United’s U20s earlier in the competition.

Keith Long 30/9/2018


Bohemians are delighted to announce the signing of striker Sam Byrne.

The former Manchester United, Everton and Ireland U21 striker joins on a free transfer from Dundalk.

The 23-year-old signs after a month on trial at the club and having scored the final goal – from the penalty spot – in last night’s 4-0 pre-season friendly win against Longford Town.

Manager Keith Long, who has known Byrne since his schoolboy days at St Joseph’s Boys, said: “Sam is a player who I have known for many years.

“I am pleased that we are in a position to try and help him rediscover his undoubted potential and ability.”

Signed for 2019: Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Conor Levingston, Daniel Grant, Daniel Mandroiu, Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Dinny Corcoran, James Finnerty, James Talbot, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Luke Wade-Slater, Michael Barker, Niall Corbet, Paddy Kirk, Promise Omochere, Rob Cornwall, Robbie McCourt, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan, Scott Allardice, Sam Byrne.

Bohemians v Shelbourne - Pre-season Friendly


Bohemians are delighted to announce the signing of Scott Allardice from Dundee United.

The midfielder joins after a successful trial period with the club earlier this month.

Allardice, 20, comes to Dalymount after spending nine years at Tannadice. During that time, he broke into the Arabs’ first team and enjoyed loan spells at both East Fife and Dumbarton.

Welcoming Allardice to the club, manager Keith Long said: “Scott is someone we’ve been aware of and monitoring for a number of months.

“We brought him over earlier in the month to have a closer look at him and he’s impressed us in training.


“He’s had other opportunities in Ireland so we’re delighted to get him in.

“Initially, he had been someone we looked as someone we might bring in on loan so we’re delighted to be able to sign him on a permanent basis for the season.

“He’s a defensive midfielder, good on the ball and can play at the back too.

“He’s never played League of Ireland football before so, like a number of our new players, it will take time to find his feet so we have to be patient.

“But he does have the benefit of having played first-team football though. He’s played for Dundee United’s first team and has had successful loan spells.

“He’s a sensible young lad who is very driven and has made a conscious decision to move country to progress his career.”

Allardice cannot wait to get started although he will have to sit out Saturday’s IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final at Dalymount Park as he is cup-tied having lined out for Dundee United’s U20s earlier in the competition.

He said: “I’m just looking forward to playing. Training has been excellent. The coaching from the Trevor Croly was brand new, first class.

“I really enjoyed it and I can see myself getting better here with that training and way of playing. That’s one of the reasons I came here. I just like to get on the ball as much as I can, try start attacks and play football on the ground.

“Trevor and the gaffer have been different class. They want to play the right way and I think Keith has spoken to me more in the last few weeks more than my family have!

“Keith has really made me feel wanted and has told me that Bohs is a club where I will develop and be given a platform to show what I can do.

“He was brilliant with me and has already made me feel at home. We have a young team so hopefully the fans will be patient but I think there’s real quality in that team and think we can kick on in time.”

Allardice is well-placed to offer opinion on Saturday’s opponents, adding: “East Fife are doing well. They try and play a bit of football compared to a lot of the Scottish lower league teams where it can sometimes be a bit more direct.

“They get down and pass it and are flying this year. They’ll be coming over in form and confident. It’s Bohs’ first game together which will be tricky but hopefully the lads can go out and hit the ground running.”

Scott Allardice

Bohs kick off pre-season with derby draw


Bohemians kicked off our pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw behind closed doors at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown last night.

Skipper on the night Keith Buckley (pictured with Andy Lyons) opened scoring for the Gypsies before Greg Moorhouse equalised for Shels.

A header from trialist Colman Kennedy saw Bohs take the lead once again but they were pegged back once more, this time through Conan Byrne.

Bohemians: James Talbot (Niall Corbett 45); Lyons (Mitch Byrne 60), James Finnerty (Michael Barker 45), Rob Cornwall (Colman Kennedy 45), Paddy Kirk (Peter Adigun 45); Luke Wade-Slater (Ryan Swan 45), Keith Buckley (Dylan Thornton 45), Danny Mandriou (Keith Ward 45), Conor Levingston (Robbie McCourt 45), Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 45); Dinny Corcoran (Sam Byrne 45).

Upcoming pre-season friendlies:

  • Friday January 25th: Irish Defence Forces v Bohemians (Pearse Rd Astro, 7.45pm)
  • Tuesday January 29th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL, 7.45pm)
  • Friday February 8th: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm)
Bohemians v Shelbourne - Pre-season Friendly


Please find below a list of pre-season friendlies open to public to attend.

  • Friday January 25th: Irish Defence Forces v Bohemians (Pearse Rd, 7.45pm)
  • Tuesday January 29th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL, 7.45pm)
  • Friday February 8th: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm)

Bohs’ friendly with Drogheda United, originally scheduled for Friday February 25th, has been cancelled.

The American Bohemians: Saturday January 26th

Members’ Bar, Dalymount Park

Long before Red Bull were founding branded football teams or Man City’s billionaire owners were creating sister clubs across the Atlantic and even before Pelé and the Cosmos, there was the New York Bohemians.

Come to the Members’ Bar in Dalymount Park on Saturday 26th January (1pm) to learn about who the New York Bohemians really were and what their lives were like.

This is a story of a motley crew of clerks, labourers and revolutionaries left the poverty and turbulence of Dublin in the 1920s for a better life and then tried to rebuild Dalymount in Queens.

The talk will be given by Bohemian supporters and football historians Michael Kielty and Gerard Farrell.

The talk is free but there will be a collection in support of the Bohemians foundation. Light refreshments will be provided.

NY Bohs1


Bohemians have been drawn away to Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup fourth round.

Time and date TBC.

A message from Keith Long

To all Bohemian supporters, I would like, on behalf of the players and staff, to wish you all a peaceful, healthy and prosperous new year.

The understanding, togetherness and chemistry between players, staff and supporters has been fantastic and we want to strengthen that bond in 2019.

There has been significant change of personnel in the off-season and we have said goodbye to some really fantastic people.

The new year, however, offers us different challenges and an opportunity to work with a new group of young, hungry players who are prepared to represent its people with pride and character.

With your valued and continued support, we look forward to 2019 with positivity and optimism.

Keith Long 

Keith Long celebrates at the final whistle 17/8/2018


Bohemians can confirm we have some provisionally arranged dates for pre-season friendlies. Fixtures are subject to change.

The 2019 first team had their first official get-together a fortnight ago and started pre-season training on Friday.

Kick-off times also to be confirmed:

  • Friday January 25th: Bohemians v Drogheda Utd (Venue TBC)
  • Tuesday January 29th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL)
  • Friday February 8th: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians (Carlisle Grounds)


Players at first team meeting
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