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DES MUNROE RIP

Everyone at Dalymount Park wishes to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Des Munroe following his passing on Monday.

Des, 83, lived in nearby Shandon Drive, was a long-time Bohemians member and his tradition of following the Gypsies has been passed on down the generations.

His son Paul is also a member and a lifetime supporter, his grandson Flynn is season ticket holder and his two granddaughters, Eden and Ella, work on the turnstiles on match-nights.

Des will be sorely missed by all of them. Our thoughts are with them  – and all the Munroe family and friends – at this sad time.

DEATH NOTICE

Munroe, 8th April 2019, Desmond, late of Shandon drive, Phibsborough. Beloved husband of Kathleen, very sadly missed by his loving wife, sons Niall, Des and Paul, brother Liam, sister Marie, his niece Carole, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.

May he Rest in Peace

Reposing at Massey Bros. Funeral Home, 88 A Cabra Road today (Wednesday April 10) from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral Mass tomorrow (Thursday April 11) in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough at 10.30am followed by cremation in Glasnevin Crematorium. No flowers please, donations, if desired, to the Mater Foundation. All enquiries to Massey Bros., 018389774.

Des Munroe and family

SHAMROCK ROVERS TICKETS

A reminder that tickets for the Tuesday April 23 derby away to Shamrock Rovers are on sale for club members until Thursday from Jimmy O’Connor’s office and the main reception office at Dalymount Park (10am-3.30pm).

They will then go on general sale from Friday.

Please note this fixture is once again all-ticket. You must purchase a ticket in advance of the game – they will not be able to buy tickets at Tallaght Stadium.

If any tickets remain, they will also be on sale after our Friday April 19 game against UCD at Dalymount Park.

Jimmy O'Connor

CLUB STATEMENT

In response to a media report today regarding a dispute that threatens the proposed redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, the board of Bohemian FC wishes to state the following:

Dublin City Council’s identified preferred conceptual redesign of Dalymount Park included a main entrance and civic space via lands owned by MM Capital (Phibsborough Shopping Centre).

We have had continuous positive engagement with MM Capital since 2015 around the integrated design of the adjoining sites.

As reported today, a rights-of-way dispute between Tesco and MM Capital puts the redevelopment of the shopping centre at risk.

Bohemian FC was fully aware of this potential impasse and it was communicated to club members and discussed at our recent AGM.

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We call on the parties involved to work together to resolve their differences to allow for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver an integrated design of Phibsborough Village Centre.

If this impasse persists, it would not prevent the redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

It would, however, obviously necessitate a change to the conceptual design presented thus far. But as the final design team are yet to be appointed, this would be factored into their plans.

We believe that the main fallout from a possible non-integrated development would be the obvious loss to the local community.

We have worked closely with resident groups to ensure the conceptual design was one that delivered for both football and the local community.

While this impasse would not prevent the redevelopment of Dalymount Park, it would however result in a final design that could not fully grasp the opportunity for both sites to provide the maximum social return to the local community.

We call on Tesco to take account of this reality.

Dalymount redevelopment

“We’ve put a level of expectation on ourselves that we want to win every game”

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Saturday April 6 2019, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Conor Levingston believes determination and a strong team bond is behind Bohemians’ encouraging start to the season.

With four wins, two draws and a defeat from their opening seven games, Keith Long’s young guns sit third – eight points off the top but with two games on hand on leaders Shamrock Rovers.

Along the way, James Talbot has kept five clean sheets in the league and the Gypsies have fielded experimental line-ups in the Leinster Senior Cup and EA Sports Cup, progressing in both.

It all bodes well for the season ahead. Nobody is getting carried away but Levingston revealed that rather than patting themselves on the back for their encouraging start, this Bohs side are driven by points they have left behind and a determination to push on further.

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The Gorey man said: “We’ve had a really positive start. In the games we’ve played so far we’ve gelled quickly. But we’ve had bumps in the road too so we’re not getting carried away. We’re disappointed to lose down in Cork City and drop points against Waterford and Derry too.

“We’ve put a level of expectation on ourselves that we want to win every game. We’re disappointed when we lose and when we drop points.”

Much was made of the close-knit bond in the Bohs dressing room in recent seasons. With the loss of some senior pros and some strong characters, maintaining that atmosphere was going to be a challenge.

But leadership from the top and new recruits’ willingness to learn in pre-season has brought this squad even closer.

Levingston said: “There is great talent in the group. The togetherness within the squad is strong too.

“A lot of that comes down to the good pre-season we had and the work that Keith and Trevor Croly put in with us. The sessions were intense, we crammed a lot into them and we learned a lot.

“We weren’t ran into the ground as you might be at some clubs. Our focus was on our ball work.”

Like many of Bohs’ young guns, 21-year-old Levingston is a player looking to push on once more having returned to Ireland after four years learning his trade in England.

Many of his team-mates are in a similar position. Levingston joined from Wolves, Talbot returned to football after taking the guts of a year out having returned to Finglas after three years with Sunderland, James Finnerty returned to Skryne via Rochdale from Aston Villa, Danny Mandroiu to Ballymun from Brighton, Luke Wade-Slater to Dunshaughlin from Stevenage.

The difference in expectation and physicality between playing U23s development football in England compared to the demanding nature of League of Ireland football was a source of concern highlighted in pre-season.

Both Long and captain Derek Pender pleaded for patience as players would need time to adapt. But seven games in, it is a case of so far, so good.

Levingston said:”It’s my first experience of men’s football as it is for a lot of the lads. It is a big step up with a lot at stake. You have to be first to every ball and to every second ball.

“With so many young lads, it was a case or sink or swim for us all. Detser (Derek Pender) is our captain and he shows you tough love!

“He’s been around the block and knows the league inside out. If you’re not doing your job, he will let you know.

“I’ve learnt so much from him and so much from Bucko (Keith Buckley) too. It’s been a very welcoming dressing room.

“The lads already at the club said at the start that it was the best dressing room group they’ve ever had, so we were encouraged from the start.”
Bohs vice-captain Keith Buckley celebrates his winner v St Pat’s with team-mates Kevin Devaney and Rob Cornwall. Photo: Stephen Burke

Another factor in Bohs’ positive start has been the competition for places all over the pitch and with eight fixtures in April, the strength in depth of the squad is likely to be tested.

The first of those eight games took place on Monday as Bohs came from behind to beat Cabinteely 2-1 in the EA Sports Cup at Dalymount Park.

Bohs started sluggishly. But with 11 changes from the team that took to the field in last Friday’s 1-0 derby win against St Patrick’s Athletic, it was always going to take time to gel.

A much-improved second-half performance saw Bohs progress and Levingston admits players are looking over their shoulders with a queue of team-mates ready and willing to take their place in the starting line-up – especially in a congested month of fixtures where durability and tiredness will come into play more than ever.

Levingston added: “It’s important to have strength in depth. Training has been really competitive. The players not playing, none of them are sulking.

“They’re pushing everyone in training every night. Training is so competitive, which is a testament to the attitude of the players who are unlucky not to have been playing.

“There are lads bursting to play. You know if you’ve a bad game that there are lads who will jump at the chance to take your spot. You need that as a team if you want to be successful.”

Against Sligo, Bohs face a team eighth in the table who will be disappointed with their start to the season and determined to make amends.

Levingston added: “It’s a competitive league and there are no easy games. It’s my first time to play there obviously but the lads say it’s a hard place to go.

“But we’ll go down with a good attitude determined to get three points.”

TEAM NEWS

Scott Allardice is a doubt having suffered a facial injury against Cabinteely. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remains out.

Conor Levingston in action against Chris Forrester of St Pat's last Friday. Photo: Stephen Burke

“We want the positivity around the club to continue”

BOHEMIANS v CABINTEELY
EA Sports Cup
Monday April 1, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians welcome Cabinteely to Dalymount Park tonight with boss Keith Long hoping a much-changed side can progress and build upon recent momentum.

Bohs’ positive start to the season sees them third in the league table – eight points off the top but with two games in hand.

Friday’s Dublin derby 1-0 win against St Patrick’s Athletic saw another bumper crowd at Dalymount Park and Long wants to keep the feelgood factor going.

He said: “We want the positivity around the club to continue and we want to keep building momentum.

“We have had a reasonable start to our league campaign – four wins, two draws and one defeat, keeping five clean sheets along the way.

“It’s still very early days. We want to build on that but we also have to be mindful that we have nine games between tonight and May 3.

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“That means we will have to mix things up a bit with our team selection. But we are in a position where we can trust the strength in depth of our squad.”

Fixture pile-ups have been a bone of contention for many league managers in recent seasons, no more so than Long whose part-time players perhaps feel the strain more than their full-time rivals.

But he is looking at tonight’s game in a positive light and as a chance for players on the fringes of the first team to prove their worth.

They did so the last time Long made wholesale changes to his line-up when Bohs beat Shelbourne 4-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup last month in a team that contained just one started from the side that drew with Derry in the league three days previously.

He said: “Despite the congestion, a game like this is actually probably a good one for us to have as it allows us to give much-needed games to lads who might feel a bit disappointed that they haven’t been involved as much as they would have liked to have been so far.

“It allows lads a chance to step up and remind us what they have to offer and it will be a reward for some our U19s, who have started their season very well once again, and a chance for them to get to experience first-team football too.”

Bohs last won this competition a decade ago with a 3-1 win over Waterford in the RSC. Having come so close to reaching an FAI Cup final last season, Long’s men would love to progress and bring silverware back to Dalymount once more.

He added: “It’s a competition we want to progress in and to win. It would be fantastic to go all the way.

“But it will be a much-changed team who aren’t used to playing with each other coming up against a side who have made a strong start to the season in the First Division, so I wouldn’t be taking them lightly.”

 

Bohemians Media Day

DALYMOUNT T-SHIRT

Dalymount Park. Been there, done that? Now buy the t-shirt!

Limited run. €25 each. Available now to pre-order from our online store.

Orders can be made at the halfway line at tonight’s game. Cash only.

Tonight will be the only league game where it will be possible to order. Deadline for online orders is Sunday April 7th.

Dalymount t-shirt

LYONS IN WAIT

Andy Lyons is often referred to as ‘one for the future’, so he must have been heartened to hear Keith Long’s assertion in the opening weeks of the season that he is no longer just a ‘prospect.’

He is ready for the cut and thrust of first-team football and is giving captain Derek Pender a real battle for the right-back berth – no mean feat.

His exploits in the green of Ireland of late certainly bears this out. A prospect he may be, but the present is looking pretty good too.

The Naas man does not turn 19 until August and, along with striker Ali Reghba, has spent the last 10 days away with the Irish U19s in Krasnodar in Russia at the elite stage of qualification for the European Championships to be held in Armenia next summer for which they have now qualified with a game to spare.

The pair are just two of seven Bohs players away on international duty over the past 10 days with Darragh Leahy and Danny Mandroiu becoming the first serving Bohs players to represent Ireland at U21 level in ten years when Stephen Kenny’s men beat Luxembourg 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday.

Lyons, who was part of Kenny’s domestic-based Ireland U21 training camp last month, played a big part in getting Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19s to this stage having played the full 90 minutes in the victories against Holland and Bosnia and 25 minutes against the Faroe Islands last winter.

He has been integral to the team’s efforts in Russia too, starting and playing 84 minutes in their opening game, a 5-0 mauling of Romania and playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan. That result, coupled with Russia drawing 0-0 with Romania, means the Ireland U19s will be on the plane to Armenia.

Ahead of today’s final game against hosts Russia (2pm Irish time), Lyons said: “It is a huge honour and a massive thrill every time you pull on the green jersey at any level.

“It is a huge achievement for me and my family but also for the club and how we bring players through. Myself and Ali have really enjoyed our time away in Russia. I’m hugely thankful to Tom Mohan too for showing such faith in me and giving me so much game time.

“I loved being away with the group and it was a source of pride to me to be able to represent Bohs on an international stage. It is so different to club football with players from so many leagues coming together and it really furthered my footballing education, that’s for sure.

“It was some culture shock with the food, the traffic, the slow WiFi and the travelling involved! But we have loved every minute of it.

“It is something you dream about all your life, to play for your country. When you get a chance like that, you have to take it. Last November we beat Holland, Bosnia and the Faroe Islands to top our group, so we were in the elite phase on merit and were top seeds in our group here.

“Only one team goes through to the finals in Armenia next summer so we are delighted to have qualified. We believed in ourselves and we still want to get the result against Russia, the host nation. They are going to have big support with home advantage and though we had huge respect for them, we won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated or shy away from the challenge.”

Andy has been making tremendous strides with Bohemians too of course. He has starred for Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s, winning back-to-back U19 league titles, the Enda McGuill Cup and representing the club in the UEFA Youth League last season.

He made his first-team bow against Dundalk i a 3-1 Leinster Senior Cup defeat Oriel Park last June with his league debut coming the following month in a 6-0 rinsing of Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.

And Lyons, who sits his Leaving Cert this summer, is quick to pay tribute to his current manager and coach as being a big part of the reason he has been making such notable strides.

He said: “Keith Long and Trevor Croly have been huge influences on my career and I owe them so much. Keith called me into the first-team squad when I was only 16 and he has never been afraid to give young players like myself a chance and always shows great faith in us.

“I have loved every minute of my time at Bohemians. It is a great club to be a part of and as a young player, it is the perfect place to be as we can all see a clear pathway from underage football at the club to the first team.

“I wake up every morning with a smile on my face looking forward to going into training and the dressing room at Dalymount is just a great place to be a part of. There is such a welcoming culture at the club and a real sense that we’re in it together.

“That spirit has brought us through some tough times and there is a great mix of youth and experience now too so you’d think that will stand to us going forward. The development of players at this club is the best in the country. The people at Bohs deserve so much credit for the way they nurture talent and the the alliance with St Kevin’s is going to make that even better.

“No other club has what we have, such a sense of community and such a rich crop of young players getting a chance at senior level.

“As long as your attitude is right, as long as you keep learning and as long as you keep your standards high, the management believe in you and your ability to do a job for the first team.”

Ali Reghba and Andy Lyons

JODI STAND SOLD OUT FOR BOHS v ST PAT’S

The home section (Jodi Stand) for Friday’s Dublin derby between Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic has sold out.

Away fans can still purchase tickets for the Des Kelly Stand at www.tickets.bohemians.ie or directly from St Pat’s office at Richmond Park.

 

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC SUPPORTER INFORMATION: JODI STAND ALL TICKET AND WILL SELL OUT

The Jodi Stand for next week’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic is on course to sell out early next week.

There will be no cash taken at the Jodi Stand turnstiles. 

Non-members/non-season ticket holders must buy tickets in advance either online at tickets.bohemians.ie or direct from Dalymount park during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

The Jodi Stand is strictly for Bohs supporters only. St Pat’s fans will be in the Des Kelly Stand and they are also advised to purchase tickets in advance at tickets.bohemians.ie or directly from their club at Richmond Park.

All three of our home league games this season have seen the Jodi Stand sell out.

As we’ve communicated with supporters in recent times, sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club but they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park and the Garda requirement to segregate away supporters from home supporters for most fixtures.

We are under pressure from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade over legitimate concerns they have over health and safety.

We have implemented a number of measures for high-profile fixtures such as those v Shamrock Rovers.

Due to congestion and overcrowding fears that the Gardaí, DFB and the FAI have about Dalymount Lane, underneath the Jodi Stand and in certain aisles of the stand, these measures will continue for league fixtures for the foreseeable future.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the cooperation of our members and supporters who have shown great understanding in adhering to these measures. That is greatly appreciated by all staff and volunteers at the club.

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern is the overcrowding in sections F&G and in particular people standing in the aisles, which could lead to serious crowd surges, crushes and catastrophic injuries.

Improvements have been made this season and we sincerely thank fans for their cooperation but it needs to continue as it remains a serious concern that is under the spotlight.

Stewards will not allow standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND

No exit/entry to Phoenix Bar to/from toilets under Block G: Patrons in the Phoenix Bar must use the toilets located in between the Members’ Bar and Phoenix Bar and enter the Jodi Stand via the central vomitory at block D.

Please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos) or those under Block G if you do not require access to bars to lessen numbers in access routes to/from bars.

If staff feel the Members’ Bar or Phoenix Bars are full, no further fans can be accommodated. Please respect this.

FIRE HAZARDS

No flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G due to risk of fire if flares are ignited.

The preference is for flags to be hung on the Tramway End but fire retardant flags are permitted behind blocks A-D.

Fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out must take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

Any supporter found in possession of a flare or similar pyrotechnics will be denied entry to/removed from the ground and faces being banned by the board of management.

MISSILES/PITCH INVASIONS

Anyone caught throwing missiles will be ejected from the stadium and faces being banned from all further Bohemians games.

Similarly, anyone who encroaches on to the pitch will be ejected and could face prosecution.

ACCESS TO DALYMOUNT LANE – ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION… AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control from now on and supervision of stewards and, for higher category games, the Gardai.

The access procedures in operation for games v Shamrock Rovers will now extend to all home fixtures.

  • Match ticket holders (+ cash sales for lesser fixtures) must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members and season ticket holders (you must present a 2019 card) access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.
  • Junior Gypsies must be accompanied by an adult in the possession of a match ticket/membership/season ticket.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • We cannot guarantee late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We advise against arriving any later than 7.20pm.

We do not wish to see any members or ticket holders miss out, so we appeal to you to once again assist us – as you have done – in reducing the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.

THANKS

We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above is unpalatable.

But collectively as a fan-owned club, a level of self-policing is required.

We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all those who attend our games.

Please assist us by continuing to cooperate with our stewards with respect, arriving early, and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Jodi

AGM REMINDER

A reminder that the 130th annual general meeting of the Bohemian Football Club takes place tonight.

  • Access only with 2018 or 2019 membership card
  • St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Rd
  • 7.15pm
  • Keith Long will address members at start of meeting
  • Members’ Bar open after meeting
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