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“A packed Jodi Stand can spur on our new players”

BOHEMIANS v FINN HARPS
Friday February 15th 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians welcome newly-promoted Finn Harps to Dalymount tomorrow with skipper Derek Pender telling his new team-mates to embrace the season’s opening night but warning them to be prepared for a tough battle.

Harps have not beaten the Gypsies at Dalymount Park in 20 years but every point won against Ollie Horgan’s teams is a hard-earned one.

That is a message the experienced Pender – 35 and begining his eighth season at Dalymount Park – is keen to impress upon his inexperienced team-mates.

There is a feeling that there is potential in this Bohs dressing room. Players of experience – such as Shane Supple and Ian Morris – have left and have been replaced by youth.

Pender is the oldest player in the squad by five years with Dinny Corcoran, 30 yesterday, the only other player not in his teens or 20s.

New arrivals such as James Talbot in goals, James Finnerty in defence and Daniel Mandroiu, Luke Wade-Slater and Conor Levingston in midfield, will be hoping to copy the example set by Darragh Leahy, thrown in at the deep end for his debut aged 19 on opening night last season against Shamrock Rovers, and rising to the challenge of first-team football.

Pender said: “We’ve done well against Harps at home when they were in the division before before but we all know that they have got results against us in the past too – most notably in the cup in Ballybofey two years ago – so we expect a really tough opening game.

“People might think they’re a team we should be beating but football doesn’t always work that way. We have a lot of new and young players and it will take time for them to adapt to the physical side of the game in our league.

“We don’t know how long it will take them to adapt. It took us a while to find our rhythm last year but we are determined to get off to a good start this year and hopefully we can click a bit earlier this season.

“It’s a big step for our new players. They’ll soon find that our league is a tough one. You don’t get a minute – it’s fast and furious. They will need to learn quickly and that’s why we try to make our training as competitive as when you’re playing so it’s not such a shock to the system.”

Pender and Co are all the more determined to hit the ground running having had hopes of a positive season curtain-raiser – an IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final against East Fife – dashed due to a frozen pitch at Dalymount a fortnight ago.

Bohs fans turned up in good numbers that Saturday afternoon but left disappointed not to see Keith Long’s new-look side.

Pender said: “There was a good crowd here for the East Fife game and we were disappointed it had to be called off, as I know our fans were too.

“But hopefully that whetted the appetite a bit and we’ll have a big crowd for the first game. A big crowd will be something new for our new players and playing in front of a packed Jodi Stand with our fans behind them will be an experience for them that will really lift them and hopefully spur them on.

“Our fans have really driven us on in recent years and they can really drive our new players on too. They’ve always been behind us, particularly in the last few years.

“Every time I step on to the pitch they give me a lift. I’ve been a player in this league for a good number of years and nothing lifts you like Bohs supporters when they’re behind you.

“Even in the cup semi-final defeat to Cork City last season when we were all so devastated, they stayed behind to lift us. I’ve never experienced anything like what we had there.

“That bond is special and that’s something we want to build on. We always want to give something back to the fans for their support. People might say that’s a cliche but for me it’s not – I really mean it.”

TEAM NEWS

Michael Barker (hamstring), Promise Omochere (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) all miss out.

Bohemians Squad Portraits 2019

Bohemian FC League of Ireland LAST MAN STANDING 2019

Bohemian FC is launching an LOI LMS for 2019, starting on the March 15th.

It is €10 to enter and a grand prize of €300. Deadline to enter is 7.15pm on March 15th.

Pay your entry fee before the deadline via the PayPal button below.

Each week, simply pick ONE team to win.

If your team wins, you go through – lose or draw and you’re out.

Further rules outlined here.

The LMS code will be displayed when you sign up via PayPal below (it takes about 10 seconds to appear).

You then need to sign up via mylastman.com and enter the code in join a league to be entered in the league.

Queries? Mail brianbohs@live.co.uk

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MOUNTJOY HOSTS BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION NIGHT OF COMEDY AND MUSIC

The Bohemian Foundation continues to grow from strength to strength. This was clear as the Foundation hosted another great night of comedy and music in Mountjoy Prison last Friday.

Shane Supple was interviewed by Tommy Tiernan and the prisoners were delighted to hear that despite recently retiring, Shane aims to continue his work with the Foundation inside Mountjoy.

“Although I now have full-time job outside football and with the evenings getting brighter, I’ll have time to come into Mountjoy. Even though we recently lost players that were stalwarts of the Foundation, the new players are eager to get involved.

He added: “From my experience they’ll personally benefit greatly from working with the Foundation.”

Deputy Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Donnacha Walsh, explained on the night that this continuity is vital for the continued success of the development of the prisoners.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said: “What Thomas Hynes and the Bohemian Foundation are doing, in terms of reaching out to the community is fantastic,” he said. “The Foundation does stellar work in preparing prisoners to reintegrate into the community after their release and tonight was just another example of that.”

One of the eminent guests on the night was also full of praise for the work of the Bohemian Foundation. Lecturer in Criminology in Maynooth University, Dr Ian Marder said, “recent research indicates that physical activity in prisons, such as sports, can have a number of benefits for prisoners, including for their mental health and wellbeing. It can also act as a pathway to education, where sporting qualifications are made available.”

However, he stressed that the most important thing the Bohemian Foundation does is bring the community inside the prison walls.

Dr Marder said, “what the Bohemian Foundation is trying to do is show that the prison and the people in there are part of the community. The Foundation does this through the respect they show to the people they work with and by bringing the community into the prison with all the events they organise.”

Renowned medical anthropologist, Dr Dana Walrath, was also in attendance and she thanked the Bohemian Foundation for the invitation. She said, “it was such a wonderful night and I am so excited to work with the Foundation with any events they have planned in the future.”

Radie Peat, Shane Supple, Lord Mayor Nial Ring, Governor Walsh, Dr Dana Walrath, Dr Ia Marder, Dr Laura Booi, Dr Sophia Carey - Photo by Kim

COME ON YOU BOHS IN GREEN

Bohemians were the most represented team in Stephen Kenny’s first Ireland U21 team last week with four.

Former St Kevin’s Boys trio Danny Mandroiu, Robbie McCourt and Darragh Leahy as well as ex-St Joseph’s Boys man and ex-Bohs U19 captain Andy Lyons spoke to the first of the FAI’s Club And Country series.

BOHS’ BLOCKS MAY REARRANGE BUT ITS HEART WILL REMAIN THE SAME

Bohemian FC Poet in Residence John Cummins takes a look at our club and stadium’s history and its future ahead of Friday’s 2019 season opener when we welcome Finn Harps to Dalymount Park.

Video by PushPull Collective

JUNIOR GYPSIES CARDS NOT VALID FOR SHAMROCK ROVERS GAMES

Towards the end of last season, the board of Bohemian FC took the decision to remove Shamrock Rovers games from the Junior Gypsies package.

The removal of this fixture was included on the Junior Gypsies website page and also on our online store at point of purchase.

But to avoid confusion or disappointment given the likelihood that this game will sell out in the near future, we are writing to you to remind you of the decision and to explain the reasoning behind it.

This was not a decision we took lightly but one we believe necessary and fair.

The Junior Gypsies package has proved highly successful in recent seasons – more successful than we had ever imagined.

It is not a money-making scheme. It is an investment in our future designed to attract young people to our club and, we hope, create supporters for life.

Given the alternative price of individual U13/juvenile match tickets coupled with the goodies/packs Junior Gypsies receive in addition, it is clear that this is not an initiative we profit from in monetary terms.

It costs just €25 and, even with the removal of Shamrock Rovers games this season, still entitles card-holders to attend 16 league games.

The cost of an U13 match ticket is €5. To attend 16 league games without a Junior Gypsies ticket would cost €80.

We therefore believe the package offers unrivalled value in our league.

The decision to remove Shamrock Rovers game was taken because it is, at present, our league fixture most likely to sell out.

Due to the traditional high intensity and competitive atmosphere of this fixture, it is one many parents and guardians opt not to bring young children to.

This means that we have a fixture that on the face of it is ‘sold out’ yet seats remain empty.

This is because we obviously cannot resell a place in the ground set aside for Junior Gypsies card holders.

As a fan-owned and volunteer-run club aiming to compete in a league of private investment and some unsustainable trading, we struggle to stand over there being empty seats in a ‘sold-out’ game when we have fundraising committees working tirelessly to afford our first team the resources to compete to the best of its ability in a sustainable manner.

It was therefore the reluctant decision of the board to remove the two home Shamrock Rovers fixtures from the Junior Gypsies package.

Juvenile tickets for these fixtures can instead be bought at www.tickets.bohemians.ie

Please note there has been a sharp increase of ticket sales for the upcoming derby in recent days so we advise those wishing to purchase tickets to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Your children are the future of our club and our volunteers are currently working on new and exciting gifts that differ from last year’s Junior Gypsies goodie bag.

We value your understanding and continued support and that of our Junior Gypsies, who we hope will remain supporters of our club and shape its future in years to come.

The Board of Management,
Bohemian FC

Junior Gypsies

Bohemians withdraw from IRN BRU Cup

Bohemian FC can confirm that we today took the decision to withdraw from the IRN-BRU Scottish Challenge Cup following discussions with the FAI, the SPFL and East Fife.

The postponement of Saturday’s quarter-final against East Fife at Dalymount Park presented both clubs and both associations with a logistical nightmare.

We deeply regret having to withdraw from the competition but we feel that, given that the semi-final of the tournament is due to take place in 11 days’ time, the logistical and time constraints involved in trying to reschedule our quarter-final tie before then was an impossible task.

With little scope to find an alternative date that suited both clubs and following discussions between our club’s board and the first-team management about the distracting effect ongoing disruption could have on preparations for the new league season, we agreed that we have to prioritise the start of our league campaign and thus regrettably withdraw from the tournament.

We have done our best to accommodate this fixture, offering to extend our 2018 season into November and, when no suitable date could be found then, we agreed to start our 2019 season two weeks earlier to host the game on Saturday. It is of enormous regret that despite these efforts, the tie never took place.

We wish to apologise to our supporters for the obvious disappointment this decision will cause – we too are extremely disappointed – but we hope they appreciate the reasoning behind it.

We wish to reiterate that as a club, we are very grateful to the SPFL for our inclusion in the IRN-BRU Cup 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 Saturday did not provide us with yet another one against East Fife. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the competition and the rest of their domestic season.

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STATEMENT: IRN BRU CUP POSTPONEMENT

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.

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

IRN-BRU SCOTTISH CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINAL
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.

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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.”

TEAM NEWS

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

SAM BYRNE SIGNS FOR BOHEMIANS

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.

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