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BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION AND SHOUTOUT PRIDE T-SHIRT

Happy Pride!

Five years on from marriage equality, Dublin Pride today celebrates the progress made for LGBTQ+ rights, while recognising that there is unfinished business both at home and abroad.

At Bohemians, we are committed to ensuring that Dalymount Park is an inclusive a place for all players and supporters.

Collectively, our members and fanbase have created a positive match-night environment; the regular appearance of the ‘GayBohs’ flag at our games in recent years is testament to that.

But there is still work to be done to make football accessible to all.

Team sports and terraces have often been inhospitable environments for LGBTQ+ people. It is telling that there are so few openly LGBTQ+ footballers anywhere in the world.

Across society, more can be done to encourage our LGBTQ+ people feel more comfortable about themselves, and to educate others of the negative impact that homophobia can have on people’s self-confidence and mental health.

Football is no different in that regard. With that in mind, we are delighted that the Bohemian Foundation, the charitable and social outreach arm of the club, have joined forces with ShoutOut to launch a Bohemian FC Pride t-shirt and badge to highlight this issue.

All profits will be split evenly between the Bohemian Foundation and ShoutOut, supporting two outreach organisations who have found traditional methods of raising funds difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The t-shirts, available in white or black, cost €25, while the badges cost €5. Both are available now from store.bohemians.ie.

ShoutOut spokesperson Aifric Ní Chríodáin said: “Bohemian FC and their supporters are known for their unwavering solidarity with marginalised communities.

“In a world where LGBTQ+ people still face homophobia and transphobia on the pitch and in the stands, Bohs’ steadfast commitment to inclusion and equality has made Dalymount a uniquely welcoming space for LGBTQ+ people in football.

“Football is for everyone, and we’re so proud to stand with them to fight prejudice and make the game fairer for all. Their support will have a profound impact on our work protecting LGBTQ+ young people on the island of Ireland.”

Who are ShoutOut?
ShoutOut is a registered charity committed to improving life for LGBTQ+ people by sharing personal stories and educating school students, parents & guardians, teachers, youth workers and workplaces on LGBTQ+ issues. Since 2012 we’ve been delivering workshops in secondary schools across the Island of Ireland which tackle LGBTQ+ bullying, and we’ve completed over 1,500 student workshops over the past 8 school years. That means we’ve spoken directly to over 45,000 students! We use our on-the-ground experience of speaking with young people to inform all of our training modules. We deliver educational workshops for teachers, parents & guardians, social workers, youth workers, as well as workplaces. For more information, visit ShoutOut.ie.

What is the Bohemian Foundation?
The Bohemian Foundation is the volunteer-run charitable arm of the Bohemian Football Club that carries out social outreach programmes and initiatives on behalf of the club. These include school outreach numeracy programmes, rehabilitative prison programmes, and walking football programmes for both the elderly and people with mental difficulties.

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Job vacancy: Chief Operating Officer

There has been uncertainty in recent months with regard to football in Ireland and as you will have read, we are currently in the process of working with the FAI and other clubs towards an agreement with the aim of the league recommencing on July 31.

At Bohemian FC, we had been working away in the background making long-term plans with regard to the day-to-day running of the club before Covid-19 reached our shores.

With some certainty around the return of League of Ireland football and European football on the horizon, it is time for us to get back to progressing the long-term running of the club.

We are delighted to announce that we will be recruiting a full-time Chief Operating Officer to help with the running of the club.

In the space of four years, we have trebled the revenue of the club, we have sold record season tickets and we have the highest membership figures in our 130 years of existence.

We now have seven FAI national league teams – five men’s and two women’s – and this will grow again in the coming years.

As well as the day-to-day operations, we also have some big projects to help deliver, including the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project as well as the transition to and from Tolka Park in the interim years.

We feel that the ideal candidate will be someone from within football who understands our ethos as members-owned club.

We are built on the volunteer ethos and you can see what has been delivered in the last four to five seasons with people working together.

Even with this appointment, we will still look to grow the volunteer element in the coming years through our expanded membership structure.

We have given a lot of thought to this role. Almost every other premier club has a full-time General Manager, Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer.

We have put this off as long as we could. But with the extra workload involved in running an ever-expanding operation now, we feel that full-time support on and off the pitched required.

Chris Brien
President
The Bohemian Football Club

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CLUB LOTTO RETURNS: €5000 JACKPOT

The Bohs Lotto returned last weekend after a Covid-19 hiatus.

A big thank-you to all who had only just recently signed up online for your patience when we were forced to suspend the lotto at the end of March due to the impact Covid-19 restrictions had on our cash sales.

There was no winner of last weekend’s €5000 jackpot, which runs into this Saturday’s draw.

You can play online at lotto.bohemians.ie.

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There are several options to purchase, which we hope will suit the varying amounts people can afford.

For example it is just €1 per line but you can buy multiple lines or buy a year-long option for €46 that includes six free lines.

The support of our members and wider support base and the local community for our fundraising and merchandising efforts has been crucial during this difficult time and we once again thank you to all who have been in a position to contribute.

Saturday June 20 Draw
Numbers Lotto – Winning Numbers: 7, 19, 25, 26. Jackpot not won.

16 winners with 3 numbers win €20 each:

  • Aideen McLaughlin c/o Stephen McLoughlin, DCC
  • Kevin McCormac c/o Bohemian FC
  • Martin Murphy c/o Dave McManus
  • D. O’Reilly c/o Pat Flynn
  • James & Pat c/o Pat Flynn
  • James & Pat (2nd coupon) c/o Pat Flynn
  • Richie Murphy c/o Dave Saunders
  • Peter Geraghty c/o Tony Farrell, DEASP, Finglas
  • Peter Geraghty (2nd coupon) c/o Tony Farrell
  • Alan Kelly c/o Season Coupon
  • Joseph McGuinness c/o Season Coupon
  • Declan Hogan c/o Season Coupon
  • Colin Redmond c/o Season Coupon
  • Thomas Hynes c/o Season Coupon
  • J. Mullins c/o Season Coupon
  • R.A. Devlin c/o Season Coupon

Numbers Drawn By: Deirdre & Laura Clifford, Bohs’ Shop.

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UPDATE FROM BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

A message to our members, season ticket holders, supporters, volunteers, staff and players:

Following on from the update circulated on Sunday, we can confirm that League of Ireland clubs have had further discussions and meetings with the FAI this week.

While there are issues to be ironed out, significant progress has been made towards the aim of resuming a truncated 2020 SSE Airtricity League season in the not-too-distant future.

The club’s board met last night to consider the updated and improved proposals.

All clubs have agreed to respect the confidentiality of the process, so we are not in a position to give any further information until negotiations have concluded.

As the consultation process between clubs and the Association continues, clouds are lifting elsewhere too.

Our women’s team returned to training this week, while there were further steps in the right direction yesterday as Uefa outlined a proposed timeline for the 2020/2021 European competition qualifying rounds.

Due to the disruption to the global football calendar, the qualifying rounds will now be one-legged affairs at the end of August.

Under the proposals, Bohemians’ first qualifier would take place on Thursday August 27. We will find out our opponents and who has home advantage a week earlier.

This is not what we envisaged back in October when a defensive masterclass saw Bohs claim a 0-0 draw away to St Patrick’s Athletic and with it, qualification for Europe for the first time in eight years.

Those celebrations, which lasted long into the night, and outpouring of emotion at the final whistle will live long in the memory for anyone who has stuck with the club during the dark days.

It is not so long ago that no return to football was envisaged this year, but now we are nearing a position where the season can be salvaged, albeit behind closed doors, with so much to play for.

Uefa’s proposed calendar provides the club with something tangible to aim for after those months of uncertainty.

It is also a welcome boost for our players, who are all desperate to pull the jersey on again having returned to collective training at Dalymount Park on Monday June 8 after an absence of three months.

There were various stages over the past decade where we feared we might never be in a position to compete in European football again.

Qualifying for the 2020/21 Europa League is a testament to how far the club has come together on and off the field.

It is a just reward for the members and supporters who have played their part over the last number of years to get us to that point, and also for first-team manager Keith Long, whose drive and dedication has consistently pushed the team and club forward since taking charge ahead of the 2015 season.

So while we are all disappointed by the impact Covid-19 restrictions will have on the European trip every Bohs fan has been pining for, we should look at the positives too and acknowledge the collective achievement of the club qualifying in the first place.

That same collective effort from first team, members, volunteers, supporters and local community has stood to us during this current crisis.

The support, patience and understanding shown to the club since the lockdown began in March has enabled us to honour our player and backroom staff’s contracts, and has softened what could have been a catastrophic financial impact.

The board of directors, first-team management and first-team squad wish to once again put on record our gratitude for that support.

While uncertainty remains, now there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

We have reason for tentative optimism.

We look forward to the return of football in the not-too-distant future and the significant step forward of our club representing the country on the European stage after an eight-year absence.

And, thanks to your continued support, we believe we will come through these uncertain times a stronger and more united club than ever before.

Keep the faith.

The Board of Bohemian Football Club

Bohemians v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Club update

Dear member,

As you are probably aware, Bohemians, along with all other SSE Airtricity League clubs, met with representatives from the FAI on Thursday and Friday to discuss a potential pathway for the resumption of this year’s season.

The club has kept up a constant dialogue with other clubs, the FAI and Uefa over the course of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The club’s board has considered the proposals on offer over the weekend and further discussions between the clubs and the Association will take place before any final decisions are made.

All clubs agreed to respect the confidentiality of the negotiations while they are ongoing, so we are not yet in a position to give any further information.

However, some of the figures quoted in recent media reports, which may have caused supporters some concern, are somewhat misleading.

We are hopeful that we will have a clearer picture in the near future and we will provide further updates when we are in a position to do so.

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As you know, the Bohemians first team returned to training last Monday at Dalymount Park, while all results from our first team and backroom team since regular Covid-19 testing began on May 25 have thus far returned negative.

We remain committed to the aspiration of our first team returning to play football this season and competing in the Europa League, while protecting the club’s finances and income streams as best we can in doing so.

We once again thank you for the patience you have shown the club throughout this period.

This is a very difficult time for everyone. Your support and understanding has once again proved the strength of our fan-owned football club in our 130th year.

The Board of Bohemian Football Club

Bohemians returned to training at Dalymount Park on Monday - Sportsfile

Bohemians statement

A video of Bohemians players exercising in a public park that has been circulated on social media has been brought to the attention of the club and we wish to clarify the circumstances.

On Thursday March 12, the FAI announced the cessation of all football activities across the state in accordance with government Covid-19 transmission containment measures.

Like all clubs, Bohemians adhered to these measures and put in place personal training programmes for our players in lieu of collective training.

Strict adherence to stay-at-home measures put in place at the onset of this crisis was absolutely necessary to contain transmission of the virus through society.

But over those two months, they also placed enormous strain on the well-being of the nation and sportspeople, so used to the camaraderie of a team setting, are no different in that regard.

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On Friday May 1, the government issued its five-phase Ireland’s Roadmap for the reopening of the economy and society in accordance with guidelines from the Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer.

Included in the Monday May 18 Phase One was “up to four people who don’t live together can meet outdoors while keeping at least two metres apart” and “it is now possible to participate in a range of sporting activities in groups of no more than four people within five kilometres of the households of those involved.”

With that firm Department of Health guidance in mind, the Bohemians first-team management team, in liaison with the first-team squad, board of directors and club Covid-19 health and safety officer established guidelines for our players to exercise in pods of three under the supervision of one coach per group.

It was and remains the view of the board, the first-team management and players that exercising in a safe and socially-distant way in accordance with the Phase One guidelines was the best possible way of engaging our players, keeping their fitness levels up and enhancing their well-being in what has been a trying time for all.

The club has continued to pay our first-team staff and player wages over the course of this crisis but the players themselves were becoming weary of training and exercising in complete isolation and wanted to feel part of a team and club again as much as is possible within the constraints of the Phase One guidelines.

With that in mind, all stakeholders involved at the club agreed strict guidelines (included below) for such pods to exercise in a safe and socially-distant manner.

On Friday May 15, the following advice from the FAI medical advisor Dr Alan Byrne was contained in a statement from the association: “My advice to clubs is not to return to training when we enter Phase One of the Government Roadmap on Monday, May 18th, not to open their grounds and pitches, even to groups of four, and not to consider collective training or playing football until the medical evidence suggests otherwise.”

While we respect Dr Byrne’s advice, expertise and professionalism absolutely, the club made the collective decision to operate under the guidance of the government Roadmap and Department of Health guidelines.

Compliant with those guidelines, Bohemians players have, since Monday May 18, on six separate days, met in groups of three in public parks around the city.

These groups of players were assembled in a way that respects the 5km travel rule that remains in place, while strict measures, which can be seen below, were put in place to enable this to happen in a safe manner.

These measures include players travelling to location on their own, players maintaining social-distancing, while procedures were put in place for the use and sanitisation of any equipment used.

The video now in circulation shows two groups at Fr Collins Park in Donaghmede.

While it was an error to have two groups at the same venue at the same time, a distance of 20 metres was maintained between the two groups at all times.

All club stakeholders involved have agreed that there will only be one group of three plus one coach per park/location until the FAI’s agreed date for the club to return to collective training on Monday June 8.

Thanks to the FAI, our players and first-team coaching staff were tested for Covid on Monday 25. All results came back negative, while we await the results of this week’s tests.

The club is grateful for the FAI’s efforts to test our players and put in place a roadmap for the return of football, which is due to begin with a four-team pilot tournament at the end of July or start of August for the four teams due to compete in European football this season.

We look forward to the return of collective training on Monday and the eventual return of competitive football.

Training and exercising guidelines:

• Three players and one coach per group.

• You must stay at home if you have been in contact with someone with Covid 19 in the last 14 days or have flu-like symptoms or are feeling otherwise unwell please contact the club doctor immediately.

• Equipment: All training equipment to be handled by coaching staff only. Players do not handle any equipment.

• Arrive ready to train and travel separately to the location.

• Bring water: Please ensure you have your own water bottle to be handled by you only.

• Social distancing: Keep two metres away from other players at all times. Sessions are designed with this in mind and remain apart in between breaks in sessions. Strictly no handshakes, no high fives or any other forms of physical contact.

• Coaches clean all equipment with disinfectant sanitising spray after training.

• Hand Sanitizer: Please make sure you have hand sanitizer in your car. Apply before, during and after training.

 

Dalymount by Paul O'Reilly

WESTBROOK MOTORS BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Our car sponsors Westbrook Motors have now reopened for service and sales with a novel idea where they SANITISE all service and sales cars, killing 99.9% of virus and bacteria for peace of mind.

It’s the same system being used by government agencies (www.sanitysystem.ie).

Mark and Damien and all team at Westbrook Motors, located on Parkgate St, would be delighted to discuss your individual motoring requirements, including servicing for all makes and models.

They have a fantastic selection of quality used cars and the full Mitsubishi range of new vehicles in stock: www.westbrookmotors.com/used-cars/

You can contact them on 018744000 or mark@westbrookmotors.com. Don’t forget to mention Bohs!

Westbrook Motors

FAI RELEASE SAFER RETURN TO FOOTBALL PROPOSALS

The FAI has released a Safer Return to Football policy document, which outlines plans for the proposed aspirational and gradual return of the SSE Airtricity League.‬

As part of the proposals, Bohemians are due to compete in a four-team tournament behind closed doors alongside the three other clubs who have qualified for Europe – Dundalk, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers – in late July or early August.

It is hoped this will act as a pilot scheme for a full return to SSE Airtricity League, while also fhelping preparations for European football.

‪The road back to football will obviously present great challenges and is likely to be a drawn out process.

FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne summed it up: “The only certainty around a return to football during this COVID-19 pandemic is the uncertainty.”

The patience of all clubs, players, supporters and all other stakeholders will continue to be tested but we will further update fans when we are in a position to do so.‬

In the meantime, you can read the FAI statement in full here.

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OLIVER WARD RIP

What a man.

To sum him up in words, that’s pretty impossible, but here goes.

The first thing to come to mind is that he was, in Bohemian FC circles, nothing short of a revolutionary.

Before being elected to the club’s management committee in 1987 he’d been agitating for change, asking all the right questions from the back of St Peter’s Hall. Once he was on the committee, he was able to make things happen. Two years later he was Honorary Treasurer and we were somewhere new. He’d already opened the club up information-wise, the annual report suddenly full of details and reports from the individual sub-committees, no longer just an exercise in accounting. That sort of thing made a huge difference.

He was behind, well, everything, including all sorts of fundraisers. Crucially, he brought new people forward and encouraged them. Suddenly a younger generation the club had tended to take for granted as ‘just supporters’ were now actually able to get involved.

And he did so much of the hard graft himself, tackling problems, lots of them, head on, fearlessly. He did little things, he did big things, and they all made a difference.

His whole family were members: his wife, Vivienne, and daughters Monica and Melanie – three of the first seven women to become full members – and of course his son, Michael. This was all pretty much unheard of until then. Indeed, changing the club’s articles so that women could join was one of the first things Oliver pioneered.

His enthusiasm was infectious. He got people to do things and it was very hard not to find yourself suddenly ‘volunteered’ for something or other. Unvolunteering was trickier!

He made a few enemies, but that was only natural; he was in the business of shaking up the place, changing things, getting things done.

Yes, he was eccentric, but all the best people are, aren’t they?

As if he hadn’t done enough, to top it all he persuaded Tony O’Connell to become President in 1993, one of the most significant moments in the Club’s history. Now Bohemians really had a chance.

I remember walking out of Oriel Park back then, downhearted naturally – having just seen us ‘robbed’ of the title – only to find Oliver already working on every member he could see to lift them with the news of “O’Connell for President!”

What an amazing, amazing man, and what a mind he had, yes, pretty unfathomable it was at times!

He was an inspiration, he always will be. We were lucky to have him, to know him, to see him in action.

Oliver Ward, our most wonderful Bohemian from Castlepollard.

Please sign the book of condolences on RIP.ie.

Tony O'Connell and Oliver Ward

BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS VIRTUAL DERBY

Bohemians and Shamrock face off in a virtual Dublin tonight at 8pm as Keith Ward takes on Aaron McEniff.

The game, a collaborative effort between Balls.ie and Teneo Communications, will be broadcast on Balls.ie’s Facebook page and is a fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.

We urge those who can to donate generously to Pieta House, a very worth cause, particularly in these challenging times.

To be in with a chance of winning Wardy’s signed jersey, a signed Keith Ward Bohemians jersey, all you have to do is upload a screenshot of your Pieta House donation and tweet @ballsdotie using the hashtag #DublinDerby.

Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Wardy said: “All football fans are finding this period tough and it’s the same for players.

“We all look forward to our Friday nights, walking out on the pitch and hearing the crowd get behind you from the start.

“We all live for Friday nights under the lights at Dalyer and we’re all missing them right now. You don’t realise just how lucky you are to be a footballer getting that support every week until it’s taken away from you.

“I was looking forward to maybe another three years playing at the top in the league but it might be down to two now!

“Nothing beats a real derby, they’re magic and they’re the fixture every player and fan looks out for every year.

“But this is bit of craic and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it gives our fans something to look forward to too and helps take people’s mind off what is a tough time at the moment.

“Any win over Rovers is worth celebrating so hopefully I can do the club and fans proud tonight!”

Virtual Dublin Derby
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