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BOHEMIAN FC CONFIRM LOAN SIGNING OF BOLTON WANDERERS DEFENDER LUKE MATHESON

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of defender Luke Matheson on loan from Bolton Wanderers until the end of June.

The 21-year-old former England youth international is the 11th addition to Declan Devine’s squad for the 2024 season.

Welcoming Matheson to Dalymount Park, Devine said: “Luke is a smashing young player and we are delighted to bring to the club. He is very enthusiastic and is really looking forward to getting started with us.

“He is only 21 years of age but has already played a lot of first-team football in League One and League Two in England, and in the Scottish Championship. He is very highly rated at Bolton and only recently signed a new contract there.

“He is lightning quick and is flexible in where he can play. He can play in either full-back position or as a wing-back, and seriously strengthens our defensive options.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (26): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores, Danny Grant, Aboubacar Keita, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, Luke Matheson, Brian McManus, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Jevon Mills, Nickson Okosun, Filip Piszczek, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

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BOHEMIAN FC CONFIRM SEASON-LONG LOAN SIGNING OF COLORADO RAPIDS DEFENDER ABOUBACAR KEITA

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the season-long loan of defender Aboubacar Keita from MLS side Colorado Rapids.

The 23-year-old former United States underage international is the tenth addition to Declan Devine’s squad for the 2024 season.

Welcoming Keita to Dalymount Park, Devine said:

“Aboubacar is a really exciting signing for us. The club has been trying to get a top left-sided centre-back for a number of years now and Aboubacar really fits the bill.

“He is a player who I believe has the potential to go very far in this game. He has pace, power, experience and bags of ability, and I am over the moon that we have finally got him in.

“He comes to Bohs having played at a very high level in the MLS previously with Columbus Crew, he is extremely highly rated at Colorado Rapids and they have invested seriously in his development, which will be of huge benefit to us this season.

“He has been one of our top targets and there has been a lot of work going on in the background over the past number of weeks to ensure that we got this deal over the line, so I have to commend the work of the staff at the club for all of their efforts in bringing Aboubacar to the club.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (25): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores, Danny Grant, Aboubacar Keita, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, Brian McManus, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Jevon Mills, Nickson Okosun, Filip Piszczek, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

 

 

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Bohemian FC confirm loan signing of Hull City defender Jevon Mills

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the loan signing of Hull City defender Jevon Mills until the end of June.

The former Ireland U19 international is the ninth addition to Declan Devine’s squad for the 2024 season.

Welcoming Jevon to Dalymount Park, Devine said:

“The centre of defence was the one area where we needed to strengthen, so I am really pleased that we have good options there now, and we hope to be in a position to confirm another defender shortly too.

“Jevon is a strong young centre-half and we are delighted to get him in. At 6ft 2in, he is a very commanding presence.

“He is a player we have been monitoring for some time now and although he is only 20 years of age, he already has great first-team experience from his time on loan with Falkirk, Gateshead and Solihull Moors, so he is coming in with a strong pedigree and a determination to progress.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (24): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores, Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, Brian McManus, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Jevon Mills, Nickson Okosun, Filip Piszczek, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

 

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Bohemian FC sign Polish striker Filip Piszczek

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Polish striker Filip Piszczek on a multi-year contract.

The 28-year-old joins from Japanese side FC Imabari and, subject to international clearance, will be the eighth new addition to Declan Devine’s squad.

Welcoming Piszczek to Dalymount Park, Devine said: “Filip is a really welcome addition to our squad. He has been in training with us and has been spoken about in glowing terms by the players and coaching staff.

“We have really liked what we have seen from Filip so far, and he is a player with a lot of experience playing in the top flight in Poland and in leagues in Europe and Asia. He has a great presence about him, is highly motivated and really strengthens our attacking options.

“I believe we have good attacking options now. Sten Reinkort got off to a great start scoring on his debut on Friday. We have great potential in Nickson Okosun, and strong options in James Akintunde and Declan McDaid as well.

“Filip adds another dimension of quality and experience to all of that, and we are really looking forward to working with him.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (23): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores, Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, Brian McManus, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Nickson Okosun, Filip Piszczek, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

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ROB CORNWALL RULED OUT WITH ACL INJURY

Scans have confirmed that Bohemians defender Rob Conrwall suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear during Friday’s 2-2 draw against Sligo Rovers.

Manager Declan Devine said: “It’s devastating news for the group to lose such an inspirational player, and Rob himself is obviously devastated too.

“Rob is an extremely talented player, a leader within the group and someone I tried to bring back to the club before the start of last season so to finally get him in and to lose him after just 30 minutes is clearly a massive blow for us.

“Recovering from an ACL injury is a long process and we will give Rob all the support that he needs, both on and off the pitch, during his recovery.”

 

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PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS

Declan Devine says Bohemians will be looking to start as they mean to go on when Sligo Rovers provide the opposition at a sold-out Dalymount Park on opening night.

Devine says the closed season required reflection and review after the 2023 campaign ended in disappointment but believes his new-look squad is now raring to go.

Yesterday’s signing of Brian McManus from Shelbourne was the seventh new arrival ahead of the 2024 campaign following the additions of fellow Dubliners Rob Cornwall and Dayle Rooney, Estonians Sten Reinkort, Martin Miller and Michael Lilander, and Pole Kacper Chorazka.

Devine said: “At the start of every season every team goes into it really looking forward to it and we are no different. Undeniably we had a painful off-season, it was an off-season that needed a lot of reflection and review.

“The disappointments of how last season ended will certainly give us additional motivation and hunger in terms of achieving our goals and success in the coming campaign.

“But once pre-season got underway, it has been really enjoyable from the start. The team has been working hard on a daily basis, we have a lot of talented new players in, and everyone is now really looking forward to getting started.”

Bohs fans will be keen to see how those new faces fare tomorrow and Devine said: “I am really happy with the players we have brought in so far. We have brought in a good mix of quality – players with experience and knowledge of the league as well as players who were playing at a high level overseas.

“I have been very impressed with Rob Cornwall. The fans here know him well but his leadership qualities have really stood out for me. With Keith Buckley being out, Rob’s leadership is going to be very important to us.

“In recent games, I have also been really impressed by Cian Byrne. Last year we had relatively unknown 21-year-old centre-back Kacper Radkowski who we took a chance on. Now we have another 21-year-old in Cian who we all know well, who has come right through our academy, and is a player with a lot of ability and potential who I think can have a big career in this league.

“One of our most consistently impressive performers in pre-season has been Dayle Rooney. I’ve really enjoyed working with Dayle. The mentality Dayle has brought to the group in what is his first year as a full-time footballer is something he deserves a lot of credit for. His appetite on a daily basis to come in and do well has been exceptional, and I think him being in a full-time environment will help him push on this year.

“We have really good quality players at the club, great competition for the No 1 spot and in the Estonian lads we have brought in, we have players who have played at international level and in European games at club level.

“We hope to add another striker and centre-back to the group before the window closes but as I have said before, we will only bring in players who improve the squad, as we have quality young players coming through our academy and U20s knocking on the door as well.”

Opening night games are often nervy encounters, and Devine added: “I’ve gone to watch Sligo twice in recent weeks and they will be a formidable opposition. It will be a tough game. In the opening four or five games of every campaign, teams are still finding out about each other and there is usually little between the teams.

“Sligo will be looking forward to coming up here but we will be ready for the game and hope to get off to a positive start.”

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James McManus (foot) and Keith Buckley (knee) remain out.

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Bohemian FC sign midfielder Brian McManus from Shelbourne

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Brian McManus from Shelbourne.

The Dubliner, 22, goes straight into contention for Friday’s SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division opener against Sligo Rovers.

Welcoming McManus to Dalymount Park, manager Declan Devine said: “Brian ticks all the boxes and, for a player of his age, has a lot of experience and has already played a lot of games in the League of Ireland.

“He is a player that really impressed me any time I watched him for Shelbourne last season and he gives us real qualities in the middle of the park where we needed to strengthen in terms of his defensive qualities.

“I feel we have great competition for places in midfield now and in Brian we have a very talented young player who is really looking to push on now.

“We had him in at training today and met all the staff and players, he was a breath of fresh air and we are really looking forward to working with him.”

McManus came through the ranks at St Kevin’s before spending two years at Preston North End, returning to Ireland to play for Shelbourne in 2020.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to sign for Bohs. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind but I am delighted to be here.

“I grew up playing with Dawson Devoy and Ross Tierney at St Kevin’s so I know a lot about the club from following them.

“I know that after losing the cup final last year, that the manager and players here really want to push on this season. It’s a big club and everyone here wants to be back playing in Europe so I can’t wait to get started here.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (22): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores,  Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, Brian McManus, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Nickson Okosun, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

 

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Dalymount Park planning permission granted

Bohemian FC is delighted that this evening’s Dublin City Council meeting ratified the approval of the Part 8 Planning Application for the full Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project. This is a hugely significant day for our club.

The key details of the planning permission granted are:

  • Reorientation of the pitch to a North/South Axis (105m x 68m) and installation of a new sand-based grass pitch
  • The provision of club offices, bar and merchandise store
  • New stands to the east and west side with provision for c. 6,240 seats and two new terraces to the north and south with provision for c. 1,794 standing. (8,034 total capacity)
  • The provision of a public thoroughfare along the eastern boundary connecting North Circular Road and Connaught Street to include various eateries and a new public plaza
  • A community facility with an area of 585sq.m over two floors to include a multi-functional community room and a community gym
  • The provision of modern match-day facilities for teams and officials

This was the penultimate step in a long and complex process that the club has been engaged in since 2011 when the stadium’s future was uncertain. Many people, within Bohemian FC, DCC, political parties, the FAI and the local area have enabled us to reach this point.

Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC COO, said:

“Dalymount Park has hosted thousands of football games, enjoyed by millions of supporters, continuously since 1901, while also being an integral part of the general sporting, cultural and societal fabric of Dublin City. It has, however, long passed its capability to provide an appropriate, safe and modern facility for football and community use. Despite this Dalymount Park remains sold-out every Friday, a testament to the strength of our club in its community.

“We have engaged extensively with DCC since their acquisition of the stadium in 2015 and thank them for their considerable efforts to get us to this point. We would also like to put on record our gratitude to various ministers for their engagement with the club over the years, in particular the strong support of Minister Paschal Donohoe, and also the cross-party support and engagement of many local TDs and councillors throughout the process.

“With planning now, we call on the government to ensure that the appropriate funding mechanism is in place to enable progression to construction phase. As we have seen across capital projects with levels of inflation, any delays to the process can cause significant complications and ultimately added cost to the exchequer.

“We now have a plan to deliver the right stadium for Bohs, Dublin 7 and the city as a whole, at a cost that is appropriate, and that has public and political support. What we need now is the government to ensure the right funding is now forthcoming so that we can have a community stadium to be proud of at the Home of Irish Football.

“The realisation of this redevelopment will be transformative, not only for Bohemian FC, across all of our extensive activities in football and social outreach work, but also for the local Dublin 7 community who gain greatly through the provision of a community building and new, safe, cycle and pedestrian routes in an inner-city environment.

“At present, many young fans and families cannot access Dalymount with every game sold out; young fans and aspiring young footballers unable to see their heroes. As a fan-owned football club, Bohemians’ growth, across all activities, is also currently restricted with match-day revenues key to our model, one which has no capacity for private enrichment, and solely aimed to be a force for good. It is hard to overstate the benefits the redevelopment will bring to the club and community, for many generations to come.”

Jonathan Hill, FAI CEO, said: 

“This is great news, and we thank and congratulate both Dublin City Council and Bohemian FC for all they have done to get us to this point. This is an exciting step forward in our wider Facility Vision, and we will look to replicate what’s been achieved here across other LOI clubs where a similar transformation of facilities, for players, fans and our media partners will enable us to change the face of Irish club football moving forward.”

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Bohemian FC announce new strategic partnership with St Kevin’s FC

Bohemian FC is today delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with St Kevin’s FC.

The partnership will cover our U13 and U14s League of Ireland boys academy teams and establish an in-depth shared strategic football oversight group that will ensure comprehensive player and coach development in Ireland’s best footballing facilities and environment.

The partnership provides a proven pathway for boys to develop from U13s level all the way to senior League of Ireland Football at Bohemian FC.

It will harness the combined depth of potential at both clubs and enhance our shared footballing communities across Dublin City.

In tandem, Bohemian FC will continue to strengthen and develop both our core youth teams and community-based football structures for hundreds of boys and girls from across the city, while simultaneously expanding our club affiliate model with like-minded Dublin clubs.

Bohemian FC Director of Football Pat Fenlon said: “This new agreement builds upon a long-standing relationship between Bohs and St Kevin’s, and will serve the ambitions and needs of both clubs well.

“St Kevin’s have a proven track record of developing young talent as Bohs fans will know from the quality players that came to the club over the past number of years from Kevin’s.

“We want the very best of players to come through that academy system, and there have been huge strides within our own youth structures at Bohemians as well to ensure that there are now several avenues available for players, both boys and girls.

“The addition of Ray Scully as Small Sided Games Coordinator last year has built on and complemented the work done by the Youth Committee and existing coaching structures at the club, and I feel that their efforts will really bear fruit in the coming seasons, with talented boys and girls coming through the system.

“As well as bringing through players from St Kevin’s and our own club structures, we will also continue to work closely with our affiliate clubs, so that the best young players across the city have a clear route to progress to academy level football.

“The future pathway through our academy to the first teams, both men’s and women’s, will be greatly enhanced by our plans to further develop the already excellent facilities at the Oscar Traynor Centre.

“These plans will be communicated to the membership of Bohemian FC in the coming months before being made public, but our aim is to ensure we have the very best academy facilities in Irish football.”

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Bohemian FC confirm signing of goalkeeper Kacper Chorazka

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Kacper Chorazka on a multi-year contract.

The Pole, 24, joins from Cypriot club ASIL Lysi and is the sixth signing of the closed season following the arrivals of Dubliners Rob Cornwall and Dayle Rooney, and Estonians Sten Reinkort, Martin Miller and Michael Lilander, bringing the number of first-team players signed for 2024 to 21.

Welcoming Chorazka to Dalymount Park, manager Declan Devine said: “We have done a lot of homework on Kacper. I’ve gone to watch him in Cyprus, and he has been on our radar since last season so I am delighted to get him over the line.

“He has played in Cyprus for a number of years but hasn’t been afraid to leave a comfortable lifestyle behind him there, which tells me a lot about the guy. He wants to come here to showcase his talent, and has a determination and desire to do really well.

“He is a talented boy who wants to push on, and is a player that I have spent a bit of time with recently and have had good conversations with in terms of where he wants to go in his career.

“He is very calm in possession of the ball, knows about the physicality of the League of Ireland, and is a very welcome addition to our squad.

“We are really looking forward to working with Kacper. We have good options now for the No 1 shirt with Kacper and Luke Dennison, and even more competition when James Talbot comes back into contention.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (21): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, Kacper Chorazka, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores,  Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Nickson Okosun, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

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