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ANDY LYONS RE-SIGNS

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the re-signing of right-back Andy Lyons ahead of the first team commencing pre-season training this evening.

The 20-year-old originally joined the club’s U17s in August 2016 from St Joseph’s Boys and quickly progressed through to the U19s with whom he won back-to-back league titles in 2017 and 2018 and the Enda McGuill Cup.

He captained the U19s in that 2018 double-winning season and also skippered the side in the Uefa Youth League.

He made his first-team bow against Dundalk in a 3-1 Leinster Senior Cup defeat Oriel Park in June 2018, with his league debut coming the following month in a 6-0 win over Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.

He has gone from strength to strength since, deputising ably in place of former captain Derek Pender when called upon in the 2018 and 2019 seasons before making the right-back berth his own following Detser’s retirement at the end of the 2019 season.

Lyons has been capped for Ireland all the way up to U19 level, starring at the Uefa U19 European Championships in 2019. He was one of the first names on manager Keith Long’s teamsheet in 2020, but missed the end of the season after breaking his arm in training.

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Andy Lyons, Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Bastien Héry, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney, Stephen Mallon. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Finn Harps v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

SEÁN McCABE APPOINTED BOHEMIAN FC CLIMATE JUSTICE OFFICER

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Seán McCabe as our first Climate Justice Officer.

Seán is a club member and local resident of Phibsborough, and is Executive Manager of the TASC Climate Justice Centre.

He recently published a flagship report The People’s Transition: Community-led development for Climate Justice, which explores how communities can build local wealth through the shared ownership of climate action. Before joining TASC, Seán worked with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

He was part of a club group who met with a delegation from Hibernian FC, who visited Dalymount Park in February 2020, to educate us about their pioneering activities on climate change, which earned them the Greenest Club in Scotland Award.

This meeting was inspiring and gave us a picture of what football clubs can achieve on environmental and climate issues. This is an area we recognise as a priority for us all, and one in which we will strive to improve upon and to consider in all our club activities.

Seán’s new role will initially have specific focus on community-led development for climate justice and will be in partnership with other community stakeholders in Dublin 7. It will also focus on building and supporting activities internationally through the European Football Development Network (EFDN).

The club will draw on best practice globally and learn from, and liaise with, the relevant bodies locally, nationally and at a European level.

Bohemian FC Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert said: “Climate change is an issue that we cannot escape from and cannot ignore. To now have a dedicated and qualified person at our club to enable us understand and reduce our impact on the environment is fantastic. Through our stakeholder network at the EFDN, we can contribute positively and collectively to this key issue for us all.

“Seán brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to this role, even in initial conversations he has identified numerous areas where we can take immediate positive action.”

Seán McCabe said: “Climate justice is about ensuring that the action we take to fight climate change is good for people as well as the planet. It is very exciting to see Bohs seeking to play a leadership role in tackling climate change.

“But the club’s ambitions go deeper than this, to having a positive impact on the community through climate action. I am looking forward to exploring how we can put the fans and the communities around Dalymount at the heart of building a better future for our children and grandchildren.

“The meeting with Hibs last year was a real eye-opener. There is so much that can and should be done but football clubs haven’t started playing a serious role yet. The redevelopment of Dalymount also gives us a real opportunity to become world leaders.”

Seán can be contacted climateofficer@bohemians.ie

Sean McCabe

BOHEMIANS COMPLETE SIGNING OF MIDFIELDER BASTIEN HÉRY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Bastien Héry from Linfield.

The 28-year-old began his career with Paris St Germain and was capped by France at underage level.

After five years in England, he starred for Limerick in 2017 and for Waterford in 2018 and 2019.

He joined Linfield in the summer of 2019 and helped them win the league title last season.

Qualifying through his grandmother, he made his Madagascar debut in October and has now won three caps.

Welcoming Héry to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Bastien is a high quality player with great experience, ability and personality.

“We are a young team and I believe these are some of the attributes we need to help us progress.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Bastien Héry, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney, Stephen Mallon. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Bastien Hery

BOHEMIANS COMPLETE SIGNING OF WINGER STEPHEN MALLON

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Stephen Mallon from Sheffield United.

The 21-year-old joins after spending the 2020 season on loan at Derry City.

The Belfast man has represented both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at underage level, and spent the 2019 season on loan with Australian side Central Coast Mariners.

Welcoming Mallon to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Having lost two key wide players in Danny Grant and Kris Twardek in recent months, wide areas are a position where we have been looking to strengthen since those departures.

“In Stephen, we have an exciting winger who will give us options on both wings – be it on his natural side on the left or as a reverse winger on the right.

“He is young, hungry to prove himself, and this is a big season for him. He knows the league having been on loan at Derry last season and I believe he will prove to be a key signing for us.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney, Stephen Mallon. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Waterford v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

EVAN FERGUSON JOINS BRIGHTON

Bohemians can confirm that Evan Ferguson has transferred to English Premier League side Brighton.

The striker, who came through St Kevin’s and the Bohs-SKB Academy, became the youngest player to represent the Bohemians first team when he made his debut away to Derry City in September 2019.

The 16-year-old most recently won the SSE Airtricity U17 League with Bohs-SKB, scoring in the final against Shamrock Rovers last month.

Son of former Bohemians defender Barry, Evan has represented the Bohs U19s in the Uefa Youth League and Ireland at underage level up to U17.

Bohemians first-team manager Keith Long said: “Evan has progressed through the Bohs-SKB Academy system, playing in our LOI U15, U17 and U19 teams, and he also became the youngest player to ever play for the Bohemians first team.

“Under the guidance of Karl Lambe, Rob Doran and Alan Caffrey at St Kevin’s, and later with Ger Browne, Jimmy Mowlds and Derek Pender at Bohs-SKB, Evan has developed into one of the country’s brightest prospects.

“Everyone at Bohemians and St Kevin’s wishes Evan the very best of luck with Brighton and we hope to see him representing Ireland at senior international level in the future.”

 

Bohemians v Finn Harps - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS COMPLETE SIGNING OF DEFENDER RORY FEELY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Rory Feely from St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 24-year-old plays at centre-back or right-back, and has previously played on the right wing.

The former Kildare minor Gaelic footballer came through St Pat’s U19s before making his first-team bow towards the end of the 2014 season.

His real breakthrough season at Richmond Park came in 2016 but his biggest impression came during his two seasons with Waterford in 2018 and 2019 before St Pat’s swooped to re-sign him ahead of the 2020 season.

He has amassed 110 Premier Division appearances, scoring five goals.

Welcoming him to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said:

“Rory is a very experienced player having played over 100 Premier Division games despite his relatively young age having only turned 24 on Sunday.

“He is a very athletic and adaptable addition to our squad. He will bring good qualities to the team and give us options in several positions with his versatility and ability.”

Rory will be following in the footsteps of his older brother Kevin when he lines out in red and black. Kevin, 28, came through the Bohs U19s and was a fans’ favourite in his one full season with the first team in 2012.

His form that season earned him a move to Charlton Athletic – he has since concentrated on his Gaelic football career and is a star performer for Kildare.

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Rory Feely - Stephen Burke

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR BOHEMIANS WNL TEAM IN 2021

Bohemians can confirm that expenses will be offered to our senior Women’s National League team for the 2021 season.

In our inaugural season in the senior WNL this year, Bohemians were one of the first clubs in the league not to charge annual fees for our players. An addition next season will be reimbursing players for expenses incurred.

That is a low bar, but we feel it is unacceptable that any player should have to pay to represent a senior team of our club.

We have so much to do to give women’s football the support and resources it deserves, but covering the expenses of our senior WNL team is an important next step in our own club’s journey.

These are just the first steps in our aim to make Bohemian FC the best environment in Ireland for women’s football.

Bohemians were late to the party when it comes to women’s football. We were not in a position to resource it as securing the very existence of the club took priority for much of the last decade.

Now that the club has been on a sound footing in recent years, great strides have been made as we play catch-up.

We have made a concerted effort to make up for lost time – our talented and decicated volunteers and coaches built a girls section from scratch in 2017 and now have eight grassroots girls teams up to U18 level.

The next step was entering our first WNL U17 team at the beginning of 2019 before making history in our 130th year by entering the senior Women’s National League for the first time this season.

Bohemians will have a third WNL team this year with the creation of the U19 WNL. Our U19s and U17s are holding trials in January. You can register your interest here.

Bohemians line out at Dalymount Park - Stephen Burke

ALI COOTE JOINS FROM WATERFORD

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Ali Coote.

The former Scottish underage international joins after an impressive season with Waterford.

The midfielder, 22, came through the youth ranks of Dundee United before spending three years with Brentford.

Welcoming Coote to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “Ali is coming to the club on the back of a very impressive season with Waterford.

“He is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder and I believe he has all the characteristics we look for in a player.

“He has the qualities to improve us in midfield and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Ali Coote, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Bohemians v Waterford - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS SIGN THOMAS OLUWA

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of  Thomas Oluwa.

The forward, 19, joins from Shamrock Rovers.

Welcoming him to the club, manager Keith Long said: “Thomas is an exciting young forward player who will provide us with options at the top end of the pitch.

“He is young and has a lot to prove but comes to us determined to do well.

“We feel his qualities of pace, power, energy along with the  ability to play in a number of positions can help us.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Thomas Oluwa

BOHEMIANS SIGN GEORGIE KELLY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of Georgie Kelly.

The striker, 24, joins from Dundalk having been on loan with St Patrick’s Athletic since July.

The Donegal man started his League of Ireland career with Derry City in 2015 but came to prominence in a three-season stint with UCD where he scored 37 league goals in 68 games.

That form saw him earn a move to Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk where, despite strong competition up front limiting his minutes on the pitch, he helped himself 14 times in 48 appearances.

Welcoming Kelly to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “At 24, Georgie comes to us at a good age with good experience and a hunger to improve.

“His profile is ideal for us and we are looking forward to working with Georgie and looking forward to the potential he brings to the club.

“We are working hard to bring players to the club to strengthen the team but we have to be patient to ensure we get the right players in with the right attributes and character.”

2021 squad so far – Goalkeepers: James Talbot, Stephen McGuinness. Defenders: Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, James Finnerty, Rob Cornwall, Tyreke Wilson. Midfielders: Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Ross Tierney. Strikers: Georgie Kelly.

Georgie Kelly
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