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TONY’S CLEAN SET OF WHEELS

LONG-TIME Bohemian fan and member Tony Fitzpatrick expressed his delight when picking up the top prize from the annual Big Bohs Draw.

The top prize – a brand new Volkswagen Up! car – was provided for the draw in association with our official car partner at VW Karmann.

Tony was recently handed the keys to his stylish new set of wheels by VW Karmann brand manager David McGivern at the company’s impressive new showrooms on the North Road in Finglas.

Tony said: “I’ve been a fan since 1973 so I’ve been a member nearly all my life. Needless to say I was absolutely delighted to win the prize.

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“It’s a massive prize, it was a great bit of news when my name was drawn out at Christmas time and picking up the car is an even better way to start the new year.”

Club officials Stephen Lambert and Daniel Lambert, as fundraiser-in-chief Jimmy O’Connor as well as first-team boss Owen Heary and midfielder Ryan McEvoy were all also in attendance at the presentation.

Tony added: “Everyone from the club has been great to me and everyone at Karmann was exceptionally helpful. We’d good craic up at their new showrooms when I was collecting the prize.”

Make sure to check out Karmann’s new HQ – ideally located at junction 5 of the M50 – where an excellent selection of the latest Volkswagen range are on display and available at the most competitive prices.

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TOLKA ROVERS FRIENDLY THIS SUNDAY

Bohemians will play Tolka Rovers in a pre-season friendly at 6pm this Sunday (February 2nd) at Phoenix FC’s ground in Scribblestown

Full 2014 fixture list.

HEARY’S ON COURSE

The FAI have confirmed that Owen Heary is one of 17 candidates who will participate in forthcoming UEFA Pro Licence course.

FAI coach education manager Greig Paterson said: “Having received an abundance of applications for the next edition of our Pro Diploma course, we then entered a very robust selection process, and are delighted with the final shortlist of candidates.

“The FAI have already produced 49 UEFA Pro Diploma holders through our courses and this next course will see a further 17 participants hone and develop their skills in several different disciplines, from the coaching field, to the boardroom, from psychology to sports science.

“This year we will also welcome our first female representatives on the UEFA Pro Diploma course, and the course will be led by our high performance director Ruud Dokter and under-21 manager Noel King.”

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The other confirmed candidates are: Stuart Ashton, John Caulfield, Dave Connell, Jason Donohue, Eileen Gleeson, Tommy Griffin, Niall Harrison, Ollie Horgan, Robbie Horgan, Peter Hutton, Colin O’Brien, Don O’Riordan, Tom Mohan, Mick Neville, Sue Ronan and Leo Tierney.

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REMINDER – BOHEMIAN MEDIA MEETING/APPEAL TONIGHT

Calling all reporters, tweeters, bloggers, photographers, interviewers, video operators, feature writers and others who want to contribute to the Bohemian web site and other media in the coming season …

Please come to a 2014 planning meeting at Dalymount Park (Members’ Bar) tonight (Thursday 23rd January) from 7-8pm.

We want to hear any suggestions you may have for improvements in the services we provide to supporters and we want to get as many as we can involved in contributing to making those improvements.

We’re happy that many of our contributors from last season will continue but we also want to have cover for all positions on the team.

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We need to ensure we keep up the flow of match reports, match previews, post-match interviews, player profiles, history features, Twitter match updates, photographs, coverage of the under-19 team, and lots more.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute, please email Brian Trench bohspro@bohemians.ie and Luke O’Riordan luke@bohemians.ie with your details and skills.

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2014 CALENDAR/FIXTURE GUIDE ON SALE NOW

The 2014 Bohemians calendar and fixture guide is now on sale from our online store and direct from Dalymout Park during office hours from Monday.

Priced at €12*, the calendar is complete with all of Bohemians’ league fixtures for the 2014 season – a must-have for every fan planning out their Friday nights for the rest of the year!

The calendar is packed full of memorable action and fan images from last season taken by the likes of Eddie Lennon (eddielennonsportingimages.com),  Peter O’Doherty (podproductions.ie), Ciaran McDonnell Byrne (trap6photography.com) and David Lane.

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Once again, everyone at Bohemians would like to thank the dedicated efforts of David Lane, Barry Comerford and Gary Keating for getting this important fundraising drive off the ground.

*Online price €12.50 to cover PayPal fees.

*Online orders can be collected from Dalymount Park OR delivered with additional P&P fee of €5.

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES UPDATE

As well as the previously confirmed fixture against Shelbourne (Thursday February 20th, Tolka Park, 8pm), Bohemians are pleased to announce further pre-season friendlies.

On Friday February 7th, the Gypsies will travel to play Waterford United at the RSC at 7.30pm.

A day after Bohs’ Leinster Senior Cup clash with Bray Wanderers (Saturday February 15th, Dalymount Park, 5pm), a Bohemians Selection will play Sandyhill Shangan (Sunday February 16th, Coultry Park, Ballymun, 2pm).

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CONFIRMED PRE-SEASON FIXTURES 

DATE VENUE FIXTURE KO/REPORT
Friday February 7th RSC Waterford Utd v Bohemians 7.30pm
Sunday February 16th Coultry Park, Ballymun Sandyhill Shangan  v Bohemians 2pm
Thursday February 20th Tolka Park Shelbourne v Bohemians 8pm

LEINSTER SENIOR CUP

DATE VENUE FIXTURE KO/REPORT
Saturday February 15th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Bray Wanderers 5pm

2014 fixtures.

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BOHEMIAN MEDIA MEETING/APPEAL

Calling all reporters, tweeters, bloggers, photographers, interviewers, video operators, feature writers and others who want to contribute to the Bohemian web site and other media in the coming season …

Please come to a 2014 planning meeting at Dalymount Park (Members’ Bar) on Thursday 23rd January, 7-8pm.

We want to hear any suggestions you may have for improvements in the services we provide to supporters and we want to get as many as we can involved in contributing to making those improvements.

We’re happy that many of our contributors from last season will continue but we also want to have cover for all positions on the team.

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We need to ensure we keep up the flow of match reports, match previews, post-match interviews, player profiles, history features, Twitter match updates, photographs, coverage of the under-19 team, and lots more.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute, please email Brian Trench bohspro@bohemians.ie and Luke O’Riordan luke@bohemians.ie with your details and skills.

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FRIENDLY DUBLIN DERBY

Bohemians will travel the short distance to play Shelbourne in a pre-season friendly at Tolka Park on Thursday February 20th at 8pm

More pre-season fixtures will be announced in the near future.

2014 fixture list.

JOURNALISTS HONOUR ONE OF OUR OWEN

A presentation was made to Owen Heary at the annual Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards banquet last night to acknowledge his contribution to the League of Ireland over the course of his 21-season playing career.

Heary’s haul of seven league titles from his time at Shelbourne and Bohemians is a joint record he shares with Johnny Matthews, while the two FAI Cup medals, Setanta Cup and League Cup medals he has won make the 37-year-old the most decorated player in the league’s history.

Pictured with Heary making the presentation at the Conrad Hotel are SWAI member Aidan Fitzmaurice and association president Paul Buttner.

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St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley picked up the Personality of the Year Award – a prize Heary won in 2008 – for the second time, beating off competition from his own players Killian Brennan and Anto Flood, Dundalk’s Stephen Kenny and Richie Towell, and Derry City boss Roddy Collins.

Brendan Clarke, also of champions St Pat’s, won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award ahead of Sligo Rovers’ Gary Rogers and Dundalk’s Peter Cherrie.

League of Ireland legend Tommy McConville, who lost his battle with cancer in October, was posthumously awarded the association’s Special Merit Award, with his former Dundalk team-mate Dermot Keely giving a moving tribute in his best friend’s absence.

Bohemians were well represented at the event with backroom staff Owen Heary, Graham O’Hanlon, Fred Davis, Colin O’Connor and Bobby Brown in attendance alongside new signings Jason Byrne and Aidan Price.

Also present were directors and club officials Matt Devaney, Stephen Lambert, Daniel Lambert, Lynn O’Neill and Luke O’Riordan.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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BYRNE BACK AND HE’S JASON A RECORD

Owen Heary completed the signing of Jason Byrne on Monday and revealed the target of smashing Brendan Bradley’s goalscoring record while wearing the red and black of Bohemians was the driving factor behind his former team-mate’s decision to rejoin the club, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

The duo’s careers first crossed paths when Heary was captain at Shelbourne and Pat Fenlon signed Byrne from Bray Wanderers in 2003. During Byrne’s spell at Tolka Park, he finished top scorer in the league for four consecutive seasons and helped the club to three league titles.

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Heary and Byrne were reunited by Fenlon in 2008 when the striker joined Bohs after a short spell with Cardiff City. Together they helped the Gypsies to back-to-back league titles as well as winning the FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and Setanta Sports Cup.

Heary said: “Everyone knows how good a player Jason has been over the years. Along with Glen Crowe, he’s the best striker I’ve ever seen in the league. Thankfully I was lucky enough to play with them both.”

While Byrne turns 36 next month, Heary is adamant that he can still make a big contribution this season. “Jason has that killer instinct up front that we missed last season,” he said. “People talk about age but look at how he did with Bray last year. He scored 17 goals in all competitions, which is a tremendous tally for any striker.

“As long as he’s given good service, he will score. Give Jason two or three chances in a game and he’ll find the net. You don’t lose that instinct. The younger lads will gain so much from him too. His movement, positioning, technique – the lads will be watching and learning from him every day in training.”

Yet it is the prospect of breaking Bradley’s record that really has ‘Jayo’ gunning for glory. Bradley’s haul of 235 goals during spells with Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers and Derry City has stood out in front since 1986, but Byrne is just 28 goals off matching that tally.

Heary said: “I would love him to do it at Bohs. That was the real motivating factor in him coming back. I know he’s a legend at Bray too but I think he would really love to do it at a club like Bohs having had so much success here before. It’s something that is really in his sights now and I really believe he can do it in the next two years.”

Already a legend at Shelbourne, Byrne’s arrival at Dalymount Park in 2008 was initially greeted with a lukewarm response from some. But Byrne went on to build up a great rapport with supporters in his three years at the club, the highlight of which was scoring the goals that clinched the league title away to Drogheda United in his first season.

Heary said: “It’s sometimes difficult for fans and players when someone who’s had so much success with one of your rivals and is so associated with them joins your club. But Jayo quickly silenced any doubters by scoring really important goals that won leagues and cups.

“The crowd quickly grew to like and love him and it was there for all to see in his last game for us that there was a genuine affection between him and the supporters built up during his time here.

“Bohs is close to his heart, he’s delighted to be back and can’t wait to play in front of those fans again. If they get behind him and encourage him like they did before, he can be a real asset to us this season.”

Another League of Ireland goalscoring legend linking up again with Heary this season is Stephen Geoghegan, also a former league-winning Shelbourne team-mate of his. “Geogo will be responsible for our opposition match analysis this season and will also be keeping an eye on and identifying young players and potential targets,” Heary said.

With the first team beginning pre-season training later this month, Heary will also be hoping to complete some important training of his own as he looks to take the next step in his backroom career having hung up his boots and the end of last season.

He added: “I have my interview for the (UEFA coaching) Pro Licence at the end of the month and, all going well, I’ll be able to start the course in February.

“The lads have all been given a fitness programme for the off-season and we’ll assess them when they come back for pre-season on January 18th. We’ve a run-up of six weeks between then and the start of the league season to get everyone really into shape. I’m looking forward to it.”

 

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