Bohemians thank Keith Buckley, Rob Cornwall and Keith Ward for their many years’ service

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Bohemian FC wishes to express our gratitude to three of our most long-serving players in recent years – Keith Buckley, Rob Cornwall and Keith Ward – as their current spells with the club come to an end.

Between them, the trio amassed 636 first-team appearances for Bohemians in all competitions.

Outgoing club captain Buckley, who is emigrating to Australia, initially joined Bohs in 2010 from Belvedere. His breakthrough came in 2011 in a time of great uncertainty for the club when, despite being on amateur terms, he quickly established himself as a key player in the team, memorably scoring in his first-ever derby against Shamrock Rovers as an 18-year-old.

Aside from one season with Bray Wanderers, Bucko was a mainstay in several Bohs teams thereafter, amassing 273 starts, 45 substitute appearances and 19 goals for the club in all competitions.

Never one for the limelight but always leading by example, he succeeded Derek Pender as club captain ahead of the 2020 season as Bohs competed in European competition for the first time in eight years.

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But perhaps his best performances in red and black came when he led the team’s memorable European run this season where his displays at both the Aviva Stadium and abroad saw him finally get some of the plaudits and recognition he deserved.

Bucko said: “Thanks to everyone at the club from the bottom to the top who have helped the club over the past 10 years grow and regenerate itself. Without those people, it doesn’t happen.

“It was always an honour wearing the badge with pride, and I hope that I helped leave the club in a better place than when I first walked into it.

“Goodbye, for now.”

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After five seasons at Dalymount Park, where he made 125 starts, seven substitute appearances and scored five goals, outgoing vice-captain Cornwall has emigrated to the United States, where he has signed for Northern Colorado Hailstorm.

Cornwall said: “Thanks to everyone involved with the club; fans, staff and players.

“I enjoyed every minute of it, and I hope I’ve left the jersey in a better place.”

Another fans’ favourite, Ward is also moving on after five years’ service in his current spell, having originally played for the club in 2012. In total, Wardy made 128 starts, 58 substitute appearances and scored 17 goals.

Ward said: “I’ll really miss playing under the lights at Dalymount. I want to give a big thanks to all the players, staff, volunteers behind the scenes and, most importantly, the fans who have supported me and the team during an amazing six seasons.

“Thanks for having my back – Dublin will always be red and black.”

From Keith Long and his backroom team, the board of management, membership and everyone at Bohemians, we thank Bucko, Rob and Wardy for their many years’ dedicated service and the positive contribution they have all made to our club, both on and off the pitch.

You will always be welcome back at Dalymount Park.

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