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Blast from the Past – 1974

Tue Aug 15th 2017

Many thanks to Sean Finnegan for the scans from 1974, of an article of the history of the club written by the legendary Paddy Clabby, and it appeared in the Longford Leader Supplement – ’75 Years of Longford’. A great find, thanks Sean!



MY FIRST EVER TOWN GAME by Johnny Nevin

Mon Aug 14th 2017

This article appeared in last Saturday’s Special Edition match programme v Sligo Rivers in the FAI Cup

Most people can remember their first kiss or the first time they flew in a plane. For me however, my special first memory is being at a Longford Town game for the first ever time.

That special memory from 1969 is never far from my mind – the unbelievable atmosphere, the huge crowd, the smell of grass mingled with muck and wintergreen and the unbridled joy of an unlikely victory for De Town. My comic hero Roy of the Rovers had just landed in Longford and I was hooked forever more.

It was when playing football on the street in Congress Terrace, that I first found that a special game was to take place in Longford. Lowly Longford Town were drawn against the sophisticated might of Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup. Local player Jimmy Savage had stopped by at Ray Masterson’s house. Both were on the team and suddenly they had taken on a new importance in my over active imagination. Never being shy, I marched up to Jimmy and asked for a few free tickets for the big game. “Sure, you never go to matches, young Nevin, no free tickets for you boy.” In those days the players knew all the supporters, even the children !

As the days passed, every one in town was talking about nothing else but the game against slick Sligo Rovers. Even the dogs in the street seemed to be going. So between our games of street football, we were determined that we’d have to be among the masses. With a few precious pence in our pockets, we set off early. But we intended holding on to our funds for sweets . So we trooped off along the canal hoping to gain free entry through a hole in the fence. After all, that’s what kids did in our adventure comics.

But our heroic efforts were frustrated by some vigilant stewards and we just had to change our plans and do without the much anticipated sweets. Coming back over the railway bridge on the Park Road, we couldn’t believe the size of the massive crowds emerging from the special Sligo trains below us. It looked like were being invaded by a foreign army waving red and white flags. Never in our short lives had we ever witnessed like it.

The gang of us young fellas were swept along in a moving mass of humanity and it felt better than any comic book story. I still remember the other lads equally wide eyed with awe – Brendan Nevin, Pascal Flaherty, Zak Hackett, Pat Hussy and Noel Egan.

There had been snow earlier and following a pitch inspection, the game went ahead. An orange coloured ball may even have been used. At the time the population of Longford was 4,073 (it was written on a bench in the station) but between 4,000 and 5,000 crammed into the park (now called the Greyhound Stadium). In today’s terms that would mean more than 10,000 fans in the City Calling Stadium.

The game itself was a bit of a blur because of the nervous excitement and ear shattering noise of a raucous crowd. The stand was jammed, every inch of the surrounding railings was covered and some intrepid fans sat on a roof of a long shed. If the day was cold, no one felt it.

One abiding memory is of the visiting supporters burning their flags after the game. The unfancied Town had shocked Sligo Rovers by 2-0, De Town players had instantly become lifetime , local heroes and I was well and truly hooked.

The following day, I bumped into John Donlon who by then was the Hon Secretary. He was beaming brightly. Not only had we beaten the giants of Irish football, the gate receipts were a staggering £716 and to put that figure in context, during the league a player received the princely sum of 6 pence for a loss, a shilling for a draw and two shillings for a win.

The next game I was ball boy at the Intermediate Cup Final V Transport. We won that game too with a stunning strike from left full back Sammy Caswell. Then the following week, we faced Shelbourne in the next round of the Cup and our hearts were broken as we were beaten 2-0 due, largely to a controversial penalty.

Jimmy Savage said I wasn’t a supporter but since those innocent days my interest in De Town has grown and developed into a wonderful passion for one of Ireland’s greatest little clubs.
C’mon De Town.

Johnny Nevin went on to serve in every role with the club he loves and is currently Treasurer of the Supporters’ Club.


FAI Cup Second Round Draw – Longford Town away to Bangor Celtic (Crumlin)

Mon Aug 14th 2017

The draw for the Second Round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup was made live on Soccer Republic earlier this evening. (Monday). Here is the full Second Round draw.

All fixtures will be played on the weekending Sunday, August 27th with dates and times to be confirmed.

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers
Bangor Celtic v Longford Town
St. Patrick’s Athletic v Galway United
Cork City v Athlone Town
Limerick v Finn Harps
Bluebell United v Cabinteely
Drogheda United v Cobh Wanderers
Crumlin United v Dundalk

 

Supporters’ Club Notes (14/08/2017)

Mon Aug 14th 2017

MAGNIFICENT CUP WIN

The 4-2 winning scoreline could never sum up a truly memorable and magnificent win over a fully professional Sligo Rovers outfit. This was a night of high drama, passion, total commitment, fantastic skill, a David v Goliath tie where David emerges victorious against all the odds.

Sligo travelled with high expectations of exorcising the ghost of 1969 when then too, an unfancied Town side rocked Sligo. The crowds were not as great as ’69 but back we only knew of one sky and that was of the natural kind. Neither TV nor Sky was a threat to real football back in those days.

Three bus loads of travelling support were expected but never materialised. They’re seemingly having their own problems up the N4. But the Rovers fans who did travel were rocked by an early Karl Chambers goal and even when the visitors did manage to recover and sneak ahead 2-1, It was a team that never played with any real confidence. This was mirrored by their strangely subdued following.

We had gone ahead against Shels and they came back to defeat us 3-1 but Saturday night was totally different. Section O had risen from the ashes and were making themselves heard. The stand crowd was nosier than ever and on the field, each and every player was playing his heart out. We were more direct and showed a hunger that un nerved the highly paid visitors. Jack Brady was outstanding in goals and pulled off a series of top drawer saves. But even if Peter Hopkins got the Man of the Match award, every player who graced the pitch on Saturday night did so with distinction.

With just minutes remaining, Sam Verdon, scored a fabulous equaliser which sent the already vocal home crowd wild with delirium. Most thought an away replay was on the cards but like Finn Harps v Bohs the previous night, we were treated to extra time. It was exactly right for us since we had the momentum, the hunger, passion and belief boiling through the veins. The optimism was duly rewarded with two more superbly taken goals by Peter Hopkins and Kealan Dillon.

This time the visiting supporters didn’t burn their flags after the game, most had already left in disgust. But this was more about us than them.

We’ve waiting a long, long time for an uplifting victory and on Saturday night we thoroughly enjoyed it. Even most Sligo Rovers fans acknowledged our superiority and wished us well. These past two seasons have been dull and grey but Saturday night blazed bright in amazingly bright technicolour. The stand rocked, Section O rocked again and that infectious feeling seeped down the players and the entire squad. As the game drew to a close, the entire bench was bursting at the seams waiting to erupt in a crescendo of unbridled joy. If the players themselves are still smiling, they’re entitled to. Remember we had come off a string of defeats, we’re third from bottom in the lower division and yet we managed to outplay a team which seemingly costs a million euro a year.

For us, the night was priceless and with no apologies for being OTT.

You can find Tiernan Dolan’s photos from the night on our Facebook page.

ATHLONE AT HOME

On this Saturday night we welcome Athlone Town to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off time. Athlone arrive after their heart warming 5-0 Cup victory and like ourselves will be quietly delighted with themselves. We can’t be over confident or cocky but if we can reproduce last Saturday night’s passion and skill, then we should do well. It’s always a big IF.

Our support base continues to improve and it was great seeing many supporters make the return trip last Saturday. John Moloney, Dr Mel Gorman and Alan Kirby were just some of those we welcomed back to the fold. But we’d dearly love to see many, many more more experience the unique atmosphere of real players, playing with real passion and under a real sky.

NOEL AND ZARA

Young Zara Finnegan Eddiouani, one of our youngest Supporters’ Club members was on hand to present Noel Haverty with his merited trophy for being the July Player of the Month. Zara handed over the trophy before kick off in the Cup game but before doing so, made sure to tell Noel that he was her and her Granny’s favourite Town player. It was a special moment for both Zara and Noel. Any wonder then, that she quipped afterwards that “it’s much better than watching stuff on the telly”.

THANKS AGAIN

On Saturday night, we had a significant number of old reliables away on holidays or otherwise unavoidably occupied. It was the same for the car boot sale. However and somehow, volunteers came forward to help out and made a huge difference. It turned out that we were able to cope in all sections. A sincere thanks to all who helped out and please do feel free to volunteer again.

TOP PROGRAMME

Fair play to James Donnelly and Marty Stapleton for producing an excellent cup match programme. The only problem was that it sold out very quickly which, in turn, ensures that in time it’ll become a valuable collectors’ item. So don’t dare throw it away. It was also great seeing Padraig Stapleton back home from London for the game. Though based in Brexit land, Padraig updates and uploads a huge amount of material to our social media platforms which are increasingly important for the club. Between the two lads, we’re getting a reputation of being one of the most and best clicked clubs in the country. Thanks again, lads.

MATCH REPORT: Town knock out Sligo Rovers in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup

Sun Aug 13th 2017

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup First Round

Saturday 12th August 2017 / City Calling Stadium /  7.30pm

Longford Town 4-2 Sligo Rovers

667 were on hand to witness Longford Town defeat Sligo Rovers and dump them out of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup after the first round clash at City Calling Stadium. An early goal from Karl Chambers put Longford in front before Sligo got 2 back to go in leading at the break. Town eventually equalised through Sam Verdon before going on to win 4-2 after extra time with goals from Man of the Match Peter Hopkins and Kealan Dillon.

Longford came into the game minus the services of club captain Kevin O’Connor who picked up an injury a couple of weeks ago and with regular #1 Paul Skinner also on the injury list, U19 keeper Adam Kenny was promoted to the first team bench. Neale Fenn’s men were boosted, however, by the return to fitness of super striker Davy O’Sullivan. Sligo had no injury worries but were without Tobi Adebayo-Rowling who was suspended.

The returning Section O were as loud as ever as the game kicked off. New signing Peter Hopkins signalled his intent immediately with a darting run down the right wing to get a cross in. Sligo, however, were the first with a real chance. Benny Igiehon ended up free in the b0x but Noel Haverty pulled off a last ditch tackle to get it away. Davy O’Sullivan had a chance for Longford as Friel’s cross was met in the air by the Wicklow man but it was over the bar. Moments later Sligo almost opened the scoring but Jack Brady pulled off a brilliant save, the first of many in a possible man of the match performance.

Longford opened the scoring on 26 minutes – Dean Zambra threading a lovely through ball to Karl Chambers in the box who easily put it past Michael Schlingermann in the Sligo goal. The stadium erupted.

Sligo responded almost immediately. Rovers captain John Russell swung a cross in to find Daniel Kearns who made no mistake in heading home. Town players called for offside but to no avail. Sligo got their second 3 minutes before half time, the big man Benny Igiehon, muscling his way through the box and scoring from close range after a Sligo corner wasn’t cleared.

Longford started the second half the livelier of the two. Peter Hopkins, who caused trouble all night, once again getting crosses in from the right hand side. Town began to apply pressure but did have to withstand some Sligo attacks. Brady in goal, pulling off a number of great saves. De Town had a chance to equalise when Daniel O’Reilly leaped high to header a Jake Kelly corner but Schlingermann saved. Don Cowan, who replaced Aidan Friel, was physical from the get go, winning a free immediately after coming on. The free was laid off to Sam Verdon who played in Davy O’Sullivan but his low shot was just wide. Town equalised in the 83rd minute after Sam Verdon headed home brilliantly from a Peter Hopkins cross. There was nothing Schlingermann could do about it. Moments later, Brady came to Longfords rescue once again, this time pulling off a finger tip save to deflect the ball on to the crossbar and out for a corner. Sligo eventually ran out of steam and the game went into extra time with the score level at 2-2.

Town came out all guns blazing in extra time. Karl Chambers and Jake Kelly who never stopped running all night, worked tirelessly to chase every ball down. Longford took the lead after breaking from a Sligo corner. The ball fell to Peter Hopkins who made no mistake in burying it in the back of the net. Neale Fenn and Gary Cronin erupted in joy as the City Calling Stadium rocked. Sligo had a penalty waved away just before half time of extra time. Things went from bad to worse for the Bit O’Red as McDonagh picked up a yellow for diving then moments later was sent off for two footed tackle. Town took advantage of the extra man, breaking out from the back, the ball was played to Kealan Dillon (who replaced Verdon) who then rounded the Sligo defender before cooly slotting it low past Schlingermann to end the game.

In scenes, reminiscent of previous years’ cup runs of old, City Calling Stadium was a cauldron of noise and colour and smiles. In 1969, just like tonight, a Longford Town team many thought to be easy pickings for most premier teams, defeated Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup. Tonight, the same result was achieved, once again proving, that although a lot of things change in football, the fighting spirit of Longford Town FC will always remain.

Longford Town: Jack Brady; Aidan Friel (Don Cowan 76), Noel Haverty, Daniel O’Reilly, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Peter Hopkins, Jake Kelly (Rhys Gorman 112), Dean Zambra, Sam Verdon (Kealan Dillon 104), Karl Chambers; David O’Sullivan.

Subs not used: Adam Kenny, Cody Mulhall, Aodh Dervin, Paul Finnegan.

Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; McDonagh, Leahy, McFadden, Donelon; Russell (Kenny 72), McCabe, Kearns (Cretaro 75); Boylan; Igiehon (Faherty 58), Moorehouse.

Subs not used: Patton, Sharkey, Roddan, Haughton.

Attendance: 667

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2017 First Division

PosClubPWDLPts
1Waterford24157252
2Cobh Ramblers24143745
3UCD24107737
4Cabinteely2488832
5LONGFORD TOWN2487931
6Shelbourne24861030
7Wexford FC24471319
8Athlone Town24451517

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0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

0 - 3
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

0 - 2
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

2 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

0 - 0
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

0 - 0
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

1 - 0
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

5 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

2 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

2 - 2
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

1 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

0 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

1 - 2
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

7 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

7:45 pm
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

7:30 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

7:45 pm
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

7:45 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

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25. Shane FAGAN
Goalkeeper

SPONSOR: Available

Shane is a goalkeeper who moved to Shamrock Rovers in July 2013 from Coventry City. He played with the club’s U19 side in 2013/14 and also made the bench for the senior side in two league games in the 2013 season. He was named in the Hoops’ reserve side ahead of the 2014 First Division season and made his league debut for them against Waterford United at the RSC on 18 April 2014. He finished the season with 5 league appearances for Rovers’ B team, their one and only season of league football.

In February 2015 Shane signed for Eddie Gormley at Cabinteely FC ahead of the team’s first season as a League of Ireland club. He appeared on the bench at the start of the 2015 season before he an injury saw miss him miss out on the rest of the campaign.

In January 2017 Shane played with Longford Town during their pre-season friendly matches.

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18. Jack BRADY
Goalkeeper

SPONSOR: A.P.G Properties

Jack was part of the underage set up at Shelbourne before joining Johnny McDonnell’s first team squad on 13 May 2014. He continued to play for the u19s while appearing on the bench several times during the 2015 First Division season and made his first start in the last game of the campaign, keeping a clean sheet against Cobh Ramblers in a 2-0 win.

Jack then left Shelbourne and signed for Longford Town ahead of the 2017 First Division season.

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1. Paul SKINNER
Goalkeeper

SPONSORS: Caroline & Phil Munnelly

Paul played schoolboys football at Lourdes Celtic before securing a move to the SPL with Celtic in 2005. He spent three years at Parkhead without making the first team and returned to Ireland to sign for Drogheda United in the summer of 2008.

Paul made his debut for Drogheda in a Setanta Cup game against Cork City on 15 September 2008 and made 3 league appearances in the final weeks of that season. He made a further 33 league and cup appearances over the next two seasons, before leaving Drogheda at the end of the 2010 season.

In February 2011 Paul signed for his former Drogheda boss Alan Mathews at Shelbourne and made 10 appearances in all competitions as the Reds won promotion to the Premier Division. He was also an unused substitute in the club’s FAI Cup final defeat to Sligo Rovers. The following year Paul made just 6 league appearances and in December of 2012 he signed for Roddy Collins at Athlone Town.

Paul played 23 games for Athlone in the league as they went on to win the 2013 First Division title. He kept eleven clean sheets during the campaign. Paul re-signed for Athlone for 2014 and went on to make 16 league appearances at the start of the season, keeping four clean sheets, but he didn’t play a game after July 2014 as he lost his place to Ryan Coulter.

In October 2014, Paul joined Longford Town for their 2015 season in the Premier Division. Paul started the first game of the season, a 1-0 away defeat to Dundalk, and went on to make 17 league appearances for the De Town as they finished sixth in the Premier Division. And in 2016 he made another 19 league appearances as Longford were relegated to the First Division.

Paul re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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5. Alan KEHOE
Defender

Alan is a left back who played underage football with St Joseph’s Boys before signing for Shamrock Rovers’ U19s in 2012/13. He re-signed for the 2013/2014 season and was included in the Hoops’ reserve side that competed in the 2014 First Division. He made his league debut for the First Division side against Cobh Ramblers on the opening weekend of the 2014 season and went on to make 16 league appearances that year.

In January 2015 Alan signed for Kevin Doherty at Shelbourne. He went on to make 13 league appearances for Shels as the Dublin club finished fourth in the 2015 First Division. The following season Alan added a further 9 league appearances to his name before leaving the club in July 2016.

Alan joined Premier Division side Bray Wanderers on the last day of July 2016 and made his first league appearance for the Seagulls away to Galway United on 19 July. He made just six league appearances over the latter half of the season, four as substitute, and a year later he left the Wicklow club to join First Division side Longford Town.

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26. Paul FINNEGAN
Defender

Paul is a centre back who played for Dundalk’s U19 side in 2012/13. He also played in the club’s 2013 Leinster Senior Cup game against Shamrock Rovers. In 2014 he played in two of Dundalk’s EA Cup games on their way to lifting that trophy and also made the bench for some league games. He signed his first professional contract with the club in January 2015 and was included in Stephen Kenny’s first team squad ahead of the 2015 season. While he didn’t make a league appearance, he did play in various cup competitions before leaving the club at the end of the season.

He appeared on trial for Galway United during January 2016 before playing for Limerick in their pre-season friendly against Longford Town. He then played for Bray Wanderers in their friendly against Shelbourne in February 2016, and he later signed for the Seasiders. He made his league debut on 11 March 2016 when he replaced Conor Kenna as a 20th minute substitute in a 4-0 defeat to Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park and he made a total of 4 league appearances that year. Paul also turned out for Drogheda United in a summer friendly against MK Dons.

In January 2017, Paul signed for Irish League side Cliftonville but just six months later he returned to the League of Ireland when he signed for Neale Fenn at Longford Town.

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24. Rhys GORMAN
Defender

SPONSOR: Pat Sexton

Rhys is a central midfielder who played for Cherry Orchard before joining the schoolboys set-up at Shamrock Rovers. He captained the Shamrock Rovers U19 squad for the 2012/2013 season.

In June 2013 Rhys signed for Tony Cousins at Longford Town and made his league debut on 14 June as a substitute against Athlone Town. He went on to make 14 league appearances, scoring four goals, as Longford lost to Bray Wanderers in the promotion play-off final. In 2014 Rhys made a further 18 league appearances, scoring one goal in the process, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted. The following year Rhys appeared in 26 of Longford’s Premier Division games, mainly in the centre of defence, as they finished sixth in the Premier Division. He missed the opening three months of 2016 through injury and made just 15 league appearances over the season, one which saw Longford relegated back to the First Division.

Rhys re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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19. Daniel O’REILLY
Defender

SPONSOR: A.P.G. Properties

Daniel is a centre back who played underage football with Cherry Orchard before signing for Fulham FC in November 2010 at just 15 years of age. He had a loan spell at non-league side Walton Casuals before leaving Craven Cottage to join Hereford United in August 2014. His stay with Hereford was a short one and on 24 November 2014 Daniel signed for Conference side Bishop’s Stortford.

On 23 December 2014 Daniel returned home to sign for Alan Mathews at Bray Wanderers. He was a regular under Matthews and his successor Tarnogrodzki and played in the first 11 league games. However, the constant change of management saw Daniel make only 3 more appearances, although he was constantly on the bench, as Bray finished eighth in the Premier Division.

In December 2015, Daniel followed Dave Scully to O’Devaney Dunard but within weeks he had signed for Longford Town, in time for the start of the 2016 season. He made 8 league appearances for the club before leaving in July 2016. His absence from the Town dressing room was brief, however, and with former boss Alan Mathews now in charge he signed for Longford again ahead of their 2017 First Division campaign.

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4. Noel HAVERTY
Defender

SPONSORS: McGrath’s Texaco Centra, Sligo Road, Longford

Noel was a successful member of the St Patrick’s Athletic Schoolboys section for a number of years befoe breaking into the club’s U21 team while still playing with the U16s. He was a part of the FAI FAS training scheme and has won Irish under age international caps, most notably as captain for an Under 17 friendly match in Dalymount Park in 2006 and as part of the Under 18 International squad for 2007.

In July 2007 Noel went on loan to Shelbourne where he made his League debut on 1st September in a 4-0 win over Limerick 37 at Tolka Park. He made a total of 8 league appearances for Shels before returning to St Pats at the end of the 2007 season.

Back at St Pats he continued as a squad player, making 31 league appearances over the next three seasons, but at the end of 2010 he was released by the club. In January of 2011 it was announced that he had signed for Alan Mathews at Shelbourne. However, one month later, it emerged that Noel would not be joining the club after all and he took no part in the 2011 season.

In January 2012 Noel returned to League football, signing for Tony Cousins at Longford Town. He made his debut for the midlanders in a 1-0 win away to Mervue United on the opening night of the 2012 season and scored 4 times in 23 league appearances as The Town narrowly missed out on promotion, losing out to Waterford United in the play-off semi-finals.

Noel signed on for the 2013 season but it would again in a close call as Longford lost to Bray Wanderers in the play-off final. Noel had played twenty two times during the campaign, scoring one goal that came in a 2-1 derby win over Athlone Town. Noel once again re-signed for Longford for the 2014 season in the First Division.

The third time was the charm, as Noel finally tasted promotion with Longford Town. This was done in style as Longford won the First Division title. Noel played sixteen games for the club during the league campaign but he left Longford Town at the end of the season due to work commitments.

In August 2015, Noel returned to Longford Town and scored on his first appearance, in a 1-1 draw with Bohemians at Dalymount Park. He had time to make just 3 league appearances as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division but in 2016 he made 19 league appearances for De Town who finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated.

In November 2016, Noel then re-signed for the 2017 season with Longford.

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3. Tristan NOACK-HOFMANN
Defender

SPONSOR: Phil Munnelly

Tristan played for German club FK Pirmasens and Mullingar Athletic before joining Longford Town’s u19 squad for the 2015 short season. In January 2016 Tristan signed for the first team ahead of the Premier Division campaign and made his senior debut against Drumcondra in the Leinster Senior Cup on 7 March 2016. His league debut came five weeks later in a 1-1 draw against Derry City at City Calling Stadium and he went on to make 7 league appearances as De Town suffered relegation to the First Division.

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2. Aidan FRIEL
Defender

SPONSORS: Andy Byrne’s Bar, Ballymahon St, Longford

Aidan played with Strabane Athletic until signing for Eddie Wallace at Athlone Town on 19 January 2015. Aidan made his league debut at Lisseywoolen against Finn Harps on 5 June 2015 and went onto make 17 league appearances for Athlone in the First Division. In December 2015, Aidan moved to promoted Premier Division side Wexford Youths where he made 26 league appearances in 2016, a season that saw Wexford relegated via the play-offs.

In November 2016, Aidan left Wexford to join Longford Town ahead of the 2017 season.

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9. Kaleem SIMON
Midfielder

Kaleem played for UCD’s U19 side in 2013/14 and turned out for Aaron Callaghan’s senior side in a summer friendly against Bradford City in July 2014. He made his league debut three days later against Cork City at Turner’s Cross on 18 July and finished the season with three substitute appearances in the Premier Division.

In December 2014, Kaleem moved to Premier Division side Longford Town and scored twice in 24 league games as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division. He re-signed for the 2016 season and played in 29 of Longford’s Premier Division games, scoring once, in a 1-1 draw at home to Galway United. But Longford were relegated at the end of the season and in December 2016 he signed for Keith Long at Bohemians. He then left Bohs in July 2017 and re-signed for Longford Town in July 2017.

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22. Dan BEYA
Midfielder

SPONSOR: Jac-O-Bite Café, Termon House, Longford

Dan played with Longford Town’s U17 squad for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and in January 2017 he was included in the senior squad for the club’s pre-season matches.

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21. Aodh DERVIN
Midfielder

SPONSOR: Kane’s Travel, Ballymahon Street, Longford

Aodh played with Longford Town’s U17 squad for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and in January 2017 he was included in the senior squad for the club’s pre-season matches.

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17. Cody MULHALL
Midfielder

SPONSOR: Integral Facilities UK

Cody is a Republic of Ireland underage international who played with Dublin side Stella Maris before joining SPL side Hibernian in the summer of 2013. However, a serious injury impacted his time at the club he left Hibs in January 2015 without making a senior appearance. Shortly after, he was in the squad for Shamrock Rovers’ friendly in a pre-season against Brann but another long-term injury prevented him from signing for the club.

In January 2016, after training with the PFAI squad, Cody was a part of the Shamrock Rovers squad that played UCD in a pre-season friendly. However, he wasn’t offered a deal by the Tallaght side and, in May 2016, Longford Town announced that they had signed Cody for the remainder of the season. He made his League of Ireland debut against Bohemians at City Calling Stadium on 2 July 2016 but this would prove to be Cody’s only league appearance when injury again ended his season.

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16. Gavin BOYNE
Midfielder

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Gavin played with St Patrick’s Athletic’s U19s in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and during his time at Richmond Park he made 1 senior appearance, coming on as a substitute in a 5-0 win over UCD on 1st October 2012. In the summer of 2014 he crossed the M50 to sign for Shamrock Rovers Reserve side which was competing in the First Division and he made his debut for the Rovers B side against Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park on 28 June 2014.

In January 2015 Gavin played with Athlone Town during their pre-season preparations. He impressed enough to sign for the club in February 2015. Gavin played twenty-four times during the 2015 First Division season scoring three goals, as Athlone finished fifth. In November 2015, Gavin moved to division rivals Shelbourne where he made his first appearance against Shelbourne at Tolka Park on the opening night of the 2016 season. His first goal for the Reds came three weeks later against Drogheda United, also at Tolka Park, and he finished the season with three goals from 22 league appearances..

In November, 2016 Gavin left Shelbourne to sign with Longford Town ahead of the 2017 campaign.

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12. Karl CHAMBERS
Midfielder

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Karl played for Sacred Heart before moving to Longford Town’s U19 squad for the 2015 short season. He was added to Tony Cousins’ senior team in August 2015 and later signed a deal to play for De Town for the 2016 season. He made his league debut away to Cork City on 14 March 2016 and made 4 league appearances, all from the bench, over the course of that season.

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11. Kevin O’CONNOR
Midfielder

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Kevin joined Worcester City in 2010 and made 90 appearances during his two seasons at the club. In July 2012 he returned to Ireland, signing for Pat Devlin at Bray Wanderers making his debut for Bray against Sligo Rovers on 7 July. He went on to make 13 appearances for the club in the league and he signed on for Bray for the 2013 season.

Kevin played 20 league games for Bray Wanderers in 2013, scoring one goal in the 4-4 draw with Limerick FC, as Bray stayed in the Premier Division after defeating Longford Town in the play-offs. He joined Longford Town in January 2014. He went on to make 24 league appearances, scoring two goals, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted. In 2015 Kevin was a central component to the Longford midfield as he played in 32 league games, thrice scoring important goals, as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division. However, 2016, Kevin’s third season with the Midlands club, saw Longford relegated to the First Division. He made 26 league appearances that year, scoring twice.

Kevin then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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10. Jake KELLY
Midfielder

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Jake started his League of Ireland career at Bray Wanderers in 2008 and made his debut as a substitute in an away defeat to Drogheda United on 1st August. He then scored his first goal in a 3-1 away win over Dundalk in an FAI Cup replay on 18 August. He made a total of 13 league and cup appearances in his debut season. In 2009 Jake cemented his place in the Bray Wanderers side and over the next three seasons he added 84 league appearances and scored 26 league goals.

In January 2012 Jake signed for Liam Buckley at St Patrick’s Athletic. He made his Pats debut against his former club, Bray, on the opening night of the 2012 season and made 24 league appearances that year, also playing in the club’s FAI Cup final defeat to Derry City. Jake made just 4 league starts in 2013 but totaled 16 league appearances thanks to 12 appearances from the bench. He also scored four league goals as Pats won their seventh League title.

In January 2014, Jake returned to Bray Wanderers. He was mainstay of the side, apart from when an injury in April ruled him out for nine games, as he scored five goals in twenty-two games for the club. The Seagulls finished tenth in the table and just avoided the relegation play-offs. In December 2014, Jake signed for Stephen Kenny at Dundalk.

Jake made 6 substitute league appearances for Dundalk, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Bohemians, and was on the bench for their European matches against BATE Borisov. In July 2015, Jake moved to Bohemians, managed by former Bray assistant Keith Long, and went on to be an influential signing as he scored five goals in 10 league appearances as Bohs finished fifth in the Premier Division. In 2016 Jake made 23 league appearances, scoring three times but left Dalymount Park at the end of the season to sign for Alan Mathews at Longford Town.

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7. Kealan DILLON
Midfielder

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Kealan played with Hull City’s development squad and appeared for the club’s reserve team but was released in May 2013. A month later he joined Sottish Premier League side St Mirren but he left the club at the end of 2013 and returned to Ireland where he signed for Mick Cooke at Athlone Town in January 2014.

Kealan made 32 league appearances for Athlone in 2014, missing only the last game of the season due to accumulating to many yellow cards. He scored four goals too, as Athlone were narrowly relegated on the final day of the season under manager Keith Long, who had taken over from Mick Cooke half way through the season. In November 2014, Kealan followed Long to Bohemians.

Kealan made 21 league appearances for Bohemians during 2015, scoring a goal of the season contender in a 2-1 win over Derry City, as Bohs finished fifth in the Premier Division. But he spent just one season at Dalymount Park and in November 2015 Kealen moved to Longford Town under Tony Cousins. He played in 28 of Longford’s 33 league games in 2016, a season in which the Midlands club was relegated to the First Division.

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6. Dean ZAMBRA
Midfielder

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Dean made his league debut for Bray Wanderers on the final day of the 2008 season in a 2-0 defeat away to Sligo Rovers. He did not appear for the club in 2009 but became a regular during the 2010 season, making 20 league appearances and scoring once. In 2011 Dean cemented his place in the Bray team, making 28 league and cup appearances and scoring three times.

Dean remained a key part of Bray’s starting eleven making a further 58 league appearances over the 2012 and 2013 seasons and when Alan Mathews took over the managerial reins from Pat Devlin in 2014 he was once again central to Bray’s match day squad, starting in all 33 of the club’s Premier Division games that year. Dean took a break from league football in 2015, which extended through the 2016 season. But in January 2017 Dean rejoined the league when he signed for Alan Mathews at Longford Town.

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8. Sam VERDON
Forward

Sam played for St Patrick’s Athletic’s U19s in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and he was included in Liam Buckley’s first team squad ahead of the 2014 Premier Division season. He made his debut, and only appearance of the season, in a 3-1 win over Bohemians in April 2014.

Sam made more progress in 2015, appearing in 9 league games as the Saints finished fourth in the Premier Division. He also won an EA Sports Cup winner’s medal when Pats beat Galway United on penalties in the final. He was an unused substitute that day, and was also on the bench when Pats repeated the feat in 2016, beating Limerick 4-1 in the final at the Markets Field. 2016 also saw Sam’s first league goal, scored in a 3-3 draw with Longford Town on 13 May, a week after he had made his European debut against Jeunesse Esch in the Europa League.

Sam left St Pats in July 2017 and just a few days later he signed for Neale Fenn at Longford Town.

23. Don COWAN
Forward

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Don was a key member of Shamrock Rovers 2009 ‘A’ Championship side, scoring the goal that beat Salthill Devon in the final of that competition. In 2009 Don made 5 league appearances for Rovers and a further 3 followed in 2010. But, with limited opportunities, Don joined Longford Town on loan mid way through the season.

In the latter half of 2010 Don made 13 league appearances under Tony Cousins at Flancare Park and signed a permanent deal with Longford in time for the start of the 2011 season. Things really started to happen for Don in 2011 and he scored eight goals in 19 league appearances before signing for League One side Stevenage FC in September of that year.

Don’s debut for Stevenage came in a 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 17 December 2011 but injury dogged his time at the club and he only made 9 appearances in his eighteen months there. He made one league appearance while on loan at Braintree Town but, again, injury intervened and shortly after returning to Stevenage, on 12 January 2013, he was released.

Don went on to play for Dundee and Southend United before returning home to Ireland in January 2014 when he signed back at Longford Town. He went on to play 22 times in the league for De Town, scoring three goals, as they won the First Division title.. Don re-signed for the 2015 season in the Premier Division although injury limited him to just 10 league appearances, scoring once in a 2-1 win over Galway United. In 2016 Don made 21 league appearances for Longford but the Midlands club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated back to the First Division

Don then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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15. David O’SULLIVAN
Forward

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David is an Irish amateur international striker who played for Wayside Celtic in the Leinster Senior League until he signed for Tony Cousins at Longford Town in January 2013. He made his league debut for the club on the opening night of the 2013 season and scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Salthill Devon. He went on to finish with an incredible twenty-one goals in 28 league appearances for Longford, as they unfortunately lost to Bray Wanderers in the promotion play-off final.

The 2014 season was nearly identical to the previous one, although this time it had a happy ending for Longford fans. David hit another twenty-one goals in 28 league appearances, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted to the Premier Division. David went on to score seven times in 30 league appearances in the 2015 Premier Division as Longford finished sixth, but in 2016 Longford finished bottom of the table and were relegated back to the First Division despite David’s hall of eight goals from 31 league outings.

David then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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