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Interview with our new signing, Chris Mulhall

Wed Nov 22nd 2017

INTERVIEW BY ANDREW DEMPSEY | LTFC.ie

Having swapped United Park for the City Calling Stadium last week, Chris Mulhall got talking on the phone with Andrew Dempsey for LTFC.ie, where the former Limerick FC man was discussing his move to De Town, his hopes for the season ahead and his thoughts on the new structure of the First Division in 2018.

Speaking on why he decided to join Longford Town, Mulhall revealed that he was quite close to joining up with Neale Fenn and Longford Town during the summer transfer window when he made the decision to part ways with Limerick in July.  He also added that Fenn’s footballing philosophy played a role in his decision.

“I was close to signing for the club when I was looking to get out of Limerick. Neale rang me in the summer transfer window and it was close to happening then. I’ve heard good things about Neale’s football and how he likes to play, and I think that football is probably the best for me.”

“The only reason I didn’t join in the summer was that I wanted to stay in the premier at the time and try to get myself a few goals and what not. The challenge at Drogheda was to stay clear of relegation, and I saw that as a challenge!”

The former UCD, Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Limerick and most recently Drogheda United man then got talking on how he was convinced by Town boss Neale Fenn to play for the FAI Cup Winners of ‘03 and ’04.

“Neale was always very close to signing me and the second time he rang I had a chat with him, met him twice and yeah, he convinced me. The team he’s trying to put together seems like a good one and we’ve got every chance in getting promoted.”

Undoubtedly, Mulhall said that he is keen to establish a strong relationship with the Longford Town supporters, akin to the strong bond he established with the Limerick FC fans while at the Markets Field.

“Yeah without doubt, any support of mine has been really appreciative of my hard work. They’ll always get that out of me and luckily enough down in Limerick it all came together, scoring a lot of goals and winning trophies. As a result, I had great relationship with the Limerick fans and still do to this day. Yeah definitely if we can get the fans on side. I’m a player that will work hard and it will be definitely a big aim of mine to get the fans on side myself.”

Mulhall, no stranger to gaining promotion from the First Division, having achieved the feat with no less than three clubs, has said that he is looking to help Neale Fenn and Longford Town secure Premier Division football at the City Calling Stadium for the 2019 campaign.

“That’s exactly it, that’s the reason I’m going here! As I said talking with Neale about the players that he’s trying to bring in, and the players that are already signed back, he’s got work done nice and early.”

“We’d like to think that when we get back in January that the squad will be nearly finalised. I’m not saying that we’re going to have a head start on teams but if you can get your squad in nice and early you can build for the pre-season.”

“It’s only six weeks long and the team needs to know exactly what they want to do ahead of the start of the season. So hopefully we get a good start and hopefully we’ll be in the mix for promotion for the end of the season.”

14 March 2014; UCD’s Chris Mulhall, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal with team-mate Tomas Boyle. Airtricity League Premier Division, St Patrick’s Athletic v UCD, Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Finally, the Birmingham-born Mulhall revealed his thoughts on how he thinks the newly-structured First Division will play out next season, saying that he thinks it will be a more competitive spectacle than the previous two seasons.

“Last time I was in the First Division (with Limerick) there was only 7 I think so it wasn’t very good. Every 6/7 weeks you’re back around playing the same team. The 10 team (league) will definitely suit the First Division with the games being a lot more competitive. Obviously the three coming down and the teams that were already in it from last year will make it very competitive.”

“But, look it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to. The last two years in the First Division, Limerick the team who I was involved with were far too strong for it and Waterford were probably the same last year. So, this year I would expect it to be a little bit closer with 4 or 5 teams fighting it out.”


Jamie Hollywood signs for De Town while Cian Byrne re-signs for 2018 season

Mon Nov 20th 2017

Welcome to De Town, Jamie Hollywood! Jamie signs from Drogheda United, plays as a centre midfielder and has also previously played for Bohemians U19s. We are also pleased to announce that we have re-signed midfielder Cian Byrne for the 2018 season.




Upcoming Longford Town FC Hamper Christmas Draw

Sun Nov 19th 2017

Tickets will be available for our Christmas Hamper Draw in the coming week. Please support and come along on the night.
Details of our Christmas shop will be shared in the coming week also, keep an eye out on social media channels.



Longford Town FC Stats (1984/85 – 2017)

Sat Nov 18th 2017

ALL TIME: Longford Town Goalscorers (1984/85 – 2017)

82 Davy O’Sullivan
43 Richie Parsons
37 Stephen Kelly
34 Eric Lavine, Keith O’Connor
32 Mark Salmon, Gary Shaw
29 Dave Mooney, Alan Kirby
25 Dessie Baker
20 Sean Francis
18 Clive O’Neill, Shay Zellor
17 Pierce Walsh, Mark Devlin, Derek Glynn
16 Pat ‘Zac’ Hackett, Gavin Drummond, Stephen Gavin, Barry Ferguson, Darren McKenna
15 Dax Kealy, Don Cowan
14 Vinny Perth, Shane Barrett
13 Martin Smyth, Leo Devlin, Daniel Purdy
12 Damien Dunleavy
11 Stuart Holt
10 Sean Prunty, John Martin, Rhys Gorman

ALL TIME: Longford Town Appearances (1984/85 – 2017)

305 Stephen O’Brien
264 Alan Kirby
238 Vinny Perth
229 Sean Prunty
212 Pat Hackett
195 Alan Murphy
186 Stephen Kelly
175 Mark Salmon
160 Davy O’Sullivan
154 Eric Lavine
153 Wes Byrne
151 Leo Devlin
149 Sean Dillon
148 Anthony Keenan
147 Paul McNally
142 Dessie Baker
140 Shay Zellor
134 Barry Ferguson
130 Enda Kenny
129 Gary Shaw
125 Don Cowan
122 Mark Devlin
119 Kevin O’Connor
116 Stephen Gavin, Noel Haverty
115 Davy Flaherty
111 Eamonn Synnott
110 John Martin
109 Keith O’Connor
107 Shane Barrett
104 Rhys Gorman

Top 5: Longford Town Substitute Appearances (1984/85 – 2017)

52 Vinny Perth
50 Shay Zellor
38 Don Cowan
37 Stuart Holt
36 Paddy Mulvihill

Top 5: Most sendings off (1984/85 – 2017)

8 Barry Ferguson
6 Vinny Perth
5 Alan Murphy
4 Frank Darby, Keith Gillespie

Teams Longford Town have played against (1984/85 – 2017)

82 Finn Harps,Waterford
81 Athlone Town
69 Monaghan Utd
66 UCD
65 Drogheda Utd
59 Bray Wanderers
56 Shelbourne
53 EMFA/Kilkenny City
51 Limerick
50 Derry City
49 St Pats Athletic, Cobh Ramblers
48 Cork City
45 Home Farm
44 Bohemians
42 Galway Utd, Shamrock Rovers
35 Wexford
32 Sligo Rovers
31 Dundalk
22 St James Gate
21 Mervue Utd
17 St Francis
15 Newcastlewest, Salthill Devon
9 Kildare County
8 Sporting Fingal
5 Dublin City
4 Shamrock Rovers “B”
3 Ballyfermot Utd, Wayside Celtic, Cabinteely
2 Lusk Utd, FC Lovech, FC Vaduz, Glentoran, Linfield, Carmarthen Town Sheriff YC
1 Pegasus, TEK Utd, Connacht Senior League, Castlebar Celtic, Avondale, Whitehall Rangers, Portmarnock
  CIE Ranch, Tolka Rovers, Leeds FC, Waterford Crystal, Mayo League, Celbridge Town, Fanad Utd, Killester Utd
  Cherry Orchard, Pike Rovers, St Kevins Boys, Shamrock Rovers (Enniscorthy), Cockhill Celtic, Drumcondra
  Firhouse Clover, Bangor Celtic

Players who have scored in the most seasons (1984-/85 – 2017)

7 Stephen Kelly
6 Pat Hackett, Vinny Perth, Alan Kirby, Sean Prunty, Mark Salmon
5 Leo Devlin, Mark Devlin, Davy O’Sullivan

Players who have played in the most seasons (1984-/85 – 2017)

10 Leo Devlin
8 Pat Hackett, Stephen Kelly, Stephen O’Brien, Sean Prunty


Welcome to De Town, Chris Mulhall!

Mon Nov 13th 2017

As revealed by our manager Neale Fenn on Twitter earlier, the club are pleased to announce the signing of ex Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, UCD, Limerick and Drogheda midfielder Chris Mulhall! #welcometodetown




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1Waterford28178359
2Cobh Ramblers28163951
3UCD28138747
4Shelbourne281171040
5LONGFORD TOWN281081038
6Cabinteely281081038
7Wexford FC28471719
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