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Supporters’ Club Notes 21/7/2014

TOWN SINK COBH Thanks to a stunning hat-trick by the club’s all-time record breaking David O’Sullivan, De Town maintained top spot in the First Division by defeating Cobh 0-3 down in Cobh.

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Supporters’ Club Notes 21/7/2014

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TOWN SINK COBH

Thanks to a stunning hat-trick by the club’s all-time record breaking David O’Sullivan, De Town maintained top spot in the First Division by defeating Cobh 0-3 down in Cobh. It’s a long way down to the Co. Cork town and it can be a tricky assignment and one wag summed it all up with “ hopefully that’s our last trip to Cobh”.

De Town opened the scoring after the hard working Gary Shaw fed Sully who slotted home just before the half hour mark. Following that goal, the home side upped their tempo but two minutes before the half time whistle, Sully set the place alight with goal number two following a Mark Salmon free kick.

Overall it was a very assured performance with Don Cowan being a constant thorn for the Cobh defenders. On 50 minutes and following a 50/50 challenge Stephen Rice indicated to the bench that he wasn’t fit to continue and was replaced by Rhys Gorman. Hopefully Rice’s coming off was more precautionary than anything more serious.

It was that man Don Cowan who helped send the travelling support into rapture when his deadly accurate cross found the head of a diving Sully who made it 0-3 and his well-earned hat trick. What a night for our top marksman, he bags a hat-trick on the occasion of being De Town’s top all-time scorer. Nominating man of the match was never easier! And with eight consecutive clean sheets, Paul Hunt set a club record too. Any wonder the long trip home simply flew by in a red and black haze. Well done to all who made the long trip.

SUPER SCORER SULLY SETS CLUB RECORD
Sully or David O’Sullivan, it doesn’t matter what you call him but the down to earth striker has written himself into the club history books with his incredible scoring prowess. Until Saturday night, Richie Parsons held the record with 43 goals in all competitions (but over a longer period ). Sully exploded to the top spot with his stunning hat trick (3rd of 3 hat tricks, I think) against Cobh to bring his strike total to 45 goals. He has found the back of the net 39 times in the League, 4 times in the FAI Cup and twice in the Leinster Senior Cup. And to put his magnificent strike rate into context, here’s the tally from some other Town legends; Stephen Kelly 37; Eric Lavine and Keith O Connor 34; Dave Mooney and Alan Kirby 29; Dessie Baker 25 and Mark Salmon 23.
Another history maker on Saturday night was a thrilled Paul Hunt who kept 8 consecutive clean sheets and creates a club record. No wonder he was grinning a grin as wide as Cork harbour when he was coming off. Well done lads and hopefully the records can be added to.

WEXFORD AGAIN, TUESDAY.
This Tuesday July 22nd, sees us play our match in hand against Wexford Youths. Never mind that it’s at home or that we beat them 0-2 down there. Mick Wallace said after that game that it was the Youths worst performance ever, so you can expect a serious back lash on Tuesday evening. They had their own hat-trick hero in Danny Furlong in a comprehensive away win against Waterford so it’s a clash of the hat-trick heroes. But it’ll be a lot more than that, it’ll be a very tough, tight encounter from an ever improving and confident Youths side who fear no team and indeed will relish upsetting the apple cart on Tuesday. It’s important that a large crowd comes out to support De Town because, should we win, it will provide a three point cushion between ourselves and Shels. But, it’s going to be tough, very tough. 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Mark Salmon should receive his June award, for player of the month, before the Wexford game, otherwise it’ll be at the Waterford game. Mark has made a massive contribution to the Town’s recent good run of wins and it’s especially good to see him doing so well after his horror injury picked up in Athlone last season. Our last game of July will be this Saturday, so then it’s time to start texting your nomination for the July winner. Text your nomination to 087 9896269 along with your own name and the presentation will be made on August 9th before the game against Finn Harps.

WATERFORD ON SATURDAY

City Calling Stadium, this Saturday evening at 7.30 is the place to be when we welcome Waterford. Always a tough nut to crack, this promises to be no different from every other encounter with the Blues. No matter what the outcome is against Wexford, it matters not a whit that we sit on top of the table. Bitter and recent experience has surely taught us that lesson. But what we really, really need is a large and vocal support. The players have certainly lifted sporting hearts of late and they deserve your support. See you there and be on time, this time.

BIRTHDAY BOY

Well, calling him a birthday boy might be stretching the imagination just a little but happy and belated wishes to Seamus Murray who had plenty of candles to blow out at the weekend. But no bother to him, he didn’t need a second attempt.

ARTISTS AT WORK

Barry Masterson will be holding an exhibition of quality prints taken in the City Calling Stadium from July 31st to August 3rd in the former Grasshopper shop beside the Courtyard Cafe and Bakery. It opens at 7pm on the Thursday where you’ll see the home of great football like never before. Another artist hard at work is Padraig Stapleton who has produced a striking website poster of our record breaking striker, David O’Sullivan…despite being on holidays in Madeira. And not to be outdone, Fitzy Óg also produced a fantastic image for his own record breaking tweet. Some talent we have on the pitch and some creative talent we have, off the pitch too.

AND FINALLY

Thanks to the excellent ( anon ) note writer who took over last week while this scribbler drank gallons s of strong tea after drawing home thousands of silage bales !

Longford Town artist features City Calling Stadium in exhibition

Here are a selection of photos taken by Longford Town fan and local artist Barry Masterson, some of which will be on exhibition in Longford this Thursday the 31st of July until the 3rd of August. The official opening of this group exhibition ‘Limericks Longford Artists’, in conjunction with Cruthú Arts Festival 2014, will take place at 7pm on the 31st of July, in the ex-Grasshoppers Boutique located between the Shopping Centre car park and the Courtyard Café, all are welcome. More information on the event and it’s whereabouts can be found on its facebook page. Barry has recently launched his own website where you can see more examples of his work. www.barrymasterson.com

Supporters Club Notes (15/07/14)

As mentioned in last week’s notes, this week’s musings are being brought to you by a different scribbler while our resident scribe is off for the time being working on his tan. While we are not sure if we can fulfil the promise from last week that they will be of a higher quality, we will say that they will have more of a Section O influence, so if it’s tea and silage you want to read about, you’ll have to wait until next week!

New Fixture Date for Rovers B vs Town

The fixture between Shamrock Rovers B and Longford Town in Tallaght Stadium, has been refixed for Friday August 1st, with an 8pm kick-off.

Shamrock Rovers B v Longford Town

Friday August 1st 2014

Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Kick-off: 8.00pm

Underage Awards at City Calling Stadium

There was a big turnout at the presentation of underage awards at City Calling Stadium following the SSE Airtricity League game against Shelbourne recently.

It was fantastic to see so many talented young local men decked out in the red and black. There was a buzz of anticipation in the Clubhouse as the Senior players arrived in following their impressive performance against the Dublin team which resulted in them going top of the SSE Airtricity league for the first time this season.

LTFC Club Chairman Jim Hanley addressed the group and thanked all the underage coaches, managers and staff for their tremendous work in the last couple of years. The underage structures at the club are now well established and there is an increased number of talented youngsters availing of the top class coaching provided by the Club for boys under 15 to under 19. It is also worth noting that the Gaynor Cup girls under 14 team who represented Longford this year also received awards at half time during this game.

The Club Chairman also spoke on the progress of the new development at City Calling Stadium. The new pitch and training pitch are now in place and seeded and will be ready for action in 2015. However there is still a long way to go and the continued support of the local community is crucial in order to complete the development.

In concluding his address Jim thanked all the players and their parents. They all showed great commitment throughout the season and represented Longford Town to the best of their ability at all times.

Longford Town Senior Manager Tony Cousins presented the awards. The deserving winners were as follows:

Under 17

Player of the Year: Conor Dillon

Most Improved Player of the Year: Aaron Nally

Under 18

Player of the Year: Peter Hanley

Most Improved Player of the Year: Francis Molloy

Under 19

Player of the Year: Lee Higgins

Most Improved Player of the Year: Damien McGarry

Congratulations and well done to all the award winners. The good news for all these players is that the new season for underage starts in a couple of weeks so trials have already taken place for all age groups with over 250 attending!

The future is looking bright. Regular updates on the progress of the teams in their respective leagues will be available in local media and the LTFC website. Good luck to all involved!

All-time Scorers List Updated…

It’s not too often that our stats man, Marty Stapleton gets it wrong. But after a check of the record books, he has spotted that in fact, David O’Sullivan needs one more to equal Richie Parsons’ record. We wouldn’t put it past Davy to put that right in the near future. To make up for the oversight, he’s put together a comprehensive stat breakdown of our top all-time scorers.

All-time scorers top 10 (1984/85 to date)

43- Richie Parsons
42- David O’Sullivan
37- Stephen Kelly
34- Eric Lavine, Keith O’Connor
33- OG
29- Dave Mooney, Alan Kirby
25- Dessie Baker
23- Mark Salmon

League (top two)

39- Richie Parsons
36- David O’Sullivan

Breakdown of Parsons’ 43 goals:

League: 39
Leinster Senior Cup: 1
League Cup: 1
FAI Cup: 1
LOI Shield: 1

Breakdown of O’Sullivan’s 42 goals:

League: 36
FAI Cup: 4
Leinster Senior Cup: 2

Richie Parsons goalscoring record season by season

92/93: 15
93/94: 14
99/00: 14

Davy O’Sullivan’s goalscoring record season by season

2013: 27
2014: 15

LTFC World Cup Quiz at Coys Bar, Thursday night!

There may be no World Cup matches next Thursday night, but Longford Town FC will be hosting a World Cup Quiz in Coy’s Bar in Longford on Thursday, July 10th with tables of four, 30.

Proceedings get underway at 8.30pm and all support welcome! Get your thinking caps on….

LTFC World Cup Quiz

Supporters Club Notes (06/07/14)

TOWN TOPPLE SHELS

On a perfect night for football, Longford Town produced a scintillating display to dispatch league leaders Shelbourne with an emphatic 3-0 defeat. Played in front of a very large vocal crowd, the disappointing travelling support didn’t have much opportunity to make their voices heard. From the very start, De Town were clearly the better side in every department from bench to the last squad member. The chances came quick and fast and how the Shels goals remained intact was a mystery, even the woodwork came to their rescue a few times.

De Town hit top spot in 3-0 thriller at City Calling

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Some of the thrills, skills, spills and goals from an action packed game tonight at the City Calling Stadium where Longford Town had a comprehensive 3-0 win over Shelbourne to go top of the league table…C’mon De Town

Also Martin Stapleton presenting David O’Sullivan with his Player of the month trophy for May.

The underage Girl’s victorious squad were also present to watch De Town’s impressive 3-0 win against Shels… plus more pics by Tiernan!

LTFC U-17 and Youths Trials at City Calling Stadium

LTFC Trials
We also have confirmation of the Under 17′s and Youth trials, both taking place at City Calling Stadium this month.
Under 17 (DOB 1998-99) trial, Tuesday 8th of July @ 6.30pm, City Calling Stadium
Youths (DOB 1997-98) trial, Wednesday 9th of July @ 6.3opm, City Calling Stadium
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