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Best of luck to Rhys Gorman!

Wed Oct 18th 2017

A classy farewell from our midfielder Rhys Gorman who announced his departure from the club. Best of luck for the future Rhys and thanks for everything!



Longford Town supporting Football Against Racism Europe

Wed Oct 18th 2017

We at Longford Town support Football Against Racism Europe.

Our photos show 25 users of Longford Direct Provision centre who were our guests at the last match of the season.

Also the team warmed up and wore bibs with the UEFA Respect slogan.

The children at Melview National School also played their own match while sporting the UEFA Anti Racism t-shirts.




An End of Season tribute by Tiernan Dolan

Tue Oct 10th 2017

End of Season Tribute by Tiernan Dolan

And so it came to pass, that our  season came to an end.

One long, lonely, shrill whistle was all it took. Game over, season done.

Supporters bowed their heads, pulled down their woolly hats & wept silently – comforting one another,  they departed their cathedral of thrills and spills, dreams and nightmares.

Soon the floodlights would be dimmed and all the land covered in the darkness of a long, bleak winter.

Frost and snow will cover the lush green carpet.  Gales and storms will replace the cheers and witty chants while red and black ghosts will surely stalk the tunnel.

But the philosopher of the roundy ball predicted that soon the snows will melt and the sun will strengthen & brighten and hope will again be restored as we awaken to follow Fenn to the promised land in season 2018.

C’mon de Town!!!

 




A tribute to retiring Town hero, Noel Haverty

Mon Oct 9th 2017

By lifelong Town fan, Cathal McGuinness

Saturday brought an end to another season with The Town finishing 5th (4th really, Shelbourne got 2 points by default). The planning for next season will begin straight away for Neale Fenn with a few players coming & a few going. Unfortunately one almost certainly going is Kildare man & former underage international Noel Haverty due to work commitments.

Noel has been one of my favourite Town players in his almost 6 seasons with us.

He put his head in places where most wouldn’t put their boot and he gave 100% & more in every game. When Noel entered the pitch he was ready to go to war, and more times than not he was patched up so he could play. Anyone that thinks a non local doesn’t give the same as a local should look at Noel!

On behalf of myself (& all Town fans I’m sure), I’d like to thank Noel & wish him well in life, work & sport.

I think Clane has been pretty good to Longford with Glenn Ryan also from there, and he too is fondly remembered here in Longford! Best of luck Noel!

 


 

Supporters’ Club Notes (08/10/2017)

Sun Oct 8th 2017

WINNING FINALE

Apart from the annoying midges, Saturday night last was a perfect night for football. With a 7.45pm kick off, instead of our usual 7.30pm almost everyone was in the City Calling Stadium on time for a change. Despite there being nothing much at stake, the players gave it their all. It ended with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Sully header, which left us in fifth place.

For a final game of the campaign though, it had an excellent atmosphere no doubt aided by the born again Section O and a group of new comers to the City Calling Stadium as well as a growing youth attendance. Just like the previous week in Waterford, local lad Aodh Dervin put in an outstanding performance who somehow managed to cover every blade of grass. It was a good night too for young Nenagh based keeper Jack Brady who brought off yet another flying save from a free kick.

As usual, we thought we deserved a few more goals but at least we left the 2017 stage with a victory and if the Republic could manage the same against Wales on Monday night, we’d all be happy – irrespective of the midges.

WELCOME GUESTS

Fair play to our over worked chairperson Avril Gilchriest and Carmel Daly who worked together to make a very special night for about 20 residents of the Direct Provision Hostel, Richmond Street. A bus was provided to bring the lads to and from the game. From the moment of alighting the bus, they helped create a terrific upbeat atmosphere in the City Calling Stadium. It certainly didn’t take them too long to learn “C’mon De Town” as they continuously roared and cheered every positive move made by the men in red and black. Some Direct Provision people based in Mayo were on national radio complaining about lack of things to do, so it was heartening to see LTFC take the initiative to do something practical and worthwhile for them. Once again, it’s encouraging to see De Town take a lead in local social issues.

AWARDS NIGHT

Following the win over Wexford, it was straight back into town to the aptly floodlit Longford Arms Hotel for the end of season Awards Night. Although organised in a relatively short period of time, everything was in ship shape order. We had more awards than usual but Midland Trophies, Ballymahon rose to the occasion as per usual. It was obvious that a lot of work had gone into creating the red and black theme and even though, more than anticipated turned up, under the watchful eye of Orlagh Reynolds, everything went like clockwork. Tony Ghee was our competent MC for the occasion and no better man. Sincere thanks for all who made the night such a sweet success and to the speech makers for keeping their words short and sweet. Sweetness all round !

THE AWARD RECEIPIENTS

In the U17 section, Goal of the Season was won by Evan O’Connor, Players’ Player of the Season was Patrick O’Sullivan while Player of the Season was Dragos Mamaliga.

Goal of the Season in the U19 section was Josh Madigan while Daniel O’Donovan won the Player of the Season.

In the senior section, Player of the Month for September was Dean Zambra while Young Player of the Season was Tristan Noack-Hofmann. There was a specially commissioned trophy for our triple hat trick scorer Davy O’Sullivan and another special edition for retiree player Noel Haverty. Goal of the season was won by Peter Hopkins with Player of the Season being awarded to Daniel O’Reilly.

Photos of all the winners are on our Club and Supporters’ Club Facebook pages and on LTFC.ie

Sincere congratulations to all the award winners. All the trophies were provided by the Supporters’ Club.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The season may be over but the Supporters’ Club doesn’t take any break. We have our bank holiday Car Boot Sale fast approaching. It’s the final one of the season but as usual, we could do with a few more volunteers. There are strong rumours circulating that we’ll be hosting two under age Internationals next month, so we’ll be on duty for them too. And then we always strive to have some fundraising towards the end of December (it’s too early to mention the actual time yet!)

It’s been a long, topsy turvy season. We started optimistically but quickly floundered, however we did manage to steady things and finished off the season with a renewed sense of optimism. It was encouraging to see (and hear) Section O rise from the ashes as well as to see many youth teams occupy the half time slot and double jobbing as effective ball boys and girls. Overall we have a terrific amount of youngsters now attending games on a regular basis which is great to see.

The Clubhouse experienced a very successful season and at this stage, it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t always there. Special mention must go to our industrious Clubhouse manager, Brendan Finnegan who does extra duty for the underage games as well as all the senior ones. This extra duty has made a significant addition to our finances.

The Supporters’ Club continue to do its best to support the Club but we certainly could do with a few more signings for next season.

Nothing happens by magic so please feel free to join the magicians who make it happen.

Longford Town win final game of the season v Wexford

Sun Oct 8th 2017

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Longford Town ended the 2017 season on a high, with a 1-0 win against Wexford ensuring a 5th place finish in the First Division. A corner from Kaleem Strawbridge-Simon was passed short to Karl Chambers who whipped it in to David O’Sullivan to head home, 1-0 to De Town on the night.




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2017 First Division

PosClubPWDLPts
1Waterford28178359
2Cobh Ramblers28163951
3UCD28138747
4Shelbourne281171040
5LONGFORD TOWN281081038
6Cabinteely281081038
7Wexford FC28471719
8Athlone Town28451917

FAI Cup Quarter Final

SSE Airtricity League First Division

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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

0 - 2
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

1 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

1 - 0
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

1 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

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