Supporters’ Club Notes (20/07/16)

SORE FOUR

Following a brave and spirited display against Dundalk in Oriel Park where we netted three times, hopes were reasonably high for our next away game against Derry. After all, Dundalk had put five past the Candystripes. And we also had some new signings which we hoped would shine.

But, alas it was a sad case of deja vu. Once again we were reduced to ten men and this time conceded four and failed to score at all. The reality is it could have been worse as they failed one of their penalties.

It was a long trip up to Derry but it felt longer on the return leg.

SLIGO AT HOME

This week end, more supporters will have the opportunity to see our new signings, who hopefully, will shine this time out. If we could just get two wins, we could get into the play off position , when anything is possible. So if we can reproduce the form we displayed in Oriel Park, then surely this N4 derby could see us kick start our season. And now is the time we really need to see more support out in the City Calling Stadium. These are surely testing times and it’s now we could do with your support.

CAR BOOT SALE

Don’t forget, our next car boot sale is on the August Bank Holiday Monday, from very early till 3pm. People from all over Ireland travel to buy and sell so don’t miss this incredible opportunity right at your own doorstep. If you’re in a position to lend a helping hand, it’d be greatly appreciated. Give Liam a shout on 087 614 1926.

FAMOUS SEAMUS

Seamus Leavy is set to be become more famous when he picks up his crate of award winning St Mel’s Brewing Co. crate of beer before the game against Sligo Rovers. Seemingly he has already arranged extra security for the event. Sponsored by the Supporters’ Club, Seamus was picked by an international jury to be the winner in a caption competition. Hopefully, the international juror will be flying in to Knock to make the presentation. No expenses spared!

OTHER SIGNS

We know our sign saga is boring to many people but it’s equally frustrating to some others. Anyway, on the trip to the north west, a keen eye was kept on the road sides to compare and contrast with the set up in Longford. Between Derry and Longford, we pass through Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark. To put it in a nutshell, it appears that there’s a mini industry making road side signs to advertise anything from agricultural shows to lavender fields and a host of services in between. If anything, these signs show that a community is active and thriving. Alas, Longford’s officialdom has a different outlook.

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Calling all underage club coaches in Longford area

Calling all underage club coaches (U8-U12) in Longford and surrounding areas. Are your teams interested to sign up for doing half-time games or getting the chance to be a ballboy/girl at City Calling Stadium? If you’d like your team to take part, contact Avril on 0863485586 or e-mail avrilgilly@gmail.com

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New Signing Confirmed

Longford Town FC is pleased to announce the signing of Yann Mvita Nkelu from Coulommiers Brie Football Club in France.


Supporters’ Club Notes (11/07/16)

ORIEL HEARTBREAK

After playing their hearts out against runaway league leaders, Dundalk, the team had nothing but heartbreak to show for their efforts. It was just an other example of how cruel sport can be. Unfortunately, we have more than our fair share of these examples this season. We haven’t been prolific in front of goal all season, yet we go up there and score three times, coming from behind. Dundalk haven’t conceded three in a very long time. And it was the very bottom playing the very top. You’d think three goals away would have meant at least a point. But no. The hosts scored a late, late winner to smash the hearts of the handful of supporters who made the long journey to the north east. Many Dundalk supporters were loud in their praise of our great effort and offered much sympathy. But, as we all know, sympathy won’t help us survive but at least it was good to celebrate three goals, a feeling felt too seldom this year. But, maybe, just maybe, this is the spark that may reignite the season. We must believe and we must support.

DERRY AWAY

We’re on the highways and byways again this Friday, July 15th when we head to the north west to face Derry City. It’s been a long, long time since we licked the Candystripes at home. But we know that every single game is vital and hopefully we can reproduce our performance from last week which netted us three goals. Safe travelling to all our supporters and don’t forget your sterling.

SUMMER CAMPS

The summer camps have been a huge success so far this season at the City Calling Stadium. The next LTFC summer camp will be from July 18th-22nd, contact 087 151 4859 as soon as possible. August 1st-5th will be the next FAI summer camp. Great coaching, great fun and great craic. We can do nothing about the weather though.

GREAT CRATE WINNER

Heartiest congratulations to wordsmith Seamus Leavy on his winning caption which won him a crate of award winning St Mel’s Brewing Co craft beer. “Whether brewing up perfection or taking the Cup home, it’s always more fulfilling when we celebrate our own” was his winning and poetic entry. Famous Seamus will be presented with his great crate of great craft beer at the game against Sligo Rovers. The party will be afterwards at his place!!

EURO LESSONS

Now that Portugal are the champions of Europe, it might be a chance to reflect on any lessons. Portugal won without Ronaldo playing for most of the final, which surely points to the passion and commitment of the entire squad. They played to their strengths and got the absolute maximum out of their abilities. Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland and ourselves did something similar.

The incredible, positive influence of supporters can never be underestimated. Our supporters can sing better than most but not at home or in church. And finally, surely one of the quotes of the tournament must go to Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri “I hope Puma doesn’t produce condoms” when referring to his team’s shirts disintegrating during their game against France.

THOSE SIGNS

The Council have returned our signs but won’t allow us to erect them. Yet, some other signage remained in place on approach roads to the town advertising anything from pigs on a spit to star piano players. And still on a musical note, surely the most distracting (and expensive) road side addition is that fiddle on the new bypass.

CAR BOOT SALE

Some more volunteers are needed for our fund raising Car Boot Sale on the August Bank Holiday Monday. Give Liam a shout on 087 614 1926 but not all at the same time, please.

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LTFC U19 squad new signings

Longford Town U19 manager, Wayne Groves, announced some new signings to the U19 squad earlier this evening. We’d like to welcome the lads to De Town and they’re all great additions to the squad.

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St. Mel’s Brewing Company crate of craft beer goes to……

Congrats to Seamus Leavy who has won a crate of St. Mel’s Brewing Company crate of craft beer! He won our competition with the slogan…

‘Whether brewing up perfection or taking the Cup home; it’s always more fulfilling when we celebrate our own.’

It was a close call though and thank you all for your entries! Seamus will be presented with his prize for our next home game at City Calling Stadium.

St Mels Brewing Competition

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FAI Summer Camp 2016 at City Calling Stadium

The FAI Summer Camp 2016 with Sports Direct took place all this week at City Calling Stadium. Thanks to all who got involved in a successful event!

The next event will take place at City Calling Stadium between Monday August 1st and Friday August 5th 2016.

You get an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

You can find more details on how to book on http://www.summersoccerschools.ie/ and the price details can be found here.

Here’s Kyle Stapleton-Tully with his certificate, kit and ball, and also featured is the group who took part this week….

Well done to all those who took part!

Kyle

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1 Paul Skinner GK
2 James Mulhall DF
3 Conor Powell DF
4 Noel Haverty DF
5 Daniel O’Reilly DF
6 Mark Hughes MF
7 Kealan Dillon MF
8 Peter McGlynn MF
9 Don Cowan FW
10 Cody Mulhall FW
11 Kevin O’Connor MF
12 Tristan Noack-Hofmann DF
14 John McKeown FW
15 David O’Sullivan FW
16 Lee Duffy FW
17 Yann Mvita Nkalu DF
18 Ian Molloy GK
19 Kaleem Simon MF
20 Pat Flynn DF
21 Philip Gannon MF
22 Eddie Dsane FW
23 Cian Fay FW
24 Rhys Gorman DF
25 Karl Chambers FW
26 Darragh Doherty DF
27 Sean Kennedy O’Connor MF
28 Dylan McGoey GK
29 Ciaran McGuinness DF
30 Ryan Coulter GK

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