Player Interview

Match Preview: Shelbourne v Longford Town

Thu May 30th 2019


Longford Town make their second trip to the capital this season when they face top of the table Shelbourne at Tolka Park on Friday evening. (Kick-off is at 7.45pm)

Town boss Neale Fenn will be hoping that his side can kick on from their convincing derby day win over Athlone Town with a big result against Ian Morris’ side.

The Red and Black also come into the game having won the previous two games against the Reds by two goals in each in both the FAI Cup and First Division.

In the most recent showdown against Shels, Peter Hopkins and Karl Chambers both scored in what was a dominant victory for De Town.

However, Longford Town have not won a league game at Tolka Park since 2009, a memorable 5-4 win over Shelbourne which handed UCD the 2009 First Division crown.

Speaking to, Town midfielder Jamie Hollywood admits that he is looking for revenge after Longford Town’s most recent defeat at the Dublin venue.

“The crowd from Longford is always great down in Tolka. The Shels fans are coming out in numbers again so it does create a nice atmosphere.

“You want to be playing in games like that. I’ve mentioned it already; the 6-1 defeat still is a bit sore from last year with a lot of us.

“The game got away from us because we felt we were well on top in the first half and then the sending off killed us. We were three-one down and we went for it, going close to make it three-two and then just like that it was 4-1 and the floodgates then opened.

“It wasn’t a 6-1 game, and I think that hurt us a bit because we really were on top and we probably felt like we should’ve won the game and I know it’s hard to believe when you lose 6-1 but we never stopped going forward.

“We probably could’ve sat in at 3-1 but that’s not like us. a few teams might want to do that, but we wouldn’t be like that.

“The game is going to be high-tempo with both teams looking for a really big result.”

In terms of team news, Sam Verdon is Neale Fenn’s only doubt for the trip to the Richmond Road venue.

INTERVIEWS: Denis O’Brien and James Dermody

Wed May 1st 2019

Interviews by Tony Ghee

We have already aired interviews with under 17 captain Sam Barnes and under 19 player Tumelo Tlou from the recent graduation of the club’s underage players as coaches with a National D Licence, which was held recently at the City Calling Stadium.

Now, lets hear the coaches perspective. Denis O’Brien is the Head of Coaching with the club’s underage teams and the club’s youth academy.
James Dermody is the manager of the Longford Town Under 17 team and is also one of the coaches of the club’s youth academy.
Speaking to Tony Ghee, both James and Denis gave their thoughts on the recent FAI coaching initiative for underage players that was piloted at the City Calling Stadium.

Click on article for audio…

U19 INTERVIEW: Tumelo Tlou

Fri Apr 26th 2019

At the recent coaching graduation for Longford Town FC underage players that took place recently at the City Calling Stadium, Under 19 player, Tumelo Tlou also graduated with a National D Coaching Licence.

Tumelo who hails from Mullingar has played at Under 17 and Under 19 level for the club.
Tumelo and team-mate and St. Mel’s college student Isaac Abankwah were capped this year with the Irish Under 17’s, and Tumelo told Tony Ghee that this coaching qualification is another step in progressing his football career.
Here’s the audio interview with Tumelo.
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Underage interview with LTFC Under 17 Captain Sam Barnes

Thu Apr 25th 2019

Interview by Tony Ghee

The FAI have established a new initiative for SSE Airtricity League clubs which involves the underage players of the league clubs participating in coaching education courses, the results of which, are that these underage players obtain coaching licences for training players up to the under twelve category.

This initiative was recently piloted at the City Calling Stadium, the home of Longford Town FC. The course concluded with Longford Town FC Under 19, Under 17, and Under 15 players graduating with FAI coaching badges.

The Under 19’s and Under 17’s obtained their D licences and the Under 15’s received certificates for the PDP 1.

Regional Development Officer for Longford, Graham Kane, FAI Coach Education Officer Richie Smith, and Longford Town FC coaches were all in attendance for the Graduation Day at the City Calling Stadium.

Sam Barnes, who hails from Carrick-on-Shannon is the Longford Town Under 17 captain and he spoke with Tony Ghee about the big day and the players achievement of becoming qualified coaches.

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