Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (17-06-2018)

Sun Jun 17th 2018


We had a vital 1-0 victory over Drogheda last Friday night at the City Calling Stadium. The visitors had a small travelling support and indeed many of our own supporters missed this important win because of the Spain v Portugal World Cup game live on TV. But even though there was small crowd than usual, it was no less noisy and supportive. Our goal came, somewhat against the run of play with Sam Verdon rising highest to head home the only goal of the game. His victory dance is now becoming very popular with our young supporters and was even used during the half time children’s game.

After that opening goal, a certain bite entered the game and at times, the ref struggled to keep tabs on proceedings. The visitors did have the ball in de Town net at the end but hearts started beating again when it was noticed that the linesman had it flagged offside.

It was the prefect response to the blip in Cabinteely and leaves sitting pretty enough in 4th place heading into the break. As one happy supporter put it as he unlocked his car… “we’ve won all our Friday home fixtures this season !” Maybe we should switch from Saturday nights!


We won’t have a home game now till July. Our next fixture will be away to league leaders UCD, where hopefully we can teach the students a lesson. In the meantime, there’s any amount of games on television to help fill the void. But really, there can’t be any substitute for the real live spectacle.

Once again, it was heartening to see so many youngsters enjoying Friday night’s game. Seeing the young boys and girls exchange high fives after the game and you know the game will survive locally long after these golden oldies have left the pitch of play. Enjoy the break from play and the talk and gossip about the potential new signings.


It’s bad enough being stuck in hospital for a long period during the warm summer days . But for Martin Stapleton, it’s even worse. Marty is going through a tough time in Mullingar hospital. First of all he has missed our terrific wins against Galway, Finn Harps and Drogheda. That’s bad enough but he has no facilities to watch the World Cup games on TV which is a real pain for one of the Town’s all time great supporters of the beautiful game. But apart from missing so many games, we really wish Marty a speedy recovery to full health. His main concern as he lay in his hospital bed during the week was how long more he’d be away from the club he loves so dearly. Get well first Marty, there’s plenty of games left yet.


Sincere congratulations to Town players, Shane Elworthy and Jamie Hollywood who played for the Irish Universities and Colleges against their French counterparts last Tuesday. Further congrats to Shane who was awarded player of the game. Ireland won 2-1 and thoroughly deserved their win against a talented French side. According to all accounts, the international organisers were very impressed with our facilities at the City Calling Stadium. We too were impressed with both teams who left the dressing rooms and bench area in a perfect condition. It now looks like we could be rewarded next season with further and more important international fixtures.


Work continues indoors on the revamped scoreboard. Not alone should it be able to tell us the score and time but it’ll also be able to flash messages for birthdays and lights left on in cars etc. The new scoreboard is being funded by the Supporters’ Club.


The above is the title of the latest book on our domestic league by author Brian Kennedy. It’s a superb collection of stories on the highs and lows of every single club in the land and some which are no longer with us. The book also contains a fine collection of excellent photos. Longford Town’s fabulous season of 2014 is very well remembered in an article by Martin Stapleton. It’d make a perfect late Father’s Day present or indeed just buy it for yourself. Copies are available in Newsround, Ballymahon St.


Our media manager James Donnelly is working overtime these days and nights. He’s the proud Daddy of his first born and is busy on nappy changing and bottle filling duties. But James still managed to upload the video to our social media various platforms of Sam Verdon’s vital winning goal on Friday night.


Despite promises of no notes last week, we simply had to acknowledge our win over Drogheda and a few other items. But that’s it for a few weeks. For any updates, keep an eye on our social media outlets. Until then, enjoy the fare from Russia.

Supporters’ Club Notes (11-06-2018)

Mon Jun 11th 2018


It’s been a while since we welcomed Drogheda to the City Calling Stadium but they’re our welcome visitors this Friday night. And then we have our mid-season break. And that’s welcome too. Last Friday night was a huge disappointment when we beaten by a single goal by Cabinteely. It brought our long unbeaten run to an unexpected end. The Drogs also lost on Friday night so obviously both teams will be hoping for an improvement. We certainly could do with a three pointer heading into the break. Whether we have new signings during that period remains to be seen but a big crowd on Friday night is really what we want and of course three points at the end of all that shouting and supporting.


Tuesday, 12th June at 4pm sees an international at the City Calling Stadium. The Irish Universities take on their counterparts from France in what should be an intriguing game. These players should have skill as well as brains in abundance so it should be a perfect way to spend an afternoon locally. The game has been below the radar but now you know, we hope to see you there.


Work is in progress in re establishing a new state of the art scoreboard. Setting it all up is more complex than you might think and it’ll probably take us a few weeks to get it up and running properly. And if you’re wondering where the funds came for this latest project. Well, the answer is from the Supporters’ Club and particularly from the car boot sales. Remember when you support the Supporters’ Club, you’re supporting the facilities at the City Calling Stadium.


With the players and management taking their summer break, these short notes will be doing likewise. So just that you won’t be overly disappointed when you search for them next week!!

Supporters’ Club Notes (03/06/2018)

Sun Jun 3rd 2018


There’s no point in giving yet another match report here but suffice to say that our 3-2 victory over Galway was a mighty win. A massive thunderstorm and torrential downpour early in the balmy evening, meant that the game could have been called off. What a disaster that would have been. But the ground staff defied the gods and despite an army of midges, the game went ahead.

And what a magnificent game it turned out to be. Most said it was probably our best performance yet. If you were cycling past the City Calling Stadium, you’d have sworn there were at least five thousand at the match, such was the volume of the enthralled supporters on both sides. The electric atmosphere more than matched the lightning storm from earlier. Two nil up and down to ten men at the break meant that there was plenty of animated discussions in the busy clubhouse at half time.

Aodh Dervin’s superb strike was enough to get him an honorary Leaving Cert while Sam Verdon’s dance routine after his smashing goal was especially for his little brother Bobby. We also had the sad sight of a Galway player being stretchered off by the St John Ambulance Crew.

The second half was bound to be a nervous 45 minutes and when the visitors nabbed agoal back, finger nails were in danger of disappearing. The tension reached fever pitch when the Tribesmen were thrown a lifeline with the awarding of a dubious penalty.Even western comments on their own website admitted it was the softest penalty ever awarded to them. But when the ball almost blasted an overflying crow to smithereens, the home crowd bayed with delight. Justice was done. Pauric Connolly’s animated reaction was caught on camera and is nearing viral status. Every player played his heart out. Some thought that Galway, being full time, that their fitness would tell as the game wore on. The second half had more drama on show than the Backstage Theatre. We had fabulous saves, blocks, an other goal each, missed chances and all to a non stop soundtrack of singing and cheering from both Section O and the stand.

On the pitch we were treated to the best display of the season and off pitch, the players and management said they were treated to the best support of the season, so far. It was only when the final whistle finally sounded that we realised we’d be eaten alive with hungry army of midges. But with three points bagged and three goals scored, we could put up with the tiny horrors. One middle ages Galway supporter summed it up perfectly, saying “fair play to ye, that was a mighty win for ye”.


On the Bank Holiday Monday we head to Finn Park to face Finn Harps in the rescheduled game and then just four days later, Friday June 8th it’s up to Dublin to play Cabinteely in Stradbrook with a 7.45 kick off. Fulfilling both those dates is demanding for even the most dedicated travelling supporter so spare a thought for the team and management who have to work their socks off as well as travelling. Best of luck and safe travels to all making those demanding and tiresome trips.


The news that super supporter Marty Stapleton was hospitalised sent shivers through all those attending the City Calling Stadium on Friday night last. Every one was simply shocked to the core and that included many travelling Galway fans too. Marty is known in every ground throughout the land and his absence from his home ground on Friday night was sorely felt. The win over Galway was for you Marty and hopefully the energy and goodwill generated will find its way to you and have you back among your mates in Section O, as soon as possible. See you soon Marty.


It was a case of two legends meeting when the May Player of the Month award was presented. Pauric Connolly has been supporting De Town for many decades before Sam Verdon was even born. But both are now twinned in their combined passion for De Town as Pauric presented Sam with his deserved award before kick off on Friday night.


Any one who arrived early on Friday night witnessed a miracle. With a torrential downpour of biblical proportions creating a mini lake of Galilee, it seemed impossible that the game could proceed. But as soon as the last drops splashed, the ground staff plus a few volunteers swung into action. Armed to the teeth with grapes, brushes and scrapers they set to work with immediate impact. Because the downpour seemed to target the City Calling Stadium only, some fans could hardly believe their eyes on arrival. But fair play to the lads who worked till they were wringing wet with sweat while drying out the pitch.


These lines are penned before Monday’s Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale. But a huge and sincere thank you to the mighty volunteers who rise before the sun to ensure everything runs smoothly and successfully.

Supporters’ Club Notes (28/05/2018)

Mon May 28th 2018


There was a good Longford travelling support in Athlone last Friday evening but the resultant 1-1 draw was far from good. Just like our first game against the other Town, we went one behind and had to battle back to get a share of the spoils. Chris Mulhall had a bittersweet night. First he netted the all important equaliser but near the end of the game, he was dismissed by the ref in what appeared to be a very harsh decision. We had travelled expecting all three points; one point was a very disappointing outcome.


We face Galway this Friday night, June 1st with a 7.45pm kick off time. Yes, you read that correctly, it’s Friday night and not Saturday night. Why? Because we play Finn Harps up in Finn Park on the Monday. It’s the re-scheduled game from a while past when we had rather different weather to this recent balmy spell. Galway are currently 4 points ahead of us, sitting in 3rd position. Drogheda beat them in Galway last week so they’ll be feeling sore and looking for a full haul of points. But then, surely we’ve a point or three to prove too. It’ll be a tough one. See you there on Friday night….Friday remember.


Congratulations to Sam Verdon who is our Player of the Month for May. He’ll receive his trophy before Friday night’s game .


The June Bank Holiday Monday has come round very fast. Anyway, as well as the game up in Finn Park, we also have our car boot sale at the City Calling Stadium. It starts when the sun rises and finishes at 3pm. The last one was an incredible success with probably our largest crowd since we started the car boot sales. So, if interested, be on time. And if you’re considering helping out because we always need volunteers, let Liam Healion know this Friday.


While in the midst of London town last Sunday, Tony Ghee received the news that the County team had beaten Meath. It was a welcome gee up for Tony who has to miss a few Town games due to work commitments in the UK. But fair play to Tony, he had already filed his brilliant match reports before jetting off. See you home soon again, Tony.

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