Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (27/02/17)

Mon Feb 27th 2017

COBH AT HOME

Our first home game of the 2017 season kicks off this Saturday evening at 7.30 pm when we entertain Cobh. No one needs reminding of our dismal home record in 2016. Hopefully we put all that behind us and pick up some valuable points at home in the CCS on Saturday night.

We do really need a good support turning up and making ourselves heard. If the first round of games is anything to go by, the season ahead is going to be one very long slog with every point being priceless. Cobh, as they’ve already shown are tough nuts to crack who stay with the game right to the final whistle. We simply have to match that and be even better. It’s a long way from the Cork seaside town to Longford so they’ll hardly be bringing a convoy of coaches. In simple terms it’s up to us to get behind the lads from the off and to make our presence felt and heard. C’mon De Town.

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Supporters’ Club Notes (21/02/17)

Tue Feb 21st 2017

WE’RE BACK

After a mild winter, we’re back and ready to rock and roll. Since the disappointment of relegation last season, there have been a fair few changes both on and off the pitch. Pre-season has gone pretty well for Alan Mathews and his revamped squad. Most who attended a few games came away with renewed optimism. What has pleased a lot of people is the inclusion of local talent which makes the season ahead even more interesting. This Friday night, we head up the M4 to take on Shelbourne and a good crowd of travelling support is expected. Hopefully we can start positively with a good display and something on the board.

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Supporters Club Notes (24-10-16)

Mon Oct 24th 2016

SHAMROCK ROVERS AT HOME

This Friday night sees us take on Shamrock Rovers in the last game of the league and our final one in the top flight for at least one more season. Despite drawing away to Galway, we prop up the league and now face all sorts of battles ahead of us. A few seasons ago when were also at the wrong end, Section O had a song “The Eircom League is upside down” and then we were able to laugh at it. Times have changed.

It’s been a poor season on many fronts and that’s an understatement. We’ve heard all the excuses before, many times. And there’s little to be had from rehashing them all here now.
It’s simple to talk the talk but not too many walk the walk. The last time we dropped to the lower division, it took us seven long seasons to get back up again. If that happens again, most of the Supporters Club and a lot of the committee will be getting the free travel pass. New recruits urgently needed.

WORTHY CHAMPIONS

Dundalk are champions again and for the 3rd year in a row. Not bad for a club that was on its knees just five seasons ago. They’re simply the best team with the best manager that Ireland has produced in living memory. And yet when they played us last week, only a handful of locals bothered to come out and see them. A dull, boring game in England was on the telly and seemingly that was a better way to spend an evening.

CAR BOOT SALE

And finally, our final Car Boot Sale of the year takes place this bank holiday Monday with a very early kick off. If you’re wondering what is meant by early, well for the last event, some arrived on the Sunday night. It lasts all day with the final whistle sounding at 3pm. These car boot sales are hugely important for the club’s finances and your support would be greatly appreciated. As per usual, we’re looking for volunteers both during and after the event. Already, some of the old reliables are saying they’re unable to be present for the clean up after 3pm so if you could spare a few minutes, it could make a huge difference.

Supporters’ Club Notes (26-09-16)

Mon Sep 26th 2016

STATUS QUO

Nothing changed for us after last Friday night’s defeat to Bohs. Sadly it’s just a case of the status quo being maintained. The damage was done just after the half hour mark and that single goal remained the difference until the final whistle. Meanwhile, Wexford were also beaten so the gap remains the same too. Even a point would have been a huge morale booster but it wasn’t to be. But we must believe that there will be a few twists and turns before the final game. It still is possible to overtake Wexford, of course that would be a minor miracle but let’s keep the faith.

FREE WEEKEND

Our game this weekend against Dundalk has been on the long finger because of their Cup game. At the time of writing, there’s no date for the re fixture yet. Between all games at home and in Europe, Dundalk will have some back log of fixtures. Surely they can’t keep on performing at such a high level and wouldn’t it be just great if we could nick three points off them. Stranger things have happened; after all who else but ourselves scored three against them up in Oriel Park this season.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / SEPTEMBER

Congratulations to towering Yann Mvita who was won the September Player of the Month award. Some were saying he should have won the previous month’s award but he was only beaten by a narrow whisker then. So this is Yann’s month and is well deserved. We may still be at the wrong end of the table but Yann has shown great skill, strength and resolve in a difficult, pressurised position since joining us. The presentation will be made at our next home game. At this stage, that appears to be Saturday, October 8th v Derry City. That of course could change. Well done Yann.

DOUBLE CONGRATS

Congratulations and best wishes to long time Supporters’ Club member, Ryan Connolly on his recent graduation. And as of that wasn’t enough, Ryan also celebrated his 21st recently. Although based in Dublin, Ryan seldom misses a game no matter where in the country it is. Hopefully we’ll put a few points on the board before the end of the season as a fitting birthday present, Ryan. Congrats from us all.

ROAD SIGN DEBACLE

The few readers of these notes will know well that ours were the first road signs to be confiscated by the council. Despite meetings with the removal company, there was to be no compromise. The LTFC signs were taken and wouldn’t be making a comeback any day soon. Then Mayo reach the All Ireland final and before you could say C’mon Mayo, the place is covered with signs. The removal company went to work on these signs also but that was far from being the end of the sorry saga. Our elected representatives took to social media and the airwaves and eventually the story was front page news on the Longford Leader. Amazingly the council changed their minds. But they changed their minds because of Mayo not us long suffering locals. Longford sporting clubs and local charities are banned but Mayo GAA is grand. The mind boggles.

LONGFORD LADIES

Huge congrats to the Longford Ladies on their magnificent All Ireland victory against Antrim on Sunday last. It’s one thing to win the title but the manner in which they stormed back from being behind was inspirational. Well done girls.