Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (25/06/17)

Sun Jun 25th 2017


When it looked like Athlone fans would go happy after finally defeating Longford Town this season, up popped Enda Curran to rattle the back of the hosts net and break some local hearts. It ended 2-2 but with just minutes remaining, it appeared that Roddy’s team would have bragging rights, if only for a night. The hosts went one up early on but like last week’s game against Cobh, we equalised just before half time. This time it was Jake Kelly who provided the vital goal. It was his second strike in as many games, having scored a late, late winner against Cobh. Athlone managed to go ahead again on the hour mark and indeed but for the woodwork six minutes later could have closed out the game. But with only minutes remaining, Enda Curran secured a point with his late,late goal. It was perfect timing and extends our unbeaten run which surely must boost squad confidence as well.


This Saturday night we welcome back Cabinteely to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off.

As we know to our expense, they’re a very handy, well drilled side. However, in what was one of two big shocks last week end (UCD beating Waterford being the other), bottom side Wexford took all three points from them thanks to a 1-0 win. While Cabo will be anxious to get back to winning ways, they’re up against a Town team which is on a bit of a good run, so confidence should be reasonably high. We’ve been knocking in a fair few goals from different quarters of late and hopefully we’ll score enough to bag the three points on offer. It’d be a perfect start to July.


Congratulations to Karl Chambers who is the winner of the June Player of the Month award. We’ve just presented the May award at our last home game so this one has come round very quickly. The presentation will be made by Mary Canning before the game but that is if she can get time off from serving in the Club shop!


Just in case you haven’t realised it, the Supporters’ Club now has its own Facebook page. We try to update it as often as possible with as much variety as is available to us. On Saturday night last night, we posted a very interesting video on Republic of Ireland U20 team which won bronze at the U20 World Cup in Malaysia 20 years this month. Brian Kerr says that it was probably the most successful Irish team ever. It was during this tournament that the first ever Golden Goal was scored ( by Damian Duff) but Longford Town all time legend Alan Kirby had a huge part to play in the goal, the move having started by him in the middle of the park. It’s well worth watching. It’s also amazing that the FAI aren’t officially recognising the 20th anniversary.


The dynamic Donnelly family duo have ensured that fans who can’t attend home games are kept right up to date with happenings on (and sometimes off) the pitch,as the game unfolds, through the LTFC Twitter and Facebook updates. They regularly have photographic updates as well. Even some away games are regularly updated which is greatly appreciated by supporters, especially though in far flung places around the globe. Even those working hard on their tans in sunnier climes are known to check in at regular intervals. Many Premier Clubs aren’t as nimble in the social media field and great credit is due to Paddy and James Donnelly. Click.


Now that we’re leaving June behind, the count down to our next Car Boot Sale has started in earnest. But with some senior squad members unavailable for the August event, please don’t be shy about volunteering.

Supporters’ Club Notes (19/06/17)

Mon Jun 19th 2017


Saturday night’s game against Cobh Ramblers was a perfect example of summer soccer. The weather and the pitch were superb which in turn led to a very entertaining night’s game. The only thing missing was an ice cream van. If this weather continues, it’s something we’ll have to consider.

Cobh came to the City Calling Stadium with high expectations of plundering all three points. To keep in touch with Waterford, the three points were precious. They already have put us to the sword so their handful of travelling supporters were expecting more of the same. With both Enda Curran and Don Cowan on the bench and Davy O Sullivan still on the injured list, many wondered where the goals (if any) would come from.

Former Town net minder Paul Hunt denied us going ahead early on as we applied plenty of pressure. However, in added time a fabulous looping header by Karl Chambers had Hunty stranded in no man’s land. The Cobh keeper could only glance over his shoulder as the ball rested in the bottom of this net with Chambers already celebrating his dramatic opener.

That goal stung the visitors who seemed to be verging on frustration while their tempers flared. With only minutes remaining, Cobh found the back of our net with the ball coming off the cross bar. Some disputed whether it had crossed the line at all but it’ll be a while before we have the technology to verify it.

The well organised visiting side threw everything at us to get what would have been an undeserved winner and nerves were fraught. But once again we struck and once again it was in added time when Jake Kelly sent the home support into ecstasy with a stunning and dramatic winning goal.

It was an other valuable win which saw us leap frog Shels after they had beaten UCD the previous night. What it all means is the two teams chasing Waterford dropped points but for us it was welcome three points and more importantly, it was a good solid performance against a team second from top.


The two Towns face one another yet again this season. The players must be sick of one another at this stage as they face each other on Friday night. While we may have the upper hand this far, that will count for nothing this time round. They had a credible draw down in Wexford at the week end and will hope to improve at home against us. We’re just a point behind Cabinteely who play Wexford at home on Friday night. A good Longford Town crowd will make the short trip to the other town and hopefully it’ll be a sweet return trip.


Heartiest congratulations to Tristan Noack-Hofmann who was presented with his player of the month trophy for May, last Saturday night. Long time loyal Supporters’ Club member Tony Gilleran made the presentation to a delighted Tristan. The next presentation will be made by Mary Canning whose name was drawn by Avril Gilchrist, our hard working boss.


No, we don’t have a public holiday coming up shortly so we don’t have car boot sale until August. However, we will need some extra staff for August as some of the reliables will be on well deserved holidays. No matter where we are in the league table, it still takes a lot of money and voluntary effort to keep the ship afloat. Andy & friends are doing fantastic work on the Lotto and the car boot sale team are also putting the Trojans to shame. It has emerged that we now have to pay the local radio station to announce the details of the car boot sales something, alas, we can’t afford to do in the future. So just keep it in mind that on any public holiday (or Bank Holiday as we used to call them,) we have our Car Boot Sale, a vital cog in raising vital funds.


Once again on Saturday night last, the playing surface was simply perfect. There are many clubs currently in the top flight whose playing surfaces leave a lot to be desired and have come in for continuous criticism. So with that in mind, it was pleasing to hear Cobh’s manager Stephen Henderson heap praise on our green carpet. Stephen Henderson is well known for his views on the domestic set up, so whe he praises something, it’s truly merited. Seamus Murray, take a bow.

Supporters’ Club Notes (05/06/17)

Mon Jun 5th 2017


Despite all the doom and gloom promised by the weather forecasters, we had an excellent Car Boot Sale in dry conditions on the June Bank Holiday Monday. If the weather forecast had been accurate, we’d have had an even bigger event but we’re really not complaining. Actually it’s the opposite. We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who supported our most recent car boot sale, those who turned up to sell and those who ventured out to buy. But a huge thank you to the Dawn Chorus Crew who were on duty as dawn broke to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. We may not be flying high in the league but when it comes to superb volunteers, there’s no club in the land that can match us. Many, many thanks again.


Following our scoreless draw against 9 man Shels, the break is opportune. Even Cork are glad of the summer break to rest and rebuild. We have a little more work on hand than most clubs. It looks like we’ll need a mini casualty ward to deal with all the injuries and then there’s the small matter of being managerless. Appointing a well known name isn’t necessarily the answer going by the experience of Sligo and Athlone. Maybe a young, hungry, unknown manager is what we need. Anyway, let’s hope part 2 is more successful than part 1.


Spare a thought for the trophy inscriber as he adds the above name to the May Player of the Month trophy. Seriously though, congrats to Tristan who is the deserved winner after a close contested nomination. Tony Gilleran will present the trophy before the next home game which is Saturday June 17th v Cobh.


The Supporters’ Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to Mary Shiels on the recent, sad death of her husband Patrick (Paddy). Paddy and indeed many of his family were great Town supporters and also wore the jersey with distinction on numerous occasions. That strong Town link was mentioned often at the funeral Mass and the red and black jersey was part of the gifts offering. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mary, his brothers and sisters and extended family. May he rest in peace.

Supporters’ Club Notes (29/05/17)

Mon May 29th 2017


Wexford had always proved to be a difficult nut to crack but it was Wexford themselves who cracked on Saturday night last at the City Calling Stadium. Principal sponsor, Phil Munnelly who was present must have been impressed.

Apart from the five star performance in front of an appreciative crowd, it was a night that will linger long for many reasons for different people. Before kick off, there was a minute’s silence for the late Dr. Niall Walsh whose untimely passing genuinely numbed the members of the club. Despite the downpour which lasted most of the day, the pitch looked like a billiard table, it was perfect. Having conceded early goals in our previous two games, it was a tonic to have McGlade put us one up after just 3 minutes. With Zambra (twice), O’Connor and Dillon adding to the tally, it was a score that Niall Walsh would have savoured. On top of all that, we had Havo take to the pitch as well as local lad Aodh Dervin making his debut.

Any of the above points would have been sufficient for a lengthy post match analysis but it was later when most were settling in for a post match pint or cup of tea that even more startling news broke with the announcement of the parting of ways with team manager Alan Mathews.

Full credit to the team for a stunning home win and credit too to the small number of travelling supporters who never stopped trying to encourage their boys in pink.


We travel to Tolka Park on Friday, June 2nd for the final game before the summer break. This will be our third meeting and so far, the Dublin outfit have failed to beat us, we won our last game and drew the first encounter. Their management team weren’t happy with the match officials after their visit to the City Calling Stadium. They weren’t over the moon either with their most recent defeat to newcomers Cabinteely, who defeated them 4-1 at home so they’ll be hoping to reverse their fortunes before taking stock in the break. A win for De Town under caretaker manager Gary Cronin is exactly what we’d like even though the three points won’t get us further up the table. However, should Shels win, they’d leap frog us into fifth. So let’s go up and “bate“ them.


For most of us, we simply attend a game, hope for a few goals, a good game and of a win. But there are so many stories, dreams made and dreams shattered at the most ordinary of games. Last Saturday night was an example of such. We had Abbey FC from Ballinamore who helped greatly in creating a great atmosphere on Saturday night. They made a huge collective effort to travel from Leitrim to be present at the City Calling Stadium. They were professionally attired and turned out and their conduct and co operation was a credit to their hard working mentors. Check out the video clip on the Supporters’ Club Facebook page with Don Cowan from after the game.


Abbey rovers fc were very happy to meet their idol Don Cowan tonight!!

Posted by Longford Town FC Supporters Club on Saturday, 27 May 2017

Then there was one of our most loyal, dedicated and youngest supporters from Drumlish, Cory Maher who recently made his First Holy Communion. Like all children he made a handsome profit on the day but the profit was spent on a Town jersey which he bought as soon as he arrived at the CCS and wore with pride.

Last week Aodh Dervin was presented with a special award by the school St Mel’s College and then was introduced in the game against Wexford to mark his senior debut. He follows Adrian Murphy from the same school in making his debut ahead of his Leaving Cert. It may be only a game to some but so much more to most.


Alan Mathews is a name that will always be associated with success with De Town going back to our Cup winning years. So it was no surprise that most were delighted when he took over the reins from Tony Cousins. The bookies had ourselves and Waterford as favourites as contestants to make the return to the top flight for 2018. Our first few pre season matches were very encouraging and we all anticipated a rip roaring 2017 season. However, early on the wheels came off the wagon with a series of bad results and a list of injuries that’d frighten any emergency department. We had two 1-0 defeats that sickened many and maybe it was these results that were to prove the end of the road of for the affable Alan. Everyone who attended our 5-0 win against Wexford went home wondering if we’d finally turned a corner though some said it was already too late. No one mentioned a change of manager until shortly after the game that the website announced the departure of Alan Mathews by mutual consent.

The Supporters’ Club would like to thank Alan for all his efforts in getting us back to winning ways and also for his help, co-operation and genuine friendship. Once a gentleman, always a gentleman. We wish you well Alan where ever the journey of sport brings you next.


There was genuine shock and disbelief when we heard of the sad and untimely passing of Dr Niall Walsh last week. Niall Walsh was the Club’s official doctor for many years. But he was more, much more that just a doctor. He was a loyal friend and dedicated supporter who couldn’t do enough for the club, much of his work undocumented. Apart from seeing to the medical side of things for the entire squad (and a few more), he also was instrumental with the Lotto partnership with the Shopping Centre being maintained and renewed. In the unlikely event that he couldn’t attend a match, he always had another doctor lined up to take his place. He didn’t have to be asked, he already had the arrangement in place. Always chatty and friendly, he was like a father figure to many of our former players all of whom expressed their high regard and utmost respect for Niall. The stories of great fun, laughter and genuine craic associated with Niall have been non stop since his all to sudden passing.

The Supporters’ Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Breda, his wife and best friend and to all the family. Longford Town FC have had numerous footballing legends over the years, Dr Niall Walsh was a legend in his own way.

May he rest in peace.


The Supporters’ Club will be holding its Car Boot Sale this bank holiday Monday, June 5th at the City Calling Stadium car park. It kicks off very early and the final whistle will be at 3pm. It’s one rated as one of the best in the land and if awards were given for such, it’d surely be an award winning Car Boot Sale. Don’t miss it.


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