Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (24/04/17)

Mon Apr 24th 2017

CAR BOOT SALE

Our last car boot sale on Easter Monday was an outstanding success. A huge and sincere thank you to the small band of volunteers who make such a huge difference. This Monday, May 1st is another Bank Holiday and therefore another car boot sale at the City Calling Stadium car park. It kicks off very early in the morning before the final whistle sounds at 3pm. The June bank holiday car boot sale is obviously just a month away too. Once again, if you have some spare time Liam Healion would love to hear from you, give him a shout at this week-end’s game.

MATCHES A PLENTY

We’re certainly in the thick of things regarding matches these days and they’re coming quick and fast. Following two quick goals down in Cobh, we had to make the long return trip empty handed and now we find ourselves back down at second from bottom. However, this Saturday night we have a chance to leapfrog again if we beat Athlone for the third time this season. Kick off is 7.30pm at the City Calling Stadium. The usual Supporters’ Club photographer can’t be present but I’m sure you won’t miss him too much. Then on Tuesday May 2nd we travel to the Tallaght Stadium to play Shamrock Rovers in the quarter finals of the EA Sports Cup. Thankfully common sense prevailed and our Friday night game against high fliers Cabinteely has been rescheduled for Saturday May 6th with a 7.00pm kick off. No easy fixtures in the above list but hopefully we can continue our good form against Athlone and then shock the Hoops before leaving Stradbrook with all three points. No harm in being optimistic!

ADDED VALUE

Thanks to Avril Gilchrist, Sinead Keegan and Mary Sexton King we’ve some cracking value for anyone joining the Supporters’ Club. When you produce your Supporters’ Club membership card, you can avail of a 5% discount at Cullen’s Footware and a 10% discount if you spend €10 or more at Dennistons and 10% discount at all of the following:

  • Focus Menswear
  • Gannon’s Pharmacy
  • QPP
  • MJ Earley’s Textiles
  • O’Connor Florists
  • Snooker at the Railway Bar
  • Eamonn Farrell Photography

As well as all of the above, you can get 10% discount off all club merchandise and be entered into a free draw to present the Player of the Month trophy. And all of this for a mere ten euro, sure where else would you get value like this. You’d be crazy not to join up; just ask for details in the Clubhouse this Saturday night.

VIEW, LIKE AND SHARE

The Supporters’ Club has recently set up its own Facebook page. The name is very simple, just type Longford Town FC Supporters Club and away you go. It’ll be brimful of offers, updates, the notes and of course some golden olden photos which will be updated regularly.

APRIL PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The April Player of the Month award will be made at the next home game which will be against Waterford on 13th May. The recipient will be know after Saturday night’s game.

Supporters’ Club Notes (16/04/17)

Sun Apr 16th 2017

CAR BOOT SALES

With two Monday bank holidays following each other in rapid succession, our hard working volunteers are flat out organising the 2 car boot sales. The first one is this Easter Monday bank holiday and the second one is on the May Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st. Both kick off very early in the morning and the final whistle goes at 3pm and as usual both are held in the spacious and well appointed car park at the CCS. Our car boot sale are well established at this stage with people travelling from as far away as Donegal to support them. Liam Healion too, would like some support and even if you have just one hour, he’d really appreciate it. These events are of huge benefit to the Club and your support is greatly appreciated.

EASTER RISING

When the list of those injured players appeared before the Shelbourne clash, many didn’t give us a chance. It looked as if our threat up front had all but disappeared in a list of injuries. When the visitors went up after a mere 3 minutes, it looked like we’d witness no resurrection this Easter. Thankfully the players had other ideas and really got stuck in with the crowd getting right behind them. Many were waiting for Enda Curran to turn on the style and those waiting disciples were well rewarded with 2 excellent goals. It was clearly obvious from his own reaction, that Enda was as thrilled as the supporters. The Shels players obviously got a right good talking to at half time judging by their body language as they exited the tunnel. But a Kevin O’Connor cruise missile of a goal, soon their mountain became a lot steeper. Naturally Shels bombarded De Town goal as the game progressed but again, the Town showed great resolve and true grit in holding out for a fantastic Easter Rising result. It was our first home league win since the autumn of 2015 and was greatly appreciated by all Town supporters in the stadium. The win also saw us jump up to 5th place. As the rain fell at the end of the game, the Shels manager vented his anger on the match officials both on the pitch and in the tunnel afterwards. But despite the falling rain, we went home happy that the Easter bunny had delivered three valuable points to a hungry team and set of supporters.

AWAY, AWAY AGAIN

It’s Shels again on Monday night, April 17th in Tolka Park with a 7.00pm kick off. Our third meeting in a short time, this game is in the EA Sports Cup Second Round. Then on Saturday April 22nd, we travel the long distance to the south coast to play Cobh Ramblers. The Cobh game has a 7.15pm kick off time and as usual will be played in St. Colman’s Park. They shocked us last time out with a comprehensive 3-1 win. But despite our incredibly long list of early casualties, confidence continues to grow and this game promises to be a real test of resolve.

And talking of away, away, some of the Murray family, Andy and Paddy were absent from our win on Saturday night so maybe, if they’d stay away more often, the results might be more favourable. Only joking, lads.

ACTIVE AVRIL

Our new chairperson, Avril Gilchriest is certainly active since she took over the role. Once again, she had organised a game at half time, this time the young talent of Killoe was on display. She also was on shop duty and has already organised some extra volunteers for the post Car Boot Sale operation. She’s some lady for one lady, our Avril.

JOIN US

It’s not too late to join the Supporters’ Club. As a matter if fact, it’s never too late. Just ask anyone behind the counter in the clubhouse and you’ll be sorted. Word has it that our Treasurer is shortly taking the Chinese takeaway very seriously.


Supporters’ Club Notes (10/04/17)

Mon Apr 10th 2017

CAR BOOT SALE

Don’t forget our Car Boot Sale is this Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 17th. As usual it takes place in the car park of the City Calling Stadium from very early till 3.00pm. In the unlikely event that you still haven’t experienced the colour and craic of your local Car Boot Sale, then this is your opportunity. For the club, it’s an important fund raiser and for the buyer/seller it’s one of the best in the country. The weather is promised to be excellent so see you there. And if you’d like to lend a hand, give Liam Healion a shout; no previous experience necessary.

THANK YOU

A big thank you to all who contributed to our church gate collections at the weekend. The costs of running any club seems to rise with each passing month and we’re most grateful to everyone who helped our cause.

SUNNY POINT

The sun shone brightly down in Wexford last Friday night but that was about as good as it got. It was a strange meeting of two relegated teams who now prop up the lowest rungs of the ladder. Wexford according to some reports are in deep financial trouble, which is a great shame if true. Maybe they’ll be baled out by Clare Daly. Anyway, we had umpteen chances of scoring but a nil all draw was the result which didn’t do much for our hopes of climbing the league ladder. However, the hosts were pretty dangerous on the break and a defeat would have been an awful result. as one traveller said, that’s two clean sheets and we remain unbeaten in our last three games. The glass is half full.

SECOND QUARTER

Already, we’re into the second quarter of our league with the arrival of Shels to the City Calling Stadium this Saturday night. We should have beaten them in our first game but since then, they’ve produced some very good results and will be a hard egg to crack this Easter. But, our luck has to change and it looks like some of our new signings are starting to show some promise. Our haul from our first quarter has been disappointing and every supporter hopes and expects for a better second quarter.

The team, in fairness have had a tough week, drawing at home to a robust Waterford side, beating Athlone away in a thriller and then journeying south to Wexford. Being a supporter can be demanding, being a player/manager is demanding.

CONGRATS

Well done to Davy O’Sullivan who bagged another hat trick last week in the EA Sports Cup match against Athlone. Martin Stapleton may correct this but how many players have scored three hat tricks for the club, two of them against the same opposition. Well done, Davy. Keep on banging them in.

It may be no consolation but congrats too to Boyle Celtic on reaching the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup. They were beaten 4-2 on penalties AET by Evergreen from Kilkenny. The beautiful game is obviously alive and well in rural Ireland.

Supporters’ Club Notes (03/04/2017)

Mon Apr 3rd 2017

HOME POINT

It was top against second from bottom at the CCS on Saturday night which many fearful before kick off. Waterford even had a bus load of travelling supporters for the first time in many seasons, so obviously their expectations were sky high. When Waterford were awarded a penalty for an offence committed outside the box, it looked like we’d be singing the blues. But it was Paul Skinner’s fabulous save that had us singing all right and it certainly wasn’t the blues. Overall the net minder had a fine game and on more than one occasion, kept our hopes alive with some other fine saves to his credit.

The visitors looked physically bigger and stronger and at times their physicality was borderline. Thankfully the ref was on his game flashing one red card but it could have easily have been two. When reduced to ten men, they just sat back and defended. The hosts were desperately unlucky on a number of occasions when the ball simply wouldn’t cross the line. The return of Don Cowan was a big bonus for us but there are still a few players who surely have more in the tank. We may have taken only a point from the game but it was against the millionaire, league leading side and we did keep a clean sheet too. Many would have settled for that before the game and we can certainly build on Saturday’s performance and push on. Following the penalty save it was great to hear the crowd become animated and getting behind the team. The crowd wasn’t the biggest but the lively atmosphere made up for that. Fair play too to the twitter writer who created an excellent atmosphere in cyber space according to many sources who couldn’t attend in person.

AWAY, AWAY

We’re back on the road again this week with an EA Cup game in Athlone against Athlone Town on Tuesday night,4 April. Then at the weekend, it’s the long trip down the south east where we face Wexford. At the moment Wexford is the only team below us and a win there could help kick start our season. We certainly could do with three points at the end of the first quarter. If we show the same commitment and passion as on Saturday night, then surely we should be in with a good shout. Fingers crossed.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Heartiest congratulations to Davy O’Sullivan who picked up the first player of the month award . He was presented with his trophy by Archie Bell before kick off on Saturday night. It was a well deserved award and hopefully will help Davy go on and score plenty more goals.

APOLOGY

Desi Maguire was supposed to make the presentation to Davy O Sullivan last Saturday night. However due to a communication problem, Desi wasn’t informed. Then the players returned early to the dressing rooms after their warm up which caused a minor panic. As the players trooped off the pitch, the photographer’s memory card was being uploaded to the Club’s computer with the pre match photos. So it had to be hastily withdrawn again, inserted back into the camera and the nearest half decent person was grabbed to make the presentation to a waiting, patient Davy O’Sullivan. So thanks to Archie for stepping in at half a second’s notice but a huge apology to Desi Maguire who got a bit of a land when he saw the presentation photo on the website. The next award will definitely be presented by Desi Maguire. Sorry again Desi.

BEST WISHES

The Supporters’ Club sends best wishes to Pauric Connolly who is recovering after a successful procedure. Seemingly, from now on Pauric will definitely have superior eye sight to any match official. Looking forward to seeing and hearing you back very soon Pauric.

CAR BOOT SALES

We’ll be having two car boot sales within a very short period. Easter Monday, April 17th is the first of the two with our second one close behind on Monday May 1st. Again, we’re asking for a few more volunteers to help out. Even an hour or two would make a difference. Give Liam Healion a shout anytime, he’d love to hear from you.

YOUNG GUNS

Well done to both our under age teams who had excellent victories at the weekend. The future looks bright with so many talented youngsters and their managers putting in such hard work week in, week out. And talking of youngsters, it was lovely to see two very young children at the match on Saturday night, Alan & Caitriona Kirby’s little girl and Margaret and Liam Healion’s grandson. Now, wouldn’t that be some match for the future !!!


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