Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (25/09/2017)

Mon Sep 25th 2017


Aodh Dervin started his second match in a row for De Town against Waterford and put in a top show , getting an A for his superb performance. Well done Aodh, the future certainly looks bright.
It was a long,long way down to Waterford for the ten or so supporters who were outnumbered by at least two hundred to one as the Waterford crowd finally emerged to acknowledge their team. They have high hopes down there but according to some locals, the team next year will have a distinct foreign feel. We wish them well, of course. On the night, we clapped the league winners onto the pitch and then almost upset their frantic celebrations. Once again, it was a game in which we deserved at least a share of the spoils but a late,late winner was enough to cue the celebrations for the home side.


Our final game of the season will take place on Saturday October 7th at the City Calling Stadium when Wexford make the trip to the midlands. Some say the kick off is the usual 7.30pm, others maintain it’ll be 7.45pm but we’ll know for sure next week. Anyway, be there for 7.30pm and you can’t go wrong. It has been truly a topsy turvy season but our final game against Wexford is an opportunity to end on a high and to plan for greater things next season. The player of the month for September will be awarded before the game.


Congratulations to our boss Neale Fenn who was awarded Player of the Tournament at the Sport Against Racism Ireland Soccerfest 2017 on Saturday last. Neale dazzled while on the Malaysia 97 team and was pictured receiving his award along with his former manager, Brian Kerr. Back in ’97, Brian Kerr babes stunned the international soccer community be winning bronze in Malaysia in the FIFA World Youth Championships. A certain former Town favourite, Alan Kirby, Ballinalee was of course a huge start on that same team and was also present in the Phoenix Park, enjoying the banter with his family.


Belated happy birthday to the Stapleton brothers who both celebrated birthdays recently. Also congrats to our new crime buster Garda Ethan Fitzpatrick who graduated last week. And finally heartiest congrats to Peter Nevin who tied the knot with Orlaith at the week end.


If you haven’t entered our relegation prediction competition on our Facebook page, there’s still time. The week end results certainly threw up a few shocks and it’ll be a while before the Fat Lady sings so there’s still some time. So get clicking.


With October just round the corner, our next and final Car Boot Sale is fast approaching. More details shortly.

Supporters’ Club Notes (17/09/2017)

Sun Sep 17th 2017


Despite serving up a main menu of swift, flowing passing football, we failed to get our due desserts in our drawn game against the students of UCD on Saturday night. It was a game we should have and could have won comfortably. But sport can be cruel as experienced first hand by former Town player, the gifted Andy Moran on Sunday. Despite clearly being the better team, we only had a Sully goal from a penalty to show for all our great efforts. Their sloppy, equalising goal came from our misadventure but that unfortunate lapse was enough for us to drop two points. Not that it matters a great deal since Waterford were crowned champions following Cobh’s 3-0 hammering by Cabinteely. However Neale Fenn and everyone else want a strong finish and as stated, we played some excellent stuff but we repeatedly failed to trouble their keeper. The linesman ruled out our second goal for a harmless infringement while later those in the stand were on their feet celebrating an other second goal, which turned out to be only the side netting. It was that sort of frustrating night when the midges were feasting while we weren’t hungry enough in front of goals.


Friday, September 22nd was a date highlighted early on in pre season as a possible game to determine the League’s outcome. But a lot of water has passed under a lot of bridges since then and already Waterford are the only team to be promoted this season. In pre season according to the so called experts, it was to be a two horse race between the Blues and us. Unfortunately our challenge failed to materialise and a poor start left us floundering at the start line. Congratulations to Waterford who’ll relish the return to the top flight, for a season at least. The game kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday but realistically most Town supporters will be following the game on social media.

Our final game of the season will be Saturday October 7th at 7.45pm when all games kick off simultaneously.


Congrats to our hard working, diligent chairperson Avril Gilchrist who celebrated an other birthday over the week end. Right throughout the season, Avril has made great strides in providing under age teams for the half time period as well as various teams of enthusiastic ball boys and ball girls. These youngsters have helped recreate a lively atmosphere at games and particularly at the end when they go autograph hunting from their heroes. This sort of activity goes largely unseen or unheeded by many adult supporters but it’s a vital cog in the club’s development and helps create the supporters of the future. All you have to do is check out the joy on the faces of the young supporters on either of our two Facebook pages, Don Cowan and young Dillon is a perfect example of pure joy. So from all your young and not so young fans, a very happy season ahead Avril..we know you’ve already enjoyed an unforgettable week end of partying.


The death has recently occurred of Séamus Finn, former editor of the Sligo Champion. As a cub reporter, he was banned by Sligo Rovers from their home turf, the Showgrounds – a unique achievement for any reporter.

Finn had felt no need to mince his words when reporting on how Sligo Rovers, a full-time profession team in 1969, got dumped out of the FAI Cup by lowly non-league side Longford Town. Rovers. When he showed up for his next assignment at the Showgrounds he was told he was no longer welcome in the pressbox.

Typically he fought back, mustering the support of the National Union of Journalists to such a degree that no reporter, local or national, would cover a Sligo Rovers game and soon the ban was lifted.

Thus yet another chapter of intrigue was added to that famous 1969 game, already well documented by our own Johnny Nevin.

Supporters’ Club Notes (10/09/2017)

Sun Sep 10th 2017


All week, hopes of causing a Cup upset ran high among the loyal Town supporters. Cork City had been stuttering and spluttering and we had hope for a continuation. At five o clock their kit van arrived, something seldom, if ever seen at the City Calling Stadium. Later, when the squad arrived, you’d swear they were an international set, such was its size swollen by a team of physios and various footballing consultants. Their subsequent warm up was even of an intensity seldom seen locally. Practically each player was given a talking to by Caulfield as they headed back down the tunnel before kick off. It was obvious that this Cork City team had been earlier humiliated by Shamrock Rovers and even Sligo Rovers and were now on a mission of redemption. And that was unfortunate for us.

While two of their four goals had a whiff of luck about them, there was no denying the gulf in class between the runaway League leaders and current Cup holders who were on a mission to achieve the double this season. By half time, our Cairn Hill had morphed into an Everest. But in fairness, our second half performance was much better. But a four two scoreline was about the best we could have hoped for and at the final whistle had to settle for 1-4 with the visitors scoring all five.

Cork City might have been a different class on the field of play but sadly, they didn’t display any class in the disgraceful way they left the dressing rooms. When their full professional players were turning over for a Sunday morning sleep in, our volunteers were out in the City Calling Stadium tidying up their unwanted mess.


And so it’s on to our penultimate home game this Saturday when we host UCD. Kick off is at 7.30pm when there will be hardly the same crowd present at the City Calling Stadium. For the Cork City game. we had about 1,000 present with a large travelling contingent. Much is made of separating supporters at other grounds but on Saturday night, all supporters intermingled with no problems at all. We certainly won’t have to worry about the UCD supporters, if any at all travel. At the moment UCD are ahead of us by 6 points so, even if we win, we won’t be leapfrogging like we did in our last two games. However, we really want to finish the league on a high and would seven points from our last three games be acceptable? Cobh, with our help can still catch Waterford and the final game of the season between those two Munster sides could seal the deal. But for us, we simply want to finish as high and as well as possible and start planning for the season ahead.


Heartiest congratulations to Jack Brady on his Player of the Month award for August. He was clearly both surprised and delighted to his receive the award before Saturday night’s game. Although, Saturday night’s result didn’t go the way we’d have liked, Jack still managed to bring off a couple of fine saves from a fairly lethal visiting strike-force.


In the week leading up to the Cup game, we ran a score prediction on our own Facebook page. Although the Supporters’ Club Facebook page is only up and running a short while, it received a huge response, way ahead of anything we could have predicted. Anyway, congrats to Shane Marron who was one of those who got the score correct and was then drawn by lottery. The prize is free membership for next season. Already plans are being hatched for another prediction competition before the season’s end.


Many Cork City supporters were once again loud in the praise for our set-up at the City Calling Stadium. One middle aged man was particularly loud in his praise. He added that he has travelled with Cork all over Ireland and to a few venues in Europe as well . There wasn’t a thing he could fault us with he said. From friendly, efficient officials to toilets, clubhouse and car parking, he said we’re the best in the land. He couldn’t get over how well the pitch looked despite all the recent downpours. There was only one thing he couldn’t understand and that was why we didn’t get to host internationals and some level, even under age. And so say all of us.


One Cork City fan who travelled with a number of children lost his wallet in the stand on Saturday night. A search was carried out , early on Sunday morning after he reported it missing but alas, nothing was found. Hopefully someone found it and will hand it in early in the week. You can imagine how much it would mean to the unfortunate man.

Supporters’ Club Notes (03/09/2017)

Sun Sep 3rd 2017


Following our comfortable 2-0win over Cabinteely on Friday night, we leapfrogged them into fourth position. A Verdon goal on 37minutes was followed by a Sully strike on 83 minutes made sure of the three points on offer and a jump up the ladder for the second week in a row. Jack Brady made a fine penalty save in the dying moments to maintain a clean sheet to send us all home (or to the Electric Picnic) in a great mood. A Cabo fan summed it up well when he noted the change of style, confidence and passion under the change of management. We’ve a few more games left and hopefully we can keep this excellent run going and at least end the season on a high. It all makes a welcome change from the start of the season.


This Saturday night, September 9th see us host Cork City in the FAI Cup Quarter Finals. Judging by the amount of early local interest in the game, this should be the biggest attendance of the season for us. Cork City are current Cup holders and runaway League leaders.

However, they’ve spluttered and stuttered in the their league recent games and like ourselves put seven past Athlone. John Caulfield was an interested spectator at that game but he was there casting a cold eye on our opposition that night. However, he’s a shrewd operator and no doubt he’ll have remembered us too. Cork’s last two games were televised live. In the first they just about stumbled over the line against a rugged, torrid Finn Harps in a wet and windy Finn Park. The conditions were much better at Tallaght Stadium when Shamrock Rovers defeated the league leaders with a 3-1 scoreline. Much is being made of Cork’s poor run since their goal machine Seanie Maguire left them for pastures greener. But Cork City are still eyeing the league and Cup double to lay down a statement for all contenders, especially Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

In the meantime, we stand in their way of getting to a cup semi-final. Make no mistake about it, the lads are not overawed by their Leeside opposition. Things might have been different 2 months ago though. However, these days, we’re not lacking in confidence ourselves having taken the scalp of Sligo Rovers, slamming 7 past our near neighbours Athlone and winning our two other games while keeping a clean sheet too. Neale Fenn won a league with Cork but he’d love to get one over his old club and wouldn’t every Town supporter just love that too.

Cork won’t like the long journey to the City Calling Stadium and will label us as being a Ffyes skin. Apart from a goal or two more than our opposition, we really need every sports person in Longford to be in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night. We need every lapsed supporter and their family along with a few friends to come out and make themselves heard. If we can get a right good vocal crowd behind us, then anything is possible. It promises to be a fantastic night of pulsating football, don’t dare miss it. And yes, we can do it.


As the players file off the pitch following their warm up on Saturday night, we’ll have the August Player of the Month presentation. Jack Brady is the worthy winner and will receive his trophy from Ashley Thompson.


What’s seldom is wonderful. On Saturday afternoon last RTE Radio had their usual sport programme leading up to the hurling all Ireland. Sandwiched between some hurling legends on the panel was our own Neale Fenn. He played an absolute stormer. He was comfortable talking about hurling, the life of young footballers in England, the boredom of the Irish international system and of course his new exciting chapter with ourselves. He may be a snappy dresser but our Neale is a snappy communicator as well.

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