Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (02/07/17)

Sun Jul 2nd 2017

SUPERB STRIKE

De Town had 89% of the possession in Saturday night’s game against Cabinteely but it took a piece of individual magic from Daniel O’Reilly to break the deadlock and secure three vital points. With only five minutes of normal time remaining, Daniel flicked the ball past past a defender and then let fly with a thunderous half volley from more than 20 yards which left the the visiting goalie grasping at fresh air. The crowd erupted in admiration and the standing ovation was truly deserved. That superb strike alone was worth the entrance fee. Already it’s being touted as a goal of the season with some seasoned supporters reckoning it was one of the very best seen at the stadium.

However the wonder goal ignited Cabinteely from their slumber and when the board went up to signal five added minutes, there was an audible groan all round the ground. The remaining five minutes seemed like two eternities. With time almost up, the visitors almost snatched what would have been an undeserved equaliser but Noel Haverty came to our rescue with with a very brave block.

This win saw us move up to fourth place in the table just behind UCD, who provide the opposition on Friday night away. The game was played on a perfect pitch in perfect conditions despite the glaring sun and the midges invasion towards the end. One interested spectator was the FAI Head of Decurity who took in the game on his way to Sligo for the clash of the Rovers up there. Again, praise was heaped on our facilities but when will we see an international game played at the City Calling Stadium? In the meantime, we can bask in O’Reilly’s superb strike, a strike that’d grace any international stage.

UCD AWAY

On Friday night we travel to UCD to take on the students. They’re on 32 points while we’re one place behind on 24. So in the event that we conjure up yet another late winner and extend our unbeaten run to six games, we’ll still be in fourth position. But confidence continues to grow and on Saturday night, we played with a different style entirely so things have changed. Of course it’ll be difficult to maintain this momentum but as most would agree we’re on the right path with a team that works its socks off till the final whistle.

CABS AWAY

This Wednesday sees our former chairperson Kevin Carberry jet off to South America with next up Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and God knows where else. But before the tears of parting flowed, Johnny Nevin and Brendan Finnegan made him a Bon Voyage presentation on behalf of the Supporters’ Club. So now he has to post a photo of himself wearing De Town jersey in every new country he visits as well as the names of his recently recruited new members. Have a ball Kevin and enjoy every single second. Your job will be kept safe till you return.

THE FENN EFFECT

Our new manger Neale Fenn took to the field on Saturday night and as you’d expect with De Town, was given an excellent warm welcome. Fenn arrives with an illustrious playing career behind him and if he can transfer some of that experience to the players, then our future has brightened considerably. One thing is for sure, he’s already making an effort with the supporters and was more than willing to pose for photos and sign autographs and have the banter. He also seems to be a bit of a hit with the girls. It could be his snazzy suit or the deep tan.

 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JUNE

Karl Chambers received his merited player of the month award for June from legendary Town supporter Liam Healion before kick off last Saturday night. Liam has asked for some volunteers for the August Bank Holiday car boot sale due to some old reliables being unavoidable absent on the date. If you could volunteer for just one car boot sale, it would be greatly apprecaited.

NEW LOTTO

Andy Dardis engaged the services on Saturday night of our new manager Neale Fenn to launch the brand new Lotto. This time, there are no numbers to be written out and the prize money has also changed. With the new 50/50 system, all you have to do is sign your name and contact details and each week, one lucky winner will win half the money taken in that week. It’s much simpler and more effective than the previous system. As usual you can purchase your tickets from Andy or Devina Dardis at the Shopping Centre at the weekends or from Benny McGuinness, Pat Devine, Pauline Murphy or Archie Bell. The greater number of people who play, the greater will be the prize. Simple.

STONEPARK TEAMS

Well done to the underage teams from Stonepark and their mighty mentors who provided very effective and co operative ball boys at the game against Cabinteely. They also had a good half time game and enjoyed a touch of the limelight when the manager and some players joined their team photo.

OUR NEW ROAD

Not alone do we have a new manager. but the local council have also laid a new road surface en route to the City Calling Stadium. It starts at the recently and wonderfully named Blind Fiddlemaster Kiernan Roundabout and ends just before the CCS. Big thank you to the council for this welcome upgrade and hopefully this will be followed up with some new signage to the grounds.

HOPPING ALONG

Certainly ruled out of making the playing the squad for the remainder of the season is Seamus Murray who was seen hobbling round CCS on Saturday night. Even with some encouragement from Neale Fenn, it looks like Seamus will be looking on from his special seat near the tunnel for the rest of the season. Despite many injuries during his long career, this was the first time Seamus was seen on crutches which left the man himself hopping mad. All in the Supporters’ Club wish you a speedy recovery to life without crutches.


Supporters’ Club Notes (25/06/17)

Sun Jun 25th 2017

ONE MORE POINT

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.

CABINTEELY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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.

KARL CHAMBERS: JUNE WINNER

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!

CHECK US OUT

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.

RIGHT UP TO DATE

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.

CAR BOOT SALE

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

DRAMATIC WIN FOR DE TOWN

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.

ATHLONE UP NEXT (AGAIN)

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.

TRISTAN’S TROPHY

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.

CAR BOOT SALE

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.

PITCH PRAISE

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

CAR BOOT SALE THANKS

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.

BREAK TIME

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.

TRISTAN NOACK–HOFMANN

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.

CONDOLENCES

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.


SSE Airtricity League First Division

0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

0 - 3
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

0 - 2
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

2 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

0 - 0
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

0 - 0
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

1 - 0
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

5 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

2 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

2 - 2
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

1 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

0 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

1 - 2
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

7:30 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

7:45 pm
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

7:30 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

7:45 pm
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

7:45 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

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