Supporters Club Notes

Supporters’ Club Notes (22/04/2018)

Sun Apr 22nd 2018

HARSH LESSON

Most supporters filing into the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night last were full of optimism. We had played brilliantly away to Drogheda and were denied three points with the last kick of the game. Surely, we’d kick on and bag those three points against UCD.

As an expectant crowd sat back on a balmy spring evening, things just didn’t turn out as anticipated. The Students were surprisingly more physical and bossed the game throughout. As usual we played some lovely football but lacked that cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. With the game progressing into the second half, it looked like we were heading for a dour scoreless draw. Few would have predicted two quick goals from UCD which saw many disappointed supporters heading early for the car park. A few complained about the referring but in truth, we never worked their keeper and but for a few excellent saves from our own net minder, it could have been worse.

Of course we headed home disappointed but on the night, UCD deserved their win and were judged by some as being the best side we’ve faced so far this season. What’s really important though is that we learn from our defeat to the Students as we face into the second quarter of the season. At the least the car load of UCD supporters went home happy.

For pictures and videos of the game, click on to http://ltfc.ie/21-04-18-longford-town-v-ucd/ on our Media page. 

FINN HARPS AT HOME

Donegal’s pride and joy, Finn Harps are our welcome visitors on Saturday night next with a 7.30pm kick off. We should have played them up in Finn Park earlier in the season but the weather put paid to that plan. So this is our first clash of the season and clash could be the main word. Meetings between the two sides are seldom genteel so, hopefully we’re have a good referee in charge of proceedings. It’s already the final match of April and the final one of the first quarter. So far, we’ve done quite well though losing valuable points in the dying minutes of a few games. We don’t need Dermot Bannon to tell us that there’s room to improve as we head into May. A three point haul on Saturday night would be the perfect ending to April. See you out there.

RISE IN ATTENDANCES

The season is only starting properly but so far it’s very encouraging to report a rise in attendances. So far this 2018 season, crowds attending the City Calling Stadium are up by 40%. Last Saturday night was our first defeat at home and hopefully our last too. As well as our excellent stadium facilities, Avril Gilchriest makes sure that we have regular underage teams for the half time entertainment. These teams, their parents and mentors also play a positive role in promoting De Town’s progress.

We may not be top of the league table (yet) but a right good squad has been assembled and the standard of football has increased dramatically and is being appreciated by the crowd. The half time attendance in the Clubhouse has also increased putting added pressure on our already over stretched volunteers. But success comes at a price, I suppose. Those who travelled to Drogheda the previous week were still talking of the facilities or lack thereof, in United Park. We look forward to seeing an even a larger crowd this Saturday night for De Town v Harps. There’s no need to book but do come early.

CAR BOOT SALE

The May Bank Holiday Monday Car Boot Sale is fast approaching. While a hugely important revenue event for the Club, we could do with a few extra hands to help out. We especially need a few more for the May car boot sale as a few of the senior volunteers aren’t able to attend. If you can spare an hour or two, let Liam Healion know at the Finn Harps game.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Heartiest congratulations to the popular Aidan Bennett who celebrates a roundy birthday this Thursday. Aidan is an ever present presence at all our games as Event Controller and keeps a close and watchful eye on all proceedings. Like many of our valued volunteers he’s involved in many more aspects of the Club and seemingly is never off duty. Happy birthday Aidan, hope you’ve a great day and an even better season ahead.

MEDIA MANAGER

Our young media manager James Donnelly is currently doing great work for the club. Not alone is he producing excellent match videos but he’s also updating our Twitter and Facebook account on a regular basis. On top of that, we have a sharp looking match programme now too due to his hard work. In the last match programme, he somehow managed to find time to pen a full page article. Pity though that his score prediction was wide of the mark – but then so were all of ours. Padraig Stapleton, our talented webmaster is another media man who never seems to sleep. No one can grumble with updates happening regularly on all our social media platforms.

50/50 DRAW

Andy Dardis is currently expanding his team of sellers for the 50/50 draw. He has recently signed a few new volunteers and hopes that a few of the golden oldies might come back on board. Despite the higher attendances, Tom Cunningham would like to see a few more purchase his raffle tickets which offers the winners an almost instant cash reward.

Supporters’ Club Notes (08/08/2018)

Sun Apr 8th 2018

FLATTERED

The final score read 3-0 to De Town against Cabinteely in our game played last Saturday night. It looks good on paper and it secured us all three valuable points. However,being brutally honest, we were flattered by that final scoreline. We were fortunate throughout the game. Fortunate to have gone ahead early in the game with an og. Fortunate that our visitors missed golden goal opportunities. But the scoreline doesn’t lie and two late , excellent goals certainly added some gloss to a sometimes lacklustre performance.

We were fortunate too that the rain held off until the very end. Heading home from the CCS as a drizzly darkness enveloped the grounds, there were plenty of positives to ponder too. Our home record of remaining unbeaten was still intact, we kept an other clean sheet and netted a couple of memorable goals. It was also encouraging to see our two local lads start the game and show their total commitment – both were rewarded with yellow cards! Three goals and three points, we may have been flattered but we’re not complaining at all.

DROGHEDA AWAY

This Friday night, April 13th we travel over to Drogheda to face the current league leaders. The Drogs sit on top of the league with 13 points, ahead of Shelbourne and UCD on goal difference. We are breathing down their necks on 11 points. Leaving the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night, one young optimistic support explained to his bemused Dad that Drogheda shouldn’t prove a problem for us. Drawing on his knowledge of recent games, he pointed out that Cabinteely beat the Drogs and we beat Cabinteely, so therefore we had to beat Drogheda! If only it was so simple. As everyone is rightly saying, it’s the tightest of tight leagues and Friday night is going to be one heck of a tough, tight encounter. Hopefully, it’ll be unlucky Friday 13th for our hosts!

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Chris Mulhall was the popular recipient of the Player of the Month trophy for March. He was presented with his trophy by Bernie McLoughlin just as the players trooped off after their warm up. Each month, the award is presented by a different paid up member of the Supporters’ Club, with a lottery determining who makes the presentation. As well as making the presentation, Bernie now has a new profile photo for her social media. If you want to have a chance of presenting next month’s winner, make sure to join the Supporters’ Club.

LETTER OF REPLY

At our AGM at the start of the season, it was decided to nominate loyal Town supporter Padraic Gearty as the person after whom the new Camlin pedestrian bridge be called. A letter outlining our position was sent to the county manager and last week a reply was received from an official on his behalf. The business of naming the bridge, they said, will be carried out by a “ naming committee”. So now you know.

CAR BOOT SALE

When Liam Healion arrived out to set up the car boot sale, last Easter Monday morning, the time was 3.10am. And would you believe it, there was a stall holder already there, waiting patiently. He had travelled almost 100 miles from Co. Armagh. It was dark, wet, windy and cold but neither weather nor time seemed to deter this gentleman. By mid morning a group of young American students, part of a church community were busy cleaning up the litter along the approach road. And finally after 3pm, our own small dedicated group were out making sure the car park didn’t have even one piece of paper floating around. We have an incredible group of volunteers who can’t can’t be thanked enough but thank you again. The May Bank Holiday Monday is our next car boot sale.

BALL KIDS

We had a full turn out of our ball kids team last Saturday night. They may be young but they’re extremely professional in their approach and attitude and a credit to their mentors. As well as our excellent ball kids, we also had youngsters from Ballyboro entertain us at half time. None of this happens by waving a magic wand, so, again a big thank you to their mentors, parents and of course, Avril Gilchriest who keeps everything ticking over.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

De Town social media platforms are surpassing themselves so far this season. As well as regular twitter updates, we also have our LTFC website and a Facebook page for both the Club and the Supporters’ Club. At the end of each game, we post an array of photos, covering action on and off the pitch. Shortly afterwards, thanks to James Donnelly, there’s a video review of the match and some interviews with the manager and players. And then of course there’s the ground breaking podcasts from Between the Stripes by Kieran Burke and Jon Brier.

LONGFORD DUBLIN ASSOCIATION

This Saturday night sees the Longford Dublin Association hold their Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The venue is the Moran Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 12 and the night kicks off at 8pm. The principal organisers, who also raise funds for local charities are loyal Town supporters and if you’d like a last minute ticket, contact either Tony Gilleran or Padraic Connolly. This year Liam Fenlon, Padraig Farrell and D. Glennon are receiving awards.


Supporters’ Club Notes (01/04/2018)

Sun Apr 1st 2018

NO GOALS, ONE POINT

Galway United, according to many of their supporters and a few pundits were firm favourites for automatic promotion. Therefore, there was some trepidation ahead of our trip west to face the Tribesmen last Friday night. But after a nervy start, it was the visitors who looked the better side by far. Led by Aodh Dervin, De Town got stuck in and played some really attractive football. In truth, if we had been able to convert our chances, we’d have returned home with all three points and very happy Easter bunnies indeed. Before kick off, some home fans were talking about it being a six pointer but by the final whistle, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils. The same Galway fans were hugely disappointed with their own performance and went as far as to say that promotion for them was already slipping from view. With their floodlights failing for a while on Friday night, maybe their pre season hype is also failing to materialise. There was a small travelling support from De Town but they were certainly heard right throughout the game and full credit to Section O for their full throated ,vocal support.

CABINTEELY AT HOME

This Saturday night, April 7th, we welcome Cabinteely to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off. Cabinteely shocked the socks off high flying Drogheda last Friday night, beating them 3-2. So we can’t say we haven’t been warned. So far we’ve played pretty well at home and so far remain unbeaten. To maintain this record, we need many more supporters getting out to the City Calling Stadium and to be the 12th man. Three points would be the perfect start to April which sees us face UCD and Finn Harps later in the month.

SHAMROCK ROVERS AWAY

Monday evening, April 2nd, Shamrock Rovers are our opposition at Tallaght Stadium in the EA Sports Cup, which kicks off at 7.00pm. Our hosts overcame our struggling neighbours ,Sligo Rovers 1-0 on Friday last. According to some Sligo fans en route home, Shamrock Rovers were poor enough and were there for the taking and said we could provide the shock of the round with a bit of luck. Personally, I’d prefer a win on Saturday night.

CAR BOOT SALE

At the time of writing this, our Easter car boot sale has yet to happen. But, once again, a massive thank you to the incredible volunteers who rise from their warm cosy beds before some even go to bed. The gates open at 4am and the last of the bargains happen 11 hours later. It’s a tough, long thankless job. But their superb dedication helps bring in much needed funds to keep De Town’s show on the road. Well done lads.

 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Although our division gets little or no media coverage nationally, the standards have soared and this season so far is the closest ever. UCD are on top with 13 points with Drogheda and a resurgent Shelbourne on 10 points. Galway are on their shoulders with 9 points while we, along with Finn Harps have 8. Cabinteely are a mere 2 points behind on 6. It really couldn’t be much closer at this early stage. The cliché says that every game is important but surely this has never been truer than the 2018 season. Every goal and every mistake matters. Be part of the real drama and follow de Town to the top!

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / MARCH

Heartiest congratulations to Chris Mulhall who is the Supporters’ Club Player of the Month for March. Bernie McLoughlin was drawn in a lottery from the paid up members of the Supporters’ Club and will make the presentation. The presentation is made in front of the stand just as the players come off after their warm up.

JOIN US

If you haven’t joined the Supporters’ Club, then there’s a chance to do so this Saturday night. All you have to do is fill out the form on the envelope and pop in €10. The envelopes are available on the counter in the Clubhouse. It couldn’t be simpler. We’d love to see you join our happy family!


Supporters’ Club Notes (26/03/2018)

Mon Mar 26th 2018

FIVE STAR WIN

On a lovely night for football, we scored five times against Athlone Town to bring our home tally to ten goals. We also remain unbeaten at home. It was great to see young local lad Aodh Dervin start the game and play so well too. But as many in the decent sized crowd commented, it was probably the poorest ever side to don the Athlone jersey. Normally, there’s a large travelling support but they too failed to materialise. In truth, we could have doubled our tally and still wouldn’t have been flattered. A few supporters wondered why we played in our away strip; seemingly the referee wasn’t happy with the Athlone strip but they had brought no away strip so we changed instead. Maybe that was why we started so poorly and were a goal behind before we even settled into our seats. But once we got into our stride, it was only a matter of how many goals we could notch up. Despite some poor clearances by their keeper, he did make some brave stops and together with our shyness to shoot, it finished up only 5-1. But playing without a number of first team regulars, we are not complaining with the three points on offer being safely bagged.

GALWAY AWAY

Our next game, away to Galway United will be a different kettle of fish to Athlone; indeed it’ll be a different kettle. Friday, March 30th is the date and 7.45pm is kick off time at Eamonn Deacy Park and it promises to be one tough game. If you’d like to travel by coach, you can book by contacting 083 167 0304 by lunch time this Wednesday. Hopefully, it’ll be a very good Friday for us.

CAR BOOT SALE

The dust has barely settled on our first Car Boot Sale and already our next one is upon us. The Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 2nd is the date for your diary. Gates open at 4am with the opportunity for early stall holders to pay the nominal fee. As usual, it continues on till 3pm when the big clean up commences. The March Car Boot Sale exceeded all expectations. Despite the poor weather forecast, a huge crowd witnessed a remarkable day of trading and all have promised to be back on Monday for more of the same. When it comes to Car Boot Sales and volunteers to run them, it looks like we’re league winners.

MATCH PROGRAMME AND MORE

Once again well done to our team behind the match programme. The cover was a classic pic from the 1980’s taken from the Longford Memories Facebook page. And while on the subject of Facebook, there’s an extensive gallery of photos from our game against Athlone on both our Facebook pages and the club website. On Sunday, a good few regular Town supporters headed up to see the Gaelic match. It was interesting to compare the facilities between the CCS and GBPP.

 

STEPHANIE

It was lovely to see Stephanie Roche, Dean Zambra’s best friend at the match on Saturday night. Despite having her leg heavily strapped following an injury, she willingly made her way from the stand to be photographed with the Gael’s U10 girls team. Currently, Stephanie is a striker with Sunderland Ladies and is an Ireland international. Apart from her international scoring prowess, she’ll be fondly remembered for her remarkable goal scored for Peamount against Wexford Youths in October 2013.

Thankfully, that stunning goal was captured on camera and duly went viral. Later, she was short listed for the 2014 FIFA Puskas Award for the Best Goal of the Year. Stephanie was the only female nominated. She eventually made it to the last three alongside James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie – who both scored their goals in the 2014 World Cup.

Talking about the massive publicity that surrounded that goal and her subsequent media coverage, Stephanie was just happy that the women’s game was in the limelight. Well, the Gaels U10 girls and their mentors were over the moon to have shared a little of that limelight on Saturday night last.

 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – MARCH

The Player of the Month will be chosen after the game against Galway United and the presentation will be made at the next home game. Each month, the presentation will be made from the list of current members of the Supporters’ Club. If you’re lucky enough to be drawn, please be available at the players’ tunnel as they come off the pitch after their warm up.

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