A surprisingly large crowd made the very long trip to Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night (almost 7 hours round trip) last to make a point. The point being that, despite the current blip, the supporters continue to do what supporters always do...support. A point of an other kind was made too, in that we only drew in distant Wexford and came home with just one point. Trying times indeed, but we must keep the faith, we simply must keep supporting.
It was a tough point. Wexford were on a dismal run themselves but they really came at us sensing blood. In fact, if they had any striker on form, we could have gone home with our tails firmly between our legs, such were the hosts' chances and some early first half sloppy defending and ball passing.
We practically owned the ball in the second half but as the score suggests, we couldn't make it count where it mattered. On more than one occasion their keeper's legs came to their rescue when it looked certain we'd score. With so many suspensions of late and a few new introductions, the team is in a state of flux. Hopefully, however with the return of some familiar faces we can put the poor displays behind us and stride forward with confidence and a return to winning ways to the end of the season.
ATHLONE AT HOME
Next Saturday night's clash of the neighbouring Towns promises to be one of the highlights of the entire season in the First Division. Many soccer pundits are already hailing Roddy Collins as the golden boy of this season in either division. Certainly his team has performed miracles and now lead us by two points and with a four goal difference. But we have to concentrate on our fortunes and our own support. This Saturday night, we need a huge local vocal crowd to get behind us to help propel us back to the top. Saying this is a vital game is just an understatement ;it's much more important than our upcoming Cup game against the Drogs. This is an occasion for real LTFC supporters to stand up and be counted, will you be with us? Will you answer Longford Town's call? The ball is in your court.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ JULY
The Supporters' Club player of the month for July is Willie Tyrell. There were a surprising variety to the nominations this month which even included our injured Sammo, to show just how much he's missed! Willie though is a worthy receipient with his darting runs and series of excellent perfectly timed tackles and always total commitment to the cause. The award will be made before the game against Athlone and is sponsored by the Turner family, in memory of Brendan, our dear late friend and Supporters' Club chairman.
Fantasy Football is a very popular pastime which continues to grow in popularity every season. This time Section O and the Supporters' Club have organised a competition running alongside the Premier League in England. There will be great prizes for first, second and third places at the end of the season. Full details will be available in the Clubhouse on Saturday night or you can get the code from any committee member of directly from Paddy Mc Garry, chief architect. Closing date is Auust 15th so you'd better get your skates on. The players are all behind the idea and this might be your chance to challenge them in your footie know how.
CAR BOOT SALE
Well done once again to the lads who organised the August bank holiday Car Boot Sale. Johnny Nevin is forst on site at 5am, opening gates, turning on lights and keeping an early eye. Then it's Liam and his buddies collecting the fees which takes hours and lorries of patience. Then around four in the evening Paddy and Co take to the car park to pick up all litter before it blows to Tarmonbarry. So what looks like a simple event takes well over twelve hours of hard work on a bank holiday by a dedicated group to help keep things ticking over. Each of the lads deserves a medal but unless they buy one at the car boot sale, they'll go home exhausted but without the sound of a dangling medal.
Best wishes to Liam Healion on his birthday during the week. It must be his involvement with De Town that's keeping him so looking so well and healthy; you'd never think he'd reached the half century. And to make sure he's doesn't age any further by attending the potentially stressful game this Saturday night, Mags is whisking him off to some secret exotic location . Well deserved Liam, enjoy every single second.
Congrats are in order too to former Longford Town legend, Sean Dillon. The popular ex-Town player got married recently and as if that wasn't enough new responsibility, he's now also captain of Dundee United. Some man for one sporting man.
The Supporters' Club have just launched a truly fantastic raffle. For just two euro you can win a fabulous one thousand euro travel voucher, which will be supplied by Kanes Travel, Ballymahon St., Longford. Second prize is a Kanes travel voucher for five hundred euro and there is a host of fantastic minor prizes also. This draw is instead of our usual golf classic which we didn't hold this year. Therefore it's very important that this raffle does well. If you'd like to buy some tickets, they'll be available in the Clubhouse and if you'd like to take a few books to see, that would be greatly appreciated. The draw takes place at half time during our final home game which will be against Wexford Youths on Saturday Oct 5th.
If you read these notes down to this last piece, then you must have some interest in De Town. Hopefully that means supporting us out at City Calling Stadium. But if you haven't been out of late for whatever reason, please do make a come back this Saturday night when we need every single Longfordian to get behind the team.