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Supporters’ Club Notes (11/03/2018)

Sun Mar 11th 2018


De Town had a good 3-0 home win against Wexford FC last Saturday. A heavy drizzle before kick off made for some slippery conditions but at least we didn’t let our lead slip this time. While, once again we played some lovely passing football, we still weren’t secured of all three points until the closing stages when our superiority and class showed with two more goals. It was a game we could have scored more but while we hit the woodwork twice, Wexford FC cracked it once..surely an unusual statistic.

What was particularly pleasing was the fact that we kept a clean sheet. So after our two opening home games, we’ve scored five and conceded two with four points on the board. It’s early days yet obviously but this time last season, alarm bells were beginning to tinkle. With results elsewhere favouring us,our win puts us level at the top with Galway,Cobh and UCD. It appears that we’re going to have a tight season ahead. Brace yourself.


This Friday night, March 16th we travel to take on Shelbourne at Tolka Park with a 7.45pm kick off. The hosts have a single point to their name and despite having our former goal machine Sully, we hope their point tally will remain at just one. It’s hoped that Section O will be running a bus to add to the noise level. In past years, Longford people exiled in the capital city used to turn up in large numbers at Tolka. We’d love to see this continue. A win on Friday night would be the perfect start to a great Bank Holiday and sporting weekend.


The match programme for the Wexford game was another excellent production. Fair play to Kieran Burke and Marty Stapleton for their terrific contributions. If you failed to pick up a copy you’ll have missed the fact that our match sponsor was King Wing Foods (Hong Kong) Ltd. Who says we don’t have far away appeal? On a different note, nice to see Marty togged out in his hi-vis gear as he cycled home after the match.


This Monday, 19th March sees our first car boot sale. Gates will open at 4am – yes, 4am and fees will be taken then from the stall holders. In the old days, we used to start much later but according as the car boot sales grew in success, the arrival times grew ever earlier. And of course we could do with some volunteers, maybe not the early shift but to help with traffic management and clean up afterwards.


Those long serving volunteers are all looking for some extra volunteers. Andy is searching for some more to help sell the 50/50 tickets and Tom could do with a pair of extra hands with the half time raffle. And as stated we could do with extra help at the car boot sales. Well, will you help us?


One supporter who was on a bit of a long road trip on Saturday night tuned into RTE’s Sport results after the 11pm news. He was driving and couldn’t check his phone. Like all Town supporters, he’s a law abiding citizen. He heard all about the rugby and plenty about English soccer, a little bit of golf and interestingly a report on cricket. But zilch, zero, nada about our game against Wexford.

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Supporters’ Club Notes (18/02/2018)

Sun Feb 18th 2018


It’s been a long, dark, wet and cold winter but with the stretch in the evenings, everything is looking brighter as we kick off our 2018 season. This Saturday night, we entertain Cobh Ramblers for the first game of the season with a 7.30pm kick off. Players have come and others have gone but the show goes on regardless. Like every club in the league, we look forward with great hope and optimism. This time last year the bookies had us favourites to be at the top but a poor start soon finished that aspiration. This season, we have an extremely tough opening few games. Cobh pushed Waterford all the way until the latter stages and after Cobh we have Finn Harps away on March 2nd, many people’s favourites for automatic promotion. So yes, it’s a tough start for sure. But we’re up for the challenge.

The Premier Division kicked off last week end and there were some great crowds out enjoying the return of the beautiful game. Even Sligo Rovers managed over 3,000 at their clash with Limerick but couldn’t manage any points. RTE showed the Dublin Derby between Bohs and Shamrock Rovers which was booked out weeks in advance and the game itself turned out to be a real thriller. A photo of the Bohs players celebrating a goal with 2 girls in the chipper in the background joining in has to be one of the early contenders for sports pic of the season.

What about our own hopes for the season ahead? Hopefully we’ll be still in contention at the business end and that we’ll see some excellent football right throughout a warm, dry, sunny summer/ And of course, we’d love to see many, many more supporters making the trip out to the City Calling Stadium. Just a few days ago, we received a Premier licence which is testament to all the hard graft put in by so many behind the scenes.

There’s a new kit, the dressing rooms have been recently re-painted, the players are raring to go and it’s almost kick off time. We hope to see you there to roar them on. C’mon De Town.


The Supporters’ Club continue to be the backbone of the club. We set up and run the Clubhouse, organise awards like Player of the Month, raise much needed funds through Car Boot Sales and Christmas raffles and the merchandise shop, secure ball boys and girls, update our Facebook page with photos and news and generally help keep the show on the road. We’d love if you could join us either as an ordinary member or join our committee aka the working gang. We’ll be having our AGM shortly and no doubt, we’ll see you there.


Well done to Kieran Burke and his team on Between the Stripes which continues to make great strides in the social media world. James Donnelly, also has been working hard as photographer and Twitter expert. John Caulfield of Cork City was none too pleased with RTE’s coverage of the President’s Cup and he was right to be fed up. No TV coverage and 10 seconds on radio. RTE then made the long trip to cover Bohs v Rovers and while they got a terrific game, why do they persist with the managerial interviews during the game. Can you imagine interviewing Ryan Tubridy as he presents his Late, Late Show. On a totally different media note, 3 had a full page ad in the Leader last week. It featured well known local landmarks and it was pleasing to see the City Calling Stadium featured alongside St Mel’s Cathedral.


The season hasn’t even kicked off and already we’re receiving calls nationwide about our car boot sales for 2018. Well, the good news is that our first one will be on the Bank Holiday Monday, following St Patrick’s Day. As usual it’ll be from very, very early until 3pm. Our final car boot sale last season was so successful, we simply found it difficult to accommodate all who turned up. If you’re buying or selling or just gawking, then be on time to bag the best bargains.


Heartiest congratulations to Lorcan Towey from the U19s who has been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland U18 squad in back to back games against Wales this week. It’s a massive honour for Lorcan and his family as well as Longford Town FC. We’re all chuffed for Longford’s Lorcan. Well done too to Town supporter Chris Walsh who gave De Town a great shout out while he was featured on the Humans of Longford Facebook page recently. And finally, safe driving to our club chairperson on his new 181 Micra!

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