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Supporters’ Club Notes (20/05/2018)

Sun May 20th 2018

POINT MADE

In the lead up to this clash against Shelbourne many were saying that we had to win it. With only a point dividing the teams, we knew it was going to be yet another tough one. However, on a dry and windy night in front of a decent crowd, it was the visitors who were in complete control for most of the opening half. The wind seemed to be playing a role with many of our clearances going straight over the stand side line. They had a decent sized travelling support who were just waiting for their opening score. Luckily we held out till the second period but, truth be told, we went in lucky to be on level terms.

Whatever was added to the tea during the break had the desired effect.We played with greater passion and commitment and though a slighter side, no one was found wanting.Those three precious points seemed to have evaporated when a once favourite former Town player rose unchallenged to head Shels in front. The corner that led to their opening goal resulted from two of our own errors and you just hoped that heads wouldn’t drop. Thankfully the opposite happened and the search for an invaluable equaliser became frantic. Dylan McGlade was tormenting the visitors with his silken skillsand at the same time encouraging louder support from the home support. Eventually after a super run, he unleashed a cracker to the left of the despairing Shels’ keeper, who until then had denied us time after time.

There were chances by both teams to grab all three points but the crossbar denied the visitors while Sam Verdon headed wide in front of an open goal. We were hoping for maximum points before the game but most were happy with a share of the spoils and the renewed fighting spirit shown in the second period.

ATHLONE AWAY

There’s sure to be a large Longford Town travelling support. heading down to Athlone this Friday. The game kicks of at 7.45pm on Friday May 25th in Athlone Town Stadium. Our away form of late has been impressive but there can no slip-up on Friday if we’re to maintain any interest in escaping from the lower division. Football can be a funny old sport but the last thing we want is for other teams to be laughing at us if we don’t produce the goods against our near neighbours. It’s only down the road so hopefully we’ll see and hear a good Longford support support the red and black brigade.

AODH’S AWARD

Aodh Dervin was presented with his Supporters’ Club trophy for being Player of the Month for April before last Saturday’s game. Not only has the young lad broken into the first team, he now has become a regular starter. For us golden oldies who remember Aodh as a youngster continuously honing his skills, seeing his rapid improvement being recognised as April’s Player of the Month was particularly satisfying. We wish Aodh all the best in his Leaving Cert next month and maybe it was ironic that a retired teacher from his school, Tom McGuinness who made the presentation.

DE VAN

Roddy Doyle made a bit of a stir when he wrote his novel The Van. However on a local sporting note, it’s Andy Dardis who is certainly who is creating one almighty stir with his fabulously painted van, DeVan. For those who have yet to see the creation, Andy’s van has had a giant club crest added to his already red van and all agree that it’s simply magnificent. It was certainly turning heads on a sun drenched day at the photo shoot outside Esquires last week. One elderly lady from outside the county was heard to remark that the owner must be very religious “driving round with a painting of the cathedral on its side”. In actual fact, it’s hoped that Andy will have whatever is the upcoming game adorning its side panels. As a piece of marketing, it’s simply superb. Happy motoring Andy in De Van.

FLOWER POWER

Red and black supporter Bobby Stocks certainly has green fingers. We’re constantly being complimented for our facilities in the City Calling Stadium and this May, we’re rightly proud of yet another colourful addition. Right round the concourse, Bobby has provided an array of multi coloured hanging baskets which are a joy to behold and certainly not something you’d see in too many stadia. Thanks Bobby, they’re truly a sight for sore sporting eyes.

SPREADING THE WORD

It was a busy week for the local youth organisation The Attic last week. On Saturday night they hosted Hype which saw teens for all over the land arrive in town for a music fest. But earlier in the week, they hosted our management team of Neale Fenn, Daire Doyle and Ger Mooney. The three very wise men were guests of Longford Comhairle na nOg which was an outstanding success. Fair play, once again, to out over-worked chairperson Avril Gilchrist for organising it all.

GET WELL WISHES

The Supporters’ Club would like to send get well wishes to Mel Devlin who is currently recovering in hospital following an operation. Mel, and indeed his entire family have been huge and loyal supporters of Longford Town for decades. Mel, we look forward to seeing back in the City Calling Stadium in the not too distant future. In the meantime, look after yourself – we miss you, we’re all thinking of you and wishing you well.


Supporters’ Club Notes (13/03/2018)

Sun May 13th 2018

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD

The 2-0 success away to Wexford at the week end rounded off a pretty successful period of travelling the highways and byways of Ireland. The EA SPORTS Cup loss to Cobh was merely a speed bump on a series of long trips. It was league points that we really needed and we couldn’t have done better than six out of six. Jamie Hollywood and Chris Mulhall‘s haul down in Wexford were vital so that we could keep in touch with the teams ahead of us in what is turning out to be a real case of Close Encounters.

SHELS AT HOME

The visit of Shelbourne this Saturday night is a huge game for us. Every Town supporter at the first game of the season between the two clubs, firmly believed we should have had all three precious points, being the better side. A certain former Town player is keeping them ticking over this season with his growing goal tally. His appearance back in the City Calling Stadium will be interesting – to put it mildly. As things stand, we’re a single point behind the Tolka Park outfit. Sitting in 6th place isn’t what anyone expected before the season kicked off, so Saturday night will be the perfect time to kick start our season with a much needed home win. It’s going to be another tense affair. But if we can eliminate giving away silly goals and increase our already growing home support base, then a leap frog could be on the cards. We need to see you there on Saturday night.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The award for Player of the Month for April will be presented before the game on Saturday night. Aodh Dervin, who is currently injured will be the recipient with Phil Pike, of the Supporters’ Club making the presentation. The presentation is made as the players come off the pitch following their warm up.

HUGE THANKS

The May Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale was simply massive. There were so many people wanting space for stands that we had to turn away plenty of stall holders. Incredibly, by 8.30am the traffic was parked right back to the Westside Cafe. Seasoned car boot attendees maintained that it was the largest crowd ever – and that’s saying something.

A huge thank you to all who supported the event but most especially the group of volunteers who were on duty for long hours on what’s free time for most. Our next one is the June Bank Holiday Monday and remember, the show kicks off at 4am and not 10am.

THAT SONG

Singer/song writer supreme Ultan Conlon was passing the City Calling Stadium on Sunday and simply had to stop to take a photo. Straight away it was gaining likes and comments on his social media platforms including some from here. And why, what’s the connection? The Measure of You is his latest chart topping hit single and includes Longford Town in the lyrics. If you haven’t already done so, just Google or YouTube him. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

MEDIA MATTERS

The standard of communication on social media has soared so far this season. No sooner had we gone ahead against Wexford than the goal was posted as a video on the website. Minutes later it was followed by some excellent still photos from a local Wexford photographer. The days and nights of depending on our national broadcasting service have truly passed. But Padraig Stapleton, James Donnelly and Kieran Burke have played a blinder since being sprung from the social media bench.

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 (15/04/2018)

Sun Apr 15th 2018

UNLUCKY FRIDAY 13TH

A one all draw away to the then league leaders, Drogheda United, sounds like a decent night’s work. But, we deserved all three points and were more than equal to anything the Drogs had to offer. Their goal was scored in the 5th minute of added time and with the second last kick of the game. It was the second time we’ve been kicked in the teeth with a last minute goal conceded. The other sickener was also away, in the game against Shelbourne.

Driving up twisty roads to United Park across country, many would have settled for a share of the spoils. Driving home and the talk was that we deserved a win. We played some superb football and our goal by Dean Byrne is surely an early contender for Goal of the Season. Following some excellent work by Chambers, Dean let fly from all of 25 yards giving Skinner no chance. We had plenty of resolute defending to do for the next 32 minutes and then the ref added a nail biting five minutes. But, like in life, you don’t always get what you deserve and Friday night was just an other cruel example.

However, there was much to take from the game. Once again, we played some very attractive , ground football and the travelling support can have no complaints on that front. Also, each week, we’re clearly demonstrating that we’re as good as any team in the league. Apart from maybe, Athlone, each team can cause an upset. So far the league is turning out to the tightest ever and sitting in 4th, we’re well positioned. Shels are just one point ahead of us, with Drogheda a single point further up. UCD sit on top with 14 points and hopefully they won’t be adding to that tally this weekend.

But in summary, it was certainly a case of unlucky Friday 13th for us. Not that we’re superstitious or anything like that but fingers crossed for Saturday night.

UCD AT HOME

This Saturday night, we host current league leaders UCD to the City Calling Stadium. Kick off is at 7.30pm as usual. UCD are obviously doing very well with a young, talented well drilled outfit. But then again, the same could be said about ourselves. It’s a huge opportunity for us to beat the current high flying students. We’re unbeaten at home and we are playing with a lot of verve and confidence. UCD are known for bring the smallest band of supporters in the league and on Saturday night, they’ll probably have their usual car load. While being an opportunity for the team to shine brightly, it’s also a great chance for the local sporting followers to come out and support our own.

Judging by the amount of empty seats at a certain cross channel game on Sunday last, we know that some supporters can be a fickle lot. We like to think that we have a solid support but we’d love to see some more enjoy the City Calling and real,live football. See it, sense it, support it….De Town!!

 

UNITED FACILITIES

Drogheda were relegated last season which means that their facilities had to have been top class. The only thing top class about United Park on Friday night last, was their prices. Twenty euro for their stand and fifteen to stand in a bleak away section. Even for OAPs, they charged a hefty twelve euro. They obviously forgot that they’re supposed to drop prices when they drop a league. Their floodlights, (installed late) are excellent but then they were paid for by the FAI. They did provide a chipper but their toilets left a lot to be desired. An awful lot.

CAR BOOT SALE

By now, you’re aware that our next car boot sale is on the May Bank Holiday Monday. But you may not be aware that we’ll be short some important personnel due to some May nuptials in Poland. All of which means, we could do with some more volunteers for the May Bank Holiday Car Boot sale. Give Liam Healion a shout if you can help out in any way.

SCORE BOARD

Despite our splendid facilities in the City Calling Stadium, we are lacking in one very important area – a scoreboard. We had a good working facility for years but it became sick, tired and weary and eventually headed to the great scoreboard in the skies. Everyone, home and away supporters , agree that we need an upgrade. The site is there ready to go, the technology is well tested. The only thing missing is the little question of money. So if you have a (good) few euro to throw our way, contact Johnny Nevin in the Clubhouse and he’ll provide all the details. It’s a chance to see your name in lights!

LONGFORD TOWN/ULTAN CONLON

This is a bit of a diversion. But did you know that The Measure, a lovely, catchy song by Ultan Conlon tops the RTE Airplay charts at the moment. So why is this appearing in these notes ? Well in the middle of his delightful song, Ultan mentions Longford Town. Now, how many chart topping songs do that ? The actual lines go something like this: “Paul came down from Longford Town, Threw his weight around with the in crowd and he made some noise – scared off all the good guys, Give us something to play for now that the city has lost of all of its light”.

Could he be referring to Paul Hunt heading back down to Cobh and leaving the City Calling Stadium in the dark? If you haven’t heard it yet, try YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHaYnyz_4jQ

AND FINALLY

Our first and final message is that we’d love to see you this Saturday night supporting De Town. The weather is promised to be balmy so you’ve no excuses. See you later!


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