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LTFC Supporters’ Club Notes (02-09-2018)

Sun Sep 2nd 2018

WHAT A NIGHT!

There have been several memorable nights in the City Calling Stadium and last Saturday night was surely one of the best. We faced Cabinteely in a must win encounter. For sure, the stakes were high and so too was the tension. The weather was perfect, there was a large appreciative crowd and we were served up with a game to savour.

The final 4-1 scoreline will never reflect a game that had more than its fair share of drama and unbelievable skill. With goals in the first half from Karl Chambers and Dylan Mc Glade, it looked like we’d kick on in the remaining half. Despite having a barrow load of chances, we just couldn’t net goal number three . And any thoughts of the visitors lying down were soon dispelled as they started to control the game as they searched with intent of a goal of their own. When they did finally score, Cabinteely continued to pile on the pressure. That in turn piled on the pressure on the supporters’ thumping hearts. When we saw our net bulge for a second time, hearts sank only to be refloated straight away when it was flagged for an offside. And yet, the visitors pressed and pressed as the large crowd edged ever closer to their seat’s edge.

The four minutes of added time seemed to be a travesty of justice. Would we hold out? Could we get to fourth place in the table? Cabinteely, it seemed were determined to rain on any party plans.

But then up stepped our wing wizard Dylan McGlade, Messi of the Midlands, a born again George Best. You’ll have to check out his mesmerising two goal blitz on the club’s social media to appreciate the genius of those wonder goals. They defied words, but he waltzed past defenders, leaving some on the backside as he found the net twice in a matter of seconds.

The stand was already noisy but it erupted into sheer ecstasy with the scoring drama as it unfolded in front of disbelieving eyes. Long after the final whistle had sounded, there were small groups standing round trying to make sense of what they had just witnessed. Was it wizardry or magic or had we witnessed a sporting miracle? Still not sure but it was pure football poetry in glorious colour and all in our own City Calling Stadium. What a fabulous night!

CORK CITY ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Whatever you do, remember it’s a Friday night kick off this week. The powers that be changed our usual night from Saturday for our Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup clash with the current holders, Cork City.

The crowds attending home games have been growing steadily and we expect a bumper crowd clicking through the turnstiles on Friday. Already, there’s talk from the southern capital of a fleet of buses heading to the Midlands. It promises to be a night of live football to be remembered. RTÉ2 are broadcasting the game live but it’d be a shame to sit in front of a TV set when you can experience all the thrills and spills as they unfold in front of you. For our previous Cup game, the staff of Coral Leisure attended the game together and thoroughly enjoyed every second. It’s not every day that Longford features for about 2 hours live on national TV, so we’re hoping that the council and Chamber of Commerce will all row in and support a local sporting event.

Because the game is on Friday evening, the Strokestown Road, will be busier than usual, so please do arrive early. By arriving early, you’ll avoid a long walk and having to stand in line at the turnstiles. Remember, the Clubhouse will be open before the game serving teas, coffees, sandwiches and snacks. And it’s worth remembering that we have the best value of any club in the land.

Cork City suffered a surprise home defeat to Sligo Rovers in the league last week and their manager John Caulfield came in for a lot of local criticism. He’ll be out to reverse that sentiment on Friday night but will also be aware a potential banana skin awaits him.

What we really need is a massive crowd from all over the county to come out and support Longford Town as we aim to reach the semi-final.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / AUGUST

Before kick off against Cabinteely, three young supporters Harry Fenn, Corey Maher and Joshua Byrne presented the player of the month award for August to Dylan McGlade. As far as can be remembered, this was the first occasion that any player has won the coveted award twice in the same season. It has been a remarkable spell for Dylan who was making headlines for his footballing wizardry and his cheeky Michael D tweets. But the Presidential tweets had no bearing on this award, it was purely for his magnificent contribution during August. Long may it continue.

NOT A CENT

It seems hard to believe but it’s true. The FAI changed our game against Cork City from Saturday to Friday and never even considered giving us a cent of compensation. Remember, all players work full time jobs. They’re not fully professional players like our Cup opponents. So to make the game on Friday night, they must take time off. And as if that’s not bad enough, how much do you think the club receives from RTE for broadcasting the match ? Not a cent. Our facilities will be used, our players will provide almost 2 hours of entertainment for the viewers and we’ll receive nothing, not a cent. Because a bigger crowd than usual is anticipated, we’ll have to have extra stewards, toilets, facilities etc etc. In short this high profile match could end up costing us money. Now in plain language, that’s mad.

RESPECT

It was lovely to hear the minute’s round of applause on the 19th minute during the Cabinteely match. The applause was asked for by Bohemian FC in memory of their young supporter, Oran Tully who passed away last week. It was a fitting tribute and very pleasing to see and hear the respect afforded him. May he rest in peace.

FRIENDLY INTERNATIONAL ON SUNDAY

Sunday next sees the City Calling Stadium host an U19 International Friendly when the Republic of Ireland take on Wales. Kick off is 3.00pm and it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the talent of tomorrow strut their stuff at our local venue. It’s also a nice feather in the collective hat of all the hard working volunteer crew who, week in, week out, work tirelessly to have our City Calling Stadium looking so good. We’ve always said that we have a top class venue so now it’s pleasing to see that acknowledged by the powers that be in the FAI.

SOCIAL MEDIA GROWTH

Recently all our social media sites have been growing apace. The video highlights of the games have been particularly popular and it was interesting to see someone in RTE share the highlights from our 4-1 win against Cabinteely. Even the lesser Supporters’ Club Facebook site is faring well, having clocked up over 10,000 views in the last 28 days. Keep on clicking and liking.

PASCHAL QUINN RIP

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of our local legend Paschal Quinn.

Paschal was a former great player and was current Vice President of the Club. A man of deep learning, knowledge and intelligence he was a former principal teacher in Melview NS. In his later life, with his son and friends he attended as many matches as possible, casting a cold eye on proceedings from behind the goals at the car park end. He loved poetry and Yeats was known to be his absolute favourite. Many time and oft’, he penned some excellent verses himself. His wit was legendary and his stories were much loved when he held court in Clarkes of Dublin Street.

He was a gentle man and a gentleman. And as one acquaintance put it, “it wasn’t for nothing that he was known as The Master”.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Paschal’s family at this sad time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Supporters’ Club Notes (26/08/2018)

Sun Aug 26th 2018

EXCELLENT WIN

It was a grand evening for football and a right good crowd was in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday to witness De Town progress to the next round of the FAI Cup. With so many old familiar faces  back in the crowd, it was like the old times again. The best part of the night was the determined spirit with which the team played. Shels, on numerous occasions tried to play the ball out of defence but were harried non stop. It was an excellent team display from start to finish. With Mick Kelly outstanding once again between the sticks, each Town player in front of him played their part in the uplifting 2-0 win. It looked like  we’d go in on level terms but when Dylan Mc Glade fired home an added time penalty (we don’t get too many), there was a sense that justice was done.

We expected the visitors to emerge with all guns blazing and hoped that a certain former player wouldn’t find the back of our net. But it was the hosts who upped the tempo and took complete control of the game. Daniel O’Reilly smashed home a real cracker to soothe whatever nerves there may have been.

Some visiting supporters said they were happy to be out of the cup so that they could concentrate on promotion. Fake news. They beat us 6-1 in our last game and genuinely expected to beat us, if not by that same margin. If we can maintain the present momentum, we’d be a match for any premier side in the next round.

“Stand up if you’re Longford Town” rang out from the stands in the final minutes. Hopefully, that chant will become  familiar again- just like the old days.

CABINTEELY AT HOME

We have yet another vital game at home this Saturday. Cabinteely are our visitors, with kick off on Saturday September 1st at 7.30. While they may be 12 points between us, that’ll matter for nothing come kick off time. They’ve proved to be tricky opponents before but hopefully we’ll pull a few tricks out of the bag ourselves to keep the pressure on Drogheda. This Friday night, the Drogs face league leaders UCD at home . Hopefully the students can do us a favour up there.

But what we really, really need is a huge and vocal home support on Saturday night. We can only concentrate on our own games and get as many as possible out to support the effort. See you there, on Saturday night.

A BIT OF COVERAGE

You could be forgiven to believe that the FAI Cup is a state secret with its lack of decent coverage in the national media, particularly on our national broadcaster. Thankfully there are a number of social media platforms which are doing a pretty good job. Following our Saturday night win, the dedicated sports forum The 42 had a very good and detailed account of the win. They also included 3 top class photos from the INPHO agency. Contrast that to the 7 seconds on RTE Radio sport.

Supporters’ Club Notes (20/08/2018)

Mon Aug 20th 2018

BEST IN WEST

It was one thing beating Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup and on their ground. But the big question on all supporters’ minds leading up to the Galway game was, could we maintain that momentum. After all, there was huge motivation for the westerners too because home defeat would surely signal an end to their season’s ambitions.

Thankfully our fears were laid to rest with a controlled display by a determined, spirited Town display. Two well goals each from Jamie Doyle and Dylan McGlade saw us run out comfortable 1-4 winners. Three points bagged and three goal cushion away from home saw the large travelling support leave Galway with Galway Bay sized grins. What was particularly pleasing about this win was that our mounting injury list didn’t seem to impact as much as some feared. We’ll need all the stored up reserve energy as we face more vital league games in September.

ERIC’S GHOST

Quite a few people are now comparing the heroics of Dylan McGlade to those of Eric Lavine. For those who never witnessed Eric’s wizardry, it’s a huge compliment. Sporting media outlets in the west have been marvelling at his silken skills which always make for pleasing reading. Long may Dylan continue to ply his magic while donning the red and black.

WE’RE DUE ONE

This Saturday night we face Shels once again. This time it’s the FAI Cup Second Round. Despite our poor form against the Dublin side, we’ve never been too far behind them. We know from top displays throughout the season that we beat the very best of teams. Well surely we’re due one victory in late August against our visitors. We’ve already put one team wearing red and white to the sword, now it’s time to repeat the dose against Shels. Kick off is 7.30 this Saturday night in what promises to be a real cup cracker.

PICTURE PERFECT

Congratulations to Ken Keenan, a sports photographer based in the west. His timely pic perfectly captured our heroic win over Galway last week end. In it, the beaten home keeper looks distraught as he lies facing his own goal post. Goal scorer Jamie Doyle, his chest puffed out awaits the plaudits from his onrushing, jubilant team mates and in the background the visiting Town supporters jump in noisy celebration with young Burke as cheerleader. Some supporters are seen, out of focus, texting the welcome news. If ever a picture painted a thousand red and black words, this was it. Well done Ken with the keen eye.

You can find his pictures from the night here…

MARATHON MAN

It was great to see our long serving, loyal supporter Raymond Grehan picking up his well merited medal on Sunday. The Longford Marathon was run on Sunday last and one of the many participants was our own Ray of sunshine. There may have been many more but he was the only one noticed by this note scribbler.

Supporters’ Club Notes (12/08/2018)

Sun Aug 12th 2018

CUP JOY

The weather in the north west wasn’t too good but beating Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup yet again, certainly made up for the dismal Sligo wind and rain. We travelled up the N4 in great numbers more in hope than expectation. We managed to beat them last season, surely, this time they’d be out for sweet revenge on their home sod.

If our hosts thought they were in for a handy win, they hadn’t reckoned on a skilled, spirited performance from De Town. It was a real tough cup tie with Jamie Hollywood’s second half strike being enough for a sweet Town victory. In a game where all the players stood tall and proud, it was a hard task trying to pick any single player of the game. Mick Kelly brought off some excellent saves, Aodh Dervin ran himself ragged and Dylan McGlade tortured the opposition all night but it was a superb team performance. We had a bit of luck too but at the final whistle, many home fans were quick to acknowledge that we deserved to be in the pot for the next round. Indeed many home fans were loud in their disappointment at their own performance. They may have a much larger budget than us but money doesn’t always buy success. Once again, the travelling support was excellent even without the aid of a drum . Pity poor Kieran Burke who was about 36,000 ft in the clouds jetting homewards but we were happy to be on cloud 9. The romance of the Cup…there’s nothing quite like it.

[caption id="attachment_18790" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Jamie Hollywood celebrates Town’s winner against the Bit O’Red (Picture by The Bit O’ Red Photography on Facebook)[/caption]

PERFECT PRESSIE

The FAI Cup win was the perfect birthday gift for one of the Town’s hardest working and most loyal supporters, Liam Healion. Due to a secrecy clause, we’re not allowed to reveal his age but a smiling Mags said he was like a 30 year old later on. Birthday wishes also to supporter Ben Hussey who celebrated his birthday, earlier in the week, with an official announcement on RTE radio.

MEL’S RETURN

It was great to see Mel Devlin back in the City Calling Stadium recently following a spell in hospital. Everyone was delighted the jovial Mel back and looking forward to seeing that smile again at our next home game.

GALWAY AWAY

We’re away to Galway United in a massive game this Friday, August 17th at 7.45pm. All of our remaining games are like cup finals; victory is vital, simple as that. If we can reproduce the display against Sligo, we should be fine. Anything less is no good. Once again, it looks like we’ll have a decent crowd making the journey west. Hopefully we’ll be smiling on the road home.



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