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Supporters’ Club Notes (25/02/2018)

Sun Feb 25th 2018


The summer season kicked off last Saturday night but the weather was far from summery. Indeed, as we left the grounds, we were met by the council gritters. At least no one could complain about the midges!

Neale Fenn looked even sharper than usual in his grey and black coat but unfortunately the 2-2 draw softened that sharpness. Two nil up at half time and playing some really excellent football, it looked like the three points were very close to being in the bag. On numerous occasions some slick passing carved through the Cobh rearguard but we should have bulged their net on more then twice.

Maybe we went to sleep or took the two goal lead for granted but in the second half Cobh were a totally different side and managed two goals of their own which left the hosts feeling like we lost.

We certainly lost two valuable points. Shane Keegan, the Galway manager was an interested spectator and no doubt he left the ground rubbing his hands, not because he was freezing. Instead he must have been happy that his team’s tags as favourites for the automatic promotion spot was looking good. They hammered Athlone Town 4-1 the previous night, with Furlong, his last minute signing bagging a hat trick. But it’s a long journey from the frosty start of the season to the end when the leaves will be falling.


Apart from proceedings on the pitch, we had a much brighter start to the season than poor Drogheda. Their home game against Finn Harps couldn’t go ahead because of the poor quality of the floodlights. Meanwhile at the City Calling Stadium, we had brighter lights than ever before. Or did you notice? Among the close season additions, new lights have been installed and those over the stand, in particular, were extra bright. It was also very satisfying to see such a good crowd in attendance, especially on an extremely cold night when it would have been easier to vegetate in front of a fire. And when you consider that 99.9% of the attendance was local, it was a marvellous turnout.The famed chef Gary O’Hanlon was among those present. Now that he has free Saturday nights, maybe he’ll help out with the sandwiches!

The Clubhouse was jammed tight at half time which was also great to see. Our prices are the best value of any sports ground in the land so it’s no wonder, it’s well supported for every home game. Fair play to the overworked volunteers behind the counter.

Prior to Saturday night’s game, Neale Fenn and his assistant Daire Doyle visited Melview and Stonepark schools as well as the Attic Youth Club. This initiative has often been spoken about, so seeing it actually happen was most encouraging. As a result, we had many extra youngsters at the game with all promising a speedy return to the City Calling Stadium. Other youngsters present was the under age team from Ballymahon, the Mini Inneys and looking very professional they were too.

None of the above advancements happen by magic. Well done to all those working hard behind the scenes; your contribution is greatly valued.


Andy Dardis was just inside the turnstiles selling the match programme and hopefully you picked up yours. This season it has a new catchy title ‘Talk Of The Town‘. But it’s significantly more than just a catchy title. It had plenty of articles, interviews and photos by a wide variety of talented contributors. Some clubs struggle to produce something half as good. Hopefully, the high standard of the first programme will be maintained and that even more contributors come on board as the season progresses.


This Friday night we make the long trip north for a particularly tough assignment when we face Finn Harps. Harps have always been a tough team to beat, especially on the home patch. This season will be no different and for many so called experts, they’re the team to go up automatically. Section O, (who added greatly to the atmosphere last Saturday night) will be running a bus to the game. Keep an eye on the weather and bring some extra wollies…it could be cold up in Donegal. Harps, who haven’t played a game yet will be hoping that the Siberian snow remains in Siberia.

50/50 DRAW

The Club’s fundraising raffle needs a few extra volunteers to sell and promote the 50/50 Draw. As the title suggests, half of the takings are handed out in prizes each week, the other half goes to the club. And we don’t have to tell you that the club needs as much funds as possible. Even if you were to take a few tickets to sell among family or friends/work mates, it would make a great difference. Give Andy a shout, he’s love to hear from you.


Our first Car Boot Sale of the 2018 season will be held on the St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday, which will be on the Monday following St Patrick’s Day. Everything from a needle to an anchor will be available so whether you’re sewing, sailing or just want a brilliant bargain, don’t miss our famous Car Boot Sales.


Our AGM will he held on Monday, March 5th at 8pm and you’re more than welcome. For many seasons now, a small band of dedicated volunteers help the club in an ever expanding array of projects. Some office holders have been in position now for what feels like a hundred seasons and would be more than willing to hand over the reins if you’d like to take up the challenge. See you there on Monday, March 5th.

Longford Town Supporters’ Club Xmas Draw Results

Fri Dec 22nd 2017

The Christmas Hamper Draw was made last in Andy Byrne’s and thanks to all those who attended, bought and sold tickets for the draw, and of course to Andy Byrne’s for hosting. Here’s the results:

1st Prize: Christmas Hamper Value €250 
Sinead Healion

2nd Prize: Christmas Hamper Value €150
Fiona McArdle

3rd Prize: Christmas Hamper Value €100
Alfred Moorehead

4th Prize: Turkey and Ham
Mia Brennan

5th Prize: Ham and Wine
Muriel Moorehead

6th Prize: Ham and Wine 
Mary O’Reilly

7th Prize: Longford Town FC jersey 
Kate Sexton

8th Prize: Bottle of Brandy 
Trevor Moloney

9th Prize: Bottle of Whiskey 
Ashley Thompson

10th Prize: Bottle of Vodka
Pat Monicle

11th Prize: Holly Gibbons

All prizes can be collected from the LTFC Xmas Shop today and Saturday. Open from 11am-8pm

5th and 6th Prize can be collected from MC Quads Butchers on Earl Street, Longford.

Hampers were kindly sponsored by Dublin Hampers, Harold’s Cross, Dublin (01) 4534230

David O’Sullivan breaks the record for the fastest hat-trick!

Mon Aug 21st 2017

It’s now official…..David O’Sullivan has broken the club record for the fastest hat trick in a game.

Following exhaustive research over almost three days, Martin Stapleton, club archivist and historian, can confirm that Sully’s stunning three goals in ten minutes (3 mins – 13 mins) beat the previous record holder by a full two minutes.

Back in 2008, Darren McKenna scored a hat trick but it took him all of 12 minutes. The game was the first of the season and was against Sporting Fingal.

The rapid fire hat trick was scored on Saturday 19th August 2017 against Athlone Town.

A huge thank you to Martin Stapleton who spent countless hours working on the research before arriving at his conclusive outcome.

A big thanks and heartiest congratulations to Sully on being De Town’s hat trick supremo.

Longford Town FC Supporters’ Club Xmas Hamper Draw

Fri Nov 11th 2016

The Longford Town FC Supporters’ Club are holding their annual Christmas Hamper Draw on Thursday 22nd December in the Tally Ho pub on New Street.

Aside from the hampers, there are a number of prizes to be won, including some goodies on the night.

This is an important fundraiser for the Supporters Club, as we continue to support the club next season in hopefully bouncing straight back up to the Premier Divison.

We ask all Longford Town Supporters to make a huge effort to sell tickets over the the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available from early next week, and we ask anyone that is interested in taking a few books to sell to contact Kevin Carberry, or any member of the Supporters Club known to them. Tickets cost €2 each, with a book of 6 costing €10.

Thank you for all your help thus far, and lets make this draw a huge success.

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