Good evening ladies and gentlemen once again from the other side of the ground. This is the first occasion since starting our weekly notes that we are bringing you news on the back of a loss after our deserved thumping at the hands of the boys from Ballybofey last weekend. Here’s hoping that the lads have put the loss behind them and are ready to get back on track with 3 points against Cobh tonight. After all, if your team were going to win every game, this whole being a football supporter would be a bit too easy wouldn’t it?
I Can't Get No Sheep
The match last Saturday is probably one most Town fans would like to forget about as Harps continued to build on their ever increasing reputation as De Town’s bogey team. Harps have now won 5 out of the last 6 games between the sides, a stat which in hindsight should have been driven into the players before the game as our whole performance stank of complacency.
Harps have some of the friendliest fans in the First Division (well....they’re friendlier than either of that lot from Athlone or Waterford) and it was great to see a bus load of them arrive in Foxes before the game mingling with a few of the Section O heads. Playing Harps is also a bit of a novelty for Town fans as they are one of the few teams that come from a town more rural than Longford, giving us a chance to reuse any of the culchie or sheep related abuse we receive on a regular basis on someone else. However as the title of this segment suggests, the Harps fans were more than able for any abuse they got.
On the game itself, there isn’t much to say, De Town played fantastic, free flowing, on the ground football, Willo McDonagh scored an absolute peach of a goal and the referee Mr Sean Grant put in a truly remarkable performance that has sparked huge debate on the boards of Foot.ie as to just how good he is. One slight positive from the game was that we once again scored two late goals, albeit not enough this time. The team spirit between the lads has been evident in every game this season and this was another example. Despite being 3 goals down going into injury time, they somehow managed to push Harps to the very end. We’ve all been raving about the entertainment value of all these late goals so far this season but if any of the players or management are reading this, we’ve no problem with you scoring earlier in the game either....
We now draw our attention to tonight’s opponents Cobh Ramblers. First of all we’d like to welcome all the Cobh fans to the CCS on their first visit since returning to the Airtricity League. Cobh’s current position of 7th place does not fully give the correct impression of their form this season as they have showed they haven’t entered back into the league just to make up the numbers. They are the third highest scoring team in the league with 19 goals, just one behind us and Mervue with 20 goals. However they’ve also conceded the second highest amount of goals so anyone coming to the CCS tonight hoping for a repeat of the 4-3 thriller down in Cobh might not be disappointed!
This Monday sees De Town meet Premier Division opposition when we play Drogheda United up in Hunky Dory Park in the EA Sports Cup (The League Cup). For those of you who may have never been, the experience that is the structural masterpiece of the away stand up in Drogheda is worth the trip alone. The Supporters Club are planning on running a bus up to it so if interested, please text Liam on 0876141926 ASAP.
Next Friday we play Mervue United in the similarly glamorous surroundings of Fahy’s field. When looking at the fixtures at the start of the season, few would have predicted this to be a top of the table clash. Many have been waiting for Mervue’s form to start to dip but they are showing no signs of it. The Supporters club will once again be running a bus up to this crucial match. If interested in booking a place, please text Liam before Wednesday.
Another quick reminder that Section O intend on running a bus to the Athlone game on the 14th June. We will be hoping to get as many going on this away trip as possible so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for details.
Chris Bennion woooooahhh...
A quick shout out to Chris Bennion from all of us at Section O this week. While the Section O chant may suggest that the Scottish hard man may actually murder you, the net minder showed his softer side on Saturday night when after the game he walked over to Section O, picked out another Section O hard man, 9 year old Cathal Keenan and threw his gloves to him. While some of us thought that maybe this was prearranged and that Cathal had already asked for them, it turned out he hadn’t and Chris had genuinely just picked him out before doing the good deed.
*Section O are not liable and do not hold any responsibility for player’s belongings, jerseys, footballs etc being thrown into or towards us as some may never be returned/seen again.
Chant of the Week
“My eyes have seen the glory and my heart has felt the pain,
As long as Town are playing I will always go again,
We’ve taken all the passion and we sing at every game,
And De Town go marching on,
Glory Glory Longford Town, Glory Glory Longford Town...etc”
Last week we congratulated Marty Stapleton on his new found employment. Due to Marty’s new work commitments he is not able to attend tonight’s match but he has organised a straight substitution for his brother Padraig to attend. Pauro, an original Section O man, although exiled in London, does great work in keeping the club’s website up to date from across the pond. He is taking in his first match of the season so let’s hope he’s picked a good one. Welcome back Pauro!
Section O Membership
This year the Supporters club are offering a new “Section O” membership to attract younger supporters who wish to get involved. Membership costs the same as the Supporters Club, €10 or €5 for students. We at Section O intend to hold regular meetings where younger fans can ask questions and express their views which can then be brought forward to the Supporters Club. Our first meeting was held in Foxes 2 weeks ago before the Mervue game and was well attended.
If getting a hold of the match programme every fortnight to get your fix of these brilliantly put together notes just isn’t enough for you, make sure to keep up to date with all Section O news by liking our page on Facebook or following us on Twitter at @section_o_ltfc! There is also a new Section O….eh “section” on the official Club site www.ltfc.ie, where we will be hoping to add weekly news as well as any fan pictures we can get our hands on.
FIFA Fo Fum
We leave you with pictures from the inaugural Section O FIFA Tournament, see if you can spot yourself in there!