SECTION O SAYS HELLO
Good evening Ladies and Gentleman once again from the other side of the ground. Big thanks to everyone for their kind words for our first piece in the programme last week! We are all very happy people enjoyed it! We also heard it was the first time in a long time that programmes sold out at a game, we wouldn’t like to speculate on the reason for that, but…..
We are starting this evening’s notes with the same heading as last week in looking back at a very memorable El Clasico. Although we have had to play our lovable neighbours quite a few times over the last few years, it’s hard to remember as good a build up to an El Clasico as last Saturday’s. We came into the match as table toppers in a great run of form, while Athlone had found themselves in the unfamiliar position of also being in a bit of good form. Throw the sharply dressed Mr Collins into the equation, along with two sets of very passionate and vocal supporters and you have a real derby atmosphere! The place was rocking! As has been commented on elsewhere, the atmosphere hasn’t been as good in the ground since the last game of the season against Derry in 2007 when we went down and long may it continue. Everyone did their part from the stand, to the lads in Section O and even to the Athlone fans who have to be given credit for travelling in such big numbers. As the minutes ticked on it looked like we were going to have to settle for a relatively poor game on the pitch despite a fantastic atmosphere off it. De Town have given us some fantastic entertainment already this season and it was if they wanted to make up for the first 83 minutes of last week’s match by giving us an explosive final 10. Firstly the very impressive Keith Quinn, gave a brilliant delivery into the box for Havo to finish from close range sending the already vocal home crowd into hysterics! In scenes reminiscent to Cobh a few weeks ago, Section O erupted. Fans jumping, hugging, screaming, some seemed to just be running around. We were barely finished celebrating when that man Davey O’Sullivan put us into dreamland, casually strolling around the Athlone keeper and running the ball into the net. Athlone’s late consolation delayed the party slightly, making it a nervy ending but once the final whistle went the place erupted once again. Although our El Clasico may not attract the crowds that some derbies do around the world, a win is a win against your local rivals and we’re already looked forward to our trip to Athlone in June!
“They say our days are numbered we’re not popular anymore, but Longford rule the Midlands like they’ve always done before” Marty 3.16
Just 50 days have passed since we scaled the windy roads of Galway for our season opener. For many this game will be remembered for a debut hat trick by David O’Sullivan with young Josh Hanlon also getting on the score sheet, (not leaving out Purds whose deflected effort was the first goal of the new campaign). 5-0 probably flattered us on the night and we can expect a much closer game tonight at the CCS. Last season in particular we struggled against Salthill, who have been somewhat a bogey team for us in the past. We are in good form at the moment, and are unbeaten in the league at home this year. Here’s hoping for another 3 points tonight!
Next week we play the Blaah’s down in Waterford for what, when looking at the fixtures at the start of the season, would have been presumed to be a top of the table clash. Waterford haven’t started off their first series of fixtures as well as they, their fans or even the bookies expected them to. However, after the rivalry between the two clubs last season, I am sure they would love nothing more then to kick start their season with a win against us. It is for this reason I would encourage as many people as possible to get the bus down. We will be brining all the new flags down with us and will be hoping to create as good an atmosphere as was created in many of our games so far this season. If you wish to book a place on the bus, please text 0876141926 before Wednesday!
At the time of printing many members of Section O have been furiously practising their Playstation skills in anticipation of the first ever Section O FIFA Tournament. The tournament is due to take place this Friday (26th) with the hope of raising funds for the club through our player sponsorship of Etanda Nkolo. Thanks to Foxe’s bar on Richmond street for holding the competition.
Section O have ordered new flags from Poland which will hopefully be on show tonight. We hope to continually improve the atmosphere in the ground over the coming year so keep an eye out!
We have also ordered quite a number of LTFC stickers which we will be selling to whoever is interested. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as around the club in general for people selling them.
CHANT OF THE WEEK
While we all hope you enjoyed our take on Roddy’s recent managerial career along with our view on his future prospects with Ahtlone last week, this weeks chant goes to new Section O favourite Etanda Nkolo.
“Nana nanana na nanana na, nana EEEEhanda,
Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo, Nkolo”
(Probably not the clearest way of explaining it…just listen out!!)
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.