LIFE AFTER DEBT
Everyone who supports Longford Town FC is still hurting after the defeat to Bray Wanderers on Friday night last. A few seasons ago when we were relegated, times were dark and dreary. Few could see any tunnel, let alone a light at the end of it. But Friday night showed our beloved club fighting back in every single department and received due national recognition as a result. OK, we'd have preferred a result on the field of play but that will come with time and patience.
The grounds looked magnificient despite it being the start of winter. Many clubs in the Premier Division can only dream of our facilities, from car parking and a fully seated stadium to the best Clubhouse value in the entire Airtricity League. There was a terrific build up of atmosphere since that super come back in Bray on the Monday night. It was pleasing to see so many businesses and individuals fly the red and black flag. Hopefully the fantastic crowd of almost 3,000 who turned out to support Longford Town have finally the buried the controversial and embarrassing idea of supporting another county in September.
As in any sport, we've had our highs and lows during the season and they've been well documented and commented upon. But those who were lucky enough to have been at our final League game against Athlone and the following four playoff games, will have stored enough memories to last a lifetime. For such a young team, depleted with injuries having to play so many high pressure games in such a short time period, is something that should never ever be forgotten.
In each and every game, the players had to show incredible courarge, pride and passion as they repeatedly had to fight back from being behind. Having played almost 3,000 minutes of League football (28 league games, 4 playoff games and extra time), the dream was still alive with a mere 4 minutes remaining.
The almost 3,000 supporters present were on the edge of their seats, hearts thumping, nails disappearing. Many more Longford Town fans scattered world wide followed proceedings on the web and through local radio. It was a time to be proud of the fighting spirit of Longford or as the chant in the stand had it “Stand up if you're Longford Town”.
Pride and passion and plenty of skill, still did not bring the result we craved. In sport, as in life, you don't always get what you deserve. But the game, the setting, the atmosphere, the organisation have all helped to restore a dented pride.
In summary, Friday night, despite the heartbreaking defeat, showed that there is life after debt.
C'mon De Town.
MANY, MANY THANKS
The Supporters' Club would like to thank all those who have supporterd us right throughout the season. As we say “supporting local sport – that's real sport”.
We'd like to thank everyone who supported our raffles, travelled on our bus, drank our teas and coffees and attended our car boot sales.
Huge well done to a wonderful Section O who beathed new and exciting life into proceedings.
The local media outlets have been most supportive too. Facebook and Twitter have helped spread the sporting word in ways we couldn't have imagined until recently. It was genuinely uplifting to see so many other local clubs from the Cricket Club to Slashers GAA tweet their welcome words of encouragement. It was gratifying too to see so many positive messages from other Airtricity clubs, especially Bray and Mervue.
And with winter setting in, a huge thanks to Tony Cousins, his team and backroom men who will have helped shorten the dark nights.And if the committee think we've ignored them, sure we love them too.....
DINNER DANCE AND AWARDS NIGHTS
Friday night 15th November is our Dinner Dance and Awards night which will be held in the Longford Rugby Club. Music will be by Colm Mulligan and some tickets are still available from 085 8411568. Every year, this a really special night and this year's event promises to be a real cracker.
The Supporters' Club nominations for the coveted Player of the Season are: Chris Bennion,Noel Haverty, Ryan Connolly and David O Sullivan. Section O nominated Josh O Hanlon, Rhys Gorman and Daniel Purdy. There will also be the award for Goal of the Season and because of the season that was in it, there's the added award of Player of the Playoff.
So get texting your own award winners in the different catagories as soon as you read this (and include your own name, text 087 9896269