The Supporters' Club held its AGM in the Clubhouse on Monday last and it was heartening to see such a good crowd with plenty of new faces present. However, the gender balance leaves room for improvement and hopefully this further will be sorted shortly.
It was really sad and emotional having a meeting without our Brendan Turner, our late Chairman and dear friend. The fact that the Supporters' Club is in such good shape was down to the hard and selfless work of Brendan. Our outgoing Treasurer Johnny Nevin, aka Johnny Cash told us that we had contributed €14,250 to LTFC which is a magnificent sum.
When it came to electing the committee, Tom Kelly was chosen as the new Chairman with his second in command Liam Healion. Marty Stapleton got the nod as Secretary and Johnny Nevin secured the Treasurer's position with Emet Ryan retaining his portfolio as Clubhouse manager.
The committee this season has a whole new look with Brendan Finnegan, Damian Dervin, Kevin Carberry, Paddy McGarry, Ethan Fitzpatrick and Gus Hanley all prepared to work hard under the guidance Margaret Healion. For Tom Kelly, it was a matter of returning to a position he held with distinction, for a number of years. The establishment of the Clubhouse happened during his watch so watch out for further exciting developments this season. Emet Ryan has performed miracles in re vamping the Clubhouse during the close season. He spent countless hours putting together various panels full of photos and information as well as installing a state of the art video presentation of the club's high points. Is it any wonder the management of the U 19 Czech Republic team left a special presentation gift for the hard working and passionate Emet. We're mightily proud of you Emet.
To help us provide one of the best clubhouses in the Airtricity League, do join the Supporters' Club at your earliest convenience. We have an other season full of fundraising activities as well as a few surprises if all goes to plan.
HOME MATCH SATURDAY
It's hard to imagine but we have our first home friendly on Saturday at 7.30pm when we take on Alan Mathews' Shelbourne. So far we haven't been hitting the right notes with our friendly results but it's best to find out our weak points before the league proper kicks off early next month. The friendlies we had so far were subject to venue and time change which meant that very few have actually seen the new look outfit in action. So Saturday night is our first opportunity and hopefully a large crowd will make the short trip out the Strokestown Road. And remember to check out the new look Clubhouse with the old prices.
There were many sighs of relief when word spread during the week that Tony Cousins had managed to resign Brian McCarthy. Brian played with us the season before last and was favourite with all the fans. Last season he strayed to Athlone where he put in some brilliant performances. Hopefully he can do the same in the red and black. With so many goals leaked during the Friendlies, hopefully Brian will be the expert plumber we were looking for to sort those leaks.
According to many people, we will have squad numbers in operation this season. This is something many have asked for . It helps to know the players and takes away the guessing and the frustrating questions during a game.
Congrats to Daniel Purdy who has been called up for international duty with the U21s for a game on Feb 23rd. It's a huge honour for the player himself, his family and of course the club. We wish Daniel all the best and with luck, the start of even greater things to come.
MADDEN'S THE MAN
It's always encouraging to see a player from the domestic league succeed overseas. The latest former Airtricity player to shine is former Bohs striker Paddy Madden who was named last week as League One Player of the Month for January after scoring six goals in three games for Yeovil Town.
The 22 year-old, who made a loan spell at the club permanent after the first of those games, has since scored a further three in three, six matches in which his goals have been invaluable to the club securing all 18 available points. He is now the division's top scorer. Meanwhile our former striker Dave Mooney continues to bang them in for Leyton Orient.
BIG NEWS DAY
This Thursday is a red letter day for the Club when at a press conference in Dublin an announcement will be made as to our new sponsorship set up. A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes and all be revealed on Thursday. All information will be posted on our new look, exciting website www.ltfc.ie. And the tweeting machine will be in instant action too. If you haven't logged on to the website recently, it's worth it if only to view the countdown clock.
Congrats are in oder for MC Farrell and team of hardworking men and women who performed miracles recently at Flancare Park in hosting two internationals in one week. The visiting officials from the Czech Republic as well as the FAI officials had nothing but the height of praise for the the setup in Flancare Park. Many in the attendance were visiting Flancare for the first time ever and were pleasantly surprised with the facilities and friendliness of all concerned. Special thanks to the O'Hara girls who helped both on, and off the pitch.
Well, in fairness it's been quite a while since he was called a boy, but congrats are in order for one of the Club's hardest workers, Paddy Conway who celebrated a significant birthday on Saturday night last. Because of the large crowds who travelled from overseas, the gig had to be held in the Sin Bin where Paddy was the reluctant star of the night. There was a massive crowd present at the Paddy's party which was only right and fitting for such a popular local “boy”.