Our first home friendly was played last Saturday night against Premier side Drogheda Utd and it ended in a one all draw. It was a terrific opportunity for us to see our new signings in action and it was heartening to see so many turn up on a cold night. The game itself certainly didn't disappoint and judging by the team's efforts and skill levels, we should be in for a very good and interesting season ahead.
All we want now is a huge support to come out every other Saturday night to support our own team. Austin Skelly has lost none of his silken skills and it was good to see him get on the scoresheet, hopefully many more will follow when the real action commences. Keith Gilespie was also in top form but maybe that was because he was celebrating his birthday. It was great too, to see Jamie Duffy, a previous player of the month winner, making a welcome return to Flancare. And keeping a happy watchful eye on proceedings was Phil Munnelly, one of our valued sponsors. Overall, it was great to be back in Flancare and great to see so many familiar faces both on and off the pitch. Hopefully, it's not tempting fate to say, the future looks promising.
SLIGO SLIP IN
This Saturday afternoon we welcome top flight side Sligo Rovers slip in to Flancare , kick off 2.30. Sligo Rovers have been flying the flag for Cup winners along the N4 in our absence but we'll be back shortly to lighten their load! We of course had road signage wishing them well in their Aviva exploits and our number one travelling fan, Marty Stapleton won the hearts of many young Sligo lassies when he was featured on RTE Sport holding his sign aloft. But this time round, Marty will be leading the Section O choirboys and girls in favour of his favourite red and black.
It promises to be a fascinating final friendly as Sligo at the time of writing are still searching for a new manager to replace Cook but have assembled a powerful squad in anticipation of winning the League this season. And then there's Alan Kirby who will be playing against his former club. As well as all that, Sligo Rovers have said they will be bringing a large crowd of supporters with them, so it's an afternoon not to be missed. Could our final friendly be the FAI Cup Final of 2012 as forecast by one noted fortune teller?
CAR BOOT SALE
Johnny Nevin has been busy designing new signage ahead of our first real Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale of 2012. It will be held on Monday March 19th at Flancare 10-3pm and promises to be really huge, if the amount of interest is anything to go by. Some people who travel all over Irealnd , have told us that we've the best set up in the land and ours is the one they really look forward to. So if you're buying or sellling, don't forget to pencil in Monday March 19th for Falncare's famous Car Boot Sale.
GET WELL MEL
Everyone in the Supporters' Club extend their best wishes to Mel Devlin and wish him a speedy return to full health. And whilst sending good wishes, we'd also like to say happy 18th birthday to our great friend and fan Ingrid Nevin.
It's been some few hectic months for former Town player who left us during last season to join Stevenage. Later today ( this is penned on Sunday morning) he's a vital part of the squad as they take on the mighty Spurs in the FA Cup. And as if that wasn't enough, he featured on Sky yesterday morning in a competition in trying to strike the crossbar.Already a firm favourite with the Stevenage fans, we wish Dazzling Don all the best with his new found fame and fortune. By the way, if successful in the cup tie and should they get a home draw next, remember Stevenage is very close to Luton airport which, in turn is very handy from Knock.
While doing some research on an other topic, a Longford Leader from 50 years agao this week, came to light. De Town had just hammered Dundalk 5-1 and indeed the writer (Donald Keogh?) was none to happy with the poor Dundalk outfit; he wanted a stiffer match. Anyway, preperations by the supporters were being made for a cup trip to Cork and how much was the fare? The huge sum of one pound and it was noted that if all the money wasn't paid in advance, there would be no bus running. Just thought, you might enjoy that back pass from the past.
The Supporters' Club could do with as many members as possible. We simply support the team and club through fundraising, we run the Clubhouse, organise the various players' awards, keep you informed of happenings on and off the pitch.For the tiny token of €10, (already reduced from €20), you can help us support the team you love to support. See us behind the counter in the Clubhouse at any game and we'll look after you.
The official webiste of the club www.ltfc.ie goes from strength to strength and as well as being smack up to date, a full squad profile has been added complete with photos. This is something we lacked for the past few seasons so it's great to see it up and running smoothly already this season. Well done lads.