CAR BOOT SALE
The weather certainly played its part in our first Car Boot Sale of the season. According to the weather forecasters we should have called it off but car boot folk are hardy folk. So despite driving rain and high winds in the afternoon, the show still went on. Traditionally the St. Patrick's Day event is the quietest but we still had an excellent turn out. Some were turned off by the forecasters but those who did turn up have a great day. Once again, fair play to our incredibly dedicated volunteers who were out of their beds way before day break to ensure the coffers of the club continue to tick over. Later on in the day, there was a vast array of volunteers making sure Longford had a great parade and again full credit, especially to all the children who participated. It's easy to be negative and knock local efforts, it takes a bit more to get involved and make a difference. Well done to all local volunteers.
We're delighted to announce that after many series of tough interviews, the position of Supporters' Club secretary has now been filled. Our Chairperson made the announcement on Saturday night much to the pleasure of the assembled press corps. Emmet Ryan takes over the role after having had a short break from any administrative duties. Prior to his present position, Emmet was our very successful Clubhouse manager when he established our Clubhouse as the best maintained in the country. We wish ER all the best in his current role.
THE WAITING GAME CONTINUES
We haven't won a competitive game at home since 2015 and on the other side, Cabinteely hadn't won an away game in the same time frame. So something had to give. Most local supporters were prepared to put their houses on a Town win. Weren't they lucky they didn't follow through. Cabinteely arrived with about 10 chirpy supporters, delighted with their trip down the country and taken aback with our facilities. After 2 minutes when they went ahead with a cheeky, chipped goal, their mood rose even further. When they blasted in number two with minutes remaining, they thought they were in footie heaven. They deserved their win, they were fast and crisp with their passing and always posed a threat. While we came close hitting the woodwork, so too did the visitors. It's early days yet and the league appears to be wide open but if we're to challenge, our waiting game will soon have to come to an end.
Tuesday night we travel back to Athlone for an EA Cup fixture which is then followed by our away weekend clash with UCD. Whilst Tuesday night isn't the most important game of the season, it'd be nice to get an encouraging result before our next league game. The way the league is shaping up, any team can end up doing well. This season, so far anyway, there doesn't appear to be any runaway team but Paul Hunt might have a different opinion on that. Interesting times ahead for sure. But a win against the students and we'd be well set up for the game the following week at home against the Waterford millionaires.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Next weekend's game will be the final one of the month and so time for February/March Player of the Month. The award will be presented at the Waterford game and there will be a draw from those already signed up to the Supporters' Club, to present the prize. So keep a keen eye on our social media outlets for the first winner of the season.
There's a fair amount of Town supporters heading to the crucial senior international game against Wales at the weekend. Most of them are seasoned travellers who know the cities of Europe better than Drumlish or Abbeylara. Hopefully most of them will survive the craic at the Aviva and be back to lend their support to De Town for the rest of the season.
HALF TIME GAMES
Avril Gilchriest is playing a blinder getting under age teams involved in the half time slot. The children have a great time and for some parents, it's their first experience of the CCS. Hopefully they'll return soon. Emmet Lyons certainly came well equipped, he even brought his own goal posts. Great to see a good team of hard working ball boys on duty also.
FIRST TIME SUPPORTER
It's always encouraging to see some brand new supporters travelling long distances to support the red and black. Last Saturday night, and looking rather chuffed in his crisp, new Town jersey was Dublin based Jack Skelly. His father used to play a bit of Gaelic but it was his die hard Town supporter and grandfather Peter Malone who brought the young man to his first CCS experience. The first in a long lifetime of supporting De Town, no doubt.