Our recent form of poor performances seems to be gaining an unwelcome momentum. Last Saturday night's game saw many home supporters leaving City Calling Stadium scratching their heads in a mixture of anger, frustration and disbelief. At one stage we were leading the league by nine points and now sit behind Athlone Town.
Against Mervue, we knew we had to push on, take the game to our visitors if we were to entertain any chances of automatic promotion. Instead we were playing second fiddle to the westerners. Despite going ahead with a superb header from David O'Sullivan just before 40 minutes, we lack conviction. Keith Gillespie was having one of his better games with some incredibly accurate passes but we still seemed to be stuck in muck despite the perfect pitch conditions. Four minutes before half time, Mervue got back on level terms from a corner. The ball wasn't cleared and bang, we were heading to the Clubhouse headstratching.
In fairness there was a renewed vigour about our play after the break but yet we failed to break them down. Chris Bennion was playing his part in trying to keep us in the game and was much the busier of the two net minders. What does that say? But even his earlier heroics came to nothing as Mervue scored twice in rapid succession around the 80 minute mark to send some supporters home for an early cup of tea. And instead of sitting back, they almost got a fourth.
When the final whistle sounded, it was met with a silent sense of disbelief. One of the rare Mervue supporters who travelled over asked what was happening to us, there was only a shake of the head in response...no answers.
BUS TO WEXFORD
Every single game until the end of the season now becomes a cup final. We make the long journey down to the south east on Friday August 2nd to take on Wexford Youths. And of course it's going to be a right tough game. One positive from our recent poor run is the amount of people who booked for this bus during last weekend , saying how important is to get behind the team now. It's easy to support a team running away with the title, it's harder when things are tough. Now is such a time. We need as many as possible getting behind the team. The season is far too long but hopefully with a change of luck we'll be able to look back at this blip and smile a relieved smile! As usual, you can book your seat to the game against Wexford by contacting Liam on 087 614 1926.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ JULY
With the August bank holiday almost upon us, it's time to nominate your player of the month for July. The presentation will be made at the game against Athlone which should see one of the biggest crowds of the season at City Calling Stadium. Roddy Collins was in the stand for our game against Mervue. He left when it was a one all draw and it would have been interesting to see who he'd nominate of as best player that night. But, no doubt, he had others things on his mind. Anyway, text your nomination as well as your own name to 098 989 6269. Once again, this award is being sponsored by the Turner family in memory of our late friend and chairman of the Supporters' Club, Brendan Turner.
CAR BOOT SALE
Monday August 4th is our fast approaching Car Boot Sale. It's also Barack Obama's birthday so he won't be attending this year. However hundreds, if not thousands will be descending on the car park of City Calling Stadium, for what is now one of Ireland's leading car boot sales. Some stall holders now start arriving after dawn to book the premier pitches and most of them are from counties quite far away. But they bring with them all sorts of products that make our car boot sale that bit special. If there's anything you're looking for, chances are you'll find them at the car boot sale and at an incredible bargain too. Many local people are also discovering the joys of selling off some unwanted stuff and making good money into the bargain. It really is an event not to be missed but come early for the best bargains and the greatest choice. From 10 am to 3 pm, City Calling Stadium car park on the Bank Holiday Monday is the place to be if you want to beat the recession.
Congrats to Alan Madden who is now a fully fledged solicitor as well as being a loyal Town supporter. Alan made his debut appearance at the local courts last week and by all accounts was well received by the crowds and management there. His signing up fee remains a closely guarded secret however . May we take this opportunity to wish Alan all the best in his chosen career. He has wisdom beyond his years and with a sound foundation already in place, he'll be a rock solid pillar of our society for many long years to come.
There was a considerable Longford Town FC representation climbing the Reek in Mayo on Sunday last to raise funds for GOAL's work with the street children of Calcutta. There was also massive financial support from many supporters who weren't able to do the climb itself. Among those who dusted off the disappointment of the game against Mervue to be boarding the bus at 6am on Sunday morning to climb the gruelling 2,500 ft were Paddy Conway, John Moloney, Emmet Ryan, Mary Kelly and Johnny Nevin. A sincere thank you and well done to all who climbed and those who supported this worthy project in tough economic times locally.
With the start of the new Premier league in England fast approaching, many fantasy football fans are busy putting together their teams for the upcoming season. This year , the Supporters' Club and Section O have set up their own league on www.premierleague.com. Entry is €10 with cash prizes being awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at the end of the season. To enter, contact Paddy McGarry or any member of Section O or the Supporters' Club before August 17th and they'll supply you with the code to enter the league.
The Supporters' Club have just launched a fantastic draw which has really captured the public's imagaination. For a mere two euro, you can win a travel voucher to the value of a thousand euro with five hundred a second prize, as well as a host of other valuable prizes. We didn't run a golf classic this summer, so this is what we're doing instead. You'll be hearing much more about this wonderful draw in the weeks and months ahead. A thousand euro gift voucher for just two euro, now that's what's called “Dreams coming True”.
MATCH PROGRAMME REQUEST
If you have the match programme from the recent game against Waterford Utd, Marty Stapleton will gladly buy it from you. All match programmes were sold out early that night and our Club Historian is desperate to get his hands on the his missing link. If you can help, give Marty a shout on 086 360 2912 and make his collecting season complete.