LIMERICK AT HOME
This coming Saturday night we face Limerick at home in Flancare before the summer break. Never mind Euro 12, this tie is as important locally as any in Poland later in the month. Indeed, this means more to us than what our international team might or might not achieve. Earlier in the season, we had a wonderful win against the bookies favorites down in Limerick. It was truly a night to remember in front of over 1,200 fans and it was probably our finest night yet. On the other hand, Limerick were far from happy and reckoned they took us for granted and paid a very heavy price. No one needs to be reminded that four points separate us and therefore Friday night's game can open a significant gap or reduce that same gap significantly. It makes for an intriguing night's football and certainly not one to be missed.
Economically, Longford might be struggling but on the field of sport we appear to be boxing beyond our weight. One thing is for sure and that is that the team will be giving their very best to maintain our top of the league position. But more than ever this season, we really need to see as many people in Flancare to support the lads on the pitch. A much bigger support is vital, it's that simple. So far this season, the gate has been quite good but with Limerick expected to bring a sizeable amount of travelling support, surely we can make an added effort to make the relatively short trip out the road. The best in the league will be on display in what is probably the best ground in the division. We do really want to see and hear you in Flancare for what promises to be a mouthwatering game.
Locals of a certain vintage will remember the Fair Green as being their introduction to the beautiful game. Now with June just round the corner, our interest turns to how the green will fare in Poland in Euro 2012. Last week the question was posed of how many squad players played in the domestic league. Well, the text response was overwhelming and we should have looked for Vodaphone sponsorship. However, the clear winner with the first entry within mere seconds of these notes going “live” on the website was Gerry Reilly. Gerry deserves two tickets as well as five star hotels for the duration of Ireland's stay in Eastern Europe. However work commitments don't allow the genial Gerry avail of such a reward and so will have to settle for a free cup of tea and a Kit Kat in the Clubhouse at half time during the Limerick game.
Gerry's list was correct and as follows: David Forde, ex Galway Utd and Derry City, Stephen Ward ex Bohs, Keith Fahy ex St Pats, James Mc Clean ex Derry City and Kevin Doyle and Shane Long ex Cork City. And then there's Seamus Coleman ex Sligo Rovers who is on standby. Gerry also had it spot on that Kevin Doyle played in the first division with Wexford Youths. The Longford Town FC link is that our ex manager Stephen Kenny signed Forde, McClean and Ward, so he obviously had a keen eye for spotting potential talent.
Well done again Gerry and enjoy that cup of tea !
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / MAY
Don't forget to text your nomination for May's Player of the month to 087 9896269 and remember to add your own name too. The Cup game on Sunday should be our final game in May,(barring a replay) so text as soon as possible following the Cup match so that we can have the trophy ready for presentation on Saturday night, June 2nd.
Our annual Golf Classic takes place next month on Saturday June 9th at the Co Longford Golf Club. It's always a well supported event and this year looks like being the same. It's vital that the team is properly financed if we're to maintain our push for promotion and this is one way you can help us. Every single sports club in the land is finding it difficult and therefore we appreciate any support offered . Contact Liam Healion or Brendan Turner who’ll answer any questions.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our last Car Boot Sale was a terrific success despite the awful weather forecast the night before. Luckily the promised bad weather didn't materialise and a huge crowd turned out to bag the numerous bargains on offer. We now have more volunteers helping out which is a great bonus; the event just became too successful for the small handful of regular helpers. We'd like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the Car Boot Sale in whatever way, selling, buying or helping out. It's helping to keep the show on the road. Our next Car Boot Sale is Monday June 4th 10am-3pm, at Flancare, which is always one of the most popular of the season.
The Suporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to Raymond Grehan on the recent sad death of his mother. Raymond is one of the most loyal and hardest working supporters the club has and his ticket selling exploits, on behalf of the club, are the stuff of legends.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Michael Tighe, one of our most recent members, who is currently in Tullamore hospital. Hopefully, it won't be too long before the famous Congo veteran is marching around the place again. Good luck too to all our young supporters who are sitting various State exams this week.
Now that summer seems to have truly landed, it's time for the break in the summer soccer season. These notes will be taking a break too. Thanks for reading and supporting De Town in what has been a wonderful first half. See you soon again.