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Pictures from Longford Town v Oxford United friendly

Sun Jul 15th 2018

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Some action pictures from our friendly against Oxford United last week at a sun drenched City Calling Stadium.

Dean Dillon scored his first goal for De Town, with Oxford United’s goals coming from Jon Obika plus strikes from Tony McMahon and Malachi Napa plus a late penalty from Shaun Derry.

We hope the U’s fans enjoyed their time in Longford!

Supporters’ Club Notes (08/07/2018)

Sun Jul 8th 2018


Expectations were high before our game against Cobh.After all, recentperformances had been excellent and plenty of goals had been scored. The evening was perfect. There was a confident buzz about the City Calling Stadium. Plenty of former supporters filed through the turnstiles. Section O made a big effort to add to their numbers and had plenty of flags flying high. There was a festival on the streets of the town, the World Cup was on yet we had a large, expectant crowd.

But by half time, it looked like a different team to that which hammered UCD. If Cobh’s challenge was taken for granted, thentheir opening goal should have awoken us from our deep slumber. While Sam Vernon managed to equalise, we were carved open again and Cobh held out for an unlikely 2-1 win. While the ref wasn’t brilliant, in fairness he can’t be blamed for the under-par performance. We can do better and quite simply, we have to do better.


A tough encounter is guaranteed this weekend when Finn Harps will “welcome” us to Finn Park. Their animated manager was an interested spectator at the Cobh game and Ollie didn’t leave the City Calling Stadium trembling with fear after Saturday night’s game. Each game to date has a bit of a bite and now that the Donegal men have leapfrogged us, they’ll certainly want to widen the gap. But then, we know that we have to produce a top drawer performance to remain in the hunt for promotion. It won’t be a game for the faint hearted but we’re ready. Bring it on.


Dylan McGlade received his Player of the Month award for June on Saturday night last. Supporters’ Club member Phil Pike made the presentation. Pope Francis might be flying in to Knock next month but few travel to and from the Mayo airport like our high flying Phil, who flies over from England for every home game.


We may have been bitterly disappointed with the result against Cobh but there was one positive from the game. Marty Stapleton made a welcome return to the fold of Section O. Marty was almost a month in hospital in Mullingar. Despite all the World Cup games ontv, Marty wasn’t able to see any of them…there were plenty of screens in ICU but to Marty’s dismay, there was no TV screen. So he made up for it by taking in some live action on Saturday night last. Great to see you back home again Marty.


Work has recommenced on the restoration of our scoreboard. While it won’t be operational for the game against Oxford on Tuesday July 11th, it should be up and flashing for our next home game. Well, fingers crossed.


Heartiest congratulations to Pauric Connolly who celebrates a significant birthday shortly. Pairic has been supporting De Town, home and away, since he was out of nappies. A Town game just wouldn’t be the same without Pauric’s famous support and his voice is instantly recognised at grounds all over the land. This note writer used to travel to matches on the bar of Pauric’s bicycle and that wasn’t today nor even yesterday! Have a wonderful birthday Pauric.


Oxford United, are our welcome guests this Tuesday night,July 10th. Kick off is 7.45pm. It should be a chance to give the new signings a run out ahead of the Finn Harps clash. If we can hammer the students of UCD 5-1, sure we should be well able for Oxford too!


It’s only the start of July but already people are asking about the August Car Boot Sale. Well, it’s quite easy really. It’ll be on the Bank Holiday Monday which we’re told will be a bright, sunny warm day. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd and then we can afford the paint for the new scoreboard which is being paid for by proceeds from these Bank Holiday Mondays. Every time in the future, when you check the score, just think of the dedicated volunteers who made it all possible.

Longford Town friendly v Oxford United at City Calling Stadium

Sun Jul 8th 2018

Longford Town will be hosting EFL League One side, Oxford United at City Calling Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.

The U’s play at Kassam Stadium, Oxford and finished 16th in League One last season. Their biggest trophy win was the 1986 League Cup Final (or Milk Cup) win over QPR at Wembley Stadium, featuring an Irish trio of Dave Langan, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton in their starting line-up.

Oxford United were elected into the Football League in 1962, replacing Accrington Stanley. They were promoted to the Third Division in 1965, the club were promoted again 3 years later and enjoyed an eight-year spell in the Second Division, before being relegated. The U’s reached the top tier of English football in 1985 after successive promotions, where they stayed for 3 years.

Ticket prices for the game are:

Adults €15.00
Students/OAPS €10.00
U16s €5.00

Free admission for season ticket holders.

Talk Of The Town double edition match programme on sale Saturday!

Thu Jul 5th 2018

Make sure to pick up your copy of ‘Talk of The Town’ during our game on Saturday night with Cobh Ramblers. It’s a double edition this week that will do you for our big friendly with Oxford United on Tuesday also!

This week’s issue includes an in depth interview with Shane Elworthy, the manager reflects on our big win over UCD last week & there’s also a few little pieces for Oxford United FC thrown in too. All that and more for only €3!

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