SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
The 2-0 success away to Wexford at the week end rounded off a pretty successful period of travelling the highways and byways of Ireland. The EA SPORTS Cup loss to Cobh was merely a speed bump on a series of long trips. It was league points that we really needed and we couldn’t have done better than six out of six. Jamie Hollywood and Chris Mulhall‘s haul down in Wexford were vital so that we could keep in touch with the teams ahead of us in what is turning out to be a real case of Close Encounters.
SHELS AT HOME
The visit of Shelbourne this Saturday night is a huge game for us. Every Town supporter at the first game of the season between the two clubs, firmly believed we should have had all three precious points, being the better side. A certain former Town player is keeping them ticking over this season with his growing goal tally. His appearance back in the City Calling Stadium will be interesting – to put it mildly. As things stand, we’re a single point behind the Tolka Park outfit. Sitting in 6th place isn’t what anyone expected before the season kicked off, so Saturday night will be the perfect time to kick start our season with a much needed home win. It’s going to be another tense affair. But if we can eliminate giving away silly goals and increase our already growing home support base, then a leap frog could be on the cards. We need to see you there on Saturday night.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The award for Player of the Month for April will be presented before the game on Saturday night. Aodh Dervin, who is currently injured will be the recipient with Phil Pike, of the Supporters’ Club making the presentation. The presentation is made as the players come off the pitch following their warm up.
The May Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale was simply massive. There were so many people wanting space for stands that we had to turn away plenty of stall holders. Incredibly, by 8.30am the traffic was parked right back to the Westside Cafe. Seasoned car boot attendees maintained that it was the largest crowd ever – and that’s saying something.
A huge thank you to all who supported the event but most especially the group of volunteers who were on duty for long hours on what’s free time for most. Our next one is the June Bank Holiday Monday and remember, the show kicks off at 4am and not 10am.
Singer/song writer supreme Ultan Conlon was passing the City Calling Stadium on Sunday and simply had to stop to take a photo. Straight away it was gaining likes and comments on his social media platforms including some from here. And why, what’s the connection? The Measure of You is his latest chart topping hit single and includes Longford Town in the lyrics. If you haven’t already done so, just Google or YouTube him. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
The standard of communication on social media has soared so far this season. No sooner had we gone ahead against Wexford than the goal was posted as a video on the website. Minutes later it was followed by some excellent still photos from a local Wexford photographer. The days and nights of depending on our national broadcasting service have truly passed. But Padraig Stapleton, James Donnelly and Kieran Burke have played a blinder since being sprung from the social media bench.