RIVAL VIEWS: Brian Kennedy on the similarities of old foes Waterford and Longford

IT’S A LONG WAY TO ABBEYCARTON .

By Brian Kennedy 

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Travelling all of the 137.8 miles to be at the City Calling Stadium this week will be fans of a rejuvenated Waterford FC. It’s a long way to play “De Town” – but we live in hope the journey is worth the trip.

Longford have a few things in common with us. We both had long spells in a greyhound stadium, both won the FAI Cup twice, Alan Kirby remains a favourite of both sides and Longford Town’s biggest league defeat is 8-1…courtesy of us! We also share a particular cup final in October of 2004 which gives me more nightmares then when I first saw The Shining! Continue reading

Saturday night a test of character as much as it is ability

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Town boss Alan Mathews. Image via http://www.ltfc.ie

Longford Town will not only be looking to end a two-game losing streak on Saturday evening when they host Waterford FC at the City Calling Stadium, but the Midlanders will also be hoping to gain a first home win since the tail-end of the 2015 season! Under the stewardship of Tony Cousins, Gary Cronin and then Alan Mathews during the disastrous 2016 season, “De Town” failed to win a single league or cup match (excluding Leinster Senior Cup) on home soil Continue reading

“El Clasico”preview – Longford must show character following Cobh humilation

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Expect a red hot atmosphere when Longford’s “Jolly boys” come to Town for Friday’s derby.

Arch rivals Athlone Town and Longford Town will reunite on Friday night at Lissywoolen, and despite the familiarity of this derby game over the last decade or so, there will be a very new look to this “El Clasico” fixture. Continue reading

Rival views – Cobh Ramblers

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The View from the Opposition – By Thomas Stafford (@Thomas_Stafford)

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Cobh make the trip to Longford for the first time since 2014 on Saturday following the conclusion of “De Town’s” two year spell in the Premier Division. There have been huge changes at Ramblers in that time, with the club now in a far better position both on and off the field.

Cobh are no longer a side merely existing in the First Division and now aim to compete for promotion on a yearly basis. Continue reading

More goals expected as Longford and Cobh renew rivalries

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Former Town ‘keeper Paul Hunt receiving a player of the month award at his old club. Image via www.ltfc.ie

Despite a tightening of the purse-strings, not that they were ever too lose to begin with, at St.Colman’s Park this off-season, Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers will arrive at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night fully confident that they can pull of an early upset in this seasons promotion race (kick-off 7-45PM). Outspoken boss Henderson has slated the FAI’s decision to only allow one promotion place in the First Division this season and to his credit he has publicly admitted a successful season for the “Rams” in 2017 would be to simply ensure the club is still around to challenge again in 2018. While this may sound extreme to some Continue reading