Cherrie on top for the Champions

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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League of Ireland champions Cork City have added Scottish goalkeeper Peter Cherrie to their ranks ahead of the 2018 season. Most recently with Bray Wanderers, the thirty-four-year-old is a highly experienced campaigner having lined out for Dundalk one-hundred-and-seventy-nine times between 2009 & 2014, while Cherrie has experience in British football with Airdrie United, Ayr and Clyde.

A member of Stephen Kenny’s league winning side of 2014, Cherrie was surprisingly moved on from Oriel Park Continue reading

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Between the Stripes LOI podcast announce Flomax.ie sponsorship deal.

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Between the Stripes LOI podcast is delighted to announce Flomax.ie as our new title sponsors for the 2018 season.

Trading under the name Pneumatics Limited, the company was formed in 1983 and has developed into Ireland’s leading supplier of Compressed Air, Vacuum, Automation, Mechanical, and Engineering equipment. Priding themselves on providing “Engineering Solutions” to Industry throughout Ireland, Flomax.ie have kindly signed on to support Between the Stripes LOI podcast for the duration of 2018.

Coming on-board towards the tail-end of last season, a breakthrough year for Between the Stripes LOI podcast which was regularly ranked as the League of Ireland’s favourite podcast on ITunes despite only setting up half-way through the 2017 campaign, Flomax.ie are proud to support the leagues fastest growing show.

Returning last Wednesday with a New Years Special hosted by Between the Stripes founder Kieran Burke and loyal co-host Jonathan Brier, Between the Stripes LOI podcast featured in the top 14 sports podcasts in the ITunes podcast charts following the release of said New Years Special that featured high profile guests such as three-time league winner Darren Meenan, Longford Town boss Neale Fenn and St.Patrick’s Athletic winger James Doona among others.

Coming in as high as 6th on the sports charts last season and an incredible 43rd overall ahead of renowned names such as Joe Duffy’s Liveline and the official Liverpool FC podcast, Between the Stripes LOI podcast will be aiming to break even more records in the year ahead thanks to the generous backing of Flomax.ie

With the new League of Ireland season starting back on February 16th with the Premier Division kick-off followed by the First Division restart one week later, Between the Stripes LOI podcast will be available across a number of platforms every Wednesday throughout the season. To ensure you never miss an episode simply search for Between the Stripes LOI podcast on ITunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Pocketcasts or Podcast Republic and hit the subscribe button. You can also find us on Facebook by searching Between the Stripes or on Twitter @BetweenStripes while we are also on Instagram (BetweentheStripes) and snapchat (BTS1924).

Finally, the Between the Stripes team wish to take this opportunity to thank Michael and the team at Flomax.ie for the faith and support they have shown us through this sponsorship and we look forward to joint success in our respective fields over the course of 2018 and hopefully beyond.

ENDS.

Fenn exclusively reveals new signing, retirements and pre-season fixtures on Between the Stripes LOI podcast

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

Speaking exclusively earlier this evening to Between the Stripes LOI podcast, which returns to the airwaves tomorrow afternoon with tonight’s recorded New Years Special, Longford Town manager Neale Fenn gave a number of exclusives to our listeners.

With two pre-season friendlies already announced against Fenn’s former sides Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, podcast co-host Kieran Burke put the question to Fenn regarding other upcoming opponents in the lead up to the new First Division season. Fenn revealed “De Town” will take on St.Patrick’s Athletic (A), Limerick FC, Newbridge Town and an American side from Philadelphia, who will also be facing the “Saints” during their time in Ireland. Times, dates and venues are still to be confirmed for these preparation matches but the visit of the Philadelphia outfit to City Calling Stadium is certainly an exciting novelty for Town fans to look forward to while a reunion with club legends Paul Perth and Sean Prunty will bring a feeling of nostalgia to Town supporters of a by-gone era as the duo are involved with Newbridge at present.

Moving on to talk about transfers and how the Longford squad was shaping up for 2018, Fenn broke the news out an imminent arrival from the non-leagues at LTFC while also confirming the status of five players from last seasons squad. To be announced by the club tomorrow is the signing of a striker from Dublin side Hardwick who play in the AUL league. While withholding the new attackers name, Between the Stripes believe the player in question to be Dean Byrne. Fenn commented that his new recruit had been scoring a lot of goals at AUL level in Dublin and would help strengthen his options up-front following the departure  of David O’Sullivan to Shelbourne.

Finally, in perhaps the most important announcement of all made exclusively by Fenn on Between the Stripes LOI podcast New Years Special, the Londoner confirmed the retirement of long-time servants Don Cowan and Kevin O’Connor in addition to the already known retirement of defender Noel Haverty. In more positive updates the former Dundalk striker announced exclusively that local talents Aodh Dervin and Tristan Noack Hoffman had both all but re-signed for Longford with the latter set to put pen-to-paper on a new deal tomorrow afternoon.

To hear Neale Fenn’s interview in full plus exclusive chats with Darren Meenan, James Doona, Dave Donnelly and Kevin Kiely subscribe to Between the Stripes LOI podcast on Itunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Pocketcasts and/or Podcast Republic now and never miss an episode. Tonights New Years Special will be uploaded tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) with links posted on Between the Stripes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

Paul O’Conor looking for drama free season at Bray

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In an exclusive Between the Stripes interview with new Bray Wanderers man Paul O’Conor, Andrew Dempsey got talking with the former UCD and Drogheda United star man on his League of Ireland career to date, his experiences in European competitions and of course, his move to the Carlisle Grounds for 2018. Admitting his beliefs that off-field events cost his new club a place in Europe this season while also discussing the turmoil at his former side Limerick, this is a no-holds-barred discussion with the talented midfield player.  Continue reading

Keith Buckley returns to Dalymount Park

Article by Andrew Dempsey – @AndrewDempsey2.

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After expressing a keen desire to depart the Carlisle Grounds following a turbulent season down in Co. Wicklow, Keith Buckley has now been confirmed as Keith Long’s 24th signing for the 2018 premier Division which kicks off for his charges in a blockbuster Dublin derby clash at home to Shamrock Rovers.

Buckley, who departed Bohemians at the end of the 2016 season, returns to his old stomping ground having come to an agreement to cut short his two-year contract with the ‘’Seagulls’’ amid an air of uncertainty at the Carlisle Grounds. Continue reading

Limerick left in turmoil as McDonald departs just weeks before new campaign

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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Limerick FC have this morning been left in turmoil following the departure of manager Neil McDonald. Appointed as “Super Blues” boss in May of last year following the clubs decision to part with Martin Russell, McDonald stated his intention to oversee a “long-term” project with the Munster club, however just eight-months later and McDonald has jumped ship with the assistant managers role at Scunthorpe his new port of call.

In a length statement released this morning on www.limerickfc.ie, the club stated that they had reluctantly accepted McDonald’s resignation following compensation talks between the Premier Division outfit and McDonald’s new employers.  Continue reading

Longford Town sign Darren Meenan and Evan Galvin

Article by Andrew Dempsey – @AndrewDempsey2

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Neale Fenn has made a serious statement of intent for the 2018 First Division season in waiting with the double signing of former Shamrock Rovers man Darren Meenan and Evan Galvin who was formerly of Longford’s First Division rivals Cabinteely.

31-year-old Darren Meenan joins looking to help Longford Town on their way back to the Premier Division at the second time of asking.

Meenan will be a welcome addition to Neale Fenn’s young squad as the experienced wide midfielder has had plenty of match experience at League of Ireland level over the past 12 seasons for the likes of St. Patrick’s Athletic, UCD, Drogheda United, Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne as well as his two previous clubs Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. Most notably Meenan has three Premier Division titles to his name thanks to his time under Stephen Kenny and Longford fans will be hoping that winning mentality will transfer over similarly to how ex-Rovers trio Pat Flynn, Stephen Rice and Pat Sullivan famously did in 2014 with the Midlanders.

The signing will come as a bit of a surprise to many Longford Town and League of Ireland fans in general as there had been much talk of Meenan testing the waters abroad with Belgian side RDWM. However, this seems to have fallen by the wayside and left Longford Town ready to pounce on his signature.

Also making the switch to the City Calling stadium is former Cabinteely FC star Evan Galvin who has swapped the capital for a spell in the midlands with the Red and Black.

Galvin, who is a 21-year-old midfielder, signs for Neale Fenn’s charges having enjoyed a positive year last season with Cabinteely as the former Waterford and Cobh Ramblers man played an integral role in Cabo’s record breaking 2017 season.

With Town fans crying out for some transfer activity in recent weeks, the news of this double-signing will be a welcome boost to the Longford Town faithful who are most certainly longing for a return to the Premier Division