Fenn and Henderson give reaction to opening day clash

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Longford Town manager Neale Fenn took over a week after Gary Cronin had led Town to a late win over Cobh. (Photo by @KieranBTS)

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS

Longford Town will open their eagerly anticipated 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign at home to last seasons runners up Cobh Ramblers on Saturday, February 24th.

On paper this looks to be an incredibly difficult opening task for Neale Fenn’s Longford and last seasons head to head record against the ‘’Rams’’ certainly backs that up. In four league meetings last season ‘’De Town’’ only came out on top once and that was under the stewardship of interim boss Gary Cronin. In the three other meetings Cobh beat Longford at the City Calling Stadium twice and towards the tail end of the season at St.Colman’s Park. In fact, one of Cobh’s two away wins over Longford came in what was ‘’De Town’s’’ first home game of the season, perhaps a bad omen for supporters of the Midlands club ahead of February’s 2018 curtain raiser.

Speaking exclusively to Between the Stripes following Tuesday’s fixture list release, Longford Town manager Neale Fenn couldn’t contain his excitement to get back to the job he took up midway through the 2017, following the sacking of Alan Mathews.

‘’Yes it’s a tough start, Cobh at home will be difficult but we’ll be ready by then, got plenty of friendlies lined up to prepare so we’ll be raring to go.’’

As for Cobh boss Stephen Henderson, the popular League of Ireland manager also spoke exclusively to Between the Stripes and was quick to stress how last seasons results against Fenn’s side now mean nothing.’’

‘’Last year is done, it (The head to head record V Longford in 2017) will have no bearing on this season. Longford will be challenging for automatic promotion so it is a very difficult start for us but one we will look forward to.’’

Former Waterford United chief Henderson went onto speak of the importance of focus within the Cobh camp once the new season does indeed get underway.

‘’I’m happy we have such a difficult start, it really does help focus the minds of coaches and players. We will do what we always do, be competitive, have a plan and see where it takes us.’’

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Between the Stripes daily transfer update 18/12/17

Article by Andrew Dempsey. @AndrewDempsey2

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Waterford FC have made another serious signal of intent as the ‘’Blues’’ have announced that Gavan Holohan is to join up with the Premier Division new-boys at the RSC for the 2018 season. In addition to this, Derry City have confirmed the return of Jamie McDonagh to the Brandywell after a spell at the Showgrounds with Sligo Rovers. In First Division news, Cobh Ramblers Striker Cian Leonard joins a growing list of players re-signing for Stephen Henderson’s charges at St. Colman’s Park. Continue reading

Episode 13 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast

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Fresh off the back of breaking into the top 25 in the Sports category for podcasts on the Itunes charts, Kieran Burke and Jonathan Brier are back with another bumper edition. At the time of release, Between the Stripes LOI podcast sits 144th in the overall Itunes podcast charts and is in fact the highest ranked LOI podcast by a country mile!

Joining us for episode 13 are esteemed guests Stephen Henderson, Gary Rogers and LOI die-hards Shane Marron and Julian Canny as attendances take centre stage as the main topic of debate this week. As ever theres all the latest fixture reviews and previews too, so sit back and listen now by using the Audioboom player below and don’t forget to subscribe and review us on Itunes as the #BTS assault on the charts continues!

Episode 12 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast

After a two week break the lads are back with a bang as Dundalk FC star Brian Gartland, Cobh Ramblers ‘keeper Paul Hunt and Town’s number one Jack Brady are all on hand as special guests for episode 12. Elsewhere, there are a couple of fan interviews with Waterford FC die-hard Alan Forristal and Republic of Ireland follower Sam Dunphy as the debate over “Kenny for Ireland” continues to heat up after some poor recent results for the “Boys in Green”. Finaly, there is all the latest fixture reviews and previews as well as discussion on all the hottest topics surrounding the domestic game and you can tune in right now using the Audioboom player below, or if you prefer the show is also available on Itunes, simply search ‘Between the Stripes LOI podcast’ in the Itunes store. Enjoy!

Longford looking for first win in Cobh this season on Saturday night

Cobh Ramblers vs Longford Town Preview by Andrew Dempsey (@AndrewDempsey2)

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Neale Fenn took over at Town following their 2-1 home win against Cobh a week previous.

Neale Fenn will be looking for his team to bounce back straight away from a bitterly disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Shelbourne as they make the long trip down to Cobh on the August Bank Holiday weekend (Kick-Off, Saturday at 7.15pm) Continue reading

Goal-fest on the cards as old foes Cobh and Longford meet again at St.Colman’s

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(Image from http://www.cobhramblers.ie)

COBH RAMBERS V LONGFORD TOWN – SSE AIRTRCITY LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION

Despite the long journey ahead and memories of a humiliating 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Saturday’s opposition still fresh in Longford minds, ”De Town” head south looking to extend their current unbeaten run to five games in all competitions. There have been some unforgettable meetings at St.Colman’s Park between Cobh Ramblers and Longford Town in recent years and with both sides in an immediate hurry to make up lost ground on current leaders Waterford FC, this could turn out to be yet another goal-fest by the sea. 

Speaking to Between the Stripes ahead of Saturday’s game, Cobh boss Stephen Henderson spoke of his expectations for another tough test against a strong Longford side:  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