Between the Stripes LOI podcast – First Division Special!

Following on from last weeks excellent Premier Division special, 10 guests once again join Kieran & Jon in studio to preview the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division. Shane Keegan, Aaron Callaghan, Gareth McCaffery, Kevin McHugh, Stephen Joyce, David O’Sullivan, Conor Keeley, Damien Locke, Daire Doyle & Stephen Henderson all feature. There’s also the usual Premier Division results round-up and plenty of laughs along the way.

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Fenn announces arrival of ex-Shels man O’Connor

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Town boss Fenn is a big hit with LTFC supporters. Photo credit @BetweenStripes

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS

Longford Town manager Neale Fenn announced his eleventh close-season signing this afternoon, with the London-born rookie boss confirming the arrival of Adam O’Connor at the Midlands club on social media. An avid user of Twitter, Fenn is one of a growing number of League of Ireland bosses to use the online platform to keep supporters updated of developments at their respective clubs and Longford fans will be hoping a striker is next on the managers list, following the departure of all-time leading goal-scorer David O’Sullivan recently.

O’Sullivan signed for Shelbourne FC and that is where right-back O’Connor last appeared in the LOI, having left the “Reds” at the mid-way point of last season. With many expecting Longford and Shelbourne to clash for promotion, if not the title next season, it will be interesting to note how the likes of O’Sullivan, O’Connor and former “Shels” ‘keeper Jack Brady fair against their old employers when the two sides eventually meet in 2018.

Despite playing under-nineteens football as recently as 2013, O’Connor is relatively experienced having played both top-flight and First Division football in his four and a bit years spell at Shelbourne. Continue reading

David O’Sullivan signs for Shelbourne

Article by Kieran Burke.

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Less than 48 hours after announcing his departure from Longford Town FC, the Midlanders all-time leading goal-scorer David O’Sullivan has signed for First Division rivals Shelbourne.

Saying an emotional goodbye to the club he had served with great esteem for the past five seasons on Wednesday, O’Sullivan’s arrival at Tolka Park is sure to inject a new lease of belief into Owen Heary’s charges. Ironically, O’Sullivan’s arrival at ‘’Shels’’ sees him become the fifteenth member signed up for the ‘’Reds’’ 2018, the number 15 of course made famous by O’Sullivan during his record breaking spell with Longford.

While some Town fans have expressed their shock at O’Sullivans’s move to Shelbourne, it should come as little surprise given the strikers full-time job in a Dublin bank restricting his choices to part-time clubs in the Dublin area. Bohemians had made serious attempts to sign the Wicklow man back in 2013 but it is Tolka Park where the thirty-year-old will now continue his LOI career.

With O’Sullivan joining forces with James English, Jamie Doyle, Adam Evans, Dylan Kavanagh, Gavin Boyne, Dylan Grimes, James O’Brien, Mark Hughes, Aidan Collins, James Brown, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Lee Steacy and Dean Delany for next season, hopes will be high that the Drumcondra outfit can make a real go of a promotion push with the FAI announcing yesterday that three play-offs places will be available in the First Division in addition to the automatic promotion slot for the champions.

O’Sullivan scored a record 82 goals in 160 appearances under Tony Cousins, Gary Cronin, Alan Mathews and finally Neale Fenn during his five-season stint with ‘’De Town’’ as his 21 league goals in 2014 fired the 2004 FAI cup winners to the First Division title for the first time in the clubs 93 year history.

Longford Town fans will now wait in anticipation for the fixture list release on December 19th to see when they can expect a reunion with their legendary ex-striker.

Mathews former clubs collide as Cronin leads Longford into battle at Tolka

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Alan Mathews was sacked by LTFC last weekend. 

Less than a week on from the shock news that Alan Mathews and Longford Town FC have parted ways, first-team coach Gary Cronin will lead Longford into a battle for mid-table supremacy when they face thirteen-time League of Ireland winners Shelbourne on Friday night.  A 5-0 home win over rock-bottom Wexford FC was not enough to save Longford Town’s most successful ever manager from the chopping board, as a slow start to the season effectively killed off the clubs hopes of an instant return to the Premier Division, with Mathews paying the ultimate price.

Ahead of this final game before the mid-season break, Gary Cronin will be looking to not only throw his name into the hat for the hot-seat position at Longford Town FC, but in the process claim a win which would see “De Town” move four-points clear of sixth placed Shelbourne and potentially within a single point of fourth placed Cabinteely. Continue reading

Curran double helps Longford to first home win since October 2015

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A brace from former Galway man Curran helps Longford on their way to first home win since October 2015. Image via http://www.galwayunitedfc.ie

Going into Saturday night’s game at the City Calling Stadium, Longford Town were without a home win for over seventeen months so to concede after just three minutes was far from the ideal for Alan Mathews side. However, an Enda Curran brace and a second half strike from captain Kevin O’Connor saw “De Town” through as they cut the gap on leaders Waterford FC to eight points. 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