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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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.’’
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 →
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!
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 →
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 →