Longford Town F.C.

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Longford Town
Longford Town F.C. crest
Full name Longford Town Football Club
Nickname(s) Town or De Town
Founded 1924
Ground City Calling Stadium, Longford,
County Longford
Ground Capacity 4,500
Chairman Jim Hanley
Manager Alan Mathews
League League of Ireland First Division
2016 League of Ireland Premier Division, 12th (relegated)
Website www.ltfc.ie

Longford Town Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Bhaile Longfort) is an Irish football club playing in the League of Ireland First Division. The club, founded in 1924[1] and elected to the league in 1984,[1] is based in Longford, County Longford and play their home matches at Strokestown Road, which for sponsorship reasons is also known as 'City Calling Stadium'. Club colours are red and black, and the club goes by the nickname 'De Town'.

In October 2016, the club's senior side suffered relegation from the Premier Division at the end of a very disappointing 2016 season. Previously 'the Town' was promoted to the Premier Division at the end of the 2014 season following a seven-year stint in the First Division.

History[edit]

Longford Town was founded in 1924 but had to wait 60 years for election to the League of Ireland in 1984. In their first season in the league they finished last in the Premier Division and were one of the four sides to be relegated to the newly created First Division for the following season.[1] In their second season they finished bottom of the First Division with only 7 points. They finished in the bottom six of the ten team First Division in each of the next eleven seasons. In the 1998–99 season they missed out a place in the promotion/relegation playoff by just four points. The following season saw a further improvement when they finished 2nd in the First Division and as a result won promotion to the Premier Division. Longford had a decent season in the Premier Division in 2000–01 finishing in mid-table. That season also saw the club reach the FAI Cup final for the first time where they lost 1–0 to Bohemian. As Bohemian also won the League title that season, Longford Town FC qualified to play in the UEFA Cup in July 2001. A meeting over 2 games with Bulgarian club side PFC Litex Lovech ended in a 3–1 aggregate victory for the Bulgarians.

Things were less comfortable in the league during the 2001–02 season after that as they ended up in the relegation/promotion playoff. They had to play Finn Harps and they survived in Premier Division just about. They won in a penalty shootout after the tie ended 3–3 on aggregate. After that tough season the club became an established top division team with four successive top six finishes in the four seasons immediately after that. They also reached three more FAI Cup finals winning two of them. In 2004 they produced a cup double by winning the League of Ireland Cup in addition to retaining the FAI Cup.[1] Because of their back-to-back FAI Cup successes the club entered European competition for two seasons in a row. On both occasions, however, they lost in their opening tie. In 2006 Longford finished in 8th place in the league. The 2007 season was a disappointing one for the midlands club as they finished last in the division and as a result were relegated. That is not the whole story, though, as the club were deducted six points during the season for failing to comply with club licensing procedures.[2] These six points proved crucial in the end, as without this deduction they would have finished safe from relegation and the relegation play-off. This cost the club dearly, as there followed six frustrating years in the First Division, before being promoted as champions at the end of the 2014 season. The title was clinched following a resounding 5–0 victory at home to Shamrock Rovers B on October 3, 2014. [3] In their first season back in the Premier Division, the Town finished off the 2015 season in 6th position. The 2016 league season was very disappointing with Longford finishing bottom and relegated back to the First Division.

European record[edit]

Record by competition[edit]

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

Appearances Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
3 6 1 1 4 6 12

[4]

Past opponents[edit]

Season Competition Country Team Score
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 1–1, 0–2 (1–3 agg.)
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–1, 2–3 (2–4 agg.)
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Wales Carmarthen Town 2–0, 1–5 (3–5 agg.)

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Paul Skinner
2 Northern Ireland DF Aidan Friel
3 Germany DF Tristan Noack-Hofmann
4 Republic of Ireland DF Noel Haverty
5 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Walsh
6 Republic of Ireland MF Dean Zambra
7 Republic of Ireland MF Kealan Dillon
8 Republic of Ireland MF Dylan McGlade
9 Republic of Ireland FW Enda Curran
10 Republic of Ireland MF Jake Kelly
11 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin O'Connor (Captain)
12 Republic of Ireland MF Karl Chambers
14 Republic of Ireland MF Ian Fletcher
No. Position Player
15 Republic of Ireland FW David O'Sullivan
16 Republic of Ireland MF Gavin Boyne
17 Republic of Ireland FW Cody Mulhall
18 Republic of Ireland GK Jack Brady
19 England DF Daniel O'Reilly
20 Republic of Ireland DF Darragh Doherty
21 Republic of Ireland MF Aodh Dervin
22 France MF Dan Beya
23 United States FW Don Cowan
24 Republic of Ireland DF Rhys Gorman
25 Republic of Ireland GK Shane Fagan
26 Republic of Ireland DF Mark Langtry

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Alan Mathews
Assistant Manager Gary Cronin
Coach Kevin Doherty
Goalkeeping Coach Gerard Mooney
Physio Albert Byrne
Kit Manager Ian Maher
Performance Analyst Eoin Comerford

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

  • League victory: 6–0 v Shamrock Rovers F.C. B, 30 May 2014 [1]
  • League defeat: 1–8 v Waterford United, 12 November 1989 [1]
  • Points in a season: 70, 1999–00 [1]
  • League goals in a season (player): 24, David O'Sullivan, 2013 [1]
  • League goals: 60, David O'Sullivan, 2013–present [1]
  • League appearances: 250, Stephen O'Brien, 1998–2005 [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Longford Town Club Information". airtricityleague.ie. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Longford deducted six points for licensing indiscretion, eleven-a-side.com, 2007. Retrieved on January 5, 2008
  3. ^ "Longford Town claim First Division crown and promotion". Rte.ie. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Longford –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 

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