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About Niallsparky

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    Bohemian FC
  1. Due to the Irish football season being played during the Summer, there should be plenty of changes to the squad between now and February. I'll try keep the thread up to date as much as possible. Please feel free to post and comments or questions you have. And it would be great if anyone who plays a game with Bohs can share their experiences.
  2. Republic of Ireland - Bohemian F.C. thread created:
  3. Bohemian F.C. Founded: 1890 League: League of Ireland Premier Division Nickname: Bohs Media Prediction: 10th Club Information: Bohemian F.C. (Irish: Cumann Peile Bóithéamaigh), more commonly referred to as Bohemians, is a professional football club from Dublin, Ireland. Bohemians compete in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland, and are the oldest Irish league club in continuous existence. Bohs are the third most successful club in League of Ireland football history, having won the League of Ireland title 11 times, the FAI Cup 7 times, the League of Ireland Shield 6 times and the League of Ireland Cup 3 times. Prior tothe establishment of the Football Association of Ireland and League of Ireland, Bohemians competed in the Irish Football League and Irish Cup, which were at the time all-Ireland competitions. During that period they won the Irish Cup once and finished runners up 5 times. They share the record for most wins in European competition with arch rivals Shamrock Rovers and hold the record for Leinster Senior Cup wins with 31 cups claimed. Bohemians were founded on 6 September 1890 in the Phoenix Park Gate Lodge beside the North Circular Road entrance and played its first games in the Park's Polo Grounds. One of the founding members of the League of Ireland in 1921, after their withdrawal from the Irish Football League. They established themselves as a major force within the first 15 years of the League of Ireland, winning 5 league titles, 2 FAI Cups and 4 Shields, but struggled for decades after that, largely due to their strict amateur status, going 34 seasons without winning a major trophy. Bohemians dropped their amateur ethos in 1969 and proceeded to win 2 League titles, 2 FAI Cups and 2 League cups during the 1970s. They suffered a further decline throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s before claiming League and Cup doubles in 2001 and 2008, alongside the 2003 and most recently 2009 title wins. Bohemians play their home matches at Dalymount Park in the Northside neighbourhood of Phibsborough. They are owned 100% by the members of the club. Their club colours are red and black, which they adopted at the 4th AGM in October 1893. Bohemians supporters often refer to their club by a number of nicknames including 'Bohs' and 'The Gypsies, and provide one half of a bitter rivalry with Southside club, Shamrock Rovers. Stadium: Dalymount Park Squad: Goalkeepers: Dean Delany - Reasonably capable but ageing goalkeeper at League of Ireland level. Can comfortably be relied on for season 1, but a more long term plan is needed in this area. Greg Murray - An able deputy for Delany that has potential to develop well if given enough playing time. Right Backs: Derek Pender - Stand out choice in this position. He can play in multiple positions, but he should probably be your starting number 2. Michael Barker - Young defender who works okay as a backup. Will require a decent bit of development if he's going to become a starter at any point. Daniel Byrne - Versatile player who can fill in in a number of positions. Left Backs: Luke Byrne - Arguably the best player in the squad. Young, well-rounded and looks to have a big future ahead of him. The main challenge here will be preventing English/Scottish clubs from tempting him away. Ciaran Nangle - Good deputy for Byrne, but there's a definite drop off in quality. Centre Backs: Roberto Lopes - Another one of Bohs talented youth players. Lopes has potential for development and will need plenty of game time to achieve it. Worth playing alongside an experience head who can cover for is inexperience. Owen Heary - Squad captain and assistant manager. One of the most successful players in Irish domestic football. He's well past his best, and is due to retire at the end of the season. Can provide useful cover if necessary for 1 season. Defensive Midfield: Dave Mulcahy - Part of the experienced contingent of players who make up the squads core. Mulcahy was voted as Bohs player of the season for the 2013 season. You will need to look for a replacement fairly soon as he's likely to decline quickly due to age. Centre Midfield: Ryan McEvoy - A talented young footballer with probably the best technical ability in the squad. Works well as a playmaker. Stephen Traynor - Another technically gifted player, but in a different sense to McEvoy. Traynor is the Iniesta style to McEvoy's Xavi style. Shane Murray - Another reasonable ball player who grew up in Sheffield United's youth section. Still quite raw, and will require quite a bit of refinement. Wingers: Karl Moore - Perhaps one of the teams most exciting players. Likes to run with the ball in a very direct manner. Can cause plenty of problems for defenses if used well. Andy Mulligan - A small tricky winger with good dribbling technique. Keith Buckley - A stereotypical defensive winger that likes to play in a physical manner. Doesn't have the same ability on the ball as the above two, but is a good option for difficult games. Can also play in a central role. Anto Murphy - Somewhat similar to Buckley, but much better in the air. Very versatile, and may also be played in defense. Santiago - Squad player who probably won't see a lot of game time in the Premier Division. Striker: Daniel (Dinny) Corcoran - A bit of a journeyman style striker in LOI terms despite his relative youth. Normally performs quite well in FM though if used properly. Chris Lyons - Much more of a pacey, flair player than Corcoran. He's had his injury concerns over the past year, but does have the potential to develop into one of the team's best players. Conor Murphy - Quite a similar player to Corcoran, with perhaps better physical attributes and less good technical attributes. Is still young enough to improve on this though. Dave Scully - A journeyman striker who's only role will be to make up the numbers. Kevin Devaney - Can play up front or on the wing. Is never likely to be a prolific striker but should chip in with a few goals. Why play with Bohemians? They're one of the traditionally big clubs in Irish football, with arguably the best history in European competition. They've had fairly poor time of things in recent years due to deteriorating finances after a botched property deal. They do though have a young squad that can perhaps do some good things in the medium term under the right manager. The goals have to be to re-establish a fully professional setup, get the club back into European football and add some more trophies to the trophy cabinet. All are very achievable goals, but will require a dedicated and patient approach. Good luck.
  4. I'll keep an eye on how this goes. I don't think I could manage Southampton and not use Lallana.
  5. Are cross-platform network games possible?
  6. It definitely does.
  7. Oxford City Season 2 - 2013/14 – Blue Square Premier Pre-season - Media Prediction: 24th Into the football league! Table | Transfers Our aim in pre-season was to achieve upper mid-table and perhaps have a shot at the playoffs. Performance in the cups was quite important considering the financial state of the club with a new stadium in the pipeline. Season started slowly with a couple of defeats and things weren't looking well. However after a few new additions to strengthen, the team started their climb up the table. The cups went well for the most part, getting to the 5th round of the FA where we lost to Coventry (making a good bit of money along the way). We reached theh final of the FA trophy but unfortunately lost out to Grimsby. Disappointment didn't last long though because we won the playoff final a week later to achieve back-to-back promotion. Targets for season: 1. Challenge for playoffs ACHIEVED 2. Get finances under control ACHIEVED Career Overview Season League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2012/13 Blue Square South 1st Promoted! 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 3rd Promoted! Targets for new season: 1. Survive in League 2 2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round 3. Develop youth and training systems
  8. It's a new feature. I agree, good idea.