Bohemian F.C.

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Bohemians
BohemianDublin.png
Full nameBohemian Football Club
Nickname(s)Bohs
The Gypsies
Founded6 September 1890; 130 years ago (1890-09-06)
GroundDalymount Park, Phibsborough
Capacity3,640
Head coachKeith Long
LeagueLeague of Ireland Premier Division
20202nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Bohemian Football Club (Irish: an Cumann Peile Bóihéamach), more commonly referred to as Bohemians or Bohs, is a professional football club from Dublin, Ireland. Bohemians compete in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland, and are the oldest League of Ireland club in continuous existence. Bohs are the fourth 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 to the 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 archrivals Shamrock Rovers and hold the record for Leinster Senior Cup wins with 32 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. They were 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.

History[edit]

Bohemians were founded on 6 September 1890. They were members of the Irish Football League from 1902 to 1911 and from 1912 to 1920. During this time the club's greatest success was winning the Irish Cup in 1908.

Bohemians were founded on 6 September 1890 at the gate lodge leading onto the North Circular Road in the Phoenix Park. A commemorative plaque honours this.

It was a founding member of the League of Ireland in 1921, and it is one of only two clubs to have been members of the League of Ireland since its inception (the other being Shelbourne), and it is the only club to have been ever-present in the top division of the league. In its first season it finished second in the league, just two points behind St. James Gate. The club won its first league title in 1924. In 1928 the club won its second league title and completed a double that season by winning its first FAI Cup also. The club was one of the major forces in the early years of the league, going on to win another three league titles and another FAI Cup in the next eight seasons.

After this success the club began to struggle, often finishing at the foot of the league and rarely mounting a title challenge, largely because of an inability to attract or keep top players due to its strict amateur status, which had been a fundamental part of the club since its formation. The club went 34 seasons without winning a major trophy. In 1969 the club ended its amateur status, and the first player to sign professional terms was Tony O'Connell, who signed on 11 March 1969.

The club then went on to win two league titles, two FAI Cups and two league cups in the 1970s, more trophies than any other club that decade. In 1970 the club entered European competition for the first time where it was beaten in the first qualifying round of the European Cup Winners' Cup (see below). The club went through another trophy-less spell after its 1979 league cup victory, which was not broken until the club won its fifth FAI Cup in 1992. It was not until 2001 that it regained the league title, also winning the FAI Cup that season to complete its second double. After adding another league title in 2003, Bohemians triumphed once again in 2008, under Pat Fenlon, winning the double of both the league for the tenth time with four league games still to play,[1] and the FAI cup in a penalty shoot-out.[2] In September 2009, Bohemians claimed the League Cup for the third time in the club's history with a 3–1 win over Waterford United in the final.[3]

On 6 November 2009, Bohemians retained the title after a 1–1 draw against Bray Wanderers.[4] They were already assured of the league title before the final round of matches as they held a three-point lead and 16-goal difference advantage over their nearest rivals Shamrock Rovers. Captain Owen Heary collected the Premier Division trophy for the club's first back-to-back league win.[5] Bohs narrowly missed out on a hat trick of league titles on goal difference in 2010 in a season which also seen them suffer European disappointment at the hands of Welsh club TNS.

Stadiums[edit]

Bohemians' first permanent home ground was on the Polo Ground in Phoenix Park. Goal posts and other equipment were kept at Gate Lodge on North Circular Road (Dublin). They remained there until the 1893–94 season when they obtained a private ground on Jones Road now known as Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The space then took in the ground previously occupied by the Old Belvedere playing pitches and now occupied by the Cusack Stand. For the first time it was possible for the club to build up some sort of finances, since a charge for admission was made at all important home matches.

One of the entrances to Dalymount Park, 2012

They moved to a new home at Whitehall Farm, Glasnevin, in time for the start of the 1895–96 season but in those days, the area was out of the way and without public transport so the Bohemian committee continued to look for a new home ground. Their search came to an end when they moved to Dalymount Park which was officially opened on 7 September 1901.

In 2006 the club's members decided to sell Dalymount Park to developer Liam Carroll in a reported €65,000,000 deal, although then board members refused to allow members to see the details of the deal. The deal included the development of a new 10,000-seater stadium in Harristown near Dublin Airport.[6] On 7 November 2008, Bohemians lost a court case versus Albion Ltd, when it was discovered that the board, led by Gerry Cuffe and Gerry Conway, had attempted to re-sell part of the ground which the club no longer owned, which has had the effect of putting the move on hold long enough for the property market to collapse and the deal to be all but dead.[7] In March 2015 Dublin City Council announced that it would purchase Dalymount park.[8][9] The Council completed the purchase in June 2015 for €3.8million.[10][11] In February 2016 the Council published plans to demolish and rebuild Dalymount on a phased basis at a cost of €20 million.[12] It is likely that Bohemians would need to play elsewhere during redevelopment.[13]

European record[edit]

Although they did not make their first appearance in European competition until 1970, they have, like all Irish clubs, found the going tough in Europe, but they have had some famous successes too. Their finest hour came when they eliminated Scottish Premier League club (and former Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup champions) Aberdeen from the UEFA Cup in August 2000. That triumph was set up by a dramatic 2–1 victory away from home, in which Bohs scored 2 late goals to overturn a 1–0 deficit.[14] That was the first time an Irish club defeated British opposition away from home in European competition. Other notable results include wins against Rangers and Kaiserslautern (away) and draws against Rangers, Newcastle United, Sporting CP, Dundee United (away) and Aberdeen. In all, they have beaten a total of 11 different teams, from 9 countries (Denmark, Cyprus, Scotland, Germany, Estonia, Belarus, Belgium, Wales and Latvia). Bohs bowed out of the 2008 Intertoto Cup on away goals to Latvian side FK Riga despite winning the second leg 2–1. Earlier in that campaign they recorded their biggest single leg (5–1) and aggregate (9–3) wins in Europe (against Welsh Premier League club Rhyl).

Bohemians started their 2009–10 UEFA Champions League campaign away to Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg on 16 July 2009 with a 1–1 draw in Salzburg.[15] In the second leg on 22 July 2009, Bohemians held out until an 87th-minute goal by Patrik Ježek for Red Bull Salzburg gave them a one nill victory on the night and two one win on aggregate.[16] After retaining the league title in 2009, Bohs entered the Champions League again in 2010–11. They were drawn against Welsh side The New Saints in the Second Qualifying Round, and won the first leg 1–0 at Dalymount Park on 13 July 2010.[17] They lost the second leg 4–0 and were eliminated 4–1 on aggregate.[18] Bohs manager Pat Fenlon later labelled the performance as 'disgraceful' and said 'the players let the club, league and country down'.[19] The result was labelled by others as the worst result in Bohs' 40-year European history.[20]

Panoramic view of inside Dalymount Park

Overview[edit]

Competition P W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League
18
4
4
10
13
29
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
31
3
10
18
17
57
European Cup Winners' Cup
8
2
2
4
6
13
UEFA Intertoto Cup
10
4
0
6
15
20
TOTAL
67
13
16
38
51
119

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Czechoslovakia Gottwaldov 1–2 2–2 3–4
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Köln 1–2 0–3 1–5
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hamburg 0–3 0–1 0–4
1975–76 European Cup 1R Scotland Rangers 1–4 1–1 2–5
1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Denmark Esbjerg 2–1 1–0 3–1
2R Poland Śląsk Wrocław 0–3 0–1 0–4
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R England Newcastle United 0–0 0–4 0–4
1978–79 European Cup 1R Cyprus Omonia 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2R East Germany Dynamo Dresden 0–0 0–6 0–6
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Sporting CP 0–2 0–0 0–2
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Rangers 3–2 0–2 3–4
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Dundee United 2–5 2–2 4–7
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Aberdeen 0–0 0–1 0–1
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Romania Steaua București 0–4 0–0 0–4
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R France Bordeaux 0–1 0–5 0–6
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 5 Denmark Odense BK 0–2 N/A 5th
Finland HJK N/A 2–3
France Bordeaux 0–2 N/A
Sweden Norrköping N/A 0–5
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1QR Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1997–98 UEFA Cup PR Hungary Ferencváros 0–1 0–5 0–6
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Scotland Aberdeen 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
1R Germany Kaiserslautern 1–3 1–0 2–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1QR Estonia Levadia Maardu 3–0 0–0 3–0
2QR Sweden Halmstads BK 1–2 0–2 1–4
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1QR Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 3–0 3–1
2QR Norway Rosenborg 0–1 0–4 0–5
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1R Estonia Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–3 1–3
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belgium Gent 1–0 1–3 2–3
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Wales Rhyl 5–1 4–2 9–3
2R Latvia FK Rīga 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2QR Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–1 0–1 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2QR Wales The New Saints 1–0 0–4 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2QR Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 0–2 1–1 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1QR Iceland Þór Akureyri 1–5 0–0 1–5
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1QR Hungary Fehérvár N/A 1–1 (p) N/A
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1QR

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Bohs' fan base is mainly drawn from the northside of Dublin and their supporters share a bitter rivalry with Southside club, Shamrock Rovers. However, the club has many fans from other parts of the city, across Ireland and worldwide. The club shares a rivalry with their Northside neighbours Shelbourne largely because of geographical proximity as both clubs are now located roughly just 1 mile apart, and also because they featured prominently in the early days of Dublin football, when nationwide football was still based around Belfast. Shelbourne and Bohs were often featured in the Belfast-centered Irish Football League before partition and the rivalry was kept on-off after they formed the new Irish Free State league with Shamrock Rovers and other clubs.

During 2006, a number of Bohemians fans formed an ultra group in an effort to create a more interesting atmosphere at home games. Ironically named The Notorious Boo-Boys (or NBB, a term used by journalists to disparage the patience of Bohs fans), the group bought flags and organised displays during games to lift the atmosphere of the home of Irish football Dalymount Park.[21] The fans have friendly contacts with Prague club Bohemians 1905, Welsh club Wrexham AFC,[22] Swedish club Malmö FF as well as English non-league and fellow supporter owned club FC United of Manchester.

The club boasts some well known supporters such as Johnny Logan,[23][24] Samuel L. Jackson,[25] Aslan's Christy Dignam,[citation needed] alternative band Royseven,[26] as well as musicians Brush Shiels,[27] Rob Smith[28] and novelist Irvine Welsh.[29] The club also has a working relationship with Hibernian FC of Edinburgh.

Women[edit]

On 27 November 2018 Bohemians have been accepted to compete in the Under-17 Women's National League beginning with the 2019 season. The aim is to grow the number of girls and ladies members in the club and eventually compete in the Women's National League.[30] The historic first game in the Under-17 Women's National League for Bohemians was played on 13 April 2019 against Cork City and ended in 0–2 defeat.

Just one year after being accepted to compete in the Under-17 Women's National League, Bohemians was accepted to the Women's National League on 18 February 2020.[31] The first match was originally scheduled for 15 March 2020, however, the team was made to wait until 8 August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland which delayed the start of the season. The game ended in a 4–1 defeat to Wexford Youth. Chloe Darby scored the consolation goal and wrote herself into the history books as Bohemians' first-ever goalscorer.[32]

Bohemians Academy[edit]

Bohemians compete with an elite team in the SSE Airtricity National Under-19 League. In an exclusive partnership with schoolboy club St Kevin's Boys they field an elite team as Bohemians/St Kevins Boys in the SSE Airtricity National Under-17 League, SSE Airtricity National Under-15 League and SSE Airtricity National Under-13 League.
Beyond the elite teams, Bohemians have worked hard to build youth structures from the bottom up. The club has increased its participation numbers within the community through the Academy (ages 4–7), Girls Academy (ages 7–12), and youth teams (ages 7–15).

Academy Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Youth Director Republic of Ireland Conor Emerson
Academy Goalkeeping Coach Republic of Ireland Shane Supple
U19 Manager Republic of Ireland Gavin Teehan
U19 Assistant Manager Republic of Ireland William Tyrrell
U17 Manager Republic of Ireland Derek Pender
U17 Assistant Manager Republic of Ireland Rory Kirk
U15 Manager Republic of Ireland Keith Roche
U15 Assistant Manager

Bohemians Youth[edit]

Bohemians youth section has about 250 players from the ages of 8 to 17. The club runs 15 teams who play in the DDSL. The youth director is Conor Emerson who, along with the support of Bohemians, announced a 5-year partnership with DCU to national media coverage. This partnership will see Bohemians' youth teams training in and using DCU facilities, "learning the game like the first team do". The partnership also included a scholarship system which will see Bohs players being offered scholarships to DCU. Since 2011 this partnership has ended and Bohemians are now currently training in Royal College of Surgeons close to the airport. The main aim of the youth section is to produce players who are good enough to play for the first team.[33] The youth teams have made a solid start to the DDSL season with the Under 15s, Under 17s, and Under 18s all battling for honours.

Bohemian Futsal[edit]

Bohemian Futsal compete in the AUL Futsal Premier Division, the winners of which compete in the UEFA Futsal Champions League preliminary rounds. Bohs also have a 'B' team that compete in the AUL Futsal Division One. They are the only League of Ireland club with a futsal club.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Republic of Ireland IRL James Talbot
3 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Anthony Breslin
5 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Robert Cornwall
6 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Ciaran Kelly
10 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Keith Ward
14 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Conor Levingston
16 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Keith Buckley (captain)
18 DF Republic of Ireland IRL James Finnerty
21 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Jack Moylan
25 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Stephen McGuinness
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Ross Tierney
28 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Dawson Devoy
30 MF Nigeria NGA Promise Omochere
TBD DF Republic of Ireland IRL Tyreke Wilson
TBD FW Republic of Ireland IRL Georgie Kelly
TBD FW Republic of Ireland IRL Thomas Oluwa
TBD MF Scotland SCO Ali Coote
TBD DF Republic of Ireland IRL Rory Feely
TBD MF Northern Ireland NIR Stephen Mallon
TBD MF Madagascar MAD Bastien Hery

Player statistics[edit]

Captains[edit]

Dates Name
2012–2013 Republic of Ireland Owen Heary
2014 Republic of Ireland Dave Mulcahy
2015–2019 Republic of Ireland Derek Pender
2020– Republic of Ireland Keith Buckley

Player of the Year[edit]

Bohemian's Player of the Year award is voted for by the club's supporters at the end of every season.

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Keith Long
Assistant Manager Trevor Croly
Goalkeeping Coach Chris Bennion
Strength & Conditioning Coach Remy Tang
Sports Scientist Cathal Murtagh
Equipment and Logistics Manager Colin O Connor
Kitman Aaron Fitzsimons

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

Bohs' previous crest

League history[edit]

     

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

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