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At this stage it's wins over Fermanagh and Wicklow, or relegation!

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 178 - 06/02/2022 16:04:53    2398582

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Replying To keeper7:  "Tomorrow is a must win."
Draw. Awful stuff by 2 poor teams.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 4026 - 06/02/2022 16:18:35    2398586

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Your not wrong, crazy stuff

ninjasmyth (Louth) - Posts: 598 - 06/02/2022 17:16:38    2398607

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Whatever persons made the decision to appoint O'Loughlin need to take a hard long look at themselves. That was putrid fair all together. We should of got all points though as the referee by my watch played until Louth got the equaliser.

Ward30 (Longford) - Posts: 40 - 06/02/2022 17:37:14    2398614

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As bad if not worse then last week. That said should of won at the end were it not for giving away the ball needlessly along with the ref playing for the draw. Impressed with James Moran but thats about it, more experienced players not showing at the moment. Can't put that on the manager.

slasher9 (Longford) - Posts: 150 - 06/02/2022 17:38:07    2398615

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We're not creating enough chances to win any game. New management is using the same style of keep-ball which is largely counterproductive.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 4026 - 06/02/2022 18:08:18    2398636

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That was a hard watch today. Between the weather and the performance you'd hope it can't be as bad the next day. We are lucky there are so many poor teams in the division and we should have the players to beat the likes of Wicklow, Antrim and Fermanagh.

We really should have been making progress this year in the weakest Division 3 that I can remember, instead we are looking for enough points to stay up. On the other hand someone that was apparently interested in the Longford job before being messed around is doing a great job with Leitrim. Listening to Shannonside on the way home from the game they seem to be playing good football too.

Mull93 (Longford) - Posts: 83 - 06/02/2022 19:12:33    2398657

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Your not wrong, crazy stuff

ninjasmyth (Louth) - Posts: 598 - 06/02/2022 19:35:24    2398663

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Replying To slasher9:  "As bad if not worse then last week. That said should of won at the end were it not for giving away the ball needlessly along with the ref playing for the draw. Impressed with James Moran but thats about it, more experienced players not showing at the moment. Can't put that on the manager."
Your either Billy O'Loughlin or you were on the committee that interviewed him.

If you really want to know how good the set up is then talk to any of the lads on the panel.

Mull93 (Longford) - Posts: 83 - 06/02/2022 20:02:51    2398696

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We won't beat Antrim or Laois or Westmeath, but we are good enough to beat Fermanagh and Wicklow and that might be enough to hang on given how relatively weak the division is this year. This Longford side is better playing direct ball into the forwards rather than throwing it about endlessly over and back across the field. The sooner both the players and the management figure that out the better. This is the season to sort that out under the new boss, but we need not to get relegated in the process. As for the set-up, it can't be much worse than some of the stuff that went on within the previous regime with lads finding out they were no longer on the panel by discovering they had been deleted from the whatsapp group. Need to focus on winning those two crucial games and getting the game plan right and build from there. And as was mentioned above, the most experienced lads need to make their presence felt more on the field. I'm still skeptical, but hopeful that a couple of wins might be enough.

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 178 - 07/02/2022 14:26:20    2398945

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This is unrelated to your post but I think you have added great value to the thread with the various statistics you have thrown out. The Longford GAA website has some decent information and there are a few wikipedia pages but I'd love to see more information available. I'd consider myself knowledgeable enough about the Longford football over the last 15-20 years but after that its a case of checking the internet or asking someone older what happened.

I'd love to know who has been Longford captain over the years. I'd love to know who the various different managers have been over the years and how long they spent in the position. I'd love to know the same for under 21/20 and minor and even ladies. I'd love to know more detail on Longford football in general. Things like longest winning runs and losing streaks for the county. Various different statistics about clubs.

I think we have lost a lot of history and its a pity its not recorded on the internet for easy access. I know this is a problem with the GAA overall but I think it'd be great if someone did something like this for Longford GAA.

Mull93 (Longford) - Posts: 83 - 07/02/2022 19:32:32    2399131

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Replying To Mull93:  "Your either Billy O'Loughlin or you were on the committee that interviewed him.

If you really want to know how good the set up is then talk to any of the lads on the panel."
just a supporter over a good many years. i have watched longford teams under 12 different managers and the failings are always the same. it cant always be the manager. i cant count the amount of games lost over the years by giving the ball away under no pressure. that has nothing to do with the manager or skill, players just losing there heads when calm is needed. think this team is really sorely missing donal mcelligott, a pity we could not get just one more year out of him but i know he had his injury troubles and owes longford nothing.

slasher9 (Longford) - Posts: 150 - 08/02/2022 09:00:34    2399203

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Replying To Mull93:  "This is unrelated to your post but I think you have added great value to the thread with the various statistics you have thrown out. The Longford GAA website has some decent information and there are a few wikipedia pages but I'd love to see more information available. I'd consider myself knowledgeable enough about the Longford football over the last 15-20 years but after that its a case of checking the internet or asking someone older what happened.

I'd love to know who has been Longford captain over the years. I'd love to know who the various different managers have been over the years and how long they spent in the position. I'd love to know the same for under 21/20 and minor and even ladies. I'd love to know more detail on Longford football in general. Things like longest winning runs and losing streaks for the county. Various different statistics about clubs.

I think we have lost a lot of history and its a pity its not recorded on the internet for easy access. I know this is a problem with the GAA overall but I think it'd be great if someone did something like this for Longford GAA."
Longford captains over the years would be a great one to have. I'd say the combined power and knowledge on here could have a go at compiling a decent enough list?

On managers, here is my attempt at the past 4 decades...

1982-1986: John Murphy (Longford)
1987-1990: Brendan Hackett (Monaghan)
1991-1992: Dessie Dolan (Westmeath)
1993-1994: Mike Kenny (Longford)
1995-1995: Tom Donoghue (Galway)
1996-1997: Eamon Coleman (Derry)
1998-2001: Michael McCormack (Longford?)
2002-2004: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2005-2008: Luke Dempsey (Westmeath)
2009-2013: Glenn Ryan (Kildare)
2014-2015: Jack Sheedy (Dublin)
2016-2018: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2019-2021: Padraic Davis (Longford)
2022: Billy O'Loughlin (Laois)

There might be some overlap on years, but mostly spot on.

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 178 - 08/02/2022 14:14:27    2399318

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Replying To LongfordgaaAbú:  "Longford captains over the years would be a great one to have. I'd say the combined power and knowledge on here could have a go at compiling a decent enough list?

On managers, here is my attempt at the past 4 decades...

1982-1986: John Murphy (Longford)
1987-1990: Brendan Hackett (Monaghan)
1991-1992: Dessie Dolan (Westmeath)
1993-1994: Mike Kenny (Longford)
1995-1995: Tom Donoghue (Galway)
1996-1997: Eamon Coleman (Derry)
1998-2001: Michael McCormack (Longford?)
2002-2004: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2005-2008: Luke Dempsey (Westmeath)
2009-2013: Glenn Ryan (Kildare)
2014-2015: Jack Sheedy (Dublin)
2016-2018: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2019-2021: Padraic Davis (Longford)
2022: Billy O'Loughlin (Laois)

There might be some overlap on years, but mostly spot on."
make that 13 different managers, that i have a clear memory of, others from younger years off course that i dont remember. striking when put out on paper like that, the overall lack of managers we have had from men who played for longford. not saying thats a good or bad thing or even relevant, just interesting

slasher9 (Longford) - Posts: 150 - 08/02/2022 16:31:15    2399369

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Just to settle a debate on the Westmeath forum.. but is Foy still good enough to play with Longford? Are we missing something? I've seen him for 2 seasons up here and he's been phenomenal for Lomans. Seems to have everything still going for him, and he's a big game player.. highly rated up here anyway!

Edman78 (Westmeath) - Posts: 27 - 08/02/2022 18:42:38    2399401

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Replying To LongfordgaaAbú:  "Longford captains over the years would be a great one to have. I'd say the combined power and knowledge on here could have a go at compiling a decent enough list?

On managers, here is my attempt at the past 4 decades...

1982-1986: John Murphy (Longford)
1987-1990: Brendan Hackett (Monaghan)
1991-1992: Dessie Dolan (Westmeath)
1993-1994: Mike Kenny (Longford)
1995-1995: Tom Donoghue (Galway)
1996-1997: Eamon Coleman (Derry)
1998-2001: Michael McCormack (Longford?)
2002-2004: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2005-2008: Luke Dempsey (Westmeath)
2009-2013: Glenn Ryan (Kildare)
2014-2015: Jack Sheedy (Dublin)
2016-2018: Denis Connerton (Longford)
2019-2021: Padraic Davis (Longford)
2022: Billy O'Loughlin (Laois)

There might be some overlap on years, but mostly spot on."
Eugene McGee and Mike Kenny were joint managers if I remember correctly.

Ward30 (Longford) - Posts: 40 - 08/02/2022 19:32:05    2399416

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Its great to have a record like that... someone should have it on wikipedia or Longford website so that there is a record kept properly. I'd say pre-John Murphy it might be very hard for anyone to say who the managers were which is a pity as it should be acknowledged in some way.
Was John Murphy not originally from Cork, though he has been in Longford over 40 years it makes him more Longford than Cork at this stage :-)

Mick McCormack is a Longford man, living in Monaghan.

Was Eugene McGee ever involved with Longford senior team, I only ever heard of him being involved with the minors?

I heard a story in the 90's where a manager/trainer stepped down and the county board chairman and someone else had to step in. Maybe that was during Tom Donoghue's term as that looks short.

What about county under 21 managers?
Who is the new manager?
Previous ones that I remember and someone might be able to put names and years to them -
- Donal Ledwith
- Paul McGuire
- Liam Keenan
- Frank McNamee
- Jack Sheedy
- Eugene McCormack
- Micky Harkins

Mull93 (Longford) - Posts: 83 - 09/02/2022 07:25:56    2399439

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Replying To Edman78:  "Just to settle a debate on the Westmeath forum.. but is Foy still good enough to play with Longford? Are we missing something? I've seen him for 2 seasons up here and he's been phenomenal for Lomans. Seems to have everything still going for him, and he's a big game player.. highly rated up here anyway!"
definitely is, he would still be a good bit ahead of most of our starting forward line but age is against him so youth there now for future development. think he choose to step away a couple of years ago himself he probably would still be there only for that

slasher9 (Longford) - Posts: 150 - 09/02/2022 09:14:29    2399446

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Replying To Ward30:  "Eugene McGee and Mike Kenny were joint managers if I remember correctly."
Mike had both Eugene McGee and Eugene Murtagh as his backroom team.

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 178 - 09/02/2022 10:53:51    2399472

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Replying To Mull93:  "Its great to have a record like that... someone should have it on wikipedia or Longford website so that there is a record kept properly. I'd say pre-John Murphy it might be very hard for anyone to say who the managers were which is a pity as it should be acknowledged in some way.
Was John Murphy not originally from Cork, though he has been in Longford over 40 years it makes him more Longford than Cork at this stage :-)

Mick McCormack is a Longford man, living in Monaghan.

Was Eugene McGee ever involved with Longford senior team, I only ever heard of him being involved with the minors?

I heard a story in the 90's where a manager/trainer stepped down and the county board chairman and someone else had to step in. Maybe that was during Tom Donoghue's term as that looks short.

What about county under 21 managers?
Who is the new manager?
Previous ones that I remember and someone might be able to put names and years to them -
- Donal Ledwith
- Paul McGuire
- Liam Keenan
- Frank McNamee
- Jack Sheedy
- Eugene McCormack
- Micky Harkins"
Tom Donoghue didn't last long in 1995 and left before the Leinster Championship began. Nobody was lined up to replace him so County Board chair TJ Ward along with Brendan Gilmore and Jimmy Fox stepped in and managed the team for the first round match against Meath. Eugene McGee was part of the backroom team for Mike Kenny. I didn't know Murphy was originally from Cork. Prior to Murphy there were a few management teams from 1979 to 1981 and McGee was said to have had some unofficial involvement in that period. But I can't nail down any definitive names pre 1982.

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 178 - 09/02/2022 11:00:58    2399475

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