Bohs v Rovers – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

July 1, 2007 at 4:00 am 4 comments

I spent Friday at Tolka Park watching the good, the bad and the ugly of League of Ireland football. First, here’s the good: Bohemians fans bringing colour and atmosphere to the event. Opponents Shamrock Rovers are in a legal challenge with GAA club Thomas Davis over a new ground in Tallaght, so the Bohs fans had a giant crowd-cover flag emblazoned with a statue of Thomas Davis.

The video is from BohsTV. Now let’s look at the bad and the ugly. >>>

The Bad

Sadly, most of the football during the first half failed to sparkle. Bohs are rebuilding after a few disastrous seasons and, as with most big local rivalries, games against Rovers are often hampered by nerves and tension.

The game livened up in the second half, with both sides having good chances, but there was nothing to match the wonderful overhead-kick goal that Darren Mansaram scored for Bohs earlier in the week against Waterford.

The Ugly

Disgracefully, both clubs’ fans are now infiltrated by a minority of idiots and thugs, whose behaviour went way beyond the limits of acceptable.

  • Idiots masquerading as fans of both sides gathered in two corners of the ground, taunting each other for the whole match.
  • During a pre-match minute’s silence for a deceased Rovers member, one of their own fans twice interrupted the silence to shout ‘Bohs scum!’
  • One group of ‘fans’ had the name of a dead child printed on a hooligan flag, and their rival ‘fans’ taunted them about the dead child.
  • After the game, some Bohs ‘fans’ marched proudly away, singing that, if Rovers didn’t want to fight, they would fight on their own.

Most of those involved are teenagers, but some are old enough to know better. At least one of them is well enough known to the Gardai that they were calling him by name when moving him out of harm’s way. Take a bow, ‘Heneghan’.

A Bit More Good

Despite the Neanderthals, I was happy with the outcome. After leaking goals last year, Bohs now have the meanest defence in the league. A few good signings over the next few weeks and we could well be challenging for the title this autumn.

The standard of League of Ireland football has improved considerably in recent years. Players are staying or returning home, they are fitter and better-resourced, and Irish teams are doing better in European competitions.

What Bohs really need now is the support of the northside Dublin public. If you want to check out a friendly game, we are playing Wolves on 22 July and Sunderland on 28 July at Dalymount.

Or just go along to a League of Ireland game any Friday evening. Because there’s nothing to equal the atmosphere and passion of live football.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dahamsta  |  July 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

    I just had a guy post a taunt on about that kid this morning. How do these people live with themselves?

  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  July 1, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t know, Adam. General taunting of opposing fans has always been part of the atmosphere of live football, but these guys seem to have no limits.

    Also, the main groups of idiots didn’t watch any of the game. Effectively, they paid money to shout at each other. They could have done that anywhere.

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  • 4. Col  |  November 8, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Excellent post. So true that the “hooligan” groups paid zero attention to the game. I attended as a Hoops fan and made a little photo essay of the shocking scenes (which interested parties can access via my name).


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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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As mentioned above, if you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohs in the 1970s.

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