Former Dundalk FC manager Ian Foster has been appointed as first team coach of English side Portsmouth.
The Liverpool native will work under new manager Paul Cook, who he would have went head to head with in his League of Ireland when Cook was in charge of Sligo Rovers.
Commenting on the Portsmouth website, Foster said: “The opportunity to work with Paul is something that I’m really looking forward to.
“I’ve known Paul for a long time and we share the same philosophy on how the game should be played.
“Pompey are a great club. I’m delighted to be here and very excited to get started in the role.”
Former Hereford, Kidderminster and Chester striker Foster has also managed Galway and most recently worked as first team coach and development coach at Coventry.
After coming in following Sean Connor’s departure, Foster managed Dundalk during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns during which time the Lilywhites finished sixth and seventh respectively. He also guided Dundalk to a 5-4 aggregrate victory over Luxembourg outfit Grevenmacher in the UEFA Europa League in July 2010 before Dundalk bowed out in the second qualifying round against Levski Sofia.
In 2011 he took the Lilywhites to the Setanta Sports Cup final, where they went down 2-0 to Shamrock Rovers.
Kevin Craven of Malahide Utd and Martin Connolly of Dundalk FC at last night’s partnership announcement between the two clubs in Gannon Park
Dundalk FC and Malahide United have announced a partnership programme as a pathway development for young players.
The announcement was made at Gannon Park last night by the two clubs and the FAI. The deal aims to give Malahide United players the platform to play in Dundalk’s U-17 and U-19 teams and perhaps even the first-team.
Malahide United will be able to develop players from four years of age until they are 16. The partnership will be for players over the age of 16 where Dundalk FC will be able to provide an opportunity for them to progress further.
The plans were stewarded by Dundalk FC general manager Martin Connolly and Kevin Craven of Malahide. Dundalk currently have five players from Malahide in their U-18 and U-19 setups while current assistant manager Vinny Perth is a former manager of the north Dublin side.
Holders Dundalk overcame UCC 5-0 in Cork last night to book their place in the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup.
Stephen Kenny’s side hit the front inside the opening two minutes through Ciaran O’Connor before Jake Kelly doubled their advantage in the 12th minute.
Dundalk were 3-0 ahead at the break courtesy of Paddy Barrett’s strike from the edge of the area midway through the first half and the defender made it 4-0 with another long range shot ten minutes after the restart.
Kurtis Byrne then put the icing on the cake with a fifth late on.
Tommy Dunne (left) pictured with Pat’s captain Ger O’Brien after their FAI Cup success last season. Prior to then Dunne was the only man to have captained the Inchicore side to FAI Cup success
The death occurred over the weekend of former Irish international Tommy Dunne, who won a league title with Dundalk FC in 1966/67.
Best known for his exploits with St Patrick’s Athletic, who Dundalk face in Richmond Park on Friday night, the tough tackling defender won two League of Ireland titles and two FAI Cups with the Inchicore outfit.
After a spell with Sligo Rovers, he joined Dundalk where he won the league in 1966/67 as a 35-year-old veteran in his only season at the club.
The Lilywhites pipped Bohemians and Sligo Rovers to the title by seven points that season.
Tommy is survived by wife Maura, children Gerard, Larry and Rachel and a wide circle of friends.
His funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday in Crumlin.
Dundalk FC today helped raised €300 for the #KickitforFarren campaign.
The campaign was launched for former Derry City striker Mark Farren, who needs urgent treatment in his battle with cancer.
Organised by the PFAI, each club have been asked to take a penalty kick after training. For each player who participates the PFAI will donate €10 to the fund with the player donating €20 to the fund if a kick is saved.
In total 18 members of the Dundalk squad, including fitness coach Graham Byrne, took part in the challenge with goalkeeper Gabriel Sava saving five and also being denied from his own spot kick by David McMillan.
Check out the challenge above.
Dundalk FC have announced new deals for winger Darren Meenan and goalkeeper Gabriel Sava that will see the pair remain at the club until the end of the 2016 campaign.
Meenan, who joined from St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2013, is in his third season at the club and has made the right wing berth his own making close to 70 appearances in his three year spell at the club. He has got over 40 assists since he joined and was a huge part of the title winning team last year and featured in the memorable Europa League run which saw the Lilywhites defeat Jeunesse Esch and Hajduk Split.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen-to-paper, the winger was ‘pleased’ to sign the deal and is hoping to push to even further heights this season.
“Obviously it’s great to get a new contract and I am delighted to be staying. It was a no-brainer really. Everything is going really well here and I am enjoying my football. I want to stay at the football club and I’m pleased everything got sorted out so quickly.
“The aim now is to go on and win the league again. The success has made it easy to stay and to win the league is the aim. We want to win everything though, we try to win every game and we have Europe coming up too so hopefully we can have a good run in that as well and have a really good season.”
Also signing was Sava and he joined the club from Drogheda United ahead of the 2014 season. He has so far acted as a reserve goalkeeper however has featured in high profile matches – including being part of the terrific EA Sports Cup triumph, the victory in Split and made his first league start a few weeks ago against Galway United, keeping an impressive clean sheet.
He spoke to dundalkfc.com after extending his contract and felt ‘very happy’ to commit to the club and is hoping he can take his chance in the first-team when it arrives.
“I am very, very happy to be staying on. I am really enjoying my time here. It is a great place to be around and the club is fantastic so I am happy to sign. The team are doing really well at the minute and it’s great to be a part of that so hopefully we can keep it going.
“I’m not playing that much at the moment but I really am enjoying myself. I want to stay and wait for my chance. I want to show off my qualities when I get into the team and hopefully when the chance comes around, I will be able to take it.”
Dundalk FC moved six points clear at the top of the Premier Division table with an 8-1 victory over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park yesterday.
Richie Towell set the ball rolling in the second minute with a stunning volley before Brian Gartland headed home a corner on nine minutes.
The visitors managed to pull a goal back from the spot through David Cassidy on 20 minutes but within three minutes Dundalk’s two goal cushion was restored through Andy Boyle.
Gartland then headed home his second goal on the stroke of half-time to leave it 4-1 at the break.
Daryl Horgan made it 5-1 just shy of the hour mark before Dane Massey become the third defender to get his name on the scoresheet in the 70th minute.
Ronan Finn made it seven in the 81st minute before Horgan completed the side’s biggest win of the season with a superb finish four minutes later.
Dundalk FC will take on Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park on Bank Holiday Monday with the club promoting it as a family day.
There will be face painting, music and prizes on the day for all who attend, with admission free for U-12s and just €5 for secondary school students.
You are encouraged to wear black and white colours in order to be in with a chance of winning prizes on the day.
Dundalk FC have been awarded a UEFA licence by the Independent Club Licensing Committee of the FAI.
The licence allows them compete in this season’s Champions League, with the three other Irish clubs who qualified for Europe last season also gaining their respective licences to compete in the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Dundalk FC fans based in Dublin are being invited to attend a meeting on Monday May 11th.
The Dublin Lilywhites Supporters’ Club will hold their next meeting in The Mercantile on Dame Street at 8pm that night.
All supporters of the club are welcome to attend.
Dundalk FC have confirmed that they will be inviting the 1995 league-winning team back to Oriel Park in the coming weeks for a special function marking their achievement.
It was this day 20 years ago – April 23rd 1995 – that the Lilywhites claimed their ninth Premier Division title in dramatic fashion, beating Galway Utd at Oriel Park while Derry City slipped up away to Athlone Town.
Memories of that famous day in the club’s history can be found on the Dundalk FC website.
Picture courtesy of Dundalk FC