Dundalk complete signature of Ciaran Kilduff

Ciaran Kilduff

Ciaran Kilduff

Dundalk FC have completed the signing of striker Ciaran Kilduff from St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 26-year-old made his League of Ireland debut with Shamrock Rovers in 2006.

He spent two seasons with the club, including a loan spell at Kildare County in 2008, before departing to join UCD where his goals helped them to the First Division title and stability in the top flight in 2009 and 2010.

The striker re-joined Shamrock Rovers where he picked up a league title and played in the Europa League before spending five months on loan at Cork City in 2013.

The 26 year-old took the decision to leave Tallaght at the end of the 2014 season after three years at the club and joined St. Pat’s where he scored three goals in nine starts this season.

He will go straight into Stephen Kenny’s squad for Friday night’s trip to face Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

Dundalk remain six points clear at the top of the table

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk remain six points clear at the top of the Premier Division table after playing out a 1-1 draw with second placed Cork City at Oriel Park last night.

The Lilywhites took the lead early on when Richie Towell converted a penalty following a foul on Brian Gartland but Cork responded with Mark O’Sullivan heading past Gary Rogers to equalise on 37 minutes.

There were few chances for either side after that although Dundalk had strong penalty appeals turned away when John Mountney went down under an Alan Bennett challenge in the box.

Next up for Stephen Kenny’s side is a trip to face Bray Wanderers on Friday.

The dos and don’ts for tonight’s Champions League game in Oriel Park

DundalkCrest2010The countdown is now very much on to tonight’s Champions League clash between Dundalk FC and BATE Borisov in Oriel Park.

In the build-up to the game the club have asked us to remind people of a number of restrictions that are in place for the game.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

  • The match is now completely sold out.
  • We recognise that this means that many people will not be able to attend the match. However, UEFA regulations mean that our capacity is hugely reduced.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be permitted to install a temporary stand. As a result no more tickets will be made available.
  • Supporters without tickets will not be able to pass the Garda security checks on the Carrick Road.
  • Nobody will get access to area outside Oriel Park without a match ticket.

Bars

  • The Enda McGuill Suite and Lilywhite Lounge bars will be closed before the match and at half-time. The bars will re-open at the end of the game

Match Night Information

  • Nobody wishes to see a recurrence of last year’s events which resulted in our club receiving a very serious fine. We need everybody to understand that any problems this year will result in a more serious fine as it would not be a first offence.
  • We want to work with our supporters to inform everybody of what is expected of us all on what should be a great sporting occasion between Dundalk FC and FC BATE.
  • Gate Open At 6.15pm – Please Arrive Early!!!
    Remember the atmosphere before the Cork City match last October? We encourage everybody with tickets to be in their seats by 6.45pm. We want you to help the team by getting right behind them from the offset. If you could get in your seats for 6.45 it would be truly appreciated by Stephen Kenny and the team!
    Please Go To Your Designated Area
    You must go to the area that you have a ticket for. You will not be permitted to go to an area that you do not have a ticket for. Please respect the club’s position in this regard and co-operate with the stewards.
  • Shed Ticket Holders
    The main change from the normal match night experience will be for supporters with tickets for the shed. Shed ticket holders should go down the Carrick Road laneway that is usually used by away fans. Your tickets will be checked at least twice so please retain your ticket. You will then walk behind the Carrick Road end goals and take your place in the shed.
  • Important! There is absolutely no standing allowed behind the Carrick Road end goals. The area can be used to enter and exit the ground but nobody will be permitted to stand behind the goals. Any infringement of this rule will be severely punished.
  • Carrick Road Terrace Ticket Holders
    If you have a ticket for the Carrick Road terrace (usually used by away fans) please enter via the main entry point to Oriel Park. Your tickets will be checked and you shall then enter via the entrance past the Lilywhite Lounge.
  • North-East Terrace
    If you have a North-East Terrace Ticket please enter via the main entry point to Oriel Park and through the turnstiles that are usually used by home supporters to the right of the ticket hatches.
  • Stand Ticket Holders
    Please enter through the main doors of the Stand. Please note that Allocated Season Ticket holders do not have access to their regular seats. We advise you to turn up an hour early and be in your seats by 6.45.
  • Area Behind Town End Goal
    The area behind the town end goal will be completely closed off for the night. Nobody is permitted to enter this area.

The following items are also banned as per the club’s notices below:

  • No Political Flags
  • Last year we were fined €18,000 that was reduced on appeal to €15,000. The majority of this was due to the well-known issue with a flag that was deemed to be political by UEFA. Whether anybody agrees or disagrees, we simply don’t want to become embroiled in such an issue again. We are a football club – if you wish to express your feelings on any issue – whether it be water charges or an international issue – please pick a different venue. A second offense in this area would be truly disastrous.

No Offensive Banners or Chanting

  • It is not just political banners. No banners are permitted that are deemed to be “negative or aggressive“. Just do not take the risk. Racist or xenophobic banners or chanting is also, obviously, a very serious offence. If you have a banner that you are unsure is okay please contact us and we will discuss it. This issue is raised at the meeting with the UEFA delegate on the morning of the match and is treated very seriously.

No standing in restricted areas

  • A smaller part of the fine last year was due to supporters that refused to move from restricted areas. Everybody must be based at a seat. You cannot move around the stadium and stand where you like. Our stewards, with assistance from the Gardai if necessary, will remove you. Remember, the area behind the town end goal is completely restricted. Shed supporters must walk behind the Carrick Road end goal to get to the Shed but you must not stop and stand on your way. Again, stewards will not permit you to stay in this area.
  • Now, this is unlikely but what happens if Dundalk win 2-1 and the match goes to penalties? Firstly, many of us will have heart attacks and nervous breakdowns. Others may wish to run to move behind the goals for a better view…but you will not be allowed to move behind the goals. So please do not create a difficult situation for the security team. That scenario may appear unrealistic – but whether it is something dramatic or not, please co-operate with the stewards at all times. They are trying to help you avoid costing the club a lot of money that we simply cannot afford.

Stay Off The Pitch – NO MATTER WHAT!

  • Dundalk supporters have behaved magnificently for a long time now. However, the club did receive a fine after a pitch invasion at the end of the match in Galway on July 7th. It doesn’t matter if Dundalk win in the last second of injury time with a diving header from Gary Rogers…keep your emotions in check and do not jump onto the pitch. Any sort of pitch incursion is a massive fine. In particular at the final whistle, you must not, regardless of the outcome of the match, invade the pitch.
    No Flares/Pyros
  • We really appreciate that we have not seen any flares, smoke-bombs or any form of pyros this season. Wednesday night’s match is not the game for them to be reintroduced. So if you know anybody who thinks that a flare will somehow add to the atmosphere tell them to “wise up” please. The fines for flares are severe in the League of Ireland…the fines from UEFA are astronomical. Just don’t do it.

No Alcohol

  • Obviously, no alcohol is permitted to be brought into the ground. The bars are also closed due to UEFA rules.

    No Missiles
  • If any objects are thrown onto the pitch, we simply dread to think the consequences.
  • Please remember, last year’s fine was a first offense. Any fine this year is likely to be much worse.

Please do not hurt the club!

Another issue to remember is any problems that could prevent Oriel Park being used for European competition in the future. If we get through to the next round we would love to play the match in Oriel Park and we have applied to do so. However, any issues on Wednesday will end any chance of that.

Dundalk dismiss reports that Ed Sheeran is to attend tonight’s Champions League game

20130329-ed-sheeran-624x420-1364587251Dundalk FC have denied reports that Ed Sheeran is set to attend tonight’s Champions League clash against BATE Borisov at Oriel Park.

LMFM reporter Gerry Malone broke the news yesterday that the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer was set to attend the sell out game in the build-up to his sold out shows at Croke Park this Friday and Saturday night.

However, while not ruling it out entirely, the club insist it is most unlikely.

Reports originated after the club was contacted by Sheeran’s tour manager for tickets but it is not believed that he will be attending.

Meanwhile, it has still not been officially confirmed whether tonight’s game will be shown live on the big screen at the Market Square.

This was posted on what turned out to be an unofficial Dundalk FC Instagram account yesterday and reported in various quarters, including on Talk of the Town, but general manager of Dundalk FC Martin Connolly said the club have not confirmed the matter.

“We did not confirm that the match is to be shown on the screen at the Square as this has got nothing to do with us. I was interviewed on Dundalk FM on Saturday and someone sent a text in to say that it was being shown and I said that was great.”

Tonight’s game is live on RTÉ Two with a kick-off of 7.45pm.

Former Dundalk FC chairman Vincent McKee passes away

The late Vincent McKee (centre) pictured recently with current Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond (left) and former chairman Tony O'Kane (right)

The late Vincent McKee (centre) pictured recently with current Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond (left) and former chairman Tony O’Kane (right)

The death has occurred of former Dundalk FC chairman Vincent McKee.

The Carrick Road man was a constant presence in Oriel Park for the best part of 50 years or more and was chairman in the 1967/68 season when Dundalk first played a European match at Oriel Park against Hungarian side Vasas Budapest.

Dundalk FC have expressed sympathy to Vincent’s family and friends on his passing.

Funeral arrangements later.

Dundalk’s clash with Cork City to go ahead on Sunday if Champions League dream ends

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC’s clash with Cork City will go ahead at Oriel Park this Sunday July 26th if Stephen Kenny’s side are knocked out of the Champions League by BATE Borisov on Wednesday.

Should the Lilywhites progress to the third qualifying round then the game with the Leesiders would not go ahead as Dundalk would then turn their attention to a trip to either Wales or Hungary on Tuesday July 28th.

Should the Cork game proceed it will have a 6pm kick-off.

Campaign launched to screen Dundalk’s Champions League clash on big screen in the Market Square

DundalkCrest2010A campaign is being launched to screen Dundalk’s Champions League second qualifying round second leg tie with BATE Borisov on Wednesday on the large screen at the Market Square.

Due to UEFA restrictions the capacity of Oriel Park has been reduced to 3,200 for the crunch tie. With the game already sold out, that will leave hundreds of fans disappointed in their attempts to see the game.

While RTÉ announced yesterday it will be showing the game live on the night, many supporters want to enjoy the atmosphere of collectively on what could be an historic night in the club’s history.

As a result, Jay Mac Eoin has launched an appeal for the game to be shown live at the Market Square with a number of councillors contacted about the matter.

It remains to be seen whether his attempts are successful or not but if you can assist in any way please contact him via his Facebook page.

Dundalk face trip to Wales or Hungary if they overcome BATE Borisov in Champions League

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk will face a trip to either Wales or Hungary if they can overcome BATE Borisov on Wednesday to advance to the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

A trip to Galway also lies await in the third round of the FAI Cup.

This morning’s Champions League draw in Nyon paired Stephen Kenny’s side with the winners of the clash between The New Saints and Videoton.

A 1-0 win at Oriel Park next Wednesday would see the Lilywhites advance to the next stage and earn a €1.2m pay day.

Videoton – who are based in Székesfehérvár, in the west of Hungary and about an hour’s drive from the capital Budapest – lead TNS 1-0 from the first leg in Wales earlier this week and would be favourites to advance. Either the Welsh or Hungarian side would be at home in the first leg, with the return leg taking place in either Ireland or Belarus, depending on who advances.

The third qualifying round ties are played on 28/29 July and 4/5 August.

Were Dundalk to beat BATE and overcome either TNS or Videoton in the third qualifying round they would then face a play-off to reach the Champions League group stages. Progression that far would see the Lilywhites join Manchester United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP and Lazio in the play-offs, the draw for which is on August 7th.

Five play-off winners would then go through to join the 22 teams already through to the group stage: Barcelona, Bayern München, Chelsea, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, AS Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Gent.

A victory over BATE would guarantee a shot at the Europa League play-offs should they fail to progress beyond the next stage. Victory over BATE and then Videoton or The New Saints would earn Dundalk €5.4m and even were they to miss out on the Champions League group stages, defeat would put them automatically into the group stages of the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Dundalk will face a trip to Eamonn Deacy Park in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup third round.

The draw was made today in Sligo and is a replica of the draw for the EA Sports Cup semi-final between the two sides, which takes place on Monday August 3rd.

Dundalk have already beaten Tommy Dunne’s side twice this season in the league – 3-0 at Oriel Park and 4-2 away earlier this month.

The FAI Cup semi-final is presently scheduled for the weekend starting Friday August 21st.

Dundalk in Champions League and FAI Cup draws this morning

CIFvpv9UkAAQ2sVDundalk FC will have their attention on two cup draws at 11am this morning.

The club will go into the hat for the next round of the FAI Cup having overcome Shelbourne back in May.

However, they are also in the Champions League draw and should they overcome BATE Borisov in Oriel Park on Wednesday night they could face one of the following sides in Group Two of the third qualifying stage:

  • Hibernians FC (Malta) or Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
  • Malmo FF (Sweden) or FK Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • Molde FK (Norway) or FC Pyunik (Armenia)
  • FC Midtjylland (Denmark) or Lincoln FC (Gibraltar)
  • The New Saints (Wales) or Videoton FC (Hungary)

The five third qualifying round winners in the league route will join Manchester United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP and Lazio in the play-offs, the draw for which is on August 7th.

Five play-off winners from each route will go through to join the 22 teams already through to the group stage: Barcelona, Bayern München, Chelsea, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, AS Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Gent.

Meanwhile, local Senator and well-known Dundalk fan Mary Moran has encouraged everyone to paint the town black and white ahead of Wednesday’s clash with BATE.

She said: “The team and fans did the town proud in Belarus. We now have a realistic chance to advance in the Champions League if we can secure a 1-0 minimum victory in Oriel next week.

“I think this is now is a great opportunity for everyone to get behind the team next week and would encourage businesses, shops and families alike to show their support by displaying black and white on their windows and premises.

“I am looking forward to an electric atmosphere in oriel next Wednesday night when I have no doubt the people of Dundalk will get behind the league champions and display a fantastic community spirit.”

Dundalk unsuccessful in their attempt to add 1,000 extra seats to Oriel for Champions League tie

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC have been unsuccessful in their attempt to have 1,000 temporary seats added to Oriel Park for next Wednesday’s Champions League clash with BATE Borisov.

UEFA regulations mean the capacity of the Carrick Road venue is restricted to just 3,200 for the second qualifying round second leg tie.

The game has already sold out but the club had been hoping to secure a temporary stand like the one erected for the final game of last season at home to Cork City.

However, they did not get their application for such a facility to UEFA in time and this will now not happen. As a result, no new tickets are being issued for the game.

The club has further advised that supporters without tickets will not be able to pass the Garda security checks on the Carrick Road.

Both bars at Oriel will also be closed before the match and at half-time but will open at the end of the game.