Acronyms aside, it’s all happening for Blues fans at a special night in the 3 store at 7 Blackfriars, Waterford, this Tuesday December 1st at 7.00pm.

The launch of the Blues Supporters Club (formerly IBSC) will take place on the night, as the supporters club assumes a more official mantle, strengthening the bonds between the Blues and the supporters that have been a hallmark of recent seasons.

Also on the night, the 2009 Under 20 Player of the Year will be announced. This award is to be decided jointly by the management and the fans, and you can vote for your choice over on http://www.btid.net, or alternatively mail media@waterford-united.ie with your selection. Don’t forget to let us know how many games you’ve seen!

Another highlight of the night will undoubtedly be the Q&A session with Blues boss Stephen Henderson, and representatives from the management committee, which will be a great opportunity to find out what’s happening at Camp Blue in the off season thus far, and to get a flavour of the plans for the 2010 campaign! 

Also on the night, the club’s main sponsors 3 Ireland will launch their new Affinity deal for fans, of which more details are in a separate article on this site.

A packed night in store for all Blues fans then, and one not to be missed!

3AffinityDealWaterford United main sponsors 3 Ireland have announced their new Affinity deal for Blues fans. A new phase of the superb partnership that has developed between 3 and the Blues this year, the deal is available to any United fan signing up to the Post Pay Relax 150 package, or above.

The deal includes a massive 25% discount on your monthly rental, and a very special, and very snazzy, limited edition Supporters Club polo shirt.

Call into the 3 store, phone 1800 949 529, or go to http://three.ie/wutd for more details.

The Affinity deal will officially launch at a special event at the 3 store, 7 Blackfriars, Waterford, this Tuesday, December 1st, from 7.00pm.

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Leo, 2nd left, at Ozier Park (with thanks to the Munster Express)

All at the Blues were deeply saddened to hear yesterday of the passing of the legendary Leo Dunne, a name synonymous with football in the region for so many years.

Though best and most fondly remembered as soccer correspondant with the Waterford News and Star since long before almost all of us can recall, Leo was also an administrator of the highest calibre, and no doubt his greatest claim to fame in that regard is as a founding member of Waterford Bohemians Football Club, which he helped bring into being in 1941, and which is now, of course, one of the foremost clubs in the country, with a plethora of Irish international players having passed through their ranks over the years, including no less than three in the most recent Ireland squad, namely John O’Shea, Brian Murphy, and Eddie Nolan.

Leo also served superbly in an administrative capacity at various times over the years with the Waterford & District League, the FAI Junior Council and the League of Ireland Management Committee, and outside of football with the Red Kettle theatre company, but it is as a football writer that he will be so fondly remembered by most.

Initially with the Munster Express, and then for over 50 years with the News & Star, Leo covered local, national and international football, and his coverage of the Blues from lean times through the boom years of the 60s and 70s, and all the ups and downs that have since followed, was hugely appreciated by fans far and wide, right up until his retirement two years ago. Writing with wit and verve, insightfulness and integrity, and with a warmth and genuine enthusiasm for the game at all levels, Leo received well-earned national recognition when inducted into the League of Ireland Hall of Fame with a media award in 1998.

A true gentleman, and a true legend of the game, Leo will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Sincerest condolences from all at Waterford United to Leo’s family and many, many friends at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

sml_ArtyLongShotWaterford United has been completely exonerated by the Disciplinary Commission Unit of the FAI following the evnets at the FAI Ford Cup Semi Final on October 23rd.

Having been charged by the DCU, the club prepared a very detailed response and submitted it to the DCU in advance of its meeting last Wednesday 11 November.

The club was also represented at the meeting to present its case and following its deliberations, the DCU found that Waterford United had no case to answer.

Waterford United Chairman John O’Sullivan has welcomed the decision:

“Everybody at the club is very happy that the fans and the club have been vindicated. Our fans have never caused any trouble at any game in this country and we felt we had to do everything in our power to preserve the good name of the club and its supporters. We prepared a very detailed response and our Event Controller Mark Dunne attended the DCU hearing to further reinforce our case. We always knew that we had done nothing wrong and I am glad that the DCU agreed with us!”

It is understood that a further investigation has been ordered by the DCU into the organisation of the game.

 

At a brief ceremony at the Montrose Hotel after the UCD match last Saturday night, Kenny Browne was presented with his award having been voted the Supporters Player of the Year for 2009.

Kevin Murray also received recognition for the incredible feat of having played every single minute of every one of the Blues’ 48 competitive matches this year.

Julianne Leahy, who among other things runs the Last Man Standing competitions and assists in the club shop, was deservedly voted the Supporter of the Year for 2009.

(Pictures courtesy of Des Clancy)

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UCD  2 – 3  Waterford United

 

By Colman Hanley from www.extratime.ie

A dead rubber may have taken place at the Belfield Bowl last night, but neither side showed evidence of this in what was a hugely entertaining game.

A three goal blitz in the space of four second half minutes from Waterford ensured that Stephen Henderson’s men ended the season on a high. The game contained many of the elements of Waterford’s 3-1 victory over the students in the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup back in August, the Blues superior physicality and directness proved far more effective than UCD’s attractive passing style.

Despite the celebrations of winning the league a week ago, UCD started the game brightly. David McMillan was unlucky not to find the top corner of the Waterford goal as his volley on the edge of the box went inches wide. McMillan again threatened Kevin Burns goal, but his shot struck the keeper’s right hand post and bounced out. From the resulting attack, David Grincell threatened to run through the whole UCD defence, but goalkeeper Ger Barron came off his line well to deny the Waterford attacker.

UCD were perhaps lucky not to be reduced to ten men when Evan McMillan appeared to foul Paul Walsh. The Waterford midfielder’s run to goal appeared to be halted by McMillan. With UCD centre back Andy Boyle in line with the play, ‘Big Ev’ looked to be the last man. However, Walsh was deemed to have gone over to easily and UCD escaped without any punishment.

Just as luck had it, UCD scored five minutes later. Influential skipper Ronan Finn picked out an inch perfect pass to the students top- scorer Ciarán Kilduff. Once put through on goal, ‘Killer’ fired the ball into the roof of the net. The goal was his fourteenth league goal of the season, sixteenth on all competitions.

Waterford had chances to equalise through Kevin Murray who headed wide from an Alan Carey free and on 31 minutes, Vinny Sullivan’s shot was again well blocked by Barron. At the other end, UCD threatened to extend their lead but Kilduff and particularly Finn were guilty of missing chances when only a calm finish was required.

The start of the second half saw both teams make changes. For UCD, Michael Kelly came on for right-back Seán Harding, while Willie John Kiely and Graham Cummins came on for David Grincell and Dave Warren. Stephen Henderson’s substitutes proved far more effective as both were involved in Waterford’s clinical spell of dominance.

As UCD’s play tailed off and the players possibly began to think of the champagne celebrations that were to come, Waterford’s Alan Carey advanced from his full-back position to deliver a great cross for Willie John Kiely to head home. 60 seconds later, Waterford had the lead. UCD lost possession from the restart, and Vinny Sullivan’s 25 yard shot beat the diving effort of Barron in the UCD goal, striking the keepers left post, then the right, before scuttling over the goal line.

Sullivan effectively ended the game as a contest a minute later. With the in-experienced Kelly struggling on the right, Paul Walsh raided forward before pulling the ball back for Sullivan to apply the simple finish. The goal blitz was no more than the sizeable travelling support deserved to see.

Graham Cummins threatened to get in on the act, but his goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up. Stephen Roche tried to get UCD back into things, but his cross come shot was tipped over the bar by keeper Burns, while David McMillan’s volley went wide after a good cross from Finn.

Alan Carey went close to having a late entry for goal of the season, but his 25 yard free came crashing off Ger Barron’s crossbar. Things got worse for UCD soon after, Evan McMillan was forced off the pitch having picked up a nasty leg injury. This left UCD with 10 men having used all their three allotted substitutes.

Finally, with Waterford fans chanting “Shoes off, if your 3-1 up” and UCD supporters cheering “Champions”, David McMillan managed to secure a consolation for UCD. Chris Mulhall’s cross found his team-mate, and he made no mistake by slotting the ball past Burns from twelve yards out.

There proved to be no opportunity for UCD to secure a late equaliser, as Waterford eased to victory in the final seconds. The game highlighted the standard to which Stephen Henderson’s men can play to. The stuttering end to the season proved costly for Waterford, fantastic runs in both the EA Sports Cup and the FAI Ford Cup can perhaps be blamed for this. However, should Henderson retain this squad, Waterford will start next season as favourites.

For UCD, they were left with the consolation of lifting the First Division trophy after the game. Nice consolation to have.

 

UCD: Barron; Harding (Kelly 45), E McMillan, Boyle, Nangle; Mulhall, Corry (Bolger 44), Creevy (Roche 60), Finn, D McMillan; Kilduff – subs: Reilly, McMahon.

Waterford United: Kevin Burns; Alan Carey, Kevin Murray, Kenny Browne, John Kearney; Dave Warren (Graham Cummins 45), Stephen Grant, Seamus Long, Paul Walsh; David Grincell (Willie John Kiely 45), Vinny Sullivan – subs: Kevin Waters, Gary Dunphy

 

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Vinny Sullivan. Showed real class in his first goal, and showed goal-poacher instincts by being in the right place at the right time to tap in the third goal.

Before the match preview, just a quick note to let all travelling fans know that a room has been booked at the Montrose Hotel opposite the UCD campus, where, immediately after the match, in a brief 10 or 15 minute presentation, the Supporters Player of the Year awards will be handed out.

The management and squad will all be present, and all are welcome to the event!

 

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Waterford United see out their last fixture of the 2009 season when they travel to the Belfield Bowl on Saturday night to take on champions-elect UCD (KO 7.45pm).
 
As a promising year comes to a disappointing end, the Blues find themselves confirmed in fourth place, with neither hope of improvement nor fear of being caught, but they will be keen to end the season on a high note, to put one over on the worthy league winners on their own patch, and to set as high a marker as they can so they can aim to better it next year.
 
The spoils have been shared between the sides so far this campaign, with one away victory apiece and a 0-0 draw at the RSC back in May, and with the pressure off both sides, and the Students desirous of being crowned champions on the back of a home win, it promises to be an excellent game of football.
 
Manager Stephen Henderson, who recently re-signed as Blues boss for the 2010 season, and is already at work building his squad for next year, will have plenty of attacking options available as he welcomes back Graham Cummins and David Grincell from suspension. Other than long-term absentee Paul McCarthy, there are no injuries to report.
 

Suspensions:
none
 

Injury Update:
Paul McCarthy (groin – end of season)
 

Top Scorers (League):
17 -   Graham Cummins
11 -   Willie John Kiely
4 -     Vinny Sullivan
3 -     David Grincell
2 -     Gary Dunphy
         Kenny Browne
         Alan Carey
         Kevin Murray
1 -     Paul McCarthy
         Joe Mulcahy
         Kevin Waters
         Paul Walsh
         Own goal
 

Top Scorers (All Competitive):
23 -   Graham Cummins (17 League, 3 FAI Ford Cup, 3 EA Sports Cup)
17 -   Willie John Kiely (11 League, 4 FAI Ford Cup, 2 EA Sports Cup)
7 -     David Grincell (3 League, 1 FAI Ford Cup, 3 MSC)
4 -     Kenny Browne (2 League, 2 EA Sports Cup)
         Vinny Sullivan (4 League)
3 -     Gary Dunphy (2 League, 1 MSC)
         Joe Mulcahy (1 League, 1 FAI Ford Cup, 1 MSC)
         Kevin Waters (1 League, 1 FAI Ford Cup, 1 EA Sports Cup)
         Alan Carey (2 League, 1 FAI Ford Cup)
2 -     John Kearney (1 MSC, 1 EA Sports Cup)
         Kevin Murray (2 League)
1 -     Paul McCarthy (1 League)
         Paul Walsh (1 League)
         Own goal (1 League)
 

Form:
League: DWLWW WWWWW DWLLW WDWWW WLDDW WDLLW LW
All: WDWLW WWWWW WWWDW WLWLW WWLDW WWWWD WLDDD WWLWD LLWLL W
 

Last Match:    Waterford United 2 (Murray 74, Sullivan 88) – Kildare County 0
 

Previous Meetings:
22 Aug 09       L       Waterford United   v   UCD             0 – 1

04 Aug 09       C       UCD   v   Waterford United            1 – 3
15 May 09       L       UCD   v   Waterford United            0 – 0
28 Sep 07        L      UCD   v   Waterford United             2 – 1
01 Jun 07        L       Waterford United    v    UCD          1 – 3
06 Apr 07        L       UCD    v    Waterford United          3 – 0
15 Sep 06       L       Waterford United    v    UCD           0 – 0
26 Jun 06        L       UCD    v    Waterford United          2 – 1
24 Mar 06        L       Waterford United    v    UCD          0 – 1
 

Results This Season:
31 Oct 09          h            Kildare County (LOIFD)           2-0       W
27 Oct 09          h            Shelbourne (LOIFD)                0-1      L
23 Oct 09          a            Sligo Rovers (FAIFC)              0-1       L
20 Oct 09          h            Mervue United (LOIFD)           1-0      W
16 Oct 09          a            Limerick FC (LOIFD)               1-2       L
09 Oct 09          h            Monaghan United (LOIFD)       0-2       L
06 Oct 09          h            Shelbourne (LOIFD)               p-p       postponed
03 Oct 09          a            Finn Harps (LOIFD)                1-1       D
29 Sep 09          h            Longford Town (LOIFD)          1-0       W
26 Sep 09          a            Bohemians (EASC)                 1-3       L
19 Sep 09          a            Athlone Town (LOIFD)            2-1       W
15 Sep 09          a            St Patrick’s Athletic(FAIFC)     2-0       W
12 Sep 09          h            St Patrick’s Athletic (FAIFC)    1-1       D
04 Sep 09          a            Wexford Youths (LOIFD)         0-0       D
29 Aug 09          h            Sporting Fingal (LOIFD)          0-0       D
22 Aug 09          h            UCD (LOIFD)                        0-1       L
18 Aug 09          h            Crumlin United (FAIFC)           2-0      W
14 Aug 09          a            Crumlin United (FAIFC)           0-0       D
08 Aug 09          a            Kildare County (LOIFD)         2-0       W
04 Aug 09          a            UCD (EASC)                        3-1       W
01 Aug 09          a            Mervue United (LOIFD)          2-0       W
28 Jul 09            h            Finn Harps (LOIFD)               4-0       W
25 Jul 09            h            Limerick FC (LOIFD)              2-1       W
19 Jul 09            a            Monaghan United (LOIFD)      0-0       D
17 Jul 09            h            Ipswich Town (Friendly)        0-3       L
11 Jul 09            h            Finn Harps (LOIFD)               p-p       postponed
05 Jul 09            a            Longford Town (LOIFD)         3-1       W
19 Jun 09           h            Athlone Town (LOIFD)           2-1       W
13 Jun 09           h            Carrigaline United (FAIFC)      6-0       W  
05 Jun 09           a            Shelbourne (LOIFD)               0-1       L
02 Jun 09           n            Rockmount (MSC)                 2-1      W
30 May 09          h            Wexford Youths (LOIFD)        1-2       L
22 May 09          a            Sporting Fingal (LOIFD)         4-1       W
19 May 09          h            Shamrock Rovers (EASC)       2-1       W
15 May 09          a            UCD (LOIFD)                       0-0       D
09 May 09          h            Kildare County (LOIFD)         2-0       W
04 May 09          a            FC Carlow (EASC)                3-1       W
02 May 09          h            Mervue United (LOIFD)         2-0       W
24 Apr 09           a            Limerick FC (LOIFD)             2-0       W
22 Apr 09           a            Clonmel Town (MSC)            2-1       W
18 Apr 09           h            Monaghan United (LOIFD)     6-0       W
11 Apr 09           a            Finn Harps (LOIFD)              3-1       W
04 Apr 09           h            Longford Town (LOIFD)        1-0        W
29 Mar 09           a            Athlone Town (LOIFD)          2-1       W
20 Mar 09           h            Shelbourne (LOIFD)             0-1        L
13 Mar 09           a            Wexford Youths (LOIFD)       1-0       W
07 Mar 09           h            Sporting Fingal (LOIFD)        1-1        D
28 Feb 09           h            Douglas Hall (MSC)              2-0       W
20 Feb 09           a            Mayfield United (Fr)             4-1       W
13 Feb 09           h            Junior League XI (Fr)           3-0       W
07 Feb 09           a            Cork City (Fr)                     1-0       W
 

Remaining Match:
none
 
 
Betting:
UCD: 8/11
Waterford: 10/3
Draw: 9/4

Waterford United are delighted to announce that centreback Kevin Murray has extended his current contract and agreed terms for the 2010 season, the seventh player from the existing squad to do so, following on from Kevin Burns, Alan Carey, Seamus Long, John Kearney, Willie John Kiely and Vinny Sullivan.
 
Manager Stephen Henderson is in the process of tying up the other members of the squad over the coming days.

tiny_kennybrowneWaterford United have three players named in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year that was announced today. Kenny Browne, Graham Cummins and Alan Carey have been selected by their fellow professionals in the team that has been dominated by the top four teams in the division.

However, there was disappointment for the clubslide_CaroShels with no nominees in the Player of the Year shortlist  that was also announced.

The winners of the PFAI player of the year in each division will win the use of a Ford Focus car for the year thanks to the sponsorhsip of Ford.

tiny_gc_shamsThe nominees are:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Jason Byrne (Bohemian FC)
Raffaele Cretaro (Sligo Rovers)
Gary Deegan (Bohemian FC)
Brian Shelley (Bohemian FC)
Chris Turner (Dundalk)
Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers)

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Gary Deegan (Bohemian FC)
Ronan Finn (UCD)
Conor Powell (Bohemian FC)

FIRST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Conan Byrne (Sporting Fingal)
Ronan Finn (UCD)
David McAllister (Shelbourne)

REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Alan Kelly
Rob Rogers
Richie Winter

IRISH OVERSEAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Keith Fahey (Birmingham City)
Stephen Ireland (Manchester City)
Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur)

PREMIER DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR
Brian Murphy (Bohemian FC)
Pat Sullivan (Shamrock Rovers)
Brian Shelley (Bohemian FC)
Ken Oman (Bohemian FC)
Conor Powell (Bohemian FC)
Chris Turner (Dundalk)
Gary Deegan (Bohemian FC)
Joseph Ndo (Bohemian FC)
Sean O’Connor (Shamrock Rovers)
Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers)
Raffaele Cretaro (Sligo Rovers)

FIRST DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR
Dean Delaney (Shelbourne)
Kenny Browne (Waterford United)
Alan Carey (Waterford United)
Evan McMillan (UCD)
Brian Shortall (UCD)
Shaun Williams (Sporting Fingal)
Ronan Finn (UCD)
David McAllister (Shelbourne)
Conan Byrne (Sporting Fingal)
Graham Cummins (Waterford United)
Stephen O’Flynn (Limerick)


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