Danger here! Dan Dooner takes a tongue-in-cheek look ahead to the new soccer season with news from around the Roscommon & District Football League.
The Roscommon & District Football League returns this weekend, which means a return of People Sport soccer (real football!) coverage and the excitement is building!
The transfer window remains open and this week we bring you a rundown of the big moves so far.
Two clubs will rejoin the ranks this year with two new clubs making a debut; following successful multi-euro takeover bids from local football enthusiasts. Welcome back Cam Celtic and Strokestown United and welcome aboard Hodson Bay Athletic and Ballinagare FC who bring the league up to 32 teams across three divisions.
Much like the ‘top four’ cross-channel, there have been big managerial changes in the RDFL with Henry ‘The Chosen One’ Loughnane taking over from the legendary Enda Concannon at Ballinasloe Town. No pressure Henry…
Meanwhile, Premier Division new boys, Shiven Rovers, have appointed Michael Collins as their new manager. Rovers have been practicing their new ‘flying column’ formation throughout pre-season.
Skyvalley Rovers will have Fintan Moore back in the hot seat this year and have been showing their players the ‘Rocky’ movies in order to increase motivation and commitment.
Darragh Concannon has been spotted in Moore amid speculation he is to undergo a medical. Following interest from several Chinese Superleague teams, Concannon’s agent has concluded drawn-out talks with United after a deal on image rights was agreed.
Finally, Ballymoe FC raised the curtain on their new season by kidnapping John Delaney and demanding €10,000 in ransom last weekend. They hope that their impressive new pitch, which was officially opened last weekend, will inspire them to go one better this season and win a trophy.
The make-up of the three divisions is as follows. Premier Division: Ahascragh United, Ballymoe FC, Ballinasloe Town, Ballaghaderreen FC, Brazukas, Castlerea Celtic, Moore United, Shiven Rovers, Skyvalley Rovers and St. John’s Athletic.
Division 1: Rahara Rovers, CP Ajax, Ballinasloe Town, Dysart FC, Cloonfad United, Glen Celtic, Kilkerrin United, Lough Harps, Loughglynn United and MD Town.
Division 2: Ballinagare FC, Cam Celtic, Castlerea Celtic, Cloonfad United, Hodson Bay Athletic FC, MD Town, Moore United, Moylough 79, Roscommon United, Shiven Rovers, Skyvalley Rover and Strokestown United.
*Thanks to Vincent Brooks as always for his assistance