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League of Ireland build-up: Bohs happy to be in the race

In the first of our club profiles, ahead of the Airtricity League’s return on Friday night, Alan Smith expects the Gypsies to be off the pace this year.

Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Stadium: Dalymount Park

Manager: Pat Fenlon

Founded: 1890

Finished last season: second

Players in: Liam Burns (Dundalk), Aidan Price (Shamrock Rovers), Ger O’Brien (Sporting Fingal), Chris Fagan (Lincoln City), Robert Bayly (Shamrock Rovers), Anto Flood (Free), Daniel Joyce (Reading, loan).

Players out: Conor Powell (Colchester United), Jason Byrne (Dundalk), Mark Quigley (Dundalk), Jason McGuinness (Sligo Rovers), Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers), Raffaele Cretaro (Sligo Rovers), Paddy Madden (Carlisle United), Brian Shelley (Ballarat Red Devils), Steven Gray (Released).

Although the post-season brought a massive amount of worry to Bohs fans, the problems surrounding the club away from the pitch finally look to be resolved. With all outstanding debts paid up, and a host of new signings to date, Pat Fenlon will look to put the problems behind his side as they look to reclaim the title.

Having been denied a third league on the bounce last year – with arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers pipping them at the post – Bohs will be keen to make amends and with Aidan Price and Robert Bayly crossing the divide they will be hopeful of a title challenge.

Still, there is an evident lack of expectancy at the club now. For the past five years it was fair enough to say Bohs would win the league, but that has altered now and they will find themselves a little off the pace. With Sligo Rovers earning the title of nearest challengers to the Hoops for 2011, and Dundalk adding some exciting attacking options, it looks like 4th could be the most likely outcome in Phisboro.

Fenlon had spoken about consolidation little over a fortnight ago after announcing his squad for the year and with some of his biggest names departing, namely Jason Byrne, Paul Keegan and Paddy Madden, they probably will fall short of a 12th league title.

If they were a TD, they’d be? Michael Martin. One of the heavy-hitters, but their best days are behind them for a while at least.

The Score’s verdict: fifth.

View from the terrace

Frankie Lally, Bohemians fan

Where will you finish this season? Fourth

How will you do on opening weekend? We’ll draw away to Bray

Key man? Could be Chris Fagan but it’s hard to tell

Weak link? Too much inexperience

New signing you’re most looking forward to seeing? Chris Fagan

League’s best player (outside your club)? Joseph Ndo

League’s best gaffer (outside your club)? Paul Cook

Easiest fixture? Bray at home

Toughest fixture? Derry away

Best away atmosphere? Galway or Rovers

Worst away atmosphere? UCD

Favourite terrace chant? ‘I just can’t get enough’

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