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Player Profile N0.3

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Andy O'Sullivan.

Andy O'Sullivan.

Name

Andrew O’Sullivan

Position

Striker

Tell us about your first footballing memory

I focused on rugby until i was about 15, but always kicked a ball around with my dad in the park… i’ve got a lot of fond memories of that. He selectively gave up playing sport with me as I got old enough to beat him and now only plays golf (and scrabble).

Others clubs you support other than Långholmen

Plymouth Argyle. My home town. You can see the stadium from my back garden and can hear the roar of the goals going in on a Saturday afternoon.

Your most memorable game in a Långholmen jersey

Individually there has been highs and lows. Scoring four in one game in Div 5 vs Stuvsta, and breaking my leg in a 3-2 win last season both memorable for different reasons. My favourite team performance would possibly be our last game of last season and the 3-2 win away against the league’s runner-up Österåker. It was played in some terrible conditions, a good old fashioned mud bath, and some very amusing moments culminated in a team ‘pile-up’ when Deri scored the winner in the last 5 mins. Classic Långholmen.

If you could play alongside any player in the world who would it be and why

Zidane and Cantona stand out as the best players from my era… but i’d rather play up front with Micky Evans. He’s from Devon.

If you could have dinner with any famous person in the world who would it be and what where would you eat .

I’d have a dinner party at my place and invite Tony Blair, Dawn French, Martin Johnson, Elvis, Roald Dahl and Hitler. I’ve got questions for them all.

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Långholmen keep up good run.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Långholmen players celebrate equaliser.

STUVSTA IF (0) 1

LÅNGHOLMEN FC (0) 3


Two strikes in the last ten minutes of the match made sure Långholmen maintain their hundred percent record. Again it was a win without impressing as they slugged out an even match with Stuvsta. Injury problems meant there was a debut for Guy Woodhead who joined the backline. Captain Robbie Graham moved up to play just behind Andy O’Sullivan who was back after a months absence. It was not the best of first halves at Stuvsta IP as midfield play dominated the game, after the first 45 a goaless draw looked very likely. It took all of 15 minutes for the first chance of the match to materialise, O’Sullivan just couldn’t get his foot on the end of a scrambled ball and Max Svanberg managed to clutch it with his left hand and into safety. Stuvsta created two chances in front of goal before the break , Bergquist was forced to make a fine save after a hard low shot form just outside the box.

Stuvsta made a determined start to the second half when some uncharacteristic bad defending let in Anders Persson who shot low and hard under substitute keeper Evan Barnes, the big American was just a bit too hesitant on coming off his line to break down the advancing Stuvsta man. Långholmen were missing the extra dimension of injured Colm Kenny’s bustling play, that was until a moment of brilliance was created by the away team. Graham played a neat ball to Björlund Bergström who raced down the wing before delivering a sublime ball to the foot of Andy O’Sullivan who with the deftest of touches stroked the ball past the keeper for the equaliser and sending the large away support into raptures. This was the spur that Långholmen needed and if Robbie Graham hadn’t missed an absolute sitter minutes later and O’Sullivan waste a great chance when through on the keeper the game would of been over with 20 minutes on the clock. The Stripes did take the lead however when Graham seemed to take an age before rolling the ball to young Björlund Bergström who shot powerfully under Svanberg. Chris Allen rounded things up with a very neat finish in the last minute of play. Stuvstas Michael Stenbock was red carded after a second bookable offence just before Mr Bennam blew for time up.

Another good victory for Långholmen whose victory train just keeps rolling on.

Stripes man of the match :Anton Björlund Bergström

Crowd 81 (around 40 Stripes fans present)

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Stripes matchreport v Järla

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The second goal of the game

The second goal of the game

LÅNGHOLMEN FC (2) 3

Colm Kenny 3 Mins, Erik Forsberg o.g 29 mins, Stuart Lascelles 82 mins.

JÄRLA IF (0) 1

Lomin Sanyung 88 mins.

The Stripes grab another three points

In no way can this game be regarded as a classic by Långholmen fc, but at the end of the day they will be happy to have secured all three points against a stubborn Järla team. The Stripes will play much better in other games this season and come away with nothing from them.

As early as the 3rd minute the Järla defence were caught napping when the effective combination of Björlund Bergström and Kenny once again proved fruitfull. The young Swede left his marker for dead after picking up the ball on the flank, he then delivered an inch perfect ball to Kenny who wasted no time in slotting home from ten yards. Järla had lost their opening league encounter by seven goals and were determined to make amends. The away side created more chances in the opening twenty minutes and were unlucky when their tall striker crashed a shot against the cross bar.

Edwin Bergquist had another fine game and is really oozing with confidence at the moment, looking very comfortable at set pieces and cross balls. Långholmen got their second goal thanks to a deflected corner by Erik Forsberg. Björlund Bergström played the ball in to the front post and the helpless Forsberg could only see the ball canon off his body and past Eriksson in goal. Långholmen lost a lot of possession in the second half of the game and at times were struggling to get there game together. Oscar Hentmark should of scored when he receieved the ball just outside the box but took a touch too many and the keeper was able to retrieve the ball. Järla looked more likely to score and then came Långholmens third, the ball was swept in from a corner kick and was met by the powerful head of Stuart Lascelles, who had a good game.

Järla managed to claw a goal back at the death, to end the scoring.

Långholmen travel to Stuvsta next week and will be hoping to put in a much better performance than today.

Crowd: 61

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Match report versus Reymersholm.

Friday, April 17th, 2009

REYMERSHOLM IK (0) 0

LÅNGHOLMEN FC (2) 3

Colm Kenny 23 mins, Mattias Larsson 44 mins, Chris Allen 88 mins

EDWIN STARS TO SINK REYMERS

Reymersholm were left with a headache after this league opener at Zinkendamn as they were outplayed and outclassed by a solid Långholmen side. Earlier in the day the management team had a few call offs due to injury, but as in the cup match last week the selected squad did a fantastic job.

The Stripes adorned their new strip on a chilly night and certainly gave their fans a great deal to cheer about. After a nervy start by both sides the game settled and would of been a better spectacle if referee Ekwall let the game flow more instead of blowing his whistle every thirty seconds, it was the young officials first division four game and you could tell.

Reymers were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes when Ciaran McCormack was adjudged to have obstructed the Reymers forward just inside the box. It was a well placed kick but Edwin Bergquist was equal to it as he got down to his left to block the kick, the ball was then crashed onto the upright before cleared to safety, much to the jubilation of the large travelling contingent.

Reymers did pose a few threats to the Stripes early on and in particular Thomas Engström who was by far their best player on the night. Robbie Graham and Mattias Larsson really got a grip of the midfield and put in a performance that inspired the whole team. A neat passing game with penetrating balls forward to Kenny and Allen up front meant that a goal was inevitable. Ciaran McCormack picked the ball in midfield and delivered the ball with pin point accuracy to Anton Björlund Bergström who completely outran the hapless full back before supplying a fantastic cross to Colm Kenny who met the ball with his head, the ball flew past Niklas Holmberg in goal.

Once again Bergquist was called into action when he tipped over a looping header on 34 minutes. Kenny should of doubled his tally minutes later when he was through on the keeper but he placed his shot straight at Holmberg. Andy McClelland made a great challenge to break down the play when Engström made a rare breakthrough, the quiet spoken lad from Northern Ireland really is a great addition to the team and never put a foot wrong all night.

Goal number two was bagged by Mattias Larsson after the ball was played into Kenny, the burly striker collided with the keeper and the ball bounced up to Larsson who nodded home to send the Långholmen Ultras into raptures.

The atmsophere at Zinkensdamn was electric and Långholmens 12th man spurred them onto victory and a third goal. A mix up in the Reymers defence gave Chris Allen the opportunity to take the ball past the keeper and roll it into the gaping net. The home side were unable to únlock The Stripes rearguard and can thank themselves lucky they walked away with only 3 goals against a much better Långholmen team. Långholmen will certainly surprise a few teams this term and on this showing do not look like a team that will finish mid table as so many neutrals have tipped. It’s back to Stora Essinge for the black and white stripes on Saturday where they meet Järla.

Stripes Man of the Match: Mattais Larsson.

Crowd:148 (138 Långholmen fans)

Refwatch:Over ambitious performance by the referee this evening.

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Player profiles

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Player Profile No.1 Robbie Graham

Player Profile No.1 Robbie Graham

We start off our series of player profiles with long serving player and club captain Robbie Graham.

Name

Robbie Graham

Age 26

Favourite other club apart from Långholmen Man United

Favourite player as a schoolboy and why:  Andy Cole, I suppose because unlike Eric Cantona and Giggs and the like, he wasn’t perfect, but still brilliant.


Most memorable match in a Långholmen shirt
so many but I’ll go for Viksjö at home in 2008.  We won 3-2 and got our fight for survival on track.

Biggest influence during your football career. Probably Nick Short, our former manager.  I never really played football seriously before joining Långholmen and he taught me so much over the four years that we worked together.

I f you had the chance to go out for a couple of pints with anyone in the world who would it be and why: I would have a table of four.  It would be me, Roy Keane, Stevie Wonder and Nelson Mandela.  They are 3 people from different spheres of life that I inspire me and I’m sure that we could find a lot to talk about.  Mostly women, I’d imagine.


Which position will Långholmen finish in the league this season
. I think, realistically, we will be looking to get in the top 4 and take it from there.  It will be a challenge but we have a strong talented squad that play for each other and want to progress so it will be a good challenge.

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Långholmen FC and who we are………..

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Långholmen FC or The Stripes as we are affectionately known are an English speaking international football club based in Stockholm. The club was founded in 2002 by some English speaking exiles who used to gather and kick a ball around on the gravel pitch at Långholmen. A football club was formed and has steadily grown from those early days of Swedish korpen football. The club has progressed through the lower leagues to their current division 4 status and now boasts seven teams, both male and female competing at various levels. The club is not only medium to watch a bit of football, especially for those who do not have a team to support in Sweden, but it is also a great social happening off the pitch. This season our first team play in Division 4 m in Stockholm and play our home games at Stora Essinge IP. We attract a growing band of supporters which includes families, friends and neutrals alike. The club is a firm believer in fair play and have received plaudits in recent seasons for our good spirit on and off the pitch. Check out our fabulous website www.langholmenfootball.com for details

The Stripes in action.

The Stripes in action.

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