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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Ultras at Zinkensdamm

The build up to our Friday night match was something a bit special. A whole week of waiting for the first competitive derby match against Krukan/Los Scudetto. A few beers in our the clubs home pub before the game got the vocal chords well oiled. It was a nice gesture for the opposing team to invite their own fans to our pub and that they did, mingling happily with us before the game and not a bad word or tense feeling anywhere insight, exactly the way it should be in football. Okay we are grassroots football, but although we are small we do it right and without prejudice, fair play is our motto.

The banter is first class on the terraces and win lose or draw both teams are applauded off the field of play and every week new friends are made, why can’t the teams in divisions higher up follow suit.

I received a message on my facebook page about a photograph I published. It showed the clubs official banner being flanked by some St George crosses, a union jack and an Irish tricolor. The person who sent the message could not believe that an Irish and English flag would stand side by side at a football match. I explained we have no prejudices be it colour or religion or nationality, it doesn’t matter to us, if you have a passion for the best game on the planet then that is all the criteria it takes to be made welcome by us.

The home team on Friday had a much smaller support than Stripes and could not be heard at any point in the game. The crowd for the evening were treated to a fine football match and few laughs along the way. One thing that is particularly good to see is the new supporters we are making and the fact that some of these bring there families along, knowing they will see a good honest trouble free football game.

If you don’t have anything better to do why not come down and cheer on the Stripes on Saturday afternoon at Stora Essinge IP. The kick off is at 2pm.

Scot James.

Proud supporter of a great football club.

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Battling Stripes take all three points

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Chris Allen gets the only goal of the game

Chris Allen gets the only goal of the game

FC KRUKAN LO SCUDETTO (0) 0

LÅNGHOLMEN FC (1) 1

Chris Allen 4 mins

Friday night football at Zinkensdamn IP brought the Långholmen fans out in numbers and they bolstered the 211 crowd somewhat. The atmosphere was electric as the Stripes boys trooped off the pitch after an epic battle against Krukan/Lo S . Hard physical play and close marking made sure comeback boy Colm Kenny hardly got a sniff at the ball all night, as much as he tried to bustle his way around in the box he was shadowed everywhere he travelled on the artificial surface.

The match got off to a dream start and much of the large away support missed the only goal of the game. Långholmens second attack of the game saw Chris Allen outrun his marker and sprint in on goal before unleashing a fine low shot past Marsden into the net. This was a fine finish from the on form man of the moment and makes him a contender for top goalscorer this season.

This was very much a physical performance by a big strong home team, although they themselves never created too much in front of goal. Evan Barnes was the man between the sticks for this one, it will be one of the American shot stopper’s last games as he is heading away from Sweden soon.

The Stripes had a goal chopped off for a very dubious offside decision and had it been allowed it could of been a comfortable evening for the black and white men, instead their hosts made them battle all the way. Ciaran McCormack once again was a rock at the back and was deservedly awarded man of the match.

Moving into the second period of the game saw no change in the style of play with Krukan trying to break down the Långholmen backs and Långholmen trying to break away and use the pace of their forwards to grab another goal. The home team changed their formation in an attempt to pose more of a threat but it was to no avail. Andy O’Sullivan had two chances in as many minutes in the last quarter of an hour, first a weak shot was taken by the keeper and then a finely controlled effort lacked any conviction and Marsden claimed the ball. Krukan pushed again and again but just couldn’t get a counter in what was a nervy last few minutes for the Stripes and their supporters.

Långholmen have a hundred percent record at Zinkens this season and probably wish they could play all their home games there.

Next week it’s a top of the table clash with Ängby at Stora Essinge and a chance to show they can mix it with one of the top tipped clubs.

Crowd: 211

Video: The LFC Ultras make some noise at the end of the game

Club website: www.langholmenfootball.com

Images courtesy of Per Hägglund

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Derby fever hits Söder

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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Tonight is a big night for the club and it’s supporters as we approach a big derby match at Zinkensdamn IP. This is the first time Långholmen have met the merged club Lo Scudetto/Krukan in a competitive match. Scudetto attract a fair number of fans at their games and with Långholmens good away support it should be a large crowd for the game and possibly the biggest Långholmen have played in front of in their short history.

News from the camp is that Colm Kenny has a good chance of making the starting line up after a few weeks absence. The cocky Irishman contacted us here at the sports department yesterday and said he was raring to go and would dedicate his second goal to us. Any of you who fancy a flutter maybe it’s not a bad bet. This game could see the Stripes go second top if they win.

The game kicks off at 18.15 on Friday night at Zinkensdamn IP

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A quick look at the state of play .

Monday, May 18th, 2009

It was a very successful weekend for Långholmen this weekend with a number of the teams involved in the club in action. The first team bounced back from recent bad results to trounce Bromstens by 5-1 at Stora Essinge. Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to cover this fixture. According to my sources we were never really threatened in this game and won easily enough despite not yet playing the great football we are capable of. The ladies team were beaten at Älta despite improving on the pitch. Our Korpen ladies team also went down, although they put in a great performance.

The reserve teams were also in action and both recorded fine victories. The reserve 1 team are looking like real candidates for the league title .

On Friday night there will be a real party atmosphere at Zinkensdamn when the first team go into a local derby against Lo Scudetto/Krukan FC. The game should attract a bumper crowd as Långholmens local pub is only a couple of hundred metres away from the ground. As the season goes on we are seeing new faces at the games and those people are coming back to games, this is fantastic and great for the players and fans alike. Come by and give the lads your support this week.

Next match: Lo Scudetto v Långholmen Fc at Zinkensdamn IP Friday 22nd May at 18.15pm

måndag 18 / 5 2009
Ängby 6 5 0 1 24 - 7 17 15
Marieberg 6 4 1 1 16 - 7 9 13
Långholmen 6 4 0 2 16 - 9 7 12
Boo FF 6 3 2 1 12 - 8 4 11
Skå 6 3 1 2 12 - 10 2 10
Ekerö 6 3 1 2 10 - 11 -1 10
FCK/LS 6 3 0 3 17 - 11 6 9
Järla 6 3 0 3 10 - 18 -8 9
Olympiacos 6 2 1 3 7 - 11 -4 7
Reymersholm 6 2 0 4 11 - 11 0 6
Stuvsta 6 0 1 5 6 - 20 -14 1
Bromsten 6 0 1 5 5 - 23 -18 1

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Mariebergs too strong for Stripes

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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MARIEBERGS SK        4

LÅNGHOLMEN FC     1

Alistair Donnachie 89 mins

Mariebergs too strong for Stripes

The hometeam Mariebergs had their premiere for a new PA system at Stadshagen on Sunday evening and they needed it to give their team some congratulations after each of their four goals as this was more than their five supporters did. A very poor turn out for a team considered as being league contenders. The crowd of 59 was bolstered once again by a terrific away support for Långholmen and a few onlookers, including the biggest dog witnessed this side of the northern hemisphere.

Mariebergs are a very competent side and taught Långholmen a football lesson. Before the season even started they were one of the teams mentioned as being likely league champions and this was justified by a very clinical footballing performance.

The key to this game was the battle for the midfield and this was one hands down by the red shirted men, making Långholmen play the chasing game and hitting them time and time again with swift passing and good attacking football . A team puts at least one bad performance in a season, hopefully the players and fans alike of the away team witnessed theirs in this match. To sum up the evening for the away team the fourth goal was a very unfortunate affair when Bergquist hesitated in coming out to meet the oncoming Dmitri Haid, the big keeper just pipped the player to the ball but could only look on as it canoned off his shins and back into the net.

The Stripes whohad a very tough evening had created two half chances in the first forty five, first Björstrom Berglund saw a header go close at the back post and then Andy O’Sullivan looked like he was going to have a pop at goal but chose to lay it off to Chris Allen who couldn’t connect.

The first goal for the home team really was a gift as Olle Lindhe was given too much space inside the box and he wasted no time in looping his header past Bergquist. This was a bad time for the Stripes to lose a goal.

For the first five minutes of the second half things livened up for Långholmen and with the introduction of Robbie Graham saw a more determined outlook on the game. The Mariebergs defence took all the away team could throw at them and sat back and soaked up the early second half pressure and then came the two sucker punches that killed off the game. First another headed goal from a corner after some dreadfull marking again in the six yard box and a minute later Micke Engström took advantage of some slack play to slide the ball home form close range after some fine play on the wing.

Långholmen were sitting far too deep at times and had no plan B to revert to. A welcome sight right at the death was a well taking goal by Alistair Donnachie, making the step up from the second string.

Mariebergs will be very happy with their display and look like a very solid unit. The Stripes will enjoy a break from league football as they try and make the semi finals of the Stockholm Cup for the first time in the clubs short history on Wednesday night and then they need to get back on track against one of the bottom clubs Bromsten next Saturday.

Stripes best man Andy McClelland

Crowd: 59. Once again a good vocal suppåort for the team and the usual light hearted banter.

Audio reports and other images and all info about the club here:

www.langholmenfootball.com

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Player Profile No.4

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Player Profile No.4

Name

Edwin Bergquist

Position

Goalkeeper

Tell us who your favourite goalkeeper is Edwin

It has to be Thomas Ravelli, he is really the first ever successful Swedish keeper and also good at penalties.

Who is your favourite club apart from Långholmen ?

Manchester Utd are my favourite, easily the worlds best team and they have shown this again this season.

How do you like to spend a typical Saturday night out?

I would meet my friends at my place, take a drink and relax. And then later on go to some nightclub with good music and lots of girls.

Can you remember your most important save ?

My most important save must have been the penalty save against Reymersholm, who where my old club.
And from that we turned the game in our favour.


Which player would you most like to play with ?

I would say Christiano Ronaldo because from my opinion he´s the best player in the world. But would rather play against him.

If you had lunch with Cameron Diaz where would you take her ?

She is a bit old but still a very beautiful woman so I would take her on a walk to gamla stan. Then take her to a romantic restaurant called “Agaton” where I will give her everything she wants.

You’re quite a handsome guy, how do you keep your skin so shiny ?

I was born handsome so everyday carrot juice, fresh air and some good sleep!

Where do you thing Långholmen will finish in the league this season ?

I know that we will play in division 3 next year so first place!

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Next Stripes Match

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

langholmen-fcAfter a disappointing home defeat on Saturday against Ekerö, Långholmen Fc will be hoping to get at least a point from the away match against league leaders Mariebergs. The Stripes were unlucky on Saturday but can comfort themselves with the fact that they played some very attractive football, stronger finishing in front of goal would of meant a victory for The Locals favourite side.

The atmosphere at the games is first class and the support is growing by the week. New faces are made very welcome. Långholmen have a couple of injury doubts for this match so the introduction of  a couple of faces from the reserves is possible.

The game kicks off at 7pm on Sunday night at Stadshagen IP.

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Stripes match report v Ekerö IF

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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LÅNGHOLMEN FC (0) 1

EKERÖ IF (1) 2

SPOT OF TROUBLE AS STRIPES FALL

The Stripes will be ruing Robbie Grahams penalty miss in the 17th minute as they conceeded three points at home. It was an uncharateristic miss by the captain in a highly entertaining game.

With only five minutes on the clock Andy O’Sullivan was clean through on goal but managed to slice his shot wide of the target. It was a positive start for both sides as they provided the fans to a great game of football. Missed chances in front of goal once again proved to be the homteams downfall, the rest of their play was super to watch, fast flowing passes and pressing forward in on goal.

Ekerö for their part are no dummies and stuck to their game plan as inteneded, contain , pressurise and hit the Stripes on the counter attack. This was exactly how they scored their two goals, which were of worldclass standard. Henrik Bovberg crashed the ball high into the net after the defence failed to clear, Bergquist in goal was helpless as the ball whistled past him into the rigging.

Soon after Ciaran Mc Cormack saw a headed effort canon off the crossbar as his side desperately tried to get back on even terms.

Chris Allen saw his inswinging corner kick cleared off the line as the Stripes stepped it up a gear. Then came a piece of brilliance by the home team Allen cantered down the flank and supplied Graham with the ball, the Irishman with his back facing goal cheekily backheeled the ball past Sandberg in goal, certainly making up for his penalty blunder in the first half.

Ekerö then took a grip of things and started to make their way to goal more frequently, but the Stripes defenders stood firm and soaked up all they could muster, that was until Kristoffer Låås took the ball in midfield and stormed towards goal and let rip with a fantastic shot which ended up in the net thanks to the upright. Långholmen were denied an equaliser in the dying seconds when they had the ball in the net but the referee judged at there was an infringement on the keeper. The large home support didn’t seem to bothered about the result as they had witnessed a great performance by their team. It will have to be a case of taking chances next week as they have a very tough game against one of the favourites for the title Marieberg. Ekerö now move up the league and themselves look like title contenders in what is proving to be a very good league.

Attendance: 141

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