Ahead of tonight’s friendly in Dublin against Bohemians, we take a look at the opponents for our first pre-season game with Frank Lampard in the dugout.
After six days in the Irish capital, the Blues return to action this evening at Dalymount Park. Kick-off is 7.45pm and it can be watched via a live stream on this website or on our 5th Stand app. Click here for full details and to sign up to watch.
Season so far
The League of Ireland Premier Division runs from February to October, with teams playing each other four times in total. The Bohs are currently two-thirds of the way through the 2019 campaign and sit third in the table, five points ahead of St Patrick’s Athletic, our opponents on Saturday. They are also into the League Cup semi-finals.
However, successive goalless draws have increased the gap between them and the leaders Dundalk to 14 points. Striker Daniel Corcoran is the joint-second top scorer in the league and their manager Keith Long was a former player at Stoke City.
A long history
Bohemians are the oldest League of Ireland club in continuous existence after being formed way back in 1890. They have won the league title on 11 occasions, making them the fourth-most successful side in the competition’s history.
Their Dalymount Park ground was opened in 1901 and was previously home to the Irish national team. It has a capacity of 4,227 and is sold out for tonight’s game.
The club featured in the Champions League qualifying rounds as recently as 2010. Their most high-profile tie in that competition was against RB Salzburg, upcoming opponents for Lampard’s Chelsea in this pre-season campaign. The Irishmen drew 1-1 in Austria but were eventually beaten by a late goal in the home leg at Dalymount Park.
They were also involved in the Europa League in 2012/13, the season Chelsea were crowned champions after a famous win over Benfica in Amsterdam.
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