Sam Verdon: “I felt it was the right thing to do but, still, it was difficult to leave Longford”

During his one-and-a-half-year stint at First Division Longford Town, Sam Verdon established himself as one of the key men keeping Neale Fenn’s side ticking over as the now 41-year-old Londoner sought to revolutionise a product lacking side languishing in the First Division.

The former St Patrick’s Athletic recently caught up with BetweenTheStripes.ie reporter Andrew Dempsey to look back on League of Ireland adventure to date while also looking to an exciting 2019 in the Premier Division with newly-promoted Finn Harps.



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St.Mel's Brewing announce landmark sponsorship deal with Between the Stripes

BetweentheStripes.ie is delighted to announce St.Mel’s Brewing as official sponsors for the duration of 2019. Based in Longford Town, the craft beer distillers are the first locally based company to come on board as official sponsors of Between the Stripes in a deal that will see St.Mel’s Brewing advertise across all our platforms.

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Between the Stripes TV launches with pilot episode

History was made on Thursday afternoon as Between the Stripes TV officially launched on Youtube with its pilot episode coming from Cootehill in County Cavan. Hosted by BetweenTheStripes.ie founder, Kieran Burke the pilot episode focused on a charity game involving Dundalk FC legends and Cootehill Harps. As well as bringing viewers match highlights, there were some intriguing post match interviews with Dave Rogers, Chris Bennion and Cootehill Harps founding member, Gerry Arrowsmith.

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"We're looking for the play-offs 100%" says Athlone's Cian Byrne

“We are looking for the play-offs 100%” says new Athlone Town youngster, Cian Byrne. The ex-Lucan star is set to come up against his former club and Athlone’s arch midland rivals Longford Town in the 2019 First Division season.

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"Why can't we win the league" says new Longford keeper Lee Steacy

New Longford Town FC goalkeeper, Lee Steacy sat down exclusively with Betweenthestripes.ie founder Kieran Burke this afternoon to discuss the twenty-five-year-old’s big shot at first-team football in the Midlands next season.

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Shels early business will see Reds favorites for 2019 title

It’s not even two months since Shelbourne FC last kicked a ball in anger, bowing out of the First Division play-offs in the most dramatic of circumstances against Drogheda United on penalties, however already the famous old Dublin club are looking good to not only improve on 2018’s near miss but rule the rest of the second tier and gain promotion back to the elite level of Irish football for the first time since 2011.

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