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A selection of reports from 2016..

Stockholm Cup First Round

Red Brick City (2) 3 Långholmen FC (0) 5

12th October 2016, KO 20.00

This turned out to be an epic cup tie at Skarpnäcks IP. City had every right to be hopeful after a very good first half performance. They never let Långholmen play their usual flowing football that has been the norm this season.

Just before kick-off, the home side took two penalties, the first was blasted hard into the net, the second was a very poor effort which sweeper keeper Giles Williams-Mott parried away.
The first 15 minutes was an fairly even affair and then City scored with a deflected effort 2-0 and all good for the division 7 side. Chris Allen saw his only real effort of the first 45 blaze past the post on the half hour mark. The first half ended that way and an upset was on the cards.
The home fans were sharing a fair amount of banter with the away fans but were silenced when the hero of the night Danny Partridge scored the first of his 5 counters. In fairness the home team kept a clean sheet until the 61st minute and the big man scored soon after with the goal of the game, he rifled it home after connecting sweetly with the ball from 18 yards. This was the moment that was supposed to deflate City but 3 minutes later they were ahead again when a long range effort slithered past the keeper and in. All set for a grandstand finish.

On 75 minutes Partridge stormed in on goal, took it wide of the keeper and slotted home 3-3. The same man did the business on 79 minutes and sent the away fans into raptures. Then things got unsavoury with the home fans being incensed after Giles was involved in an incident in the box, fans on the pitch and handbags at 5 paces which resulted in a home team player getting ¨dismissed.
Play restarted and things were hostile on the sidelines but The Mighty Stripes kept calm and put the tie to bed with another goal by Partridge.
Another memorable Långholmen game, for those who never bothered coming out on this mild autumn night, you missed a cracking cup-tie. For those who did, you made the club proud. We now meet the winners of the tie between Tre Laxar and Andrea Doria which is to be played this Sunday.

Crowd: Around 50 including 2 mouthy kicks who had great banter with a certain Mr Patrick Carney.
Refwatch: Difficult for the ref without linesmen, but he had a decent game.
Korv: Not a sausage.

/Scottie/LFCSC

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Långholmen FC Div5 (1) 4
Mariebergs (0) 0

Essinge IP, Saturday, 17th September 2016, KO: 14.00.

The league title is within Långholmens grasp after another impressive performance at home on Saturday afternoon. Chris Allen took his tally to 33 goals, Robbie Graham scored his 3rd of the season and Danny Partridge scored the best of the match.
A win over Mariebergs is always sweet but this one even more so. Earlier in the season Mariebergs defeated Långholmen at Stadshagen and directly after the match proceeded to jump and sing like they had just won the Champions League Final. The Långholmen boys got their revenge in the dressing room after the match after demolishing their derby rivals.
It was a bright opening by the home team and they should have been ahead on 15 minutes when Allen fluffed an effort from close range. Mariebergs almost took the lead minutes later when a shot from outside the box crashed against the crossbar, it would have been an injustice had it gone in.
Pierre Gallo was back in action and his presence was felt, he brings a calm and a wealth of experience to the team. The former AIK man saw a free-kick canon off the bar on 23 minutes.
On 25 minutes a great looping cross from Chris Allen out wide found it's way to the man in the middle Danny Partridge, he skillfully volleyed home for the opener. It stayed 1-0 to Långholmen despite some neat football and a couple of good chances to increase the lead before the break.

The second half started and the Stripes got straight back into an attacking mind and created a couple of chances before Allen doubled the lead, a sweeping ball from the left was banged home.
Robbie Graham, a superb servant to the club and the man who has represented the first team longer than any other player in the clubs history, got in on the act when he nodded home from a corner on 79 minutes. Job done. Allen got his second of the day with minutes left of the match to play. A great performance by a hard working group of individuals and forward to next week and a possible league title away win.
Pierre Gallo was asked after the match how strange it must feel winning a title with a division 5 club in front of so few fans compared to his glory days at the highest level, he simply replied " It feels just as good, winning is winning".

Next Saturday at Boovallen and at 18.15 we can be crowned champions of Division 5 for the third time in the clubs history.

Crowd: 40 Korguiden: 3/5 according to reports.
Refwatch: Okay game.

Scottie/LFCSC

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Hedvigslund (0) 0
Långholmen FC Div5 (1) 3

Älta IP, Wednesday, 14th September 2016, KO: 20.00.

It was a fine autumn evening set in the fine waterside backdrop of Älta IP that Långholmen secured another fine win in their challenge for the title. Once again a small but this time noisy band of supporters made the journey for this midweek match.
The Stripes wasted no time at all in getting on the attack and within the first minutes had forced corners and had it not been for the pint sized keeper it could have been two inside the first 10 minutes of play.
There were niggling challenges, tough challenges and dirty challenges, most were noted and cautioned by the referee, who it must be said loved producing those cards.
Hedvigslund, who were going so well earlier in the season, had a couple of half efforts and were intent in stopping the Stripes at all costs. In another time not so long ago, the Stripes would have been frustrated, especially with the score being goalless as we approached half-time.
A moment of lovely football saw Chris Allen dispatched and his run in on the keeper ended in the ball nestling in the onion bag behind "El Shorto" in goal. A minute later and Andy O'Sullivan was kicked while on the ground, a red card should have been shown but was not, a shocker by referee Kalili.

The second half got off to a super start for the away side when one of the players of the night, Danny Partridge, added a second after some neat play. It should have been 3 on 55 minutes when O'Sullivan saw a good effort stopped by the keeper again.
The game was put to bed on 75 minutes when Chris Allen scored his 31st goal of the season, yes 31st, a magnificent feat indeed and more to come. A red card was brandished to O'Sullivan with ten minutes remaining.

Another great night for the club and a win that puts them two points ahead at the top of the table.

Crowd: 30
Refwatch: Far too quick on pulling out the cards. We suspect an incorrect sending-off. Korvguiden: Nice hot dogs in the well stocked cafeteria.

Scottie/LFCSC

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Örby (0) 1
Långholmen FC Div5 (1) 2

Älvsjö IP, Sunday, 11 September 2016, KO: 20.00.

First impressions when approaching Älvsjö IP is the slightly obsolete and run down looking sign post that welcomes visitors, a hundred meters further in at the footballing complex it is a different story, a well run and organised operation with several all-weather pitches used every day from early morning until late at night.
It may be the fact that Älvsjö is so well utilised that Örby were forced to play this home game at the ridiculous time of 8pm on a Sunday night, this contributed to the low attendance.
Having overheard Örby's pre-match preparations it was obvious they were going to go all out and attack Långholmen as they too are as desperate for points in a bid to avoid relegation as much as Långholmen needed them in the battle for promotion.
The home team opened the stronger and inside the opening minutes forced a corner but keeper Mott- Williams held firm. The Stripes countered and created a couple of half chances. On 15 minutes the Stripes keeper had two fantastic point blank saves in the space of a minute to keep the scores level. An uneventful first half was brought to life after a fine goal from Långholmen, a well worked move that saw the ball played hard and low across the penatly area to the captain Allen, the leading scorer made no mistake 1-0 to the Stripes.
Örby came out just as determined as they did in the first half, but Långholmen, missing a handful of players from Saturdays fine win against Wollmars, held strong and weathered some good pressure, that was until the 59th minute when an angled shot from the edge of the box by Jakob Graden made it 1-1.
Långholmen picked themselves up and showed real character, Samuel Säll won the ball on the right-hand side and his pass found it's way to Chris Allen after the Örby defence failed to clear two times, he took two steps before ramming the ball high into the roof of the net, much to the joy of the handful of away supporters.
A real test which the Mighty will be glad to get out of the way. Next up we go to Hedvigslund on Wednesday, they have fallen out of the promotion race of late but will be desperate to avenge the defeat from earlier in the season. Långholmen will hopefully be back to full strength.

Crowd: 20 (9 Långholmen)
Referee: This referee we have met several times over the year and he hasn't always been kind to Långholmen, tonight he had a good match.
Korvguiden: Like most grounds/clubs if there are kids games going on there are always amenities open, as soon as they finish, everything closes. No hot dogs tonight unfortunately.

Scottie/LFCSC

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IFK Lokomotiv Blackenburg (2) 3
Långholmen FC Div5 (2) 6

Stora Mossens IP, Monday, 29 Aug 2016, KO: 20.00.

During the half-time interval, Långholmen manager Joe Garvey demanded that his players were going to play themselves out of the rut they were in when they left the field of play at the end of the first 45. The "experts" on the sidelines would have preferred the direct approach of long ball to Chris Allen, after all we were being pinned back and down to 10 men. Långholmen had other ideas and came back onto the rain-sodden pitch and put on a superb display of football, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The game was only a couple of minutes gone when debutante Samuel Snäll scored with what must have been his first touch of the ball. Great start. Långholmen were dominant and thoughts of a fine goal tally were the order of the day.
Then Långholmens legendary lack of discipline kicked in and yet another red card was produced, this time the culprit was Patrick Lindberg. 70 minutes is a long time to play in the rain with 10 men. Against the run of play Nicholas Mattsson added a second when a short free kick was played back out to the wing, the ball floated high over the defence and Mattsson nodded home, 2-0 and the cushion the Stripes needed.

Straight after the re-start, some very sloppy play gifted the home team a goal and this spurred on Lokomotiv to charge down on Långholmen. The second goal was imminent and Liljekvist made it 2-2 with a very well taken goal.
It was a very different Stripes team that showed up after the break, composed football, attacking flair and some superb finishing.
Manfred Magnusson started the party with a great run in on the keeper before cooly chipping the ball over him 3-2.
Next up was Danny Partridge, he finished up a fine move down the right hand side and drilled the ball home. 4-2
Chris Allen and Andy O'Sullivan then got in on the act before Lokomotiv scored from a free-kick inside the box.
The players celebrated with the drenched supporters at the end and were grateful for the vocal support throughout.

Next up is a top of the table clash against Wollmars at home on Saturday as part of Långholmen day which features the ladies team who have a game directly after.

A strong squad will be needed for this one on Saturday.

Refwatch: Normal standard
Crowd: Mostly Långholmen, respect for coming out in such a horrible night.
Korvguiden: Both sausage and toasties on sale at the cafe. 5/5

Scottie/LFCSC

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Långholmen (1) 1
Stureby (1) 1

Essinge IP, Saturday, 20 Aug 2016, 16.00

Some of the Långholmen players looked dejected as they left the field of play, they were perhaps a bit hard on themselves, the team were depleted today, missing more than half a team through suspensions or injury.
The game itself was overshadowed by a nasty injury to one of the Stureby players after he was involved in a full on collision with keeper Giles Williams-Mott. Play was suspended for 20 minutes while the player recieved medical attention.
This had a negative effect on the game in the first half. Stureby took the lead after they were awarded a dubious penalty after Olle Hjort's shoulder charge on the Stureby forward was judged to be inside the box, the referee consulted with the 11 year old linesman before pointing to the spot.
Långholmen mustered a couple of half chances before Danny Partridge scored after a fine piece of play involving Hjort and Chris Allen, the ball played across the penalty area to the oncoming Partridge who made no mistake from 10 yards.

The second half was a much better affair and Långholmen can consider themselves unlucky not to have scored again. The tired legs battled on until the end and can take comfort in the fact they will have some additions to the squad for next weeks away match to Blackeberg.

6 years ago today we played against IFK Gothenburg in front of almost 700 fans, today we had about 17. It is a real shame the club has lost so much support on the terracing throughout the past couple of seasons. Well done to you people that turned up today.

Onwards and Upwards.

Scottie/LFCSC

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Ladies win great battle at Essingen vs Lidingo

LFC Ladies (0) 3 Lidingö (1) 2

Stora Essinge IP, 18th June 2016, KO: 14.00.

Last game before the summer break today for the Ladies out in Essingen saw them take on Lidingo on a miserable rainy day for football.
Lidingo's Div 2 match was cancelled earlier that day so a lot of their squad turned up to play for their Div 4 team instead and the Stripes struggled to play their usual game in the first half against very good opponents. After 30 mins of play Langholmen were down to 10 players after a red card was produced for a professional foul that lead to a penalty which saw Lidingo go 1 up at the break.
The Stripes were up against it in the 2nd half and Lidingo extended their lead shortly after half time and looked firmly in control of matters. The Langholmen Ladies had other ideas however and got back into the game following a great team move finished off in style by Elin. A few minutes later it was Elin's turn again to chip their keeper in one of the goals of the season.
The last 10 minutes was anyone's game and was end to end stuff. Stand-in goalie Sofie Askefors pulled off one of the best saves seen in a long time at Essingen to deny Lidingo the victory and it seemed the game was going to end 2-2 until Lisa Lindborg went on a mazy run down the right wing and finished superbly to snatch the game at the death for the Stripes. A great end to the first half of the season that sees the Ladies in 2nd place of the league.
Today was Frida Lundh's last game for the team sadly as she moves on to play for a team in Div 3 - we wish her all the best in the future and hope to see her back with the Stripes sometime.

Squad: Sofie, Jansson, JB, Lundh, Sanna, Wenche, Rosanna, Laxen, Elin, Lange, Lisa, Emma, Skult, Timi, Ewa.


/Morty McCarthy

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Goal glee for Robbie G

LÅNGHOLMEN FC (1) 3 NORRTULLS (0) 1

Stora Essinge IP, 11th June 2016, KO: 14.00.

The shouts of "Jersey Boys" could be heard around the ground as Robbie Graham instructed his team mates to pick up on the unmarked yellow shirts of Norrtulls. This was a gutsy performance and probably the best this far in. Långholmen were missing no fewer than 7 players from the midweek match against Hedvigslund.
It was a predictably even encounter in the opening ten minutes. Both sides cautiously approaching each others penalty box. Robbie Graham found some space in the box to put his team in the lead.
I will elaborate, the ball was neatly played out of defence to Danny Partridge on the right hand side, he stormed down the flank before crossing the ball in the direction of the oncoming Graham. The Irishman performed a very acrobatic maneuver mid-air and expertly put his team in the lead. What a treat for the crowd of just over 30.
On the 29 minute mark Partridge was free again and played a superb ball across the front of goal, it was just too far away to reach a Stripes shirt.
Norrtulls seldom bothered Giles Williams-Mott in goal in the first half.
Långholmen continued to press forward and really should have been 3-0 up before Norrtulls scored an own goal on 62 minutes . Partridge gets the credited after a superb run in on goal.
Norrtulls to their credit never gave up the ghost and almost pulled one back when they hit the upright on 69 minutes.
Erik Bohman then delivered an inch perfect ball to Partridge who scored a fine goal to make it three.
Norrtulls were given a lifeline on 78 minutes when Eklund scored with a superb lob.
We go into a very tough match next week with challengers Vasasällskapet who had a fine 5-0 away win today. We will need to be at our strongest and best to claim all 3 points.
Refwatch:Good performance by the officials and we managed a game without a booking.
Hot Dog watch: Crap.
Crowd: Around the 30 mark. Great to see some of the old heads, Jonas Andersson Pete Skinner Neil Banks all present.

/Scot James - LFCSC

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Långholmen FC (3) 3
Hedvigslund (0) 2

Stora Essinge IP, 9h June 2016

Långholmen will be looking to the goal scoring prowess of players other than captain Chris Allen for the coming games. The mildly spoken, likeable, handsome fellow will be absent due to family commitments. Time for his team mates to step up to the plate. Once again he was the architect of a good win with a fine double.
Right from the off Långholmen knew what was required and wasted no time in getting in on the goal scoring action. Allen leaving his marker in a cloud of dust and sprinted in on goal, he over ran the ball and ended up with his back to the keeper, instead of trying to get back to facing goal he cheekily back heeled the ball into the net. 3 minutes gone and it was 1-0.
Daniel Partridge then doubled on 15 minutes with a low shot after a sweeping move from midfield to Allen who cut the ball across 2-0.
Hedvigslund were stunned and it showed, they tried to get back into the game but Giles Williams-Mott was equal to anything they threw at him.
Veteran of the side Pierre Gallo was outstanding and showed his class time after time, his timing and composure were flawless.
The first half drew to an end when Chris Allen was bundled over in the box, he stepped up and took the spot kick himself 3-0. He was booked for some kind of celebration. The referees are being very harsh this season.
The second half belonged to Hedvigslund as they went all out. Attack after attack were broken down by a stubborn Stripes defence. Mott in goal pulled off three or four top class stops in the process.
The away team and support were becoming frustrated as Långholmen soaked up the pressure, the small band of home fans were lapping it up.
On 71 minutes Hedvigslund pulled one back from a free-kick and at that point the feeling was the home team would need another to be sure of the victory.
Straight from the re-start, Allen had the ball in the net again, it was a sublime finish but adjudged offside.
The last ten minutes were real backs the wall stuff and indeed on 91 minutes Hedvigslund managed a second goal.3-2
The ref blew for the end of the game directly after.
A fine home win for Långholmen. A great team performance where everyone played a massive part.
The very small crowd were treated to a fine display, great action for no dollars, well worth it.

Refwatch: Great first half, poor second, nothing more.
Man of the match: Pierre Gallo
Crowd: 27

/Scot James - LFCSC

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Långholmen FC (2) 7
Lokomotiv Blackeberg (0) 1

Stora Essinge IP, 29th May 2016

The Stripes moved to the top of the league, if only for a day, with a fine win over a lacklustre Blackeberg. Player of the moment Chris Allen scored yet another hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 17 goals, no mean feat considering Långholmen have played only 7 games.
The game kicked off half an hour late due to a delay in kick-off for the kids game which was played before the division 5 encounter and Långholmen got straight onto the front foot and made way to the Blackebergs goal. It was obvious from the off that the away sides defence were going to have problems containing a goal hungry Långholmen outfit.
Pierre Gallo was included for this match and made a big difference in the Stripes half of the pitch, what he may lack in pace he makes up for in experience.
Långholmen almost went a goal behind when keeper Williams-Mott, who for some reason has assumed the role of keeper/sweeper this season, was caught way off his line, thankfully the ball bounced over the bar. The same tactics cost the Stripes a few weeks ago at Mariebergs and as in that match the keeper was booked for a late challenge later on in the game.
The first goal came direct from a corner kick, Allen flighted the ball in and keeper Dahlgren was caught out of position.
On 37 minutes the same man found space on the right flank, he waltzed past two defenders before luring the keeper out of position before feeding Noah Perlmutar with the easy task of scoring from 8 yards.
Blackeberg were slow in mobilizing their defence and were caught out time and time again with through balls. Erik Bohman managed to miss a penalty before Allen added 16 and 17 for the season.
Blackeberg were given something to cheer about when Hans Kristian Anderson was given space in the box for a free header, a fairytale goal for the young man.
Danny Partridge then got in on the act with a fine brace to make it six and improve Långholmens goal difference. Olle Hjort made it number 7 from the penalty spot after Partridge was nudged over in the box.
Giles Williams-Mott, who had little to do throughout the match, saved a penalty near the end.
Långholmen now travel to a much improved Stureby next Friday night. Last season Stureby destroyed Långholmen in the corresponding fixture. Joe Garvey's boys will be hoping for a different outcome this time around.
Crowd: Around 40 Korvguiden: A normal sausage with half hard bread 1/5
Refwatch: Best refereeing performance so far this season. Well done Roland Nester.

/Scot James - LFCSC

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Mariebergs (1) 3 Långholmen (2) 2

Stadhagens IP, 9th May 2016

Långholmen left Stadshagens IP empty handed after a second half collapse saw hosts Mariebergs grab all three points courtesy of a last minute winner.
A goal in 7 minutes from the penalty spot by Chris Allen put the Stripes ahead. Olle Hjort in particular had a very good game and played a big part in the second goal, it was a great bit of work by the boys in black and white that saw Allen meet the ball inside the box and drive the ball past the keeper.
Mariebergs themselves tested Giles Williams-Mott in goal and the keeper pulled off a couple of great saves. One effort he failed to stop was an unstoppable shot by Ström from a free-kick on 22 minutes.
The away support were hoping for much of the same in the second half, but it was not to be. Andy O'Sullivan left the field of play and they switched things around a bit, Mariebergs could then use their pace to capitalize on Långholmens weaknesses. They equalised from yet another free-kick on the hour mark.
Frequently during the game, Williams- Mott played a keeper/ sweeper role and it worked until the 89 th minute when Kihlen managed to evade him and roll the ball into the net. A real Jekyll and Hyde performance by the Stripes. The Mighty have a chance to make amends next week at Essinge when they take on Örby. Get down and cheer the lads on. 2 pm kick-off

/Scot James - LFCSC

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Långholmen FC (2) 2 Boo FF (1) 2

Stora Essinge IP, 1st May 2016

Former Långholmen player Mark O Sullivan remarked after the game that it was one of the best Långholmen matches he has witnessed, the big man should know as he has taken part in a few classics himself.
It was a fantastic game, albeit spoiled by some extremely over zealous refereeing by Mohammed Musse. The gentleman in charge, perfectly aware that he was being monitored from the sidelines by the football authorities supervisor, flashed his card several times when a simple chat to the players would have at times sufficed.
One of the players to fall foul of the great display of cards was home debutante Christophe Lallet who was red carded within 5 minutes of entering the field of play. The former Hammarby man barely kicked the ball before he received his matching orders for dissent. To be honest it was a very harsh decision. Mr Lallet will have to get used to the very inconsistent standard of officiating at this level.
Långholmen more than deserved a point form the game and were unlucky not to snatch all three points near the end.
The Stripes took an 11th minute lead when constant threat Chris Allen was hauled down inside the box. Erik Bohman stepped up and drilled the ball low and hard to keeper Lundquist's left hand side. 1-0.
Boo, who have an average age of more than 6 years younger than their hosts covered some ground in this game and looked lively coming forward. They got a good equaliser when Oscar Widén netted from an acute angle.
On 32 minutes Chrissy Allen put his team back in front with a superb individual effort, picking up a through ball, shaking of his marker and firing low into the net.
It stayed that way until the half-time whistle.
Långholmen had to defend staunchly at the beginning of the second 45 and weathered the storm well. Then came 5 minutes that changed the match. One mistake and a harsh decision could have seen the Stripes lose the game. First Boo were adjudged offside by the linesman and rightly so, Musse decided to wave play on, soon after the ball found it's way into the box and past Giles Williams-Mott in goal. As if that wasn't enough then came that sending off which meant for the 2nd game out of the first 3, Långholmen have played the last 30 minutes with 10 men.
Boo tried and tried but couldn't break down a resilient Stripes defence. The home team had two late chances that should have been goals.
A better home support than last week, cheers to all that made it down.
Next Sunday we head to Stadshagen to face Mariebergs, who have only taken 3 points from their first 3 matches.

/Scot James. LFCSC

 

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Chris Allen speaks to Scot James

As we move closer to the first game of the season we took some time out with first team captain Chris Allen. We asked him a few quick questions on his thoughts on the forthcoming season.

SJ: First of all Chris, How much has ex-Hammarby man Lallet featured pre-season and were you surprised when he joined the club?
CA: Well first of all he is an exceptional player with so many attributes. To be fair to Christophe before he joined he had mentioned he would be busy with his music career up until the start of the season. He's been involved in a few games for us and a showed us what he capable of. When he actually put pen to paper in the Southside Pub and put on the jersey for the first time I was actually shocked. Our fellow team mate Niclas Dymling is IK Frej 's physio and he had mentioned that he wanted to join us. First it was 50% then 80% and then 100%. So I couldn't believe it when he actually signed. Above all of that he is a really down to earth lad who is looking forward to a bit of Football and then 5 pints after a game.
SJ: We had a conversation at the start of last season where you said we would be challenging for the title and we of course got relegated? Do you have psychic powers?..and what are your predictions for this season?
CA: Yes look a bit silly now. I'm the kind of guy that always believe in my team and I genuinely believed we had the quality to push for promotion last year. Unfortunately we suffered a significant amount of injuries within the squad and found ourselves down to the bare bones too many times. We were so close to staying up last year and it was so painful to go down. I won't say the same as last year but I believe if we keep everyone fit and have quality in depth then we will certainly get promotion......I'm hoping this means we don't get relegated.
SJ: Former AIK player Pierre Gallo is also involved again this season, he must be a massive help around the training ground. Is he giving you tips for your eventual move into management?
CA: Again Gallo is another we must wait for until the start of the season. He is obviously involved with Vasalund as a coach so he's been very busy with their full time pre season. Gallo brings a new dimension to the team. His experience at playing at the top level along with his accurate passing is a great asset to the team. I would like to take up some form of dancing when I quit football, ballroom or something similar. Ice-skating has always fascinated me, maybe I could combine the two, like Bambi on Ice.
SJ: The pre season doesn't seem to have been too fruitfull in regards to victories. What are the positives you can take from the games we have played so far in 2016?
CA: Results haven't gone our way no, but it is preseason and results mean nothing. We haven't trained together as a team to work on any styles of play or structure on our shape so we have a good two weeks to put everything right. We are all calm and know what we can do. Like I said before though when we have our stronger squad we are by far the best team in the league. We had a squad of 18 and all of our strongest players against Bromma in preseason and won 7-0 so it shows when we are at our strongest we will be hard to beat.
SJ: Finally, any messages for the supporters?
CA:  All I can say is that we as a team are so grateful for all of your support and dedication. We are very lucky that a club of our size and in our division have such a dedicated bunch of supporters. It gives the players a huge boost when you turn up in numbers and sing with passion. We will give 110% every game. It may not be pretty at times, we might win we might lose but at the end of the day we are all passionate stripes. Come down with your families, friends or introduce new people to the club. The support gives us a great lift and I love it when the fans sing my name, especially the Can't touch Chris song.!!! We have ordered a limited edition "Crystal Chris" doll that fans can purchase. It not only looks like me it also makes Chris like noises.

Thanks to Scot James for the interview.

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A quick chat with Lallet..

Supporters legend Scot James managed to get a hold of new player Christophe Lallet for a quick chat before his home debut on Sunday against league leaders Boo.

SJ: Christophe, first of all welcome to Långholmen FC. After wearing the colours of Hammarby and Tampa Bay Rowdies, you choose to represent the mighty Stripes. What were you thinking of at the time?
CL: Thank you! It's gonna be an honor to wear the mighty stripes shirt. What ever happens during the season I'll make sure to wear it proudly. I am stepping down with my career and all my focus will be on the my music. But I still wanted to stay fit and have fun and the best way to get those things were to sign with Långholmen.
SJ: So it wasn't the famous chips of victory in the pub afterwards?
CL: Haha of course, i thought I could fool you, I guess it didn't work
SJ: How have you adjusted to the style of play in Division 5?
CL: I have only participated in two games so far. One loss and one game where we totally messed up the opponent with a win 5-0
SJ: The fans have created a Lallet Song especially for you. Has that happened anywhere else?
CL: Haha really!? I can't wait to hear it. Yes, that has happened before. I am one of very few players that got their own song in Hammarby. First time I heard it, it was the proudest moment of my life, it made me and my family very proud. All though the feeling I got when I was coming onto the pitch from the bench, pissed off for being a sub and also losing against a shitty team, coming in hearing my song from the stands always spurred me on to give every fucking thing that I had and also a bit of a massive boner😃 (...no we can't believe he said that either, already a legend)
SJ: You have had the honour of playing with some great players, could you pick out the best player you have played with excluding Chris Allen
CL: There's no better player than Chris Allen. End of story.

Thanks to Scot James for the interview.

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Långholmen Div4 vs Ängby IF 3-1 (1-0)

 

Stora Essinge IP, 19th September 2015, KO: 16.00.

With news filtering through that relegation rivals Stureby had demolished Hässelby by 7 goals to 1 even more pressure was put on the Stripes.
Långholmen FC need to win all their remaining games and hope results go their way if they are to avoid dropping straight back into Division 5 again.

The home team, backed by their small but noisy band of fans, got straight down to business and created a few early chances. They should have gone ahead inside the first ten minutes when a glancing header went wide of the upright.
Goal number one came soon after when Man of the Match Chris Allen superbly rounded the keeper and slotted home after a fine passing move involving Manfred Magnusson.
Ängby were a shadow of the team that beat Långholmen by the same 3-1 scoreline earlier in the season but will feel that they were unlucky after hitting the woodwork three times during the match.
Långholmen battled hard and were glad to see the half-time whistle blow.
Ängby were given a golden chance to equalize when they were awarded a penalty. Their big bearded captain stepped up and went for power over precision and the ball crashed against the crossbar.
Danny Partridge almost doubled the Stripes' lead but his flying headed effort bounced over the bar.
The away side were taking control of the game when a breakaway saw Allen feed Partridge with the ball and he sprinted in on goal and fired hard and low past the keeper. What an effort by the Stripes.
Ängby scored a goal direct from a corner soon after and thoughts of a comeback emerged from the away fans, this was not to be as a few minutes later that two goal lead was restored when Allen beat the offside trap and cooly put the ball in the net.
The stayaway fans missed a super performance and hopefully will be out in force for next Friday's derby and crucial relegation encounter against Krukan at Zinkensdamm.

/Scot James - LFCSC
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One to the three

Vasastan vs Långholmen Div4 FC 1-3 (0-2)

Kristinabergs IP, 12th Spetember 2015, KO: 16.00.

Going into this match the Stripes new what was required, a win and nothing less. Captain Chris Allen said earlier in the day that they would deliver the goods and he stuck to his word.
Kristinebergs IP is one of the few grounds in the lower divisions yours truly has never visited previously. A big vocal Långholmen support would have been great today, the songs echoing around the old fashioned stand would of suited us perfectly. Unfortunately only a small band were there to witness a fine display by the black and whites, plus the Vets had an away match at the same time.
Versus Vasastan is always a fixture we love to win, personally one of the teams I dislike most in the league and today's victory on their patch was sweet as.
Manfred Magnusson put in a great effort and capped off a fine display with a brace of goals. The first effort was an absolute cracker, Andrew O'Sullivan made a darting run towards the Vasa box and picked out Magnusson on the far left. He controlled and then pinged the ball past the keeper from the eighteen yard mark. A deserved second goal.
Having the dynamo that is O'Sullivan back makes a big difference, holding the ball up, jostling in and around the box and the odd goal or two. The busy forward was first on the score sheet today when he connected with a bouncing ball on the 11 minute mark. 1-0
Vasastan finished strongly in the closing stages of the first half but never really threatened birthday boy Giles Williams-Mott in goal.
Half-time 0-2
Långholmen came out firing in the second half and added a third almost immediately after the restart with Magnusson getting on a fine cross-goal pass and firing home from 8 yards. 3-0 and things looked rosy.
Vasastan then pulled their socks up and tried to haul themselves back into the contest but a tired Långholmen held out despite conceding a goal with 25 minutes to play. It was a tough contest with some equally tough challenges going in, as expected.

Next week we move onto a home game against Ängby at Essinge. The away side feature a few ex-Stripes players. Hopefully they are out of contention for promotion and field their under 9 side.

Man of the match: Manny for his goals and he also got a song today.
Fan of the match: Jen Abergel and her husband Dave Abergel who gave up watching their beloved Chelsea to come and watch the Stripes (well worth it eh...)

YOU FANS WHO HAVE DESERTED US THIS SEASON GET YOUR HEADS DOWN TO ESSINGE IP NEXT WEEK. THE BOYS NEED YOU NOW !!!!

/Scot James - LFCSC
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Three won the match

Div5 Ladies vs Stuvsta  3-1 (1-1)

Stora Essinge IP, 9th May 2015, KO: 14.00.

The LFC Ladies side are flying at the moment and seem to be enjoying their winning style of football.
The Ladies continued their recent run of good form with a fine win over Stuvsta today on a lovely sunny day for football out at Stora Essinge IP. Stuvsta have had a good start to the league so today's game was a real opportunity for the Stripes to see if all their hard work in pre-season was going to be enough to help them match the better teams in their division and they rose to the challenge admirably.
The Ladies went one up midway through the first half courtesy of a well taken goal by Elin from Skult's corner. Stuvsta hit back quickly to even the score following a mix up in the Långholmen defence. 1-1 at the break was a fair reflection of the first half.
The Ladies upped the tempo after the restart and were rewarded for their efforts by a wonderful free kick from Skult to put them 2-1 up. Stuvsta tried hard to get back in the game but the Ladies' defence stood resolute and defended in style. New signing Stine from Norway put the icing on a fine performance when she tucked away number 3 to give the Stripes the win and send them 2nd in the league. You need a good squad to win a league and all 16 of the ladies today played their hearts out so well done to them.

/Scot James (Cheers to Morty for the input).
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The crew can win

Div4 vs FC Krukan  3-1 (1-1)

Stora Essinge IP, 18th April 2015, KO: 16.00

The Långholmen fans were the ones making all the noise in the second half, Robbie Grahams side sweeping aside derby opponents Krukan with an impressive second half performance.
The Stripes opened well and Manny Magnusson was unlucky to see his volleyed effort crash against the upright in the sixth minute. The young swede showed fine form in this match and always posed a threat. It was fine performances all round for the home team and showed that they will not be a team who will lie down easily this term.
Gary Phillips managed to clear the ball to safety on 8 minutes, then Krukan, with the wind on their backs, took the lead. A sweeping free-kick from the halfway line found it's way to Emanuel Haglund who touched the ball home past William-Mott in goal.
Niklas Eriksson almost leveled when his headed effort just went past the post. The game swung from side to side until the 39th minute. Chris Allen fired in a corner which the opposing keeper failed to get to grips with, eventually the ball fell to Shane Kelly who fired home from close range. 1-1 and that is how it ended as the teams made their way to the dressing rooms at the break.

Andrew O'Sullivan entered the fray for the second half and this was the boost that the mighty Stripes needed in their quest for the first 3 points of the season. The second goal was the result of some sublime passing play from Långholmen, playing the ball out from their own half and after some sweeping passes the ball found it's way to Manfred Magnusson who created space before firing in a great shot into the bottom corner of the net. Långholmen should have increased their lead before Chris Allen secured all three points on the 89th minute mark. Robbie Graham was a pleased manager leaving the pitch and quite rightly so.

Next week will be a whole different standard of opponent as Långholmen make the trip to Ängby for a match against the current league leaders.

Crowd: 60
Sausage of the match: Unfortunately there were no hot dogs available so we ordered a fine cheese and turkey toastie which gets a 3/5.
Scot James