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Few words from LFC Legend Chris Allen who left us after years of LFC football

Hello.
I’d just like to write a few words to all involved in this amazing club.

It still feels like yesterday, putting on the black and white jersey for the very first time. It was against Roslagskulla in a midweek evening kick off in early August 2008 that I stepped onto Stora Essingen to make my debut for Långholmen. At the tender age of 20 and only living in Stockholm for two months, I was very nervous about joining the club. Looking around the dressing room there was so many senior players that had a special connection. I remember sitting in the corner keeping myself to myself afraid to talk to anybody. Within five minutes of entering the changing room I felt at home. Everybody came and spoke to me and asked me how I felt, how I settled into Sweden and instructions on the game.

That’s all it took…five minutes for me to realize that this wasn’t any ordinary club. Players quickly turned to friends which has evolved into long life friendships and it’s something I’ll cherish with me forever.

I don’t want this to come across like a Francesco Totti leaving Roma type of speech, I would just like to personally thank so many people for making my time at långholmen over the last ten years such a special time for me.

When I first got in contact with the club I spoke to the manager at the time Chris Lathem. The conversation was so positive and he asked to meet me at the Southside at 13:00 that day. When I arrived there the pub was shut. It didn’t open until 16:00. Then came Chris around the corner and took me in. As you would expect in a closed pub all the stools were on the tables, I was very confused. He then took me down to the Southside basement gave me a pint and told me to sign a piece of paper. I had no choice! Chris was my first contact of Långholmen and made such a brilliant impression and really took me under his wing. He was a brilliant manager too. His style of coaching and passion was through the roof. You really felt like you would go to war for him every time you crossed the white line.

There were so many players in that era that was so good to me and made my life settling in Stockholm so much easier. Ciaran McCormack, Paul Sullivan, Deri Thomas, Colm Kenny, Gary Phillips, Stuart Lascelles and two very close friends of mine Andy O’Sullivan and Robbie Graham. The list could go on and on.

As the years rolled on we won titles, we went on cup runs, we got relegated. Pretty much everything that can happen in football happened. But what did happen to us doesn’t happen to many people at all in football. That famous night in August 2012 when we took on the giants of IFK Göteborg. We all remember the night and everyone has their memories. I personally look forward to talking to fellow players about the game in 20 years time over a pint and a bag of crisps.

I could go on for hours but there are a few more people I’d like to thank.

Over the ten years I’ve played under several different managers and coaches who have all done a magnificent job steering the ship. Chris Lathem, Mark O’Sulivan, Stu Lascelles, Robbie Graham, Joe Garvey and Niclas Dymling. You all did fantastic jobs and I’m very grateful for the opportunities to play.

Turning out for the stripes week in week out has been an absolute pleasure and it’s been more of an honor playing in front of so many dedicated supporters. Scot James has done a brilliant job organizing the supporters club and getting so many people down to the games. In my earlier days at the club we had on some days 100 people on the side lines with their 3.5s singing witty songs and enjoying the banter! In the last few season’s Jen and Dave have done a wonderful job helping and taking over the supporters club. Thank you to everyone who has been to support the team over the years.

This season was my first in management and was an exciting experience. Along with Niclas Dymling who did a sterling job we had an excellent season back in Division 4 and set the club up nicely with a solid mid table finish. I want to thank all the players who were involved with the squad this year for your time, energy and commitment. I am very close friends with most of you and look forward to seeing you all in the future.

There comes a time in life where you have to say enough is enough and priorities need to come first. I now have two young children and a third is on the way. Family needs to take a front seat for me now and I feel it is the right time to step away from Långholmen which involves a lot of commitment at 1st team level especially. It really hurts to walk away from the club at this time. I know this message could come across as a bit over the top but this club means everything to me…..absolutely everything.

I’d like to sign off by thanking two men, without them the club wouldn’t exist. Pete Skinner and Morty McCarthy have given so much time and commitment to the club over so many years to give us all the opportunity to play for this fantastic club.
A club that offers so much more than just football. A club that makes you feel at home when you are geographically away. A place where finding your feet in a foreign land is made so easy, and football is played with a smile on your face. Thank you both for making my time in the club as enjoyable as it has been, and all of the work behind the scenes that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Thanks for the memories, it’s been a ball.

/Chris Allen

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A selection of reports..

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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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 (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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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
 

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Långholmen FC vs IFK Göteborg, 20.08.12, Grimsta IP, Svenska Cupen. Swedish SVT1 report.

Robbie G shows his love and respect for the Långholmen massive! What a great day and a fantastic season!

Retro video footage of LFC Legend Morty McCarthy for a BBC interview about the Irish football club Cork City FC:
Watch video here

Many thanks to: Scot James, Jen and Dave  from LFCSC for the audio and texts and all the other people involved in making these programs and audio archives over the years.