Bohemian FC History Calendar 2008
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I recently designed a 2008 calendar for Bohemian FC. It’s a pictorial record of the history of the club, spanning twelve decades from the 1890s to the 2000s.
When Bohs was founded in 1890, Frank Whitaker, who later became Brother Francis de Sales Whitaker of the Order of Saint John of Gods, proposed the name Bohemians. The vote was tied and the chairman, Dudley Hussey, who later became a senior civil servant, used his casting vote – the club would be called Bohemians instead of Rovers. Here’s the earliest report that I have found of a Bohs match, from the Irish Times on November 4, 1890: >>>
Saturday, November 1, 1890, Bohemians versus Brittania on the ground of the Bohemians, Phoenix Park.
The Bohemians, who had much the better of the game throughout, scored a goal within a minute of kick-off, and kept the ball well up at their opponent’s goal most of the time, but did not succeed in adding to their score.
Brittania got the ball out once when the Bohemians were all around their goal and, softly passing the backs, dribbled a goal without an attempt being made to stop them.
A dispute as to a corner kick which the Bohemians claimed, and which the referee awarded them, led to much unseemly altercation, the spectators interfering to the entire stoppage of the game. The argument was becoming fierce when time was called, and the Bohemians captain claimed another six minutes for the time that had been lost.
The referee considered the claim just, and decided that the match should be played out, but Brittania refused to play. The referee then awarded the match to the Bohemians.
The Bohs History Calendar is A3 in size, ringbound at the top, and would be a perfect gift for anybody with an interest in Irish football, Irish history, or both. It costs €16.50, including postage to anywhere in the world.