Bohemian FC History Calendar 2008

November 26, 2007 at 11:34 pm 3 comments

Update: This blog is on pause for the foreseeable future, and I will return to it when time allows. In the meantime, my current website is at

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.

Bohs Calendar
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.

You can buy the Bohs History Calendar from the Bohs online shop here.


Entry filed under: Bohemians, Football, Match Reports, Other Articles.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  March 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Are you going to be taking up the story again soon?

  • 2. Ann Holland  |  April 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    My Grandfather was said , by my mother, to have played for Bohemians FC and won some trophy. His name was William Ryan and he had also served with the British Army in France in WW1 (1914 – 18).
    Are there any records of Team Personnel that might include him still in existence ? If so where (and when) might I be able to access them ?

  • 3. Mícheál Gallagher  |  May 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I would be very interested in any answer to Ann’s question (25/4/09). My grandfather Michael (Mick) Murphy, a Dubliner, told me that he and his brother John played for Bohemians before WW1. My grandad was born in 1890 so I assume he played sometime between 1908 and 1914. He served throughout the whole of the war in the Royal Irish Fusiliers; this is odd as they were an Ulster regiment. Grandad told me that Bohemians were officially an amateur club but that he and John would “find something in their boots”. I do not think he was spinning a yarn about this but rather that there was an element of expenses/compensation for loss of earnings involved.


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