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Athlone finally know make-up of 1st Division

Story by Tom Kelly

Thursday, 24th January, 2013 3:20pm

Athlone finally know make-up of 1st Division

Roddy Collins will have to take his side to Cobh this season, after the Ramblers were accepted back into the Airtricity League.

Airtricity League First Division clubs, such as Athlone Town, finally know the make-up of the division for the 2013 season, after the FAI confirmed Cobh Ramblers have been awarded a First Division playing licence and are returning to the league they departed in 2008.

The league are also set to finally publish a set of fixtures for the First Division on Friday. The Premier Division fixtures were published a couple of weeks ago.

Athlone Town, now under the guidance of Roddy Collins, recently returned to pre-season training, and have made some notable new signings ahead of the season, which is likely to begin in early March (to be confirmed with the publication of fixtures).

Athlone will now face some lengthy journeys this season, having to twice travel to Cobh, Finn Harps, Waterford and Wexford.

Cobh received their licence earlier than the other seven teams, after they requested an early hearing to enable them register players ahead of the 31 January amateur transfer window deadline.

The other seven clubs - Athlone Town, Finn Harps, Longford Town, Mervue Utd, SD Galway, Waterford Utd and Wexford Youths - are expected to be granted their licences in mid-February.

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