You Can’t Please Everyone

MUCH has been made of the FAI’s decision to oblige a request to wear black armbands during the Euro 2012 fixture against Italy on June 18th. To re-cap, the FAI have agreed to wear black armbands to commemorate the victims of the Loughinisland massacre at the request of the bereaved. There is a rationale behind the request – the game […]

AT 4:30 AM on Wednesday the 16th of May, members of the Occupy Galway movement were forcibly removed from their position at Eyre Square in Galway City Centre. It had been the last remaining “Occupy” encampment in Ireland. Galway City Council have since issued a statement in defence of their actions: ‘An Garda Síochána with the support of Galway City […]

WHEN Derry City lost the Setanta Cup final on penalties to Crusaders at the Oval in Belfast, the general consensus had it that the Candystripes didn’t deserve to win anyway. They had played poorly, fans claimed, and deservedly succumbed to the hungrier team. And while it may be true that Crusaders displayed much more passion and focus than Derry to […]

The YBIG Football Show

As much passion as Signor Trapattoni EARLIER this week I was invited on to the You Boys in Green (YBIG) Football Show by Mr Dave O’Grady to give my views on Trapattoni’s squad selection for the European Championships and also, the sickening abuse received by James McClean on Twitter. The show can be heard by clicking on this link: “The […]

EVER since he took over as manager of the Candystripes, Declan Devine has had a hard time of it. As if the weight of expectation when taking hold of the reins of the Brandywell club after someone like Stephen Kenny wasn’t enough pressure in itself, the fact that the club has been ravaged by injuries compounds matters. With that in […]

WHEN the Ireland squad for Euro 2012 was officially announced and his name was read out by Giovanni Trapattoni, James McClean voiced his pride through his Twitter account. He told his 50-odd-thousand “followers” that he was honoured to be chosen to represent his country at a major international tournament. He was not alone: Leicester defender Sean St. Ledger, Simon Cox […]

    HAVING made his debut for the Azzurri in the summer of 2009 at the tender age of 18, Portomaggiore native Davide Santon was already seen as a player of great promise. However, now plying his trade in the English Premier League at Newcastle United he has struggled to live up to expectations. Santon joined the Nerazzurri as a […]

Rep. Ireland youth game at the Brandywell? SPEAKING to Dave O’Grady on the You Boys in Green Football Show, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney responded to a number of questions from Republic of Ireland football fans. It was put to Mr Delaney that, considering the amount of players currently in FAI teams hailing from the north of Ireland, particularly Derry, […]