Bray Wanderers – Decades Apart

  So the 2019 SSE Airtricity League has finished. When we resume in February it won’t just be the start of a new season for our clubs, but a new decade. This got me thinking about which decades in the past have been the most successful for my hometown club, Bray

The night it rained goals in the League of Ireland

  It was fitting that it rained goals on Friday 16 August 2019 in the SSE Airtricity League. The showers earlier in the day had been of the heavy summer variety, where it can be sunny one moment then showery the next in a sudden short burst of torrential rain that

Spicing up the League of Ireland First Division

  There were huge crowds milling around Drumcondra as Blaise and myself walked down to Tolka Park on Friday to watch Shelbourne take on Cobh Ramblers. Blaise was initially impressed with the volume of the Cobh travelling support, until I pointed out that the crowds were for Croke Park, not Tolka

Bray Wanderers – The dark days of 2010

  2018 has started badly for Bray Wanderers and is shaping up to be long hard season. Fans of the club are no strangers to long hard seasons, having endured many dark times before. For me, 2010 stands out as the darkest of the dark times. The club shouldn’t have even

BBM – Brian Barry Murphy

  Brian Barry-Murphy chose soccer where his illustrious father Jimmy Barry-Murphy had chosen GAA. Actually the elder Barry-Murphy, as well as winning GAA football and hurling Munster and All-Ireland medals with his club St Finbarr’s and the Cork senior teams, also played soccer with Wilton and Cork Celtic; apparently he knows

League of Ireland mascots

  I’m pretty sure we don’t charge children [or rather their parents] for being mascots in the League of Ireland. If I’m wrong about that I won’t eat my hat or my season ticket but I will be hugely disappointed. Based on a few seasons helping out with the Bray Wanderers Junior

Over and out for 2019

  So Finn Harps are up and Dundalk have won the Cup. Congratulations to Ollie Horgan and Stephen Kenny. So ends the story of the 2018 League of Ireland season. The tussle for supremacy between Dundalk and Cork over the last number of years reminds me The Beatles versus The Rolling

Who would be a manager?

  The 2018 season is winding down and already clubs are planning for next year. In some cases they are planning on contesting the 2019 campaign with a new manager – we learnt this week that Owen Hearyand Gerard Lyttle will not be re-appointed for the new season at Shelbourne and