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
Originally the plans for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park proposed that Bohemians vacate the stadium at the end of 2017, play the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Tolka Park, then move back [along with Shelbourne] to the new Dalymount Park for the start of the 2020 season. Last year this
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
Blaise found it unusual that Shelbourne were playing on a Monday night. He’s used to Friday’s in Tolka. It was a school night and he likes to get to bed early. Bohemians versus Cork was on television in the FAI Cup semi-final replay and I could tell he was tempted
In the aftermath of Dublin’s superb All Ireland Senior Football Championship win – a victory that saw them lift the Sam Maguire for a record-equalling four-in-a-row – I saw a few sour-grapes comments amidst the celebratory.
One piece I read – and it wasn’t written tongue-in-cheek - called for Dublin
I’ve had the Radiohead song ‘’No Surprises’’ [from the ‘’OK Computer’’ album] going around and around in my head all weekend. It came to mind when I saw the results from Round 2 of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. No prizes for guessing why I thought of ‘’No Surprises’’.
This coming week will be one of the highlights of the season for me. The entry of the 20 League of Ireland clubs into the FAI Cup, joining the 12 non-league survivors, is sure to serve up thrills and spills; shocks, upsets and giant-killings.
The Cup is a welcome break
This year’s SSE Airtricity League First Division is proving to be one of the most exciting in years. Rejuvenated by the 10-team restructuring and the offer of three promotion play-off spots, the standard of football and attendances in general have improved.
The return after the mid-season break at the weekend threw
If Bray Wanderers stay up this year it will surely rank as the greatest escape by a club famous for pulling off great escapes. Is what was seemingly impossible after ten games – the club only had a single point, from an unlikely opening-day draw with Dundalk – now a
I was working nights this weekend so switched off to what was happening in domestic soccer as best I could. If results went the way I didn’t want them to go then I had an excuse to ignore them. It was probably best to ignore the results even if they