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
Tolka Park is the nearest League of Ireland ground to my house but even closer to me is the former League of Ireland ground at Whitehall Stadium. I’ve lived in Drumcondra for 9 years and have walked by the ground many, many times but last Wednesday was the first time
I got to two League of Ireland games this weekend; Bray on Friday for the visit of Limerick in the Premier Division and Cabinteely on Saturday for the visit of Athlone Town in the First Division. The two games were both meant to be on Friday night but Cabinteely rescheduling
The walk down to Tolka Park on Friday night to see Shelbourne take on Galway United gave my son Blaise and myself time to catch up with the good, the bad and the everything else of the week’s football.
The good had been Bray Wanderers’ marvellous win over Shamrock Rovers
Blaise was looking forward to his trip to Tolka Park all week. We knew in advance we wouldn’t have the car that day so would be staying local. The Easter holidays were starting to drag out, and in the absence of school he needed a diversion. It was too wet
2018 has started badly for Bray Wanderers and is shaping up to be a 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
There was a lot of big news around Drumcondra during the week. People were discussing the fire at the Metro Hotel in neighbouring Ballymun on Wednesday evening, a fire that thanks to the bravery of Dublin Fire Brigade resulted in no loss of life. They were discussing the news that,