The end of a football season can be called many things. The run-in, maybe. The business end. The endgame. Or squeaky-bum time to use the phrase coined by Sir Alex Ferguson. I always think of it as the time of ‘’ifs, ands and buts’’.
Take the relegation battle in the Premier
It was great to see Shelbourne win the Leinster Senior Cup this week. To go to Oriel Park and beat Dundalk in any competition is a tall order; to deny them the silverware after a gruelling 120-minute contest on a cold night makes the achievement all the more heroic.
The superb victory Bray Wanderers achieved away to Derry City on Friday night was also a vital victory, for many reasons. The 5-0 scoreline tipped our goal difference from negative to positive, and with 51 league goals this term only Dundalk and Cork have scored more. We have gone over
A 5-0 loss at home isn’t pleasant no matter what way you look at it. Bray’s reverse by that score to Waterford FC on Friday may have been only a friendly, but it was still a hiding. A little bit of an embarrassment too, given that they are in the
When I was at school I remember the class being brought to Drogheda for a school trip to see St Oliver Plunkett’s head. I doubt if you could palm schoolkids off with such fare nowadays, but then I was brought up in simpler times.
The visit came back to me
Where else could I start this week’s column but with the press releases that came out of Bray Wanderers at the back end of last week. You have all read them, I don’t need to analyse them here. They were an attention grab, a bit of kite flying, a PR
My week’s holiday meant I missed 2 Bray Wanderers games. I was away Saturday to Saturday and sandwiched in between were the visit of Cork to Bray on the Sunday and a trip to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic on the Friday.
The current troubles at Bray aside,
There was no Bray Wanderers game this weekend. This wasn’t due to the events of the last week at the club, events which I’m hopeful will have a positive outcome and allow us to continue our fine season with the visit of Cork City next Sunday. No, the idle week
This weekend coming will see match day 17 taking place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division [actually match day 18 for Bray Wanderers and Shamrock Rovers, due to a rearranged fixture necessitated by Rovers’ European schedule] and this will herald in the mid-season break. The half-way point. So
Most people where I work, when the talk gets onto football, want to talk about the madness that is the English Premiership, where millions buys mediocrity and the mediocre earn millions. There’s a sane core though that follow League of Ireland teams. Given the geography of where our factory