Holders Manchester City will begin the defence of their FA Cup crown at home to Huddersfield Town while the red half of the city will tangle with Wigan Athletic. There can be absolutely no doubt about the tie of the round however, with table toppers Arsenal taking on those in closest pursuance of their lead… Read More Shadow boxing standoff at The Emirates
Viewed through a certain lens, anybody winning 13 caps at international level, garnering multiple Heineken Cup souvenirs and rearing offspring who also went on to perform on the biggest stage would have had what would constitute a glorious career in rugby. Yet I often wonder does Trevor Brennan ponder what might have been. Warren Gatland’s… Read More Kenny deserved better than being swept out the door
Everton’s season – and potentially their Premier League future – has been tossed into turmoil by the revelation that the Toffees have been deducted 10 league points. The stunning development comes on foot an investigation having found the Goodison Park Club to be in breach of financial regulations. What’s bound to anger blues boss Sean… Read More Dyche’s men plunged into a ditch
The above line, delivered ruefully by Micheal O’Muircheartagh lamenting the unavailability of Jimmy Keaveney after the 1979 Leinster Final due to suspension, at the beginning of the Decade Of The Dubs video, translates as “Has anyone seen my Jimmy”? You suspect it’s a phrase Irish soccer fans will have to get used to uttering. Now… Read More Na bfhaca tu mo Sheamasin?
Google had to be consulted when Jonathan Hill’s name was seen trending on X. Even though he’s the head honcho of the Football Association of Ireland, his is not a name you’d see popping up too often. Certainly not an accusation you could level at the individual who held the position before him. With plenty… Read More Could it be, the FAI actually doing something right?
Eddie Howe and Newcastle United were left to rue the Champions League draw living up to the club’s nickname (The Magpies) after the black and white stripes were dealt the short end of the stick on their return to European football’s top competition. The Geordies have been pitched into Group F, wherein they are domiciled… Read More Magpies draw short straw on return to Champions League
When you graduate from hunter to hunted, with a target affixed to your back, you need a different approach to things. For the current group of Manchester United players, doing so will be a new experience. And challenge. One which will be tested to the full when they confront Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at the… Read More Holders will have to storm the Palace as title defence begins
Again, I find myself referring to Ireland’s greatest man of letters, Con Houlihan. Apologies if mention of the man who – as he put it himself – was born in a blizzard in December 1925 – has become a bit laboursome. It will be contended, though, that if a point retains credence, it warrants repetition.… Read More What is the past and will soon become the past gone in the space of a day
In the end, it wasn’t so much a decision as an instinctive reaction. What was done couldn’t be undone. The seen couldn’t be unseen. The heard cannot be dubbed over. Manchester United had no choice but to terminate their association with Mason Greenwood. Yes, if looking at it from a purely football perspective, there may… Read More Set football aside and there could only be one outcome
It emerged during the week – in a development that would’ve surprised absolutely nobody – that Jim McGuinness may be in line for a return as Donegal football manager. It was surely a surprise to many that the Brains Trust in them there Hills let Jimmy slip away from winning matches so easily. While it… Read More Wondering your team isn’t doing well? Just watch those around them