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  • Episode 67 - 2023 Women's World Cup, UEFA Nations League, and the U17 European Championships

    In the second part of our review of 2023, myself and Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick review the Republic of Ireland Women's year, the build up to their first World Cup appearance, performance at the tournament itself, and the Nations League. We also take a look at the performance of the U17 Mens Team in the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Hungary, and discuss what the experience could mean to a highly talented squad, some of which have already gone on to play first team football

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  • Episode 66 - The Year That Was 2023 In Irish Men's Football

    I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to review the performances of the Republic of Ireland Senior Men's team in 2023, from the opening friendly against Latvia in March, through the qualification campaign for Euro 2024, to the final game of Stephen Kenny's time in charge against New Zealand in November.What were the highs and lows, and that, if anything, was learned from each game?
  • Episode 65 - The End Of The Road

    I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss the Republic of Ireland Men's Team's final Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands, and the final game of 2023 against New Zealand, which became the final two games of Stephen Kenny's reign following the FAI's announcement that his contract would not be extended. With the recruitment process for a new manager already in progress, what are we looking for in the new manager, and who are the favourites for the position?
  • Episode 64 - On The Road To Acceptance

    I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss two games we really don't want to talk about. There was an element of denial about qualifying for the European Championships in Germany next year when the group draw was made. We've been angry with the results, the most losses in a single campaign since the 1972 European Championships, and despite numerous bargaining efforts with whatever god would listen, it's all left us pretty depressed with the current state of the national side men's team. to the point where we have all accepted the manager's time in charge is ending soon.
  • Episode 63 - A Game Of Two Hearts

    I'm joined on the show by Mark O'Brien to discuss his life in football, from moving to Derby at 15, winning Ireland U16 Player of the Year, making his senior debut, and being diagnosed with a leaking aorta (all in the space of 12 months!) the recovery from that, and another serious injury, to playing in Scotland, non-league, and scoring one of the most important goals in Newport County history.You can order Mark's book, A Game Of Two Hearts from Morgan Lawrence here:
  • Episode 62 - Nearing The End Of The Road

    I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick, Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football, and James Carew of pogmogoal to discuss the two Euro 2024 qualifiers against France and the Netherlands, and what the results mean for the manager Stephen Kenny - how close are we now to the end of his reign, and who will take over after him?Also, James learns the forfeit he has to pay after guaranteeing that Josh Cullen would be sold by Burnley in the summer transfer window...
  • Episode 61 - Two Top Ten Teams

    I'm joined by Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss the senior mens squad announced by Stephen Kenny to face France and the Netherlands, both ranked in the top ten in the world by FIFA, and the U21 squad announced by Jim Crawford to face Turkiye and San MarinoAnd we haven't forgotten what James Carew said when he joined us in June...