Irish Football Fans
Episode 15 - Season Review
In the final podcast of the English season, I'm joined by Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit Of Football to review the highs and lows for Irish players in the 2019/20 season in England, and we reference classic football show Dream Team before picking our Team of the Season.
Episode 14 - Thanks, Jack
We're delighted to welcome Ireland and Brighton striker Rianna Jarrett to the show to discuss her career, and the rising role of minorities in sport in Ireland. Does Sheffield United's success in the Premier League give any clues as to how the new Ireland manager will use their Irish players? Will the Irish players on the fringes of the Southampton squad have a part to play in the manager's future plans? A year ago, Jason Knight hadn't made his professional debut - 12 months on he could be their player of the season. Finally, on the occasion of his passing, we remember Jack Charlton's time in charge of the Irish national side, and what it meant to each of us.
Episode 13 - Is Ireland facing a goalkeeping crisis?
Is the Republic of Ireland national side facing a goalkeeping crisis? I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick to discuss the lack of gametime for Ireland's netminders. Also, we (sort of) predict John Egan's goal against Burnley, discuss Danny Rose's move to German, Jeff Hendrick possibly joining AC Milan, Denise O'Sullivan and the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL Challenge Cup, the Irish players at Atlanta United in the MLS is Back tournament, and the 2020-21 Nations League fixture dates.
Episode 12 - A Shot At The Championship
Following our review of Irish players in the Premier League last week, we turn to the return of the Championship this weekend, and review the Irish players at each club in England's second tier, as well as previewing the play offs, and a look back at Mark O'Brien's career after his early retirement due to an ongoing heart condition
Episode 11 - Return of the Football
Ahead of the return to action for the Premier League on Wednesday, 17th June, I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss the season so far for Irish players in England's top tier, and what we can look forward to in the remaining games of 2019/20
Episode 10 - The End Of The Italian Affair
While the performance at Euro 2012 had left a lot to be desired, qualification for the tournament had raised the spirits of Ireland fans, and the draw for the 2014 World Cup was not seen as insurmountable, despite the presence of perennial qualifiers Germany. In the last of the three episodes on Giovanni Trapattoni's reign, I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit Of Football to discuss the qualifying campaign for Brazil
Episode 9 - The return to the top table
After missing out on the World Cup in South Africa, Ireland were drawn against Russia, Armenia, Slovakia, Macedonia, and Andorra in Group B of the qualifiers for Euro 2012, held in Poland and Ukraine. I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Phil Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit Of Football to discuss the qualifying campaign and Ireland's performance at the tournament
Episode 8 - An Italian gentleman
In February 2008, Giovanni Trapattoni was announced as Stephen Staunton's successor as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team. In this episode, I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit Of Football to discuss the first qualifying campaign of the new manager, and its infamous ending.
Episode 7 - The Wrong Man At The Wrong Time
Following the failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, the FAI announced that Brian Kerr’s contract would not be renewed, and they would look for a new senior international manager.At the time, a three man panel led by John Delaney promised a “world class management team”. Almost three years after Brian Kerr was appointed Ireland manager, on Friday, 13th January 2006, Steve Staunton was announced as the new manager of the national side, with Bobby Robson as his consultant, and Kevin McDonald as his assistant. I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit Of Football to discuss the the two years of his reign, including the worst result in living memory.