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The Irish Under 16 team that won the Euros in 1998… Pen Pics from Then and what happened them. January 23, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Sport.
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In May 1998 Brian Kerrs Irish Under 16 side created history as they won the European Championship when beating Italy 2- 1 in the final with goals from David McMahon and Keith Foy.
These pics are from a souvenir booklet produced by Pennys that I have at home.  Below I’ve posted the Squad pic as well as player profiles from the booklet.
So how have the players fared since

Brian O’Callaghan made over 70 appearances for Barnsley before finishing his career at Limerick via spells in Iceland and Notts County
David McMahon had spells in Scotland and Darlington on loan from Newcastle, but I can find nothing about him since 2002.
Joe Murphy is currently playing for Coventry after spells with Tranmere, Sunderland, West Brom and Scunthorpe. He has also won 2 senior caps for Ireland.
John O’Shea Playing for Sunderland after 12 years at Manchester United. Holder of 83 Irish Senior caps to date.
Jim Goodwin is currently playing for St Mirren, having had spells at Celtic, Scunthorpe, Stockport, Huddersfield and Hamilton. He won a senior cap in 2002.
David Madden , the sub goalkeeper, gave up soccer and played for Nemo Rangers for a few years.
John Thompson Is currently with Mansfield having previously played for Nottm Forest, Notts County, Oldham and Tranmere. He also has a senior cap for Ireland.
Jonathon Douglas. having began with Monaghan United, played for Blackburn ,Leeds, Swindon and is currently lining out for Brentford. He won 8 senior caps.
Shaun Byrne was the captain of the team and had a spell where he made a few appearnces for West Ham before ending up at Dublin City under Roddy Collins and ended up in Non League in the UK.
Ian Rossiter had spells with Galway United, Newry Town, Athlone Town, Sligo  and Finn Harps.
Dessie Byrne having been released by Stockport made his name with St Pats before joining Wimbledon. From there he joined Roddy Collins at Carlisle before returning home to play for Pats and Bohs.
Graham Barrett played for Arsenal, Coventry , Falkirk and St Johnstone as well as some teams on loan before returning home to join Shamrock Rovers. He retired due to injury in 2010. He won 6 caps for the Senior team.
Keith Foy after playing for Nottm Forest, Doncaster and St Pats was last seen at Monaghan United in 2010
Liam Miller currently with Perth Glory having previously played with QPR, Hibernian, Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland. Won 21 senior caps.
David Warren had a spell with Wrexham before heading home to play for Cork City, had spells at Waterford and Cobh and was released by Cork in 2010
Brendan McGill was with Sunderland but never made the first team, he joined Roddy Collins at Carlisle before joining Gretna, Barrow,Drogheda, Bohs and Shels. Currently without a club.
Andy Reid is still playing for Nottingham Forest, the team he initially made his name with. He later had spells with Spurs, Charlton, Sunderland and Blackpool. Has won 27senior caps.
Kevin Grogan A really talented player whos career was blighted and cut short by injury. Was on the books of Manchester United, played for UCD, had spells at Millwall , St Pats and Glentoran. Now coaching full time.

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Shamrock Rovers XI V Brazil 1973 January 15, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Ireland, Irish History, Sport.

Forty years ago ,  Brazil, the 1970 World Cup winners visit Dublin for a historic friendly match against a team composed of players from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Unable to officially call themselves an “All-Ireland” team, the Irish side takes on the moniker of “Shamrock Rovers XI” All Ireland selection lined out in Shamrock Rovers colours to play the then world champions Brazil in Lansdowne Road.

Brazil won 4-3

“A lot is happening in our country with regard to stamping out racism”. October 17, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in racism, Sport.

Disgraceful scenes in Serbia, where the U21 game with England ended in chaos following racist abuse of some of the English players. The English manager, Stuart Pearce (quoted in the thread title), the players, and supporters, as well as the media, are rightly outraged. This has come up in comments on another thread a while ago but I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m finding this very hard to take in the aftermath of the whole John Terry thing. Rio Ferdinand dropped because his brother was on the receiving end of racial abuse from the England captain, who was then taken to the European championships by a manager who played in apartheid South Africa. Terry was then given a short and less harsh ban than a foreign player. Ferdinand then finds out he’s definitely not in the next squad because Roy Hodgson told some guy on the tube. England player after England player then comes out to say what a great guy Terry is. Respect indeed.

The idea of the English FA as the champion of anti-racism in football is now blatantly a ridiculous idea but you’d think the whole incident had never happened. Somebody in the English media and the football world needs to stand up and point out the emperor has no clothes.

Bits and pieces: Culture (including the true meaning of Science Fiction according to the FBI) September 8, 2012

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Sport, The Left.

I know I’m going on and on about this in comments elsewhere, but The Damned United is a film that has stuck with me subsequently. It’s not simply Sheen and Meaney’s central performances where they seem to effectively channel Clough and Revie, but the underlying story itself is fascinating, As is this piece of footage of their famous television appearance (with an incredibly youthful Austin Mitchell of all people as the interviewer) subsequent to Clough’s disastrous forty odd day tenure at Leeds.

Here’s the first part of that interview.

I’d not realised how left wing Clough was as well. Interesting person.

One small thing about the film. The Deep Purple song “Flight of the Rat” was used for the first meeting (or non-meeting) of Clough and Revie at a match between Derby and Leeds. But that took place in 67 or 68 and the song wasn’t released until 1970 and with Ian Gillan on vocals whereas previously it had been… who fronted the group. It’s not a mistake exactly, after all it could have been used purely for the lyrical conceit but it was slightly anachronistic – though not at all so when used briefly later in the film.

Actually, while talking about Deep Purple it’s interesting how they, unlike Black Sabbath (and of course Led Zeppelin) have never quite managed to be critically rehabilitated after the years of Zonk. Lars Von Trier used Child in Time for Breaking the Waves in the late 1990s and … is such a fan that they played for him some years back at his birthday. I wonder what it is about Purple – a band who I still rate. The lyrics? The music itself? Too heavy?

Talking about music, check this out, Adweeks overview of the 10 ads that killed Dubstep. Dubstep has its moments but as Adweek notes for a genre the better part of a decade old it’s interesting to see how long it took for the advertising agencies to get in on the act (and it also notes the sheer weirdness of some of the juxtapositions on view here, not least as it says with no small irony “Nothing says “two great-tasting Louisiana classic [whiskey]” quite like the musical stylings of south London”). But the problem is, as with all other genres, advertising agencies do sooner or later get in on the act.

Best one? The parody which is number 5 or 6.

Still the piece raises an interesting question as to how much advertising destroys popular music. The excerpts from genuine classics, and soon to be classics, seem to somehow excise the good out of songs and instrumentals.

Meanwhile, the Guardian politics podcast which seems to appear every week or so is well worth a listen, not least for Michael White’s interventions. White strikes me as being slightly at odds with the overall leftish tone of the Guardian.

Talking of podcasts, the NPR Science Podcast had an excellent short piece on how the Voyager probes, launched 35 years ago, are now a substantial part of a light day away from Earth and are drawing close to the boundaries of the Solar System. The instrumentation and electronics on board is also 35 years old, and includes an 8 track tape. Here is a remarkable photograph taken by Voyager of the ‘pale blue dot’ which is Earth as seen from it in the 1990s when it took a shot of what was behind it.

As Carl Sagan noted at the time, all human history took place within that pixel (bar the moon landings).

And moving from science to science fiction while author Ray Bradbury was no man of the left… one has to applaud some of his positions when one reads the information unearthed from his FBI file. It appears that:

A named source in the file, Martin A Berkeley, told the agents investigating Bradbury that the author “was probably sympathetic with certain pro-communist elements”, and that during a discussion about whether Communist party members should be allowed to join the Screen Writers Guild, Bradbury “rose to his feet and shouted ‘Cowards and McCarthyites’ when the resolution was discussed”.


Another informant agreed about the dangerous effects of science fiction, advising “that individuals such as Ray Bradbury are in a position to spread poison concerning political institutions in general and American institutions in particular”, and that “Communists have found fertile opportunities for development; for spreading distrust and lack of confidence in America [sic] institutions in the area of science fiction writing”. Even worse, “the general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War which the American people would seriously believe could not be won since their morals had been seriously destroyed”.

Wow! So that’s what SF is about. Good to know…

Racism, English Football and the British Media May 17, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Sport.

Just heard that Theo Walcott’s family are considering not going to the European Championships because they are worried about racist attacks. The English media, especially the Murdoch group, has been reportin on neo-nazi hooligans in the Ukraine especially for some time. For example, this from the Sun and this from Sky Sports News. This is of course all good stuff, letting people know the reality of the far right in the Ukraine. Roy Hodgson is quoted in today’s Times commenting on the problem of racism and danger of racist violence in the Ukraine. The English FA and media have also quite rightly complained bitterly in recent years when English players have been subjected to racial abuse.

Which all makes a strange contrast with the media commentary – or lack thereof – on the fact that a manager who played in apartheid South Africa has picked a player stripped of the England captaincy and facing criminal charges for his use of racist language while dropping the alleged victim’s brother. When it came to a choice between sending out a strong anti-racism message or doing picking John Terry, Hodgson – and his masters at the FA – picked John Terry. And hardly a peep of complaint from the media themselves, although the Guardian reports Sol Campbell’s shock from CNN. While others defend the decision.

The English media and FA in the run-up to a tournament are always hard to take, but once again, they have outdone themselves. Racism is a problem foreigners have.

Euro 2012 January 9, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Sport.

Regular commenter Joe has something he wants to say. I noticed Jim Beglin talking about the Sunderland player McClean as a potential for Euro 2012. Anyway, back to Joe.

I’ve been waiting for the What you want to say thread. But I can’t wait any longer. So this one fits, sort of.
Who will Trapp bring to Poland? There will be 23 players on the panel. I suggest that the following are certs, barring injury:
Goalkeepers: Given, Westwood, Murphy
Defenders: Kelly, O’Shea, St.Ledger, Dunne, Ward, O’Dea
Midfielders: Duff, Whelan, Andrews, Fahey, Hunt, McGeady, McCarthy
Strikers: Keane, Doyle, Long, Walters, Cox
Which by my count leaves 2 more places. Suggestions anyone? I’m talking about who Trapp will bring not who you would like him to bring, if you follow. O’Dea and McCarthy above might be in the probable rather than certs. Have I left anyone obvious out?

Overtime win 29-23 January 9, 2012

Posted by yourcousin in Sport.

I wanted to broaden the horizon of some folks who might otherwise get an opportunity to watch American football.  Who am I kidding?  I only know one Steelers fan and I already texted her to gloat.


From Killarney to Kazan November 6, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Sport.

Today sees the last act of the Domestic Season as Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers battle it out for the FAI Cup in Lansdowne Road. Of Course Rovers still have two games left in their European adventure…
A season that started on the 1st of February with a friendly game in Kerry against Killarney Celtic ends on December 15th with a Europa League clash against Tottenham Hotspur in Tallaght. In between the club have won the Setanta Cup for the first time, the League for the seventeenth time and made history as the first Irish club to qualify for the group stages of a European Competition and all done without breaking the bank or putting the future of the club in jeopardy.
In short its been an incredible achievement.

The other night in Tallaght , my son and I saw Rovers lift the title. It was my eleven year olds second time seeing Rovers lift the title in the flesh and it was my third time seeing them lift the title (apart from winning the first division down in Cobh).

It really has been the best season ever. The first real season where going to domestic games I had an expectation, rather than a hope, that Rovers would win. That night in Belgrade will live long in the memory of every Hoop and the European adventure has brought Rovers to the attention of football fans all over the world. Indeed the largest TV audience ever for a League of Ireland team was Rovers game against Spurs where almost a million people tuned into TV3 at some stage during the match. Strangely enough it hasn’t got them flocking to Tallaght in huge numbers yet with both the Kazan and PAOK games failing to sell out.
However we are now known more at home and abroad , via live broadcasts and the highlights show of the Europa League. Another positive from all the exposure is that I’m no longer greeted with ‘Up Celtic’ when I’m wearing my Rovers shirt.

The Europa League has shown us the huge gap there is between Rovers and the clubs we are trying to compete with on a European Level. Whilst Rovers players are good, there’s a reason they are playing for Rovers and not at a much bigger club in the UK or beyond. PAOK would have average attendances around the 20,000 mark, an annual budget of €20 million or so and players worth over 20 million. Rubin Kazan backed by oil money would have an average attendance of 13,000 and an annual budget of around €30 million. Spurs budget would be multiples of that and an average attendance of over 36,000 . There would be a lot of players at some of those clubs earning far more than Rovers annual budget.
Given the club has almost disappeared before, Rovers wont be throwing mad money at players to attract them. Instead the money being made from the Europa league will be reinvested in Training facilities for both the first team and underage teams in Kiltipper. In time players will go through the Youth Academy and hopefully provide a conveyor belt to the first team and beyond. If some of the local footballing talent can be kept at home and developed rather than going to England at an early age then both the players and Rovers will profit.

There is still uncertainty about manager Michael O’Neills future but he is supposed to be signing a new contract. On the playing side Enda Stevens is off to Aston Villa in January for a decent fee and the fear is that others may follow to earn better money over in the UK. Most players would have been on part-time 42 week contracts, because of the European involvement these had to be extended. Hopefully the board managed to get some players to sign longer contracts and that the talent such as Ryan Thompson, Craig Sives, Conor McCormack and Karl Sheppard don’t get tempted away (or at least without Rovers getting a decent fee). It will be interesting to see if recent signings Jim Patterson and Rohan Ricketts hang around after the season ends.
O’Neill’s transfer policy has seen Rovers look outside the usual League of Ireland merry go round. With Rovers now known on the wider European stage it may well attract a higher calibre of player who is trying to get noticed.
To finish off the season it would be fantastic to even see Rovers get a point or three from their remaining two Europa League Games….. Gary Twigg scoring a late winner against Spurs would do me just fine :)

Looking to Europe …. July 12, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Sport.

As I know the site is packed full of Shamrock Rovers well wishers :) ….

Its a big night tonight as Shamrock Rovers European adventures start for another year. This time though it’s The Champions League. Our first time in the competition under its current guise. Flora Tallinn of Estonia are the opposition with kick off at 8 tonight in Tallaght.
Its our turn to dream of the Champions League Group Stages, which given the clubs recent form isn’t much of a possibility but we can still dream.
Dreams do impinge on daily life though. For instance wanting to keep a few extra days holidays just in case :) which as you can imagine is highly appreciated at home. I was looking forward to the away trip and had even put money aside…. but like the best laid plans they were sabotaged by a leak in the roof.
Its hard to argue against “Do you honestly think spending 500 euro on a holiday for yourself to watch a football match is more important than the roof?”
“No but……”

Ah well, there is always the next round…..

On Thursday both Bohs and St Pats are also in action in the Europa League. Pats travel to Kazakstan for their first leg against FC Shakhter Karagandy whilst Bohs travel to Slovenia for their game against Olimpija Ljubljana.

You’ll find the match programmes for some of Rovers Previous European Encounters Here.
Opposition included Celtic, Manchester United, Honved Budapest and Linfield.

Italian Footballers to Strike November 30, 2010

Posted by Garibaldy in Sport.
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Good to see a bit of industrial militancy. Even if it’s from a bunch of multi-millionaires from Serie A. Likely to have more success than the 100,000 on the streets of Dublin perhaps.


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