From League of Ireland to Football League

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
From League of Ireland to Football League

It’s hard to guess what level League of Ireland players would be capable of playing at elsewhere, at least I have always found it so. When Kevin Doyle was signed by Reading from my own club Cork City I remember wondering why on earth they overlooked his more prolific strike partner John O’Flynn. Although O’Flynn has since found success at Barnet and Exeter, there are clearly factors for consideration above …

Football vs Politics (Spoiler alert: politics wins)

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As Preston North End’s Northern Irish born Daniel Devine has opted to play for the Republic of Ireland instead of the football association who developed him at under-age level, it seems I have an excuse to write a bit relating to Irish football for this blog.

Devine is just the latest player of Northern Irish nationality to declare for the Republic after Darron Gibson, Shane Duffy, Marc Wilson, Daniel Kearns …

The Monday Profile: Roy O’Donovan

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in The Monday Profile | No Comments

At the end of June, Aidy Boothroyd made Roy O’Donovan Coventry’s third acquisition of the summer. While not exactly a big-name signing, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about Roy’s future at the Ricoh.

It’s hard to say exactly what level this player is meant for. He signed as a trainee for Coventry in 2001, and left after three years without making a first team appearance, apparently due to

Sean St Ledger: Now officially not rubbish

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Before this week’s two internationals, all most Republic of Ireland fans knew about St Ledger was that he played in the Championship, and had not yet distinguished himself, in either sense, for his country. SSL having not yet scored an own goal/fallen on his arse in the face of an approaching striker/conceded a penalty/or scuffed a clearance was reason enough for optimism in my book. Trappatoni was looking to the …

Buying a football club is exactly like starting a game of ‘Football Manager’ on your computer. The proof:

Posted by on Sep 2, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

We’ve all been there. You’ve had Football Manager installed on your PC for about a year, you’ve won everything there is to win with Man U/Arsenal/Liverpool/Chelsea, and now you’re thinking about starting a new game with a lower league club. With the amount of takeover talk there is surrounding smaller clubs at the moment, it seems as if the bored millionaires of the world have reached that stage too.

I’d …