December 2012 News Archive

Under 21 football review - 2012 and before...24/12/2012
As we approach the end of a quite momentous 2012, we cast a glance back at the performance of our Under 21 side, leading into and during this calendar year.

The 2012 journey - a look through the underage files...24/12/2012
The calendar year of 2012 offered a mixed bag of emotions for all parties directly involved and those of us with an interest in our international sides across the U15 to U19 spectrum.

Ireland Centre back concerns - fact or fallacy?...17/12/2012
Football, as ever, is peppered with opinion, thought, fact and fallacy and our senior international side is, as you would expect, central to all of those themes in the Irish sporting psyche.

'The past, the present and the future'...10/12/2012
No, not another Sergio Leone blockbuster (Clint is far too weathered now), but memories of '98, and no, not 'Boolavogue' either, but Cyprus 1998 together with thoughts of the present and a look to the future of football for Ireland.

How accurate is this lack of quality assertion? ...07/12/2012
Our International team manger's oft repested assertion that lack of player quality is the foundation for the lack lustre and limited game plan and style!!! offered to the Irish public during his reign is one that many take issue with. Saturday afternoon's reduced Premiership (touted as the best League in the world?) programme, is likely to offer a quite significant number of current and eligible Irish players who look far from out of place in that environment. Shane Long (WBA at Arsenall), Ciaran Clark and maybe Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa hosting (Stoke City) who have Jon Walters, Glen Whelan and the currently injured Marc Wilson at their disposal. The very recently acknowledged Wes Hoolihan along with potentials Anthony Pilkington and Mark Bunn (Norwich City at Swansea City), the impressive James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic at home to QPR). Even the basement battle (Southampton at home to Reading) offers the possibility, the promise of visiting defenders Sean Morrison and Alex Pearce. The recent brief and belated burst of managerial pro-activity already appears to have waned dramatically and in consequence can, is and should be a significant bone of contention.