2012 News Archive
21 football review - 2012 and before...24/12/2012
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.
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.
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?
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.