SEAMUS Coleman is rapidly becoming a right-sided Gareth Bale under our eyes. When you consider that this time last year, Bale was still a struggling left-back and you look where he’s at now. Coleman is already far from a struggling defender and was a real handful for the Arse in the first half, creating chances and space through acceleration, flat-out pace, decent control and the ability to make a pass.
COULD the FAI Cup prove to be the saviour of Irish soccer? With the largest crowd in four decades, over 36,000, flocking to the Aviva Stadium last weekend, there followed a spectacle to enthrall the masses. And now a seed has been sown that the domestic game could achieve what is has always threatened, to capture the hearts and minds of the public.
Westlife will be on the piss tonight.
SAM Allardyce, in Dublin this week, reopened his war of words with Giovanni Trapattoni on the issue of Steven Reid’s injuries.
AN EXTRA mid-week Spud Watch has been sanctioned by the editor, much to my chagrin as I’m usually out getting a lot of sex on Wednesday nights but I guess one night off won’t hurt.
WITH the build-up continuing to Sunday’s showpiece, read the Irish Times report from the 1978 FAI Cup final between Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers.
A BUMPER crowd is expected at Lansdowne Road on Sunday for the first FAI Cup final at the AVIVA Stadium.
DAMIEN Duff finally returned to first team action for Fulham. Hurrah – He came on along with Stephen Kelly as Mark Hughes’ side searched for an equaliser against Aston Villa. Why he decided to play Duff at left back is a mystery to me. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for Hughes as it was this kind of shite that made Duff’s career go backwards at Newcastle, not to mention getting injured every second week.
“Let’s not forget what a great footballer he was. There has always been a debate about who was the best footballer. For me he was head and shoulders above anybody who played for the Republic of Ireland.”
IRISH footballing legend John Giles celebrates his 70th birthday today and marked the occasion with the launch of his new autobiography and a Late Late Show tribute.