Leeson: Banks Causing Fans to Lose Interest

FORMER rogue trader Nick Leeson, CEO of Galway United, blames the banks for the financial difficulties in both Irish soccer and society but still sees the domestic game as a potential investment.

Rest in Paws: Is Triggs dead?

ONLINE sources are reporting the sad loss of Triggs, Roy Keane’s trusted canine friend.
According to the Daily Mail, Keano’s dog has had his day.

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 13.9.10

THERE were games for: John O’Shea, Liam Lawrence (with his new club Portsmouth), Robbie Keane (20 mins), James McCarthy, Stephen Kelly 90, and for the Wolves contingent – Ward, Foley, and Doyle, with their former teammate Andy Keogh getting the full 90 at Cardiff.

State of Play: IRELAND 3 ANDORRA 1

Shay Given – couldn’t do much for their goal; would Joe Hart have saved that? At times it was more enjoyable watching Shay running through his warm up techniques during the match than watching this turgid game itself. Shay seems to have built up quite the repertoire and at times I had to remind myself that I wasn’t at the circus. He’s a top top goalkeeper. Let’s hope Joe Hart breaks his leg.

Lansdowne Clash Now Russian Roulette – Killer

IRELAND lead their qualifying group on goal difference thanks to last night’s win at Lansdowne Road.
However, with Slovakia having beaten Russia earlier in the evening, the battle for the top of Group B has become a lot more interesting.

Gutsy Girls in Green Beaten by Brazil

IRELAND’S U17 women’s team were beaten 2-1 by Brazil in their opening game at the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Girls in Green struck back in the second half but couldn’t hold out against their South American counterparts.

Good On Paper: Game of Column Inches for Trap’s Ireland

IRELAND’S quest for victory in Europe no doubt begins with a great deal of goodwill from the worldwide footballing family.
The fall-out from Paris generated a tremendous amount of sympathy towards the Irish team and fans, most notably from the French people.
However, the saying goes that sentiment means nothing in sport and no one will be more aware of that than Giovanni Trapattoni.