Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 23.11.10

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Fulham v Manchester City - Craven Cottage JOE Hart wasn’t injured after all and Shay Given returned to the bad place he’s been in now for months, despite Wednesday’s brief international respite; like a prisoner being let out for Christmas dinner. Damien Duff is, in my opinion, also about to enter a bad place. He looked out of sorts again against City – getting subbed for Gera and may now be in danger of losing his place for their next outing. What are we without a Duff firing on all cylinders? It’s like The Beatles without John and Paul, Ant and Dec without Dec, porn without the cum-shot, Play The Game without Derek Davis – It doesn’t bare thinking about. Continue reading →

State of Play: Ireland 1 Norway 2

Ireland Norway SHAY Given must have had a spring in his step before kick-off with the news that Joe Hart is out for a few weeks. He probably could have made a better wall for the free-kick or maybe positioned himself better but he made some very good instinctive stops and who am I to question the best goalie in the world who, hopefully, will get a chance to make Mancini see sense and get the respect that he has earned over the years in return. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 16.11.10

Kevin Foley Wolves 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. Continue reading →

Aviva La Revolution, Cup Can Save Irish Soccer

aviva1-390x285 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. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 09.11.10

damien-duff 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. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Robert Rich

bedlington fans “I want to help Bedlington Terriers. I’m still learning about British football, and I understand that if they do well on the field it can move up in divisions. If this is the dream the community has, I want to help. I don’t want to become an owner – I just want to help.” Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 02.11.10

Stephen+Hunt+Wolverhampton+Wanderers+v+Manchester+p4Dp5jjnylNl WOOOOO wooooooooooo – Happy Halloween Spud Watchers. If, like me, you got the trots watching The Exorcist last night then be warned by the scary nature of this week’s Spud Watch. Actually there’s nothing scary about it, just the usual poor grammar, spelling mistakes and nonsense. I did see five ghosts on Saturday however – Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Marc Wilson, Darren Gibson and Keith Andrews…wooo woooooo. Enough of this foolishness….. Continue reading →

Never Write Off the Germans. They May be Wrote-Off Themselves

west germany ACCORDING to new research, West Germany’s 1954 World Cup winning team may have been injected with performance-enhancing drugs. The Germans beat Hungary in the final in Switzerland despite being hammered 8-3 by the same opposition in the tournament’s group stages. “There are several strong indications that point to the injection of methamphetamine pervitin in some Germany players […] Continue reading →

State of Play: Ireland 2 Russia 3

ireland russia FRIDAY night was a sad night and perhaps confirmed what we all may have suspected in the back our minds – that Trapattoni seems to be a very rigid tactician and that we haven’t really improved greatly on our previous managers’ regimes – i.e. has he encouraged the team to play ball, or is this down to the players? – it’s hard to know and Richard Dunne’s comments after the game blurred the situation even further. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Shay Given

shay given 2002 “Yeah, we lost by 2-0, which wasn’t a good start but I had lots of family, friends and cousins there to see my first game. And I had the privilege to play with Paul McGrath, which was very special. Great memories. I think that one stands out, it’s your first game and it was very special. Roy Keane got sent off that night too.” Continue reading →

Spud Watch: The Irish Abroad 05.10.10

ColemanSeamus IT LOOKS like Giovanni Trapattoni has been reading Spud Watch (I really hope someone is) and has heeded our advice. Young Coleman was drafted into the Irish squad and was once again a starter for Everton on Saturday, bombing up and down the right wing throughout their side’s impressive 2- 0 win away to Birmingham. He plays like a man thoroughly enjoying his football. Whether it be on the right wing or at full-back, over the 90 minutes Coleman gets up and down more times than a porn star’s penis on a good night. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 29.09.10

McGeady-Spartak-3 IT LOOKS like one of our spuds is flourishing in foreign soil – Aiden McGeady put in a very impressive shift last night for Spartak Moscow, dazzling the home fans with skills and putting in some decent balls. The much-maligned McGeady and the Russian side are now looking good for the knockout stages on this form. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Leon Best

leon best australia “I got a phone call and it was Mr Trapattoni. But with my heavy accent, his accent, my Italian and his English we had no idea what we were saying. Luckily, Marco Tardelli was there too, so the manager passed the phone to him and we had a chat.” – Leon Best Continue reading →