With Damien Duff joining Shamrock Rovers, the greater impact his stint in the Airtricity League will have will surely be a positive one. Can we expect more stars of Duff’s stature to follow suit and play out their last few years on home turf?
October, 1974, Dublin. Wavy haired 18-year-old Liam Brady is thrust into the spotlight by player-manager John Giles at a pulsating Dalymount Park and plays his part is one of our finest-ever victories. Brady, Keane, Duff – Martin O’Neill says Jack Grealish is not ready but he wouldn’t be our first teenage star.
New signing Damien Duff talks about his decision to join Melbourne City FC in an interview recorded at Manchester City’s Carrington Training Centre.
Robbie Keane’s early strike sent Ireland on their way to the second round but nerves weren’t settled until a goal from the unlikeliest of sources, centre-back Gary Breen. Damien Duff, one of the stars of the tournament finally got on the score-sheet to seal the win and give us one of the most iconic celebrations in Irish sport.
“’Do your own thing when you get the ball,’ was all I ever said to him…I haven’t any football pictures around my house but there is one of Duffer giving me a hug”
We don’t know yet if the Duffer will call time on his international career but what we can say is what a legend he is. While his Premier League buddies were sunning themselves around the world, our Damo, along with his brother Sergeant Gerry Duff, was visiting our troops on duty in the Lebanon. Duffer, we salute you.
While most of the globe celebrates all things Irish in March, Four Four Two made a major boo-boo this month. The normally respected publication dedicated their entire issue to foreign players in the Premier League and omitted all Irish entries.
So now we know why the FAI chose an English company to provide the official Euro 2012 squad attire. It seems our own Keith Andrews is the suit behind the suits.
It’s time to ditch the cynicism. While England debates whether John Terry is deserving of her captaincy, a much-maligned Irish football team has more important responsibilities; two games to revive a nation that has been kicked from pillar to post and that is crying out for something to restore our battered pride.
HELLO friends and welcome to Spud Watch – lots to talk about this week but also the usual dose of nonsensical boll*cks, plus an in-depth analysis of Trap’s squad (in Spud Watch – Stop The Press) which chopped and changed more times than the original Pippa in Home and Away. (Incidentally, the original Pippa is a better midfield option than Paul Green or Glenn Whelan).