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The Irish Manager of Barcelona

don patricio On Friday August 7th, a memorial to Patrick O’Connell will be unveiled in Belfast after a tireless campaign by family members and friends. O’Connell was born in Dublin and, in a storied football career, captained Manchester United before moving to Spain and managing Barcelona. Watch the full TG4 a documentary on the life of ‘Paddy Don Patricio.’ Continue reading →

Liam Whelan, Remembering Ireland’s Busby Babe

liam whelan In September 1957, Liam Whelan scored twice in a European Cup tie for Manchester United against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park, just up the road from where he grew up in Dublin. Less than five months later, the Irishman would perish along with seven team-mates in the Munich Air Disaster. This week marks the 56th anniversary of the tragedy. Continue reading →

Fergie Feud Drags in Dependable Denis

keane viera teams In the quite superb Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies, Roy Keane sings the praises of his former team-mate Denis Irwin and vouches for his inclusion in a best United XI. Recently, Keane’s one time mentor turned nemesis Alex Ferguson repeated his admiration for Roy’s fellow Corkman. But as Diarmuid o hAinle argues, Irwin may have unwittingly gatecrashed a feud involving his former manager and captain. Continue reading →

Capital Idea: A Chance for Early Silverware

capital one cup The League Cup is the easiest way for English clubs to win a trophy. Although it warrants a place in Europe, it isn’t exactly held in the highest regard, with some football fans referring to it as a “Mickey Mouse” cup. However, the competition does give smaller teams a fantastic chance of winning some silverware, as we witnessed last year when Swansea beat League Two outfit Bradford in the final. We’ve taken a look at some of the sides that could be in contention for the trophy in early 2014. Continue reading →

Moyes Seeking to Keep the Faith

david moyes united If Fergie was a god in the red half of Manchester, it remains to be seen if his successor David Moyes can keep the Red Devils in the promised land. Does landing his first trophy matter? Irish Mancunian Dan Mellett explores what the Community Shield success means for the new boss, observing that even Christ himself didn’t have to follow Alex Ferguson. Continue reading →

How Mick McCarthy Made Fergie

mick On this day in 1986: Mick McCarthy scored the equaliser in the first televised Manchester derby. The result saw Ron Atkinson sacked as United manager soon after paving the way for a certain young Scot named Alex Ferguson to take over on November 6th. The combination of cameras at the ground and the paranoia about travel chaos owing to the first day of bus de-regulation in the city resulted in a sub-40,000 attendance (at the time, the lowest ever at Maine Road). City were relegated at the end of the season. #Knowledge Continue reading →

Great Dane Hails Green Army

PeterSchmeichel_High Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel believes Ireland can pull off a few shocks in Poland this summer. The Great Dane can’t wait for the Irish fans’ return to the European Championships especially as the Green Army will be pitching camp in the town where his father grew up. Continue reading →

Keane to Star in the Cosmos

robbie new york Robbie Keane has been named in the New York Cosmos squad for the Paul Scholes testimonial game versus Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Ireland captain was included in the representative side assembled by Honorary President Pelé and Director of Soccer Eric Cantona along with world stars such as Fabian Cannavarro, Patrick Vieira…and Gary Neville. Continue reading →