Wes Hoolahan

Top Irish Football Moments of 2016

What a year it’s been for Irish football, both at home and at international level. The Boys in Green united the nation at Euro 2016, Dundalk raised the profile of our own league like never before, and individual players lit up the stage. Here’s ten of the best moments of the last year.

Mythbusters: O’Neill Doesn’t Trust Hoolahan

Criticism when he’s out of the team and no praise when he’s in it, Martin O’Neill is getting hammered for a perceived lack of trust in playmaker Wes Hoolahan. But the stats don’t back it up. Can the Irish manager’s philosophy really be summarised in the treatment of one player?

Towell for Ireland

With his move to Chris Hughton’s Brighton sealed this week, Richie Towell will have his eyes set on a first team slot and a possibility of breaking into the Ireland squad for Euro 2016.

Still All to Play Off For…10 Talking Points

Just days ago we’d have taken a play-off spot with both hands but humbling the world champions caused Irish fans to dream. A frustrating night in Warsaw has raised doubts again but Ireland still have a shot at Euro glory. At the end of a qualifying campaign with a final act to play, here’s ten talking points.

YBIG Football Show: Serbia, Wes Hoolahan, & Euro Draw

The first YBIG Football Show of 2014 with host Dave O’Grady looks ahead as Martin O’Neill gets set to name his squad for the Serbia friendly next month. There’s also analysis of Wes Hoolahan’s woes at Norwich, talk of Andy Reid, and a preview of the Euro 2016 draw.

Boys of Summer: 10 Talking Points

It’s been a massive end of season for the Boys in Green. Three World Cup qualifying points, positive displays against England and Spain, the emergence of Wes Hoolahan, and the growing statures of Coleman and McCarthy have whet the appetite for a real crack at toppling Austria and Sweden for a play-off berth. However, for some, criticism of the team and manager remains entrenched. Here’s 10 talking points.

Ireland v Spain: A Chance to Shine?

A depleted Irish squad heads for New York to take on world and European champions Spain, almost a year on since the heavy defeat in Gdansk. Dave O’Grady, host of the YBIG Football Show, looks ahead to the clash and considers who might feature for a new-look Ireland.

Skipper Shane Has Georgia on his Mind

From scoring against England at Wembley to taking hold of the captain’s armband, it’s been quite a week for Shane Long. Giovanni Trapattoni has named the Irish team to face Georgia with Wes Hoolahan earning his first start in an intriguing midfield pairing with James McCarthy. Richard Dunne will also feature at some stage.

Swede Spell of Success: 10 Talking Points

Many expected our World Cup hopes to be dashed in Sweden. Instead, the Irish team shocked us with their display in Stockholm and they take on Austria on Tuesday with an opportunity to put us firmly in the play-off spot. How did that happen? Here’s ten talking points.

Trap’s Delight with Old Wes Shift

Once upon a time in Dublin, getting a score from Old Wes meant something entirely different, but it was shift of a different kind at another south Dublin venue that has Irish football fans all hot and bothered. Wes Hoolahan’s cameo against Poland has put a pep in the step of the Irish soccer team and its under-fire manager.