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GAA Discussion / Re: Eir Classic GAA
« on: Today at 12:06:26 AM »
That 1991  Meath Down game is still a nail biter.

It's too painful still that game for me to be objective about it. I never heard what neutrals thought of it. We only seemed to come alive when O'Rourke came on.

I was too young to appreciate it at the time, but love watching it back. It's almost as if I expect a different outcome every time.
When Colm came on he looked like a mummy, an acl rupture in both legs? or a triple hamstring strain?  Perhaps he could move a few steps each way. I remember him scoring a longish range point and the uplifting effect he had on a beaten team. Most times the focus in such games is on what the winning team players did, but for me Colm's is the enduring memory from that game.

Those were the days when Meath came back from almost being pulled up.  With each point scored  as they clawed their way back, the crowd noise would get that bit louder, until it became a preordained script that just had to be played out.
I haven't watched that game in years but by I think somewhere  by hook or crook Down managed to score an important point to just about hold their finger in the dyke.

I was in Dublin for the semi final Down v Kerry, but not for the final.
I was sent a vhs tape of the game, it arrived a week afterwards but I had kept myself uninformed about the game. It was one of the few vhs tapes that survived a ruthless purge some years ago.


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A very squeaky bum time.

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General discussion / Re: Android Boxes
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:30:24 AM »
I took out a subs for vpnarea and it works good.
If I want to watch rte or tv3 content on ios, then the tv stations player web page says I have to use a separate player which is only downloadable from the Irish Apple Store.
As I don't live in Ireland, that's not possible.
Is there some other way to install the players? or do I have to subscribe to the Irish apple store in order to downl the players?

I could use the irish server on VPNarea, plus a different email address and register using the name from a friendly credit card not currently reg with apple, that seems a lot of work just for a couple of small free apps.


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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:09:46 PM »
There is a change coming into force next season in the Uefa club ranking criteria for clubs and afaics the change will benefit Celtic. Clubs will now gain no benefit from their country's coefficient.  And seeing as Celtic are about the only SPL club earning points, this change should benefit Celtic's ranking.

Celtic are currently 50th in the UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2018 (for next season's CL) and this despite the rich pickings of 2012/13 dropping out of the calculation. Celtic  will probably end up in the mid 40's once the group stage points are tallied.
https://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert/uefa/data/method5/trank2018.html

Under the old system, Celtic would have lost ground in the rankings and dropped down to around 60th for 2018.
In 2016/17  group stage draw, Celtic were the top 4th pot seed.



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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 18, 2017, 11:19:09 AM »
Great performance but a lot of things fell kindly for Celtic last night.

BUT nothing. You can't watch a lot of football. Celtic deserved that last night 100%. The first goal was an own goal forced by Rogic's brilliant skill, Griffiths was on hand anyway. The ref played advantage at the third as he should have. Griffiths' goal took a deflection, happens every week in loads of matches. So I would say one thing 'fell kindly'. FFS just enjoy a great win and a brilliant performance.
Who's not enjoying it. He said a lot of things fell for Celtic and anyone (other than you perhaps?) can see that it did. It happens some times. Celtic deserved to win but not by five. I really enjoyed the win despite these obvious observations. Oh, FFS.

I'm still savouring that performance. Point out "a lot of things'" that fell for Celtic. I saw one instance, maybe two, everything else was as a result of good tactics/play and a superb performance.
Of course Celtic deserved it, nevertheless Bennyd's point has some merit when you consider 5 goals from 3 shots on target and to be 2 goals up at half time was not a fair reflection of the proceedings. Celtic could then afford to take stock in defence in the 2nd half, not have to force the issue, hit on the counter, with Griffiths and Sinclair looking very sharp and more space for them to run into.
 The 2 own goals fell Celtic's way, also the refs decision to wait 4 seconds after the clash of heads also fell Celtic's way. Doesn't meant that the defender had any other option but to score an og from the Rogic cross into the danger area or that the ref was not right to play on those few seconds after the head clash.
Not much went for Astana on the night, their game plan fell apart before half time without them doing much wrong.







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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:02:51 PM »
30 million in the bank, well done, BR's pay packet for a few more years... 5 British teams in the CL now, bound to be a Battle of Britain game
It's not the same without Arsenal.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:57:04 PM »
is this a groundbreaking move from RTE to have Joanne Cantwell presenting RTE's  front line CL coverage?
It seems so normal, hardly worth remarking upon, except that it's unprecedented.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:44:56 PM »
That was a second half masterclass. On the way to the CL group stage riding the red carpet.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:34:57 PM »
Good to have the green brigade back in full force, what a difference they make.
They could have added this song to their repertoire
"Yes! We Have No Banners Today"

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General discussion / Re: The "PC Brigade" brigade
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:32:39 PM »
For years now I have been ignoring the clear and present danger of this threat from the pc brigade, nevertheless, I have a growing fear,  an utter dread of the time when the pc brigade will finally catch up with me, packs of them in my vicinity,  breathing my air, dirty little tree hugging pinkos waving their Guardian newspaper subscriptions in the air.

However, there’s some consolation as I read the comments under this article in the Indo  from those of our fine citizens who are completely untouched by the pc disease. At least we can still call a spade a spade in the Indo, one of the last bastions of unfettered free speech.

 
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/appalling-disgusting-vandals-destroy-memorial-to-11-victims-of-carrickmines-fire-tragedy-36037250.html

“Vandals destroy memorial to 11 victims of Carrickmines fire tragedy”


“The statue of ' Our Lady ' could be replaced with a solid metal one ?”
“It'd be sold for scrap and melted down”


“it looks like a grave, it’s ghastly and tasteless. If it can be seen from the Glenamuck road I wouldn’t be surprised of the neighbors did a job on it. I would if it popped up on my road.”


“…I’m also sick of the way we have to pc our way around this ethnic group. When can we grow up as a nation, and say straight out to people that their so called way of life is incompatible with modern Ireland and that the taxpayers should not be expected to fund "state of the art halting sites".

“Was there planning permission for the memorial?”

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:20:16 AM »
After last night's game I was thinking that Liverpool could do with an all round midfield maestro (who wouldn't)  and that there might be a few years left in Luka Modric (the gold standard of maestros) under contract at RM  until 2018,  his salary is not outrageous by current standards but I see there's a buyout clause of Eur500m inserted in his contract  ;D
This inflation at the top end of the game is akin to Germany under the Weimar republic

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:36:59 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40921922

From that article

Complaints were made to police over Lennon's touchline conduct after Hibs' first goal in a 3-2 victory.
Rangers assistant manager Helder Baptista had spoken to police about Lennon, he (Lenny) said: "I didn't make a gesture, I celebrated a goal.If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn't get into trouble for doing that."


To be a Rangers' assistant manager, you're the snitch, yapping in the ears of the police ;D
And to be a Rangers manager, it's part of the job description to act out the condescending prat,  referring to Lenny  Pedro exclaimed  "I don’t have the same principles, education or point of view.”

And for both of them, they automatically inherit the club's air of sole entitlement to everything.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:39:39 PM »
Not a bad stadium for a village club, a real fans stadium.
That was a crazy free kick, hardly any altitude but bent beautifully to go inside the post, with the goalie nailed to his spot.

A village club owned by the billionaire owner of SAP - not that far of RB Leipzig

The club is majority owned by the fans, take that you scouser! :D
Hopp only owns 49%.

Surprise surprise - MS being wrong again  ::) Hopp is the majority owner

http://www.dw.com/en/sap-mogul-hopp-taking-majority-voting-share-in-hoffenheim/a-18246873

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Hoffenheim's members have unanimously approved software billionaire Dietmar Hopp taking a majority voting share in the club. The village outfit thus becomes the third Bundesliga exception to the "50+1" rule.

Another lamentable step in the commercialization of the Bundesliga, or the inevitable acknowledgement of more than 350 million euros (currently $396 million) poured into village club Hoffenheim over the years?

On Monday, Hoffenheim's club members voted unanimously to allow benefactor Dietmar Hopp, the billionaire co-founder of software giant SAP, to assume a majority voting share in the Bundesliga side.

Most German sides are bound by a special rule, the "50+1" provision, stating that a voting majority should rest in control of the club itself. For years, Hopp had held a 49-percent voting stake in the side, which he helped propel through the German lower divisions and into the Bundesliga proper.

"As with any right, this comes with moral obligations attached," Hopp said on Monday, saying that the change would make it easier for him to continue to invest in the club's infrastructure and youth facilities. "Even after the takeover, an advisory body will continue to watch over the economic and sporting needs of TSG [Hoffenheim], so the responsibility of the management will not be affected."

Of Hoffenheim's 6,437 members, 384 were present for Monday's vote. Prior to the change, Hoffenheim had retained a 51-percent voting majority, despite having just 4 percent of the club's capital holdings, to Hopp's 96 percent



Now - crawl back to the Celtic thread and get back to what you do best  - complaining about people reacting to Tony Fearon.
Opps my mistake,  are you from Tyrone?
That might explain the bitterness, the sensitivity issue and a long memory ;D

Still Hoff is nothing like RBL and its obvious commercial name, and it's way ahead of any EPL club in regard to fan participation and ownership. You'd swear Liverpool did not have a sugar daddy as do most EPL clubs have a single owner or one in the majority, with no fans ownership at all,  but you still have issues with Hoffenheim?  ;D 

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General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:31:04 PM »
Closer to GBP45m.

Though it's a sign of the times when it's a give or take 5m figure :)

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:57:41 PM »
Not a bad stadium for a village club, a real fans stadium.
That was a crazy free kick, hardly any altitude but bent beautifully to go inside the post, with the goalie nailed to his spot.

A village club owned by the billionaire owner of SAP - not that far of RB Leipzig
The club is majority owned by the fans, take that you scouser! :D
Hopp only owns 49%.
How much of Liverpool is owned by the fans?

Hopp's been a club member since his birth, it's all about the club, hardly resembles RBL.
 

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