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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: Today at 11:23:48 AM »
I wonder where Ashman stands on the idea of uniting the two states on the island of Ireland to once again create an Irish Nation and an official Ireland.

That for me would be higher up the priority list than worrying about recreational preferences. That said if he is so staunch about sport it is probably pretty obvious he is at the forefront of promoting Irish unity.

Not overly concerned about a UI to be honest .  My support for Irish sport is largely about community. I support my local LOI team and would be a fan of the league in general .  Can't understand Irish people referring to British soccer clubs as "we" . These clubs are big money grabbing corporations.

I am very active in my community as is my wife.  We have an active role in coaching kids and in family groups, always support local businesses, have watered the local hanging baskets and painted at the local GAA club FFS but it is not one or the other when it comes to supporting Glasgow Celtic, a corporation yes but much much more than that and indeed a club like few others.  Being a Celtic supporter is about being part of a community also and in the case of my supporters club a local one at that.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: Today at 09:12:32 AM »
Look I think Sunday just laid it all out bare. We have many failings from grassroots upward but for me I was hoping to see a brave effort, something to cling to, signs that there was potential, some character, defiance etc. Instead it was what I feared most, a total capitulation. Yes we were playing one of the top teams in the country but I had hoped that might inspire us.

I don't know if the management are to blame unless they have put players off representing their county then they are playing the hand they have been dealt. I do not blame the players as no doubt these lads have bust a gut and made sacrifice over the last number of months and have been let down by the absence of more experienced players to lead them.

I think there is a general apathy and lack of direction right down to club level. There are exceptions but there are many failings and having followed Antrim for close to 40 years it is the same old story stuck on repeat play.

Looking at the club scene it is generally either the same people or else parents. In an ideal world you would have specialists at each age group that stay there and the kids get to move through different pairs of hands meaning they are being coached different ideas at an appropriate level and removing any potential for discrimination or favouritism. Equally the schools, particularly primary schools have to work hand in hand. Money might be tight but the aforementioned approach would be a good start.

Fffff knows but when you do not have hope you have nothing.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: Today at 08:48:58 AM »
I wonder where Ashman stands on the idea of uniting the two states on the island of Ireland to once again create an Irish Nation and an official Ireland.

That for me would be higher up the priority list than worrying about recreational preferences. That said if he is so staunch about sport it is probably pretty obvious he is at the forefront of promoting Irish unity.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: Today at 06:51:32 AM »
Irishmen and indeed Irish women  following British soccer teams are pathetic . 

It is really noticeable that there is no thread on this site on either Irish pro soccer league.

I think it is pathetic that what people do in their spare time appears to irk you so much. Would the same go for watching non Irish tv shows, non Irish movies, eating non Irish foods? Get a life FFS.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 22, 2017, 04:43:33 PM »
well its that arrogance thats costing the county potential players.

its pretty clear that whats there isnt good enough. Its about time they started looking throughout the county for every single talented player.

Arrogance? One thing that cant be thrown at the current management is they haven't gave the weaker team's players a chance at county football. 

Ill state very clearly here that there are no hidden Bernard Brogan's plying their trade in Div 2, 3 or 4.

Better than that, there are no players hidden in Div 4 in Antrim and any good players in Div 3 are probably going backwards at an alarming rate given the standard of that competition.

I agree that the current management have cast the net wide but if we do not have our top experienced players on board to lead then this almost becomes futile.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 22, 2017, 04:21:21 PM »
its about time football started going the way of hurling and started looking outside of the top teams for players who could do a job for the county.

you have lads from Armoy, St Pauls, Sarsfields all playing county hurling and will be in 1B next year amongst lads from the Div1 clubs and they fully merit their places on the team.

We won the minor championship last year and not one single fella was on the county panel. Following year the U21's squad for ulster and not one single fella asked to come along.Are they not good enough? did anyone come along and see them play? or is it a case of 'your not playing Div 1 therefore your not good enough?'

Im pretty sure theres plenty of lads out there playing in Antrim would love the chance to represent their county but have not been asked. Its time the footballers took the same approach as the hurling and realise where its at and try and build itself up against.

The hurlers may not be the best but they have a great team spirit in the panel and are starting to get it right again.

All this nonsense about not enough representation by the county champions etc look at the hurling, 2 starting from Loughgiel, 1 from Dunloy, 4 from Cushendall & 2 from Ballycastle. All the top 4 clubs in Antrim.

That is 9 out of 15 from the best teams in the county. Besides I would say the hurling has also suffered from not getting our best players out over the last decade and in real terms our hurlers are not faring a great deal better than our footballers. But my point is not about filling the team with players from the County champions but rather the lack of some obvious players from these teams on an ongoing basis and indeed as CB pointed out other top players in the county. These are guys with know how how and have proven it by continually coming out on top even in recent years when people thought they were there for the taking.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 22, 2017, 01:32:30 PM »
Sadly not surprised at yesterdays outcome.  While relegated from Div 3 we held our own in nearly every game and I had hoped that maybe we would be able to dig deep yesterday but at the same time I feared that the sight of the Donegal jersey would ensure that we went into our shells and so it proved.  .  While most of us did not expect a win we would maybe have been entitled to think that we would at least We seem to still be at the stage where our county champions are poorly represented on our senior county team.  This was the case for years with St Galls and now Cargin are equally under representedgo out and ruffle a few feathers a maybe surprise a few in terms of getting close but hey ho.

Great work by the minors, lets keep it going in the next round.

We as a county seem to be obsessed about the number of representatives from the county champions. It doesn't matter. Look at other counties, Burren  in the 80's and 90's had 2 on the Down team, Lavey in the 80's and 90's had 2/3 on the team and 2 more subs, Kerry, 2/3 from the champions, Dublin, a couple, Donegal, a couple???

What's important is that we are getting the best talent from throughout the county on the team. So e have 2 from Cargin, and possibly should have another 2/3 on the panel, St Galls have 3, Creggan 2, LD 2 etc.  Are we now seeing the benefit of development squads and talent now being identified through out the county.

So instead of talking about the number of club representatives, should we not be talking about who are the best players within the county at various positions. Then lets be honest with ourselves and ask the million dollar question; "is the talent in Antrim of Div 1,2,3 or 4 standard?"

When we have started the last 15-20 club Championships with St Galls and Cargin a distance out in front of the rest in the betting it would suggest that Antrim has two teams that are way stronger than the rest including know how of how to win Championship games.  Most years you look for the draw to see if St Galls and Cargin will meet before the final - this is the reality.  I am not saying this is the only reason but at the same time it would be nice to have our top championship performers in the trenches for these games.  Its not as if it is a new problem.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:57:22 AM »
Sadly not surprised at yesterdays outcome.  While relegated from Div 3 we held our own in nearly every game and I had hoped that maybe we would be able to dig deep yesterday but at the same time I feared that the sight of the Donegal jersey would ensure that we went into our shells and so it proved.  We seem to still be at the stage where our county champions are poorly represented on our senior county team.  This was the case for years with St Galls and now Cargin are equally under represented.  While most of us did not expect a win we would maybe have been entitled to think that we would at least go out and ruffle a few feathers a maybe surprise a few in terms of getting close but hey ho.

Great work by the minors, lets keep it going in the next round.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 01:21:15 PM »
One week to go until I attend a special lunch in Glasgow with the Lions.Should be a memorable.occasion.

I hope the sandwiches are to your satisfaction Tony.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:59:06 PM »
On a more serious note I think we all know that we are miles out in front of what we are up against and with a competent manager will continue to secure league titles.  However in such circumstances if you want to try and kick on it is not good enough just being better than what is around you.  You have to set your own standards and you have to try and make inroads in Europe.  In ways playing in a weak league with less TV revenue makes this more difficult. 

Rodgers will face his defining games of next season before it has even properly began and should he come through that then his challenge is to show that his team can start to compete at that level by securing European football beyond Christmas.  It does not stop there either.  No one is expecting a magic bullet where we are challenging for European titles but if we can get to a stage where we are looking at quarter finals of Champions League or semi finals of Europa league then that would be  a great place to be.  But as things stand this is still a wish rather than any sort of given. 

However one year into the job there are clear signs of progress from recent years and we can only hope that the progress continues for a few years yet.  The reality is should Celtic fail to get group stages of Champions League next season then a lot of the current feel good will evaporate.  I was at Hampden for the league cup final towards the end of Ronnys first season and much of the second half was spent singing his name and he got a similar heroic reception at our club dinner that June yet come the autumn the knives were being sharpened. 

So things can change but as it stands the forward momentum is there and we will only really be able to judge Rodgers time when he has his own stamp on the team playing against the better sides in European football.  You talked about the Barcelona result but that was early in his tenure and lesson were learned and brought forward in subsequent matches.  As I say, all about progressing and with progress while it is still happening you cannot come to any definite conclusions and sure there will be bumps along the way but again it is how you react to the bumps.  Two steps forward, one step back keeps you moving forward in the long run.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:36:40 PM »
Would I be right in thinking that if Celtic win or draw their last game they set the record for most points achieved in a single season?  I think it's currently 103 so they are level with it. Would be some achievement for an auld bluffer from the Glens!!  Still deserves the boot though.

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Easiest job in soccer....

And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.  I am sure you would do equally well in that job....

Anyone would... Barcelona 7-0 says it all about standard in Scotland

What sort of logic are you trying to knit together?  He has the easiest job in football, you could do equally well and to prove it his team got thumped by one of the best teams in the world?

I have the most obese wife in the world, anyone could get off with her and to prove it she did not eat a thing when we went to pizza hut!


 :D Im guessing your wife doesnt read this board...

lol - if she does I am safe enough  ;)

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:18:44 PM »
Would I be right in thinking that if Celtic win or draw their last game they set the record for most points achieved in a single season?  I think it's currently 103 so they are level with it. Would be some achievement for an auld bluffer from the Glens!!  Still deserves the boot though.

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Easiest job in soccer....

And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.  I am sure you would do equally well in that job....

Anyone would... Barcelona 7-0 says it all about standard in Scotland

What sort of logic are you trying to knit together?  He has the easiest job in football, you could do equally well and to prove it his team got thumped by one of the best teams in the world?

I have the most obese wife in the world, anyone could get off with her and to prove it she did not eat a thing when we went to pizza hut!

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:07:39 AM »
Would I be right in thinking that if Celtic win or draw their last game they set the record for most points achieved in a single season?  I think it's currently 103 so they are level with it. Would be some achievement for an auld bluffer from the Glens!!  Still deserves the boot though.

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Easiest job in soccer....

And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.  I am sure you would do equally well in that job....

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:37:05 AM »
A member of the CB forwarded M Fitzpatrick's name verbally and then gave written confirmation of such.

Employees aren't members of the county board

Employees of Croke Park would that be?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:01:49 PM »
Probably just that thing that when a McCooey is talking to you, you automatically assume he is trying to hoodwink you.

Out of parting with my scallions might I add.

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