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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: July 06, 2017, 02:05:05 PM »
Malachy O'Rourke and Johnny McBride would be an ideal combination.The only problem is that he is still the current Monaghan manager and may not be interested even if he were to step down from his present position.

However  the County Board have to think  "big"  and go for a strong  and  capable personality who would immediately earn the respect of all players and officials. No effort should be spared in pursuit of ensuring that Derry football have the best players on the field and the best Management team off it.

Minor Manager Damian McErlain and all of our underage development coaches deserve to see that all of the players that they have developed reach their full potential as Senior inter county men.

Excuse my ignorance but what has Johnny McBride done managementwise?
Or is it just his knowledge of the club scene in Derry that you feel he would add to the equation?
last season he managed the loup to a county final, that was a great achievement.

Johnny would know the club scene well and is a good football man. But this doesn't qualify him to be part of an inter county set up. Mickey Boyle got Screen to a county final a few years ago and is now managing an Derry Intermediate Club team.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 29, 2017, 03:11:31 PM »
Let's not kid ourselves here fellas. S&C is not even close to being the issue. Derry were beat by a more talented set of players, managed by a better manager, backed by a more organised, and better resourced, County Board. It's hard to know where to start, but we fall behind most counties in Ulster in these 3 areas. One props the other up, and until changes are made in all three areas, all will suffer. 

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:45:02 PM »
Ashamed of himself? Embarrassment? Wise up man. Whether you agree or disagree with a player's decision to leave a panel, they are still amateur players for Christ's sake. They could have a multitude of reasons for either "commiting to the cause" (as some men put it), or not. They all have lives too remember. Nobody actually knows the exact circumstances except Postie and Barton. The funny thing is, I actually do think Postie's timing was wrong. But the abuse he's getting on here is over the top.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 24, 2017, 03:27:12 PM »
Tyrone 2-17 Derry 1-12

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:19:52 PM »
Mainly black cards against 'Screen last year. Maybe one of the McGoldricks got a red near the end. Can't remember. Black Saturday aka The Barry Cassidy Show.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:49:51 PM »
Hear another man left the derry panel; there a enough players left to  name a 24 match panel on game day!

Who's gone? Its hard to take how negative Derry is at the minute, county board just happy to go along and pick up the money from club games.. sure if they could pull the county team out of the championship they would. Sad times for once a proud county time to retire the oak leaf jersey no once seems to care a week out from the championship and more people are worried about Skinner head butting a ref three years ago ::)

I am certainly not worried about Skinner but there is a general connection. Lack of discipline is linked to a lack of commitment which feeds into a lack of success and eventually a lack of hope. Pride needs to be restored quickly before it is too late for another generation.

This amused me - nice work

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:30:40 AM »
Apologies go to Braveheart and Loup men! I had a frantic day with 2 young weans yesterday and my memory was clearly affected  ;D Anyway, yes, the real final was Ballinderry Vs Slaughtneil in my opinion. The point I was trying to make, is that Ballinderry have been at the top table for so long, that they can't be written off so easily! There we have it now.... ;)

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 11, 2017, 03:00:54 PM »
Senior Championship draw this day next week.

In my eyes Slaughtneil are out on their own as favourites followed by a chasing pack of Ballinderry, Ballinascreen, Coleraine and Magherafelt.
Yean agree that slaughtneil are a right bit ahead of the pack







I feel this is Ballinderrys last real crack. I have saw them twice this year, and on their day with their starting 15 all fit they will be able to give anyone a game.

However Collie Dook, Micky C and James Conway retired at the end of last season. Kevin McGuckin received a real bad injury at the start of the season and it is doubtful if we will see him back playing senior football at his age. Conleth Gilligan and Enda Muldoon are still performing well but you cannot be relaying on boys at 36/37 years of age to be your main men in Senior Football.

Would like to see Ballinderry give it a real run this year, difficult past couple of years for them and would maybe be the perfect way for a couple of older players to bow out. As I said Slaughtneil still clear front runners for me, Ballinderry still in second and another 3/4 challenging after that.
The present Ballinderry team is a long way off slaughtneil and no better than a cluster of teams in the middle tier of derry senior football. Just because they won a wrestling/boxing match in shamrock park against a Sneil team minus 6 starters doesn't mean they are realistic challengers. They will not get away with them antics in the championship when it will come down to football. I would not be worried if we met them in the championship,in fact I would be confident.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

But you would be confident in Swatragh beating Ballinderry come championship? Based on what?

Ballinderry were still the team to get closest to Slaughtneil in Derry last year.
Previous Ballinderry teams had the fear factor. They had a super squad with class all over the pitch. I don't believe the present Team or squad are anywhere near that. Enda,James,conleith,Kevin,Mickey c,Colin dook and god rest Aaron. These are big player's to replace and youse haven't replaced them. On the other hand Swatragh have a young breed of footballer coming through that,on there day are a handful to any club in derry. On Friday evening we scored 5-17 which is a massive score against a greenlough team Who had won 3 out of 4 league games.

One swallow doesn't make a summer Braveheart. That's no disrespect to your boys, who are going well and have improved. Ballinderry have regressed, but not to the extent that you seem to suggest. I wouldn't be writing them off just yet. They got to a county final last year remember.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:50:06 AM »
boys how much longer can enda muldoon go on? born 11 September 1977

i see he was at midfield for ballinderry against kilrea last weekend

hes still some player in fairness but surely he must be near ready to retire now and enjoy his evenings

one of the greatest players ever i seen by the way, on his day simply unplayable

Big Enda - what a player. At his peak, one of the best footballers in Ireland. If he played for my club I'd be begging him not to retire, immobile or not Stallion! Imagine having a man like that about training with younger players coming through.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 09, 2017, 12:15:36 PM »
Nice work on the stats Estimator. Interesting reading. I was at the 'Screen game this weekend and it seemed like we didn't play with any sweepers (or the sweeper that we did use was ineffective).... Young Murphy was given a tough time by a fresh looking Paddy Bradley. There seemed to be 50 yards of space between them and the next line of players at times. And again, it was another high scoring game. There is a trend recently of a few clubs playing flat 15 and having a shoot out. Great to see, and it will make for an exciting knockout championship, should teams not revert to 14 men behind the ball again  ::)

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:48:59 AM »
lol..brilliant..truth hurts...

OTH, you're doing your credibility no favours. You were asked for more information, which you couldn't provide.

Clearly high stool chat, it seems.

Stay on the Tyrone board if you can't substantiate your stories.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:30:39 AM »
With on the pitch directly after which is probably where the main problem lies. Posting it on social media after hardly helped.
what is worse....lynch,chrissy and heavron calling a meeting behind closed doors to get rid of senior management or what young kearney did? and barton had full knowledge off the meeting as he rang another senior member of panel was he asked to meeting?

I know you're a Tyrone man, but try and show a wee bit of class and restraint, and not run squealing to the Internet with any aul rumour you here down in the local

Ps. JoG2 - well said

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:29:29 AM »
Can't blame any player for wanting the management replaced.   it.

Although players shouldn't have any say in his replacement.

Stallions this is one of those situations where I'm not sure if I agree with you or not.

If senior players feel that the management is inadequate and they don't intervene then they could be accused of lacking leadership/balls. If they do step up they can also be accused of getting above their station.
We have all seen managements overthrown by players before and I suppose every situation is slightly different. Be interesting to get other posters views on this.

Unfortunately the position of Senior Football manager comes with baggage. Some of which warrants the accepting of criticism, including from your own players. Now there is a fine line between a private players meeting, and a player publicly criticising managers. I disagree with the latter. To my knowledge, this hasn't happened yet - maybe other men on here can correct me. I think Barton is out of his depth personally. But did anyone else want the job? Is there anyone better available? I don't know. But one thing's for sure, as soon as you take a role like that and nail your colours to the mast, you're a sitting duck for unhappy supporters. I've been at a few Derry games this year and it's tough watching, but I will support whoever is at the helm (including Barton) and hope that he can give our noisy neighbours a game come Championship.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:43:05 PM »
 Greenlough  --- --- Kilrea   
 Ballinascreen  --- --- Slaughtneil 
 Coleraine  --- --- Banagher 
 Bellaghy  --- --- Dungiven   
 Lavey  --- --- Glen 
Ballinderry  --- ---  Magherafelt   
 The Loup  --- --- Swatragh 
Glenullin  --- ---Claudy 

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:05:19 PM »
We used to have a decent PRO who tweeted live updates during most of our games for a couple of seasons. Class job, but then fizzled out unfortunately.

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