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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:30:30 PM »
Is it true that John donated his Peace Prize money to charity, whereas David Trimble spent his on his family and himself?

It was their money to do what ever they wanted with it. If Trimble wanted to spend the money on himself, good luck to him. Sometime people expect to much of political representatives. Anyway, today is about John Hume.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:10:58 PM »



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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread - Return of the Jedi
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:35:09 AM »
Nice to end the season that way.

Without Martinelli, Saka, Chalmbers and Leno. Saliba ready to go. Arsenal need to sell Ozil and possibly bring in Thomas Partley and aim for a top 4 finish next season

Ozil will have to be given away for free. He was a year left on a contract paying him £300,000 a week. No one in their right mind will buy Ozil and pay him them wages.


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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2019/20
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:14:11 PM »
Community Shield Semi Final about to start. I forgot it was even on today.

God be with the days when you'd have FA Cup coverage the whole morning and afternoon leading up final on the TV.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:40:19 AM »
The lack of International competition is one thing that will stop professional/franchise teams.
Some lads can be very quick to hop to the nearest Senior Club sadly :-\

The franchise teams won't be professional, they'll just be an upgrade of how inter-county players are taken care of today. There'll be less teams in the inter-county system. So there will be more money to go around to these teams.

As well as pumping in ordinate amounts of money into Dublin GAA the Super 8's and two tier championship are the beginning stages of this.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2019/20
« on: July 29, 2020, 09:55:02 PM »
Lads, there are millions invested in the EPL, Bournemouth are going down and are a club that are likely gonna struggle to get back up. There may be any number of clauses that cover what happens in the field etc etc but a lot of the time these types of cases are played through the court of public opinion. I know if I was advising Bournemouth I’d be going for it given how blatant the mistake was and the fact that it was acknowledged as a mistake. You or I may never know it happened because of confidentiality but I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal is done

Didn't West Ham have to pay Sheff Utd years ago over the EPL rules regarding 3rd party player ownership? There is a sniff of a chance

Yeah they ended up paying them £18m over Carlos Tevez playing and he wasn’t correctly registered.
A rule was broken for Tevez,
not remotely resembling a precedent for Bournemouth to hang their hat on.

West Ham got away with murder not getting a points deduction. They were found guily of breaking the rules and every game that Tevez played could have been given as a 3-0 to the opposition. But that would have created it's own problems.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:00:30 PM »
The good thing about gaa is play for clubs in places where they live or born unlike soccer where Liverpool is not really Liverpool  if they go franchise models you will see Tyrone players playing for some team like the cork city cheetahs or dublin player playing for the Belfast Bobcats.

Like everything else that is fading. Many get transfers to city clubs where they are working. Franchise teams will see players play inter-county only. This will see us evolve into a model like Rugby have without the International option.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The most bonkers moments in GAA
« on: July 28, 2020, 10:45:01 PM »
McEniff spent a Sunday night after losing a semi final to Galway in 83 wondering how Donegal could win Sam.

They did the job in 92. After that McHugh could never buy his own dinner in New York.

He probably spent a Sunday night after winning the semi final to Mayo in'92 still wondering the same thing.

God, that must have one of the worst AI semi finals since the emergence of TV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5DJfvK01Q

93 was worse

92 was worse because both teams were sh1te. At least Cork were decent in '93.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The most bonkers moments in GAA
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:49:27 PM »
McEniff spent a Sunday night after losing a semi final to Galway in 83 wondering how Donegal could win Sam.

They did the job in 92. After that McHugh could never buy his own dinner in New York.

He probably spent a Sunday night after winning the semi final to Mayo in'92 still wondering the same thing.

God, that must have one of the worst AI semi finals since the emergence of TV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5DJfvK01Q


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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 26, 2020, 05:15:46 PM »
There may be a need for Franchise teams. Ulster and Connacht  to amalgamate counties and enter teams into the hurling championship. The same may have to happen for smaller counties in football. Some counties may even vanish. Some have vanished already and are only there in name.

The GAA are not going to go back to the way the inter-county game use to be. They have invested to much money into Dublin GAA and Croke Park. It's all about Big games, Advertising, sponsorship, Corporate boxes and Big crowds. Most 3rd and 4th Division teams are a hassle and the creation of a tier two championship is the first step to weaning out the weaker counties and ignoring them.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: July 25, 2020, 09:16:59 PM »
Former cork footballer Kieran O’Connor died at 41 with some rare bone disorder I think it was. Three kids. Very sad that.

Aghada GAA officially retire the jersey of their late, great talisman Kieran O'Connor ahead of today's Cork GAA Premier IFC clash with CTB in Kilmurry.

Nice touch.




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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 25, 2020, 05:03:35 PM »
what i was meant to say is being a high profile gaa players gets you benefits and favours in the community so some players are indirectly professionals proxy professional you could call them.

GAA is unique for a variety of reasons, “amateur status”, closed transfer policy, inequitable provincial structures , financially and logistically advantaged counties.

Whereas I have no problem with committed players being looked after in terms of expenses, career opportunities etc. , it’s unfair the way players from Dublin and some other counties have far more opportunities. If Dean Rock happened to be born in Tullow in Co Carlow, for example, he could never be afforded these opportunities unless he was to choose another sport (Seán O’brien started off as a GAA player, but had to choose Rugby to make the £££)
For this reason alone , The GAA needs to tidy up the guidelines around this. Though he should be paid for his time, expenses and loss of opportunity , the extra monies Dublin & other counties , and their players , make out of sponsorship , coaching , and gate receipts , should be distributed fairly across the association .
After several decades of involvement in GAA at various levels, now for the first time I see genuine anger re Dublin , and a fear that the Dublin juggernaut will destroy our association. The higher  echelons of the association appear to have  a hefty Dublin influence that isn’t serving us well.
The latest manifestation of this is John Horan’s apparent tolerance or disinterest in the partitioned approach to Covid, as he leads a supposedly 32 county organisation . In 2011 I was delighted to see the Dubs Winning  the All-ireland, as I felt it would be good for the association, in actual fact it has been an absolute disaster. In many ways I feel for the Dubs as their undoubtedly outstanding team, will never get the same credit as others given their enormous advantage.

How teams are seen in the future is based on the popularity of the sport or the standing of the competition won in president day. Back in the day and up to the mid-'70's winning a Railway Cup medal was held in high prestige. Players craved to be on inter-provincial teams and win a national title.  Railway Cup medals were counted with AI's and Provincial medals when players did a tot of honours at the end of their career. Not today! They hold no weight and don't even exist. Somewhere it's popularity faded.  The present journey of the GAA is fraught with similar danger. Counties are losing interest, the general public are losing interest. The Dubs who are on the crest of a Tsunami are enjoying it for now. But the boredom will set in from now on. Dublin are going for their 15 Leinster title in 16 years and 10 in a row. It's fan sapping stuff.

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Liverpool won the European Cup last year and Premier League this year. They are the best team in the world at the moment. Only job that he could go on to from here and be considered a step up is Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Why would he leave? He clearly loves Liverpool and he has built an amazing team that isn't going anywhere soon

Maybe he's a Guardiola, absolutely obsessive and manic til he burns out. Takes time off, resets and goes again somewhere else? Certainly looks that kind of character to me from a distance. The day of the Fergus/Wenger empire like managements are probably a thing of the the past?

Even Clough! Wenger stayed to long. Time caught up on Fergie. The turnaround of teams these days is mental. This Liverpool squad has been put together over a relatively short period. Bar Henderson, Milner, Lovren, Firminho, Origi and Lallana, all were moved on. There was some clear out.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:42:44 PM »
So here is the choice - Do you want to spend the money on a new set of Jerseys or Do you want to spend the money on improving the free takers in your club?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:32:03 PM »


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