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GAA Discussion / Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:26:15 PM »
In my own county Dermot Early & Tony Mc.

Outside Willie Joe & Ciaran Mac were special.

Anthony Tohill , around that time Derry had an exceptional corner back who's name escapes me.

Westmeath had Mike Spike Fagan.

Louth had Stefan White.

In hurling Sylvie Linnane, Ger McInerery, Duignan for Offaly and Limericks Ciaran Carey were special.

Kieran McKeever or Tony Scullion?

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:34:37 PM »
We hired one of those public bikes, there is a really nice cycle the whole way along the water front, we cycled from Soldier field up to wrigley stadium

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 12, 2019, 02:36:16 PM »
Well 2 of the best teams of all time playing in ulster at that time so maybe you are right. Derry in the noughties had a good team they got to 2 All Ireland semis and won the national league but Tyrone and Armagh were stronger hence why they didn't win an ulster.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:33:21 PM »
Fionntamhnach's own Red and White tinted glasses wouldn't let facts get in the way of a complete lie, and he laments about Brolly, Jesus wept.

I don't deal with "alternative facts" and I've a low tolerance for bullsh*tters no matter where in the world they are. Also you haven't said yet whom you thought should have taken up Michael Lyster's job either. 😉

For everyone else, the story of the clip being played on the coach was confirmed to me through both a player on the squad and also a member of the backroom team at the time. The bereavement mentioned by BennyCake likely proved to be a factor for that game, but is a separate incident in itself.

OK, I had a rule to myself to keep away from talking about the arsehole this thread is dedicated to for several years now (with one exception) and now he's been finally let go from RTÉ with many others here also sharing my view, I'm going to take that vow again. Because for narcissistic attention seekers, the worst thing is not being talked about by others. 🙊

Paddy Bradley had a great game the first day and carried what was a very limited Derry outfit. Roasted Mickey McGee. A certain Dromore man got the nob the 2nd day and Bradley never got a kick. Derry were well beaten.

A team with 5 all stars 'very limited' (Lockhart, McCloy, Muldoon, Tohill and Bradley), plus the likes of Fergal Doherty, Paul McFlynn, Niall McCusker and Kevin McGuckin. Ha I would love a Derry team this limited today. No doubt they were poor the second day but this was a very good Derry team.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:46:47 PM »
What was the attendance tonight?
4500 I saw in Twitter, shows what the people of Derry think of league football when it matters
Yes. There would have been less in Celtic park. A good junior championship game between 2 Derry city team's at Celtic park would almost get double figures paying at the gate. South derry is the heartland and always will be. Next year at senior football the only real north Derry team playing senior football will be Claudy. Coleraine will also play but really Coleraine are outsiders to both south and north derry.

It's obvious the South Derry clubs are putting a lot of effort into closing the gap after the North Derry championship clean sweep last year. The hard work of south derry gaels like yourself should be commended.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 13, 2019, 12:59:39 PM »
Dungiven, what the hell happened them? Had a serious team through the early 90's and 20 odd yrs ago later they totally fallen away.

Wondering the same myself, warnings signs bound to have been there with the heavy beating they took from Swatragh at home earlier in the league. Have they been missing men? Injuries / travelling??

Dungiven won a minor championship in 2009 if I remember correctly..would be interesting to know how many of that team are still playing today

2 or 3 I would say. A few years ago about 8 would have been playing regular senior football. Since then a couple away travelling and a few retired, injured or quit temporarily.

I think there are a few reasons, Derry hurling definitely impacted towards our terrible start to the league and losing Kevin Johnston to Australia was a blow. Swatragh aside we have competed in a lot of games for 45 min and ended up losing them in the last quarter. I'm not surprised we were fighting relegation in a 12 team league but think we could have picked up a few more points.

We've had a big turn over of players in last few years, the core of our team that got to 09 Co final and competed well for the next 5 or 6 years have all retired in last few years and haven't been replaced eg Paul Murphy, Hinphey, McKeever, Pinny, Fig, Aaron mccloskey, Darrell O'kane. Hence our steady decline.

Maybe a year in Div 2 will help bring on a few younger players. I definitely think we should come straight back up. In 2007 Div 1 was split into two 8s, we went to 1b and got beat by Bellaghy by a point in that years champ semi, beat by ballinderry in 08 semi and lost 09 final, let's hope relegation has a similar impact this time!

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:21:34 PM »
Not much difference in the 2 incidents for me, it was clear that there was going to be retributiom meted out to the Bridge player after the first incident, and rightly so in my book. Shoulda hit him from in front though.
This takes blind loyalty in the gaa to a new level

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:10:35 PM »
People are talking like there were no games during the league break. From what I can see Dungiven seemed to play nearly week during this period. Sure it's not as high a level as senior league but it's still football every week.

I preferred the 16 team league too but was that not removed because some clubs didn't want to play games without co. men

General discussion / Re: Portrush gets the Open
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:31:30 PM »
He put a fantastic post up on Instagram about Lowry.

Haters gonna hate.
People just hate McIlroy no matter what he does. He blew the biggest weekend of his life, was done by Friday and obviously devastated yet people thought he should hang about until Sunday just in case Shane Lowry managed to put together 2 good days on Sat and Sun to win the open.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:08:56 PM »
You been buying titles for years. You were nearly always in the top 3 buying players the years you won the league going bck to the start of the 90's. So don't kid yourself you's are any better than city.

In fairness Manchester United earned the money they spent on players and recently they have paid over the odds on players and wages because clubs and player agents fooled a clueless chief Executive. Manchester City won the lotto with the prize money of a trillion.

It's a fair point to be honest - what odds how you got the money? Professional Sport or Football isn't a game of morals - United had it relatively easy in the 90s too with their financial power.

Biggest spender in the Premier league:
92/93 Blackburn
93/94 Blackburn
94/95 Everton
95/96 Newcastle
96/97 Newcastle
97/98 Newcastle
98/99 Man Utd
99/00 Liverpool
00/01 Leeds

It's wrong to say Utd bought their success, Ferguson made Utd the club they are today and that's the reason they have so much money now. He didn't build his success on signing the best players. Sure some big signings came later, mostly young talented players Rooney, Ronaldo, Ferdinand etc but he rarely went out and bought superstars (veron but he flopped) and his spending was never greater than Europe's other top clubs. Like Abramovich in mid 00s or City now.


GAA Discussion / Re: 'Bad Birthday' in GAA Underage
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:55:29 PM »
There have been a few studies on this, off the ball did a piece on it last year covering the a phd paper from some guy on the impact of Birthday and player development but i can't find a link. In summary, across all sports if you are born just after the cut off date your chances of making it are much higher than if you are born before.

Here is an article on impact in soccer:

It's not that the current calendar year is unfair, whereever we put the cut off it will be fair to some and unfair to others

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo for Sam 2019
« on: April 01, 2019, 05:12:30 PM »
I'd like to see the stat for points from play

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: March 28, 2019, 04:16:27 PM »

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: March 05, 2019, 12:14:00 PM »
American life expectancy is lower mainly due to obesity

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:25:02 AM »
Is it true it wasn't even at full-time, it was at the end of the first half?!
Would it not be a lot worse if it was at full-time?

Magherafelt are getting a lot of abuse for this but I can understand why they did it, going in a point down at ht against the best team in the county and getting a chance to regroup isn't the worst outcome, better than pushing up and conceding another point or goal just before ht. They probably thought let's get a turnover and try and build a counter but weren't counting on Slaughtneil playing among themselves for 5 minutes.

At end of day neither team was trying to score and Slaughtneil should share part of the blame. As good as Slaughtneil are, when I go to watch them at Owenbeg I don't expect to be entertained, they play boring effective possession football. If they come up against another team that plays it eg Coleraine or Ballinascreen the game is terrible and inevitably Slaughtneil win by a couple of points as they have better players. The problem is if you don't play that way and come up against a team of equal ability that does you will get beat.

That video is a microcosm of all that is wrong with Gaelic at the minute but I don't know what the solution is.

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