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GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2017
« Last post by JoG2 on Today at 09:56:03 AM »
Some spring in the step of you Tyrone hooers this morning!
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General discussion / Re: English FA Cup 2017
« Last post by seafoid on Today at 09:51:41 AM »
I like the 3rd round of the Cup MOTD and always have - reflecting on why I do so leads me to thinking that it was really a sort of round-up of where the lower leagues were at in terms of competitiveness.  This is probably agreeing with what Rufus, wobbler, J70 and Seanie are saying; we're now barraged with football to the extent that we'd never seriously consider looking at League-1, League-2 or LOI matches on the telly, much less getting off our arses to go see local league football (in the flesh), which is sad.  It's no wonder, I suppose, that LOI is at such a low ebb.

People are bombarded with football these days. I can't even be arsed watching my own team most of the time, and I'm paying for it. My team scores or wins, and it barely registered anymore. I couldn't care less if I tried. Football is unrecognisable to even around the start of the PL. Unrecognisable, unpronounceable players from far flung places earning vast sums. No wonder the Irish and British teams struggle internationally.

Surely the widening of the player base is raising the standard of the European leagues though?

The English league used to pretty much only feature the best of the British Isles, with the odd European player here and there. Arnold Muhren and Frans Thissjen were notable for being foreigners 35 years ago, and they only crossed from Holland! Ardiles and Villa very highly exotic recruits for Spurs. But they were not the norm. Even Liverpool, with Grobbelaar and Johnston well established foreign players (albeit from former colonies), still went domestic when they recruited their star team in the late 80s. Bergkampf and Klinsmann really started the flood into the Premier League in the mid-90s (Cantona was already there, but he came into the league as a last chance outcast).

So has the standard of British Isle player dropped in the last 20 years, or has the standard of the league into which they're trying to break risen?

(Not saying its a simple question BTW!)
The money in the game means the worst PL teams have more cash than the top Italian clubs. English clubs scour the world for players so local players get squeezed out. Standards are probably higher
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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Last post by hardstation on Today at 09:47:00 AM »
a county board job offered to member of the casement social club..
:o
Outrage.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Team App
« Last post by Croí na hÉireann on Today at 09:46:55 AM »
Used Clubify for a while but it died a death, not sure why.
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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« Last post by JoG2 on Today at 09:43:46 AM »
Are you sure it wasn't braveheart?? Lol

t'was, but it was fairly shawshankesque
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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« Last post by btdtgtt on Today at 09:36:21 AM »
The Alec Reid connection was instrumental in organising the event as were some members of St Johns, and throw in Corrigan's proximity to Clonard Monastry - the game would never have been considered for anywhere else.
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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football 2017
« Last post by Laoisabu on Today at 09:32:14 AM »
Got hammered by mayo last night. Not sure of the score but they scored something like 3-21.
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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football 2017
« Last post by les Antiques on Today at 09:23:58 AM »
Not exactly sure where Butch !
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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« Last post by Dunloy realist on Today at 09:12:54 AM »
St Johns is probably the only pitch that could take the game. All the other pitches in the county are shut due to the hammerings they took throughout the year.

Instead of bitching about the venue in January consider that the clubs dont want their pitches tore into complete shite months before any of the actual teams who play on it are even allowed close to it.

We dont have a county ground so we rely on the grace and good will of the clubs who offer their pitches up at this stage of the year.

And dont mention about getting money for it cause its not work two flying fuks as Ballycastle could vouch for.
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General discussion / Re: Stormont Assembly Elections 2017
« Last post by imtommygunn on Today at 09:02:35 AM »
Foster's attitude to brexit was also extremely arrogant. She should have been pushing for what it meant for ni etc but she didn't care no matter what the vote.
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