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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2019
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:16:22 PM »
Westmeath lads, has Jack Smith got a run at all? Was a very good half back at underage for the Dubs, but never got a look in at senior.

The Derry lad on the Wooly podcast said (when talking about Kerry letting Cox go very easily to Rossies) that he knew Jim Gavin made a call to a player who was asked to join another county, to say he’s still on the radar, and hold off for another year. Given the Derry lad plays for Skerries Harps, i’d guess he was talking about Jack’s brother Stephen, who’s an absolute topper of a corner forward. Admittedly small, but very quick, can take a bang, and great scorer.

There’s another younger brother coming too, and I believe he’d be well worth keeping an eye on.

Played corner back Saturday. Played a couple of games in the league at wing forward. Hasn't really improved the team but hasn't disgraced himself either. Probably a little light for this level.

Not a great performance from us Saturday, we've gone back to playing within ourselves. Match should have been killed when Halligan got his goal at half time but Limerick were allowed waltz through us a few times. Need to bring a lot more intensity the next day against Clare. Draw was kind again but would have preferred the Biffos, least we're at home although a trip to Ennis would have been good craic. Need Heslin and Duncan fit to start.

I would say he was certainly referring to Stephen Smith. Their father Peter played for Westmeath in the late 80's, early 90's, and won a few senior championships with Mullingar Shamrocks. Based on what I've heard of Stephen, he would be good enough to take a place on the vast majority of county teams.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: June 24, 2019, 09:17:03 AM »
Put Dublin in Tier 1.

Everyone else in tier 2.

Why not just throw Dublin out of the championship? It would be a great competition then.

Every division 4 team out of the championship by 23rd june. They’d have all been out 2 weeks ago if they hadn’t had decent draws. Only 3 division 3 sides left and they’re going out next weekend. The championship really is an irrelevance to those sides, they’ve nothing to play for. Why not tier the competition so that teams can develop by having more meaningful games. On a side note I saw leitrim hurlers on the sunday game, that has to be a first.

You spoke too soon on the division 3 teams going out next weekend. Just like Spillane saying Meath have no chance in their next game, without knowing the draw.

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Getting bucketloads of money from outside sources?

Yep, along with a couple of other counties. GAA need to centrally control all county teams spending. All teams prepared within a similar budget.

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Anyone applying for tickets to euro 2020? The games in Dublin should be good craic if we're involved or if there are half decent teams

How do you apply?

https://euro2020.tickets.uefa.com/lottery/welcome_en.html

Registration is pretty quick

Thanks for that, just applied for Dublin group games and the Final in London

Applied for Dublin group games too. As far as I know, if Ireland qualify they will only have 2 games in Dublin, as will play Spain in Bilbao. Could end up getting tickets for 1 of the 3 games and it be the one not involving Ireland.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:10:40 PM »
Fergie got rid of McGrath and Whiteside due to the drinking, but not Robson.

McGrath proved him wrong though, going on to play fantastic stuff for the guts of a decade afterwards. Even with the dodgy knees.

Fergie was told that McGrath was on the verge of forced retirement when he took over but won league player of the year the following year. Reading McGraths book Graham Taylor saved his career, gave us the Italia 90 McGrath. His career dipped after that because Taylor took the England job. We only remember the good points at the world cups etc. Fantastic footballer, cleaning out Baggio in USA 94 is highlight for me, one of the best players Ireland have produced.

Fergie offered McGrath a lump sum to retire. McGrath wanted to play on despite his knees. He won POTY in 1993. That was long after Taylor left. He was still playing well up until he left Villa, in 1997 I think.

I honestly think Fergie didn’t want McGrath to go to another club. He wanted him retired. He knew he was a fine player and it would’ve been a dent to Fergie’s ego if he left and played really well for another club, which McGrath did. And by proving Fergie wrong (which McGrath said he wanted to do), it made Fergie’s decision to let him go, a bad one.

I had it in my head he won POTY in 89 for some reason. Must read his book again. When you think about it Robbo was finished by 92 realistically and McGrath was still going well after it. I'm not saying Fergie was right btw. The same man thought he could have kept Gazza right but let McGrath go.

Villa only survived relegation by 1 point in '89. They came 2nd in 1990, and David Platt won POTY, so maybe that's where you're mixing up. McGrath was immense in 1992-93 season, but Villa blew up in the last month.

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General discussion / Re: Stag do
« on: May 31, 2019, 04:06:17 PM »
Heading to Galway on a stag here this afternoon. What's the story with getting into the bars? There's 15 or so, better splitting up? Where's good?

Point to note about Galway is that the bouncers of quite a few establishments are in contact throughout the night. Any group causing hassle in one spot could find themselves shut out of everywhere.
15 should be fine. Go up in 3/4 groups. I was on a stag there a few years ago with 40. We got in to the first pub (Taaffes) as a group, in dribs and drabs. That was the last time we were all together.

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:52:45 AM »
Will villa spend the money to stay up. Who is the chairman now?

Nassef Sawiris, an Egyptian worth $7bn, and Wes Edens who also owns the Milwaukee Bucks. They’ll have money to spend for sure. Doesn’t guarantee anything though as Fulham proved.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Maigh Eo v Ros Comáin 25-5-19
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:31:23 AM »
One thing I'll say about Anthony Cunningham is his teams always have a hard edge to them and are usually very tough to beat. He was pretty unlucky not to win a hurling All Ireland with Galway. Twice they had Kilkenny on the ropes in the final but maybe they were just not quite mature enough to finish the job during his time with them. He knows how to prepare a team.

And unlucky not to win a club all-Ireland with Garrycastle. The first day.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:39:51 PM »
The amount of comments I’ve seen online saying Offaly have hit a new low. Westmeath beat them by 14 points in championship in 2016. Mind you, comments weren’t from Offaly people.

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:42:20 PM »
Richard Keogh was outstanding. Thoroughly entertaining game.

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
Villa were poor over both games, when compared to their March and April form. However, a lot of that was due to West Brom's setup, which was perfect from a defensive perspective.
Decisions for Smith ahead of the final. Hourihane or Whelan? Adomah, Green or Kodjia? The second decision doesn't seem to have any good option right now.

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General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:31:35 PM »

Chelsea signings?

Do you think a transfer ban will stay in place when Abramovich flashes his cash?

They will be signing Pulisic. Abramovich is done with Chelsea - looking for a buyer.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:41:52 AM »
Bristol City are still in the frame, at least until tonight. Derby have two tough games, and Boro are brutal.

Sorry, you're right, although even with last night's win I think they would be regarded as a wee bit of a long shot. If I'd my pick, I think I'd choose Derby, but all three of them would be capable of giving us our fill of it!

Surprises me that you'd prefer Derby. They are inconsistent, but are in pretty good form now and have class players in Mount and Wilson who could do something special in a one off game. Boro were better this time last year, when they barely created 1 chance over two legs against Villa. I would definitely prefer to play them if I were a Leeds fan.
Either way, I think Leeds will make the play-off final. Villa v WBA is as close to a 50/50 as you'll get.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:55:32 AM »
The Villa red card has been overturned and Bamford has been charged and is almost certainly looking at a two match ban, which is fair enough, given the evidence. However Hourihane has escaped sanction which is a bit of a puzzler, given his complete loss of discipline and what appears to be a moment where he strikes Klich.

Hopefully Roofe will be fit and available and can get back to the form he was in prior to Christmas. Ipswich away on Sunday and a match where we need to get something to ensure third place. That would mean a more favourable play-off draw against Middlesbrough or Derby County, which in turn would mean the heavyweights of WBA and Villa could go at each other over two legs. 

It's been a depressing couple of weeks, but now that everything has (hopefully) settled down, there will be a realization amongst the players that there is still an opportunity to reach the promised land of the Premiership!

Bristol City are still in the frame, at least until tonight. Derby have two tough games, and Boro are brutal.

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General discussion / Re: Las Vegas
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:47:14 PM »
I signed up to N26 (similar to Revolut) recently for a trip to Australia. Perfect. Didn't handle cash once for the whole trip. You get 5 free cash withdrawals per month if you must.
Any reason for not using Revolut?

There was, but I can't remember what it was and it wasn't major. I didn't know about the stuff Shark refers to. I just remember that, when comparing the two, N26 had something slightly preferable, but I could easily have gone for either.

They are much of a muchness. Getting the spot rate on FX is great.

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