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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #585 on: October 09, 2015, 11:54:55 AM »
T'would be a gas if RoI qualified, the two "Irelands" are drawn in the same group, play somewhere like Nice and the two sets of supporters arrive in 40deg heat in mid June.  Mix in a load of cheap red wine and sit back and watch!

I note the final is on 10 July, NI can win the Euros and still could be back for the 11th night bonfires!

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« Reply #586 on: October 09, 2015, 11:55:15 AM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

Great post! +1

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« Reply #587 on: October 09, 2015, 12:03:37 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

No 1 alone does it for me.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #588 on: October 09, 2015, 12:05:35 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

Remember the World Cup in 1982 and cheering on Norn Iron as an 11 year old. Being so young I did not see them in any political view other than being Irish and really proud with their performances. There was a great mix from both traditions in that squad. And they seemed to gel quite well on the surface anyway? Astonishing considering it was in the height of the Troubles.

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« Reply #589 on: October 09, 2015, 12:10:52 PM »
I don't understand how someone can take issue with supporting Norn Iron as a result of partition, yet will happily support the Republic. Is it just that it represents "more" of Ireland therefore is legitimized?
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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #590 on: October 09, 2015, 12:40:19 PM »
Well done NI, great campaign and a good little side that no-one will be looking forward to facing.


Yes and yes but tbh everyone will want to get them and Iceland .  Be honest .  And ROI too.

Iceland's results are no fluke. They've invested a lot into the game over the last few years and have steadily improved the last couple of qualification campaigns. They'll not be easy for anyone.


Iceland will be whipping boys .  The bottom line in that to the stronger nations international qualifiers are a nuisance .  Come the tournaments they are more focussed and the wheat is seperated from the chaff. 

Club football is really where it is at .

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #591 on: October 09, 2015, 01:08:10 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

Remember the World Cup in 1982 and cheering on Norn Iron as an 11 year old. Being so young I did not see them in any political view other than being Irish and really proud with their performances. There was a great mix from both traditions in that squad. And they seemed to gel quite well on the surface anyway? Astonishing considering it was in the height of the Troubles. war

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #592 on: October 09, 2015, 01:14:30 PM »
I don't understand how someone can take issue with supporting Norn Iron as a result of partition, yet will happily support the Republic. Is it just that it represents "more" of Ireland therefore is legitimized?
Me too. ROI represents the ROI, i've never really felt an affinity. The ROI soccer team has never engendered an 'Irish' feeling  that the GAA or even Rugby can generate as 'All Ireland' Irishness - IMO obviously.

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« Reply #593 on: October 09, 2015, 01:28:07 PM »
I come from the 26 counties but support the original Ireland team (the IFA team) as I consider them the truer representation of an all-island ideal, given that the IFA is the original governing body for association football on the whole island and the FAI is a partitionist, breakaway organisation.

Ultimately I'd like to see both teams re-united under the auspices of the IFA, playing under a new flag and standing for a new anthem, with home matches at Lansdowne Road.


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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #594 on: October 09, 2015, 01:51:38 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem


The existence of the NI team is because the FAI broke away from the IFA (the original All-Ireland body). If partition is such a big problem for you then you shouldn't support either team.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #595 on: October 09, 2015, 03:53:17 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

Great post! +1


I think that is just plain wrong, the IFA was formed before the FAI, it was the FAI that broke away from the IFA, if so it is the IFA that caused the separation between the two.
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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #596 on: October 09, 2015, 04:04:11 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem

Great post! +1


I think that is just plain wrong, the IFA was formed before the FAI, it was the FAI that broke away from the IFA, if so it is the IFA that caused the separation between the two.

You are factually correct. But many other countries don't like the fact that the UK has 4 sets of delegates on the various European and World governing bodies. Change could evolve from that direction too.
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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #597 on: October 09, 2015, 04:28:33 PM »
Fair play to NI they did really well.

I think Shaftesbury square has been taken over by the GAWA doing the bouncy and asking if James McClean is watching. Not exactly progressive!!!
Singing WATP as well. Near thought Rangers were playing. That said I saw a few clips from Dublin on snapchat and fans were singing rebel songs.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #598 on: October 09, 2015, 04:36:34 PM »
IFA are original body, but players were rarely picked from the "South" before partition, and games were rarely played in Dublin, but nearly always in Belfast.

So, the FAI formed their own body. Hardly surprising that they didn't want to form an allegiance with because like everything else in the sectarian loyalist gerrymandered statelet at the time (and since), the IFA was a sectarian organisation. And still is.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #599 on: October 09, 2015, 04:38:44 PM »
Fair play to the six counties and each of their players are to be congratulated. I was pleased to see them qualify with a game to spare.

However my loyalty remains with Ireland because:
1) The existence of an NI team underlines the separation of my country
2) NI soccer flags fly along side loyalist paramilitary flags
3) Their national anthem


Great post! +1


I think that is just plain wrong, the IFA was formed before the FAI, it was the FAI that broke away from the IFA, if so it is the IFA that caused the separation between the two.
The IFA was always an "ulster-centric" body even prior to partition. Yes it was the original body but it blatantly discriminated hence the need for the FAI to form. I would however like to see the FAI dissolved and merged back into the IFA