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An uncompromising start – City V Cobh

February 4, 2019

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Cobh Ramblers and Cork City meet in the Munster Senior Cup this Wednesday. I look back at their first competitive meeting nearly 34 years ago on September 8th 1985. The same week when prisoners rioted in Spike Island, the Titanic’s wreckage was located, “JR Ewing” visited Ireland and an ESB strike resulted in regular power […]

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Fantasy football – Jimmy Barry Murphy replaces Liam Brady on the Cobh Ramblers Team

January 14, 2019

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Substitution for Cobh Ramblers. Jimmy Barry Murphy replaces Liam Brady. No, it’s not a mistake. It is that Liam, that Jimmy and that Cobh. It did happen. The occasion was the late Alex Ludzik’s testimonial match between Cobh Ramblers and Cork City. The game was played in Turners Cross on May 23rd 1990. Both squads […]

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City Torpedoed in first European Adventure

August 7, 2018

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A Europa league game against Rosenburg approaches for Cork City FC next week. Ahead of this I look at City’s first European match. On September 13th 1989 Cork City FC graced the European Stage for the first time. The previous season they had finished runners-up to double winners Derry City in the cup. This had […]

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An original game – The origin of knockout football

June 22, 2018

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World Cup 2018 is the latest of footballs big tournaments. But where did tournament football begin? The format of modern football competitions have been shaped for over a 100 years. However, the very first football tournament in the World was known as the Youdan Cup. It took place in 1867 in Sheffield England. Local theatre […]

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An Original game – The origin of Footballs 90 minutes

June 21, 2018

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The world cup in Russia is in full swing so I look at the origin of certain parts of the beautiful game. A minute can be a long time in football. If your team is one up or one down or a draw will do, this minute can run very slowly. 90 minutes in football […]

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Offside Ref!!! Definitely, possibly, maybe..wasn’t it?

December 6, 2017

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One of the biggest arguments in football remains the offside rule and its application. Correct and incorrect offside decisions by officials have decided Championships and Cups finals. Today we have a rule that involves numerous actions that all have to be observed and interpreted in less than a second by an official. Some will argue […]

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A post, a goal and a replay. A tale of two “City’s” Cup Final. 

November 3, 2017

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Ahead of Sundays FAI Cup Final I look back at Cork City FC’s first final in 1989. Before his right foot rifled the ball into Bayern Munich’s net Dave Barry’s left foot nearly won Cork City their first FAI Cup.   Under the watchful eye of Alex Ferguson at a sunny Dalymount Park his Cork […]

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Irelands first major minor Final

September 7, 2017

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Last Sunday saw the very last U18 All Ireland final take place when Galway defeated Cork in Croke Park. I look back at the first final. The sun shone strongly into his eyes when young Frank Whelan walked up the Mardyke in Cork in October 1929. The Drumcondra man could easily have been mistaken as […]

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United and Liverpool in match-fixing scandal !!!

December 11, 2014

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As England continues its “Football Remembers” campaign ahead of this week’s Manchester United V Liverpool fixture, I look at a match-fixing event it probably would like to forget. Under the shadow of World War 1, the football league was entering an unknown future when Manchester United met Liverpool on Good Friday 1915 in Old Trafford. […]

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Can Clare locate Liam again??

June 15, 2014

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After defeat by Cork in the Munster championship Clare now start the same road they took last year. I take a look at something this year’s Clare team could be the first to do. When Clare captain Pat Donnellan received the Cup in September after leading his county to All Ireland success, he was only […]

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