All Ireland soccer team a non starter

I know Henry McDonald has been tracking sustainable efforts at bringing all island dimensions to Irish sport. However, an all Ireland football team, he believes, is clearly not one of them.

  • Realist

    Intetesting piece in the Longford Town FC Fanzine by one of their more fervent supporters…Denis Ryan.

    Note the references to the Harbour Bar (vilified by croc earlier in this thread) and the “Ourweecountry” website (vilified by Young Irelander on Slugger and his own blog).

    “The final trip north was up early on the train and off to meet some Linfield fans from the ourweecountry.co.uk and irishleagueforums.net websites in the Harbour Bar a place not many southerners have been in but the welcome was warm and friendly. Then into Windsor a so called “cauldron of hatred”, the game was shit no other way of describing one of the worst 90 minutes I ever seen. 1-0 defeat and us so called Fenian bastards were clapped off the field by the faithful. Afterwards in the Clubhouse, some of us town fans were treated better than we have in many eircom league grounds and clubhouses. I stumbled out late in the night and headed to a party and struggled down south for work the next morning with Linfield jersey and scarf !!”

    Now….any nationalists wish to take me up on my earlier offer for the forthcoming Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan match?

    Final offer.

  • Murd The Oppressor

    Your sorry Tartan Army will be meeting us on the way down before too long Scottish Reality Checker. I can take criticism from many, but the Jocks – dont make me laugh. Maybe your lot should merge with your neighbours south of the border? It’s no less ridiculous.

  • Jack the Lad

    Norn Iron are way better than 113. I can’t wait to meet Scotland and we will show you the rankings are wrong.

  • walter4

    I see the northern ireland u19’s are following in the footspeps of the senior team.

    Holding up the base of the table.

  • walter4

    typo.. footsteps

  • Realist

    “I see the northern ireland u19’s are following in the footspeps of the senior team.

    Holding up the base of the table.”

    Two very creditable results by the “Juniors” to date.

    Absolutely robbed against the Greeks on Monday, and narrowly defeated by the tournament favourites in Newry last night.

    Good to see many fans clad in GAA and Celtic tops amongst the 1,800 crowd in Newry last night supporting the cross community Northern Ireland team.

    Obviously not all nationalists are so blinded by their bigotry of all things “Northern Ireland”, that they cannot bring themselves to cheer on the “local” team.

    Interesting also that the young, and very talented, Northern Ireland captain, Keiran McKenna (a very useful GAA player too) was asked by the FAI if he wished to play for the ROI…he politely declined their kind offer.

  • roger

    Thought the footage of the goal last night was quite funny.

    When Serbia & Montenegro scored, young lads in celtic and Armagh jerseys could clearly be seen behind the goal, jumping for joy.

    Very funny

  • beano

    New FIFA rankings out:
    80 Wales -1
    85 Scotland -2
    112 Northern Ireland +2

    We’ll be past them in no time 😉

  • trevor

    northern ireland u19’s beaten again.

    0 points from 3 games

    Very promising for the future, the senior team might get to 100 in the world rankings about 2020.

    Sad !

  • Ricardo

    Not as sad as you taking cheap shots at a bunch of young lads, I think you’re pathetic.

  • doctor who

    Every nationalist contribution to this thread seems to say it´s about ¨time to form an all ireland team´. Most of the contributors no nothing about football and the only motivation behind their argument is their biggoted hatred of all things Unionist.
    Wether the Northern Ireland team are world beaters or chumps is irrelevant, being a football fan is not about your favourite team winning everything.
    Our record for a small country is remarkable, two world cup quarter finals, current British Champions, etc. etc.
    For me to go down to Dublin to follow a differnt team is a non starter and a non debate.
    As a devoted football fan I walk away from each NI match usually disapointed, just like 50% of football fans everywhere, but every now and then I get surprised and the feeling is emaculate. That´s football folks and in fact that´s life, happiness in small doses, a five second orgasm, the perfect pint of Guinness, and a winiing goal against Spain or Germany, it dosn´t happen very often but when it does it´s sheer bliss.
    So this really is a non debate, beleive me I have have checked through time and it never happens.

  • trevor

    “Not as sad as you taking cheap shots at a bunch of young lads, I think you’re pathetic.”

    Not as pathetic as your team.

  • Realist

    “Not as pathetic as your team.”

    Ouch!lol

    Trevor,

    I suggest you read doctor who’s excellent post.

    Pathetic as they may be, they’re our team.

    Always will be.

  • Realist

    “Not as pathetic as your team.”

    Ouch!lol

    Trevor,

    I suggest you read doctor who’s excellent post.

    Pathetic as they may be, they’re our team.

    Always will be.

  • trevor

    “I suggest you read doctor who’s excellent post”

    Tried reading it

    I believe there are some excellent adult education classes for those with such poor spelling ability.

  • Morton

    Doctor Who: The best post out of the 500+ here.

    Also, I’m sure you noticed that OCH AYE (of “We Exist” fame) has been Red Carded. He was the perfect example of what you are talking about. All about a united team, and all about sectarianism. I won’t be shedding a tear. I’m only surprised that he/nationalists didn’t say the catholic NI players were segregated to small hotel rooms and has only beans and toast in Spain 82 and Mexico 86…or that Bingham made them run extra laps and do punishment sprints.

    Thank youy for summing up my thoughts on NI. Nuff said.

    LONG LIVE THE IFA, LONG LIVE NI FOOTBALL!!!

  • Jonesy

    Hey I guess Morton and Dr. Who are one in the same. I’ll raise a glass when there is a united Ireland team. Just becasue you support it doesnt make you nationalist or sectarian. I have forgotten more about football than you know. This thread is a waste time. Above C. William Barnes post speaks volumes. Hang on by your teet for as long as you can to the northern Ireland team but one day it will be United.

  • gordan

    “LONG LIVE THE IFA, LONG LIVE NI FOOTBALL!!!”

    Omagh Town gone
    Coleraine almost gone
    Ards almost gone
    Crumbling terraces & falling attendances.

    The local game is in freefall

    Teams like Newry,Cliftonville & Crusaders only average about 200 supporters for a home game.

    The Irish league might only be left with 6 teams in 5 years time.

  • George

    Mike,
    I said “in theory” should the tricolour be allowed as it is the flag that represents 300,000 people who live in NI.

    Under the GFA you can be British or Irish in NI but you appear to be saying that these Irish people in NI have to support the Republic of Ireland football team rather than NI. Do you see what I’m getting at?

    Willowfield,
    got the number from the fact that the Irish Passport office has nearly 30,000 annual passport requests from residents of NI, which with a ten year passport works out at 300,000.

  • bertie

    “”I suggest you read doctor who’s excellent post”

    Tried reading it

    I believe there are some excellent adult education classes for those with such poor spelling ability. “

    It’s a bit (all right a lot) off topic but why do some people have such a sence of superiority because they can spell. I would doubt that there are adult education classes for those with poor spelling, poor reading and writing sure but just spelling – I doubt it.

    Some mistaken spelling on here is due to yes poor spelling and some is down to keyboard skills. Mis keying is more likely to lead to the sort of errors that make it difficult to work out what was intended, than poor spelling.

    Being able to spell better than somone else does not make you a more valuable human being, it is not even a reliable indicator of intelligence.

  • Fraggle

    ‘sence’

    bertie, good one!

  • bertie

    bugger – I was being careful

    It doesn’t make me a bad person Fraggle

  • Doctor Who

    Cheers Bertie,

    I´m afraid it´s poor keyboard skills.
    Clever Trevor you may find it surprising but I have a First Class Honours Degree in English, so you can wuck auf.

  • bertie

    Yeah Trevor is just too smucking fart!

    I’m a crap speller, and have bad keyboard skills so its hit and miss if I convey any meaning at all!

  • Realist

    “The Irish league might only be left with 6 teams in 5 years time.”

    Perhaps the future (say within 5 years) is an All Ireland, full time professional “Premier” League, comprising of 10 or 12 teams…fed by Northern & Southern Leagues?

  • Doctor Who

    George
    You pulled that figure out of your head. Besides it has no relevance to this non debate. If you want to follow a ROI team and consider yourself an Irish citizen you are free to do so.
    I and the majority of people in this country carry a British passport and don´t feel the need to shout about it. Being British is an acceptance, and supporting Northern Ireland and it´s cross community team comes naturally to me.
    Supporting a united island team would not.

  • doctor who

    ¨c william barnes post speaks volumes¨

    Anyone who openly admits to being a Billy Joel fan has to be taking the mickey.
    Furthermore levitating Mr. Joel to the position of new age Phillosopher is comedy at it´s very best.
    Congratulations c william barnes or are you really Ricky Gervais.

  • Realist

    Several members of the Northern Ireland squad travel on Irish Passports.

  • doctor who

    Realist

    Several members of the ROI squad travelled on British passports and have done for years.
    One or two in the past where not entitled to Irish ones.
    IRA death squads have also travelled on British passports in the past…so your point is.

  • fred

    What passport does Maik Taylor travel on.

    Honest question, not taking the p*ss

  • Doctor Who

    Your point realist is we don´t care who plays for us as long as they are proud to wear the GREEN jersey of our national team. Am I right.

  • Doctor Who

    Fred
    British

  • jeff

    So much discussion over a sport which would be regarded as a minority spectator sport within northern ireland

  • Realist

    Doctor Who,

    “Your point realist is we don´t care who plays for us as long as they are proud to wear the GREEN jersey of our national team. Am I right.”

    I don’t give a damn what religion (if any), what “politics” or what colour
    a Northern Ireland player is, as long as they give 100% for the jersey they wear.

    I am proud that our team is cross community…always was and always will be.

    I suspect that the vast majority of Northern Ireland supporters are of the same opinion.

  • cladycowboy

    Doctor who

    ‘and supporting Northern Ireland and it´s cross community team comes naturally to me.
    Supporting a united island team would not.’

    Thats all fine and good, i think that there is no-one here who wants a team that draws solely on one community, even reading between the lines!

    However, you find it natural to support a team fielding a Fermanagh catholic but not a Louth catholic or indeed a Cork protestant. Why the distinction? There is obvious barriers to a united island team but could it really feel as unnatural as you’re telling us?

  • C. William Barnes

    Dr Who –

    I never claimed to be a Billy Joel fan, nor am I inferring that he is a new age philosopher (spell with one L my english honour student). Just have a look at the lyrics and see if you can figure out the message…its not difficult.

    I never singled you out, so I’m not sure why you chose to resort to school-boy tactics in return.

  • Chuffed

    I support 2 International Teams at any given time – Northern Ireland and whoever beats the ROI.

  • kingb

    chuffed

    bigotry IS alive and well at Windsor

    Who’s your favourite n.i player,Jennings,Rogan,Lennon.??

    Hello ! Hello ! We are……..

  • George

    Doctor Who,
    I didn’t pull it out of my head, although I do accept it’s an estimate. For obvious reasons, the Irish government don’t shout these figures from high.

    There were over 10,000 applications in the 40 post offices in NI that offer the service between January and July last year, source Dept. of Foreign Affairs.

    That works out at over 17,000 for the year through post offices.

    Now considering this post office method makes up 70% of applications in the Irish Republic through 1,000 outlets, I believe we can say this is %probably less in Northern Ireland.

    They could go to a southern Post Office or do it when in Dublin. Even if it is 70%, it still works out at 22,000 last year or 220,000 over a ten year period.

    Not an insubstantial number.

    But what is really interesting is that there were 530,000 applications for an Irish passport last year alone, with thousands from places like Zimbabwe, South Africa etc.

    We’ll have a sporting nation yet you know.

    Schoeman scores for the Republic of Ireland after a great through ball from de Kerk!

    Either that or we’ll kick ass in rugby.

  • Gonzo

    Isn’t it odd that this thread and the ‘We exist’ armbands thread – both connected with NI football – are the two longest discussions on Slugger I can ever remember…

  • Chuffed

    kingb – how is it that enjoying seeing the ROI get beat is bigotry? As an Arsenal fan, I enjoy seeing Man Utd get hammered, it has nothing to do with bigotry…you interpreted the statement in that way.
    I am a NI fan true and true, I support all catholic players, always have and always will. Lennon was an asset to NI and it is a shame what happened – ultimately NI lost out on a very talented player. The ROI are island rivals, so I enjoy it when they get beat. How quickly we can jump to conclusions and play the bigotry card.

    Gonzo – the worst thing that ever happened to slugger was the archiving of the “We Exist” thread. Nothing else matters on slugger.

  • Mick

    There was a thread on Trimble a few years back that topped 670.

  • Polo

    As someone who worked in the Submarine Bar for two years. The atmosphere is great and lively. I have never really encountered sectarian atmosphere.Not to say that incident couldnt of happened.That pub can have over 800 people in it and I think the fact is around the world you will find a certain percentage of dickheads. But I have never seen a secterain atmosphere except for one or two idiots shouting orange bastard at a Rangers game.Anyone who acts like that is seen as a mouthpiece by people. Many former Irish players have visited that pub and always recieved a very warm reception no matter what there skin colour, religion is.

  • Chuffed

    Mick – I know you care deeply about your baby slugger, but what are you doing trolling at 4 in the morning…get some sleep ;)!!!!

    and… I’m begging you man, bring back “We Exist”. It was the by far the most entertaining thread on the site.

  • doctor who

    c william barnes

    I take it your not Ricky Gervais then.
    Thankyou for correcting my spelling mistake, I have written the word Philosopher 50 times so I won´t get it wrong again.
    By the way it´s Graduate not Student, good luck with the GCSE´s and next term you you may even find Bob Dylan.

  • tim

    doctor who

    ware did yu bye yure digree

  • C. William Barnes

    I have no issue with you Doctor W., I actually thought you had some insightful comments. Still not sure why you took issue with me. I think that if you break down the lyrics, you will see that they are reflective of many posts on this website. As for the GCSE…its long past me, and university and a doctorate degree.

    Regards

  • Doctor Who

    c william barnes

    Only having a little fun. It´s just that I can think of better examples of lyrics to sum up some of the pillocks on these threads.
    e.g. “There ain´t half been some clever Bas*****” – Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Applicable to those who have pointed out some of my Typos, Clever Trevor and Tim nice but dim (who ever he is).
    “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” – Wings. This little ditty we should dedicate to the cloud cuckoo dwelling Young Irelander.
    “The Men Behind The Wire”- Wolf Tonnes. Dedicated to the armalite branding “och aye”, red carded from “we exist” thread.
    Or one I would like to dedicate to myself and fellow Northern Ireland supporters “No More Heroes”- The Stranglers.
    Can you think of any more CWB.

  • Tout

    Dedicated to OCH AYE…we miss you old boy…sorry about getting you Red Carded. Hope you don’t have me tarred n’ feathered.

    Remixed Belfast Child

    When my love said to me
    Meet me down by the gallow tree
    For it’s sad news I bring
    About this old town and all that it’s offering
    Some say troubles abound
    Some day soon they’re gonna pull the old town down
    One day we’ll return here,
    When the belfast child sings again

    Brothers sisters where are you now
    As I look for you right through the crowd
    All my life here I’ve spent
    With my faith in God the church and the government
    But there’s sadness abound
    Some day soon they’re gonna pull the old town down

    One day we’ll return here,
    When the belfast child sings again
    When the belfast child sings again

    Some come OCH AYE, won’t you come on home
    Come back OCH AYE, you’ve been away so long
    The streets are empty, and your mother’s gone
    The girls are crying, it’s been oh so long
    And your father’s calling, come on home
    Won’t you come on home, won’t you come on home

    Come back OCH AYE, you’ve been gone a while
    And the war is raging, in the emerald isle
    That’s flesh and blood man, that’s flesh and blood
    All the girls are crying but all’s not lost

    The streets are empty, the streets are cold
    Won’t you come on home, won’t you come on home

    The streets are empty
    Life goes on

    One day we’ll return here
    When the belfast child sings again
    When the belfast child sings again

  • tim

    A few for doctor who

    Spell it out – Emma Bunton
    Under your spell – Bob Dylan
    Spelling bee – Missy Elliott

  • Doctor Who

    Dim Tim

    How can you use Bob Dylan and Emma Bunton in the same post.
    Keep using the spell checker between giving your spice girl posters white beards.

  • tim

    doctor hoo

    yu is a very funy persun for sumeone so intelektuely giftid

  • Hollister GG

    Given the events of today, I would like to dedicate Dylan’s song, “The Times They are a Changin” for Doctor Who. Its only a matter of time before the teams merge and you take the train down to fair Dublin to see international football on this island.

    “Come writers and critics (Dr Who, et al.)
    Who prophesize with your pen (keyboard)
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won’t come again (to get good seats)
    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no tellin’ who
    That it’s namin’. (to the new squad)
    For the loser now (NI Football)
    Will be later to win (when they merge)
    For the times they are a-changin'”

    Might as well get ready for it. Merger is closer than ever!!!! lol lol lol
    Time for some merge wristbands!! lol lol lol

    NI had a good 6 year run between 80 and 86. After that they sunk like a lead balloon. NI will forever be remembered as the team who tried to visually disturb their opponents with the worst football top ever designed in 1989. The multicoloured top with the 1000 triangles did throw off opponents, some may still be feeling the effects. Alas, even that last ditch effort to try and win games did not work out.

    I’ll say it again. Its only a matter of time before the teams merge and you take the train down to fair Dublin to see international football on this island. NI Rail has some good prices on seats.

    Dr Who, the sun is finally setting on NI football…enjoy the last few games in Belfast.

  • Ricardo

    Go on Hollister, give us a laugh. Want to start a sweep on how many games are left for Northern Ireland?

  • cladycowboy

    ‘A few for doctor who

    Spell it out – Emma Bunton’

    Didn’t she also sing ‘when 2 become 1’?! (Just kidding Ricardo)

  • Ricardo

    Very good clady.

    What is amusing me at the moment is the amount of people drawing, frankly, insane conclusions on the back of the provo statement.

    Those nice fellas at the IRA have said they’ll try to stop killing people, and according to some that means –

    an all ireland football team
    time to start flying the tricolour on city hall
    install the gardai as the new police force of Northern Ireland

    These are all things I’ve read on this site. Maybe I’m missing something, was the statement like one of those magic eye images that when you stare at it for long enough it changes, in this case, it changes into a document bringing about a united Ireland with saint gerry as the head man?? I never could do those magic eye things anyway.

  • cladycowboy

    Well, i personally can’t see those things happening, not wholly undesirable from my perspective ;-), anytime soon.

    However, it does show that it has created some energy amongst people, glimmers of hope perhaps, even if hugely over inflated in your opinion. Hope is a good thing. I’m sure there are plenty of NI supporters who never thought they’d hear today’s words and are feeling a sense of relief now. It might not do any harm to your constitution to see the good and potential for greater good than can come out of today’s statement.

    Maybe, if the day ever arises when Westminister hands constitutional control of NI to the Dail, i’ll react with your level of indifference, but i doubt it!

    The NI team is safe for now! If only its defence was so secure eh

  • Ricardo

    Nah don’t get me wrong, the statement is a good thing of course. Just reckon that some people are taking it to the nth degree a little too readily, that’s all.

  • cladycowboy

    I hear what you’re saying. I’m somewhere in between yourself and those taking it to the nth degree.

    Slan

  • cladycowboy

    I hear what you’re saying. I’m somewhere in between yourself and those taking it to the nth degree.

    Slan

  • Doctor Who

    Can someone please enlighten me.

    What has the IRA surrender got to do with the Northern Ireland football team disbanding.
    As I understand it, it is the IRA who are calling it a day.
    By the way if you had read my posts on “we exist” thread you will have read that I attended the match in Dublin against Israel when the NI ROI fans behaved disgracefully, or does anyone remember Lichtenstein V ROI…booing yours hosts national anthem because it has the same tune as your Northern neighbours says it all really.
    Why would any right minded football fan want to be associated with such bigotry.

  • Ricardo

    Why would anyone want to keep resurrecting this thread?

    Like the provos armed campaign, surely it is best consigned to history.

  • robby

    doctor hoo

    ‘go get a life’

  • Wickers

    I disagree with everything that Hollister GG said except that..

    The 1989 NI kit was an atrocity for all of FIFA. Who the hell designed such an eye-sore??

    Ricardo – please admit that you are strangely attracted to this thread. You keep coming back to the well time and time again. You are a junkie, your name is peppered all over the thread. You love the thrill of opening up the contents of the “All Ireland” thread, then you hate yourself after you did. I know, it is a vicious cycle of addiction. Pull yourself out of it man!!

    Trivia help: did NI wear home green, or away white against Honduras in Espana 1982??

    Thanks.

  • Ricardo

    Damn you Wickers, you are right!! I should start using sock puppets to disguise the extent of my affliction

  • Wickers

    Ricardo – professional help is available. I think Mick is setting up counselling services. Seriously – always apperciate your thoughtful posts.
    Still need help on the Honduras question. Got to be somebody who knows the answer? Green or white jerseys?

    Espana 82

    Yugoslavia – White
    Spain – White
    Austria – Green
    France – White
    Honduras – ??

    How about Malcom Brodie, are you out there?? You must know the answer. Or Harry Cavan??

  • Doctor Who

    robby

    Like all narrow minded little bigots, you have to resort to mindless and cliched insults. I like the life I currently have and thanks to your provo chums I may get to keep it for a while.
    Now can we go back to the football, as we all know there is no chance of an all Ireland football team, however I would like to read your thoughts on an all Ieland football league and it´s implications.
    I am in favour of such a move, the strides that the Southern League has acheived in the last few years have been very impressive. Irish League football in comparison is probably at it´s most vulnerable for some time.
    There are ways and means that such a union can come about and after all the Good Friday Agreement talks about cross border institutions, where there is a shared benefit on either side of the border.

  • tim

    doctor w

    Whet dos this meen

    “all Ieland football league”

  • not gone away

    Doctor Who

    If people want to voice their disaproval of the Jewish occupation of Palestine, they should be able to do so on any platform, even if it is a football match.
    The IRA did not surrender and such talk is dangerous.
    In the next five years there will be a 32 county state and Windsor Park and it´s arena of hate will be no more. You can then go back to the Warsaw ghetto with your jew ancestors in your tardis.

  • ricardo

    Not gone away.

    That’s one of the strangest posts on this thread, and that’s saying something.

    Wickers

    I’ll try to find out about the Honduras thing, leave it with me. Why do you ask?

  • Wickers

    Ricardo – thanks boss, just trying to settle a 20 quid bet. I said it was green. I have pictures of all the other matches, just not that one.

    “Not Gone Away” reeks of an infamous poster from ‘We Exist’…as if this thread were not bad enough, the new post from “Not Gone Away” has brought an unbearable stench when you open it up. Due to the foul odour, this thread may be archived soon. I’ll look for your answer here or I’ll catch up with you on another thread.

    Thanks Ricardo.

  • Doctor Who

    not gone away or should that be DIM TIM

    Oh dear
    Yes as I have stated on other threads, I am of Jewish stock, and yes my family did suffer at the hands of the Nazis.
    We where also not untouched by the terror in Northern Ireland, like i´m sure many of the contributors here.

    If you had any idea what happened during the Nazi occupation of Poland and subsequent clearing of the Warsaw ghetto, i´m sure you would not have made such remarks.

    Please do yourself a favour and don´t darken these threads again with your anti semite and ill bred contributions.

    You really are a disgrace and furthermore a football match is not a platform for any Political or Fascist soap box. Not Gone Away…please do now.

    Now can we get back to the football.

  • C. William Barnes

    Doc Who – I really appreciate your reply to the most ignorant post I have seen on these threads. You took the high road, and spoke about the reality of WWII.
    Not gone away is a sad, sad individual.
    The provos did surrender not gone away…its over, they have faded into oblivion. The terrorists-turned politicians at the healm are taking a different direction for sure, but they have surrendered their violent ways…we hope.
    NGA, I suggest that you have a look at the Billy Joel lyrics above. Think about it.

    Now back to football.

    The 1989 shirt was pretty bad.

  • mervyn

    Have to agree with the posters about northern ireland remaining as a team

    After breaking the record for not scoring a goal, they have some other records in sight.

    Its been 4 years since they won a competitive game, who knows how long that run could last.

    And its been 10 years since their last competitive away win, that must be close to another record.

    Keep up the good work

  • Bowling Shoes in Tokyo

    NI football once stood tall,
    Since 1986 they have taken a great fall,
    And all the win-ging of Doc Who, Realist and Beano,
    Can never put NI back together again.

    ITS OVER AMIGOS !!!!

    OCH AYE – your dream of a united Ireland team is just a few years away….props to you for having vision and intelligence.

    Sayonara NI FOOTBALL !!!!!

  • bertie

    “If you had any idea what happened during the Nazi occupation of Poland and subsequent clearing of the Warsaw ghetto, i´m sure you would not have made such remarks.”

    Dr Who I think you are being over charitable. Not gone away seems to have such a twisted mentality that I think this would just add an additional glee to his loathsome outpourings.

  • Ricardo

    Wickers

    We wore green against honduras in 82.

    Did you win or lose the bet?

  • Reformed Och Aye

    I would like to formally apologize to all I offended on the We Exist thread. I am a changed man!

  • john

    mervyn

    The record for a team failing to score a goal is held by northern ireland

    1298 minutes to be exact or over 14 games.The run came to an end when they scored during a
    4-1 defeat by Norway.

    The previous record was held by Liechenstein at 12 games

  • Wickers

    Thanks Ricardo – thats me 20 quid richer.

    John – I would also speculate that NI hold the record as the least populated (1.5 million or less) FIFA team to make it to 2 world cup Q-finals and 3 world cup appearances.
    Good reason to keep supporting the wee team that has historically been right in the thick of the greatest teams in competition…

  • Ricardo

    You’re right Wickers. We’re the smallest country to ever qualify for the world cup finals, let alone reach the last 8.

  • Doctor Who

    Bowlins shoes in tokyo

    If you had bothered to read any of our posts you would of realised that although we are currently not world beaters, we still are proud to support our country.

    Again the only motive our detractors have in disbanding our team is political.

    And och aye has neither vision or inteligence, just read is posts.

  • Realist

    “In the next five years there will be a 32 county state”

    Is it not meant to be in seven years???

  • C. William Barnes

    I thought it already happened?? Oh wait, that was the provos surrender.

  • mervyn

    “In the next five years there will be a 32 county state”
    Is it not meant to be in seven years???

    It might take seven years for you’se to win a game.

  • cheer

    cwb

    Perhaps you n.i supporters could use your influence to get a few of those r.i.r lads jobs.

    There is bound to be a few openings for ball boys at Windsor.

  • C. William Barnes

    I would love to be a ball boy at windsor…if not for my advanced age, arthritis etc.

    Anyway with the impending united ireland (as promoted by some posters here on slugger), isn’t Windsor being switched over to all-camogie shortly? I think it was part of the deal of all deals…

  • Crunchie

    CWB – Based on your age etc there are still some good jobs to keep you young.

    There is currently an opening for a lollipop man on the Andytown road. With the new agreement, you can even put your orange sash over the white coat and wear your We Exist wristband…no worries me old boy.

  • Farley

    Thats right CWB –
    Och Aye will be conducting the lolly-man interviews tomorrow. Meet him at the corner of Finaghy Road North and the A-town Road. He wants a late interview for you, around 9pm. Please wear your NI shirt, and a bowler hat might dress it up a bit – got to look sharp.

    Never worry if he is a bit late, he will arrange for friends to take care of you.

  • smartarse

    The humour here is top drawer.

    Crunchie and Farley that has to be the poorest attempt at wit ive seen in quite some time.

    Loosers

  • Farley

    I was just taking the ps out of the infamous Och Aye. I’m sorry it wasn’t up to the high level of humour you are used to. Based on your clever slugger tag name, I know you set the bar high in the comedian department.

    Smartarse?? lol lol lol lol lol Its a laugh minute, a complete comedy festival. You my friend, are indeed the real WINNER.

  • BogExile

    I’m sure 200 posts ago there was talk of an appropriatly neutral anthem for an all-Ireland team. I’ve just listened to a Phil Coulter remix of ‘Up your hole with a big Jam Roll.’ Would this do? (as long as the jam wasn’t green or orange ruling out Marmalade and er.)

  • willowfield

    George

    Under the GFA you can be British or Irish in NI

    You could be British or Irish before the GFA too. The GFA is irrelevant to this question.

    but you appear to be saying that these Irish people in NI have to support the Republic of Ireland football team rather than NI. Do you see what I’m getting at?

    He’s not saying that at all. The NI support consists of Irish people!

    got the number from the fact that the Irish Passport office has nearly 30,000 annual passport requests from residents of NI, which with a ten year passport works out at 300,000.

    You claimed that “since 1998, nearly 300,000 people from Northern Ireland have taken up the option of becoming citizens of the Irish nation …”. Now, aside from the fact that your claim is nonsensical on two counts – (1) it is not possible to “become a citizen of the Irish nation”, other than by making some kind of mental decision; and (2) with regard to citizenship of Southern Ireland, there is no need to “take up” the option since people in NI are automatically regarded as citizens if they want to be – you have not provided plausible evidence for the figure of 300,000.

    You now claim 22,000 (not 30,000) for 2004 and, therefore presumably 220,000 rather than 300,000. Have you any evidence that 22,000 successful applications have been made every year for the past 10 years (i.e. since 1995)?

    PS. You failed to ask my question as to why someone would bring the flag of another (rival) country to support NI? Would you think it normal for, say, someone with dual ROI/UK citizenship from Dublin to bring along an England flag to an ROI match?

    Cladycowboy

    However, you find it natural to support a team fielding a Fermanagh catholic but not a Louth catholic or indeed a Cork protestant. Why the distinction?

    Er, because Louth and Cork are in the Republic, and Fermanagh is in NI!

  • b13

    The Belfast telegraph printed a series of CCTV pictures showing sectarian thugs at Ardoyne rioting. I was not suprised that the majority of them were sporting the new Republic of Ireland tops.
    Sectarian animals and Northern Irish thugs in Republic of Ireland tops seem to go together like ‘bread and butter’

    or petrol and bottle in their case

    feel the love
    b13x

  • Doctor Who

    B13

    Noticed that myself even if our¨´disbandment¨movement didn´t. How do you feel about an all island league.

  • trev

    b13

    Did you not see the utv footage of the bonfire on the Newtownards road on the 11th of July.

    4 sectarian animals were pictured wearing northern ireland shirts, all of the loyal northern ireland supporters were wearing rather dashing uvf flags round their shoulders.

    Is it any wonder people associate the supporters of this team with sectarianism.

    A silly band wearing exercise cannot mask the realities of the situation.

  • A Pat Jennings Fan

    “How do you feel about an all island league”

    Excellent.

    Imagine watching the Blues at Galway or Waterford on a Friday night, bit different from trotting off to Ards or Larne.

    I’ve more in common with a Cork City or Shamrock Rovers fan than a Sandy Row Rangers or an Ardoyne Celtic follower.

    All those who want to follow the Mould Firm should get themselves on the next Seacat or Easyjet asap and leave the rest of us decent’uns to watch the football.

    Glasgow, Glasgow, so much to answer for(Ok,might have been Manchester in the original, but you get the drift)

  • sam

    I noticed in one of the pictures which was printed in the Newsletter the day after the riots that a number of rioters were wearing Man United & Liverpool tops.

    I don’t really know what all the fuss is about what a rioting thug wears.

    A thug is a thug in my book.