Playing with the big boys…

OWEN and the England crew have arrived in Northern Ireland. They haven’t been here for a while, so Healy will, I hope, make the best of the opportunity. Realistically, we can’t hope for much, but – despite the good result against Azerbaijan and poor English performances of late – it’s still important for Lawrie Sanchez’s future here that the team is seen to do its best. Beckham isn’t the only player that can take a decent free kick, right?. When David bumped into Goliath the last time, everyone bet on the giant. This time everyone’s money is on David . Pray for a different result – an English own goal please, not an Owen goal…

What do you mean the whole ‘David/Goliath’ thing was the naffest analogy ever?! Orlaith didn’t think so!

And if I had had any sense, I could have saved meself the effort of finding all those links and just posted this one. And the spoof Daily Ireland editorial on that thread turned out to be eerily accurate!

  • william

    good luck to northern ireland hope you beat the english

  • maca

    3-nil to the limeys I reckon.

  • Keith M

    I’m with Maca on this. England are a class apart from the rest of the team’s on this side of the World at the moment.

  • soccermanic

    Is Denmark on this side of the world?

  • maca

    “Is Denmark on this side of the world?”

    I guess he means the Ireland & the UK.

  • Keith M

    “Is Denmark on this side of the world?”, I meant the British Isles, and international friendlies are meaningless.

  • Ziznivy

    I noticed a good number of England fans arriving in Belfast this morning, so the atmosphere will be building from now on.

    Tomorrow will be a memorable day no matter what the reasult, but hopefully we keep things tight and begin to worry them (as undoubetdly happened at OT before Capaldi decided to take the headstaggers). In any case I’ll be leaving work as soon as I can tomorrow lunchtime and hoping the party can continue for a little longer than 7.50pm tomorrow night.

  • offer it up

    I hope they both get beaten 😉

  • james orr

    They could play Beckham in goal, Sven in midfield and both Ulrika and Nancy up-front – and still beat us.

    We’re not Brazil…. but we’ll have a good night anyway!

  • antonio

    Dear Keith M.Pleae do not claim to speak for people in Ireland regarding footbal.The six counties are a pub team.Ireland are a proper team.
    Roy and Robbie Keane and Duffer are proper footballers.Ireland are currently about 14th in the FIFA list,the 6 counties are about 138.
    Anyway with regard to England,yes beat rubbish teams,but when it comes to the Jogo Bonita in Germany next year,
    Brazil will wack them again.Viva Brazil,Viva Argentina,Erin go bragh.

  • Dandyman

    England are there for the taking. They have an impressive team sheet but out on the field is where it counts. England always think they are world class but unfortunately they are constantly over-estimating themselves. I know NI are piss-poor as well but England were very ordinary against Wales and they’re even worse than NI. I’ve got nothing against England but to hear the british media the way they go on about the likes of Ferdinand, Lampard, Gerrard and Wright-Philips, it makes me want to vomit sometimes. And don’t even get me started on Beckham…Rooney is the only genuinely world-class player on that team. And he’s Irish, for God’s sake.

  • Ziznivy

    Ireland are indeed a proper team Antonio you mad illiterate japester, they’re a proper rugby team. Alas no such team exists in the world of Association Football.

  • smcgiff

    ‘England are there for the taking.’

    I was afraid the Azer result would lead to such comments.

    Hope you haven’t got the house running on that bet, Dandy!

  • antonio

    Dear Ziznivy.There is only one Ireland .In football or the olympics or rugby.
    The six counties just do not exist.No one has even heard of them.They will not be in Germany in 2006 but Ireland will.

  • Democratic

    Hi Antonio,
    RE: “The six counties just do not exist.No one has even heard of them”
    On behalf of everyone who lives here in fiction- land, Irish & British, Catholic & Protestant, Unionist & Nationalist – I would just like to say – Wha????

  • antonio

    On the world stage Democrat.Where is the Six county olympic team.It does not exist.

  • willowfield

    antonio

    There is only one Ireland .In football or the olympics or rugby.

    No. You’re right about rugby, but in football and the Olympics there are two.

    The six counties just do not exist.

    They do.

    No one has even heard of them.

    They have.

    They will not be in Germany in 2006 but Ireland will.

    NI won’t be there. Neither will “Ireland”. The Republic might, though, if they do well in their last few games.

    On the world stage Democrat.Where is the Six county olympic team.It does not exist

    The fact that there is no separate NI Olympic team does not mean that there is no NI football team. The same logic applies to England, Scotland and Wales.

    You’re just being daft.

  • Democratic

    Hi Antonio,
    I believe the Great British olympic team incorporates the “six counties” or if you prefer the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland team as should be the full official title.
    Sometimes Great Britain & UK become interchangeable – incorrectly as some may point out as your Olympic example – but there you have it.

  • antonio

    You should travel a bit more.When we get to Germany,we will referred to as just Ireland.
    Whenever you travel,even to England they just call
    you Irish.No one even asks what part you are from.
    They hear an Irish accent North or South and you are just Irish.

  • antonio

    This is the only time i will ever say this.
    And it is a result of being on the six county fanzine site.
    COME ON ENGLAND.WACK EM.
    I want 10 nil.

  • James Orr

    Funny how all these nationalists have become Brit Anglophiles for the next few days. So much for Irish unity eh? 😉

  • Jimmy_Sands

    I’d love to see the nordies win but it seems unlikely. Nevertheless England are dull and stop playing if they get a goal, so 1-0 then.

    Meanwhile in the big game down the road 1-1 (touch wood) which will do us nicely.

  • P Ring

    ‘Northern Ireland’: A fast evaporating fantasy experiment that worked on no level for no-one who was involved.

  • The Binlid

    Listening to Sven on Newsnight tonight I’ll be keeping an eye out for Jillespie he obviously rates him but I’ve never heard of him.

  • The Binlid

    Listening to Sven on Newsnight tonight I’ll be keeping an eye out for Jillespie he obviously rates him but I’ve never heard of him.

  • David Larmour

    ”Northern Ireland’: A fast evaporating fantasy experiment that worked on no level for no-one who was involved.”

    More shinner wishful thinking methinks. SF have accepted partition, the principle of consent, the removal of articles 2 & 3, decomissioning and a role in the administration of British rule in the ‘six counties.’ Like it or loathe it, the ‘evaporating fantasy’ will be with us for a long time yet.

  • willowfield

    Antonio

    You should travel a bit more.

    I travel extensively.

    When we get to Germany,we will referred to as just Ireland.

    Maybe you will, if you get there, but that doesn’t make you “Ireland”: you’ll still only be the Republic.

    Whenever you travel,even to England they just call you Irish.No one even asks what part you are from.

    And? We are Irish! And proud of it. In football terms, we’re the original Irish.

    They hear an Irish accent North or South and you are just Irish.

    And? That doesn’t mean that there is only one Irish football team!

    You’re posts are irrelevant nonsense.

  • antonio

    Not in football though.Come on England,smash these colons and mercenaries.

  • Keith M

    Antonio “Not in football though.Come on England,smash these colons…”

    I’d appreciate if you kept that gay fantasy of yours privite.