Quick footie round-up…

JUST heard that the last Northern Ireland match against Finland had a 23% viewing figure (not sure if that’s the peak figure or not). A quarter of all NI viewers for an away game is pretty impressive. Meanwhile, Derry City are pondering where their big UEFA game is going to be, although NI’s ground seems unlikely to be the venue (although Steven Beacom remains optimistic). Candystripes chief exec Jim Roddy said: “You would have the issue of going to Windsor Park and asking the people in the Village area around Windsor Park to accept the flying of the flag of the national association, which would be the (Irish) tricolour.”

  • bob

    If we get a glamour tie in the next round it will be played at Lansdowne Road.

    25,000 fans watched Shelbourne draw with Deportivo in a champions league game in 2004, so it would be the natural decision to play the game in the capital.Were used to going to Dublin and Eircom league fans always come out to support the leagues representatives in europe.

  • clifton red

    Agreed Bob-The Eircom League sides do display great solidarity and support for any other member teams acting as their league’s ambassadors in Europe. Whilst i’m sure that the offer from Linfield is made with the best of intentions, it would be a shame if others with a sectarian ‘spoiling’ agenda were to try to overshadow the candystripes big occasions.

  • 23% isn’t bad for a friendly.

    It’d be nice to think that Derry City could accept the invitation to use Windsor Park, but one could hardly balme them for not being entirely comfortable with the idea.

  • Cahal

    If Derry draw Rangers in the first round, wouldn’t playing the tie at Windsor Park be like handing home advantage to the opposition?

  • tony

    You could well be right Cahal, if the summer ‘friendly’ between Linfield & Rangers is anything to go by.

  • Keith M

    “If Derry draw Rangers in the first round, wouldn’t playing the tie at Windsor Park be like handing home advantage to the opposition?”

    As a Rangers fan I really hope to see The Gers play in Dublin. I still feel bitter about what happened in 1998.

  • dantheman

    Tony/Cahal

    Indeed, we dont want another November ’93 on our hands.

  • tony

    “As a Rangers fan I really hope to see The Gers play in Dublin. I still feel bitter about what happened in 1998.”

    The scum Rangers supporters tried to wreck Tranmere during the game against Shelbourne in 98. Imagine if the hooligans had been let loose in Dublin.

    “There was trouble outside the ground, with drunken Rangers supporters throwing beer bottles at police horses, and in the Main Stand, which was supposed to be neutral, Rangers supporters’ passions were running high.”

    PC Tom Gunn, Football Intelligence Officer for Tranmere Rovers FC, said: “There was no problem at all with the Irish supporters, but we had a group of around 150 Rangers fans who arrived drunk and were drinking all day. They threw beer bottles at the Shelbourne team coach when it arrived. At the end of the match we escorted the Rangers supporters out of Merseyside.”

    Ex-Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Walter Smith, who forecast the violence in a letter to Tranmere Chairman Frank Corfe, said: “I just hope Tranmere learn from this experience and don’t host a game like this again.”

  • SCI

    “As a Rangers fan I really hope to see The Gers play in Dublin. I still feel bitter about what happened in 1998.”

    Always amazed that Irish people will often support foreign teams like Glasgow Rangers or Glasgow Celtic before a home team. Even when Bohemians beat Rangers all those years ago, there was more people in the crowd with Celtic jersies than in the Gypsy strip. It wasn’t Celtic that beat Rangers but a local team with only a tiny drop of the resources. Hopefully the penny will soon drop that both Rangers and Celtic are poor teams in a poor league. Save your powder for the real Irish teams, not the Paddywhackery Auld Orange Flute and Four Leaf Clover types. Bollix to that.

  • Annadale

    “Save your powder for the real Irish teams, not the Paddywhackery Auld Orange Flute and Four Leaf Clover types. Bollix to that. ”

    Well said SCI, support your local team, not the plastic versions across in Glasgow.
    oh, and Good luck to Derry!

  • Annadale

    And “Tony”
    I have tried out finding more information about the events you mentioned with no success.

    I’m not saying that you’ve made it all up……. but like to provide a link for you allegations?

  • squareeyes

    23% isn’t bad? Lol – it was up against childrens tv The Price Is Right.

  • Realist

    Tony,

    Did you see the letter in yesterday’s Irish News from the Celtic season ticket holder concerning Celtic’s away “support”?

    As a Linfield supporter, I was delighted that the club extended such an invitation to Derry City. A sign that hands are reaching out.

    Good luck to Derry City and their magnificant supporters, whoever they get in the next round.

    23% eh? Must of been a few switched over from the orangemen on the rampage in Dublin – half time maybe? 🙂

  • londonderry_loyal

    Would be nice to see Derry City FC play at Windsor, but they can leave their foreign
    tri-colours behind them in the city.

  • Realist, the Norn Iron match was over before the Republic game got under way.

  • tony

    “annadale”

    http://archive.wirralglobe.co.uk/1998/7/30/17276.html

    Rangers have a history of causing trouble when travelling to england for competitive or friendly games, due mainly to rangers links with far right groups like the BNP and loyalist extremists.

    For example this year, rangers friendly with Bolton had to be called off when police received intelligence of a plot by rangers and bnp members to attack asian groups, the game was eventually played behind closed doors at ibrox.

    Rangers fans were involved in major disturbances in England during the 70’s,80’s &80’s, including Birmingham in 76, when playing Aston Villa in a ‘friendly’& Everton.

    Then off course their was the stoning of the villareal coach in europe & the sectarian singing last season.

  • Realist

    beano,

    “Realist, the Norn Iron match was over before the Republic game got under way”

    Good point…it was a 7PM kick off for us over in Finland – 5PM back home, I believe.

    Apologies for my confusion.

  • Fraggle

    After reading that article about Tranmere, I’m wondering what Keith M is bitter about. Bitter towards trouble-making fellow Rangers fans maybe?

    Interesting how the paper got a local politician called Walter Smith to comment.

  • POL

    Went to watch a Cliftonville match at windsor and had loyalists throw a grenade at us.

  • Keith M

    Fraggle “I’m wondering what Keith M is bitter about.”. I’m bitter about the fact that I didn’t get to see a team I support play in Dublin.

    The activities of a few random Rangers fans is of no interest to me. Most clubs have unruly elements among their fans.

  • dantheman

    “Would be nice to see Derry City FC play at Windsor, but they can leave their foreign
    tri-colours behind them in the city.”

    Indeed. Perhaps making windsor park a sea of green white and orange might help eradicate the memories of the hatefest of november 93. As Derry play in the eircom league then they are entitled to carry the tricolour. Regardless with the Setanta Cup the lads there are used to the sight of it these days, and after losing to Dorgheda Linfield et al are finally showing it some overdue respect.

    Re: Rangers. Rangers have an infinitely worse record of behaviour. Remember its the Celts who brought 80,000 to Seville just 3 years ago and there wasnt one arrest. I think Dublin city has no need to inflict itself with this nazi rabble in the near future.

  • Annadale

    Tony
    Thanks for the link, wasn’t doubting your word, it’s just that loads of allegations get put on here which seem to have very little basis in fact.

    dantheman

    I heard it was over half a million (and rising every year ;)) Celts that descended on Sevilla??!

    Anyway, “the no single arrest” myth has now become a part of accepted history amongst the Celtic faithful but unfortunately it is just that, a myth.
    See this report from RTE at the time:

    http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:s4tp9ifqJXQJ:www.rte.ie/news/2003/0521/celtic.html+Celtic+arrests+in+Seville&hl=en&gl=uk&ct=clnk&cd=20&lr=lang_en|lang_hu

    Why a Celtic fan would decide to stab another one of his fellow supporters, even if both are pissed, is a bit of a puzzler for me I must admit…

  • dantheman

    “I heard it was over half a million (and rising every year ;)) Celts that descended on Sevilla??!”

    Annadale,
    I dont think its rising now young man, just in your head my lad.

    There were a few arrests indeed, but one swallow does not make a summer. I have yet to meet a rangers fan who could back up any claims that their fans are the worst in scotland by a mile. Their alliances with linfield and chelsea demonstrate the mindest.

    Compare and contrast:

    http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/awards/index/0,2419,73589,00.html?articleid=73589

    “FIFA couldn’t agree more and is proud to recognise the supporters of Celtic FC with the FIFA Fair Play Award 2003.”

    with

    http://www.uefa.com/uefa/Keytopics/kind=512/newsId=413276.html

    NO comparison.

  • frank
  • slug

    I think 23% is very good for an NI friendly.
    I hope this means that local football will justify more tv resources.

  • dave

    as long as no government resources are waisted on grounds etc…

    No one goes, so why waste money on a dead duck.

  • smcgiff

    Derry draw Paris St Germain in UEFA Cup first round proper. A glamour tie for sure, but it would have been nice to see Derry progress to league stage.

    Luck of the Irish how are yeah!

    “PSG have a UEFA coefficient of 41.757 (Derry City’s is 1.430) and are entering the UEFA Cup at the First Round stage having won the French Cup last season.”

  • david

    When do the tickets go on sale for Lansdowne ??

  • ricky

    Derry chief executive has ruled out windsor park as a venue (no surprise)for the clash with PSG in September.

    They expect to announce a venue in the capital in the next 24 hours, with Lansdowne Road the favourite.

    Ruddy expects as many as 5000 to travel to Paris for the 1st round clash, which would break all records for a domestic european game.

    The French are well used to large irish travelling supports in Paris, over 30,000 travelled for the Ireland v France world cup qualifier in october 2004.

  • smcgiff

    Ricky,

    I think (could have been dreaming) I heard on the radio this morning that it was going to be played in Derry.