The GAWA Rule!!!

Sometimes you blog a news story with no comment. Sometimes you blog a story and make a political comment. Sometimes you blog something to find out other people’s views on a policy issue. Now and again you blog something because you are still floating on cloud nine and want to share your joy. Last night the GAWA showed why they deserve the European supporters award, I salute you.

  • spice girl

    awsome performance both on and off the pitch. A night to remember!! Just hope Ulster Rugby can keep the run going over in Wales!!

  • Hurler on the Ditch

    Have to agree FD. Great they gave Sanchez and the team the support they deserve. Yet again a lot of Hacks shown to be completely out of touch with the fan on the street. Well done again.

  • smcgiff

    Hope to comment on match later…

    It’s hard to criticise the journalists that lambasted the Saturday performance. First, they only echoed the fans on the terraces (don’t forget what these fans did at the end of the game) Secondly, the lambasting was ESPECIALLY due if NI can put in performances like they did against Spain. Imagine if NI now had six points instead of three! The goal should be (especially after last night) to qualify. But it really depends on which NI team turns up for the upcoming matches.

    Finally, I’d appeal to NI not to chant, ‘We’re not Brazil, were Norn Iron’ – Yes, the fans pay their money at the turnstile and can sing what they like, but it must be soul destroying for the players to hear that the fans don’t expect much from them because their mediocre (AND that’s what that chant is telling them). It was funny while NI couldn’t buy a goal with the crown jewels, but now they should learn a new one. For the sake of the team!!!

  • Healy for First Minister

    Smcgiff

    Not sure you are right there. The song isnt about mediocrity at all. We’re not Brazil, we’re NORTHERN IRELAND. Heres it in full…..

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of Espana “82
    When little Northern Ireland Showed the world what we can do
    Now Lawrie is our leader and we’re coming after you
    And this is what we sing………
    (what do we sing?)

    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    But it’s all the same to me

    We’ve beat the Turks, the I’ties and the mighty Germans too
    The French, The Dutch, the Southerners all know what we can do
    and if you know your history, you’ll know it could be you
    and this is what we sing….
    (what do we sing?)

    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    But it’s all the same to me

    Oh I was only little when my father said to me
    C’mon we’ll go to Windsor to cheer the boys in green
    The greatest little country that the world has ever seen
    and this is what he said…..
    (what did he say?)

    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    But it’s all the same to me

    The English boys came over in the year two thousand and five
    But little did they know that we’d planned a wee surprise
    Sir David scored the winner and Windsor Park went wild
    And this is what we sang…..
    (what did we sing?)

    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    We’re not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland
    But it’s all the same to me

  • Donnie

    Do we need another thread on this?

    In fairness to the journos getting a slating – the fans booed their team off the pitch after Iceland!

    NI will not qualify this time round but they do have an opportunity to lay the foundations for a team that actually can qualify in the near future.

  • T.Ruth

    The fans were disgraceful on Saturday at the Iceland game. They booed manager and team at half time ,were silent throughout the second half and repeated the booing at the final whistle. It shows how insincere and fickle many football supporters are. They should have realistic expectations and should not buy into much of the drivel from various media scribes and commentators.
    The mistakes were all made in a twenty five minute period and we had several chances to score at critical moments. We had no one of the class of Gudjohnsen and our failure to close him down was the major factor in our defeat.
    But we must all remember that NI is a small community and it just makes so special victories against England and Spain-however we should not live in a dream world created for us by journalists.
    Lawrie Sanchez is an articulate ,genuine, professional. While he is our manager lets give him full support instead of back stabbing him and the players at the first opportunity if the team shows a lack of consistency at times.The undermining process was also evident from the comments of many of the suits and hangers on who fail to portray a real love for the game and for Northern Ireland.
    T.Ruth
    T.Ruth

  • Carson’s Cat

    Last night was equally as good, if not a better result than against England. The Spanish played far better than the English did last year and to come from behind twice to win was unbelievable.

    Sad thing could be that it seems that Sanchez could be away by the end of the day if the rumours circulating prove to be true.

  • stringer

    maybe Lawrie recieved a death threat !!!

  • Tochais Siorai

    He’s coming back to Sligo Rovers.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Sad thing could be that it seems that Sanchez could be away by the end of the day if the rumours circulating prove to be true.’

    First I heard of this, but from a strategic POV his stock will never be as high as now. It might make sense.

  • slug

    There are news stories that the IFA will issue a press release about this this afternoon 🙁

  • smcgiff

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/5323790.stm

    Linked from the IFA website. Didn’t know Laurie was a no show after the game, but it makes sense now with hindsight.

    Healy’s after match response is making more sense as time goes by.

  • trev

    Lawrie has been looking to get back into club management for the last year or so, his problem is that few clubs seem to rate him.

    He was interviewed for a few jobs over the summer without any success.

    Maybe its time to quit while he is getting a bit of publicity and hope someone moves for him

  • Bog warrior

    FD

    Who or what is/are the GAWA?

  • SKULLGUISE

    I was at the game on Saturday and totally disagree with booing our players as it does nothing to help when the going is tough. When the chips are down you need to get behind the team and show what being a supporter is all about.

    As for last night what can I say other than thank you for another great memory and hopefull more to come.

  • skullguise

    GAWA = Green and white army

  • fair_deal
  • smcgiff

    ‘Who or what is/are the GAWA?’

    Me, Me, Me, Me, Sir.

    Green And White Army

    More accurately ‘Green White Army’ – at least that’s what it sounds like to me when chanted.

  • fair_deal

    Smgiff

    It tends to be sung more Green an’ white army with it harder to distinguish were the green and an’ end. This is a football chant after all and not an elocution exercise

  • slug

    If you wear IFA gear you find people coming up and saying “Green and White Army” a lot.

  • Bog warrior

    D’oh

  • smcgiff

    Fair Deal,

    I’d possibly stretch to saying it might be Green’n White Army! 😉

  • Realist

    “Finally, I’d appeal to NI not to chant, ‘We’re not Brazil, were Norn Iron’ – Yes, the fans pay their money at the turnstile and can sing what they like, but it must be soul destroying for the players to hear that the fans don’t expect much from them because their mediocre (AND that’s what that chant is telling them)”

    The NI squad were actively involved in recording the original version, released for Children In Need last year.

    New edition for sale in a record shop near you from Monday next.

  • smcgiff

    Realist,

    As I said it was funny when NI couldn’t buy a goal, but if they have ambitions beyond being more than whipping boys for the likes of Iceland then it’s not the chant to have.

    When NI Concede a goal and the fans chant we’re not great we’re mediocre it can’t be heartening for the team on the pitch.

    Re: recording and players… Are you honestly telling me the team has any say in such matters.

    IFA Blazer. ‘There’s a charity recording on Saturday, be good chaps and turn up’.

    NI Squad member. ‘K Boss’

  • Well done lads.
    the way things are going, all the young southern players will want to play for the north, and on current form, I’d say the north would beat the republic. It’s like being on two escalators, the northern one is on the stairway to heaven and the southern one is on the highway to hell. I despair for (southern) Irish football at present, we’re going to be in the doldrums for a long time.
    Well done, great performance, great last goal too.

  • Cahal

    corkdave
    we got beaten 1-0 away to a very good German team that put 13 past San Marino. Hardly the end of the world.
    We have a good chance of qualifying.

  • smcgiff

    Cahal,

    Leave Dave alone. He had to suffer Saturday AND Sunday. He’ll be alright for the next ROI match!

  • harpo

    ‘But we must all remember that NI is a small community and it just makes so special victories against England and Spain-however we should not live in a dream world created for us by journalists.’

    T.Ruth:

    I don’t think that this dream world is created by journalists. It’s created by the fans themselves, and their dream that despite the obvious mediocre talent pool, that NI is somehow a much better team than it actually is.

    A mediocre team will do exactly what NI do – win against some of the big boys on occasion, and lose to teams that they on paper should be superior to. The problem is that the fans take the spectacular results against England and Spain as what the norm should be. Meaning that they are disillusioned when NI lose to an Iceland.

    All in all NI are probably ranked correctly at number 72 in the world. That’s why they can win on occasion against England (a top 10 team) and lose to Iceland (outside the top 100). NI fans complained when NI were ranked outside the top 100, but if you can’t beat the Canadas, Maltas and Icelands, what do you expect? You aren’t going to be top 20 based on normal NI results. Remember that the other game against England was a 4-0 loss. A top 10 team beats a team ranked at number 11 at the time (NI)? Sounds about right. That’s the norm.

    It’s the fans who create this dream world, and that’s why they boo when they lose to Iceland. They really think they are far superior to Iceland and expect more from the team.

    While the talent pool is of lower quality, NI fans need to accept it, and just enjoy the spectacular successes when they happen, because the spectacular losses will happen too.

  • harpo

    ‘and on current form, I’d say the north would beat the republic.’

    corkdave:

    Would that ‘current form’ be the 3-0 home defeat to Iceland, or the 3-2 home win against Spain?

    Is ‘current form’ all about the latest game, and you ignore all that came before it?

  • Well Cahal to add to that, Cork City have frittered away the league they won last year, they never consolidated on that, so my misery is complete 🙂 Anyway they all say we’re a bunch of miserable fatalistic bastards in Cork. 🙂
    Harpo.
    Just looking at the NI team last night, they had all the spirit and passion that was always associated with the republic team of a few years ago, even against Iceland, your boys missed many chances and weren’t as bad as 3-0 suggested. Whereas in the last few years, Ireland (republic) have barely even created chances against any of the decent teams they’ve played competitively, they have gone down tamely to france, switzerland, russia, israel.
    At least you lads up north have beated England and Spain competitively in the past 12 months. We haven’t played well since the 2002 world cup.

  • SMcGiff.
    Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them.
    Even though I’m an irish nationalist and one of the few corkmen who has no time for the GAA.
    It was a turn-off at school and many of those associated with it are narrow minded and parochial and insular, I gave up on that a long time ago.
    Sorry for offending anyone who likes it, it’s just my opinion.

  • Realist

    “As I said it was funny when NI couldn’t buy a goal, but if they have ambitions beyond being more than whipping boys for the likes of Iceland then it’s not the chant to have”

    smcgiff,

    Did you not read the words?

    It’s putting the team on a par with Brazil, in the eyes of the Northern Ireland fans.

    Northern Ireland are OUR Brazilians.

    Maybe you don’t get that Ulster humour?

    You’d better write to the IFA quickly to register your concerns.

    The new release of WNBWNI is the IFA’s “official anthem for the European Chamionship campaign”, and they will be selling it from Monday too.

  • olympia drive

    STOP PRESS!!!!

    BEST FANS IN THE WORLD BOO BEST MANAGER IN HISTORY OFF PITCH FORCING HIM TO RESIGN!!!!!

    GAWA OR GA-GA?

  • Cahal

    LS did well with the north. He will move on to bigger and better things, perhaps the second division in england.

  • Realist

    “BEST FANS IN THE WORLD BOO BEST MANAGER IN HISTORY OFF PITCH FORCING HIM TO RESIGN!!!!!”

    olympia drive,

    Don’t think that’s the “story” at all.

    We’ll see in the very near future.

    Lawrie has done very well, but “the best in history”? If he were lead us to two World Cup Finals, he could maybe claim that mantle.

  • smcgiff

    Realist,

    I did read them and they’re very good. Although the only audible bit during the matches I’ve watched simply said, ‘We’re not great we’re happy with mediocre’

    As for such an attitude being officially being adopted by the IFA. Well it’s hardly a surprise that they’d welcome an institutionalisation of a devil may care attitude by the fans.

    In future listen to when this song is sung. It’s not at the start, but when things start to go wrong. That’s my take on it.

  • smcgiff

    corkdave,

    Just some understanding words from a fellow Corkonian! Another One!

    They’ll be fumigating the place next!

  • Ziznivy

    Northern Ireland had a terrible result on Saturday and the manager took some stick. That’s football. That’s to be expected. We then had a wonderful result on Wednesday and he took plaudits. Again to be expected. I can’t see what the fuss is about.

  • Realist

    “In future listen to when this song is sung. It’s not at the start, but when things start to go wrong. That’s my take on it”

    It is sung before, during and after every game – win, lose or draw.

    Sung repeatedly before, during and after Iceland – and against Spain.

    Played over the tannoy before the game, at half time and at full time.

    A firm fans favourite.

  • Ziznivy

    Anyone else simply dying for the next game to come along quickly? Hopefully Lawrie will still be in charge. With the GAWA in full voice who’s to say we won’t get something in Copenhagen.

    I was so proud on Wednesday. The noise was once again unbelievable and this time the players produced a performance to match.

    Personally I actually believe this was a bigger achievement than England. Spain are a better team and we were behind twice.

    The bouncy was fecking amazing. My mate is a structural engineer and he was getting nervous about the stand collapsing! 😀

  • smcgiff

    ‘Personally I actually believe this was a bigger achievement than England.’

    It’s leaps and bounds ahead of the England game. A lucky team can score one goal. Ask Arsenal and Wrexham fans. But to score three is nothing short of miraculous.

  • Young Fogey

    The only time I’ve heard “we’re not Brazil we’re Norn Iron” sung was in the pub I was watching the Ulster – Ospreys game in the final week of the Celtic League season last year. Somebody started

    Of course, Ulster has nothing to with the Norn Iron football team and I’d never seen this guy watching the rugby down the pub before.

    Bloody fair weather supporters!

    But still, hardly something you sing only when you’re losing.

  • It was sung after the Spain match as well as supporters hung around for a good 45 minutes afterwards. Definitely not a song only for when you’re losing.

  • frank

    WERE NOT BRAZIL WER NORN IRON!!

    it doesnt mean wer mediocre, it means what it says!

    proud to be norn iron! proud to be green!

    yes we should have beat iceland, but who gives a fluck if we can beat the teams that come here expecting a walk over.