Good grief – Wales win a Soccer match..

2 – 0. Not a classic, and a crowd of 529 people, but from a Welsh viewpoint every minute that Aaron Ramsey plays as captain is good. Any positives for you?

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  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    These are 2 teams who have boarded the team bus which has San Marino and Faroe Islands as its destination.

    Dewi, do you have any great love for soccerball? As per cricket Wales throw their lot in with England (and we might get to see Ramsey and Bale at a world cup) and Norn Iron should throw their lot in with Ireland or ROI or whatever they are supposed to be called.

    In the meantime throw this embarrasing tournament in the bin.

  • Dewi

    No great love but would hate an EnglandandWales team. With patient support the competition will be great.

  • lamhdearg

    Any positives, bellamys hamstring, teasing aside, Wales looked a little tentative considering they where up against a team of part timers and kids, after they got their goals they started to look like the team they could be. Gary speed has a good personality and with the right coaching staff there is no reason that instead of joining up with England, Wales will be beating them. Good luck, untill next time, GAWA.

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    The Wooden Spoon for NI !

  • chewnicked

    After the pitiful support from NI fans for their ‘country’, there is only one question that they need to ask themselves-Are we a country!?

  • iluvni

    Happily, after supporting the first game, the majority of NI fans appreciated there was no welcome for them in Dublin, so they took the right course of action and told the FAI to stick their tournament uta.
    The IFA should have taken that decision before game 1.

  • Dewi

    Actually Sammy the best thing about soccer is the songs:

    Stevie Bull’s a tatter*, he wears an England Cap
    He plays for Wolverhampton and he’s a lovely chap
    He scores goals with his left foot, he scores them with his right
    And when we play the Albion he scores all F..ing night..
    * Black Country for rag and Bone man I believe

    And born in Brighton and exported:
    “When the ball hits your head and your sat in row z, it’s Zamora!”

  • This is simply just terrible, we need to sort something out drastically! We dont have endless options for talent but we have enough!

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    iluvni

    LOL … and ye were the ones chanting sectarian songs at the Aviva Stadium last time round against Scotland with ‘Up to your wee necks in Fenian Blood” etc…. as well as booing our President on Monday evening after she and the country had given Queen Elizabeth II a warm welcome just a week before and which she thoroughly enjoyed her stay, opting for a 4 day visit instead of 2.

    It’s really more of a case of sour grapes concerning yourself that your wee country finished last in this soccer tournament and that the Republic of Ireland has had a great week of international attention and victories in sport! Stop your denial and just admit it. It will psychologially help you to get over your general bitterness and begrudgery toward the Republic of Ireland!

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    …..oh and no doubt the spanking new Aviva Stadium is another reason to be all riled up about!

    Don’t choke on the bile Iluvni

    LOL

  • sonofstrongbow

    The “bile” was introduced to the thread by you Greg with the glee (!) with which you marked the Wooden Spoon for NI.

    I never cease to be amused by the distaste some show towards Northern Ireland as in this case when eleven guys losing a game of football is seen as nothing more than an opportunity to have a pop.

  • iluvni

    For goodness sakes will the desire for praise over the Aviva and Croke Park ever stop?
    Yes, two modern stadiums…lovely, yes, wonderful. very expensive and well worth being proud of, I suppose…but half empty most the time.

    For me, tart Windsor up a bit, stop the North Stand roof from leaking and build a new South stand closer to the pitch and I’ll be more than happy…and a team that is motivated by a manager with a plan I dont need anything more than that to enjoy my games. I go for the atmosphere, not the prawn sandwiches.

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    Strongbow…
    ah go on outta that…..it’s a bit of banter about the wooden spoon.
    Sure if the roles were reversed and the shoe was on the other foot ye’s would be having parades to celebrate!

    Go on, admit it! 🙂

    Iluvni….
    The prawn sandwiches at the Aviva and Croker are very tasty, especially washed down with a pint of Guinness.
    Too bad the Republic of Ireland soccer team is generally shite at the moment keeping the crowds away.

    🙂

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Anybody know how many Northern players have actually been ‘turned’ by the South?

  • stewart1

    I was reading in the Telegraph’s comments section that three of the norn iron players who played last night were ‘poached’ from other international associations, meanwhile norn iron fans boycotted the game due to ‘poaching’.

    You couldn’t make it up, Worthington and norn iron supporters are a complete embarrassment.

  • FuturePhysicist

    Edgar from Football Rankings said Wales needed to beat Northern Ireland AND hope other results go their way in order to ensure that they are not in the bottom seeds for World Cup 2014 qualification.

    http://www.football-rankings.info/2011/05/wales-almost-in-pot-6.html

  • Dewi

    Thank you FP – wonderfully geekish.

  • FuturePhysicist

    It’s funny the things that just pop up in your RSS feeds.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Dewi,

    re. world rankings.

    as per above post.

    “These are 2 teams who have boarded the team bus which has San Marino and Faroe Islands as its destination.”

  • sonofstrongbow

    Now now greg I’ll be havin none of that! If the “roles were reversed” and at the same time the “shoe was on the other foot” you’d be back where you started having a go at NI.

  • FuturePhysicist

    ItwasSammyMcNally

    Ironically, one of the biggest climbers in UEFA football are Montenegro they’re heading to pot 2 with France and the rest. Could actually qualify to the Euros themselves.

    Similar problems – losing some players to Serbia/Macedonia, very few ancestry and citizenship benefactors.

  • chewnicked

    My goodness, a good game and atmosphere at the Aviva and a sizeable away support.-Norn Iron, it could have been you!
    Was that Niall McGinn I seen in the home support?

  • carl marks

    never been to a football match iny life and proud of it(gealic or rugby neither) and dont understand what you all get uptight about even the world cup is boring i take a bit of time off pack my tent and head up a montain or two you should all try it puts 22 overpaid glyphs (i include the amatuers)in perspective

  • Dewi

    Glyph?

  • Hopping The Border

    Having read the NI petition at http://bit.ly/lNSkvC here are two possible solutions which address the IFA’s financial concerns while still preserving the right of anyone born on the island to play for Ireland.

    (1) The IFA somehow manage to come up with a formula for calculating how much they have spent on player development subtracting of course, development costs financed by the player’s club and the public purse.

    (2) Allow the FAI to bring kids from OWC into development squads at an early age – therefore not denying those who wish to play for NI the opportunity to get into it’s own squads and also easing the financial loss on the IFA.

  • carl marks

    Dewi

    Glyph?

    maybe not the best word to tell you the truth it doesnt mean a lot as i made it up but i dont think slugger would let me use the one i wanted and i take back the bit about amatuers.
    I have spents to much time listening to people in pubs work the barbers etc explaining the finer points of the game under the illusion that if i understood the rules i would be converted its a bit like getting cornered by a bible thumper

  • HeinzGuderian

    One question. Is this quaint word *soccer*,similar to Football ? I mean to say,I’ve yet to see any Football Club with the word *soccer* in their title.

  • Dewi

    Geez Heinz – is that sectarian or something? Football was Rugby where I was brought up.

  • between the bridges

    Dewi…if you use ‘soccer’ to describe ‘football’ , (usually) you will use ‘football’ to describe a form of ‘handball’ but if you use ‘football’ to describe ‘football’ well then you are sectarian…simples

  • Dewi

    btb – it’s all clear now.

  • carl marks

    know little about the game but americian football rugby gealic football and soccer are all types of football im told but im sure i have been misled by all those americian welsh and irish bigots who just want to steal our heritage by changing the name of our little game for rebel purposes