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I keep saying it.  But this football isn't for us lads.  The only way for The EIRE to be competitive is to play to our characteristics as a nation.  Mucksavagery is in our DNA and so I propose an agricultural stye of football.  Put Duffy up front and launch long balls at him for 90 mins.  We need to bring in a load of dirty payers as well who will just kick lumps out of the opposition and snarl at them in the tunnel before the game.  We need to re-establish the long throw in as a key tactic and Packie Bonneresque hoofs up the park.

Paddy has been trying to be Paulo for too long.  It's time to go back to being Paddy.
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I keep saying it.  But this football isn't for us lads.  The only way for The EIRE to be competitive is to play to our characteristics as a nation.  Mucksavagery is in our DNA and so I propose an agricultural stye of football.  Put Duffy up front and launch long balls at him for 90 mins.  We need to bring in a load of dirty payers as well who will just kick lumps out of the opposition and snarl at them in the tunnel before the game.  We need to re-establish the long throw in as a key tactic and Packie Bonneresque hoofs up the park.

Paddy has been trying to be Paulo for too long.  It's time to go back to being Paddy.
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Yes. Northern Ireland are better than us now. 
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Given our genetic ineptitude at this sport I think the best policy going ahead would be to pick a team solely of Nigerian origin players. In a few years there'll be enough to fill the team easily. Add our one half Brit hotshot striker to the mix and us Hiberno-celts can focus on pursuits that suit as better such as bare knuckle boxing
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Originally posted by Conan Conan wrote:

Given our genetic ineptitude at this sport I think the best policy going ahead would be to pick a team solely of Nigerian origin players. In a few years there'll be enough to fill the team easily. Add our one half Brit hotshot striker to the mix and us Hiberno-celts can focus on pursuits that suit as better such as bare knuckle boxing
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Originally posted by Conan Conan wrote:

Given our genetic ineptitude at this sport I think the best policy going ahead would be to pick a team solely of Nigerian origin players. In a few years there'll be enough to fill the team easily. Add our one half Brit hotshot striker to the mix and us Hiberno-celts can focus on pursuits that suit as better such as bare knuckle boxing


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Our genetic make up is not suited to football.   Bare knuckle boxing, hitting each other with sticks, headbutting walls and squashing oranges against our heads to get the juice out is where our strengths are.
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I think we need to stick to rugby

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Originally posted by McG McG wrote:

I think we need to stick to rugby

What as a nation have we done to deserve that fate? One "sport" I will never, ever, get.
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can't get past the quarters in that. Paddy should stick to the mucksavageness of GAA. 
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We should revert to long ball tactics. 
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I don't think Ferguson won one single ball tonight - I never thought I would say this but he should be playing behind Idah who was far better tonight.

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Originally posted by McG McG wrote:

I think we need to stick to rugby

Hopefully the rest of the world takes an interest in Rugby and then we can be average or worse in that too.




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Originally posted by horsebox horsebox wrote:

I don't think Ferguson won one single ball tonight - I never thought I would say this but he should be playing behind Idah who was far better tonight.


Didn't get to see the game but Idah should have started. It wasn't O'Shea's job to give Ferguson as much time on the pitch as possible in hopes of getting a goal.
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Originally posted by Godzilla Godzilla wrote:

Originally posted by McG McG wrote:

I think we need to stick to rugby

Hopefully the rest of the world takes an interest in Rugby and then we can be average or worse in that too.

Exactly ....we were No. 1 in the world in a sport that roughly 15 countries have a fully professional national team in ..... and still can't get past the quarter finals of the world cup.
I love to see Ireland doing well in any sport, but God the rugby media are absolutely insufferable.
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We don't need to give up football. What we need is a full on deprogramming of all players and coaches throughout the land.

The deprogramming is required because football is a cult in this country - the Nick-a-Goal cult. Worse than Scientology, our own cult promotes a philosophy based around tight defence, total aversion to risk and taking the one chance you might get to score.

In Italy they used to say that the perfect game of football would end in a nil all draw. In this country the perfect game of football is a 1-0 victory - the winning goal being a header from a centre-half from a corner kick.

Any other attempts to play the game are denounced. The criticism by pundits and former players of Stephen Kenny always seemed over the top. He wasn't a revolutionary nor even a great risk taker. But it makes sense in terms of doctrine. The man wanted to do some things differently - pass the ball a round a bit, or in other words: commit heresy.

It can be no accident that John O'Shea has taken charge of these last two games dressed as a priest. And he was assisted by Brian Kerr - a man who once denounced Roberto Martinez's Belgium for beating Tunisia by 5 goals to 2. Why have a game with so many goals when an orthodox 1-0 win would have done!

The Nick-a-Goal cult is back in total control. Soon the 1-1 draws will return.
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Originally posted by Terzino Terzino wrote:

We don't need to give up football. What we need is a full on deprogramming of all players and coaches throughout the land.

The deprogramming is required because football is a cult in this country - the Nick-a-Goal cult. Worse than Scientology, our own cult promotes a philosophy based around tight defence, total aversion to risk and taking the one chance you might get to score.

In Italy they used to say that the perfect game of football would end in a nil all draw. In this country the perfect game of football is a 1-0 victory - the winning goal being a header from a centre-half from a corner kick.

Any other attempts to play the game are denounced. The criticism by pundits and former players of Stephen Kenny always seemed over the top. He wasn't a revolutionary nor even a great risk taker. But it makes sense in terms of doctrine. The man wanted to do some things differently - pass the ball a round a bit, or in other words: commit heresy.

It can be no accident that John O'Shea has taken charge of these last two games dressed as a priest. And he was assisted by Brian Kerr - a man who once denounced Roberto Martinez's Belgium for beating Tunisia by 5 goals to 2. Why have a game with so many goals when an orthodox 1-0 win would have done!

The Nick-a-Goal cult is back in total control. Soon the 1-1 draws will return.

This is a little extreme. 

There's definitely a slight generational divide between some of our fans who have great memories of the Charlton era and who spent most of their teens/20's in the 80's and 90's, and those born after 1990 who are more familiar with the post 2007/2008 shift in football because of the influence of Spain/Barcelona. 

I'd be the latter. Early 30's. I do a bit of coaching. I would mainly work on the technical side of things. Results shouldn't really matter until around U14/U15 level.


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Originally posted by horsebox horsebox wrote:

I don't think Ferguson won one single ball tonight - I never thought I would say this but he should be playing behind Idah who was far better tonight.



We may well have over-hyped Ferguson - time will tell - but Idah is never going to be a clinical striker, albeit that he may have something to offer us. Hopefully they both improve as we go forward. 

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