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Conor Heffernan

Conor is a recent graduate History and Political Science graduate with an interest in health and football. He has been a long-suffering Leeds United fan since the late 1990s but as always remains optimistic for next season!

Football, Foreskins & the Führer: Hakoah Wien

Conor Heffernan takes us on a journey through one of the most incredible football stories in history; the story of Hakoah Wien FC. Is there a Jewish style of football? Once upon a time this question would have been answered with a definitive yes. From 1909 until 1938 Hakoah Vienna or Hakoah Wien were an Austrian football club famed for …

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Gerd Muller, Boris Becker and Porn: Jurgen Klopp Reveals All

Borussia Dortmund’s head coach Jurgen Klopp is not a man without a sense of humour. The right combination of banter and barmy, Klopp once told reporters: “My wife wrote a book for children. It’s like Harry Potter – but it’s about football. There’s no Harry Potter flying on his f*cking stick – just football.” Well luckily for football fans, Klopp …

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World Cup Bound: The Irish Homeless Team

With just over two weeks to go before the beginning of the Homeless World Cup, the Irish Homeless team have flown to Chile to acclimatise, train and see the sights. It promises to be an exciting time for those involved and a time to finally put their training to the test. Ireland has a good reputation amongst the other nations at …

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Ireland’s 1990 World Cup Heroes – Where Are They Now?

Last week we looked at Jackie’s Army at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. It was a time of great heroism for Jackie’s army but as the years have passed, time has forgotten the contribution of these great men. Today we honour their achievements by looking at the great squad and where they are today. Starting XI Packie Bonner …

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Racism, Conservatism or Education? Why Aren’t There More Black Managers?

“Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it” -Kanye West, 2004 Name five black footballers who have graced England’s Premiership. Now name five black managers who have managed in the Premiership. One would wager a guess the latter question was much more difficult. Incidentally, this writer really struggled (Paul Ince, Chris Hughton, Jean Tigana, Terry Connor and Ruud Gullit) and this …

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Jackie’s Army and Italia 90

“Put em Under Pressure” – Jack Charlton Italia 90, the two sweetest words in the English language. The Republic had yet to experience something called the Celtic Tiger but there was still an optimism in the air. Following a strong début in Euro ’88 and qualification for the World Cup in 1990 Irish fans south of the border were on a …

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Cult Heroes: Burnley’s Robbie ‘Bad Beat Bob’ Blake

This week’s Cult Hero is none other than Burnley legend Robbie Blake, writes Conor Heffernan. The true essence of a Cult Hero is the ability to have half the fans love you and the other half hate you. Today brings the story of a man known for his on-field hi-jinks, his wonder goals and for joining his club’s biggest rivals. …

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Anelka, Trezeguet, Peter Reid – Inside India’s Football Experiment

Conor Heffernan provides an insight into Indian football, as it nears the brink of financial collapse despite the marquee arrivals of the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet. The year is 2010 and the international management group IMG-Reliance has just signed an historic Rs. 700 crore deal with the All India Football Federation to promote India’s faltering domestic football league. …

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Has He Blown The Final Whistle Yet? Jackie’s Army – Euro ‘88

This week, as Conor Heffernan continues his series on the history of football in Ireland it’s time to take a look back at Euro ’88 and the Republic of Ireland’s first ever taste of tournament football, under manager Jack Charlton.  Republic of Ireland fans have had to content themselves over the last few weeks with reading of Northern Ireland’s great achievements …

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Cult Heroes: Aston Villa’s Savo Miss-A-Lot-Evic

In this week’s edition of ‘Cult Heroes’, Conor Heffernan looks back at the career of former Aston Villa man Savo Milošević.   Savo Milošević, the man from Bijeljina. Bosnian born, but a Serbian legend. Born in 1973, Savo made his name in the early 90s when playing for FK Partizan where he scored an astonishing 65 goals in 98 appearances. …

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Congo’s Lost Footballing Generation

“Only the dead have seen the end of the war.”- George Santayana Since 1997 over eight million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of warfare and strife. 1997 had the potential to be a year of change for Congo, a year of improvement. 1997 was the year when Congolese dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, was ousted …

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The Big Year Part Two: Northern Ireland and the 1986 World Cup

Conor Heffernan continues our journey into the history of football in Ireland. This week we remember Northern Ireland’s venture into the 1986 World Cup. 1986 was a fine vintage for Irish football both North and South of the border. Jackie Charlton was appointed Republic of Ireland manager and was about to herald in a new era of success for the …

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Cult Heroes: Arsenal’s John Jensen

 In the first of a new series entitled ‘Cult Heroes’, Conor Heffernan remembers the career of Arsenal’s John Jensen. Every fan has a hero. Some of us prefer the bulky, powerful centre forward to the small pacey striker. Others a midfield general as opposed to a passing genius. Differences drive the game. Where fans do come together however is in …

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On the Road to Chile: Ireland’s Homeless World Cup Team

“One more minute, let’s go!” Graham Tucker’s voice booms around the grounds of St. Catherine’s Sports Ground. Weary eyed players look towards Tucker imploring him to stop the drill. Their efforts are in vain. Tucker is a man on a mission. The Homeless World Cup is just over one month away. If Ireland are to stand a chance, they need …

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The Big Year (Part One): 1986 & Big Jack Charlton’s Appointment

Conor Heffernan discusses the historic appointment of Jack Charlton as the first non-Irish manager of the Republic of Ireland football team. “Basically it’s all football.” –Jack Charlton Fans of Irish football take notice, for 1986 was perhaps the most important year in the recent footballing history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. During this year two momentous events …

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