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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!

Summertime Madness: LuaLua’s Payback Against Newcastle United

“I apologise to the Newcastle supporters because they’ve been so brilliant to me, but I’m glad I came to a club where someone wants me. The Portsmouth fans are lifting me up. I’m here to impress. I’m fighting to get a contract.” Lomana LuaLua, 2004 Who doesn’t love a relegation dogfight? Most years it’s more exciting than the race for …

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The Great Green Hope: Northern Ireland & The 1958 World Cup

“If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day”- Neville ‘Big Nev’  Southall Irish football, as we have seen in this series, is a complicated affair often dominated by politics. Interspersed with the drama however is joy, ecstasy and delight. This comes most spectacularly in the form of tournament …

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Summertime Madness: Jay Jay Okocha – The Magician Of Bolton

It was only a matter a time wasn’t it before we looked at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton. Our series into the weird and wacky of the football transfer window would be incomplete without Big Sam’s Bolton. During his time at Bolton, Allardyce brought in Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, Gary Speed and a certain Nicolas Anelka. Not bad for a club that …

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Summertime Madness: Chelsea, Claudio, Cash

Conor Heffernan reflects on the beginning of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea, one that has seen £2 billion spent in ten years. The Premier League Season will soon be back. We’ll once again experience the highs and lows of England’s top twenty teams battling it out for pride, glory and lots of money. It promises to be a good year, …

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Will The Real Ireland Please Stand Up?

Our historical and insightful look into the history of football on the island of Ireland continues this week as we examine the squabbling between the FAI and IFA as they battled to attract players. “It’s not that you shouldn’t be neutral. It’s that you won’t be able to stay neutral.” – Christopher Hitchens. In last week’s article we detailed the aftermath of the …

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Fight for your Right: The FAI Versus the IFA

Our journey into the foundation of Irish football continues as we discuss the repercussions for the FAI following the Home Nations’ decision to boycott the national side south of the border. “Politics: Who gets what when and how” – Harold Lasswel. In last week’s article we looked at the great split in Irish football between the FAI and the IFA, a …

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Four Reasons Real Madrid Have So Much Money

Real Madrid continue to pay exorbitant fees to add to their list of galacticos, but how do the Madrid club have so much money? Conor Heffernan discusses. Unemployment in Spain is at 26%, and Spanish bank debt is roughly equal to the GDP of Singapore. Yet in this dire economic climate Real Madrid has increased its revenue and recently has …

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The Wind That Shakes The Goalposts: The Split In Irish Football

Our look at the establishment of Irish football continues as Conor Heffernan delves into the ramifications of the Easter Rising for the future of the game. “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin We finished up last week’s article with the establishment of the Irish Football Association and Ireland’s first …

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Summertime Madness: The Untold Story Of Ali Dia

This week’s Summertime Madness looks at the incredible story of how Ali Dia lied his way to Premier League football with Southampton, and ultimately ended up at Gateshead. Ah yes, those two famous words in English football, Ali Dia. The name is synonymous with one of the biggest scams in recent Premiership history and is perhaps one of the funniest …

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Summertime Madness: The Curious Case of Ronnie Ekelund

This week’s ‘Summertime Madness’ looks back at one of the most bizarre transfers in recent memory, involving Alan Ball, Johan Cruyff and a hotel lobby. One of a manager’s greatest challenges in football is strengthening a squad. Who can they bring in? How much will they cost? How well will they adjust? Such a challenge has led many a manager …

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A Child Is Born: John McAlery & The Birth Of Irish Football

“Ah, Ireland… That damnable, delightful country, where everything that is right is the opposite of what it ought to be.” -Benjamin Disraeli. Ireland is a place of wow and wonder, of ups and downs, of success and failures. This is none more so true than of our national football team. We’ve gone from World Cup ’02 to Euro 2012. How …

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Summertime Madness: Roy Essandoh & The Teletext Transfer

As many of our readers will remember, perhaps fondly, football results were not always easily accessed online. For example, some of us had to, and some of us still choose to, use RTE’s Teletext Aertel service to keep us up to date with the footballing world. And that teletext service would provide us with transfers gossip, footballing results, fixtures and …

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