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The August Bank Holiday Weekend Ain’t What It Used To Be For GAA Fans Anymore

Later today, the All-Ireland quarter-finals get underway under a blanket of unfamiliar indifference. For thirteen years, the August Bank Holiday weekend sat proudly as the best weekend on the GAA calendar. Four quarter-finals would take place over two days, virtually all of them at Croke Park, and for many it marked the real start of knockout championship action between the …

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Admit It Frank, Cork Hurling Has A Serious Problem

They say admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery. Come on Frank, repeat after me: ‘Cork hurling is in crisis, and has been for some time’. To be fair to county board secretary Frank Murphy and his ilk, they are not the only men and women that could be accused of an oversight. Oddly, very little national …

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Championship revamp: Like The McGuinness Idea….But Better

With change now inevitably on the way, it’s time to tackle this old issue one more time. As we all know, the last three championships have witnessed an increase in appetite for a revamp of football’s premier competition. The main issues plaguing the organisation are as follows: Championship does not ‘really’ get underway until August: The formative stages of this …

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Quick Preview Of This Weekend’s Football Championship Action

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With the summer sunshine encouraging growth, will there be anyone waiting in the long grass to spring a surprise This weekend’s return of the Football Championship to our screens promises an increase of pace and intensity. Talking points rather than action have dominated the championship so far. Dublin’s destruction of Longford, returned the debate surrounding the structure of the championship to the headlines. While Donegal’s …

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5 Players Who Will Light Up The Munster SHC

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Following Thursday’s piece on five players who will light up the Leinster SHC, Brian Barry gives us his Munster equivalent. Cormac Murphy (Cork) Now in his second season in the Cork squad, Cormac Muphy has made the wing-back position his own. After stints in the UCC Fitzgibbon Cup side, the Mallow man has done enough to impress Jimmy Barry-Murphy. You …

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Middlesbrough Face The Bees As Karanka Demands Success

Callum Connolly looks ahead to the first of the Championship play-off semi-finals tonight, as Brentford host Middlesbrough in the first leg.  ______ “Tiny details can be big things.” Aitor Karanka’s words could not be truer when pinpointing the transformation in Middlesbrough over the last 18 months. Certainly, fans of the club would have predicted a bleak future following the sacking …

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6 players From The Fitzgibbon Cup To Watch In The Championship

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The Fitzgibbon Cup is done and dusted but who impressed enough to warrant some Championship game time come the summer.    Jason Forde The Tipperary man was a key member of winning team UL’s side, contributing to scores whether playing at centre back or in the forwards. The Silvermines man is pretty useful from the placed ball too and got …

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AFC Bournemouth: From Near Extinction To Possible Paradise

For those unfamiliar with AFC Bournemouth’s rapid ascendance through the Football League, they may sit with their morning coffee and croissants looking at the Championship table with the Cherries’ in fifth place, three points from the automatic promotion places, and think nothing of it as they flick on to this week’s crossword that they will never finish. However, for the …

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Jason Koumas: Back Where It All Began At Tranmere

It may come as a surprise to many that Jason Koumas is back playing football regularly, now plying his trade in League Two with Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere is also the club where it all started for Koumas back in the late 1990s before going onto make over 90 appearances in the Premier League with Wigan and West Brom. Koumas came out of …

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Groundhoppers: Are You One?

Here we take a look at the phenomenon of groundhopping which has swept across Europe in recent decades. This is the pastime of visiting as many stadia as possible, particularly football grounds. Are you a groundhopper? Or maybe there’s a groundhopper in all of us? For the hardcore groundhoppers of the world however, this is certainly a hobby that takes a …

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Safe Standing – Will The Days Of The Terrace Ever Return?

In almost all football debate, as soon as the words ‘safe standing’ are uttered, there is a very clear line; some are in favour of the option, and others are not. The reality is that, safe standing at football matches is only as dangerous as the security that is available. The tragic and harrowing events of Hillsborough and Heysel, as …

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English Football League: The Championship New Boys

As the Championship season enters the back end of September, Stuart Connolly gives his insight into how some of the new players in the league are faring so far.  The Sky Bet Championship season may only be six games old but it’s fair to say that some new players have taken life in this division in their stride, while others …

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Sky Bet Championship – Matchday 5 Review

Matchday Five in the Sky Bet Championship is over and a few teams are standing out with some great early showings, while others are standing out for the wrong reasons with some second-rate performances. With this round of fixtures over the Championship is taking a two week break due to the International Break which is accommodating friendlies and European Championship …

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Forgotten Friday – Middlesbrough F.C

Forgotten Friday looks at a team as opposed to an individual this week as we look back on the demise of Middlesbrough F.C. Middlesbrough are a football club that have gone from Premier League to Championship over the last number of years. For a number of years, they were a very good Premier League club, with some high profile players and …

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The Championship Playoffs – The Richest Game In Football

The Championship season has finished and the focus now beckons on the richest game in football, the Playoffs. England’s second tier becomes more and more exciting with every passing season. This season Leicester finished top of the pile with a whopping 102 points,     Team Points 1 Leicester 102 2 Burnley 93 3 Derby 85 4 QPR 80 5 Wigan 73 …

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