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  2. GPJim

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The IRFU is an all Ireland body. Just the same as hockey, boxing, cricket, equestrian etc. Their teams are all called Ireland. Big difference to how football is organised on the island. Not sure how any of these are linked to football?
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  4. Ernie

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    On ROI football merchandise did Republic of start appearing in a smaller font and may now not appear.
  5. Yesterday
  6. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    We have to call them "Republic of Ireland". If nothing else, it distinguishes them from the "Ireland" Rugby team, for the benefit of all those who endorse the latter by their club memberships, participation and attendance etc. You know, hard cash and all that...
  7. GPJim

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Throw in the majority of football commentators who also refer to the FAI’s teams as Ireland. The FAI could argue to be a de F*C*O all Ireland team based on their all Ireland selection policy. To further back that argument they have the GFA where over 70% of NI voters endorsed the right of the population to choose to be Irish citizens if they wish. Citizenship being the eligibility criteria to play for the ROI. I do occasionally correct people regarding the name of our southern friends’ team, but it’s like stopping the tide coming in.
  8. hughes18

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    "The name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland." http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/cons/en Just the two references to the 'Republic' in the FAI's Rules of the Association (one to say that its headquarters must always be there). https://www.fai.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Football Association of Ireland Rules of the Association Effective 12th ....pdf The majority of the earth (including the majority of Great Britain, in my experience) calls the 26 counties Ireland. Like I said, you or I may not like it, but that's what it's called.
  9. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The football team is NOT the state, regardless of what the latter chooses to call itself, or some might like to believe. International football teams represent National Associations (as recognised by FIFA), no more, no less. And the team which represents the Football Association of Ireland is (or should be) known as "Republic of Ireland". Therefore any reference to eg the Irish Constitution/GFA/UN Charter etc is irrelevant.
  10. GPJim

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The 26 county state is known as Ireland at the UN.
  11. aubsni

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    When you say 'The country' what are you referring to? is there football team not known as the Republic of Ireland and people have started shortening it 1. Easier to say Ireland as opposed to the Republic of Ireland, 2. Lack of knowledge that there are 2 international teams on this island, 3. A way of sidelining Northern Ireland (as in we are Ireland, those other yahoos aren't even worth considering) or some other reason?
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  13. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Not quite. At the time, both teams claimed the title "Ireland". FIFA declared that they could call themselves "ROI" and we "NI" for competitive fixtures/official competitions - World Cup matches, effectively. But the IFA was entitled to go on calling our team "Ireland" for British Championship games at least (friendlies also?), which they continued to do until the early 1970's (not sure exactly when), when we adopted "NI" for all games and altered the badge accordingly. And going back to then, I attended my first couple of matches in 1970 and 1971, and it was common enough to hear the cry "C'mon Ireland" from the crowd, and I think even for a bit after 1975, when home matches resumed in Belfast after a four year hiatus due to The Troubles/IRA threats. I also remember one of the (few) songs we sung was: "Ireland, Ireland, I'd walk a million miles for one of your goals, oh Ireland!" Meanwhile, from the earliest I remember of Themmuns, they were known as "Eire", throughout the British Isles, presumably to distinguish them from NI (Ireland).
  14. GOTW

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    If fifa intervened in the 50's to state it should roi and ni, why not now?. Although back then 2 teams were called ireland and now one is northern ireland.
  15. Tarabonga

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Problem is, very few give a sh1t apart from us!
  16. buckfast_kid

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Should never have been allowed, it’s a territorial claim on us.
  17. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    And the football team is officially called "Republic of Ireland" - even though they don't like it: https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/associations/association=IRL/men/index.html
  18. hughes18

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The country is officially called Ireland, whether we like it or not.
  19. aubsni

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    How come ROI have been able to rename themselves as Ireland?, is this just uefa/Fifa don't care, they can call themselves what they want, most people refer to them as Ireland and forget we exist or just easier/shorter to print.....
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  21. GPJim

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    I'm sure the IFA would never hand out free tickets, nor put guests up in hotels for nought.
  22. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    In the midst of all this hoo haa over John Delaney and the FAI just now, it has also emerged just how many free tickets he was giving away for matches, presumably both to keep his cronies happy whilst also massaging the poor attendances. This included our friendly at the end of last year: THE full extent of the FAI’s inability to fill the Aviva Stadium is today laid bare — with thousands of free tickets handed out. The Irish Sun has learned that more than 8,000 ­complimentary tickets were given out for last month’s European Championships ­qualifier with Georgia. This means that despite the surge of optimism marking Mick McCarthy’s first competitive home game in charge, one fifth of the 40,317 crowd did not pay to attend the 1-0 win in Dublin. It followed a depressing recent trend where the Association has struggled to get bums on seats. A source told us: “Around 5,000 for every game goes to staff, ­sponsors, Uefa, etc. The rest just got given away to whoever. The instruction was to get rid of as many tickets as possible.” The Nations League under the management of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane was a disaster, ticket figures reveal. More than 12,000 free passes were handed out for the 1-0 defeat to Wales on October 16, 2018 out of an official attendance of 38,321. And three days earlier, just 8,000 supporters out of almost 42,000 in the stadium paid specifically for ­tickets to our 0-0 clash with ­Denmark. More than 17,000 were given out for free, with the rest made up of season tickets, Club ­Ireland and away fans. Some 16k season ticket holders paid as part of their package, as did club Ireland holders. In excess of 9,000 comps were handed out for the dour 0-0 friendly draw between Ireland and Northern Ireland on November 15. The official attendance was 31,000. https://www.thesun.ie/news/3986108/fais-free-tickets-georgia-qualifier/amp/?__twitter_impression=true I'd be pretty pissed off had I paid out for a Season Ticket, only to learn that thousands of others were getting in for free.
  23. EalingGreen

    Germany or Holland

    You know me, Phil, I'm as big on pedantry as anyone, so can't complain.
  24. P.McCarroll

    Germany or Holland

    Afraid the pedant in me can't let this one go EG - it was just over a month later!
  25. EalingGreen

    Germany or Holland

    I'm not saying Sanchez lost every game against the wee sides, any more than he won every game against the big sides. But there was a real inconsistency, sometimes even in consecutive games eg beat England 1-0 (H) then lose 3-2 to Wales (H) four days later; or beat Spain 3-2 (H) four days after losing 3-0 to a crap/one man Iceland (H). Add to that eg draws with Azerbaijan and Malta, or defeats to Canada and Norway and his record was very patchy. Whereas since Michael got settled into the job (effectively after his first campaign), NI have played 22 qualifiers in the EC and WC, winning 14, drawing 4 and losing 4 (inc twice vs Germany). Of course he has had some poor results in friendlies, the play-offs and Nations League etc, but when it comes to "bread and butter" games, we have become much more reliable/consistent than under either Sanchez or Worthington.
  26. GPJim

    Post Mortem

    Or you could just download the highlights and keep them forever.
  27. Clint

    Germany or Holland

    Yes, once was quite enough.
  28. richboy

    Germany or Holland

    Yes. I mean a Nations' League play off.
  29. davidbr

    Post Mortem

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003n4p/international-football-northern-ireland-v-belarus-highlights https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003mvz/international-football-northern-ireland-v-estonia-highlights
  30. davidbr

    Post Mortem

    Just heard from the BBC iPlayer people that highlights of the Estonia match have finally been uploaded. Apparently there was a technical glitch. But, you only have until 7.30pm tomorrow (Friday 29th) to catch them. The Belarus highlights have also been added. They expire on Monday at 12.10am.
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