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hughes18

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  1. We're playing Panama and Costa Rica away. I sh*t you not. https://www.irishfa.com/news/2017/december/northern-ireland-to-play-friendlies-against-panama-and-costa-rica
  2. Central America tour

    Only went to Costa Rica but may as well... BEST Costa Rica is class once you get out of San Jose. Wildlife in Tortuguero, waterfalls and the volcano in La Fortuna, zip-lining and the cloud forest in Monteverde. The Tarzan Swing there was without doubt the most terrifying thing I've ever done. Not your average away trip activities. People were dead friendly, gave us directions and tolerated our terrible Spanish everywhere. They seem genuinely excited for the WC, AliExpress-esque fake tops in every shop! Ozzy's sports bar in SJ was some steam the night before the game. Shots and bottles of vodka aplenty. About 20 of us walked in (wearing green) and the staff put some fiddle-de-dee music on - Moby had changed it to SLF within about 30 seconds. Got engaged (not at the game or anything daft like that). Pleasantly surprised the ring remained intact after 12 days in a rucksack. WORST San Jose is pretty uninspiring. Stadium was nice but it's basically just a crumbling car park. Every other business is a mechanics/garage. 11am kick-off and the subsequent performance. No time for a football match, for hungover fans or energy-sapped players. 28 hours door-to-door to get home.
  3. Northern Ireland will host Israel in a friendly international at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday 11 September (kick-off 7.45pm). https://www.irishfa.com/news/2018/february/northern-ireland-to-play-israel-in-september-friendly
  4. Central America tour

    Sunday Life/BT is same thing.
  5. Central America tour

    Paul Ferguson (Sunday Life) and Liam Blackburn (PA) are both going.
  6. Central America tour

    Lol unless you want a detailed rundown of the wildlife I've seen or which restaurants have taken my girlfriend's fancy then I doubt it would make for much of a read. And I'm not even going I Panama - part-timer! Mark McIntosh from The Sun and Liam Blackburn of PA would be the most likely to, but the honest answer is I don't know. I'm a journalist, albeit not a football one. Maybe I've missed a trick there (or maybe I'd rather just enjoy my holiday lol). Maybe I'll tweet live updates.
  7. Central America tour

    It's very, very bloody warm here for anyone travelling out. It also completely lashes it down without warning. Agree with JCM that San José didn't look up to much, we headed straight for one of the national parks, which are pretty stunning really.
  8. Central America tour

    Disappointed that Lewis has an injury, presumably means Ferguson at left-back? I'd have Smith over Hodson. Nice to see Whyte and it's been a long road back for McCullough. As mentioned, if McGeehan is potentially prepared to fly out immediately after a play-off final then fair enough. Hopefully he's matured like Jones.
  9. Central America tour

    Haven't seen any journalists talking about it, is it definitely today?
  10. Central America tour

    Jordan Jones took ill yesterday and had to have surgery. Players dropping like flies already! EDIT: He suffered a twisted testicle. Ouch.
  11. Central America tour

    Conor McLaughlin has put on Twitter that injury has ended his season. Saville also missed Millwall's last two games through injury.
  12. Central America tour

    Someone hoping they get some loyalty points for buying 18 Panama away tickets they've no intention of using? Also, £145 each lol? https://twitter.com/simplydb26/status/987626482322345990
  13. Central America tour

    That's some route JCM! Buses seem to be superbly cheap in Costa Rica, if slightly infrequent.
  14. Central America tour

    Aye seen it now. £22 for CR and £20 for Panama, bit steeper than you'd have liked but I suppose with both teams going to the World Cup their FAs will be trying to milk their fans for all they can get.
  15. Central America tour

    Has there been an email to lead bookers? I was told about the 11am thing last week but hadn't seen it publicised anywhere.
  16. Central America tour

    Neither kick-off time has been confirmed publicly yet.
  17. South Korea

    We're playing South Korea at home on Saturday March 24, KO 2pm. https://www.irishfa.com/news/2018/january/northern-ireland-to-play-south-korea-in-march-friendly Odd kick-off time given there are Irish League games at 3pm that day.
  18. South Korea

    I can't remember any for a long time prior to this year. I think someone on here said it was to do with the way the Nations League TV deal works. Don't think KO times have been confirmed yet as I know of a fellow supporter who emailed the IFA to ask. Don't see the games listed on either of the opposition's websites either.
  19. South Korea

    As enjoyable a friendly as I can remember. Decent enough performance without some regulars against good opposition, even more impressive when you consider there were three debutants too. Nice sunny day out too and I'm sure many of the kids there for the first time will be hooked. Just temper their expectations, parents. Saville is going to be an excellent player for us. The free-kick was joyous, as was Smyth's goal obviously. Big G played well too. I see David Parkhouse from the U21s was part of the warm-up, although he wasn't actually on the bench.
  20. Starting XI v South Korea

    Jamie Ward out too if the IFA 12th Man guide is anything to go by.
  21. Starting XI v South Korea

    The two aren't mutually exclusive. Linfield Instagram congratulating him on being called up to the senior squad and Baraclough hinting he could get game time too.
  22. Starting XI v South Korea

    I reckon Smyth will be on the bench if McGinn and Dallas are out.
  23. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    MON: “Brunt is taking a break from international football at the minute. Me and Chris will continue to talk and in September we will see where he is at.” “Paul Smyth will be part of the U21s squad, he is someone who is definitely in my thoughts.” “Will Grigg wants to be involved but he wants to concentrate on Wigan and their promotion push. In the summer we will see where he is at.”
  24. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    It's usually drip-fed by clubs on Twitter and posted by the IFA about a day before the game. Smyth almost certainly. BPF might want to stay with Leeds given he's just got himself a starting spot.
  25. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    No Brunt. Conor Hazard and Trevor Carson in. No Mannus or BPF. Cathcart, Boyce and Lewis in, no Smyth or Grigg. Trevor Carson Michael McGovern Conor Hazard Aaron Hughes Gareth McAuley Jonny Evans Craig Cathcart Conor McLaughlin Lee Hodson Paddy McNair Jamal Lewis Steven Davis Niall McGinn Ollie Norwood Corry Evans Shane Ferguson Stuart Dallas George Saville Jordan Jones Kyle Lafferty Josh Magennis Jamie Ward Conor Washington Liam Boyce
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