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hughes18

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  1. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    From the Euro 2020 regulations: This document, detailing every single fixture, also points out which teams are free for friendlies on each matchday: https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/58/62/00/2586200_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. Only two months away now, may as well have a thread of its own. I realise there's a lot of apathy about this fixture but some ticket/travel news would be welcome in the next couple of weeks for those of us intending to go. Flight from Manchester to Dublin on the Thursday lunchtime was only £13 so can't complain.
  3. hughes18

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    "Martin O'Neill contacted Michael Duffy in relation to changing allegiance." But sure, it's always the players that make the first move, remember.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The follow-up story has been amended to remove any mention of 'sectarian chanting'. Barnes' original version has not.
  5. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    The Nations League semi-finals/final aren't connected to Euro 2020 qualifying. I think there is still an outside chance of a play-off place filtering down to us but it would require a fairly remarkable series of results in the traditional qualifiers.
  6. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    They did in the Nations League but they're reverting to Faro in Portugal for the Euro qualifiers until the Gib stadium capacity is increased.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    He's been suspended, according to reports. Hasn't been sacked (yet). I don't doubt he's a tit, but I think you'd be on dodgy ground banning someone when a) what they did wasn't illegal and b) it wasn't in a football stadium. Also, the IFA haven't a clue who has their match tickets half the time, so implementing any ban would be a right laugh.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Lie repeated again today in a follow-up story about the flag-waver. Angry email sent.
  9. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    We could potentially draw: Poland, Russia, (NI), Georgia, Kazakhstan and Latvia. Some mileage there.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    First real NI memory I have (As as an 8-year-old) is Quinn's goal from that game.
  11. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Yeah I checked last night as I'd been wondering myself. Victoria Stadium, holds 2,000. Would absolutely love to see the IFA allocate 100 tickets for that. They've played Latvia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein and Armenia there this year.
  12. hughes18

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Gibraltar are playing in Gibraltar now.
  13. hughes18

    Line up/Match Thread

    Heard about that last night. Can't say I noticed anything from the middle. Surprised there's not been any pictures of it.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Was just about to post about this. Full text below from everyone's favourite drunken train passenger reporter, Ciaran Barnes. Doug Beattie's quotes (nor his tweets on the night) don't even mention sectarianism! The fan branded an idiot after being caught waving a Parachute Regiment flag before Northern Ireland's match against the Republic is a convicted football thug. Postman Paul Harding (41) was pictured with the banner at a roadside service station on the way to Thursday night's goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Royal Mail worker's behaviour has been condemned as provocative by nationalists as inquests into the 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre, when 11 civilians were killed by the Parachute Regiment, opened last week. Hooligan Harding has previous form for appalling behaviour at football matches and in 2005 was given a suspended jail sentence for rioting at a Glentoran v Linfield game. Magistrate Desmond Perry compared his behaviour during clashes at the Oval to that of a "wild animal". Harding, whose postal round covers the Sydenham area of east Belfast, was convicted after being photographed by Sunday Life running onto the pitch. On Thursday he was among thousands of fans who crossed the border to attend the friendly match. It was marred by poor crowd behaviour, with both national anthems booed and sectarian chanting throughout. Politicians on both sides of the border condemned as "idiots" the small sections of supporters who were involved. Harding was on a mini-coach of Northern Ireland fans that travelled from east Belfast to the match. He was seen getting off the vehicle at a roadside service station and waving a purple Parachute Regiment flag at Republic supporters. The Army unit was responsible for shooting dead 14 innocent civilians in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972. Another video posted online shows a Republic fan attach a tricolour to the back of a Northern Ireland supporters coach that had stopped at another service station. Tanaiste Simon Coveney condemned the behaviour of some fans at the game. He said: "Embarrassed that a small number of fans booed the national anthem of Northern Ireland tonight at the Aviva. Competitive friendly, but Northern Ireland were our guests tonight in Dublin." Gardai said there were a small number of clashes at the game, but no arrests were made. Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie also hit out at the booing of the national anthems and sectarian chanting. He added: "I think it is pretty simple - we should all show respect to a nation's national anthem. "Each national anthem needs to be shown respect on sporting occasions like this and ordinarily it normally would. "But I think this was not right to be honest." cbarnes@sundaylife.co.uk
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    I'll be in the San Siro watching AC Milan v Parma. If memory serves, I think the last draw (for the Nations League) saw the fixtures confirmed within a couple of hours? I recall booking a flight on the tram home from work. EDIT: Just looked back and the fixtures were confirmed at around 5pm the day of the last draw.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    The winter venue thing has definitely applied before.
  17. hughes18

    Line up/Match Thread

    The second goal was Dallas' fault. Plenty of time passed after Jones lost the ball.
  18. hughes18

    Line up/Match Thread

    He set up a goal ffs. He might not have been brilliant but he looked our most dangerous attacker IMO.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Was mixed in the two pubs we were in - Doyle's and The Vintage. Few inbred knobheads but nothing major (NI fans that is).
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    The Bouncy myth is definitely my favourite but of nonsense they come out with. Complete, unsubstantiated mythology. The McClean song was funny, full stop. It helped that he had a dreadful game.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Flanagan has gone back to play for Sunderland tomorrow.
  22. hughes18

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    We played pretty well I thought, just can't buy a goal. They were dreadful. Our fans in the ground were largely superb.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Could be Deeke's Diner or the 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts hut? Who knows.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    It still doesn't have an exact location. Maybe we'll just stand in the middle of that roundabout and hope for the best?
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