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hughes18

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  1. 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.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Just had a text off someone in our club. I assume he's seen an email or something. Man United do it for all European away games and are slowly introducing it for the odd domestic away game too this season.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Vouchers to be exchanged for match tickets (on production of campaign card and ID) in Dublin on the day I believe.
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    Best and worst - Sarajevo

    BEST 100% the best away end atmosphere I've been part of, club or country. The only issue was that because we were in the ground so early (easily an hour before KO), I was punctured/thirsty/starving (see below) by the second-half. Convincing three female travel agents from New York who we met in Cheers bar that going to the game would definitely be a good idea and unique life experience. Needless to say they absolutely loved it. Going to a pretty obscure Bosnian third division game about 45 minutes outside Sarajevo in Hadžići. Giving the solitary policeman the slip by passing 24 beers over the wall of the 'stand' and serenading the home team's subs/coach. Don't think they usually have a crowd like ours. Beautiful setting for a game too. Klopa restaurant on Sunday night. Honestly couldn't have looked after us better, wine flowing, great steaks and very much a bargain. Number 2 restaurant in all of Sarajevo on TripAdvisor apparently! There were some sights in the City Pub on all three nights. Although having another bar two doors down called City Lounge was very confusing for anyone drunk and or/lost. The riot police were great, although I'm not sure we needed to be in the ground quite so early. I was chatting to one on the way back to the tram post-match and he said they were all amazed at the absence of trouble and that everyone working was really enjoying it. The cable car up to the bobsleigh track was well worth a tenner and a walking tour showed you most of the major historical sites. It's a place that's been through a hell of a lot. Yes it's not the most modern, and yes there are bullet holes in a lot of buildings, but I found Sarajevo to be a very welcoming and interesting city. WORST No food or drink for sale in our section of the stadium. Not even water (to my knowledge). As per the Austrian queuing fiasco, it makes you wonder how these stadiums meet UEFA standards. Heard a couple of people got mugged. Not good, although I try not to judge places too much on a bit of minor crime as the only place I've ever been pick-pocketed or had my card details stolen is in bloody Manchester, and I choose to live there! Result, obviously, but I'm confident we'll be better in the qualifiers.
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    Best and worst - Vienna

    Jesus I remember when these threads were buzzing. It seems Facebook has well and truly taken over. BEST Nice wee stopover in Bratislava. Hasn't changed much in 10 years since we were last there, but it's a pleasant (and cheap) enough spot to spend a night in. Great views from the castle and a good catch-up with my uncle. Boat down the Danube to Vienna. Beers on the deck, super scenery, there in two hours. Could have spent all evening on it. Weather was superb in both cities. I didn't see a great deal of Vienna but every building looked stunning. I'll be back. Another game unbeaten for the fans' team after a 3-3 draw despite our team being on the Bucky. Well looked after at the local amateur club around the corner from the main stadium. Wombats Hostel on Thursday night involving flaming Jagerbombs, a supersoaker, and the mysterious quantity that is Mr M Magee (anyone on the NI fans groups on Facebook will know who I mean). Best away trip night I've had in ages. 2,500 GAWA in the stands is still some sight. Thought we merited at least a draw on the pitch. WORST Goes without saying, but the access to the stadium was f**king atrocious. I got a text about 80 mins before KO saying to hurry up, and if it wasn't for that I reckon we'd have missed a large chunk like some other. 70 mins it took us to get in. Surely only having 3 turnstiles for so many people is against some sort of UEFA rule (more on this in Bosnia)? The two injured parties in the stadium. Hopefully both make a full recovery. It's not nice at all to see a woman in a stretcher at half-time. Bit gutted I missed the square and march to the stadium, pictures looked class. Another loss. We're on a dodgy run, but I think we're rebuilding and we'll give the Euro 2020 qualifiers a decent shot.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Ah ok, so if we were to win and be level on 3 points, the next determining factor is goal difference in our games v that team (in our case Austria) rather than overall GD?
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Apologies if this has already been covered, but am I right in saying that unless we beat Austria by five clear goals (in order to finish 2nd in Nations League B3), we are certain to be seeded in Pot 3 for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw?
  8. 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
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    Post Mortem

    To the tune of What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor... Who's our new Roy Carroll? Who's our new Roy Carroll? Who's our new Roy Carroll? Bailey Peacock-Farrell
  10. McAuley and Washington out, Flanagan in and Whyte there from the start this time. 25-man squad. McGovern, Carson, BPF Hughes, J Evans, C McLaughlin, Smith, Lewis, Cathcart, McNair, Flanagan Davis, Norwood, Ferguson, McGinn, C Evans, Dallas, Saville, Jones, Whyte Lafferty, Magennis, Boyce, Grigg, Ward
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    I think he should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially given his well-known issues with addiction and mental health in the past. It's not ideal, but the guy is still our second top scorer of all time and one of (if not the) primary reason we all went to France. An awful lot of people seem keen to retire him already. Short memories.
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Lafferty has pulled out of the squad of his own accord. Unusual. Hopefully nothing serious on a personal level. https://twitter.com/arutherfordNI/status/1049761282746982400
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Distantly. Article I read said he'd never even met him.
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    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    Bosnia squad for the upcoming game below. Begovic and the three defenders who were injured last month (Nastic, Vranjes and Bicakcic) are all back, so I daresay it's a stronger squad than the one that beat us. Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Sehic, Asmir Begovic and Vedran Kjosevski Defenders: Darko Todorovic, Ognjen Vranjes, Toni Sunjic, Ermin Bicakcic, Ervin Zukanovic, Eldar Civic and Bojan Nastic Midfielders: Muhamed Besic, Gojko Cimirot, Miralem Pjanic, Elvis Saric, Rade Krunic, Goran Zakaric, Haris Duljevic, Edin Visca, Sanjin Prcic and Deni Milosevic. Forwards: Edin Dzeko, Kenan Kodro and Rijad Bajic
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    Austrian National Team

    Austria squad for our game: GK: Heinz LINDNER (Grasshopper Club Zurich / CH 21 internationals), Cican STANKOVIC (FC Red Bull Salzburg; 0), Richard STREBINGER (SK Rapid; 0) DEF: David ALABA (Bayern Munich / GER; 65/13 goals), Aleksandar DRAGOVIC (Bayer 04 Leverkusen / GER; 66/1), Martin HINTEREGGER (FC Augsburg / GER; 33/3), Stefan LAINER (FC Red Bull Salzburg; 9/0), Sebastian PRÖDL (FC Watford / ENG; 71/4), Gernot TRAUNER (LASK; ), Andreas ULMER (FC Red Bull Salzburg, 6/0), Kevin WIMMER (Hannover 96 / GER, 8/0) MID: Florian GRILLITSCH (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim / GER, 13/1), Stefan HIERLÄNDER (SK Sturm Graz, 2/0), Stefan ILSANKER (RB Leipzig / GER, 31/0), Florian KAINZ (SV Werder Bremen / GER, 10 / 0) Valentino LAZARO (Hertha BSC / GER, 15/0), Marcel SABITZER (RB Leipzig / GER, 31/5), Louis SCHAUB (1st FC Cologne / GER, 10/5), Xaver SCHLAGER (FC Red Bull Salzburg ; 5/0), Alessandro SCHÖPF (FC Schalke 04 / GER; 19/4), Peter ZULJ (SK Sturm Graz; 6/0) FOR: Marko ARNAUTOVIC (West Ham United / ENG; 74/19), Guido BURGSTALLER ( FC Schalke 04 / GER, 21/1), Michael GREGORITSCH (FC Augsburg / GER, 9/1)
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    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Washington's effort I think - blocked by a defender about a yard off the line and then deflected away off the keeper after.
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    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    I came home thinking McNair had a poor game. Certainly wasn't as assured on the ball in defensive positions as Lewis on the other side. However, watching the highlights, he fizzed in a few great balls. I wouldn't play him at RB unless it was a real emergency though. At the minute, he's still behind Davis, Norwood and Saville in the midfield pecking order.
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    Post mortem

    Cathcart and BPF both to blame, Cathcart slightly moreso. He should just be heading it away down the line there instead of trying to be cute. At the same time, given Cathcart headed it, BPF should go for the ball with his hands. I appreciate he doesn't want to foul the attacker and concede a penalty, but I still feel he could have reached it with his hands - it's not like it was a backpass.
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    Starting XI v Israel

    One of the papers today said McGovern had gone back to Norwich.
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    Post mortem

    FFS I wouldn't be giving him that as a nickname any time soon.
  21. Grigg's back. Smith too. No Smyth or Whyte. McGovern, Carson, BPF Hughes, McAuley, J Evans, C McLaughlin, Smith, Lewis, Cathcart, McNair Davis, Norwood, Ferguson, McGinn, C Evans, Dallas, Saville, Jones Lafferty, Magennis, Boyce, Washington, Grigg, Ward
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    Match predictions v. Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Hughes, Magennis and McAuley all not in the squad according to PA.
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    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    There will be a minute's silence for Jimmy McIlroy before KO tomorrow and banner passed around the Kop.
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    Match predictions v. Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Have to say, people I know and our supporters club are well up for it, but there doesn't seem to much buzz online. Early KO won't help atmosphere either but here's hoping for a decent afternoon.
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    Bosnia. And Herzegovina too. What are they like?

    I wonder how many of the big bad Bosnian Muslims will travel? IFA were charging them £40/50 a ticket, which is at least consistent with the prices for home fans. Some quotes from their manager, Robert Prosinečki. Seems they have some defensive injury problems - they only have four fit defenders and couldn't add any late call-ups because of visa problems. Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been dropped too. "Our medical service has examined players who have problems with injuries, and Nastić, Vranješ and Bičakčić will not be in competition for matches with Northern Ireland and Austria. Civic's injury can be repaired by counting on him. There will be no subsequent calls for Northern Ireland, and for Austria we will see. " "This is an interesting competition because there are no friendly matches, and it also has the possibility of placing the European Championship. LN is even more meaningful for smaller teams that are now more likely to find themselves in a big competition. "We are in a group with good teams. Northern Ireland was a bit short of going to the World Cup, while Austria is a serious team with several extra-class players playing in big clubs. It will be good tests for us, even though we will be in deficit for three injured defenders. I expect great games that are tailor-made for us and we will do everything in these three days to get better prepared. " GK Ibrahim Šehić BB Erzurumspor GK Kenan Pirić Maribor GK Vedran Kjosevski Željezničar DF Toni Šunjić Dynamo Moscow DF Ervin Zukanović Genoa DF Darko Todorović Red Bull Salzburg DF Eldar Ćivić Sparta Prague MF Miralem Pjanić Juventus MF Edin Višća İstanbul Başakşehir MF Muhamed Bešić Middlesbrough MF Haris Duljević Dynamo Dresden MF Gojko Cimirot Standard Liège MF Sanjin Prcić Levante MF Elvis Sarić Suwon Bluewings MF Goran Zakarić Partizan Belgrade MF Rade Krunić Empoli MF Deni Milošević Konyaspor FW Edin Džeko Roma FW Kenan Kodro FC Copenhagen FW Riad Bajić İstanbul Başakşehir
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