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Rod

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  1. He's a big Celtic man who doesn't hide the fact he hates Rangers so Rangers fans obviously hate him. Also doesn't "rise above it" and gives it back to the fans. The sort of person you love him if he's playing for you but rival fans hate him. From a purely NI POV he has said some dodgy things which would mean I'd be wary of him but overall he doesn't deserve our hatred/abuse.
  2. Too young myself but its not the first time he said this. Hughes18 has said on another thread he added something along the line of "maybe it was because I was playing crap" but from his overall comments its clearly being interpreted that he meant he wasn't accepted initially because of his background. If its true you cant criticise him too much for saying it but not sure its overly helpful going down this route ahead of the next weeks match.
  3. First comment 😄
  4. Loads of buses being organised judging by facebook
  5. I wonder is that the plan. Mightn't be the worst idea, I know the fans mixed well at the Euros, but cant see it ending well if both sets of fans congregate in the same bars in Dublin. I'd imagine the majority of bars won't want any NI fans near them. Although perhaps they'll be reluctant to play a part in us getting boozed up.
  6. The 2 other block bookers who I go to matches with aren't going but took a notion last night and booked a place on a local supporters bus. I was one of the 100 or so who ignored the boycott last time. It was sh*t. Hoping this one is a bit better! In the end I couldn't resist an away match 100 miles down the road and the possibility of watching us beat the ROI in Dublin. Am assuming they'll be a couple of thousand of us at least and we should create a decent atmosphere!
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    Line up/match thread

    Was thinking that myself. We'd rotten luck in Michael's 1st campaign and then came good the following campaign. We've had no luck in this competition. Suppose it showed we were missing our 3 main strikers tonight. Not sure if Washington had a genuine reason to not travel but I'm abit more pissed off with lafferty than I was when he first pulled out, the big idiot has let us down. A little confused about the new lad, Vassel, and what he brings to the squad. Still not madly impressed by Baily-Peacock but I'm sure he'll prove his worth in time. fingers crossed we can beat that lot in Dublin and Austrians next month and get the feel good factor back again.
  8. Happy to let Michael deal with it. Kyle clearly didn't fancy the matches which I find disappointing and surprising. Does he like a lot of supporters consider these games 'glorified friendlies'? But kyle's done a hell of a lot for us over the years and he's still got alot to offer if his attitude is right. No point going full 'lynch mob' on him.
  9. Him and the wife have a newborn. He's been on the bench the last 2 games. Got on for a few minutes on Sunday.
  10. Michael doesn't sound impressed. Worrying as Kyle is still an important player for us. Hopefully now that he's at a high profile club it doesn't mean his focus/commitment for NI suffers.
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    Sell Out v Austria?

    After Bosnia, people have realised Nations Cup games matter and aren't glorified friendlies?
  12. I'm tempted to head down but from conversations I've had with the people I sit with and other block bookers I know and there's no huge interest in the match. Not sure if that's representative of the support or my circle of friends are getting old or boring!
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    Post mortem

    Overall I find it hard to criticise the team too much as they played some of the best football I've ever seen us play and they ran themselves into the ground. But I agree, abit worrying we couldn't create more clear cut chances despite being so on top and equally worrying the opponents scored twice when they'd so few chances/possession. ? Wait til you see tomorrow night! I looked at ticketmaster on Friday and thought it was heading to a sell out but there was quite a few empty seats. I'm hearing plenty of talk about pricing. Think the IFA need to be careful not to get carried away with what they can charge. Most people at the match seemed up for the match, atmosphere was decent, but its clear a section of our supporters concluded the Nations Cup was a glorified friendly.
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    Post mortem

    The short corners didn't work but it was clear a decision was made that the Bosnians were big lads and we weren't going to have any joy just whipping it in. But clearly we should have put a few more in. Mcauleys threat was missed. Can't really criticise the team, thought they were excellent for much of the game and played some great stuff. Got in a lot of great positions and created plenty of half chances. Admittedly we failed to create many great chances. Bosnians were a big solid stubborn team at the back, with us dominating possession it really feels likes roles reversal compared to normal. big Kyle hadn't a great game. Feels like with the promising situations we were creating we could have done with abit of Grigg poaching earlier on. Bailey-Peacock will be disappointed, poor clearance for the 1st goal and beaten to the ball for the 2nd goal. Ah well, on most other days we'd have won that game. We've done what Bosnia did to us today on plenty of other teams over the years. decent atmosphere. Hope the ladies in the dressing gowns evacuated from the Olympia leisure centre enjoyed the attention of a few thousand football fans ?
  15. Aye posted about that the other day. Looks like maybe 11-12,000 for it. The Kop looked the worst area!
  16. Looking at Ticketmaster there's probably a few hundred tickets (mainly in the South Stand) left for tomorrow. Not far off a sell out. Good stuff - looking forward to it now!
  17. The Bosnia game will sell out but I'm slightly surprised that a Saturday competitive game isn't proving more popular. A sign that the public aren't really buying into the Nations Cup games being proper competitive games. Hopefully this isn't reflected in the atmosphere.
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    Central America tour

    Stronger squad than I was expecting. Changed times as someone else said.
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    South Korea

    There is such a thing as an entertaining friendly! Enjoyable day out. I'm sure loads of kids enjoyed their first NI match. Having Korean fans scattered throughout the Kop even added to the occasion. Decent atmosphere. koreans were abit unlucky to lose but there you go! Delighted for Paul Smyth - hopefully he fulfils his potential and is a good attacking option for us in the years to come.
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    Starting XI v South Korea

    He's suspended for Iceland on Monday night I think so doesn't need to be rested for it.
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    South Korea

    Match now a sell out! Great stuff. Friendlies are traditionally terrible but for some reason I'm quite looking forward to this one now!
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    South Korea

    Fair enough, no offence intended to our disabled fans who I agree shouldn't lose out in any effort to increase capacity!
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    South Korea

    I agree with you, we should have went for 25k. But can anything be done now? I'm thinking about the Upper South Stand. Could surely fit an extra 2k seats in there and push the capacity to around 20k. I wonder is this something on the radar of the IFA at all? I'm aware its currently used for disabled supporters. If its still required by these supporters that's fair enough. Or could our disabled supporters be accommodated at the back of the family stand and in front of the North Stand?
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    South Korea

    Good stuff. I hope we're rewarded with an entertaining friendly for once.
  25. Happy as well. Bosnia is a new opponent. We'll take a big crowd to Vienna, hopefully a weekend game!
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