Lifted from Maser’s Facebook, where I see someone said it looks like a giant Refresher bar wrapper. Maybe it does.
Archive for July, 2010
A great selection of images from last night are to be found here, at Photopat3’s Flickr account.
Some reflections on a one-a-piece clash.
Did we deserve a point? Far from it. Bohs dominated the game for large chunks last night, and our goal at the end was as scraptastic as it comes. Still, what a feeling. An equaliser well into extra-time, when the opposition fans are chanting ‘WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE’, is as sweet as it gets.
The performance of the Saints last night on the pitch left quite a bit to be desired. Why hold back, it was dire. Were Bohs particularly strong? In truth, no. An early (and well-taken) goal had them ahead from 4 minutes in until almost the last kick of the game. We probably had a taxi-load of shots on goal over the whole match, and one of them somehow ended up in the back of the net. Such is football. The quietness of the Jodi, and lack of the usual banners even, indicated Bohs fans are still reeling from what happened in Wales. Why wouldn’t they be? There is a hunger there in the Pats support after years of coming close to success, and even relegation. Bohs fans must feel like they’ve been through it all.
While the display from the Ultras of the Saint Patrick’s Athletic support was a wind-up job unlike any I’ve ever seen before (The Next Shels banner in particular), and the hatred for Mark Quigley (*spits on the ground*) somehow reached a new level from our last meeting, it was clear to both sets of supporters the game was not going to come near the level of our previous clashes this season,and the atmosphere seemed to come and go a bit. Like in Tallaght Stadium during the Setanta defeat, it was encouraging to see lads keep singing even when we were miles behind on the pitch. For the first time in a long time, there seems to be a connection between players and supporters.
This League really is there for the taking now, for a number of teams. My apologies to my visiting Sligo friend for knocking his glasses from his head in the 90somethingoranother minute of this one, but in a moment like that these things happen. Little is fair in football, and now I know how ‘they’ feel in the away section when this happens in reverse at Inchicore, far too frequently too. From Cork to Donegal, I’ve seen teams come to Inchicore and do exactly what we did last night.
Whatever about the chants we encounter about our anti-social ways, that looked like a clean smash and grab job to me. Now, time to step it up a gear.
This city is carved up nicely in terms of the domestic game.
There’s no love-in between us all either, we might share a passion for a sport but our teams are unique and history dictates these things, doesn’t it? A Bohs/Rovers derby can match the best of them for passion, a bit of the old tribal division and atmosphere. Still, one couldn’t help but think the humour and passion of supporters of the domestic game shined through tonight on television, with Shamrock Rovers supporters greeting one of the largest teams in Italian soccer with a rendition of ‘WHO ARE YIS’, before applauding Allesandro Del Piero onto the pitch towards the end. Some players you just have to clap on the pitch, really.
He hadn’t kicked a ball before ‘You’ll never play for Rovers” was echoing around the stadium. Excellent. Pity the crowd were so loud we couldn’t hear Allesandro go “Thank Christ!”
What a shame we won’t see the League of Ireland Dublin Derby tomorrow night on telly, we’ll have to wait for Manchester United.
Walking up by the newly refurbished Workmens Club, next to that lovely hotel Bono owns, a friend notices an unusual truck pass by.
“Have a look at that!? Is that…..”
It is. It’s Ronnie Drew.
For once, Come Here To Me had a camera at the right time. Wouldn’t get that on Pimp My Ride.
*My thanks to Pól for tweeking the snap a bit, as it was quite dark. His photo-blog can be seen over here, and features more than a few gems.*
Drop down to Murrays this Friday for a cheap pint, some great music and to support a very good cause. We’ve heard it through the grapevine that the FC St. Pauli Dublin Supporters Club will have their newly designed t-shirts ready for this. (Click on the poster for more details)
It’s rare I rave about a particular beer. I think the last time I felt the need to draw attention to one was my first experience with Moosehead, a beautiful Canadian Lager I was handed a bottle of in the Bernard Shaw not too long ago.
Earlier on, I tried out Prime Max in the ever-popular Hop House in the company of a good friend. Inspired by European lagers, it has a beautiful hoppy flavour to it and comes from the Hite Brewery. An all-malt brew, it is sold in HUGE bottles with at least three pints to the bottle, thus matching and even beating the Hop House favourite of the Bavaria pitcher. At €9, it is a steal.
The sight of bottles on almost every table of Korean punters is enough to convince me it is the way to go on Hop House journeys in future, rumours of its hangover creational skills remain just that as we didn’t approve of the idea of another round. Midweek, well behaved.
The Hop House is located on Parnell Street, at number 160. It is undoubtedly my favourite of the immigrant community pubs in the city centre, with a wonderful mix of regulars. While the Guinness is there on tap, pubs like this offer a chance to try something new. Give it a go, you’ll get little in the city for €3 a pint at present, and I think this import is a beaut.
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On the fourth of August, a League of Ireland selection will take on Manchester United Football Club in the new stadium at Lansdowne Road. Before we go further, that’s what we call it around here. Lansdowne Road.
The day after this, Shamrock Rovers will take on Juventus on Italian soil, in a crucial competitive match. Juventus and Manchester United, two football giants no doubt. Unlike the Shamrock Rovers side taking on Juventus however, the League of Ireland selection are playing for nothing. They’ve never really trained together before this, they play for a wide variety of teams. They’re not a team themselves, and they’ve been chucked together for a glory friendly. To be frank about things, this isn’t the best time either.
Why? Look at the League table. Bohemians, Saint Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and more besides stand a very realistic chance of lifting the League. So far, it’s been rollercoaster stuff, with nobody running away with it and surprises and upsets coming in thick and fast. In the midst of this, I’ve heard this game referred to in the media on multiple occasions now as a ‘pre-season friendly’. This is not a pre-season friendly for us. This is a match that couldn’t be timed much worse in truth.