In between selecting Dan's Wedding Songs and appraising Dublin's formal menswear retailers, 'Smooth' Johnny Ward and 'Dynamic' Dan McDonnell, play host to Longford Town manager Neale Fenn, who tells us about his love of the job and his career to date. Ollie Horgan is back on the phone from 'Harps to talk through the end of season run in, we don't discover what Alan Cawley cooked for Johnny, and Johnny takes ten minutes to to come up with a pun for 'Chambers'! All this and more....Because you just keep giving us 5 star reviews!
This week we welcomed Bohs Duo Oscar Brennan and Shane Supple to the studio...well almost! Our transition year sound engineer insisted on recording the first half of Oscar's contribution in a corrugated iron roofed shed for effect. We abandoned this experiment after about ten minutes and instead focused on Bohs beating Cork, Stephen Kenny's new contract and The Shawshank Redemption - Gypsy Style
The boy genius Johnny Dunleavy takes the train to our studio just north of North Korea where he joins a stag weary Dan and a Galway Races weary Johnny for a humdinger of a show that tackles head injuries, the obvious observations of middle aged cork men, amnesia, Aaron Lennon's driving position, going Hurling with Hunt, and "How The Simpson's would do press releases". It's so good that this weeks episode would get 12 A's in it's Inter Cert, including Latin!
Dan returns to accompany Johnny after an 'Oh-So-Short' European adventure to analyze what went wrong for the LOI teams. Luke Byrne from Shamrock Rovers drops in to preview the upcoming Bohs-Rovers game and Alan Reynolds from Waterford talks hurling, tenors, and the cup run. Oh, and Vincent Browne somehow gets a look in.
Gary McCabe from Bray Wanderers gives us a frank and honest opinion about the situation at the club from a players perspective in one of the most revealing interviews we've broadcast thus far. Also as it's make or break time for LOI clubs in Europe, Dan McDonnell is in Rosenborg and joins Johnny and Aidan Fitzmaurice from The Herald on the line from Norway to discuss if "it's over now?". Oh and there might be a little 90's Nordic pop theme too..
We kick off the next week of European games Dan-less as he's in Louth for the big game in Dundalk but does manage to secure a telephone line to discuss the Rosenberg choice of accommodation as well as the big game. Johnny is joined by Alan Keane formerly of Dundalk and Sligo Rovers who's well used to European Football. Also dropping by is Shamrock Rover's goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski, the first Hebrew speaking guest on the pod. Tomer looks back on his career to date, his first brush with girls at eight years old, and life in Ireland. Oh, and he pushes Johnny's spelling prowess to it's limits! All this and the usual news and views on everything League of Ireland.
This milestone episode unfortunately concentrates on the current border town of despair just a few miles south. Bray Wanderers' current predicaments prompt Johnny and Dan to phone former Cork City footballer and author Neal Horgan for a detailed discussion on the latest crisis to hit the league. On a more optimistic note the current round of European games provide good news stories. We round up the weekends action with usual predictions and ask who will be the next addition to Sénor Ward's photo album? Answers on a postcard to....
This week’s bumper LOI Weekly is a truly trans global affair. Regular schemers Johnny and Dan are joined in studio by James Chambers, the star of Bethlehem who plays his soccerball stateside these days. There’s also European giddiness and a telephone chat with Derry Manager Kenny Shiels on their prospects in Hamlet’s old stomping ground. Plus for good measure we head north with The Herald’s Aidan Fitzmaurice going all "Bjork meets Sigur Ros” in Iceland. If you add to that, Johnny’s visa debacles via Iran and Dan’s attempts to bring Guinness etiquette to Russian visitors, all we would need is another 'Home and Away’ bit and we’d have covered more air miles than a FIFA delegate in the off season. Oh, and Cork will still win it though…The league that is.
Johnny's pronunciation skills are pushed to the limits as we look at the European draws and how they affected the clubs in the league. After eating poorly last week he is joined in studio by his regular eight dollar an hour co-host Dan McDonnell and regular studio loiterer Damien Lynch (37). Gary Rogers gives us the Oriel view on the phone, as well as the usual news, views and roundups from around the country. Oh, and love is in the air yet again!
In studio for this weeks episode, all the way from Inchicore is, "The Boy Towell", Richie that is, as he reflects on his LOI career with the Dundalk team he didn’t even want to sign for but ended up winning the league with anyway. On the agenda as well are his experiences with Brighton in England and the differences between Chris Hughton and Stephen Kenny while Johnny tries to talk him out of his favourite goal choice. Outside of football, he displays a distinct lack of knowledge of Damon Albarn led Brit Pop outfits, and after our 6 question quiz we don’t expect Johnny to be hosting Mastermind anytime soon. But staying with quizzes and this week’s burning question is, ‘Will Bray have Johnny eating pigs feet next week?' Intrigued? I’ve started so I’ll finish…