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…
Dan and Johnny are stood up by Damien Lynch as they present their half term report on the League. The original odd couple present their mid term awards and deal with topics as haughty as Damo's jumpers, Brian Kerr's orange, Cunningham's goalscoring drought, and lots more. All this, plus, eloping to Italy, Ollie Horgan as an alarm tone, pizzas and Hamlet. To Jalepeno or not to Jalapeno? Shazam!
"Just the two of us....", Dan's in New York for the Ireland game this week so Damien Lynch anchors the show with Johnny as we welcome Owen Garvan to the pod. Once of Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town, Owen talks about his plans for the future and how the league might figure in them. On the phone from Cork we have John Caulfield who's not in the least bit complacent about his position in the league and all the way from a hotel in Manhattan we eventually make contact with Dan McDonnell who wasn't in Tiffany's and has little or no jukebox skills. Oh, and Johnny gets an "All righty!"
A quick Luas ride from Tallaght brought Shamrock Rovers' Sporting Director Stephen McPhail face to face with Dan and Johnny to discuss the Shamrock Rovers Project. As well as enlightening us on Damien Duff's exuberance for five a side games and Rovers' new Roadstone development, Stephen also told us about how well the league is doing compared to our European counterparts. On the line from Limerick, taking a break from house hunting was new manager Neil McDonald to give us his first impressions of the league and a brief overview of his career to date....Oh, and there may have been a "Home and Away" bit just for old times sake!