After turning down 'opportunities' at corporate heavyweights Google and AIB, ex Sheffield Wednesday, UCD and Shamrock Rovers star Paul Corry took the 'opportunity' to critique a very hungover Johnny Ward's attempt at southside chic ahead of his trip to Cabinteely. Dan just beat the Ed Sheeran traffic from Bermingham and Brian Gartland took time out from Dundalk's busy schedule to drop by and discuss among other things, when a defender wants a 5-4 win scoreline and the importance of mental toughness. Johnny tries to cajole Saint Pat's captain Ian Bermingham to the pub, Rhys McCabe gets the Sligo Rovers Gaelic Football hazing and there really is nothing like wine in Wexford. Except maybe a heino in sockless shoes.
Thoroughly modern manager Owen Heary drops by dressed in full Shels regalia to bat away insults about his weight and shed light on the new ownership and leadership situation at Tolka Park. The battle of Wounded Knee continues between one time serious footballer Des Curran and total pro Johnny Ward as he ducks the hard questions about the top four. Dan McDonnell is on hand to adjudicate and finally answer a question with one word. There’s two rounds of fixtures to look back on, Pats V Rovers amongst the previews, Student Scholarships, rugby pitches in Cabinteely and Johnny’s TV editing masterclass. Where would you get quality, professional, objective, compelling, informed, and most of all entertaining League of Ireland podcast gold? Answers on a postcard to…..
Total Podcasting this week! Comparisons with the Holland team of '74 will be justified as we present guest, or rather guest host, Pat Fenlon who takes to the pod like a Henrik Larsson parachuted in for January. It's the big two this week, and we have Jimmy Keohane from Cork and the controversially pronounced Patrick Hoban from Dundalk lighting up the phone lines. There's Pat's take on Rovers, Why he doesn't miss managing, behind the scenes at Waterford, a pink tie and when not to tweet. All this from seven flights up in Dublin 7. Enjoy!
The length of this weeks pod is directly proportional to the number of fixtures, upsets, red cards and media training opportunities spurned by our studio guest Trevor Croly. Fresh from victory at the Dublin Derby and defeat in Derry, the Bohs number 2 talks about the 'Peoples Club', fixture congestion, Keith Long's recruitment and an underappreciated dress sense. Johnny takes up for an under fire Stephen Bradley and continues to miss goals, literally, at Bray and spends a windswept and interesting few minutes with Cork City’s Conor McCormack. King Kenny Shiels is on the phone from Derry because we won't pay his travel expenses and Dan is on the naughty step for using curse words at Bray. All this bookended by the best sig tune in all of Christendom!
In a breaking news episode we talk to Tom O'Mahony, the President of St. Patricks Athletic to discuss the plans for the new stadium complex in Inchicore and wonder what colour carpet will be in the upstairs bedrooms of the adjoining apartments. Limerick goalkeeper and Dublin 8 native Brendan Clarke gives us his 2 cents on the big news as well as secret records, goalkeeping howlers and eskimos in Oriel Park. There's a chat with Dundalk's Chris Shields, Ronan Finn on this weeks derby, an overtly ageist debate and who, if anyone, will think of the children? It's a bumper LOI weekly...and it's early!
This week sees Dan back from New York City to join forces with the two Johnnys. Yes, LOI Weekly ‘Hall of Famer’, Johnny McDonnell returns to cast his well schooled eye over the youth setup, the league, and whether Architects can build football teams with PowerPoint! There’s strip searches in Bray, Munster Derbies with Waterford manager Alan Reynolds, predictions galore and we try not to mention Fairyhouse. It's episode 8 and its here!
'Holy Thursday Batman, it's episode 7!' Rising again this Easter season is Conor Clifford who discusses his ban for gambling offences, boxing, and his quest for a new club. A less than penitent, Lee Grace after switching from Galway to Rovers is in studio to talk Galway exoduses and life with Rovers. We have all our usual banter and predictions in a three part format that dies, is buried and rises again as an all round egg-cellent Easter show. (Sorry about that last bit!)