A dead horse, a taxi driver with an unimportant name, a worst injuries competition, and a prodigal son. No, it’s not the script for the new Coen Brothers movie it’s just what happens when the two Johnnys are in studio. Joining Messers. McDonnell and Ward this week in our studio are Johnny Dunleavy of Cork City, and, only one letter short of a millionaire thriller writer, we have Tim Clancy, who’s one of the youngest managers in the league up in Drogheda. We have an interview with ex Cork City hero Sean Maguire and our long awaited preview of the first division. All this and some anthem whistling to boot!
We're back! An extended season opener featuring Ger O'Brien from Saint Pats in the original studio. We also have interviews with Shane Keegan, Raff Cretaro and Stephen McGuinness from the league launch on Tuesday. So, expect predictions, in depth analysis, steak house recommendations and lower level mathematics as well as a brand new theme tune all the way from Washington DC! Game on.
Remember when Roy of the Rovers Annuals gave you the chance to see what black and white weekly characters like Hot Shot Hamish and Johnny Dexter looked like in glossy colour? Well we've brought back two old favourites for the festive season. Glossy Paul Corry, ex-Shamrock Rovers, drops in to give us his 2c while the ever colourful James Chambers jets in from Philly to chip in his festive bon mots. It's all about the opening fixtures, the ins and outs of transfer deals and the greatest league in the world. Happy Christmas!
"Don't Look Back" screamed the Nobel Laureate back in 1965. Corks Crocked Captain Johnny Dunleavy didn't pay any attention as he swaggers into studio to take Johnny Ward to task for the sins of the past. Joined by Dan and Bohemian goalkeeper Shane Supple for a nostalgic look back at the season that was and a look at your votes for the team of the season. Shane also found time to push team mate Dinny Corcoran on his penchant for Dutch Gold and it took us only 38 episodes to work a Dylan reference into the description.
As Johnny sings the relegation blues in G minor, Ger O'Brien ex captain of Saint Pat's drops in to relive the great escape. He also regales us with tales of Owen Garvan's dressing room hopping and lack of singing ability. There's Dan's week of press trips, Kenny Shiels' bag of cans, and who's going to win the cup? We've got twenty quids worth of tickets to give away if you still care.....
In an attempt to curb the enthusiasm of Johnny and stem the 'Galway United Weekly' movement, Dan invited Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny into the pod this week. Dundalk's last game of the league season is proving crucial to Galway's season and it all makes for a pretty pretty pretty good show. Oh, and it sounds fantastic too!
Even after Ophelia toasted our studio, our equipment and our sound engineer we managed to rustle up two tin cans and an iString to record a highly entertaining if somewhat retro sounding Brian Kerr chat. Johnny McDonnell dropped in as well, so we went all out to recreate a Faroe Island commentary box audio feel. Apologies for the poor sound quality. Blame the wind....
In an unashamedly honest reflection on an injury blighted career, Shamrock Rovers' Paul Corry joins Dan and Johnny in studio to talk about his decision to retire from football at the age of 26. There's also a look back on Tuesday nights epic FAI Cup semi final replay and that Stephen Bradley incident, as well as predictions, impromptu host auditions and Johnny's explanation of Dan's genealogy.
As we near the "end of the line" for this season, ex Limerick manager Martin Russell drops by to see if "even the losers" will get lucky sometime and run down Johnny's Galway dreams. Lending a media trained "Southern Accent" to this weeks show while celebrating his miscellaneous birthday is Cork City's Alan Bennett, who plagiarises Alanis Morissette, and reveals that "The Waiting" is the hardest part. We have our say on the Kevin Doyle concussion debate as well as a feisty predictions round and a look back on the FAI Cup "Big Weekend". That's more than enough Tom Petty titles for one week, but he was definitely one of the good guys...
After an Italian honeymoon Dan is reunited with Johnny who comes up with some terrible excuses to explain away his unfaithfulness. Ironically this weeks liaison is recorded at an unnamed hotel as Dan’s first dalliance away from married life includes an illicit rendezvous with old team mates Raf Cretaro of Sligo and Gavin Peers of St.Pat’s to discuss the relegation battle and a certain memoir. Meanwhile Johnny plays away with Kieran Sadlier who is almost a champion with Cork City. Also up for discussion is the weekends semi finals, the expected attendances at the FAI cup final, Vietnamese cuisine, FIFA 18, and if anyone has any spare LCD Soundsystem tickets…..