A European 'Detente' is called as we pour whisky on an old toothache and make it a 'Dent-ente' perhaps. Yes, Hostilities are eased and Damien Lynch googles into the top floor of LOI Towers to analyse a miffed (yes, miffed) Dan's 'Postcard from the East' which looks to the west for the most underperforming team in the league. Nice guy Ronan Finn takes a break from disassembling IKEA furniture to talk wunderkinds in Tallaght and European nights. Multitasking Ruaidhrí Higgins gets a proper corporate title as he casts an eye over Dundalk's opposition on Thursday and you'll never guess who Damo thinks will win the league! Yeah you will...
Our cool byline writer is off in Portugal consoling those who believed the Ronaldo hype in his inimitable Kerouacesque way. Portugals gain is LOI's loss, not least with the theme tune, but we've cobbled together a pretty kick ass show with Shane Keegan and Johnny and Sam Verdon talking about printing and Galway and lone strikers and eight month olds and lots lots more, and we'll have our regular skewed view of all things football next week when we get our boy back from the Iberians....but this weeks show might be a classic!
With Dan still on the run in Russia, Johnny Ward is joined by former Galway United Manager Shane Keegan and Longford Town's Sam Verdon fresh off scoring in his sides comprehensive 5-1 victory over UCD. The lads discuss the ultra competitive 1st Division as well as the latest crisis at the Carlisle and also reflect on Dundalk's big win on and off the field. New signing Georgie Kelly also joins us on the phone to discuss his transfer to Stephen Kenny's side.
So Dan has exiled himself to Mother Russia for the World Cup exactly 44 years ago to the day when we had the biggest break up in pop history. Yes, that was the day Cher finally said Noka to Sonny and ran off with an Allman brother. The Herald’s Aidan Fitzmaurice may not be a master of that swampy southern sound but he speaks fluent Russian and Polish so he’s exactly the kind of squad depth you need to get through a World Cup, especially in this confounded heat! Yes, this week we get all pessimistic about the clubs chances in Europe, we look forward to the big one between Dundalk and Cork with a surprise caller from the dugout, those darn Saudis get a mention again, and there’s the usual predictions and analysis. So while they keep on saying we’re young and we don’t know, we kinda do…..Babe!
Like a puzzle dumped out of a box we pick up the pieces of the week that includes a conversation with Jonathan Corbett from Galway on a positive vote for Saudi invasion plans west of the Shannon. The internationally renowned and dubiously clobbered goalkeeping Bohemian, Shane Supple makes a return trip to the unfurnished studio on the 7th floor of LOI Towers to shed light on the Watergate scandal in Turners Cross, Roy Keane’s new found allegiance to the Gypsies and much more. Dan tries to feign interest while constantly checking his Russian flight itinerary. Low key Johnny Ward struggles to contain himself during the 8:40 at Naas and there’s ne’er a preview in sight because as the droopy guy from 'Friends' so infuriatingly kept telling us during the nineties, “we were on a break!"
Hujum. That’s Arabic for attack and this weeks show is full of massive attacks. The arthritic Karl Sheppard picks up the phone to discuss Johnny's attacks on Cork, Alan Reynolds is alive, black and blue and mad as ever after his hujum. Johnny, like a big green bottle of fizz on a hospital bedside locker is 7 up on the predictions front and has news of the full on Arabian hujum down the Dyke Road. Dan, who’s dreams of getting a free steak dinner are crumbling like china in his hands, is in studio to temper Johnny’s giddy Galway excitement, and ‘No No’ we haven’t got a Pat Dolan impression or for that matter an anthem recital, but Homer's back and that makes episode 18 a World Cup tinged, truly global, must listen……and it’s not too long either.
This week we have an exclusive pitch side interview with Mike Treacy the American born Dundalk chairman who promises that there's no plans to change the spelling to 'Dundawk'. He doesn't disappoint in a very frank and in depth interview that should answer a whole lot of questions and even hurls a three word cliche into the mix much to Johnny's amusement who can't resist Tom Berengering him into some weird football version of The Field where Oriel Park is leased by a heavily bearded wino with a toothless idiot sycophant. Johnny, by the way was down south of our own Mason Dixon line nabbing post match interviews with Derry's Kenny Shiels and Cork's Colm Horgan over the weekend before catching Cobh and Galway. It's been 40 years since a league player scored in the green shirt and we look at Graham Burke's prospects of changing shirt numbers. Dan reveals he hates rating his work or is that his ratings work or is that hating his work. Anyway, its a solid "7" episode in the number 17 shirt even if it went into Stevie Bruce time...
A suspiciously overtanned Johnny McDonnell pops in to offer his unique wit and wisdom on the International team and suggests UCD may be adopting the laid back student ethos a little too much. Reports of Alan Reynolds' demise gets exaggerated. Alan Bennett joins us on the line from Cork with his take on that Ireland v France game, he also offers an intriguing new Freudian biscuit theory and takes on Johnny's continued case against Cork's style of play while Dan gets all analysis-isy with the fixture dates. So in the end, who gets the Ginger Nuts and who had the sunbeds? As if any of it really mattered....
In to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday we have, Kevin Toner who apparently is the only player they come to watch at Richmond Park. Hailing from Little Finglas, JohnnyLoganville in County Meath, Kevin talks about Arsenal’s front three as well as playing left wing back against the Toon army. Ger O’Brien, coach at the very same club, keeps him company and weighs in on the League’s call ups to the International squad as well as the ordeals of players returning home from across the water. Johnny has another adventure in a bookie shop, Dan has a ways to go to catch up on the steak dinner stakes and you know something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you...Mister Jones? We should’ve really had a "Mister Jones" on the show to make that last line work.
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.