John Delaney celebrates after the Republic of Ireland’s victory in a playoff between Estonia and Ireland in 2011
He’s a man of two halves.
Via Eddie Mahon in the Derry Journal:
The overall accusation seems to be that he’s too clever by half but, when you consider that he’s had to cross swords with the toxic crooks at UEFA and FIFA, that’s certainly no bad thing. Our paths have crossed twice – once on a wider issue, and once more personally.
The wider issue was Derry City’s ‘double contract’ trouble in 2009 when we were within an ace of being dumped out of football altogether and it was only Delaney’s good offices and huge influence which saved our bacon.
Then there was the time when big Shane Duffy was worried about his Republic of Ireland future after an incident in a Liverpool bar in which he was an innocent party. Although he was in America at the time, the FAI man rang me back immediately to assure Shane of his full support in the matter.
John Delaney’s a victim of long standing media vendetta (Eddie Mahon, Derry Journal)
Last night: Kicking Off
It’s unfair to condemn a guy for being a puller of strokes, says happy stroke recipient.
From Stroke City
“Although he was in America at the time, the FAI man rang me back immediately…”
I mean, how in the name of Zeus could an organisation’s CEO, with generous expenses, trapped in the deepest, most barbarous wilds of… (checks notes) Amerikay, be expected to return a telephone call? He must have moved heaven and Earth to achieve this stupendous act.
My oul’ flower
And that should halt any questions then, should it?
A plea from the recipient of favours.
It’s possible to sort out Derry City, Shane Duffy and deal with UEFA and FIFA without being dodgy. Shocker.
Somebody who’s not dodgy might be able to do all the same good things without the rest.
So Delany pulled a stroke for a club that shouldnt be in LOI. I’ll revise my opinion of the man so.
I’ve recorded many thoughts on Delaney and the FAI
Governance and Accounts etc here lately
From under my day job hat
But nothing about my own meeting with JD
At an event locally in Crumlin
Crumlin United FC
I was asked to present trophy’s
Give a bitta’ve speech
John rocked up
And was great company
And great support
He was totally at home
There at Grassroots level
And hung around and had the chat
And actually shared a great story about two TDs fighting over who was to present medals at a thing
He even agreed to do a BS.tv slot
There was no airs and graces or
Do you know who I am behaviour
I just wanted to disclose my own personal experience of the man
And I can honestly say that it is no surprise that lads at Club level are rallying around him
Made a Mickie of the html there
That’s the corrected version?
I was at a game in Poland during the Euros and he appeared at a local the fans had commandeered. Bought a drink for everyone and seemed a good chap. Just sayin
so what you’re saying @Charlie is he bought ye a rake of pints with your own money. yeah top bloke.
A rake? No, just the one. Of course it was his own money, sure he took it from his own sock.
If you think he spent his own money then I have this lovely bridge you might be interested in…