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Roy-free Irish footie drama.

Darren Cleary writes:

Not sure if you’re League of Ireland football fans in Broadsheet Towers, but you may be after watching this. It’s RTÉ’s excellent look back on the season. It certainly has me excited for the sequel… the 2014 Airtricity League season.


Stay for the genuinely epic goalage.


Mark ‘Sparky’ Rutherford arrived at league of Ireland club Shelbourne FC  on loan from Birmingham City in 1991.

He has since played for Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Longford Town.

And he’s still playing.

Niall Farrell writes

As part of FARE week, the 1895 Trust, the Supporters Trust for Shelbourne FC fans, has produced a documentary focusing on the career of Mark Rutherford. Rutherford talks about his career in Irish football, how he deals with discrimination and why, into his 40s, he still plays football.
The Trust is also working with Show Racism the Red Card and the FAI at tonight’s game in Tolka Park against Drogheda United to raise awareness of the aims of FARE week amongst fans of both clubs.


Directed by Simon Crowe; Produced by Simon Crowe and Lee Daly; Second Camera by Ciaran Murray; Editing by Simon Crowe; Music – Moby “Chord Sounds”


Show Racism The Red Card ( The 1895 Trust, Shelbourne FC)

FAI Fare Week (FAI)


Ex-Monaghan United manager Roddy Collins

On why it’s more than a game.

Cormac Hargaden writes:

I know sport is rarely your bag but we have a football series with a difference running on Setanta Ireland at the moment called Return Of The Rod Squad.
Next Monday night at 10pm the fourth and final episode airs – and among other things, it gearshifts from comedy to tragedy as one of Ireland’s most colourful and toughest men sees his club go bust and his players left without a job.

.Some lighter clips from the programme and full episodes of the original IFTA winning prequel The Rod Squad here.


Stand up Eric Lalor on his passion for League of Ireland football ahead of tomorrow’s ‘Judgement Night’ clash between Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.

Damn Bohs-chic hipster.

Meanwhile, Lee Daly writes:

Irish football has gone through the wringer the past fortnight, as Monaghan United withdrew from the Premier League and other clubs struggle even while the Euros have put a lot of attention on the sport. As a fan of the League of Ireland, I decided to see what fellow supporters could do to address the situation. There is an open meeting this Saturday to discuss the matter. It’s happening in the Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square, Dublin, at 2:30PM. People need to RSVP to loifanforum@gmail.com.

Full details are here

Previously: Dear Soccer Fans

League of ireland fixture list 2012 (BBC)

Thanks Peter O’Doherty

Catherine O’Mahony (above) writes:

Dear Ireland fans,

Firstly, thank you for doing the country proud off the pitch in Poland in the absence of pride on it. From the funny flags to the emotional Fields of Athenry, the media all over Europe have commented on your undying support and good nature during this tournament.

Sadly, Ireland are out and I’m sure you’ll all be returning home tired and hungover. But you’ll still have that buzz, that feeling of belonging. That sense of collective identity and excitement that only live football can bring.

There is live football happening every week in your national league and it desperately needs your support. The Airtricity League of Ireland resumes this Friday so why not get your fix by getting out and supporting your nearest team. When Eamonn Dunphy outlined the future of the Irish team, he singled out players like Keith Fahey, James McClean, Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan. All of them developed and grew in the League of ireland, and would not be where they are today without it. Who knows what future star you’ll be watching this week?

On the same day as Ireland’s Euro journey came to an end, Monaghan United were forced to pull out of the premier division. 

League of Ireland is an integral part of Irish football and vital for the development of our future heroes. It needs all of us to get behind it and bring that world renowned passion
and support to the games each week. Real football, real fans and none of Trap’s negative tactics in sight ;)

Thanks in advance for helping to keep Irish football alive.

Catherine O’Mahony
League of Ireland fan

This week’s fixtures:
Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers (Thurs), St Pats v Bohs, Cork City v Derry, Drogheda v Bray, UCD v Dundalk