Angry Fans

OUR football correspondent LIAM MACKEY is back in top form and full of energy.

He casts his eye over your comments and gives his own critical analysis of the goings on throughout the world of football. You may agree with him or then again you may not.

This week Why do these people follow English teams; Fergie looks bad; Maybe Rooney could get started in November; Lower league manager should shut up; Are footballers living in the real world; Fergie planning a massive cull; Utd should have shown Rooney the door; Wenger is painful; Allison a man apart; Lampard’s record in tatters; Chelsea sponsorship deal; Lippi for QPR.

The Letter of the Week goes to Joe Corrigan Waterford. Get in touch with your postal address and our magnificent prize will be winging its way to you before you know it.

FIRST of all, I want to say how delighted I was to hear of Liverpool losing to Everton ten days ago.

After all, Everton are more of an Irish club than their Merseyside rivals and back in the ‘50s when there was so much less hype about English soccer, a number of players from this country played for the Goodison Park club. The main reason for my pleasure at the latest Liverpool setback is because of the slavish devotion to the team by so many Irish people.

The amount of adults who obviously forgot to grow up sporting Liverpool and Manchester United jerseys makes me wonder if we should go back under British rule. Perhaps the efforts of Michael Collins were all in vain! Of course, most of the followers of British clubs chose top clubs which is hardly imaginative.

Similarly stupid is the masses who support Celtic in the Two-Team League. Of course, that club was founded by an Irish Christian brother all those years but the GAA was founded in Thurles and not many outside of the Premier County follow Tipperary!

It would be far better if the hundreds of soccer fans who spend so much money on trips to see foreign soccer sides put their cash into boosting League of Ireland clubs.

Jim Reilly, Navan, by email

OUR SHOUT: A familiar complaint this one Jim but, much as I’d love if the League of Ireland could return to the glory days, I’m afraid that war was lost nearly forty years ago. Blame Brian Moore! As for choosing to support a team in a far superior neighbouring league, I have no problem with that – though there’s no law against supporting both, of course. But still, would anyone seriously suggest Irish people should favour Jedward over Bob Dylan? Apart from Louis Walsh, obviously.


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