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Performance Analysis at Grassroots level - Revisited

Wed, Nov 29 2017

Ireland falling at the final hurdle of World Cup qualifying was understandably a traumatic experience for fans, management and players ...

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Dave Donnelly: Ignorance is no excuse - racist symbols have no place in the stands

Fri, Nov 03 2017

The rebel flag was brought out by certain individuals at Dalymount Park as the team they claim to support attempted ...

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Tom O'Connor: This is not just a cup final

Fri, Nov 03 2017

This is a story of how faith, loyalty and a sense of community brought two clubs from staring into the ...

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It says in the papers and on the podcasts - muted criticism but euphoria on Leeside

Wed, Oct 25 2017

John Caulfield certainly let his title rival have it following Cork’s draw with Derry which was enough to confirm the ...

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Gary Rogers: Cork and Dundalk have dragged each other along and it's up to the others to catch up

Sun, Oct 22 2017

One of the League of Ireland’s most experienced goalkeepers, Gary Rogers, has won every domestic honour and even earned a ...

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It says in the papers and on the podcast - Ophelia drops, Cork finally pop as league crops up in unexpected places

Wed, Oct 18 2017

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, was something of a theme in Irish football this week and not just because of ...

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Performance Analysis - Now more important than ever

Thu, Oct 05 2017

There is an old saying, the more things change the more they stay the same! Some years ago I had ...

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It says in the papers and on the podcasts - hometown heroes and the state of the First Division

Wed, Sep 27 2017

Those hoping for a return to the normal round of moaning about refereeing/the FAI/league reconstruction and an end to betting ...

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It says in the papers and the podcasts: GAA, gamesmanship and Georgia (September 5th 2017)

Tue, Sep 05 2017

Match-going fans listening to Newstalk en route to Friday’s fixtures were treated to Ger Gilroy questioning why the televised clash ...

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Damien Richardson: 'The standard of defending in the League has dropped'

Fri, Sep 01 2017

Damien Richardson is a godfather in Irish football. A club legend at Shamrock Rovers and a figure of folklore on ...

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It says in the papers and the podcasts - 22nd August 2017

Tue, Aug 22 2017

Stuey Byrne was getting all misty-eyed about his Shelbourne days in the Mirror on Friday, fondly recalling big Dublin derbies ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (Aug 18th 2017)

Fri, Aug 18 2017

After the weeks break due to the Cup fixtures, we have returned with the column in the hope of raising ...

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It says in the papers and the podcasts

Mon, Aug 14 2017

Thomas Tormey throws his eyes and ears over how the media covered the big stories in the League of Ireland ...

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Macron Galway Cup Review - Day Two & Three

Sat, Aug 12 2017

There is something unreal about Drom, the home of Salthill Devon, and the annual Macron Galway Cup. The sullen vistas ...

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Peter Sweeney: The league doesn't need strong Dublin clubs - but it could certainly use them

Sun, Aug 06 2017

As fans of Dundalk and Cork will no doubt tell you, the League of Ireland Premier Division can quite happily ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (Aug 4th 2017)

Fri, Aug 04 2017

Last week, we had an unsuccessful week so after dusting ourselves down we are going again with the hope that ...

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Extratime donates to Suas Educational Development

Wed, Aug 02 2017

Following our recent successful treble, Suas Educational Development now find themselves all the better to carry on their superb work ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (July 28th 2017)

Fri, Jul 28 2017

We are now after our third win this season where we have successfully raised money for charity with Suas Education ...

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2017 Galway Cup fast approaching

Mon, Jul 24 2017

The Galway Cup is almost upon us and the 2017 tournament was launched a few days ago at NUI Galway ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (July 21st 2017)

Fri, Jul 21 2017

Well it is time to put last week’s disaster of a treble, with not one of our selection winning, behind ...

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Charity bet winnings donated to Sophia Housing Association

Sat, Jul 15 2017

Following last week’s successful treble, ExtraTime.ie today handed over a three figure sum to the Sophia Housing Association in Cork.

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (July 14 2017)

Fri, Jul 14 2017

Finally we had a winner last weekend, raising €200 for the Sophia Housing Association. The money will be handed over ...

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Dave Donnelly: The financial benefit of summer friendlies is obvious - the costs are more difficult to quantify

Tue, Jul 11 2017

It's long been a point of contention, even before Dermot Keely's infamous '42,000 morons' comment after Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 defeat ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (July 7 2017)

Fri, Jul 07 2017

Cork City, Shelbourne and Galway United feature in this week's enhanced bet.

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Postcard from Iceland - the land of fire, ice & a precious Euro away win

Sun, Jul 02 2017

For Shamrock Rovers it was a journey to the land of fire and ice and what would be a precious ...

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Panini launch 'Road to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia' sticker collection

Fri, Jun 30 2017

Growing up in the 1980's, the weekly pilgrimage a League of Ireland ground wasn’t the only vital football related journey ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (June 30th 2017)

Fri, Jun 30 2017

As we approach the 20th week of the column has still only landed the treble once with last week seeing ...

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The Galway Cup - A tournament of adventure

Sun, Jun 25 2017

On the hilly outskirts of Galway City, The Drom will play host to one of Ireland’s top youth tournaments as ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (June 23 2017)

Fri, Jun 23 2017

This week our hero has backed Dundalk, Limerick and Waterford.

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Goal scoring per 90 mins in the League of Ireland Premier Division

Thu, Jun 22 2017

The League of Ireland has just resumed after what one could say is a mid-season break. With the league changing ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column - Week 18

Fri, Jun 16 2017

I hope everybody is nice and relaxed after the week break as we set about improving on our so far ...

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Garry Haylock: Should the league consider taking the top four teams and making them play off to win the Championship?

Thu, Jun 15 2017

Just imagine Dundalk, Cork, Shamrock Rovers and Derry City taking part (sorry Bray!): packed stadiums, live on TV and, hopefully, ...

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Cork City's Delaney and Cobh's Hunt scoop Extratime.ie Player of the Month awards for May

Wed, Jun 14 2017

The County Cork duo are the popular choices for the two gongs.

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Portsmouth and their Irish Contingent

Wed, Jun 07 2017

The city of Portsmouth, on England`s south coast, has long been associated with seafaring and naval training and all things ...

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Vote for the Extratime.ie Player of the Month for May 2017!

Tue, Jun 06 2017

Vote for your top performers in the Premier and First Divisions

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Gavin Peers: 'To lose in the last few minutes was devastating'

Sat, Jun 03 2017

It’s rare for any footballer to win every available domestic honour. It’s even more uncommon for a League of Ireland ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (May 19th 2017)

Fri, May 19 2017

Another week in which we failed to hit the jackpot. That line has been written way too many times this ...

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Garry Haylock: The raw talent is there in the League of Ireland but to compete at the top level requires more than just talent

Fri, May 19 2017

There has been an increasing clamour for players from the League of Ireland to be honoured with a call up ...

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Regardless of what you think of the First Division, it's difficult to win - Stephen Rice

Sat, May 13 2017

In addition to once gracing the League of Ireland as a player and being a former PFAI Chairman, nowadays, Stephen ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (May 12 2017)

Fri, May 12 2017

Cork City and Bray Wanderers to keep up good form in our weekly treble in association with Paddy Power.

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Garry Haylock: Sometimes when things are going so well, it can be a curse as well as a blessing

Fri, May 05 2017

There is so much luck involved in football that when you get such a good run of it, there is ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (May 5 2017)

Fri, May 05 2017

This week our enhanced bet with Paddy Power features Cobh Ramblers, Dundalk and Derry City.

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Extratime to abseil off Croke Park in aid of ISPCC

Fri, Apr 21 2017

On April 29th, ExtraTime.ie reporter Stephen Walsh will be abseiling down the side of Croke Park in aid of the ...

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Garry Haylock: Football has a habit of making clever people look really silly

Thu, Apr 20 2017

The rather contentious issue of penalties has dominated the headlines around the League of Ireland in the last few days. ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (April 14 2017)

Thu, Apr 13 2017

This week our enhanced bet with Paddy Power features three Munster sides.

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Aaron Cawley: Sligo's break with Dave Robertson the right choice for both parties

Thu, Apr 06 2017

While Robertson's departure was inevitable, it was still a shock, coming so quickly as it did after ye Galway match.

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Garry Haylock: What happens intelligent, resourceful businessmen when they become chairmen of football clubs?

Wed, Apr 05 2017

If I went to doctor who had spent 30 years practising medicine and told him that what he was doing ...

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Tom Clancy: Why Martin Russell's departure isn't a surprise

Tue, Apr 04 2017

Limerick won 30% of their Premier Division games under Russell, 16 times in 53 outings – which includes a 22 ...

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Garry Haylock: A clever manager will use the press to send messages to particular groups

Thu, Mar 23 2017

Players have also been known to try and use the press to their advantage - as I found out to ...

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Jim Warren: Tragedy shows the League of Ireland for the family it is

Wed, Mar 22 2017

No matter what your allegiance, no matter what your connection, the League of Ireland is a close-knit family as the ...

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