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There was Man United past and present on the World Service this week as we spoke to club legend Peter Schmeichel about his new book, 'One', and not-club-legends Richie Sadlier and Jonathan Wilson about the most recent edition of Ole Groundhog Day. Plus US Murph joined us after his beloved San Francisco Giants suffered a very special kind of heartbreak: Game 5 play-off heartbreak against an old, bitter rival. To sign up for independent, member-led broadcasting, just go to secondcaptains.com/join
We had the time of our lives doing synth week and had so many floor fillers sent in by our ultra talented listeners that we've decided to put the top three into one podcast. The Winning Tracks Are: 1. The Ballad of Jurgen Klopp and Union Berlin by Colin Ratcliffe 2. Pet Shop Boos by Dan Mullen 3. Balls by Patrick Stefan Groenland If you want to join the Football Synth Revolution then please become a member for a fiver a month. There's no minimum sign up, no contracts, and no ads. Go to secondcaptains.com/join for details. Special thanks too to our judges The Synth Lord, aka Ken Early, and Sir Marks A Lot, aka Mark Horgan.
The era of Saudi Newcastle began with scenes of rejoicing at St James' Park, as Newcastle fans rapturously greeted their trillionaire saviours. Newcastle's days as many people's second favourite team may not return for some time, but hey - it's better to be feared than loved? We talk about the dramatic match at the King Power, where Coach Brendan Rodgers won the tactics and the mindgames. Rory Smith and Miguel Delaney join us to give their impressions of the events in Newcastle yesterday, and how the Saudi story might play out from here.
The United Rugby Championship is up and running, and judging by some press releases Eoin has seen, it's off to a flyer. We note the increased profile terrestrial television has given it, but there are also some things that might need to change in Irish rugby if the only domestic league available to us is to succeed, and whether that might end up being a pretty good result for us. We thank our Berlin super-fans one more time for our week over there with thanks to Aer Lingus, and there's also Connacht's grievances over refereeing decisions which might have gone another way in Thomond Park on Saturday evening.
The gang is officially back together again as Eoin, Ken and Murph gather around a big ol' Berlin kitchen table and record live in person like those pre-Covid days of yore. It's only bloody Synth Week Live from Berlin!! We chat to Dion Fanning and Gavin Cooney about the other cause for celebration today, Ireland's win against Azerbaijan, one which surely eases pressure on Stephen Kenny... for now at least. The win aside, the main headline from the match was the small matter of Callum Robinson's two goals, goals which led to some serious DM traffic for our football correspondent over the past two days. Plus there's Fairview Lady vs Mensch, Courtois going off script, and live show news.
All Ireland winner James Skehill reflects on the latest reports as Galway search for a new manager and offers an insight into Micheál Donoghue's exit. OTB AM with Gillette | #BestFaceForward
Last week we spoke with the amazing Khalida Popal, founder & former captain of the Afghan women's football team, and human rights lawyer Kat Craig, about how they got Khalida's teammates out of the country and out of the hands of the Taliban. We had an amazing reaction from world service members to this show with quite a few getting in touch to see if they could help in any way. Today, we are making the conversation free to all. If you have any feedback or think you can help please email us at email@example.com
Salah's goal was so good even Mane looked impressed. We try to unweave the rainbow of Liverpool 2-2 Man City. Miguel Delaney and Gavin Cooney join us to talk through the weekend's football. Should Salah get his contract? Did Ronaldo join the wrong Manchester club? And are there answers for City's striking problems in the Premier League beyond Harry Kane?
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It was a week of forgetfulness and brutal reminders. Bruno forgot to keep it down. Spurs players forgot their game plan. We all collectively forgot that Man City were the best team in the PL. Rory Smith and Dion Fanning join us to talk through the weekend action. Are Arsenal back, reaping the rewards from Giving Him Time? But then, how much time is too much? And are Leeds roadrunners running out of road?
This week on the world service we discussed Jadon Sancho's lack of impact at Man Utd, Barca's delusions, strikers in their 30's and the race to be Kerry manager and in this taster we have US Murph running scared, Lawrence Donegan's Twat Stat, and. Ken on rugby's demographic being a feature not a bug. Join for a fiver a month, with no minimum sign up, no contract, no ads just lots of independent journalism. Go to secondcaptains.com/join.
Today kicks off with an explosive allegation: a Manchester United fan believes the media are biased against his club. We delve into this scandal to see if there's anything to it. Jack Pitt-Brooke and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the weekend's football. Did Harry Kane deserve the criticism that came his way after the defeat to Chelsea? What's the latest in Pep Guardiola's feud with the City fans? And where are we with that Solskjaer/Lampard analogy... Plus there's Roy on Kane, Ronaldo's penalty appeal hat trick, Nagelsmann guff, trouble in Paris and Jimmy Greaves memories.
Ken gets triggered, then gets happy and comedy legend Bob Mortimer tells us the time his mum finally believed he had made the right choice in leaving the legal profession. Join the world service for a fiver a month at secondcaptains.com/join.
Tyrone are the All-Ireland football champions... so why is everyone still banging on about Mayo? We bang on about Mayo for a little while, before Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn make sure to give Tyrone their due for their skill-level, their finals mentality, and their opportunism. But why does this keep happening? There were tactical, technical and psychological flaws shown up on Saturday, and we delve deep into them all. Elsewhere there was a magnificent Galway surge to win the All-Ireland camogie title, we heard some serious GAA fast talkers, and we salute Britain's first billion-pound athlete.
Ken pitches a concept for new Premier League branding. The "mercury effect lion wearing a crown" is a non-symbol, it doesn't transmit anything. It's time for a new logo that encapsulates the league's rugged values. We also talk about Ronaldo's return and mass hysteria as the Kathryn Mayorga case hovers above.
Matt and Jack look back on an eventful opening weekend in the Limerick Hurling Championships. Attention then moves to this weekend's games with some club's season already on the line. As usual they give their predictions! #SportLK
So far on the World Service this week, we've had one hell of an All Ireland final preview with Paul Flynn and Oisin McConville, we've basked in the warm glow of the Bazunu and Omobamidele Show, and, most importantly, we've seen Murph and Ken let bygones be bygones and hug it out. Sign up to the World Service now for just €5 + VAT a month for independent, member-led broadcasting with a minimum of inter-presenter beef at secondcaptains.com/join
It was a classic All-Ireland women's football final in Croke Park yesterday, which saw Meath stun the four-in-a-row champions Dublin in a major shock. It was however no shock to seasoned watchers and admirers of Meathness - Murph gives us a run-down on just what makes the Royallers tick. Leona Maguire is the first Irishwoman to play in the Solheim Cup, but she wasn't content to get there - ever since the competition began on Saturday morning, she's been a revelation. Her singles match this evening could be pivotal, and with Katie Taylor winning on Saturday evening as well, it was a very, very good week to be an Irish sportswoman.
Ireland were behind to Azerbaijan with 4 minutes to go at home to Azerbaijan. A Shane Duffy equaliser spared Ireland's blushes somewhat, but some people have run out of patience. Richie Sadlier and Damien Delaney join us on the show today to discuss just how quickly we can expect an upturn in results on the pitch, how much responsibility Stephen Kenny bears, and what we can expect from Serbia tomorrow night. Fault-lines within the Second Captains team also reveal themselves, as Murph accuses Ken of attempting to gaslight the nation.
Matt and Jack look ahead to the start of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship this weekend with four games in the top tier! They give their predictions for the weekend ahead and overall for each of the championships including the PIHC, IHC and the JAHC! #SportLK
The main event on the World Service so far this week was Ireland's visit to Faro to play Portugal where a record-chasing Ronaldo lay in wait. Today, we've been grieving the loss of something that was very nearly beautiful, with the help of Richie Sadlier. Sign up to the World Service for independent, member-led, ad-free broadcasting now for just €5 + VAT a month at secondcaptains.com/join
Another dramatic weekend of GAA action will be picked apart in full by Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn tomorrow - they did see this Tyrone ambush coming on Saturday afternoon, they just didn't foresee Kerry not foreseeing it. With Sean Cavanagh and Pat Spillane clashing on live telly, the call has come again to move away from having analysts from the counties involved on broadcasts... we are not so sure that's a good idea. Meath are the All-Ireland minor champions for the first time in 29 years, and Nicole Turner won silver at the Paralympics this morning - before charming the nation with a post-match interview for the ages.
He's back baby and the global Manchester United family is celebrating harder than ever. But if United signing a 36 year old Ronaldo and making him the best paid player in the league is obviously such a good idea, why did they wait until Man City seemed about to close the deal before making their move? Laurie Whitwell joins us to analyse the makings and implications of the mega deal. Will Greenwood improve under CR7, how does Bruno feel about this, is it a football signing, how did Fergie influence things and can he do a Tom Brady and play into his 40's? We also talk about Messi's PSG pro-am, Rio the matchmaker, Roy's selfies, Chelsea's band of brothers, Thiago Time, Arsenal's bad marriage and patronising Pep.
Ger Gilroy and Johnny Ward are joined by by jockey Mark Enright to discuss his career to date and watching the Limerick hurlers win the Liam McCarthy #EveryRacingMoment | @HRIRacing
The all Ireland Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick. https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/gaa/hurling/limerick-v-cork-live-throw-24812095?utm_source=pocket_mylist I've started to learn about Taoism and specifically "Flow", I find it fascinating and have been doing it all my adult life in my writing without realising. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73_Voet2fnc&t=845s Artist Aiden Harte was commisioned to make a statue for County Clare village and created a controversy with his Puca statue, I love it but no every does. https://www.irishcentral.com/news/puca-ennistymon-sculpture?utm_source=pocket_mylist Follow Aiden on twitter https://twitter.com/HarteAidan#
Could this be a case of careful what you wish for? Our Cathal from the Dermot and Dave team was in a conundrum. His new Dublin hurling team badly need a new kit and he knew just the lads to ask. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2021/08/25125801/CathalNewJersey_2508.mp3"][/audio] However, maybe he should have thought a little more carefully and perhaps should have considered being a part of the design process. Or maybe this is the perfect look for the pitch? A lil sneak peak at Cathal's NEW jerseys for his team - Kevin's Hurling Club, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin! 👀😮🇮🇪@DermotTodayFM & @DaveTodayFM said they'd sponsor him! Do you think his teammates will like them? 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/zpfJNba2Pu — Today FM 💛 (@TodayFM) August 25, 2021 We feel like they might grow on you? You know what, I think he likes them…….. 😬@KevinsHurling - sorry 💛 pic.twitter.com/KYHQgNnkK9 — Today FM 💛 (@TodayFM) August 25, 2021 You can catch Cathal's reaction by clicking play above.
Pep Guardiola is heaping over-the-top praise on Gabriel Jesus, which means he's probably gonna get rid of him at the end of the season. Ken also takes a look at the Marseille brawl, how Rafa Benitez motivates his players and big Shane Duffy's return to form.
Was this the greatest ever performance in an All Ireland hurling final? Maybe. Did we see the greatest half of hurling ever? Possibly. Are Limerick the biggest strongest hurling team ever assembled? Definitely. We talk to Jamie Wall and Malachy Clerkin about the perfect plan executed to perfection, how they seem to peak in finals, how much joy they take in their style of play, and the lessons rivals need to learn if they're ever going to beat them. Plus there's glassy-eyed stick-wielding fans, angry Brian Murphy, McConville V Flynn and Clash Of The Ash.
It's been described as the greatest hurling final display since Kilkenny's demolition of Waterford in 2008 and after Limerick's record score and victory over Cork this year, just how can they be beaten? Brendan Cummins and John Mullane join Will Slattery and Michael Verney on this week's Throw-In to look back on Limerick's incredible performance as well as reviewing where Cork got it so wrong and what other counties can do to stop the ‘green machine' from dominating in the years to come. “It was probably the best half of hurling I've ever seen,” says Mullane. “It was just relentless. They just pushed this button, they went into gear and they just blitzed Cork and it was just a joy to sit back and watch it. The great teams don't let up and they didn't let up in the second half.” Listen and follow the Throw-In on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, with new episodes every Monday throughout the Championship. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In's All Ireland Championship series is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
Joe Molloy is joined by journalist Dion Fanning, and historian and former Offaly football manager Paul Rouse, to look through the best of this Sunday's sports pages
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Hola! On this week's World Service Ken speaks Spanish, speculates about Kane transfer speculation and admires the unique El Chiringuito formula for success - WWE, Love Island and old Spanish men talking nonsense about football. Meanwhile Murph and Eoin watched on as the best GAA punditry team in the biz, Oisin McConville and Paul Flynn, went at it over John Small and a hypothetical "anti Dublin bias", and Jamie Wall came up with a masterplan for Cork to beat Limerick. All these shows are at your fingertips IF you're willing to part with just 5 euro a month. No minimum contract, no hidden extras, no ads. Go to secondcaptains.com/join.
Champions League & European Conference Playoff with Emma Duffy and Graham Gartland, All-Ireland Hurling Final with Tommy Walsh, All-Ireland Camogie Quarter-Finals with Aoife Murray and the LGFA Semi-Final Review with Denise Masterson.
We've assembled a crack punditry outfit for our analysis of Dublin/Mayo tomorrow, but there's no doubt this was the sporting event of the weekend. Ken bemoans some refereeing decisions that went against the Dubs, while Eoin eats some humble pie for laughing off the demise of his beloved boys in blue. Murph on the other hand is on top of the world - the Dubs' dominance is over, Offaly and Roscommon were both in an All-Ireland final, and a Meath team came back from the dead in classic Royaller style to qualify for their first ever women's football final yesterday. "We've gone back to the future and it feels sooooo good...."
The Premier League is back and so are Richie Sadlier and John Brewin to talk through the opening weekend. Do City need Harry Kane more than Spurs do? How is Jack Grealish going to fit into this system? And are Manchester United credible title contenders? Plus there's The Eagle Eye with Eoin McDevitt, polite Ken, and VAR, but not as we know it.
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Kellie Harrington is an Olympic champion, after what must have been one of the most emotionally draining Sunday mornings of all of our lives. We speak to former world champion Andy Lee and Gavan Casey of the42.ie about an extraordinary Irish sporting achievement, by an extraordinary Irish athlete - how she got there, what she did to get over the line, and what she needs to guard against for the next few months as her life gets turned upside down. We salute the joy and spirit of her family, Eoin pens a very special (terrible) poem memorialising the moment in verse, and, of course, there's a Mark Horgan audio-bed for Kellie Harrington - the woman who rocked the machine.
Today's football minipod takes on the big issues in a short time. Was it OK for Lionel Messi to cry? Should he play for free? And why do managers think Jack Grealish is simply too sexy to risk sending on to the field of play? And Ken tells us how pumped he is for the start of the new Premier League season.
We were all so full of hope on Saturday night - we could go to bed, and when we awoke, maybe Kurt Walker would have won a bronze medal at least, Aidan Walsh could have progressed to an Olympic final... maybe Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy could do something at the golf, and Rhys McClenaghan could win us gold while we ate our breakfast? As it turned out, none of those things happened - we talk to Sinead O'Carroll and Cathal Dennehy live from the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, about a really disappointing day for Team Ireland, why Rhys McClenaghan deserves more than just platitudes, the lessons he can learn and the armchair psychology he can ignore, for Paris in 3 years time. Plus there's the return of Hoggwatch, why a 7-way playoff is such good telly, the night of nights for Italy, and why mixed team events in the Olympics are so much fun.