NewPackie Bonner & Special Guests – ’88 & ’98 Remembered

Special Guests on the night Packie Bonner, Tony Galvin & Thomas Morgan

’88 & ’98 Remembered – Special celebratory evening

The London Branch of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club hosted a Special Celebratory Event at the Claddagh Ring in Hendon on the evening of Saturday 6th October 2018. The function revived fond memories relating to the achievement of our Senior International Football Team in reaching the finals of the European Championship for the first time thirty years ago in 1988.

Packie Bonner 1We also celebrated the excellent third place finish of our Under 20 side at the 1997 World Championship Finals in Malaysia and the magnificent victories of both our Under 16 and Under 18 sides who became European Champions twenty years ago – the first nation to ever achieve this double success.

We were delighted to be joined on the night by Packie Bonner and Tony Galvin, two stalwarts of that summer of 1988 in Germany together with Thomas Morgan, the captain of our World Bronze Medal winning Under 20 side.

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Our three guests provided us with a whole array of fabulous memories of those golden years and it was clearly evident that each of them held nothing but the warmest feelings, gratitude and respect for their respective managers, Jack Charlton and Brian Kerr.

Our evening was enhanced by the excellent meal, service and surroundings provided by Finbar and his team at the Claddagh Ring, while DJ Shox found favour with his exemplary choice of music.

Packie Bonner 3We are grateful to those of our members who, together with their families and friends, took time to join us on the evening and for the many positive plaudits and acknowledgements offered to the Club.

Some feedback from attendees:
"Had a nice day on Sunday with Wesley (Hoolihan) telling him how great the night before went at the Function. Thanks again for the invite, myself and Louise (wife) had a great time on Saturday and met a lot of lovely people who made us feel really welcome." Thomas Morgan
"Thanks for last night. Great to see Packie and Gerry again. An enjoyable evening. Cheers." Tony Galvin
"We thoroughly enjoyed Saturday night for which many thanks." RISSC London Member
"What a Great Time we had at The Claddagh Ring on Saturday Night celebrating in the company of The Sporting Legends of our Youthful Days supporting The Boys in Green ie. Remembering them Momentous Days of Irish Soccer which gave us such Wonderful and Unique Times celebrating in The London Pubs toasting their great achievements on Foreigh Fields; The Company and Craic was Mighty; The Food and Drink was Lovely; Music was Great and The Guests of Honour complimented the evening with their Tales of Days gone By." RISSC London Member

NewPremier League on Saturday afternoon…20/10/2018

Shane Long may be fit to travel with Southampton who make the short South Coast journey to face AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Cardiff City duo, Harry Arter and Greg Cunningham await the visit of Fulham and Cyrus Christie while the Burnley duo of Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long make the short journey to face Manchester City with Robbie Brady continuing his fitness quest following his lengthy injury absence. The thigh injury sustained by Ciaran Clark in Ireland training last week rules him out of the home contest with Brighton & Hove Albion and fellow centre back Shane Duffy. West Ham United include the internationally troubled Declan Rice in their squad for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur while Matt Doherty will relish the more comfortable environment within Wolverhampton Wanderers who welcome Watford to Molineaux. 

NewChampionship on Saturday afternoon…20/10/2018

Blackburn Rovers include Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams in their squad for the visit of Leeds United in the Championship at noon on Saturday afternoon while the new Aston Villa management team of Dean Smith and John Terry start their reign with a home contest against Swansea City and have Scott Hogan, Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan among their playing options. Following the head injury sustained by Callum O’Dowda after just four minutes of the scoreless draw with Denmark, he remains doubtful for his Club Bristol City who journey to Brentford. The Preston North End quartet of Alan Browne, Graham Burke, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson travel to Hull City, while an away day also awaits Aiden O’Brien and Shaun Williams as their Millwall visit Reading. Loanees Ryan Manning and Richie Towell will hope to have recovered from injury as their Rotherham United who also have Anthony Forde in their squad for the visit of Bolton Wanderers and Marc Wilson. Stoke City have James McClean in their squad for the visit of Birmingham City while the late kick-off is set to feature Richard Keogh in action for hosts Derby County who entertain Sheffield United and their Irish trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick.

We also keep an eye on League One leaders Portsmouth and Ronan Curtis who await the visit of Fleetwood Town.  


NewAirtricity Premier Division action tonight…19/10/2018

The outcome of the third and fourth place Airtricity Premier Division battle between Shamrock Rovers and Waterford was decided in Tallaght Stadium this Friday evening when the ‘Hoops’ defeated their challengers by three goals to one to go six points clear of the ‘Blues’ with just one match remaining. The RTE 2 cameras were in Oriel Park where Dundalk collected their already won League Championship Trophy after crushing a youthful Sligo Rovers by five goals to nil. Second place Cork City travelled to the Brandywell where they defeated their hosts Derry City by three goals to nil while relegated Bray Wanderers were crushed by five goals to nil by  Bohemian in the Carlisle Grounds with Dinny Corcoran scoring four. The remaining contest saw Limerick go down to a four nil defeat by visitors St Patrick’s Athletic in the Markets Field.

NewAirtricity Promotion Play-Off…19/10/2018

Finn Harps will contest the Airtricity League Premier Division play-off final with Limerick following their two nil victory over Drogheda United in the second leg of the promotion play-off semi-final played in Finn Park this Friday evening.  Tonight’s victory gave the Donegal side a three one aggregate victory. The first leg of the play-off final is set for Finn Park on the evening of Monday the 29th October with the second leg scheduled for the Markets Field on the evening of Friday the 2nd November 2018. 

NewChampionship on Friday evening…19/10/2018

The Championship resumed on Friday evening with Sheffield Wednesday going down to a two one defeat by fellow  promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough at Hillsborough. Darren Randolph was in action for the victorious visitors who move to the top of the table this evening but the lengthy exile of Keiren Westwood continues at Sheffield Wednesday as he was again absent from the matchday squad.

NewIreland lose to Wales in UEFA Nations League…16/10/2018

Following their scoreless UEFA Nations League draw with Denmark in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening our senior international team returned to the South Dublin venue where they went down to a one nil defeat by Wales in the same competition this Tuesday evening. With concussion victim Callum O’Dowda ruled out, manager Martin O’Neill made two changes to the starting eleven with Callum Robinson and Aiden O’Brien replacing Shane Long and O’Dowda. Ireland did start on the front foot and were gifted an early opportunity but Cyrus Christie failed to take the chance. The remainder of the first half was fairly uneventful with Wales dominating possession but Ireland remained defensively resolute and were little troubled. The game changed dramatically on fifty eight minutes with a needless free kick conceded on the edge of the penalty area by Harry Arter, who to that point had been defensively sound in the holding midfield role. The free kick was scored and thereafter Wales looked increasingly confident and might well have added to their lead. Ireland made three changes, with strikers Shane Long, Sean Maguire and Scott Hogan introduced for O’Brien, Robinson and Kevin Long and did have some late opportunities to secure the equaliser but a lack of composure coupled with stout Welsh defending denied them. It is difficult, even dispiriting, to identify where we go from here with the probability that we will finish bottom of this Group, thereby being relegated to pot three for the 2020 European Championship qualifying draw. We complete our League B Group Four fixtures in Aarhus against Denmark on Monday the 19th November 2018, a match for which James McClean will be suspended following his yellow card booking this evening.    

NewU21s complete European qualifying campaign…16/10/2018

With only pride at stake, Ireland completed their failed European Under 21 Championship qualifying campaign with a two nil defeat by Germany in Heidenheim this Tuesday afternoon. The team did deliver a much improved performance from that provided in the home fixture against today’s opponents, which they lost by six goals to nil but nevertheless the outcome was never really in doubt. Ireland defended resolutely for the first thirty minutes but goals on thirty two and forty minutes secured a comfortable victory for Germany.

Team: Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest); Corey Whelan (Liverpool-Loan-Crewe Alexandra), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City-Loan-Mansfield Town), Danny Kane (Cork City-Loan-AFC Fylde); Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town), Josh Cullen [C] (West Ham United-Loan-Charlton Athletic), Liam Kinsella (Walsall); Jordan Shipley (Coventry City), Ronan Hale (Birmingham City-Loan-Derry City), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk)
Substitutions: Jimmy Dunne (Burnley-Loan-Hearts) for Kane 65′ and Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) for Hale 77′