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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic with a worrying obsession with the Irish Football Team. His articles focus on the Irish football team and some light hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting X1s

Five Unique Options For Ireland At Problem Position Of Left-Back

February 25th 2017, Preston, Lancashire, England; Skybet Championship football, Preston North End versus Queens Park Rangers; Preston North End's Greg Cunningham kicks the ball clear (Photo by Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With Robbie Brady suspended for Ireland’s showdown with Wales next month, we look at the Boys in Green’s options in the problem position of left-back. Although deployed as a midfielder at Euro 2016, Brady took the left-back slot against Austria in Vienna, where he picked up the booking which led to his suspension. Although Stephen Ward is the likely candidate …

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Watch: Aiden McGeady Scores Yet Another Screamer As Preston Beat QPR

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Aiden McGeady’s fine run of form continued today with a cracking goal against Queens Park Rangers. The winger has bagged some impressive goals in recent weeks during Preston’s post-Christmas purple patch. Irishmen Daryl Horgan and Greg Cunningham were also in action as Preston ran out 2-1 winners at Deepdale as Andy Boyle was left on the bench. Irish eligible Callum …

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Could Anthony Pilkington’s Form Put Him Back In The Frame For The Ireland-Wales Game?

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 17: Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff (l) is challenged by Craig Conway of Blackburn during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff City Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Cardiff, Wwales.. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It has been an impressive season for Irish players in the Championship. Conor Hourihane, Ryan Manning and Daryl Horgan have made great strides but one man has slipped under the radar. Anthony Pilkington, remember him? Lancashire-born Pilkington burst onto the scene with Stockport County and made the steep climb from non-league to the Premier League. He benefited from ex-Norwich boss …

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Six Men Who Could Replace Claudio Ranieri At Leicester

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Leicester City is dejected during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Millwall and Leicester City at The Den on February 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Yesterday evening, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked by the club, just months after winning the most unlikely of Premier League titles. We now look at the potential replacements for the Italian. Roberto Mancini Mancini had a spell with the Foxes in 2001 and shares the honour with Ranieri of being a Premier League winner. The former Manchester City boss …

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Five Marquee Signings That Could Light Up The League Of Ireland

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: David Forde of Portsmouth celebrates his teams third goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Portsmouth and Mansfield Town at Fratton Park on November 12, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

The League of Ireland close-season has seen some impressive signings recently. With players like Conor Clifford and Paddy McCourt entering the league this season, some other potential recruitments could light up the Premier Division.  One of the major stumbling blocks for League of Ireland clubs in the past have been down to wage demands but signings of Damien Duff’s ilk …

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A Hypothetical Rugby XV Made Up Of Premier League Footballers

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Peter Crouch of Stoke City (R) wins a header during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Bet365 Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With the Six Nations well underway, here we take a look at some Premier League stars that would make admirable rugby players if they switched to the oval ball.  _________ 1. Loosehead Prop: Jonathan Walters A powerful, physical and terrifying opponent, Walters would be perfect for the front row. _________ 2. Hooker: Wayne Rooney The perfect build for hooker, Rooney’s vision …

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2017 League Of Ireland Premier Division Season Preview: Part Two

2017 SSE Airtricity League Season Launch, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 14/2/2017 Sligo Rovers Craig Roddan with Limerick’s Dave O’Connor Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

With the League of Ireland due to kick-off this coming Friday, we take a look at each side as part of the eagerly anticipated season ahead.   In part one of our season preview we looked at how Bohemians, Bray Wanderers, Cork City, Derry City, Drogheda United and the champions, Dundalk, are shaping up. In part two we exam the six …

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