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Stephen Twomey

Stephen Twomey
Tipped by the IRFU to be "the next John Hayes" at 12 but retired prematurely at age 13 due to the discovery of girls and alcohol, Stephen now writes on sport from the outside looking in talking football, rugby, GAA and whatever ails him at any given moment. Stephen rants a plenty but never raves and proof of this can be found on Twitter via @StevieCJT

To Represent Scotland Or Ireland – Or Does It Matter At All?

Following Gordon McQueen’s comments regarding Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy’s decisions to play international football for Ireland, Stephen Twomey looks at the factors which would have influenced both players’ decisions.  There was always going to be at least one “pundit” who would stick their oar in with regards the national allegiances of James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady in advance of our …

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Liverpool – Rodgers Targeting The Wrong Type Of Players?

Brendan Rodgers has made a number of signings during this transfer window, but is he playing with fire by targeting young, unproven players? Stephen Twomey discusses. With the World Cup our sole purpose for living as football fans over the past month, one would be forgiven for ignoring the business the football clubs we support – for the other 11 months of the …

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Over At Last – The World Cup In Review

Stephen Twomey is here to relive the high points and low points of what was a fantastic World Cup. This writer assumes that if there’s a first rule of sports journalism, it’s not to bad-mouth the sport you are writing about. But honestly I’m sick of football! I’m sick of watching, writing, talking and tweeting about endless games – some good and …

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The World Cup – Week Three Review

Stephen Twomey is here to look back over the latest World Cup action, as the competition prepares to draw to its conclusion. And so it comes down to the last four. All the excitement generated during the group stages has slowly but surely dissipated as the rigours of knockout football encourage more conservative gameplans. Admittedly, the timing of games during …

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The World Cup – Week Two Review

The group stages are now done and dusted and the definitive contenders and pretenders have now been separated. Falling unexpectedly at the first hurdle, the likes of Spain and Italy will be missed. As for England, maybe it’s time to put the horse down after promising so much down the years but always disappointing! First impressions shouldn’t be lasting    …

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The Role of the Holy Trinity in England’s Tournament Failures

And so after just ten days, the England World Cup journey is over and the fallout begins in earnest. Nobody is off limits as the ravenous English media look for individual(s) to blame in the national team’s latest failure at an international tournament. The knives had been sharpened for Wayne Rooney but his goal against Uruguay saved him the ignominy …

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The World Cup – Week One Review

We are almost a week into World Cup 2014 and having seen all the protagonists play, what have we learnt with regards the 32 teams involved in this footballing showpiece: Pitbull is a talentless tool A statement of the obvious perhaps but no harm to remind people especially those same folks at FIFA who are bringing you the 2022 Qatar …

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Will The Real Cork Hurling Team Please Stand Up?

Cork sauntered to a fourteen-point victory over Waterford after many had expected an ambush – or at least a far more competitive fare than the bookies odds of 1/3 for Cork -in the offing. Critics said prior to the game that the Cork forwards were overrated, they were weak at the back and the reputation acquired by making the All-Ireland …

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Moral Victories No Longer Felt In Laois Hurling

Dublin Croke Park hurling

It was another case of what might have been for the Laois hurlers on Sunday as they faced up against Galway, rattled the Westerners but ultimately fell just short at the final hurdle for the second year in succession as Galway’s class and better conditioning showed. Nobody would wish to celebrate noble failure – least of all Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett …

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Roy Keane Rejects Celtic Risk for Irish Reward

There seemed to be an air of inevitability over the past weekend that Roy Keane was going to fly the Republic of Ireland nest to take over as manager of Celtic. Every pundit and journalist spoke in a past tense of Keane in the Irish set-up and speculated in advance on how he would cope with the rigours of a …

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