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Choose Monaghan - 12 Like(s)
Choose Monaghan. Choose expecting Finty to score a goal. Choose beating Carlow in the Championship but remember losing to them the last time we were there. Choose playing "Hit the Diff" in Crosshaven and the place going buck mad. Choose Buggy bringing toilet roll in the bag for the away games. Choose not being fit to jive but doing it anyway. Choose wondering if the young one at the end of the Tuam Beats video is single. Choose asking a Cavan fan if he's so proud of 1947 could he name the team. Choose him walking away. Choose occasionally playing Sean McCaffrey's commentary on You Tube. Choose eating cakes at wakes. Choose knowing most of the National Anthem. Choose only singing it in the North to piss off the Queen. Choose Gary McKeown and Mickey Duffy doing Duelling Banjos on accordions. Choose considering calling your son Paul. Choose missing shouting "Don't shoot" at Dick Clerkin. Choose Dick shooting anyway and scoring. Choose missing Nudie. Choose chasing girls in Armagh jerseys in the Glen of a Sunday night. Choose having to choose between Declan Loughman and Dermot McDermott for boots and gloves. Choose standing on the hill in Ballybay so you won't get into a row. Choose only going to mass on Championship weekends. Choose silage getting done in hours rather than days. Choose to publically denouncing Sean Cavanagh. Choose to secretly admitting that Dick would have done the same. Choose to not missing to old Magheracloone pitch. Choose laughing at "Last Calls" two hours after closing. Choose saying Malachy Clerkin when you mean Malachy O'Rourke. Choose doing laps of the town with half a hand on the steering wheel. Choose short cuts to Clones. Choose using your kids to get selfies with Monaghan players when you're old enough to know better. Choose a Monaghan part time farmer putting a Carlow full time farmer on the flat of his back. Choose playing air guitar to Thunderstuck. Choose wishing Jack McCaffrey's grandparents had stayed in Monaghan. Choose going to Division One games and expecting to win. Choose 10 cups of tea a day. Choose pretending you know each Monaghan player personally. Choose rumours on match days. Choose Niall Markey singing "The Rattlin Bog". Choose Marty Mone forgetting the words. Choose six players getting sent off in one go in Ballybay v Blayney game in 90's and then having a smoke together. Choose 3 changes to Monaghan team that was selected. Choose going to Ulster Final in 2013 more in hope than confidence. Choose living through the 90's and not even sniffing an Ulster Final. Choose being thankful to be able to witness this gutsy, talented team. Choose being proud to be from Monaghan. Choose Monaghan.

FootblockREF (National) - 02/08/2017 13:21:50

The Sunday Game - Awful Coverage - 8 Like(s)
Brolly's time is up. He made the fatal mistake of changing what made him great. Whatever you made of the Sean Cavanagh rant, it was spontaneous and from the heart. But 2 years later he's trotting out the Marty Morrissey is ugly quote which was a glib as it was hurtful. Last week he gave RTE all the rope they needed. When's the last time Joe, or indeed any of the regular analysts told you something you didn't know? I remember the semi final between Armagh and Tyrone in 2005, and he was waxing lyrical about the game with an almost youthful exuberance. Those days are long gone. Now it's either fawning over Dublin by saying how great they are or fawning over Dublin by dissing their opponents. And then there's the constant interruptions which are just rank bad manners and the hissy fits when someone interrupts him. There's a reason why Dunphy got removed from the soccer coverage, it's because most people are sick of someone constantly repeating themselves and making it all about them. I'm sick of this "Sure he's a gas man" mentally. Big decision for RTE now. Will he be on the evening show on Saturday night? Sky have showed that pundits who concentrate on the game and not their personal agenda is the best method. Do I want to be entertained while watching GAA?

FootblockREF (National) - 10/09/2019 17:19:16

Championship 2017 - 7 Like(s)

Replying To moodoo:  "Choose Monaghan 2017...? Eddie where are you!?"
Choose Monaghan. Choose expecting Finty Kelly to score a goal. Choose beating Carlow in the Championship but remember losing to them the last time we were there. Choose playing "Hit the Diff" in Crosshaven and the place going buck mad. Choose Buggy bringing toilet roll in the bag for the away games. Choose not being fit to jive but doing it anyway. Choose wondering if the young one at the end of the Tuam Beats video is single. Choose asking a Cavan fan if he's so proud of 1947 could he name the team. Choose him walking away. Choose occasionally playing Sean McCaffrey's commentary on You Tube. Choose eating cakes at wakes. Choose knowing most of the National Anthem. Choose only singing it in the North to piss off the Queen. Choose Gary McKeown and Mickey Duffy doing Duelling Banjos on accordions. Choose considering calling your son Paul. Choose missing shouting "Don't shoot" at Dick Clerkin. Choose Dick shooting anyway and scoring. Choose missing Nudie. Choose chasing girls in Armagh jerseys in the Glen of a Sunday night. Choose having to choose between Declan Loughman and Dermot McDermott for boots and gloves. Choose standing on the hill in Ballybay so you won't get into a row. Choose only going to mass on Championship weekends. Choose silage getting done in hours rather than days. Choose to publically denouncing Sean Cavanagh. Choose to secretly admitting that Dick would have done the same. Choose to not missing to old Magheracloone pitch. Choose short cuts to Clones. Choose using your kids to get selfies with Monaghan players when you're old enough to know better. Choose a Monaghan part time farmer putting a Carlow full time farmer on the flat of his back. Choose playing air guitar to Thunderstuck. Choose wishing Jack McCaffrey's grandparents had stayed in Monaghan. Choose going to Division One games and expecting to win. Choose 10 cups of tea a day. Choose pretending you know each Monaghan player personally. Choose rumours on match days. Choose Niall Markey singing "The Rattlin Bog". Choose Marty Mone forgetting the words. Choose six players getting sent off in one go in Ballybay v Blayney game in 90's and then having a smoke together. Choose 3 changes to Monaghan starting 15. Choose going to Ulster Final in 2013 more in hope than confidence. Choose living through the 90's and not even sniffing an Ulster Final. Choose being thankful to be able to witness this gutsy, talented team. Choose being proud to be from Monaghan. Choose Monaghan.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 02/08/2017 11:09:02

El Clasico 2020 Monaghan Vs Cavan - 6 Like(s)

Replying To farneyfan123:  "At least the #BantyOut brigade will be silenced now for a while anyway or at least until possibly our next defeat. He is in Cloghan tonight at training with the lads preparing for the McKenna Cup campaign. Good to see the county board are backing him and his team after all the backlash from 'supporters' on social media"
"Preparing for a McKenna Cup campaign". That made me laugh. This is what Banty's going to do next year. Make a burst early in the season to try and win games to deflect from the mess of the Cavan game. Exhaust his aging squad again. Cling onto Div One status despite Donegal and Tyrone both winning Ulster championships from Div 2 in recent years. And fail again next summer. Lather, rinse, repeat. Also there wasn't a big #Bantyout campaign but most realise the utter futility of that happening. He's going to be in charge for the foreseeable future and extinguish the dying embers of this once in a lifetime generation of players. Why? Because he is not, and has never been, capable of managing at this level. In fairness to him he has fooled a lot of people in this country. Only ones who know the truth are us, Meath and Wexford. Terry Hyland just committed to Leitrim for 2021. I'd have him ahead of Banty, and they are in Div 4 next year.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 11/11/2020 13:36:50

Your First Game At Croke Park - 6 Like(s)

Replying To fingalman:  "Another bitter Kerry supporter. 5 in a row."
More proof that this Dublin team were the greatest GAA of all time but some of their supporters are more paranoid than a supermodels husband!

FootblockREF (National) - 09/11/2019 07:31:13

El Clasico 2020 Monaghan Vs Cavan - 5 Like(s)

Replying To seanie08:  "It was Down 2012 all over again only worse"
Down 2012 cost Eamon McEnaney his job. Same should happen here.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 31/10/2020 19:33:01

NFL 2021 - 5 Like(s)
To all the idiots who took 35 average minutes by Darren Hughes last week as a sign of his decline. Have some respect.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 23/05/2021 08:47:54

It's as if Ulster just doesn't exist! - 5 Like(s)

Replying To Gleebo:  "In fairness, the Ulster Council and some of the teams have shown scant regard themselves for the Ulster Championship in recent years. Wasn't the final played in February of the following season one year recently?"
30 years ago, there wouldn't have been a person from Clare on that panel. Now there are 2. You make yourself relevant.

FootblockREF (National) - 04/09/2017 15:36:35

Malachy's Successor - 4 Like(s)

Replying To 222:  "Certinley is an interesting appointment. In fairness he know the club football inside out. Good appointment re Donnelly, Monaghans s and c well behind this year. And to be fair, lavery brought flair to enniskillen mc rory team, their was an attacking plan something Monaghan didnt have this year. Who else would have got? Rochford was to far away, most people didn't want mc entee and mc Gleenan was to big of a risk Here's hoping banty Dosent play the passion card and conjur up Any stunts."
In other words, here's hoping Banty changes the habits of a lifetime and stops the stunts. Good luck with that.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 31/08/2019 19:09:48

Testimonials for individuals - in the GAA? - 4 Like(s)
I think Cooper has permanently damaged his legacy by this.

FootblockREF (National) - 26/09/2017 10:40:19

Joe Canning - 4 Like(s)
I notice there has been no comments on this thread since the semi final. Assuming that means that Joe's performance has shut up all the naysayers. Here's some classic GAA logic; If you do an interview and play well it has nothing to do with the interview. However play poorly and it has everything to do with it.

FootblockREF (National) - 18/08/2017 07:38:50

Tyrone V Meath Nfl Rd 1. - 4 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "Have waited many years to return to where we belong. No game in division one is going to be easy, and this one certainly won't be, Meaths primary goal this year is to remain in division one, the objective is made more difficult with only having 3 home games v Galway mayo and donegal. 8 Pts will see us safe even 6 could. While it is only first game of campaign and we have some significant absentees , I feel it is one of the away games we can win. Tight tough encounter Meath by a point. Hon the royal."
First things first. 8 points might not just see you safe, it could get you to a final. Monaghan survived on 4 last year. Think Meath will get relegated but will learn invaluable lessons. This is the real Div One, not with pretenders like Cavan or Roscommon. Meath and losers of Monaghan or Tyrone in Round 2 to go down. Then Meath to keep Dublin to within 6 points in Championship.

FootblockREF (National) - 16/01/2020 16:47:10

Donegal "Won't Have A Team" On Sunday - 4 Like(s)
Very disappointed with Bonnar. This is pulling a stunt. Unfortunately for him, very few people care now because it's only the McKenna Cup and less will care in a weeks time. He should have been aware of this issue when he picked his panel at the start of the year. Shouting at the top of your voice doesn't make you right.

FootblockREF (National) - 09/01/2020 18:37:47

Football Allstars 2020? - 4 Like(s)

Replying To FoolsGold:  "What does 10 in a row got to do with this year All Stars.? You're just picking Cluxton on his reputation, he's had little to do so far."
He has little to do every year. That's why he has only got one All Star since he stopped taking frees. Assuming Clarke's kickout gets dismantled again in final it's between Cluxton and Galligan. Hope the Cavan man gets it.

FootblockREF (National) - 11/12/2020 22:16:51

Did Jonny Cooper dive? - 4 Like(s)
McManus did make contact with Coopers head but it wasn't enough to justify Coopers reaction. In my opinion there are only 2 kinds of posters who don't think Cooper exaggerated the reaction. The posters for whom no Dublin player can do wrong or the poster who never kicked a ball in their life. Also as many previous posters have said, this is nothing new. Its a major problem in the game and its getting worse every year. And the reason is that there seems to be no downside for the guy faking the injury. No coverage of it on The Sunday Game which means Jim Gavin' s hissy fit worked. Have to listen to Wolly tomorrow.

FootblockREF (National) - 07/08/2017 16:42:59

HS Readers' Football Team Of The Decade - Goalkeeper - 4 Like(s)
In 2034, the GAA will be 150 years old. I would imagine that they will have a team of the last 50 years at that time. I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that Cluxton will be on that team. Player of the Year, Player of the Decade, Player of the Half Century.

FootblockREF (National) - 05/12/2019 17:06:19

All Ireland Final - Who You Shouting For? - 4 Like(s)

Replying To ConnollyDub:  "That's fair enough slayer. As I said I'd imagine most are up for Kerry. The whole country is green and gold this Sunday, bar Dublin of course :)"
Dublin, I'd like to see a 5 in a row in my lifetime. Saw 2 sides who deserved to do it but fell short at the final hurdle.

FootblockREF (National) - 28/08/2019 14:06:06

El Clasico 2020 Monaghan Vs Cavan - 4 Like(s)
Disgrace, total disgrace. Banty has to go. Tactically clueless. 7 points up against a team that will play Division 3 football next year. Fortune favours the brave. What I hate about this management set up is how little faith they have in their panel. The players were told essentially to hang onto a lead against Cavan, not Dublin, not Kerry not even Donegal, Cavan, just shocking. What were the tactics in the first half? Playing 12 behind the ball with a gale force wind behind them. Only got the lead because McManus caught fire and that Cavan were muck at the back. Then Cavan allow us our own kickout for the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half, what kind of stupidity was that? If they had pushed on like they did after the water break at least we would have been spared the extra time. As usual, the sideline froze during the game and the usual suspects, O'Hanlon and McCarthy get hauled off. Then bringing Conor back on with 2 minutes left. But our tactics in the second half were everything Monaghan football isn't. Not the first time Banty has pulled this rubbish. We had a gale force wind in first half v Derry in 09 and he played 11 behind the ball and we got caught when Derry, a far inferior team to us (but not as bad as this Cavan side) beat us in 2nd half. I honestly don't know what happens now. Mayo at home was the last game we won. All seemed great leaving Clones that day. Since then we've played Kieran Hughes at FB v Donegal which, surprise, surprise, didn't work, flattered ourselves to a defeat v Kerry, should have got bet out the gate against Meath last week and now exited a Championship that couldn't have had an easier passage to the final if we hand picked it. This could be the end of an era. Very few can hold their heads up. Malone, Kieran Duffy and Ryan Wylie would be the only ones. Banty has to go. Time to accept that whatever our deficiencies on the pitch, off the pitch we are absolutely nowhere.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 31/10/2020 16:42:08

Malachy's Successor - 4 Like(s)

Replying To detruth:  "you must not see too many kickouts if you cant see that for yourself.... points conceded in all games from them"
You have to bear in mind that at no time in 2019 did Rory have his best midfield facing him for his kickouts. Niall missed the entire league and Darren missed the entire championship. There were many games, Roscommon, Galway and Kerry being 3 painful examples of where we got "ate" at midfield. I recall being presently surprised on how well we managed at midfield v Cavan but I thought we'd get destroyed there. The bottom line is that we were never going to get the success we got in 2018, because teams made plans for Rory. We used to have a kickout that would release Karl into space. We used it several times v Kerry in Inniskeen. I don't recall us getting a single one of those kickouts away this year. If we can get Darren and Niall back and maybe give young Mealiff a go. Maybe we can rebuild the launch pad for 2020. Also, I'd agree with many who have said that this side us far from being done. Malachy was brilliant but I think in some respects he had lost the dressing room. Only Dublin in their pomp have come close to scoring 2-17 against us. No harm to Armagh, they are a decent side but a Monaghan team at full throttle keeps them to around 15 points. The first goal sums up the problem, there is no way a forward is that free v a Monaghan team since 2013. There's still much to work with here so we can't afford another botched appointment like we did with Eamon McEnaney.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - 27/06/2019 17:38:55

Dublin V Kerry - 4 Like(s)

Replying To Aibrean:  "You wrote: Fitzsimons did brilliantly on Clifford in All Ireland matches, That's hard to square with the fact that Clifford got 6 points from play - no one scored more (from play) than Clifford. He is not perfect - who is? - and may well have dropped a shot as you point out."
He didn't "may well" drop a shot short, he dropped a shot short which would have put Kerry 2 up in closing minutes.

FootblockREF (National) - 17/01/2020 12:42:58