Wearing my Derry City shirt over here in England I do get the odd, er…odd look. I’ve been mistaken for a Stoke City, a Sunderland, and an Inter Milan fan, among others on occasion (home, home, and away kits respectively). We play ‘jumpers-for-goalposts’ (or Finn Harps) level football in the park at the weekend and while it’s can be a great way of breaking the ice with people, everyone spent last weekend asking me how I felt about losing the FA Cup to Manchester City.
Sadly, it’s the
Both sides of Manchester will be celebrating this weekend as both United and City clinched the top prizes in English domestic football. For them and, indeed, all British clubs, players and fans, it's almost time for a well-earned breather before the pre-season matches, transfer speculation and season 2011-12 preparations get fully underway in July.
On this side of the water through, we're just into a dozen games into the season with plenty to come, not least the inevitable trials
We’ve all heard it; like a particularly tone-dead, annoying, half-witted cuckoo heralding the Spring, it recurs with depressing regularity, often around this time of the year as the Premiership season nears it’s conclusion.
Yes, it’s that hoary old chestnut, “I don’t go to League of Ireland games because the fans are too cliquey and they won’t make someone outside their gang feel welcome.” League of Ireland fans “look down from a self-appointed pedestal,” denigrating those foolhardy
Updated 26/04/2011 at 8:13 AM by thischarmingman
From the FHFC programme for the league game against Cork City.
Last weekend was not a good one to be a Harps fan. Apart from being heavily beaten in Waterford, our beloved neighbours regained the initiative at the top of the division as they won easily and Monaghan were beaten in Cork. And then of course there was the nightmare in the Aviva Stadium. As these things go, the train did not so much come off the tracks as fell off a bridge on to a hospital
There a film a few years back "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days",your typically flaky chick flick. However it seems as if City are determined to star in their own sequel, how to lose the League in ten games. For me, last night was the final nail in the coffin of the hopes for automatic promotion as it showed that City don't have the mental strength or the confidence to get over the line.
It was set up perfectly for them to push on and pile the pressure on the rivals. A confidence
“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”
A. Bartlett Giamatti
Strange things, leads. Like an investment banker checking his bank balance, you can never be too far in front. And when things go the other way, any lead at all will inevitably
Updated 06/09/2010 at 10:49 PM by thischarmingman
Finn Park will play host to a special visitor on Friday 27th August when the Henri Delaunay Trophy will be on view at the ground. The Henri Delaunay Trophy is awarded to the European Football Champions, with Spain the current holders having won the Euro 2008 Tournament two years ago.
The trophy will be on display before and during the FAI Ford Cup fixture between Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers at Finn Park on 27th August. An opportunity to have your photograph taken with the trophy will
Athlone Town FC is to host a free open day at Athlone Town Stadium, Lissywoollen on Sunday next.
A memorial match in honour of the late Brideswell resident John (Sean) Gately will be held as part of an Athlone Town FC Open Day on Sunday next, August 15, in Athlone Town Stadium. John passed away suddenly in July 2009 aged just 52.
Cam Celtic, of which John was a founder member, will take on Willow Park in a masters (Over 35) friendly at 2pm. The game, organised
Finn Harps Football Club are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a Match against the Celtic Legends on Friday 13th August, KO 7.30pm.
The Match will be followed by “An Evening with the Celtic Legends” including interviews with the Bhoys and live Music taking place in Jacksons Hotel from 10.30pm to late.
Celtic, who will be captained by Tommy Boyd, will also include Frank McAvennie, Reggie Blinker, Darren Jackson and Tommy Johnson in their travelling party.
This Saturday 24th July, the Airtricity League will host a Fans Forum in Abbotstown from 10am sharp.
The Forum will give Airtricity League fans the opportunity to learn more about the management of the League & offer feedback.
The Forum will include a presentation by Airtricity League Director, Fran Gavin followed by presentations from Licensing, Finance, Marketing & Communications.
We see the Fans Forum as a really important