Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Nostalgia Ultras! To celebrate our first year as a podcast and somehow reaching 25 episodes, Ste McGovern and Colm Boohig bring you the first annual Christmas Selection Box.
Rather than focus on one subject as we usually do, we talked about a number of things for which we didn’t have to do any research, and for that, we are truly grateful this holiday season.
We each revealed our favourite Irish footballers of the Premier League era, talked about Ireland’s footballing diaspora, our favourite sports books of the year, some choice moments from our first few months in podcasting, and gave our unpopular opinions.
Intro: Dead Trees by The Shaker Hymn
Outro: Inter Bells by FC Internazionale
One of, if not the, greatest strikers in the history of the Premier League, Thierry Henry revolutionised the forward position.
We talk about the Frenchman’s special qualities, why Arsene Wenger was the perfect manager for him at the right time in his career, and the fourth evolution of his career at Barcelona.
There’s also an extended chat on why great players like Henry struggle to adapt to punditry, and how athletes and sports personalities are allowed to get away with reprehensible actions and behaviour.
Brought to you by: Ste McGovern (Balls.ie, Football.London, MARCA), Maurice Brosnan (Balls.ie, Irish Examiner, Irish Times) and Kevin Beirne (Football.London, UK Independent, BBC)
There’s nothing quite like the sight of an out-and-out winger taking on man after man before dispatching the ball into the net.
Paddy McCourt did this on many an occasion, and we talk about his career, flashes of brilliance for Celtic, and why his lifestyle held him back from being the next Lionel Messi.
We discuss why the old school winger has become virtually redundant, the value of entertainment v results, Ste’s local team Ballybrack FC, and a new documentary about FC Barcelona.
Few men have had such a demonstrable effect on British football in the past thirty years as Eric Cantona did during his time in England.
Ste McGovern and Colm Boohig discuss why this is so, his complex and often contradictory nature, and how that was reflected in his style of football.
As ancient as it was lovable, the old Lansdowne Road stadium was home for Irish football fans.
It was far from perfect, but it was the place where many a famous sporting memory was made before being demoilshed.
Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and Peter Henry of Football Faithful, remember the old ground, its special qualities, and some of the best moments that it featured.