What is about football stadiums that we hold so dear to our heart? They’re only bricks and mortar after all. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s where […]
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
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.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Republic of Ireland manager is generally regarded as a failed experiment, but there were some great moments in between the depressing style of play and weird team selections.
Ste, Colm and Brian remembered the good times with Trap on the latest podcast, but the conversation inevitably turns to the bad times, and a wider debate on the state of Irish football and what the Italian’s hiring represented for the game on this island.
There’s also some chat on the Liam Miller Tribute Match, dad bods in nineties football, and the 1998 Tour De France.
When Holland came to Lansdowne Road on September 1st, 2001, they brought with them a mighty squad full of world-class talent; a master tactician and Champions League winning manager; a reputation as one of international football’s greatest forces; and the overbearing weight of expectation of a nation on their shoulders.
The Dutch left that day with nothing.
So how did a team featuring Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Jaap Stam, Mark van Bommel and Edwin van der Sar fail to get a result against the Irish? How exactly was it possible that a nation that could leave Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Giovanni van Bronckhorst on the bench, couldn’t beat a ten-man Ireland?
Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and special guest Brian Wyse sit down to
discuss how Ireland’s famous 1-0 victory over Netherlands happened.
We also talk about the Declan Rice situation, whether he will play for Ireland again, and our favourite Granny Rule players.