Second Captains @ The Irish Times

Second Captains @ The Irish Times


The multi-award winning team of Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan return to broadcasting as Second Captains @ The Irish Times.


Ep815: Is Katie Taylor's Success At Expense Of Her Sport, Davy Drive, Dunphy Elbow - 27/03/17  

Katie Taylor grabbed her fourth win in four professional appearances last weekend, and the impression is that she is blazing a trail for her sport. But are her promoters doing a good job for women's boxing, or a good job just for Katie? Christina McMahon, the Irish pro boxer we spoke to last November, returns to the show to tell us how delighted she is for Katie, but why her promotion is not exactly lifting the sport. Michael Duignan has long been one of the best analysts on hurling, and he joins us in studio at the end of the group stages of the National Hurling League... and promptly calls Murph a football man. Plus there's Offaly's one-match winning streak, Con Houlihan's elbow on Eamon Dunphy, and the Donnacha Ryan madness.

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Ep809: Stones’ Stones, Jose Misdirection, Reading Wenger, Ireland Wales - 20/03/17  

Pep Guardiola was extremely impressed this weekend by John Stones' stones. We look back on a fantastic game between his side and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester United won again at Middlesbrough, but Ken believes their victory at Middlesbrough betrayed some worrying signs about the direction they are taking relative to their rivals. Much of the internet disagrees. This week sees the return of international football, Ireland play Wales on Friday night and Emmet Malone reports on the latest from Abbottstown. And Philippe Auclair joins us to read Arsene Wenger's mind as reports emerge that the Arsenal manager has decided to sign a new contract.

Ep808: Ireland End On A High, Sexton Stands Out, Conlan Sparkles On Debut - 20/03.17  

So where are we after a tumultuous Six Nations campaign? We ended on an indisputable high, with victory over Grand slam and world record chasing England on Saturday. But there remains a world of regret over those defeats away to Scotland and Wales, and a championship that might have been there to win. Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley give us their verdicts on the last 7 weeks. We also catch up with Michael Conlan after his professional debut in Madison Square Garden on Saint Paddy's Day, which included an early stoppage, a capacity crowd... and Conor McGregor. Plus there's Murph's (GB & I) Lions test team, and we fall into the Stephen Jones black-hole of logic.

London Live, Breakfast With Lampard, Sympathy For Pep - 16/03/17  

It's show day in London, and what better way to start it than breakfast with London's own Frank 'Lamps' Lampard (Sure, he was a few tables down from us, and never made eye contact, but it still made Ken's day). We're still reeling from Manchester City's exit from the Champions League last night - we ask Ken does he have any sympathy for Pep? On tonight's show we'll be chatting to Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney, we look ahead to the last game of the Six Nations with England-killer Shane Horgan and World Cup winner Neil Back, and it's the podcast Yalta as we break bread with Barry Glendenning and Gabriele Marcotti from rival podcasts The Game and Guardian Football Weekly. Recorded live from our base at the beautiful Kensington Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection of hotels in London, Dublin, Cork, Bristol and Washington DC.

Ep803: O’Neill Picks Everyone, Rooney Gets Phil Jones'd, Jose’s Excuse - 13/03/17  

Martin O’Neill has chosen his extended squad for the Wales game, and with a whole island of footballers to choose from, we ask should all 5 million of us get included, before he does the fine tuning for match days? Dion Fanning of SportsJoe joins us in studio to discuss Aidan McGeady’s outrageous return to form, and how we are shaping up for the Wales game. Plus there’s Wayne Rooney getting Phil Jones’d, PSG’s documentary on pain, Emre Can’s Simone Biles move and Jose’s early excuses.

Ep802: Irish Failings, Mighty Chariot, Women On Grand Slam Hunt - 13/03/13  

Ep802: Irish Failings, Mighty Chariot, Women On Grand Slam Hunt - 13/03/13 by Second Captains

Ep797: Mayo Humbled, Haye Bellew Farce, Carragher's Deranged Laugh - 06/03/17  

Dublin were trundling along rather unobtrusively until last Saturday, when they comprehensively demolished Mayo, handing out a 12 point beating to their closest rivals. Oisin McConville is in studio, and he wonders just why Mayo haven't focused more of their energies on getting a run together in this year's league. We also talk about how much farther Cork can descend after their shock loss to Clare in Division 2. David Haye, Tony Bellew, and the sport of boxing emerged from last weekend with little credit. Don McRae, author and journalist non pareil joins us to talk about how much damage they inflicted on the gaiety of the nation over the last couple of weeks. Jamie Carragher was happy enough nevertheless, and there's also Katie Taylor's third straight professional win, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt The Stilt, and Andre The Giant.

Ep796: Alexis Sanchez’s Saipan, Zlatan’s Tooth For A Tooth, BT’s Gated Community - 06/03/17  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran discuss reports from Russia, where top politicians are devising a macho new sport. One the Russians might have a chance of winning something in. Today's show is dominated by talk of L'Affaire Sanchez. Does the Chilean embody the passion that Arsenal are missing, or is this the posturing of a prima donna who needs to learn the meaning of respect? Miguel Delaney joins us from London Colney to report on Arsene Wenger's post-Sanchez, pre-Bayern press conference, where it seems once again, the Arsenal manager did not see the incident. We also talk about the chaos at Old Trafford, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic escaped a red card, only to miss the penalty that condemned Jose Mourinho's team to another dismal draw.

Ep791: Ireland's Attack Issues, Civil War In The GAA, Wedding Etiquette - 27/02/17  

Ireland were able to beat France by ten points with a misfiring attack - Shane Horgan reckons they need more invention closer to the try-line, Eoin Reddan isn't too sure we had any other choice. Both men join us to analyse the Six Nations, including how Italy nearly out-foxed England, and how Eddie Jones sometimes comes across as "a pain in the arse". The GAA Congress was always going to be feisty this weekend - but as all 3 of Paraic Duffy's motions relating to the football championship were passed, an edge came to proceedings. The glee with which Congress ignored the will of both the GPA and the CPA was plain to see - Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times was there, and feels a little uneasy about how this will play out. And - after this show, would anyone ever invite Eoin McDevitt to a wedding again?

Ep790: Zlatan The Enforcer, Pearson Praise, Pique's Tinfoil Hat - 27/02/16  

Jonathan Wilson joins us to talk about Zlatan's dominant performance at Wembley and whether he's forcing us to reconsider what we thought we knew about the responsibilities of a striker in 2017. Meanwhile the fallout continues from Claudio Ranieri's sacking. Have Leicester committed a crime against football? Do players have too much power, as Martin O'Neill says, or is Jurgen Klopp correct that the real fault lies with directors? Is Ranieri even the person we should be feeling sorry for? Who really deserves the credit for Leicester's success? In Spain, Sergio Ramos has told his international central defensive partner Gerard Pique to take off the tinfoil hat. And a mysterious admirer has sent Ciaran a beautiful gift.

Ep784: The Real World, Barton’s Stink, Millwall Regenerate, Barca Unravel - 20/02/17  

The FA Cup is where the pampered princelings of the Premier League come face to face with the hard men of the Real World. Joey Barton and Leicester FC have already become casualties. Now Arsenal must brave the horrors of Sutton's 1990s-vintage dressing room if they are to survive. Barney Ronay joins us to talk about how Millwall FC saved their ground from a dubious regeneration scheme. And Dermot Corrigan reports from Spain, where an unsmiling Barcelona were almost humiliated by Leganes.

Ep785: Connacht's New Man, In Camp With Andy Lee, Sexton Update, Pint Baby Revealed - 20/02/17  

Andy Lee is returning to the ring in Madison Square Garden in New York, on St Patrick's weekend. We discuss the dynamic of sharing the gym with the man responsible for taking his world title away from him - Billy Joe Saunders. He also tells us how talking up the fight helps him, as well as helping to sell tickets. As of today, Connacht have a new head coach, and it's a former New Zealand school teacher with a history of attacking rugby... which bodes well for Kieran Keane's future in Ireland. Gerry Thornley broke the news last week, and he was at Carton House today for the latest injury updates ahead of Ireland/France this weekend. Rory McIlroy was playing golf with President Trump on Sunday morning, and Ken provides us with some valuable context. Plus there's Pint Baby, Bundee Aki's seal of approval, and some of the highlights of week 1 of our World Service.

Ep779: Schmidt Skewer, England Roll, Waterford Bounce KK - 13/02/17  

Ireland got their 6N campaign back on track with a 9-try filleting of a pretty terrible Italy team – Shane Horgan talks to us about the return of Jonny Sexton, and the new France looking a lot like the same old France. Former Welsh legend Martyn Williams was in the Principality Stadium for the game of the weekend between England and Wales. Derek McGrath’s Waterford got some measure of revenge for last summer’s All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Kilkenny when they won for the first time in Nowlan Park since 2004 yesterday, and he joins us on the show. Plus there’s the cultural titan in Eoin’s family tree, land grabs, and a possible return for Murph’s Country Pages.

Ep778: Irish Goladors, Man Utd Join Peleton, Leicester's Survival - 13/02/17  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran look back on a weekend in which Irish goal wizards were rampant throughout English football's top two divisions, Sean Dyche rose above the shade thrown by Antonio Conte, Antonio Conte ignored the shade thrown by Jose Mourinho, and Jordan Henderson's team talk inspired Liverpool to a return to form. They also talk about the increasingly hostile atmosphere in German football, where fans are upping the ante in terms of offensive banners at matches. Jonathan Wilson tries to explain what happens when a successful team dissolves into ineptitude overnight. And Miguel Delaney was at Arsenal to see them get things back on track ahead of this week's clash with Bayern Munich.

Ep777: Ireland won't park the bus, the greatest choke, Olympics man (09/02/17)  

The Ireland team has been named for our second Six Nations game against Italy this weekend. We wonder when Ireland are gonna park the bus and Shane Jennings asks why our players are being rested, when our entire club system revolves around giving them enough time off to be fresh for international duty. US Murph tells us - through gritted teeth - about the greatness of the New England Patriots after their Superbowl triumph, and there's the OCI elections, trusting your team-mates and nefarious table quiz tactics.

Ep776: Arsenal's Saipan, Lovren's story, Lahm's tale (09/02/17)  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran discuss the ongoing Arsenal crack-up, Dejan Lovren's refugee story and the neurological problems suffered by old players who headed a lot of balls. Raphael Honigstein joins us to talk about why Philipp Lahm has decided to call it quits at the end of this season, aged just 33.

Arsenal revolution, Klopp needs Plan B, Leicester losers  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran launch the Second Captains World Service, and discuss the Arsenal Fan TV revolution which is ruffling establishment feathers at the Emirates. Stuart James joins us to analyse where it has all gone wrong for Claudio Ranieri and Leicester. And Jonathan Wilson reports from Gabon on Cameroon's triumph in the African Cup of Nations.

Ireland implode, Brady the greatest, Dubs on parade  

A loss on the opening weekend of the Six Nations is never nice - and a shock loss to Scotland doesn't sweeten the pill. Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley dissect the 27-22 loss on Saturday. Dublin's winning streak in league and championship is now at 30 games - Seanie Johnston of Cavan got an up-close look at the All-Ireland champions and tells us what makes them so great. And we have exciting news about our new adventure - the Second Captains World Service.

6N preview, targeting Murray, Super Bowl Chilli, Arnie V Trump  

February starts with a bang - a large, oval-ball-shaped bang. We have Shane Horgan, Sean Cronin and Scott Hastings to preview the Six Nations, and whether Scotland can keep going for Conor Murray's legs. We're also joined by US Murph to discuss the Atlanta Falcons and their date with destiny against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday night. Plus there's a return to Doug and Lisa's for the chilli bowl, the National Prayer Breakfast, and Arnold Schwartzenegger's greatest ever movie (hint - it's Twins).

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