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.


Ep 932: Ireland Beat Chelsea, Barcelona's Desperation, Diego Costa's Hospitality - 14/08/2017  

Eoin, Ken and Ciaran look back at an incredible weekend of football in the Premier League and around Europe. Is it good that Diego Costa at least appeared to be supporting Chelsea when a journalist called to his house in Brazil over the weekend? Have Barcelona got any ideas cleverer than just trying to throw hundreds of millions at the best young players in the Premier League and Bundesliga? Do Liverpool want to be a big club, or do they want to have a lot of money in the bank? Will Jose Mourinho ever stop not talking about Spurs players' meagre wages? Kieran Canning breaks down Barcelona's desperation after they lost 3-1 at home to Madrid in the Super Cup first leg. Richard Jolly joins us to report on an impressive opening day win for a smaller-than-expected Manchester United side at Old Trafford. Plus we discuss Team Ireland at Burnley and the Stephen Ward Wonder-Strike.

Ep 931: Waterford Back In The All-Ireland Final, Crazy Red Cards, Farah Fires Back - 14/08/2017  

Ep 931: Waterford Back In The All-Ireland Final, Crazy Red Cards, Farah Fires Back - 14/08/2017 by Second Captains

Ep 929: Second Captains Premier League Night with Cadbury in The Sugar Club 10/08/2017  

Our Second Captains Premier League Night with Cadbury in The Sugar Club came chock-full of football legends, incomprehensible Dublin accents and bold predictions for the coming domination of Manchester City... and for those of you unable to wrangle a ticket, we present it here for your listening pleasure. Shay Given, Jason McAteer and Niall Quinn talk about how to engineer a move if you want out of a club, why players can't meet fans socially any more, how Pep Guardiola's sorted it all out, and Mourinho's team of giants (Quinner is a big fan). And then we talk to 'God' himself, Robbie Fowler, about growing up in Toxteth, becoming a legend for your home town team, getting tapped up by Johan Cruyff... and why he loved that nickname. Three Ireland internationals, and one Liverpool legend who might even have been an Irish legend too - it was a brilliant night, thanks to everyone who came along, and we hope you enjoy the chocolatey fruits of our labour.

Ep 926: Premier League Returns, Conte's Tracksuit, Barcelona's Big Buys, Klopp's PMA Test - 07/08/17  

The Premier League is once again on the march, with Arsene Wenger initially saying ten teams could win it this season, before scaling that back to six. Ken and Eoin discuss the most popular fantasy football footballers, bonus points for insouciance, ABBA, heaving Aviva, Barcelona’s big buys, and the growth of fan culture and prize-money in women’s football. Jonathan Wilson and John Brewin look at the likely winners of the league this year. Chelsea should be feeling serene but all is not well with Antonio Conte while Arsenal have yet to secure the secure the future of Alexis Sanchez. Will it be down to the two Manchester sides who have brilliant squads, but unproven managers!! Plus there’s the semiotics of tracksuits and waving, Pedro’s horror tackle, Klopp’s central defenders, and the greatest signing in Premier League history, as voted by David Luiz’s number one fan, Ken Early.

Ep 921: Matic The Mighty, Gibson's Mates, Spurs Stall, Ronaldo's Tax - 31/07/17  

Darron Gibson has made headlines with harsh comments about some of his Sunderland team-mates, which obviously somebody recorded and posted online. Fans: this is why footballers don't want to talk to you. Footballers: this is why you shouldn't go drinking with fans after losing 5-0. Guardiola reckons Premier League favourites Manchester City are at last looking like the team he's had in mind since he joined, while Nemanja Matic has joined Jose's Giants from Chelsea. His new manager has fired a shot across the bows of Antonio Cont'. Dermot Corrigan joins us from Madrid to report on Cristiano Ronaldo's tax case. The World Player of the Year is charged with tax evasion and Dermot tells us there is lot at stake in the courtroom. And in the wake of the news that James Richardson is leaving the Guardian's Football Weekly, Ken confirms that he is happy, for now, at Second Captains.

Ep 920: Connacht Football Misfiring, Kerry Cruising, Rory Sacks His Caddy - 31/07/17  

It was billed as the day Connacht would storm the citadel, but after yesterday's All-Ireland quarter-final double-bill, all 3 of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have reason for regrets today. Oisin McConville and Mike Quirke are on hand to talk to us about Kerry's facile victory, Galway's no-show, Mayo's constant struggles, and Roscommon's high-energy, high-error-count display. It's not you, it's me - Rory McIlroy has taken the plunge and sacked his long-time caddy JP Fitzgerald. Malachy Clerkin tells us why Rory might not be the easiest man to caddy for. Ken for one doesn't want the job, and the attendant rather large crumbs from Rory's table, but Murph is weighing up his options, particularly after Ken Hurley's explosive GAA analysis debut last week - is there a place for an old dinosaur like Murph in today's media world?

Ep 915: Teams On Tour, Klopp On Butter, Neymar's Sneakers, Ken's Champions League Weekly - 24/07/17  

Joe Brolly told the Sunday Business Post yesterday that capitalism would kill the GAA. Football shows us a sport where the process is already far advanced. July gives you little actual football to distract from the business of money making, which the big clubs are doing on their summer tours. So today it's Neymar buying sneakers, and Jurgen Klopp talking about the price of butter. Sid Lowe joins us to talk about how the Neymar transfer talk is being received in Spain, and explains why the FA President, Angel Maria Villar, was arrested last week as part of a corruption investigation.

Ep 914: Spieth's Odyssey, Duignan on Davy Fitz, Mayo Abide, Galway Go Mad - 24/07/17  

The rules of golf state that if you start a meltdown on the Sunday of a major, you continue that meltdown and lose the tournament. Jordan Spieth arrested an alarming decline yesterday with the gutsiest golf seen since the Tiger era. He has three majors but the question remains - is he Ice-Man or Maverick? Michael 'controversy follows me everywhere' Duignan has become a walking headline these last few weeks. He comes into studio to address criticism thrown at him by Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Plus Eoin Kelly joins us to assess Waterford's chances against Cork, and tries to understand the form-line of this confusing 2017 Tipp side. We demand answers from Oisin McConville, who tipped Donegal at the start of the season, and who keeps saying Mayo have to move on from points machine Andy Moran. Plus there's Euro 88 Mexican wave controversy, Ken on the mighty Dubs (if other counties just listened they might learn something), Shefflin's managerial career, and Cillian O'Connor's ideal transfer move.

Ep 909: Transcendental Federer, All The Young Dubs, Tyrone Power - 17/07/17  

Winning comes easy to some people - and this weekend Roger Federer, and the footballers of Dublin and Tyrone, all burnished their credentials with crushing victories. Oisin McConville and Mike Quirke reflect on the Dubs' 7th consecutive Leinster championship win, as each new game brings another scoring master-class from a different member of their forward unit. They are somewhat less impressed by Tyrone who they feel still have a bit to go to challenge the reigning All-Ireland champions, but they had plenty in hand to take care of Down in yesterday's Ulster final. Post-prime Roger Federer might end up being one of the best players of all time, even if we leave aside his achievements in his ACTUAL prime - Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker joins us to talk about his 8th Wimbledon title, and Venus falling short at the last hurdle. Plus Murph alienates 75% of the country, Ken reflects on Jimmy Connors' late career, and we play some foul-mouthed Al Pacino.

Ep 908: Football And Fake News, Liverpool's Sorry Summer, Giant Rashford, Wayne's Pop - 17/07/17  

Eoin and Ken are talking about fake news. Ken confesses to a missed opportunity. Premier League teams are on pre-season tours, making money and trying to spend it. Liverpool can't get anyone to take their stinking money. Jose Mourinho has been impressed with Marcus Rashford's phenomenal upwards growth. News may be fake, but inches are real. We're joined by Rory Smith of the New York Times to talk about how football transfer stories were the original fake news. What is it about football that makes it the ideal environment for fake news to arise and spread? Does it tell us anything new about how the media really works?

Ep 903: Wayne Tugs Heartstrings, Lukaku's Stats, New Everton, Chelsea Shop - 10/07/17  

Wayne Rooney knows how to tug on Evertonian heartstrings. Romelu Lukaku perhaps a little less so. At least one of his new team-mates at Manchester United has a thing or two to teach him about farewell tribute messages. We consider the phenomenon of the viral signing confirmation announcement. Aston Villa have pushed the boat out for John Terry: having raised the bar, what can they do to welcome Glenn Whelan? James Corbett joins us to talk about the impressive business Everton have done so far this season. Are we seeing the emergence of a new Everton, or is their rich owner simply looking like a big spender by releasing the money generated by player sales? Plus there's football pranks and rugby japes, the Chelsea shop, the Everton song, things that make life worse and signing Stomrzy.

Ep 902: Cork On The March, Kilkenny Dumped Out, The Lions Share, Pitch Invasions - 10/07/17  

Cork are the Munster champions, and powered by a cohort of brilliant young players, the dip we've all been expecting as they adjusted to their new reality just hasn't arrived. We analyse the influence of Gary Keegan, former Irish boxing supremo, on Cork. We said a few weeks ago that there are 7 teams capable of winning the All-Ireland senior hurling championship this year - and with 6 teams left after this week, who was dumped out? Brian Cody's Kilkenny. Michael Duignan and Eoin Kelly talk us through it all. After 4 years of build-up, 8 weeks of frantic touring, and 3 brilliant tests, the Lions and the All Blacks shared the spoils on Saturday morning. Shane Horgan suggests the success of the Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton axis could be a lesson for how rugby is played. Plus there's the Peter Pan of Rossie pitch invasions, kissing your sister, and the future of brainy rugby.

Ep896: Germany's Cup, Villa's New Lion, Instagram Hacking - 03/07/2017  

Ken returns just as international football ends for summer 2017. Once again, Germany have won most of the trophies and have added the Euro U21-title and Confederations Cup to their haul. The World Champions look well set for the next World Cup, all Joachim Löw needs to do is figure out which of their 40 top-quality internationals to drop. As the Confederations Cup winds up, we talk to Nick Ames in Moscow. How did Russia perform as host? And is football making an almighty mess of video technology? It's a hot sweltering summer and a lot of people seem to have worked themselves into a bad mood, but amid the rancour and recrimination one very special guy has brought a smile to Ken's heart. We talk through a few of the summer transfer stories. So far this transfer window has been an Everton muscle show, which nobody has been able to say since the mid-1980s. This is a free-to-air show. To listen to all Second Captains programming become a member at

Ep 897: Lions Set For War (analogies), NZ's Hall Of Shame, Mighty Galway Men - 03/07/17  

The Lions won the second test of the series against New Zealand, and that's all that matters, regardless of the fact that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that the tourists simply couldn't pass up. The All-Blacks will be back to 15 players for the third test, and the weather might not be as amenable on Saturday (although it's New Zealand, so rain is never far away), but the Lions have given themselves a chance - Eoin Reddan tells us why we should expect one of the fiercest physical battles in rugby history next Saturday morning. Galway are happy enough in fierce physical battles too, and their win in the Leinster final yesterday against Wexford might just have convinced the last few doubters of their suitability as All-Ireland favourites. Michael Duignan and Eoin Kelly were suitably impressed, and they join us on the line. Eoin questions the communication skills of Galway's hulking hurling hordes, Will "Mr Bombastic" Greenwood has the desired effect on a returning Ken Early, and we take a (short) walk around New Zealand's Hall of Red-Card Shame.

Ep890: Second Captains, Live From Whiddy Island - 26/06/17  

From the moment Tadhg Furlong told us about the unique charms and appeal of his uncles' home on Whiddy Island last December in the Liberty Hall Theatre, we have been dreaming of one day broadcasting from this jewel of Bantry Bay. And last Saturday morning, as Tadhg made his Test debut for the Lions against New Zealand, that dream became a reality. And as we all tried to digest the thoroughness of the All-Black win (and our beautiful al fresco breakfast), we recorded a very special show with contributions from Barry Murphy - 2008 try-scorer for Munster against the All-Blacks, Richie Sadlier, and local Cork hurling legend Mark Foley. Tadhg's uncle Tim told us about his family's pride in his achievements, his granny came down for a look, and at the end we were left with one of the most special days in Second Captains history. A massive thank you to all of our listeners who came over, to the community on Whiddy Island, to our gracious host Tim, to O'Hara's Brewery and to Tadhg for his help in setting us up. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep 891: Doping Investigation, Cork City's Romp, Europa Money, Duffer's 5-A-Side Passion - 26/06/17  

The biggest story of the football weekend was the bombshell revelation that every member of the Russian squad from the 2014 World Cup is under investigation for possible doping. We speak to Nick Harris who broke the story for the Mail on Sunday, and ask if a story like this is going to be in the media cycle for longer than just a few days, or if attitudes to doping in football will remain as wilfully ignorant as ever. Last autumn all of Ireland was in thrall to Dundalk's Europa League exploits, and wondered aloud at what the influx of money would do for their continued domination of the domestic game. Fast forward to today and there's a team running away with the SSE Airtricity League alright... but it's Cork City. Former City legend Neal Horgan tells us how they've done it - with 18 wins and 1 draw in the league this far, and what they can achieve in Europe. We also hear about Damien Duff's competitive spirit (even against 9 year olds), Stefan Effenberg and a potted history of radio no-shows.

In The Shower With Richie and Damien Duff  

We give you a taste of the latest Player's Chair with Damien Duff. From the shower. For the full broadcast, join the Second Captains World Service at

Ep 884: Lion Meat, Tyrone Tyranny, Kildare Express, Farrell Sexton Mix - 19/06/17  

It was supposed to be a war of attrition, but in the end Tyrone blew Donegal away in their Ulster championship semi-final yesterday with a dynamic, all-action display of attacking football. Oisin McConville thought this Donegal team had a bright future, but he and Mike Quirke now ponder the next step for them, and how far Tyrone can expect to go this summer. And we discuss whether Kildare showed enough in their defeat of Meath to trouble the Dubs if they meet in the Leinster final. Shane Horgan has little time for the psychological warfare brewing between Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen - mainly because they're not the most charismatic pair of leaders you've ever come across. Plus there's duelling banjos, 1980s pitch invasions, man V shark, Lions meat, lame forfeits, and a scathing verbal broadside from Shane... aimed squarely at Murph and Ken.

Ep879: Wexford Thriller, Galway Tops Out West, Kilkenny Kaput  - 12/06/2017  

Ep879: Wexford Thriller, Galway Tops Out West, Kilkenny Kaput - 12/06/2017 by Second Captains

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