Ep 1268: Dublin Tick Cork Off List, Cavanagh's Face, Dominant Puspure - 17/09/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Dublin have been the best team in ladies football for the last two years, but yesterday they finally got the result they needed to truly frank that form, when they beat their old nemesis Cork in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. 10-time All-Ireland winning legend Valerie Mulcahy and Malachy Clerkin join us to discuss whether this is a changing of the guard, and if Dublin are about to embark on a period of dominance similar to their men's team - we're not so sure. Sean Cavanagh was in studio with us last Thursday talking about on-field violence, and just two days after that, he suffered horrific facial injuries in a Tyrone senior club championship game. Oisin McConville talks to us about whether Tyrone have a problem, or if its endemic in the GAA nationwide, and if the PSNI is an organisation that GAA players in Northern Ireland are comfortable reporting such incidents to. Plus there's sports mad Shane Ross, Murph finally feels respected, and Ken tells us his bombshell leaving cert results night story which we were cruelly denied last week.
Ep 1267: Hammer-Time For Spurs, Milner-Time, Rice and Doherty Light Up PLThe Second Captains Podcast add
Stand-in host Ciaran Murphy, like many Manchester United supporters, is angry with the double standards employed by the fake news media. Is it not time to HAMMER TOTTENHAM? Why should they always get off easy? We discuss a Premier League Sunday that was dominated by unhappy shamrock Declan Rice and bench shamrock Matt Doherty, while on Saturday, victorious coaches Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were angry with their players for different reasons.Then Rory Smith and Jonathan Wilson join us to dissect Spurs' performance and Harry Kane's malaise. We also talk about the benefits of the ever-expanding army of ancillary coaches that can be found at many football clubs, and we ponder what Ketchup symbolises.
Ep 1262: Why Serena Is A Nuance-Free Zone, Dominic Ryan Retires, Solos In Slaughtneil - 10/09/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
Ep 1262: Serena's Outrage, Why She Is A Nuance-Free Zone, Dominic Ryan Retires With Concussion, Solos In Slaughtneil - 10/09/2018
Ep 1261: Nations League Works, Irish Strife, Peter Crouch On How To Be A Footballer - 10/09/18The Second Captains Podcast add
The Nations League turns out to be not bad, eh. We discuss the opening weekend of UEFA's new tournament, why it seems to be working despite the dull and convoluted format, and the latest reports on the strife in the Ireland camp. Then we talk to Peter Crouch about his new book, How To Be A Footballer, and look at some of the Jon Walters related highlights in the book.
Ep 1256: Harry Takes A Break, Roy's Beefs, Super Patriots, Dane Chaos - 03/09/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Harry Arter has become the latest Ireland international to decide that he'd rather not join up with the squad right now. Martin O'Neill has admitted that his decision may have been influenced by an altercation with Roy Keane during a previous Ireland camp.We discuss the reasons why players play international football: do you have to be a super-patriot like James McClean, or does careerism have its place? Meanwhile Denmark have sacked off their entire squad because of a commercial dispute between the DBU and the players. Jacob Staehelin of Danish podcast Mediano Fodbold joins us to explain the chaos. And Kieran Canning was at Celtic Park to see Brendan Rodgers' Celtic beat Steven Gerrard's Rangers in the first Old Firm clash of the season.
Ep 1255: Dublin Make It Four, Begrudgery And Spreadsheets, Ken Surfs - 03/09/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
Dublin are now utterly dominant, that dominance franked by a convincing fourth All-Ireland final win in a row against a valiant but outclassed Tyrone team. Oisin McConville thinks Tyrone missed an opportunity, and Mike Quirke tries to put this Dublin era into a historical context. From the moment the season began, it was clear that Dublin were heavy favourites to end the summer as champions. Is that level of superiority good for the game, should the Dubs care, and did Tyrone offer anything yesterday that other teams can replicate in the future? At the moment the Dubs have too many options, too much patience, are too well coached, and have a number of stratospherically good players. So can anyone challenge them next year, or the year after?Ken says ignore the begrudgery and the spreadsheets, lets talks to the children of the nation about this Dublin team. And he tells us some tall tales of his adventures on the Portuguese high seas.
Ep 1250: Rice Talks To England, Jose's Existential Vacuum, Mo's Dispute - 27/08/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Oh Declan. The news that Declan Rice is "deliberating" over an offer to play his international football with England has sent Irish football into a tailspin, as many of us had already mentally installed Rice as the bedrock of the team for the next 15 years. We discuss possible solutions for Jose Mourinho as he wanders in an existential vacuum and Eoin describes how he dealt with getting Poped out on Sunday early afternoon.Richie Sadlier joins us in studio to discuss the news about Declan Rice. How should we feel about this latest lost sheep?Then we are joined from Cairo by Mustafa Omar to hear more about the continuing dispute between Mo Salah and the Egyptian FA. Plus Rodgers gets rattled, Keyes has a pop, Owen talks about his groin and Ozil has some phlegm.
Ep 1249: Seamie O'Shea On Challenging The Dubs, Tyrone's Hope, Rule Changes - 27/08/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
The All-Ireland Football Final is next Sunday, a game in which few people, if anyone, give Tyrone much of a chance of discommoding Dublin. So just how do you get under their skin, and bring them to places they don't want to go? The only team capable of doing that in the last couple of years is Mayo, and we talk to their midfielder Seamus O'Shea about how to go toe-to-toe with Dublin, what Mayo bring to the table that Jim Gavin's team don't like, and why Tyrone's build-up couldn't be going much better. We also talk about recovering from injury, Stephen Rochford's proposed new backroom team, and being pinned down in Clonmel general hospital as they tried to pop his shoulder back in place... we salute the bravery of south Tipperary's first responders. Plus there's Tipp's u-21s, Ken's chicken wings, and we solve the future of Gaelic football.
Ep 1244: "Hurling's Just Mad" - The All-Ireland Final Edition, Limerick's Wait Is Over - 20/08/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
Even in a bad game, in this extraordinary year hurling found a way to be exceptional, as Limerick dominated the All-Ireland champions Galway for 70 minutes, and still nearly got caught in injury time. Thus ends a 45-year wait for an All-Ireland title for Limerick, and they celebrated in style. We try and celebrate the year in review with two All-Ireland winners of our own, Eoin Kelly and Michael Duignan, and we discuss Limerick's winning blend of aggression and style which won the hardest-earned All-Ireland of them all. Ken smugly reminds us of his confident pre-match prediction of a crushing Limerick victory, Murph convinces himself that in fact Galway wuz robbed, and we hail the stunning co-commentary stylings of Anthony Daly. Plus Shane Dowling is having a party and everyone's invited, Ken ponders a trip to Limerick to hang out with his celebrity pal, and Limerick face down their demons and win anyway.
Ep 1243: Performing Pep, Jose's Prep, Pogba's Attitude, Shane Duffy's Rise - 20/08/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Ep 1243: Performing Pep, Jose's Prep, Pogba's Attitude, Shane Duffy's Rise - 20/08/18 by Second Captains
Ep 1238: Are The Dubs Bored Of Winning, Tyrone's Final, Koepka's Knocks, Rhys' Gold - 13/08/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
This year's All-Ireland football final will be between Dublin and Tyrone, after Tyrone pipped Monaghan by a point, and the Dubs eased past Galway in the semis. The question is starting to be asked though - are even the Dublin fans bored by Dublin's dominance at this stage? Ken launches a stirring defence of his boys with a passionate charm offensive, before Mike Quirke and Oisin McConville join us to discuss if Dublin will be forced to break sweat at all this year. We talk about Brooks Koepka's consistent efforts to look for slights real or imagined, even as a three-time major champion.We also discuss Rhys McClenaghan's brilliance in winning gold for Ireland on the pommel horse, and the incredible Ingebrigtsens. Plus there's misunderstood Murph, natural born Dubs, and what do Mayo have that the rest don't?
Ep 1237: Stupid Passing, Big Sam Roars, Mendy Media, Pogba Or Jose, What Are Arsenal? 13/08/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Ep 1237: Stupid Passing, Big Sam Roars, Mendy Media, Pogba Or Jose, What Are Arsenal? 13/08/18 by Second Captains
Ep 1236: Gary Neville And Second Captains Premier League Night With Cadbury 2018 - 10/08/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Welcome to a very special edition of the Second Captains Football Podcast, a live broadcast from the wonderful Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin. Warning: contains *beefOur guest star is one of the best TV analysts in any sport, not just football, who spent an entire career racking up trophies at Manchester United…. We welcomed GARY NEVILLE to the stage.We talked to Gary about mistakes he has made and how he has learned from them, how he lost and regained his confidence, and how his time as manager at Valencia impacted him personally and how he deals with managers now throwing his managerial career back at him.The Premier League has returned and Manchester United haven’t set the transfer market ablaze with big money signings. Ken asks Gary why, if they’re so brilliant at making money off the field, why United aren’t the biggest spending club in the world, and if they have their priorities all wrong? *Things get heated between Ken and Gary, Eoin gets dragged into it, the crowd get involved, strong opinions get aired. Plus there’s Pep showing the English how to play football, can Liverpool win the league, the Vieira Keane tunnel bust-up, the Wright Keane ITV bust-up, and we ask Gary “could anybody analyse those teams on telly?”It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you stand up and shout at your podcast device - its the 2018 Second Captains Premier League Night with Cadbury!Cadbury - Official Snack Partner of the Premier League
Ep 1232: Monaghan Make Semis, Fitzmaurice's Fan Fracture, Brogan Back, Alisson's Aviva - 06/08/18The Second Captains Podcast add
The hardest working man in showbiz, Ken Early, has been working right through the Bank Holiday weekend. He soaked up the goodwill towards Alisson Becker in the Aviva stadium, pored over the latest transfer news, and admires Steven Gerrard's Rangers mindset.Monaghan mastermind Malachy O'Rourke has guided the county to their first senior All Ireland football semi final in 30 years, and the locals are starting to believe. Meanwhile things have gone sour very quickly in Kerry, culminating in the resignation of Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.We talk to Oisin McConville and Mike Quirke about Kerry's fan fracture, measured Monaghan, phase 1 of Galway's All Ireland masterplan and the amazing return of Bernard Brogan from ACL surgery.Plus there's Courtois to Madrid, Bielsa's life lessons, and Eoin's cocktail class.
Ep 1227: The Ascent Of Hurling, Limerick Refuse To Lose, Clare Can, Mullane's Spotify - 30/07/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Hurling is no longer a sport, more a sneak preview of what the heavenly after-life will be like. Murph is apparently still walking in a daze around Croke Park, so we get Ken's thoughts on the sport of the Gods.Is this a freakish year, or has the sport got better? Can Clare win the replay? Is there anything Limerick can't do? And what's on John Mullane's Spotify playlist?Clare’s All-Ireland winning captain from 2013 Patrick Donnellan and Malachy Clerkin of The Irish Times talk to us about a magical weekend of action.Plus there's weeping journos, Shane Dowling's plea to fans, mystery audio and human VAR.
Ep 1226: Jose's Job Security, Flog Pog, Neymar's Boy Inside, Wayne Finds Happiness - 30/07/18The Second Captains Podcast add
The Premier League season starts on Friday week with Manchester United against Leicester, which is an interesting match-up because Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel are currently the first and second favourite managers to leave their jobs. Mourinho has spent much of pre-season complaining about the quality of the squad at his disposal and for once Ken has some sympathy with his position.If Manchester United aren't prepared to pay big money for the experienced players Jose wants, do they have to reconsider whether he is the right man for the job? Miguel Delaney joins us to analyse what is happening behind the scenes at United. Plus there's Neymar's boy inside, Wayne Rooney finds happiness and does positivity have any impact on outcome?
Ep 1221: David Clifford Saves Football, Tiger's Heart, Molinari's Pressure Principle - 23/07/18The Second Captains Podcast add
So it turns out those people writing off the Super 8s as a bad idea after one weekend might have been a little premature. It was a brilliant weekend of football, with pride of place going to David Clifford's injury time heroics to save Kerry from a second consecutive defeat. Oisin McConville and Micheal Quirke discuss Clifford's luminous display, Rory Beggan's kick-outs, and Eoin breathlessly reports from his excursion to Omagh for his beloved Dubs' 3-point win over Tyrone. We chat to Lawrence Donegan about Francesco Molinari's first major title for Italy yesterday at the British Open, and just how close we came to seeing Tiger write a story for the ages. Plus there's Dave Alred's pressure principle, so much for Free Derry, Galway's easy side of the draw, Tiger's kids, and Omagh forgetting to bring the Galatasaray.
Ep 1220: Özil Drops The Mic, Karius Makes Plea To Humanity, Jose in Cali - 23/07/18The Second Captains Podcast add
Mesut Özil has quit the German national team and issued a four-page statement that concludes "I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect."The fact that arguably Germany's highest-profile sportsman no longer feels comfortable representing the national team makes this one of the biggest stories in Germany's sports history - a super-Saipan that dramatises the conflicts in Germany's increasingly fractious debate on immigration and cultural integration.After analysing Özil's lengthy statement, we are joined by Raphael Honigstein to discuss the resulting fall-out.Plus there's Jose in Cali and Karius' plea to humanity.
Ep 1215: Mediocre 8's, Kerry Flounder, Dull Dublin, Limerick Leverage, Ken Train - 16/07/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
The opening weekend of the All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stages, otherwise known as the Super 8s, was supposed to be, well... super. But that's not quite how it panned out. Can we blame Murph?It was overshadowed entirely by a six-goal World Cup final, and by Limerick's thrilling 2 point win over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Michael Duignan pays tribute to Limerick's new-look team, and to Kilkenny, who lost nothing in defeat but are now reduced to being a significant staging post in other teams' development. Oisin McConville and Mike Quirke join us to talk about wins for Tyrone, Dublin, Monaghan and Galway, and why we should probably withhold judgement until at least week 2 of this grand experiment. Plus there's Ken's latest travel woes, Dublin's two-finger salute, Oisin's travel-guide to the full Ulster GAA experience, and why we need more Lothar Matthaus in our lives.
Ep 1214: La Gloire, Didier Deux, Putin's poodle, Ref Brain, Croatia Never Ever Die - 16/07/2018The Second Captains Podcast add
Here ends a bizarre, uplifting, brilliant, outrageous World Cup - France are champions after a 4-2 win against Croatia, in a game where bafflingly they managed to play poorly for large stretches, and still win comfortably. Ken was there to witness Pogba, politicians and a penalty decision that shaped the game. For this latest VAR controversy, Ken peaks into the mind of the ref during the World Cup final.We speak to Philippe Auclair about this French team, their cautious, under appreciated, ridiculously-garlanded manager Didier Deschamps, and a beautiful 20 years of success. We talk to Dario Brentin in Zagreb about Croatian pride in defeat, Modric's perjury charges, and how politics has always been a murky force in their football, and will continue to be despite this magnificent month. Plus there's reaction on the streets of Dublin to the World Cup final, Vladimir Klitschko, Putin's poodle Conor McGregor, umbrellas, and Ken's team of the tournament.