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English, Sports, 8 seasons, 152 episodes, 1 day, 3 hours, 34 minutes
For all things League of Ireland join regular hosts Johnny Ward and Dan McDonnell and a host of special guests throughout the 2017 season every Thursday
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Episode 211: S08E04 Manic Monday and Johnny meets JC

It's antsy managers ahoy in episode four, as we trawl through the Zapruder film of the rainy nights in stadiums around the country. At Tolka, Johnny caught up with one of the less antsy ones, John Caulfield, after Galway United's narrow defeat to league leaders Shelbourne. Our Collar and Cuff mailbag comes chock full of conspiracy theories, manager angst, goalkeeping concerns and refereeing observations from a grassy Donegal knoll. Johnny got his goalkeeper fix in too when he caught up with Conor Kearns from Shelbourne and we ask who is a chocolate keeper and whether climate change was to blame for the upsurge in keeper errors. Not afraid of debate we look at whether Roddy Collins would eat himself if he was a Bueno or a Dairy Milk, whether Stephen Kenny would be a bohemian, and which Robbie Williams should play for Dundalk. It's one of THOSE episodes that continue to be sanctioned by the good folk at Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff and Rascals Brewery so even though the sky is a hazy shade of winter, put on your headphones in your room and enjoy what was a truly Manic Monday!
3/6/202457 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 210: S08E03 with Padraig Amond & Eoin Doyle

This week, with Johnny's job count at 8 or is it 7? we reunited two old friends who met as teenagers with no idea of the journey that lay ahead. Padraig Amond was the hurler under a different name from Carlow with football ambitions. Eoin Doyle was a ‘lunatic’ from Dublin with no idea that he could make a living from the game. But both these cats got the cream, one of them scoring versus Man City and the other playing for every club who wasn't in the premier league. In our weirdest mailbag to date, the electronic telegrams, are asking about the Pat Scully bus trip, Super Sundays with Paul Cook, flares of the non trousered variety, and clock-watching on the pitch. The two lads delve into their formative years in Crumlin and why Anthony Stokes was the one they all wanted. Theres a 25 million pound deal, a couple of dumb country fellas and the pros and cons of making it as a latecomer. Late developers maybe on topic this week, but after listening to what we've got for you in conjunction with Rascals, Future Ticketing and Collar & Cuff, like the crowds so far, we're way ahead of the curve.
2/28/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 209: S08E02 with Barry Murphy & David McMillan

Now that we've gotten our first week of games under the belt, we tackle the sophomore episode, which can be a bit troublesome but not this time. We have two recently retired league stalwarts in studio. Barry Murphy, once keeper of both Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian goals, trades his Dundrum mailbag to give the lads a hand with a Bohs-heavy Collar & Cuff mailbag; and David McMillan, formerly of Dundalk, UCD and Saint Pat's, now plying his trade as an architect and is not very good at "The Chase". Pizza sceptic, Johnny continues where he left off with goalkeepers last season, there's the cost of LOI tickets compared to Ice Cream bars, the pathway to football, boisterous train drinking, and who will be the top scorer this year? As always we tip our indoor hats to Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff, and Rascals Brewery for feeding the machine, so go ahead and listen responsibly to this year’s difficult second episode, Nevermind the Crooked Rain or The Bends... Everybody knows this is nowhere...
2/21/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 208: S08E01 Season Preview @ Collar & Cuff

We are back. Seems like everyone has a fancy season launch these days so we decided to 'outstyle' the competition by recording our Season 8 opener in the salubrious surroundings of Collar & Cuff who put a roof over our head for the recording but that didn’t stop Johnny from keeping his hat on. Our first mailbag of the year seeks title race projections, Galway United mentions and the definitive ranking of players we’ve never heard about before. There’s also a Monaghan United anecdote from our sponsors with Declan Mahon and extended chats with Patrick McEleney and John Russell about their hopes for a better 2024. We wouldn’t be around for it without the help of Collar & Cuff, Rascals Brewing and Future Ticketing. Tuck in and enjoy it like your favourite brand of hummus.
2/12/202456 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 207: S07E- XMAS with Donner Dasher Dancer and Blitzen

Santas sack is full, Ireland isn't, but the stadiums are apparently. It's the LOI Central 2023 clip show. Remember when Dave and Maddie would spend an entire episode of 'Moonlighting' arguing about what happened in the past year and throw in 34 minutes of clips from the past season? Well we would never do that! Instead we throw in 10 mins of classics and another ten minutes of the Bootleg Series Volume 2023 where Roddy does his thing live in Rascals. a session so rare it has only been released on Record Store Day in Malaysia. How's that for a Christmas present? We also tinselled up the studio in Oliver and went hell for leather on the news and blues from the last few months and either accidentally or incidentally stumbled across Johnny's college chicken, Dundalk's crazy transfer rumour mill and every other clubs slot machine of hype. So there's a full hour of festivities for under your podcast tree from Rascals, Collar and Cuff and Future Ticketing. And you know what...It's actually not bad.
12/19/20231 hour, 1 minute, 59 seconds
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Episode 206: LOI Central S07E40 PFA Ireland Award Announcements & FAI Cup Review

In the week where the cup final became 'cool' we decamp to the kitchen to end as we mean to go on and pore over the spectacle and the season whilst bringing you the PFAI awards nominations with Stephen McGuinness. We also have a chat with Jack Moylan about leaving Duffer for Lincoln and talk contrasting cup final emotions with Jonathan Afolabi and seasoned veteran Chris Forrester. It's the longest mailbag of the season, but who's in control of it? It's no country for old men, a successful season for Shamrock Rovers? Maybe, managers in waste management, tummy tickling, collecting rent from a Bohs fan and the circle of life. If that's not enough for our bumper end of year extravaganza with Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery, there's also a hint that there might be even more on the way, or is there?
11/15/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 205: S07E39 LOI Central Live with Roddy Collins, Trevor Molloy, Paddy Barrett & Keith Ward

It’s cup final week but there’s more than one show in town and we kicked it off with a special Episode 39 in Rascals HQ on Monday night. We brought together some of the liveliest members of the Irish football family for a show that sent producer Del into overtime in the editing chair. Our bleep button is out of contract and the F bomb count soared when Roddy Collins and Trevor Molloy arrived on stage so it’s not one for the school run. Before we hear from Roddy and Trevor, Paddy Barrett and Keith Ward joined us on stage to reflect on the season just gone and their 2021 cup final memories. Prior to that, we also play some of Dan’s chat with Paddy’s boss Damien Duff after Shels’ win in Drogheda on Friday. We’re not really sure how to summarise our chat with Roddy and Trevor but we’ve salvaged the bits that were suitable for broadcast and there’ll be more to come before the year ends. We’ve got Egypt winning the Euros, dinner dates with Pat Dolan, shoe shopping with Paul Byrne, and much much more. It's a seriously good ride from Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and our Monday night hosts Rascals Brewery. It might not be totally legal but it's here and its now!
11/8/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 204: LOI Central S07E38 It's Shamrock Rovers again

Welcome to Episode 38 with Johnny and Dan or is it Dan and Johnny? As Shamrock Rovers clinch their fourth title in a row, we speak to a victorious Lee Grace and Stephen Bradley, grade the Hoops season and debate the importance of winning it with kids. Beyond that, we ruminate on the standing of the league's goalkeepers and goalscorers, discuss the merits of the Bohs staredown and sift through the wreckage of Dundalk's rumour mill. We also have Johnny's disregard for guard of honour controversies, a steadfast denial of Duffer's virus allegations, a thinly veiled come and get me plea to George the Greek and an unexpected letter from Poland! All of this as we count down to our live show with the help of our partners in Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff and our hosts at Rascals Brewing. Never mind trick or treat. Get your trivia right and you could be joining us.
11/1/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 203: LOI Central S07E37 with Conor Kearns

So it's official, we've sold out. Not to the man, but our live show in Rascals Brewery on November 6th has sold out. On this week's podcast you can find out how to get your hands on the last few tickets Johnny had stashed in an old overcoat at the back of the wardrobe. You can also hear from Shelbourne keeper Conor Kearns who touches on most things from Left-wing politics, to his dribbling stats to displacing a Love Island hopeful. As usual the mailbag deals with the old chestnuts, like the new stand in Tallaght, foreign benefactors, and Virgin versus RTE. We also look at what makes an assistant manager mentionable, why Shels is a proper place to play and who would go to an opera in Ferrycarrig? All as usual in conjunction with Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and the venue for our sold out live show, Rascals Brewery. It's into the final stretch now and this one's just over an hour!
10/25/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 202: LOI Central S07E36 Drogheda’s American Dream & Scholarships with James McClean

Last week’s trivia might have been a failure but this week we bring you Trivela, the prospective new owners of Drogheda United who give us their first big interview since stating their intention to take over the Boynesiders. Benjamin Boycott and Wesley Hill dial in from the USA to discuss their plans with Dan, a long call with investors who say they're in it for the long haul. Johnny was dining with our sponsors at the ‘Aviva’ but as we try to move past the international window, we hear from James McClean on an initiative that should be relevant to both the LOI and the national team. Beyond that, we’ve got the usual mailbag japes featuring Canadian club names, political disinterest, Dan’s dodgy eyesight and Johnny’s attempts to diagnose if anyone involved with Shamrock Rovers is actually happy. Rascals Brewery, Future Ticketing and Collar and Cuff have all submitted affidavits that they were not responsible for the burning rice, but they were responsible for episode 36. Enjoy!
10/19/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 201: LOI Central S07E35 with Eoin Doyle

As we reach the business end of the season, we've got a cup final on the mind to distract Johnny from his title race addiction. Our hosts review the two semis and look forward to maybe a record breaking attendance at the final in the stadium soon to be known as The Dublin Arena. Dan, fresh from Switzerland has his own opinion on that and wonders if England will pay for our third tier! Guest wise, we welcome last years star of our live show, the million pound Eoin Doyle to talk about why he retired, his future in childcare, colonic irrigation, greasy agents, the madness of King Vincent, and why Jordan Pickford won't be on The Chase anytime soon. There's the ever popular mailbag, why away fans bans hurt everyone, unlucky Kacper, and a date for you to save in November. Yes, we're coming back into the arena because the good people at Rascals Brewery, Collar and Cuff and Future Ticketing demand it. It's episode 35 and it's a hoot!
10/11/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 200: LOI Central S07E34 FAI Cup Fever in The Aviva - A Budget Special

It's semi-final week and will Johnny build bridges with Galway ahead of their clash with Bohemians? As part of Johnny's rehabilitation we sent him on a solo mission to the stadium formerly known as Lansdowne Road to meet with his people, a 66/1 Bohemian, the not so boring Cian Coleman and Jamie Lennon. In the week where Aertel finally get's the plug pulled we reminisce about page 222 and Roddy Collins keeping score. The bulging mailbag has everything from Bradley versus Duff to budgeting, refereeing schedules, fireworks in the gantry, and away fan allocations. There's a 'Deep Throat' source in Johnny's Whatsapp, Russian bots, trigger words, the death of the segue live on air and lots of dark web. It's a bumper edition today in association with Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery, and hold on, isn't that Martin Lawlor over there?
10/4/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 199: LOI Central S07E33 Melancholy Moods, Gary O'Neill and David Cawley

So Galway United return to the halcyon days of Premier Division participation after a win in Kerry that leaves Johnny channelling Sylvia Plath, Leonard Cohen and even an underweight Christian Bale. In a post Rascals Rocktoberfest haze our intrepid reporters cast their eyes over the Weekend's action where UCD won our hearts but Derry failed to capitalise. Referees were under the spotlight again, Shels penchant for dark arts is discussed in a busy mailbag with Cork misery and European permutations also on the agenda. After their morning sausage rolls it was a hasty retreat from Glasnevin to the Aviva to talk contrasting fortunes with Gary O'Neill and David Cawley. As long as Future Ticketing, Rascals, Brewery and Collar and Cuff keep us on the air we will continue to ask and answer the same questions, drink from half empty glasses and leave you with the confused feeling whether the show needs an extension or an extinction. All of this confusion and melancholy is all part of your regular scheduled dose of windswept broadcasting that is episode 33. It's not dark yet but it's getting there!
9/27/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 198: LOI Central S07E32 The Conspiracy behind the Western Shootout

Well, we've got it all this week. Western gunslingers taking on those boys back east, Cold War double agents crossing the border by bicycle in the rain, boyhood hero worship, misquotes galore and organic sausages. If, like Alan Keane, you subscribe to the Galway United conspiracy theory then make sure you catch our mailbag which has more grassy knolls than an Oliver Stone film. As well as all this, we have late penalties in Derry, a Pat's crisis perhaps? Is Galway more attractive than Dundalk? And Dan finally sees the merits of 'the Red Zone'. All of this 'award nominated' mayhem is brought to you by Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery. It really is great to be "unwittingly very good at something", and that's a quote!
9/20/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 197: LOI Central S07E31 It's Fan-omenal Friday!

Alliteration is the thread on which we hang this week's show. Yes, episode 31 gets overly concerned with what type of Friday we have in store. Our two intrepid wordsmiths cajole, conjure and contrive to to describe the night on which Derry host Shamrock Rovers in the key game of the league season and four FAI Cup quarter finals are up for decision. 'Fabulous', 'Flowery' and 'Far Out', this Friday may give Johnny further chest pains and Dan may have to be drug tested. Kevin Doherty is on the line fresh from his and our mailbag to weigh in on the Ireland situation and whether he is next in line for the big job. He also has a little matter of a cup game on 'Fan-ominal' Friday! Throw in the usual Simpsons, Father Ted and Grunge references and it could very well be 1995 again. As the year slips away from us and the Indian Summer draws to a close we can still rely on Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff to keep the lights on in Glasnevin. So throw your Xg in the bin and settle down to 64 minutes of poetic licence on this Wonderful Wholesome Witty Wednesday!
9/12/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 196: LOI Central S07E30 with Ian Bermingham

Episode 30 gets an early check in but will it ever leave? Johnny has more toilet encounters in Longford, Dan finally gets recognised on the 14 bus and takes in the view from the stand at Tolka Park . There's another bus of ould fellas in the midlands, and would you go all the way to Laois to see The Saw Doctors? Joining the instantly recognisable hosts this week is the solid Ian Bermingham who, on his testimonial week, talks about his Richmond days, why he didn't go to Stockport and his new gig as Football Partnerships Manager in Inchicore. There's a mailbag full of Duff celebrations, a Keating hat trick, Sligo Rovers' troubles, and Johnny's financial portfolio. If you want to find out if Ronaldo went to Mallow, the definition of "making it" or who gets a pass? There are definitely easier ways than this, but Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff beg to differ as they present to you a very very 'solid' segue into the International break!
9/4/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 195: LOI Central S07E29 with James Clarke and Ruaidhri Higgins

After being stalked at every airport in Europe Johnny evaded the air traffic chaos to arrive unscathed in Glasnevin for episode 29. On this week's show we talk to James Clarke about his route from Meath to Rovers to Bohs and how he's likely to celebrate if he scores in this weekend's big game. Dan caught up with Ruaidhri Higgins after a 2-2 draw in Dalymount and a topsy turvy season for the Candystripes. A deep dive into the mailbag reveals Finn Harps and Bray angst, we ask will Drogheda march on despite their obviously substandard stadium, we compare the league with similarly ranked leagues across Europe, there's Fine Gael rugby wall charts and after 3 years of Brexit, we audit whether it was a good thing or a bad thing. All of your midweek listening would be impossible without those good people at Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery who have probably made the best decision ever made. It's just over an hour and it's raring to go!
8/30/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 194: LOI Central S07E23 The one where Johnny was on holidays (with Graham Burke and Daniel Kelly)

We have a title race but we don't have the man who likes to call it so with Johnny AWOL in Bilbao or Belfield, we call in supersub Garry Doyle to pour over Derry's disappointments, the permutations of a fascinating race to the finish and why LOI fans should channel their inner Free Presbyterian. Dan also brought his microphone to Virgin Media studios to catch up with Graham Burke and Daniel Kelly about European woe and the weight of their respective clubs' recent history. Beyond that there's a busy mailbag, cup final preferences, Storm Betty's new club and an Ollie Byrne impression from the highest level. All of this with thanks to our friends at Collar and Cuff, Rascals Brewing and Future Ticketing
8/24/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 193: LOI Central S07E27 with Mark Connolly

It's an optimistic pod this week as August starts to slip away like a bottle of wine. Mark Connolly is on ahead of Thursday nights big game and we speak to him about his return from the great unknown against the team whose name we are struggling to remember, and stealing from his child to pass the time. Ticket prices and Cork City's college woes are topical as we delve into a mailbag filled with talk of a Bohs windfall from a Gary Lineker inspired transfer that may or may not spark another twitter spat. There's more than enough to keep your conversations going well into school uniform shopping season and it's all thanks to Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery, and if there's a body in the room, well, then it really is time to clean the house. Episode 27 is here to answer all your lingering doubts.
8/16/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 192: LOI Central S07E26 with Andy Myler & Conan Byrne

Episode 26 in the ClaireFontaine of podcasts tackles the era defining debate on whether we need a RedZone, a DMZ zone or a demolition of the Carlisle Grounds. As we look forward to Derry's adventures in Kazakhstan, Andy Myler, who's not as knowledgable on Kazakhstani football as you might think, takes a break from party pooping and reunites with another ex student Conan Byrne to explain the future of the UCD model, and offer neutral opinions on the developments at the top of the table. Conan gives his take on the negative influence of stats and our mailbag takes in Longford gripes, Bohs optimism and the usual Galway tangents with the continued support of Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery. If home is where you're weaned it's also where your potty trained. It's episode 26 and its fresh as a daisy.
8/8/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 191: LOI Central S07E25 with Stephen Rice

Back from our daytrip down memory lane in Morton Stadium, Johnny wastes no time in getting Galway and climate change into the fray as we dwell on the wettest July on record and a wet blanket on Irish teams in Europe. Ireland chief scout and analyst and ex Rovers and Bohs midfielder Stephen Rice drops by to bedazzle Johnny with his attention span and takes a deep dive into our European challenges. In a multiverse of Milhouses, we pore over alternate futures for GAA players, marching in the rain, top goalscorer stakes, and all the rest of your e-lec-tronic letters with Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff still signing the cheques to make sure we keep delivering this kind of quality, in depth, edge of the seat, cutting edge broadcasting without ever having seen a hurling match! It's episode 25 and it's still raining.
8/2/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 190: LOI Central S07E24 with Mark Rossitter and Owen Heary

On our 24th lap of the season, we reunite two old teammates in the unlikely surrounds of Morton Stadium to discuss the circle of their football life. Owen Heary talks Dream Team, Dream Managers and Dream Tacklers and his new found passion for running as he catches up with his old pal Mark Rossiter - fresh from a positive knee episode - to go over old arguments and pick through the details of the last week and the broader European picture. We dodged a few javelins to get to the bottom of who's posting our social media, who took the most famous television penalty, where the youngsters are coming from and whether Longford needs a bar or not?  It’s neither a marathon nor a sprint, so stick with us, Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery until we cross the finish line.
7/25/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 189: LOI Central S07E23 Rovers Review and Chris Forrester

Rover and out. It's a late night reaction pod to start this week as the lads pour over Icelandic disappointment for Shamrock Rovers and the questions it raises before taking a trip back in time with Sam and Al to earlier in the day to deal with your mailbag queries and emerge from the overpriced coffee houses of Inchicore to do some work. After reflecting on the enormity of turning 40, the lads ask Chris Forrester about turning 30 as the start point for an open chat about his relationship with football. Beyond that, there's FAI Cup chat, ruminations on Dan's uncoached football career, Galway pub tips, another twist in the Roddy Collins book saga, and more handwringing about departing players and unfinished stadiums. Take the quantum leap with us into this seventy minute journey with Collar and Cuff, Rascals Brewery and Back to the Future Ticketing!
7/19/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 188: LOI Central S07E22 with Gary Cronin and Ciaran Kilduff

 It's summer in Dublin and we have just the cure for those rain soaked blues. From Icelandic encounters en route to what used to be JJ Smyths, to the race between the Dalymount evolution and Armageddon. The well dressed Gary Cronin brings us some current affairs while Ciaran Kilduff delves into his bank of European memories while Johnny struggles to remember what is even happening next week. We have KD Lang v Sinead O Connor, fantasy five-a-sides, the age old TV debate and  a group of sponsors still willing to support this malarkey. Yes, a big shout to Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery for making it to episode 22 and a bigger one to Johnny for remembering it!
7/11/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 187: LOI Central S07E21 with Mark Ogden and Mark English

This week we are joined by an Englishman and an English as the summer brings us to new destinations. ESPN journalist Mark Ogden tells us about his quirky trip to Iceland to find out what lies ahead for Shamrock Rovers and what Champions League football means to the minnows. Then we head west to talk with Michael English about Mayo FC’s attempts to break into the Irish mainstream. Aside from all of that we’ve got the usual mailbag chat featuring Bohs angst, Pat’s kids, Peak6 taking over Twitter and RTE’s value for money. Available under the Freedom of Information Act you will find that this entire production is funded by the barter accounts managed by Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff, and Johnny's fee does not include any form of bus pass. It's episode 21 and it's blackjack!
7/4/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 186: LOI Central S07E20 with Georgie Kelly

It’s a value for money virtual podcast this week as the lads mull over the purpose of their existence in journalism if chatting rubbish for an hour doesn’t entitle them to a substantial six-figure salary from licence fee payers. Georgie Kelly is a real national treasure, the late developing Donegal man dialling in from pre-season training in Rotherham to discuss his old love rival Pat Hoban, his respect for the mentality of the real love of his life, and the climate of football in England – not the climate chat that JW wanted. As usual there’s a mailbag with a bit of Damien Duff and a bit of Mayo sandwiched between title talk discussion and we hear from Pico Lopes and Ruaidhri Higgins after Tallaght on Monday. Unlike Westlife, this is one band that always sticks together...
6/28/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 185: LOI Central S07E19 with Paul Corry

Dan's back but his memory of Antalya isn't. He'd also like to forget about Ireland's Greek tragedy but can't and neither can Paul Corry as the old friend of the pod returns with two phones and a new love to analyse what went on in the Mediterranean last week and we take a live look at the European draws as they come in. Johnny, fresh from his first festival of the year, reckons stabbing a crustacean in the brain is better than boiling it alive but can't get the last look the twitching lobster gave him out of his memory and apparently Evan Ferguson won't reach 100 caps before the doomsday clock strikes midnight. If all this is a bit too weird for you, blame Collar and Cuff, Rascals Brewery and Future Ticketing for continuing to support this ridiculousness and ask yourself is the "Pat McDonnell" Dan may or may not be related to, the lad from Father Ted or the annoying paint ad on the radio. So sit back and eat your lobster as the world burns and be thankful we're under an hour this week.
6/21/202357 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 184: LOI Central S07E18 with Tim Clancy and Luke McNally

No Dan this week as he's away on International duty so we left it up to Johnny to round up the guests. Wembley wonder with Coventry and back at Burnley, we have Premier League defender Luke McNally, who's back in the country where he reminisces about his days at Enfield, the NECSL, marking a 16 year old Evan Ferguson and his fortuitous move to Drogheda where he hooked up with our second guest, none other than ex manager of Drogheda and Pats, Tim Clancy, who speaks candidly about his time at Pats, the fanciful ambitions in Inchicore, the culture of social media, why there are fewer and fewer easy games and Kevin Doherty's success at United Park. The format may be different but the chat is still red hot and all of this is thanks, as ever, to Collar and Cuff, Rascals Brewery and Future Ticketing!
6/13/202359 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 183: LOI Central S07E17 with Pat Fenlon and Dean Lyness

As Johnny's Saudi past comes back to haunt him, the boys wonder if Galway United saying no was the catalyst for our oil overlords to bring sporting domination to another level. Irish football could do with cash to build some stadiums and Pat Fenlon joins us in studio to talk about the FAI infrastructure plan, his new job at Bohemians, and how transfer windows work. St. Pats' Dean Lyness chats with Dan about living away from family as the daddy of his teammates in a new country. Beyond that there’s the big "Love Island" mystery, Dan’s bird troubles and all the big stories from the main event of the double header weekend - Enda’s wedding. Tallaght Stadium’s Coppers like status, fire drills in Cork and more recurring anecdotes from Johnny’s private life are brought to you in conjunction with Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery. It's episode 17 as we head towards an International break.
6/7/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 182: LOI Central S07E16 with Chris Lyons and Lee Steacy

Journeys. That's todays topic. Whether it's the Kerouac-esque 'On The Road' lift bumming Johnny Ward or the Tallaght to Cobh goalkeeping journey that Lee Steacy takes, we've a restless road feeling to todays show. Our guests, from the first division, talk openly about their journeys, even if Shane Keegan is driving, how their clubs may fare in the premier division, and how all work and all play for an Irish footballer could be more lucrative than the alternative. We also look at the 'red cards a go-go' from the weekend, Johnny's fascination with CJ, the best goal songs played at stadiums, who's wedding will be the new Fyre festival and whether the Wisconsin postal votes means anything at all! As usual we rely totally on the steadfast support of Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery to allow us all to decide whether or not Mark Knopfler marks a goal better than a Monkees song on repeat.
6/1/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 181: LOI Central S07E15 with Garry Buckley

The seven year itch remains unscratched and, as the bromance dwindles, talk turns to goalkeepers, fixing the FAI Cup draw, the Irish 2023/24 clubs in Europe, bouncy castles and cursing with Crowley. If that isn't enough to pique your curiosity we also have a chat with Garry Buckley about fatherhood, injuries, Sligo Rovers and the amazing story of two brothers. There's also cameos from Declan Devine and Kevin Doherty as we cast our eye over the week that was. As usual we owe it all to the good people at Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery for making all of our dreams come true every single week. It's heating up out there so put on plenty of sunscreen before you plug in... 
5/23/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 180: LOI Central S07E14 with Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

This week we blur the lines between sports and politics as we welcome in Aodhán Ó Ríordáin to the pod. On the back of Damien Duff's crusading comments about the league, Aodhán talks candidly to us about how and why football is where it is and faces an uphill struggle while Johnny faces a downhill struggle despite his penchance for the hills. There's Viper Room nostalgia, hypocritical oaths, Stadiums with no respect and a whole host of the usual Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery fuelled deep dives into why this game of football continues to define us. It's here, its a tad late but it's episode 14 and, trust me, its as good as it gets..
5/18/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 179: LOI Central S07E13 with Mike Geoghegan and Craig Sexton

It’s Eurovision week and while  Ireland’s Wild Youth fell at the first hurdle, this week’s show looks at how our young footballers are beating the odds to compete on the European stage. Academy heads Mike Geoghegan (Waterford) and Craig Sexton (Bohs) drop by to discuss funding difficulties, staff shortages and the differences between Dublin and the rest of the country. Johnny Logan is on the menu at Rascals but our own Johnny is back in the virtual house with a viral Dan to discuss Galway rising, managerial clobber and the innocence of tunnel blocking teens. All with the usual undying support of Rascals Brewery, Collar and Cuff and Future Ticketing.
5/9/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 178: LOI Central S07E12 with Garry Doyle, Brian Gartland and Richie Towell

In Johnny's absence this week we have guest presenter Garry Doyle from The Star joining Dan in studio for a wide range of topics which includes a  look back on the double header with interviews from Richie Towell and Ruaidhri Higgins, the breaking news departure of Tim Clancy from Pats and the continuing debate on funding from government gambling revenue. Brian Gartland, the new Head of Football Operations for Dundalk also joins us to discuss the plans for community integration, signing policy, and his opinions on the trajectory of the league as a product offering. There's a lot covered in a pod with a small smattering of Galway Utd and not a mention of The Simpsons or The Coens! With the usual help from Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Rascals Brewery, it's Episode 12 and it's jam packed!
5/3/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 177: LOI Central S07E11 with Barry Murphy

The pod finally makes it to the 21st century this week and embraces AI, but not the East Galway interpretation. As well as kinky kebabs, the Bohs singles charts, Galway's lack of sustainability and Johnny recast as the lone ethical ranger (almost) we had veteran goalkeeper Barry Murphy in studio to look back on his career, the complicated emotions of retirement and the litany of characters he met along the way from Magnum Mondays with Roddy to preparing for TNS with Mike Tyson. On the serious side, Dan gives us the lowdown on his story on the state funding for horse and greyhound racing and the discussion it should provoke. All this busy week in sport is in conjunction with Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery who have a big festival weekend ahead. It's episode eleven and its a banger.
4/25/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 176: LOI Central S07E10 with Kevin Doherty and Keith Ward

It's a giddy mood in Glasnevin where we host Drogheda manager Kevin Doherty and Dundalk's Keith Ward fresh from the post round and the training ground respectively. The lads pick up where our referee debate ended last week as well as chipping in on the great 2023 Astro Debate! They also find time in our extended edition to touch on Daire Doyle's gas meters, landlord Enda Stevens, post-wedding friendlies, and European balls! Like we said, it's a giddy affair as our hosts recount toilet adventures with The Monk, the bus who wants to be Roy Keane, confectionary cooking tips and a lot of TLAs. It's episode ten with Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Rascals Brewery and think El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing!
4/19/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 175: LOI Central S07E09 with Tomás Connolly

It's gotten to the stage where we needed a referee for the podcast and we found the ideal candidate in Tomás Connolly, an experienced whistler turned administrator who has now turned 'to the dark side' by becoming an assessor. We brought him in to answer the many queries we've faced on yellow cards, relations with managers, grief from players and the overall standard of our men and women in the middle. Damien Duff has been vocal on the issue and he spoke to Dan after the Easter Monday games brought down the curtain on a busy double header. Our mailbag allows us to analyse the Virgin pilot, a bad weekend for Derry and Dundalk, Wispa comebacks, transgender pronouns, French accents, the market for Johnny and Dan's men's health pod and Enoch Burke's quest for Dave Rogers! All overseen and adjudicated by our good friends at Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff. It's another great pod interview and just like a ref, we can't believe he's given it!!
4/12/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 174: LOI Central S07E08 with Colin Hawkins

Back in studio for this week's show and the lads are joined by League of Ireland legend and Malaysian Marvel, Colin Hawkins. Colin talks for the first time about his recent life changing illness and the journey he's been on since that fateful diagnosis earlier this year. On his road to recovery he continues to find time to check in on the league and gives us his views for the year ahead. Meanwhile we have the usual hodge podge of regular features, the newly stung Collar & Cuff mailbag, our Rascals Brewery 'Quizness', coleslaw and curry, Craggy Island VAR, goalkeepers daydreams and a weird man with glasses hanging around outside. Thanks as always to Future Ticketing et al for making it all worthwhile. It's episode 8 and it's not raining!
4/4/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 173: LOI Central S07E07 with Robbie Benson and Ciaran Kilduff

Another late breaking news story tries to bamboozle us but as usual we got the kids to bed early and get to the story of the day as Keith Long is named as the new Waterford manager after Danny Searle's abrupt exit. Who'd be a manager? It turns out that Ciaran Kilduff is very open to going down that route and the former Dundalk striker joined us this week to catch up with his good pal and ex-teammate Robbie Benson who is now open minded to dabbling in that business in the future. We discussed their old manager Stephen Kenny's week, the changing face of League of Ireland dressing rooms, and the challenge of navigating boardrooms...and board games. There's a first date with Virgin, Johnny's alternate reality as a well groomed Kent Brockman, a very stylish Collar & Cuff mailbag with a new theme tune and of course a tip of the hat and a chink of the glass to Rascals Brewery and Future Ticketing. Forget Succession. This is the new episode you've been waiting for.
3/29/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 172: LOI Central S07E06 - International Break Debrief & Kerry’s Story So Far

It’s episode six and with our hosts at opposite ends of the country, we're zooming again. It's Premier Division break time so we digest the season so far. We also check in on Kerry FC with Billy Dennehy on managing expectations and Jonathan Hannafin on achieving a dream that means much more to him than a chance meeting with Johnny in a Dublin pub last year. Our ever expanding mailbag touches on artificial pitches, recurring referee questions and when Shamrock Rovers’ start becomes a crisis. There's chance encounters with fast food at 2am, Johnny's fake social moustache, 15-year old Bohemian stars, and an extended look at the First Division. All of this cross country repartee comes courtesy of Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff and Rascals Brewery. It’s episode 6 and its a bit on the early side...
3/21/202351 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 171: LOI Central S07E05 with John Russell and Rory Gaffney

It's the third anniversary of the CoVid lockdown and we're back on Zoom as Johnny almost heads to Cheltenham for his annual week of work. There's all kinds of zany on this weeks show as we ask if Shamrock Rovers lost the killer instinct and whether it’s good for fans and players to talk. Johnny and Dan caught up with Rory Gaffney to talk Tolka, title races and… Tuam slang. Later, Sligo Rovers (or Rovers) manager John Russell dialled in to discuss recruitment, management stress and the inevitable Galway United related tangents. Our bumper Collar & Cuff mailbag deals with the usual diverse and eclectic mix of the sublime, the ridiculous, and whether St. Pat's are in crisis. All this Saint Patrick's week malarky is because of the continued and staunch support of Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff even if Johnny thinks its Easter already! So put away the creme eggs for now and tune into episode five. It's not like you've work in the morning!
3/14/202357 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 170: LOI Central S07E04 with Sean Boyd & Freddie Draper

In an airport themed show, Johnny flies in from London to eventually find Dan and catch up with our old pal Sean Boyd, the Shelbourne striker, who jets to the UK this week to solve his injury problems although he explains that the ailment didn’t prevent him from standing by his men in the Oriel tunnel on Monday. We get the lowdown on Shels life, cup regrets and the opponents that have impressed. Dan was in Dalymount to chat with Freddie Draper, the Englishman in Drogheda with good words and golf clubs in locker. Beyond that our mailbag discusses Saints woes, the ups and downs of the Rovers (both Sligo and Shamrock) and the inevitable pressure on JW to declare the title race over. Be sure to use Future Ticketing and Collar and Cuff for all your travelling needs and enjoy a Rascals Beer on board. So its final call for this turbulent flight, that inevitably will be late arriving.
3/8/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 169: LOI Central S07E03 with Mark Connolly and Declan Devine

It's episode 3 and we may have peaked! Do NOT miss our interview with Derry City's, Mark Connolly. From his Gaelic Football roots to a heart wrenching story about returning home, Mark gives us an open and honest reflection on his career and life to date. After Zooming with Mark we invited the table topping Bohemian manager Declan Devine in to cast his eye over the opening weeks. He tells us about his Craig David week, the squad, his thoughts on Pat Fenlon, the Dalymount ambitions and where and when his fiftieth will be. We dig deep into the Collar & Cuff mailbag to explore your thoughts on dodgy boxes, empty seats, the wheels on the bus, and why we don't broadcast twice a week. All of this couldn't be done without Future Ticketing, Rascals Brewery and Collar and Cuff on hand to keep the electricity on. Its episode 3 and its a banger!
3/2/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 168: LOI Central S07E02 with David McMillan and Ollie Cahill

Where do you start with the Week 1 review? We had Hulk Hogan style walkouts in Wexford, Norma Foley and Niall Quinn seeking out VIP paparazzi in Kerry, Athlone's new Bayside High class and the morals of LOI Season Pass on your dodgybox.After the new improved silk lined, hand stitched Collar & Cuff mailbag David McMillan and Ollie Cahill stopped by. McMillan, the European award winning goalscorer, who for so long has been the architect at Dundalk exclusively announces that he's retiring from the game to be an, erm, architect! He casts his eye over his career and his architects eye over Oriel!Ollie weighs in on LOI marketing, his campaign for an LOI Red Zone, and almost gives us an answer on the GOAT question Shels or Dundalk. It's a high octane, Future Ticketing powered deep dive into the excitement around the games being back and Rascals Brewery are showing our lucky quiz winner around their class brewery and a few tasters as well. Put down that Nutella, its Pancake Day LOI Central, and it's as tasty as a cold Rascals brew.
2/22/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 167: LOI Central S07E01 with John Martin & Mark Rossiter

It's the 7 year itch! We scratch the surface of the upcoming season in episode 1 - 'The Return of the Pod' . After Johnny's winter in the lingerie section of Brown Thomas and Dan's Qatari World Cup adventure, not much has changed on Planet Pod. Johnny still has high hopes for Galway, Dan still reckons this is the biggest season ever, and 90's goth-pop and R&B makes the inevitable return. But to help the dynamic duo get back down to the reality of what's coming up we've asked Mark Rossiter and John Martin to help with an analysis of the comings and goings over the last few months to help predict how this season of all seasons will pan out. We swipe right on transfer tinder and the saga of Dundalk's multiple logins, we ask "Can Derry take Rovers?", we look at the return of 'older' managers to challenge Johnny's favourite law firm, and there's the Mono Stand, cash wages, a bumper bumper mailbag and an almost-epic Collar & Cuff competition.As usual by the end of the hour in studio there still isn't a concrete answer and nothing is indeed delivered. We'd bring you the truth but we reckon you couldn't handle it so you'll have to make do with the rest.It's a Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff sponsored, rascal of an opening night and other than Galway winning the First Division you'll have to make up your own mind.
2/15/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 166: LOI Central S06E39 with Pat Fenlon, Eoin Doyle & Alan Reynolds

Right before Dan goes to Qatar and Johnny loses another laptop we've gathered for the last dance. Regular sideman, Pat Fenlon is joined in studio by the man who once saved his job! Yes, none other than Eoin Doyle, who missed the Mendoza Line by half a goal this season but will be fresher next season after dragging his heart around St Anne's Park in the off season trying to remember who Stevie Nicks is. Alan Reynolds is f*cking live from Derry where low key celebrations and pre season planning is well under way following the minor distraction of a game last weekend. The victorious assistant joins us to discuss Lansdowne demons, big life decisions and his inability to get through a sentence without cursing. As 40 year old Johnny prepares for his one man crusade against Galway Utd next season, Dan has an insight on how to wear flares, the mailbag has the LOI Central drinking game (had to happen), and the lads in studio cast their thoughts forward to next season. All of this is subject to the continued and rather frivolous use of a marketing budget by Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff, Porterhouse Brew and Malone Financial Services. They think it's all over.....
11/17/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 165: LOI Central S06E38 Cup Final Special with Duff, Higgins, Byrne and Kavanagh

It's the second to second last episode of the pod and cup final fever is intertwined with Johnny's playoff sickness in a colourful episode. Our roving Galway reporter took a break from venting his frustration to make the unfamiliar trip to the Aviva Stadium where he interviews Ruaidhri Higgins without impersonating him and finally gets up close and personal with his old mate Damien Duff, who is in reflective mood and content to let sleeping giants lie. We also hear from Luke Byrne and Brandon Kavanagh for a player perspective on Sunday's showpiece, while Dan expands on the new minimum wage, Shels investment and the other big stories of the week in a packed mailbag. In this exciting time for fans of big events, we also talk Dylan (McGlade), (Joe) Kendrick Lamar tickets, and muse over what the Finn Harps show will be like without Ollie Horgan. All this because Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brewery and Collar and Cuff have stuck with us through thick and thicker. It's not dark yet....but it's getting there!
11/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 164: LOI Central S06E37 with Andy Boyle and Sean O'Shea

This episode takes us from Dundalk to Dubai. You might think this brings us to discussion of carefree spending in a controversial environment and we do that before getting to the Dubai part. Yes, Andy Boyle chats with Dan about the exhilaration of qualifying for Europe after living through a rollercoaster of emotion at Dundalk as he reaches the end of a contract handed out in the calm before the storm of the Peak6 era. Will he stay or will he go? Our other guest, Sean O'Shea, was willing to pack up his stable existence in Dubai last month and relocate to Dalymount but his ambition to take over Bohemians didn't come to pass. We hear from Sean about why working in Ireland was an attraction and what Shamrock Rovers can expect in Sweden after his time there. On top of that, we've got John Caulfield, dangerous Galway optimism, windy Johnny, quiz controversy and giveaway shirts and beer as the winter draws in. Get warm and join us.
11/3/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 163: LOI Central S06E36 with Pico Lopes and Richie Ryan

This week's show takes us from Two Stars to the Lone Star State, from Tallaght to Texas, with the confirmation of three leagues in a row for Shamrock Rovers the natural starting point. With his ears burning from repeated mentions, Pico Lopes dialled in to reflect on his central role in the Rovers rise to their 20th title, the surreal nature of winning it while sitting on the couch and a crazy year which will live long in his memory. We didn't get to ask where appearing on this pod ranked in comparison to AFCON in Cameroon, buying a house, getting engaged and turning 30. After your mailbag thoughts on playoffs, Brayoffs and Johnny's anti-Supermacs agenda, we go Stateside to check in with former Sligo Rovers midfielder Richie Ryan about a storied football life that was reignited by a slap in the face at just the right time. We also get to the bottom of the age old Vegas or Sligo debate? Tune in for the definitive answer
10/26/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 162: LOI Central S06E35 with Mark Rossiter and Colin Hawkins

Title race? Anyone? Anyone? Well this week we are joined by two lads who know a thing or two about them. Mark Rossiter and Colin Hawkins join us for a healthy dose of nostalgia and bad knees. There are four sided stadiums, badly planned birthdays, Jose Duffrinho, and self confessed shouty man from Donegal, Aidan McNelis, telling us how Finn Harps are hoping to upgrade their stadium. As usual we've to thank Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff, and Porterhouse Brewery for the non stop roller coaster ride that won't be going on all day!
10/19/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 161: LOI Central S06E34 with Gary Cronin & Colin Healy

As the Bohs search for a new manager continues, we bring two together on this week's show with Colin Healy in Cork and Gary Cronin in studio talking First Division matters, playoff games, future plans and the difficult business of knowing when it's time to say goodbye. We also get a bit of FAI Cup insight, evidence that Paul Doolin once admitted he got something wrong and much more besides. On top of that, there's carbon footprints all over the studio, soundalike competition winners, the big Rovers in Europe debate, and Dan's breakdown of breaking Bohs news. The one thing we do know is that Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brew, and Collar & Cuff keep on keeping us on. Enjoy the ride folks, it's fun while it lasts!
10/11/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 160: LOI Central S06E33 with John Mountney & Brian Maher

While Dan is in Molde with Shamrock Rovers, which is basically a colder Craggy Island where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be wearing an "I Shot JR" t shirt, Johnny hooks up with footballer/publican John Mountney who discusses Stevie, dodgy knees, and JW’s quest for a free pint. We also have Brian Maher on size being irrelevant, the pain of Israel and the joy of being the most obvious keeper in Derry since that nice lad in Derry Girls. There's the finest cakes in all of humanity for the niche Richard E Grant fans, the early finishes at Oktoberfest and all of the shenanigans are courtesy of Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing, Malone Financial Services and Porterhouse Brew. You want it here and you want it now...
10/5/20221 hour, 15 minutes
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Episode 159: LOI Central S06E32 with Keith Long

In a turn of events more unexpected than Armenia's comeback at the Aviva, Keith Long came to join us this week for a discussion on Bohs and much more besides. We discussed the all-consuming nature of management, the highs and lows of his Dalymount era and discuss his difficult departure, the emotions of 2022 and the lingering what ifs after eight years in charge. Keith also grapples with our mailbag questions and suggests he might even make this more than a one-time appearance. Before that, we have Johnnys 40th birthday scheduling conundrum, alternative uses for hoovers, Rovers' mini slump, and blazer watch. As usual you can blame Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff, Porterhouse Brew, and Malone Financial Services for putting you though all of this silliness!
9/28/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 158: LOI Central S06E31 with Luke Byrne, Sean Boyd and Tommy Barrett

The boys are back in town....but only at the right time. Luke Byrne and Sean Boyd join us in studio after Shelbourne's defeat of Bohemians on Sunday to reflect on the big win, Boyd's rebirth, Damien Duff's video making skills and the pre-season training rules that brought the old pals closer together. We also hear from Tommy Barrett about Treaty United's unlikely cup run, and a jibe about the Galway flavour in the dressing room that leaves Johnny even more hot and bothered than when he wore his Collar and Cuff blazer to Greece. The lads debate Shamrock Rovers' European concessions, a pub debate that could just as easily take place in a jacuzzi. We find out that Sean and Luke know where we can get one as quick change Johnny sports a Christian prayer group, jacuzzi-ready look. Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and The Porterhouse Brew are at least partly responsible for this 87 minutes of your life that you'll never get back!
9/21/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 157: LOI Central S06E30 with Chris Shields, Dave Webster and Eoin Doyle.

In a week where a nation mourned the passing of its royalty, our LOI royalty went on holidays! This week, Dan and Johnny and a huge carbon footprint come together to bring you the second instalment of our Lost Lane Livecast with Chris Shields, Dave Webster and Eoin Doyle. During a night of high spirits we talked about stealing FAI cups and jollies to Scottish ones, the reflex action to fill the petrol tank on deadline day, religious flip flops, sirloin steaks,  and which one of our panelists was a sliding door away from playing up front with David Villa for a season? All of these shenanigans would not be possible without Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff, and Porterhouse Brew. Listen responsibly, there may be the odd swear word!
9/13/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 156: LOI Central S06E29 Live from Lost Lane with Stephen Kenny

After 6 podcast seasons, an aborted season of TV shows, 3 studios, 3 producers, half a dozen engineers, and a bucketload of flat whites, Dan and Johnny have made it to the big time! Recorded before a live audience in Dublin 2 at Lost Lane on a Sunday evening, Ireland manager Stephen Kenny joins the LOI community for a memorable chat from Tallaght Town to Serie B, from best players to adapting formations to Longford Town and everything in between, even Johnny gets "managed". On the couch alongside the Dundalk legend is another legend of the north east, Chris Shields and between the two of them they field a host of questions from our audience. It's all in association with the Porterhouse Brew, Collar & Cuff, Malone Financial Services and Future Ticketing. It's almost live and it's here now!
9/6/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 155: LOI Central S06E28 with Pat Fenlon & Patrick McEleney

It's live show week - please come and join us this Sunday (tickets are here - and while live podcasting isn't as risky as live radio, we learned that it can get complicated this week with Bohemians parting company with Keith Long AFTER we had recorded our show and our chat with Pat Fenlon about affairs at Dalymount. Fear not; we come to you with podcast version 2.0 with the instant reaction to the Long news from Dan and Johnny inserted into our wide ranging chat with Pat about Linfield regrets, the scope of the Shamrock Rovers revolution and all the other news of the week. We hear from Patrick McEleney post-Derry and reflect on Dan's 40th as we prepare to test that theory that life does really begin at that age - you'll find out the answer in Lost Lane this Sunday
8/31/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 154: LOI Central S06E27 with Lorcan Fitzgerald and Conor Hoey

Why is Lorcan Fitzgerald so angry? We try to get to the bottom of that question this week but Johnny just wants to hear about our studio guest’s favourite trip to Galway back in the day when he was just a player and not a player/coach wondering what the future holds for him. We were delighted to have Lorcan pop in ahead of Wexford’s big cup date with Dundalk and the only disappointment is that the clock defeated Keith Ward’s injury time text to Johnny. Dan also recounts his trip to Hungary, and we hear Rory Gaffney’s extremely modest theory on the areas where LOI clubs struggle on their travels. Meanwhile, Drogheda United chairman Conor Hoey drops in via Skype to discuss the reaction to his article declaring the club should go pro. And we debate if fitting a GoPro to a LOI player would result in some horrible misdeeds coming to light. As usual there's the mailbag and the Porterhouse Brew quiz, the live show update (tickets on sale Thursday folks!), and all of this comes thanks to our great friends at Future Ticketing and Collar & Cuff. Summer’s almost over and we've still got lots more to come...
8/23/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 153: LOI Central S06E26 with Liam Kerrigan

For fear of being sued for adapting a Nobel Laureate's lyrics, we're coming out of Como and Budapest. Radio signal, clear as can be expected, as we check in with Cesc Fabregas' team mate Liam Kerrigan in Como who is holed up indoors before 4pm and will be looking for Johnny's English girl approximately under the leaning tower. Liam also fills us in on his years at UCD and his relationship with Marc Bircham, and the joys of Italian arm waving. Dan looks forward to the Rovers Hungarian trip, out of Dublin, there's a full mailbag, a dispute over an article in the Sunday papers, and a St Pats Euro analysis as well as full league lookahead and a quiz with Porterhouse brews. Plus! Save the date, buy a hat, book a taxi, because we're giving you a day out! All of this is with Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and Porterhouse Brews. So stay on the road, follow the highway sign, it's all going down in a lost lane.
8/16/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 152: LOI Central S06E25 with Graham Gartland

As we bask in the summer heatwave drinking Ice-T, Stephen Bradley's Shamrock Rovers bask in European glory after 'routinely' disposing of Shkupi Shkupi Dog Dog. We hear from the manager of the victorious team from Tallaght as well as welcoming another Tallaght native into our studio. Graham Gartland returns to the pod to cast his assessment of Bradley's performance, a look ahead to Saint Pats big game, the young talent at Rovers, Johnny's apparent development of ADHD, stock car racing in the 80s, and Paul Doolin's inside legs. On top of that Johnny gets new shorts from our very good friends at Collar and Cuff, there's an article that Dan may or may not have written, a Porterhouse Brew quiz prize, and let's not forget the good people at Future Ticketing for making all of this malarkey possible! Oh, and if you've spotted the Father Ted reference give yourself an extra star!
8/10/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 151: LOI Central S06E24 with John Martin

By all accounts this week's pod takes 'interesting' to  a new level. This weeks mistakenly identified guest is John Martin, who didn't play as a number 10 for UCD in either 1999 or 2000, but did play in midfield and was assistant manager with Longford Town. John drops by LOI towers to talk about the business of sport, CEO training, the FAI's strategy plan, his experiences as a player and a coach, and the exploits of his football family. The dynamic duo also have time to discuss what was the best Irish goal in Europe, inflationary croissants, the Dalymount saga, and why we should play Scottish teams in every round! There's the usual Porterhouse Brew competition, the mailbag, look ahead to the weekend and as usual a detailed examination of how Galway United are going to win the cup. Thanks, as always, to Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff, and Porterhouse Brew and by all accounts, thats it!
8/3/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 150: LOI Central S06E23 with Gary O'Neill, Jamie Lennon and Euro Review/Preview

This week, Didi and Gogo are unaccompanied in studio as the pod takes a darker turn. Suitably dressed in all black, our accidental heroes ruminate on life, death, and European competitions. With voices from far flung lands, like John Russell from Sligo, Jamie Lennon and Jon Daly from Saint Pats and Gary O'Neill from Shamrock Rovers, our protagonists try to see the bright side of the week's adventures while fondling bread and lamenting the fiver coffee. There are lighter moments to this weeks tragi-comedy, like Pat Dolan's Celtic Tiger shirts, pint prices in 1988, not so ironic anagrams and extra Porterhouse Brews. "One day we'll go deaf, one day we were born, one day we shall die", but not before we thank our good friends at Future Ticketing, Malone Financial Services, and Collar and Cuff. Danger here.....
7/27/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 149: LOI Central S06E22 with Pajo Flynn

On the anniversary of his Real Madrid debut we talk in depth with Chris Ronaldo's best friend over the last thirteen years. Yes, ex Rovers defender Pajo Flynn, whose relationship with Ronaldo has blossomed since their first meeting on that Tallaght pitch over a decade ago bares his soul in a no holds barred interview that details his part in Ronaldo's rise, that famous Coca Cola bottle controversy, defending Del Piero free kicks, the similarity of arses in League of Ireland, coaching the under 14s, and, in a world exclusive, finally reveals his most hated adversaries. We look forward to the European games to come this week and back at a disappointing night for Shamrock Rovers as well as discussing Alan Mannus and the third leg of the tie. All thanks to Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and there's beers to be won from Porterhouse Brew.
7/20/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 148: LOI Central S06E21 with Ciaran Kilduff, Colin Healy and Euro Review/Preview

European football is a Ciaran Kilduff time of year and he dropped into studio to reflect on magic memories with Johnny and Dan and talk about his plans to make some new ones in management. His old team-mate and rival Colin Healy is living that life right now and he dialled in from Cork ahead of Friday's big game in Turner's Cross to talk about the transition to the dugout and dismiss mind games from our in-house Galwegian. We also hear about Ciaran's brief but memorable spider heavy stint on Leeside where the blind quite literally ended up leading the blind. Beyond that, we hear about Shamrock Rovers' Euro exploits from Stephen Bradley and look ahead to a big Sligo Rovers night with the help of John Russell and Aidan Keena. And your mailbag brings us down an unusual path towards suspiciously cute animal videos and the eternal question of whether an elephant actually forgets. This is all brought to you by our good friends at Collar and Cuff, Future Ticketing and Porterhouse Brew. 
7/14/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 147: LOI Central S06E20 with Paddy Kavanagh, Ronan Finn and Ruaidhri Higgins

As the giddy July evenings of European football take hold, Paddy Kavanagh joins us to speak of his vision for beauty, love and truth or maybe it was just Bohs. Either way, we went on an entertaining journey through his career, from character building Leinster Senior League days to the Belgrade bomb squad and a thriller in Turkey before he found his happy place scoring in front of the Dalymount Park chip van. Culinary issues dominate the mailbag as we find the one subject that prompts a 'no comment' from Johnny while we also hear from the evergreen Ronan Finn about his European goal and Riga expert Ruaidhri Higgins about Derry City's next test. All this and a trip to Collar & Cuff for a suit for a young Perry Mason, a question of four Porterhouse brews and thanks as always to our friends at Future Ticketing.
7/6/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 146: LOI Central S06E19 with Stephen Bradley & Gianluca Lia

Is it just us or is the whole world looking for the next South Dublin coffee house? Well you won't find it here. We've got cheesy chips, curry chips, and Stephen Bradley, who wasn't bad at chips in his day. As Bradley's team gets ready for the ex British colony of Malta and their high temperatures, we narrowly avoid an international incident of the Kay Burley variety, when talking with Gianluca Lia of the Maltese sporting press. He tells us about the weird impact Irish refereeing is having on the upcoming Rovers v Hibernian tie. We also have a cameo from Tim Clancy on the transfer window while there's cats and dogs in the mailbag, cryogenically frozen actors, the entire first division team narratives, and not a falcon in sight. So, with thanks to Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brew, Malone Financial Services and Collar and Cuff, this really is the stuff that dreams are made of.
6/29/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 145: LOI Central S06E18 with Trevor Croly

This week's special guest is Trevor Croly. Over a decade and a half in coaching, he talks about his time as manager of Shamrock Rovers, what he learned, the Bohs bus-inspired jersey, their up-and-down season and a lot more besides. We also hear from John Caulfield ahead of Alex Murphy's move to Newcastle, much to Johnny's sadness. And Dan is off to Berlin  – after an admission that the lads had a something-other-than-ten out of ten performance last week. All this and much more with thanks to Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff, and Porterhouse Brew.
6/22/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 144: LOI Central S06E17 with Stephen O'Donnell & Greg Bolger

It's another remote-arama podcast with Johnny going nineteenth century on the Blaskets and Dan just back from his eastern European International duty. We have Stephen O'Donnell checking in along with Greg Bolger as we anticipate the big European nights for the LOI clubs in the coming weeks. It's all in all not quite as good as a Nathan Collins wonder goal but not quite as bad as a George Best hangover. Yes, it's somewhere in the middle but it's available now! Thanks to Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brew and Collar and Cuff.
6/16/202258 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 143: LOI Central S06E16 with Billy Dennehy

It's another roadshow of sorts this week with Johnny in Kinsale and Dan back from Yerevan and we return from our non Galway-Cork related mid-season break to speak about the planned LOI expansion into Kerry with Billy Dennehy speaking with Johnny about what's going on down in the Kingdom and where it might go. The lads discuss the potential, wonder how long it is before US tourists in Killarney are LOI groundhopping and ponder the irony of Saudi Arabia finally doing something for Galway. Derry slumps, John Russell's Sligo Rovers appointment and wedding suit reviews also feature in a show that is a tight fit by our standards
6/7/202255 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 142: LOI Central S06E15 with Brian Kerr, Keith Long & James Abankwah

On Bob Dylan's 81st birthday we have a show with absolutely no reference to the poet laureate of Rock 'n Roll  but do have the poet laureate of LOI, Brian Kerr, giving his views on the Liam Buckley dismissal. Whilst Dan dials in from Europe, Johnny finally get's a Long(ish) chat with Keith before a discussion on the SARI promotion of it's work and a chat with Europe bound, teenage sensation James Abankwah. As usual the mailbag is stuffed and the Porterhouse brews are flying out the door. And yes, you guessed it, Collar and Cuff and Future Ticketing are along for the ride as usual. Episode 15, my friends, is blowing in the wind!
5/24/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 141: LOI Central S06E14 with Brian Gartland

Johnny's fantasy of being in a forensic cop show came a step closer to being realised as the Operation Brookweed news broke just before going into studio. Dan and Johnny discuss the match fixing story as well as religious bookstores and relics before welcoming noted author, actor, topless model and entrepreneur Brian Gartland in to discuss his new book and his story so far. There's Ray Charles, Hotel Shenanigans in both Portugal and Abbey Street, that rivalry with Cork, Love Hate and away games with Ireland. You can also win a signed copy of Brian's book to read along with your Porterhouse brews, Johnny's Collar and Cuff suit is still in the news and Roy Keane even gets in on the action. All thanks to Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brew, Malone Financial Services and Collar and Cuff
5/18/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 140: LOI Central S06E13 with Padraig Amond, Stephen Bradley and Liam Buckley

This week we welcome first-time caller, long-time listener, Padraig Amond, who made the trip from Carlow to Exeter and he tells us about life in league one with The Grecians, getting papped at a Florida airport and how he might not be playing at Galway United next season. Johnny talks to Stephen Bradley about quadruple substitutions in an effort to manoeuvre around a large bleached mastodon that may have been in the room at the time before chatting to Liam Buckley about how good or otherwise the pitch was. Music this week comes from Dr Alban, Haddaway, Picotto and the Shels supporters. There's a birth name reveal and how a Duncan became a Bob, Johnny gets his suit stretched out a bit, and the boys lose touch with the kids. As usual we have to thank Future Ticketing, Collar and Cuff and The Porterhouse for allowing us to create more tangents than a Raymond Chandler novel. I'll stop talking now and let the rest of it float in the air.
5/10/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 139: LOI Central S06E12 with Georgie Kelly and Dinny Corcoran

There's only one talking point to discuss this week. It's the big news that stopped us in our tracks. Did Johnny really go for a curry with Alan Patchell instead of a day at the races with Dan? Oh, there's also the whole Stephen Bradley to Lincoln thing, which the lads discuss in depth at the top of the show. We get the thoughts of Rotherham hero and exam student Georgie Kelly, the footballer who doesn't want to be known as a footballer and a friend of many pods but the only player to give an on-air review of this one. Johnny catches up with Countdown's Dinny Corcoran about his 100 goals and the ales that cost him a few more.
5/4/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 138: LOI Central S06E11 with Gary Deegan & Mark Rossiter

We've got a doozy of a show for you this week as we welcome back Mark Rossiter to the show and this time he brings Drogheda's best bearded northsider with him. Yes, in a wide ranging chat, Gary Deegan helps Johnny exorcise the ghosts of cup finals missed, reflects on how a brush with death changed his perspective on life and opens up on the fake and fickle nature of the ruthless football industry over the water. He also explains why nutsacks don't mix well with carpenters' tools and the practical reason he used to bring his dog to training. There's the demise of the mystery voice because you said so, designated flare operators, and a whole lot of other stuff in an extra long episode brought to you by Future Ticketing, Collar & Cuff, Porterhouse Brewery and Malone Financial Services. You wanted it easy, and it couldn't be any easier.
4/26/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 137: LOI Central S06E10 with Sam Long, Luke McNally & Bradley, Higgins, O'Donnell

The gloves are off this week and Nancy Reagan's continuing war on drugs means that Bradley, Higgins, and O'Donnell are retained for their thoughts on what happened over the weekend. As we stumble into the middle age of this season's pod and lose touch with the kids Dan speaks to English born, Drogheda based, Scottish U-21 international Sam Long & Johnny catches up with Kildare raised, Oxford based and likely future Ireland international Luke McNally. And if that's not confusing enough we also have a message from the future (and not talking Future Ticketing) about the demise of Ian Morris at Waterford. Roads!, where we're going we don't need roads. It might not be 1985 Nancy but Roy Keane wasn't always a pundit kids. Episode 10 with our bare hands!
4/20/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 136: LOI Central S06E09 with Mark Coyle and Aodh Dervin

Just before Jesus rising time we've got a Shelbourne Special for you. It's a biblical tale of hateful revenge turning into brotherly love for Mark Coyle and Aodh Dervin - two new disciples of Damien Duff's gospel at Tolka. They talk about getting the call from the Messiah and what it means to go full time as well as spreading the good news via on field chats. There's loaves and chicken, excited mothers, mysterious text messages, a postman, scientist, the big bag of Mail, the voice of God and monk brewed Porterhouse. Collar and Cuff are tasked with a suit for Johnny's wedding at Canaan and if that's not enough bible for you there's always the church of LOI with two rounds of games this weekend! All thanks to Future Ticketing.
4/13/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 135: LOI Central S06E08 with Alan Reynolds & Tom Grivosti

In this week's carbon neutral pod we travel forward in time to chat to Tom Grivosti of St. Pats and virtually welcome Derry and Ireland Under 21 Assistant Manager Alan Reynolds back to the pod to talk about handshakes, housewreckers, headcases and a small bit of football. There's the continuing saga of the mystery voice, the new Johnny Ward voice of advertising, the increasingly popular mailbag, the usual legal wranglings of O'Donnell, Clancy and Higgins, and a milk run gone wrong. All of this over a few laughs and a coffees in our Oliver Ireland studio and of course thanks to our usual sponsors, Future Ticketing, Porterhouse Brewing and Lou Feringo's favourite tailors, Collar & Cuff!
4/6/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 134: LOI Central S06E07 with Pat Fenlon & Paul Corry

What's the difference between X-Factor and X-Rated? It's not quite a PC discussion but we do have a PC to join us this week with Paul Corry dropping in along with Pat Fenlon to discuss the relationship they could have enjoyed, Troy Parrott's development, the coaching of Irish midfielders and much more besides. Johnny's favourite young managers get a mention but there's credit for some old dogs too. Don't do a Corry on it and leave before the end.
3/31/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 133: LOI Central S06E06 with Ollie Cahill

Sun's out and Johnny's out, well out from the cloud of CoVid and back in studio for episode 6. Guitar hero, winged wonder and ex PFAI executive Ollie Cahill, joins us for a chat about Dan's dubious predictions, Away days in Kyiv, "The Gaza Strip" in Abbotstown, Paul Doolin, the other 'Ollie' at Shels and a whole heap of miscellany too random to work into this piece. All of this plus a roundup of the weekend games, Dan's twittering, the ever popular mailbag and the Porterhouse mystery voice. All of this as ever is brought to you in conjunction with Collar & Cuff, Future Ticketing and Malone Financial Services, so fire up the outdoor grill and tune in!
3/23/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 132: LOI Central S06E05 The one with all the C's

This weeks show is brought to you by the letter 'C'. C is for Cheltenham, CoVid, Clattering, Custodians and Chunes. With Johnny isolating, Dan grabs words with Stephen O’Donnell and the Irish sounding German Leon Pohls after Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers before the separated duo joust over mystery voices, echo chambers, double week of fixtures,and season passes. Topically there's a Ukraine Charity Match with excellent Guinness on the northside. You get all this without the usual all American Patty's day palaver that goes with this weekend, so turn your porterhouses green, tune in, drop by and you might get a winner!
3/16/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 131: LOI Central S06E04 with Jim Crawford

A downright giddy pod has Johnny shoulder dancing with GAA players, those Kiwi gypsies who apparently rejuvenated a championship winning team, and should you get a player sent off? If that wasn't enough we have a very special guest as Ireland Under 21 manager Jim Crawford drops by for a lengthy chat. As well as the upcoming Sweden game and the lowdown on the current class of '22, there's tackling a cheeky little Bordeaux, the granny rule, eligibility drama, marking the pitch in Harolds Cross and the Shels connection. Throw in the mailbag, the mystery voice with the Porterhouse, losing your shirt at Cheltenham with Collar & Cuff, and the mystery of the missing winner and you have all you need to get warmed up for another double fixture week!
3/9/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 130: LOI Central S06E03 with Mark Scanlon

It's episode 3 and Mark Scanlon, the League of Ireland Director, drops by the pod for an extended chat about the big issues. There's third tiers, women's leagues, season tickets, LOI TV, Stadia, rankings and everything in between. As well as all that we have your mailbag questions answered , a sprinkling of Damien Duff, and our new and improving Mystery Voice competition where you can win beer if you're not off it for Lent, and if you want to drink it in a nice suit, our friends from Collar & Cuff will look after you. Yes, your 40 days and nights of sacrifice begins right here!
3/2/20222 hours, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Episode 129: LOI Central S06E02 with Liam Kearney and Shane Robinson

On the day the national underage league launches, we have a fascinating talk with two people employed full time to run an academy in Ireland. Cork City's Liam Kearney and Shamrock Rovers' Shane Robinson drop by the studio to look at how the underage game has developed and hopes to develop in light of Brexit and the new European football landscape. Also on this weeks captivating episode Dan delves further into the Cork City story and Johnny offers a spellbinding insight into the Russian situation and Vlad the Impaler. There's a mystery voice winner draw, a new mystery voice that's slightly less mysterious and the usual enthralling look at the weeks action. All of this and not one mention of the 'I' word!
2/23/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 128: LOI Central S06 - Season Preview & Pakistan Review

It's a brand new season but with some old favourites. Johnny's ankle is fixed after his cup final cliffhanger and his first two legged assignment is to welcome Damien Duff to his world of young management. Johnny McDonnell drops in on his way back from Karachi to explain the St Patrick's Athletic/Pakistan/Michael Owen alliance which raised more eyebrows than Johnny's winter move to the FAI.  Dan isn't sure if he really, really wants our new mystery competition and we catch up with Derry's Ronan Boyce for a supervised interview ahead of the 2022 campaign. There's also a club by club preview, a Troy McClure impression and a pod you may remember for such partners as Future Ticketing, Malone Financial Services & Porterhouse Brewing Company.
2/16/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 127: LOI Central 2021 Ep40 with Ian Bermingham and Georgie Kelly

For our 2021 swan song we have cup winning captain Ian Bermingham in studio to talk new season, new contract, new manager and new baby! We also have some of his old manager's press conference as Johnny poses a few questions to Stevie O'Donnell. Georgie Kelly zooms in and explains why he had to strike while the iron was hot. Johnny and Dan discuss the big news stories over the last week and Aisling Fennin from Future Ticketing looks ahead to what Johnny is so very very very excited about. Ask any taxi driver!
12/16/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 126: LOI Central 2021 Ep39 with Ian Morris & Shane Supple

Unlike a book of Charlie Haughey's broken promises we do return for a penultimate show with Johnny the one legged wisecrackin' reluctant beer drinking sidelined journalist and Dan, the Woodstein of the current breaking news week in his own version of 'All the Presidents Men' where Michael D has tape recordings of this week's guests Shane Supple and Ian Morris in compromising conversations. Probably not about breaking in to any offices or in Ian's case getting awards and then getting taken out of office! Lots and lots of chat about the year that was, the year that could be, who's going, who's staying and whether Johnny will avoid CoVid before the last show! It's episode 39 and its a humdinger.
12/9/202148 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 125: LOI Central 2021 Ep 38 with David Sneyd & Brendan Clarke

After perhaps the craziest ten days in the history of the League of Ireland, Shels keeper Brendan Clarke and Pulitzer candidate David Sneyd join the lads to talk a crazy managerial merry-go-round, the FAI Cup final, Marc Bircham's Waterford demise, and UCD's playoff win. Our penultimate podcast of the year had to be recorded on Zoom because as Dan was breaking stories, Johnny was breaking his ankle. What did the lads make of the FAI Cup final, and how did it all end like this for the winning team and their manager?
12/2/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 124: LOI Central 2021 Ep 37 with Ross Tierney, Georgie Kelly, Stephen McGuinness & Chris Forrester

On this week’s super special extra bonus party golf club pod we have PFAI awards nominees Georgie Kelly and Ross Tierney from Bohemians who completely break the mould and stereotypes of footballers as they delve into heartfelt discussions of family, personal loss, mental health, sustainability and economics. They do mention football once or twice too. And on cup final week we also hear from St Patrick’s Athletic star, the award nominated Chris Forrester, who shirks his iconic Ian Curtis lookalike status for a more workmanlike Michael Carrick comparison and talks about how football is giving him joy again. Looking ahead with Dan and Johnny  to the cup final, he's bullish about the youngsters at Pats and how they look to cause a bit of an upset. But not as much of an upset as Johnny was feeling after his encounter with the mannequins during the week. Stephen McGuinness helps us to set the scene for the awards and details his own battle. This is episode 37.
11/23/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 123: LOI Central 2021 Ep 36 with Brian Gartland and Dane Massey

Dan is back from the Grand Duchy after watching Ireland turn a corner and negotiate a tricky road. Unlike Johnny who ended up in an ambulance trying to do the same. Dundalk’s Brian Gartland stops by with an old team mate, Dane Massey of Drogheda United to talk about the seismic Oriel Park takeover, the restoration of class and dignity, Mexican nightclubs, 2016 memories, Brian’s book and the Galway Under 14s. Or was that Johnny....I think it was Johnny...
11/16/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 122: LOI Central 2021 Ep 35 with Will Clarke & Garry Buckley

Even if you were at The Beatles in the Adelphi in '64, U2 at The Dandelion in '79, Green Day in The Attic in '90 or Bob Dylan in Vicar St. in '00, unless you were also at the Galway United Under 14 Cup triumph last week your passport is missing a vital stamp. So much so we invited Will Clarke, the FAI League of Ireland Academy Development manager, to join this week's pod where he talks about the plans for developing our young players and clubs as well as his affiliation with Shelbourne. Dan also nabbed Garry Buckley from Sligo Rovers for an extended chat after their 3-0 win against St. Pats on Friday. All this, the latest rumoured Dundalk management trio, The young managers law firm updates and a little bit about Galway.
11/9/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 121: LOI Central 2021 Ep. 34 with Roberto Lopes and Paul Doolin

D Day today! Duffer is in, Doolin and Doyle are out! Amid all the comings and goings, we welcome Shamrock Rovers defender Roberto 'Pico' Lopes to studio to reflect on the title win for the Hoops and give us sketchy details on a weekend of celebrations. The only Crumlin man in the Cape Verde squad has tales of African airports and incarceration in a Santry hotel as well as the low down on today's big news, Damien Duff as Shelbourne's new manager. We have a bit of Damien from his press conference and Paul Doolin on the phone to Johnny lamenting the M50 traffic that caused him to end his spell at Athlone. All this and the usual crossed wires, Galway United trivia, and long lost cousins on the Green Cape.
11/3/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 120: LOI Central 2021 Ep 33 with Stephen Rice

As Johnny returns from his stopstart trip around Europe, Ireland chief scout Stephen Rice dropped by on his way to Dublin Airport and another week of planes, trains and automobiles for the sake of his country. We talked about his Irish role, playing style and directors box style and managed to fit in a bit of Brexit implications and young manager bingo. Ricer also reflected on his favourite memories of managers although there was a tactical blank when it came to one former boss. Beyond that, we have an FAI Cup review, Walsall trivia and Lithuanian wedding throwbacks so sit back and let Episode 33 take flight.
10/27/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 119: LOI Central 2021 Ep 32 with Killian Brennan & Mark Rossiter

Allez oop! With Johnny donning his Maillot Jaune in the south of France and dishing out geography lessons from a hotel lobby we return to a more normal running time after last week's Doolothon. Dan is in studio A with Killian Brennan and Mark Rossiter. Old team mates who share stories of crowd chants, hairdryers, dressing room bust ups and silly yellow cards. There's also time to reflect on Stephen Kenny's tenure to date, the cup semi finals, and brothers in football. All of this and squeezed into just over an hour!
10/20/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 118: LOI Central 2021 Ep. 31 with Graham Gartland & Paul Doolin

Last May, the stars of 'Friends' reunited for a marathon two hour special to reflect on the good times with the added bonus of lining their pockets. This week on the show, Paul Doolin and Graham Gartland came together for the price of a cup of coffee to reflect on their days at Drogheda where the tough taskmaster boss - who is now back in the game with Athlone - kept a dressing room which included Gartland on their toes. Why didn't they get on? Why doesn't Paul pick up the phone? Is tough love the best kind of love? Are they on a break? We get to the bottom of all these questions and more in a discussion that goes to unexpected places for a bingeworthy 2 hours with no ad breaks, no plastic surgery and more laughs than that 'other' reunion.
10/13/20211 hour, 53 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 117: LOI Central 2021 Ep 30 with Georgie Poynton & Ian Ryan

School's out for Wexford manager Ian Ryan who joins Shelbourne's Georgie Poynton during a free class with a Baku-bound Dan and a Covid-free Johnny. The lads reminisce on their favourite dressing rooms, the Dundalk conundrum, influential managers and Johnny bingo! There's an extra tricky Four Star Pizza question, a truncated fixture review and extra kebabs in Azerbaijan. It's a day early this week and just in time for the last bell.
10/5/202156 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 116: LOI Central 2021 Ep29 with Gary Cronin & Jason McGuinness

When Tom Petty ditched the heartbreakers to record the seminal "Full Moon Fever" back in 1989 he actually ended up using most of the band on separate tracks. So as Johnny goes solo this week he zooms Dan in for the first half, where he discusses todays big news as well as the avalanche of reaction to last weeks RTE debate. Then after leaving Dan to enjoy his 5 star hotel and dodge bank tellers he welcomes in studio, Jason McGuinness to discuss his new role as an education pioneer with Shels and Gary Cronin, who's Bray team is competing in a strong and very competitive first division. The lads discuss education as part of the game, the Stephen Kenny saga, the changes within the game, phones in dressing rooms and lots lots more. Oh and there's a Rovers' themed anniversary Four Star Pizza draw all the way from the Kingdom. It's episode 29 and it's early.....
9/29/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 115: LOI Central 2021 Ep28 with Declan McBennett, Eoin Toal and Ian Bermingham

It's showtime this week as RTE Group Head of Sport Declan McBennett steps into our Glasnevin studio to discuss the station's coverage of the League of Ireland in a wide ranging discussion that covers a lot of bases after a fractious summer centred around the absence of European games from the screens. The issues and challenges of the past, present and future are debated in a robust manner. Meanwhile, the undercard features quick hits with Ian Bermingham and Eoin Toal after their weekend games and there's also a pizza to be won from a brand new box of eighties undiscovered gold.
9/22/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 114: LOI Central 2021 Ep 27 with Ciaran Kilduff & Daire Doyle

Early and late this week. Missing keys, Cork mountains and a tardy Johnny who cant stop talking mountains even if they're in the flattest country in europe. Joining himself and Dan is Ciaran Kilduff, who drops by on his way to spy on Bohs in Donegal and tells us why Maynooth was the right choice for him. Longford manager, Daire Doyle keeps Ciaran company and weighs in on Longford luck, referees, Stephen Kenny and the Dundalk story. With Four Star Pizza, the cup, sideline parents and timekeeping  all mixed into an early treat of a podcast it's time to put on the headphones and enjoy! Think of it like having a curry chips on a Monday...
9/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 114: LOI Central 2021 Ep 27 with Ciaran Kilduff & Daire Doyle

Early and late this week. Missing keys, Cork mountains and a tardy Johnny who cant stop talking mountains even if they're in the flattest country in europe. Joining himself and Dan is Ciaran Kilduff, who drops by on his way to spy on Bohs in Donegal and tells us why Maynooth was the right choice for him. Longford manager, Daire Doyle keeps Ciaran company and weighs in on Longford luck, referees, Stephen Kenny and the Dundalk story. With Four Star Pizza, the cup, sideline parents and timekeeping  all mixed into an early treat of a podcast it's time to put on the headphones and enjoy! Think of it like having a curry chips on a Monday...
9/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 113: LOI Central 2021 Ep 26: with Tommy Barrett and Pat Fenlon

So this week, we have, to the tune of 'We Didn't Start The Fire'.."Stephen Kenny, Gavin Bazunu, Ireland's got a draw again.Pat Fenlon, Tommy Barrett, Wedding Bells and FutsalOld Irish Magazines, Treaty have a better teamPizza Draws, previews, angry men on sidelines..."Yes, it's always been burning right here on LOI Central, for more than four years now
9/9/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 112: LOI Central 2021 Ep 25 with Andy Lyons

We're out earlier than usual this week with Dan en route to Portugal where he hopefully doesn't pull a Johnny Ward and end up on the beach when he realises the game is on. Johnny did make it to Dalymount eventually where the lads caught up with Andy Lyons after a breathless Dublin derby before he scooted off to his own Irish adventure. Lyons reflected on a rare strike with his left, which some would say is a tribute to Bohs' political leanings. Johnny certainly had Bohs on the brain after a night where he went from Des Kelly to Luke Kelly with the company of Damien Dempsey. We also asked where Shamrock Rovers go from here and reflected on the rest of the cup games
8/30/202150 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 111: LOI Central 2021 Ep24 with Craig Hyland & Mick Daly

You can’t always get what you want but on this week’s pod we reflect on Rovers disappointment in Estonia and the challenge ahead with some words from Stephen Bradley. We have former Rovers keeper turned fireman Craig Hyland and the sun loving gym instructor and born again footballer Mick Daly in our ultra modern new studio to discuss the FAI Cup tie they both have with Saint Mochta's. Paul Doolin is back and the Galway United Press Officer caught up with him after a welcome victory for Athlone. It all goes Sergio Leone too, with the Good (Man City's Michael Johnson), the bad (Dundalk's partying regime), and the ugly (decide for yourself). All this and the usual pizza question and analysis. Sadly we've had a few losses this week in the league and in the world of music. Rest easy all you who've gone.
8/25/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 110: LOI Central 2021 Ep 23 with Sean Boyd

On this week's reboot of the pod Dan McDonnell separates Finn Harps' electric tattooed forward Sean Boyd who's lounging around our brand new hipster studio humming 'Flower of Scotland' from former Shamrock Rovers darts target and soon to be Presidential aide de camp Johnny Ward. Sean now boasts a burgeoning film career, with a debut performance in "The Cave" premiering at Galway Film Festival but don't get over excited because it's not the one about the daring rescue of the Thai youth football team. We're not clear what Sean's role is and we're not sure his mother or girlfriend know either. There's more Joey O'Brien cameos, a house renovation, a possible road trip to the Aras, and an "An Post" ad that no one can remember. Throw in your usual Four Star Pizza question and some analysis and what've you got? The same old story... but now with Dolby Atmos!
8/18/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 109: LOI Central 2021 Ep22 with Karl Sheppard

After discovering they had no culinary skills during the kitchen episode a few weeks back, Johnny and Dan have moved to a Santry diner where the recently retired, unlikely arthritis victim Karl Sheppard, steps in like a character out of a Tom Waits song. The striker, formerly of Shamrock Rovers and Cork City, is adjusting to the real world where it's easier to get a mortgage and harder to get fired up and angry. Set to a background of fully vaccinated 'Nighthawks at the Diner', there's chat about his past life and his future plans and we also pour over the lessons of another big European week ahead of a super Thursday for Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. Thankfully no one got hurt during the recording except for a couple of eggs that got beat up and a cup of coffee that wasn't strong enough to defend himself against a hard ass Four Star Pizza question.
8/11/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 108: LOI Central 2021 Ep 21 with Joey O’Brien, Alessio Abibi and Bohs v PAOK reflections

Fresh from going on holiday by mistake Johnny doesn't make the kitchen but a great show zooms onto the airwaves. Joey O'Brien talks Guinness with Gary Speed and Nightclub assassinations in Eastern Europe. Keith Long gives the post Bohs review and his thoughts on footy on the telly. Alessio Abibi on Dundalk's big match, a Big Sam Four Star Pizza question that isn't "What's the capital of Celtic?" and lots more on a huge week for Irish football.
8/5/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 107: LOI Central 2021 Ep 20 with Stephen O'Donnell

It's bye bye to zoom as the kitchencast begins in earnest. St Patrick's Athletic manager Stephen O'Donnell shows up for a cuppa and talks about signing players over zoom, those big tackle cheers and fatherhood. In between kettle boils there's "The Big Barrett House", needless texts, Brian Kerr's sideline antics in an empty ground, and Jessie's Giants 5 a side team. There's also a European preview where Bohs' Keith Ward shows he can be as entertaining off the pitch as on it and we also talk red list countries, cup draws, top of the table clashes and the latest update in the red hot Four Star Pizza scandal. Tune in, turn on...whatever!
7/28/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 106: LOI Central 2021 Ep 19 with Gary Rogers

Well whaddya know, Gary Rogers dropped by to tell us about Zoom calls in Vienna and who his favourite keeper is, chief bottle washer Dan McDonnell talked to Vinny Perth while the other half of the odd couple chipped in with his thoughts on the boy Devoy and what comes next for Bohs. Its a jam sambo packed episode 19 filled with all cup ties and  european fondu with a big fat pizza question to boot . It's just a bit weird that no one mentioned this weeks Bob Dylan livestream event, but that's football...(and now you know who wrote this weeks  pod description)
7/22/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 105: LOI Central 2021 Ep 18 with Ger O'Brien, Liam Buckley, Andy Lyons & James Talbot

On this weeks eccentrically pronounced episode we have, St Patrick's Athletic academy chief Ger O'Brien discussing why government needs to get serious about player production, while clubs have to lead the way in their decision making. His old boss Liam Buckley on European progression with Sligo Rovers young guns, and while Johnny contains his excitement at a certain cup tie he catches up with the erudite Andy Lyons and the guarded James Talbot ahead of Bohs' big night at the Aviva. The lads also pick over the wreckage of a frustrating Champions League exit for Shamrock Rovers and try to deflect from another Galway United Four Star Pizza win. All this and more on your slightly later than normal LOI Central
7/15/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 104: LOI Central 2021: Ep 17 European Special

European fever hits the show this week as we reflect on a tough night for Shamrock Rovers in Bratislava , and look ahead to Icelandic dates for Bohemians and Sligo Rovers. We get the professional view from Iceland, and some insight from an ever youthful Keith Long. Johnny also puts a few questions to Vinny Perth ahead of Dundalk's Covid affected clash with Newtown. Dan tries hard to remain undefined by his 'Square United' experience. There's a nineties supermodel getting frisky on a beach whilst pondering a Four Star Pizza question and finally..who will be the anti-Schillaci on Sunday.... you know what I mean!
7/8/202159 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 103: LOI Central 2021 Ep 16 with John Mountney and Conor O'Grady

Fact! Dolly Parton wrote one of the greatest country songs of all time in an afternoon and then went and wrote 'I Will Always Love You' in the same afternoon. This weeks pod took double that length of time to record but it too has a distinct Country and Western theme to it and despite Johnny's best attempts it's not all about Galway. St Patrick’s Athletic’s Mayoman John Mountney talks about fresh starts, Dundalk memories and his statue ambitions before we go to Sligo to hear from Bit’O’Red youth guru Conor O’Grady about their academy fuelled success and the broader state of play in Ireland. On top of that we’ve got a Sligo flavoured quiz question, title race thoughts, European speculation and a special rewrite of that very same Dolly Parton hit. Yes it's vaccine…vaccine, vaccine, vaccinnnnee
7/1/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 102: LOI Central 2021 Ep 15 Manic Monday Review with Shane Supple

We welcome back our old pal Shane Supple to the show this week to reflect on a dramatic derby win for Bohemians over Shamrock Rovers. Several big questions on Bohs get an airing. How will they cope if Georgie Kelly gets injured? Why did Keith Long snap at Johnny's opening question on Monday? Will Bohs management be out shopping for cats in the coming weeks? We also promise not to talk about Dundalk but still talk about Dundalk as Chris Shields exit raises questions. Johnny checks in with John Caulfield and the lads also spin tales of European train journeys, LOI sibling spotting and art of the perfect nickname. It's a hell of a Manic Monday but who did the better version? Prince or The Bangles? Oh and that's not the Four Star Pizza question this week...
6/23/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 101: LOI Central 2021 Ep14 with Shane Keegan and Neal Horgan

On this week's bumper Summer Special Shane Keegan and Neal Horgan have an extended chat about the rise and fall of two of the league's most famous clubs, Cork and Dundalk. In a week where pints on the side of the road are back, Ollie Horgan talks points on the road with a zoological Dan Mc Donnell. The return of Vinny Perth to Oriel, European ties, cheap flights to Bratislava, our best wishes to Christian Eriksen and we never find out why Johnny was at the Four Courts. All this and a Four Star Pizza quiz in our best value episode to date!
6/16/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 100: LOI Central 2021 Ep 13. The return of fans & the 'Save Tolka Park' campaign

In this weeks sepia tinged episode we cue the Hovis music as our old eir Sport pal Shane Dawson dons his flat cap and denies plastering northside Dublin lamposts with “Save Tolka” posters but does explain what the campaign is all about. Johnny joins us from surviving a seal infested swim on an island and breakfast with the stars while Liam Holton from Future Ticketing gets us all excited about the return of fans. All of this prompts a debate from the likely lads about the demographics in the stands and the changing face of Irish football. Johnny finally reveals his favourite player in the league and there’s a pizza to be had for anyone who can remember the Ollie Byrne era . So grab your Marietta and Bovril for some good old wholesome analogue entertainment
6/9/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 99: LOI Central 2021 Ep 12: The one where Ruaidhri Higgins shows up

In this nostalgia filled week, we take every club in the top two divisions and analyse them more than Ross and Rachels on again off again who cares again courtship. Talking courtships and nostalgia, our main guest is Ruaidhri Higgins who opens up on his transition to management and how Derry nostalgia played a part in him taking the gig. All of this, the Four Star Pizza draw and the first time we kept the Galway United Media Officer under an hour, means there's a lot more to celebrate than some botoxed Hollywood has beens crying about their lost youth. You wouldn't see the Derry Girls at it....
6/1/202156 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 98: LOI Central 2021 Ep11 with Jordan Gibson

There's a Brummie theme to this week's show as Jordan Gibson tells us about his new sense of duty to Sligo Rovers even if he can't find a way to watch Line of Duty. Jordan showers praise on Liam Buckley and Greg Bolger, delivers an insight into the cold world of the lower reaches of English football, and explains how fate sent his career in a different direction. We also hear audio dispatches from Athlone Town boss Adrian Carberry and his Galway United counterpart John Caulfield in addition to ruminating over the issues that matter and a good deal more which don't after a week of drama. Like most ill-advised rambles, this episode ends up in the urinal.
5/27/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 97: LOI Central ep10 with Tim Clancy and Aaron McEneff

There's a Scottish theme to this week's show as Drogheda boss Tim Clancy reflects on his playing days there and opens up on his managerial ambitions, including his desire to escape the double jobbing life that has made his exploits in Louth all the more impressive. Meanwhile, Aaron McEneff joins us to discuss his winter move to Hearts and a lifechanging start to 2021 with a nod back to some happy memories at Shamrock Rovers. The lads reflect on the lessons of the last week, bemoan their short lived TV career, daydream about their stadium wishes and both ask and answer the question for our pizza giveaway.
5/18/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 96: LOI Central 2021 Ep 9 with Jonathan Douglas

On this week's 'must win' podcast we do something different this week as footballer turned agent Jonathan Douglas looks at the league from an english point of view, recounts his journey from Monaghan to an eventful life in the UK and gives us his take on what players from these shores need to do to succeed. . Galway United media officer Johnny overcomes another loss by speaking to Gary Cronin. There's art deals gone wrong, Covid breaches, Waterford managers, missing accents and title race declarations. All of this, a pizza draw, Tony Holohan, and the definitive discussion on what constitutes a ‘hard place to go’. It's really all about the roads..
5/12/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 95: LOI Central 2021 Ep 8 with Kevin McHugh and Andy Myler

Exclusive! Revealed! No not the Sheedy and Newell replacements, this is much more important! Dan's past comes back to haunt him in a series of confessional pieces that cast him as a failed coke addict tennis prodigy, the star of the famously unreadable "Infinite Jest", who sidled into a journalism career alongside Johnny, a failed teenage website administrator whose only real guest was this weeks star man Kevin McHugh. Kevin pays tribute to the late Alan Keely and details the support that is needed to bring the Finn Harps academy to the next level. Meanwhile, his onetime goalscoring rival Andy Myler regales us with Billy Bagster stories and speaks about the differences between the UCD team he manages and the one he came into in his teenage years . We have Stephen Bradley, Daniel Kelly and Jim Magilton on Monday's action, the Four Star Pizza question and an even bigger talking point. Did Dan ever prank call the Ardee Police Station just to giggle at "Ardee Gardai"...?
5/5/20211 hour, 42 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 94: LOI Central 2021 Ep 7 with Steven Beattie, Johnny Dunleavy and Daniel Lafferty

Later today a Corkman will indicate to us when we can go to a match again and until Micheal puts us out of our misery it's time for your favourite similarly depraved matey partnership of Dan and Johnny who take a look inside the dugouts and ask, are the youthful managerial class of 2021 bringing on a renaissance? Either way, there's definitely a renaissance of sorts at Derry City and we have the soon to be star of Johnny's new "Monkey Tennis" style documentary and the yet to be conceived "Derry Lads" pilot, Daniel Lafferty to help us understand what's going on at the "title contenders". Also on the pod, Cork City's Steven Beattie and his old roomy, Finn Harps' secret defender Johnny Dunleavy talk about coming home, getting older, the differing fortunes of Cork and Harps, and how being 21 points clear and having a teetotal flatmate affects your social life.As always, there's the Four Star Pizza question, the results roundup and a look forward to the Bank Holiday fixtures. "The summer will be outside", said the Taoiseach, let's hope there's a ball getting kicked around!
4/28/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 93: LOI Central 2021 ep 6 with Daniel Lambert and Tommy Higgins

In a week that saw no involvement of John Delaney in the demise of a European Super League, we talk people power with Daniel Lambert and Tommy Higgins and ponder if dogs hold the key to the post covid LOI world. We’ve got the latest news from the pizza draw tribunal, a midweek review with Johnny talking to both Stephen O'Donnell and Kevin Sheedy whilst Dan hears from Drogheda assistant Kevin Doherty and discusses the latest Dundalk twist. Plus the shameless exaggeration of Bray Wanderers' role in European Football history and Johnny brings up the S word!
4/21/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 92: LOI Central 2021 Ep 5 with Pat Fenlon, Alan Reynolds and Adam Foley

This week as the sun finally comes out Johnny and Dan reflect on Graham Burke's moment of magic and we hear from League of Ireland legends Pat Fenlon and Alan Reynolds on the best goals they witnessed, Shels and Waterford memories, coaching dynamics inside and outside the dressing room, Pat's Pro Licence gripe and why having a cat in the engine room is normally a bad idea. Finn Harps' Adam Foley gets booksmart on his academic endeavours to explain why he's suddenly come to prominence aged 31 and Johnny's media officer alliance provides us with a brief Mark McChrystal snippet as Derry toil. All of this and your chance to win a Four Star Pizza in the country's most compliant raffle. As long as you read Dan's Ezine that is....
4/15/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 91: LOI Central 2021 Ep 4 with Brian Murphy & Mark Rossiter

As the dog chews on the lamb bone, the lilies wilt and the last creme egg causes a slight dry retch, we leave Easter behind with Brian Murphy and Mark Rossiter's reflections on Bohs, Red Bull regrets and a dressing room that was no place for young men. We also ask Murph about the challenges of coming home to Waterford, life as an understudy in England and hear how the sleep patterns of Neil Warnock's wife influenced team selections. The Galway United media officer talks to Adam Wixted, we reflect on the President's dubious taste in terrace chants and we also set the challenge for the weekly Four Star Pizza treat! Where else would you get all this with extra cheese?
4/7/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 90: LOI Central Ep3 with Ronan Murray, Paddy Barrett and Daire Doyle

On this weeks epic widescreen shaggy dog story of a show, Johnny and Dan look back on an International break that still feels hungover. New kid on Drogheda's block, Ronan Murray talks about his east coast adventure, the Covid dose and Roy Keane missing him at Cobh. The Paddy Barrett show gets piloted today as Saint Pat's defender Paddy talks Killing Fields in Cambodia, Killing Time in Lockdown, and Killing a packet of Digestives when sharing a house with his manager! Daire Doyle weighs in on Longford's weekend and don't forget about our Four Star Pizza quiz. Say what you like about LOI Central, at least it's an ethos Dude!
3/31/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 89: LOI Central 2021 Ep 2 with Greg Bolger, Conor McCormack, Tommy Barrett and Colin Healy

On this weeks algorithm run robotic pod we have Tommy Barrett on a new beginning at Treaty United, Colin Healy on his proper start at Cork, and our main chat is with nomads Greg Bolger and Conor McCormack who tell us about how football has programmed them to never get too comfortable anywhere. There's also Titus Bramble, Bob Geldof, Pixie Lotts and Dexys Midnight Pizza Question, all this and a snazzy new theme tune....
3/25/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 88: LOI Central 2021 Episode 1 with Jack Byrne, Gary Rogers & Keith Long

Tunnels, lights, injections… Remember when these used to be football terms. Well let's take them back. With the help of our friends at Future Ticketing, we're back with a whole new fresh look at a brand new season from Jack Byrne, sunning himself in Cyprus, Keith Long doing his Teresa Mannion impression, and Gary Rogers all weighing in on the season to come. Jack also reflects on the lessons he learned and the best players he encountered during his time in the league. Dan and Johnny are still a virtual presence but thank heaven for small mercies. Oh and there’s free pizza….seriously!
3/16/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 87: LOI WEEKLY S04 EP30 with Ruaidhri Higgins & Johnny Dunleavy

We've reached the end of the road for 2020 and a 30 episode journey from the studio to the sitting room. Ireland chief scout Ruaidhri Higgins and good friend of the show Johnny Dunleavy join us to reflect on Dundalk's cup final joy, their Europa League ending and to ask if they can push Shamrock Rovers in 2021. Even Johnny Ward agrees that might be possible, although his Dundalk friends may not believe him. Paul Corry, Mark Rossiter, Conan Byrne and Shane Supple also send in their brief reflections on the year as we wonder aloud if 2021 will be any different--
12/11/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 86: LOI WEEKLY 2020 PFAI Awards Special with Stephen McGuinness, Roberto Lopes, Danny Grant & Mark Doyle

We’re back after Dan went MIA to present our annual PFA Ireland awards special and we have Roberto Lopes, Danny Grant and Mark Doyle with us to discuss their nominations for the various awards. ‘Pico’ looks ahead to the cup final, and tells us some Zlatan and Cape Verde tales while Danny discusses his future career plans and Mark explains his late development. PFAI chief Stephen McGuinness also calls for clarity on the 2021 season and a say for players in what happens.
12/2/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP28 with Pat Fenlon, Ollie Horgan, Garry Buckley & Daire Doyle

After a league season like no other, Finn Harps avoid the drop, Shelbourne face into an anxious playoff against Longford and Sligo somehow finish fourth, despite losing half of their games, and are very likely to be playing European football next season. Dan has the week off but sends in his appraisal of each of the Premier Division teams' campaign, with Pat Fenlon in the house to talk about what was a truly bonkers 2020 season. Pat is joined by Ollie Horgan to discuss perhaps Harps' greatest escape, Daire Doyle talks about Longford's chance of beating Shels and a somewhat tired and emotional Garry Buckley dials in from Sligo just before heading out for training.
11/10/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 23 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP27 with Tim Clancy & Alan Reynolds

Management is a big theme of this week's show. Drogheda manager Tim Clancy joins us after leading his side to promotion and explains the 24/7 commitment of dealing with the role and trying to fit real life around it. Alan Reynolds talks about his own transition and reflects on his dramatic year that started at Waterford, veered to Dundalk and has brought him to the Ireland U21 backroom team working with an exciting generation of players. We hear from John Caulfield after their massive win against Bray last weekend and look ahead to their Premier Division finale with Longford, while asking where all the goalscorers have gone.
11/3/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 39 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP26 with Stephen Bradley & Greg Sloggett

Shamrock Rovers are champions and we are joined by their manager Stephen Bradley for a wide ranging chat about Rovers plans for the future, the lessons of the recent past, Jack Byrne, the overall direction of Irish football and much more. We also look ahead to Dundalk's big date with Arsenal with the help of Lilywhites midfielder Greg Sloggett and hear from the Drogheda camp after they prevailed in the dramatic First Division finale. The lads also discuss the Finn Harps revival, trusting Galwegians and the other burning issues of the week
10/29/20201 hour, 58 minutes, 13 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP25 with Joe Gamble & Ben Wells

We talk to Joe on this week's show, with Cork City legend and former assistant boss Joe Gamble following up on his request for a right to reply to last week's pod (35:00). He explains the struggles faced by himself and Neale Fenn, the budgetary complications, recruitment lessons and the logic behind Daire O'Connor's abrupt exit. Prior to that, we look ahead to Dundalk's big European date with Molde with the help of Norwegian football expert Ben Wells (10:48).
10/21/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 47 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP24 with Daire O'Connor & Gary Cronin

There's a Wicklow theme to this week's show with Arklow's Daire O'Connor giving us the lowdown on his abrupt exit from Cork City, his relationship with Neale Fenn and his plans for the future. We then hear from Bray Wanderers boss Gary Cronin on their promotion charge, his early season fears, and the process of rebuilding the club after a turbulent era. The lads also discuss Rovers' imminent title party, more batshit goings on at Dundalk and a look back to the summer of 1995
10/14/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 26 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP23 with Robbie Benson & Stephen Folan

We're bringing people back together on this week's show as former team-mates Robbie Benson and Stephen Folan reflect on days gone by at Dundalk and their current missions with St Patrick's Athletic and Finn Harps respectively. Stephen travelled around the world in 2020 whereas Robbie was stuck at home during lockdown but they were both grateful for the return of the League of Ireland for their own reasons. There's also a bit of Stephen Kenny chat, Johnny and Dan's take on Filippo Giovagnoli's week, breaking news at Cork and Galway and a farewell to Kris Twardek
10/6/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 57 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP22 with Dan Kelly, Kasper Neesgaard & Colin Hawkins

‘We didn’t start this year with plans of interviewing a Faroese football expert come September but this is 2020 and we look ahead to Dundalk’s big date with Ki Klaksvik with the help of Kasper Neesgaard who tells us what we can expect from the underdogs. Daniel Kelly gives us a flavour of the mood in the Dundalk camp. We then go back in time and also look to the future with the help of LOI legend Colin Hawkins who discusses assisting players with the next step in their career, the lessons from his experience and his hopes for Stephen Kenny and Irish football’s future.
9/30/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 33 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP21 with Graham Cummins, Graham Gartland & Shane Duggan

It’s a Graham themed show this week with two for the price of one. Graham Gartland and Graham Cummins crossed paths in Scotland and they are reunited on the show to discuss their careers in football, European experiences, the Scottish culture, adjusting to becoming an older player and all of the challenges that come with it. We also discuss Cork’s struggles, Rovers ambitions, Dundalk’s European opportunity and there’s the mandatory Galway reborn interview with Shane Duggan.
9/23/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 41 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP20 - Europa League Special

It’s a role reversal this week as Johnny is on the working beat and Dan is traversing the country ahead of a historic Europa League tie in Tallaght. We hear from Stephen Bradley, Jack Byrne and Graham Burke ahead of Shamrock Rovers v AC Milan and Italian based Irishman Mark Doyle gives us the lowdown on the guests. We also discuss Dundalk’s European date in Andorra, John Sheridan’s Waterford farewell and Kerry’s untapped potential.
9/15/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 18 seconds
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LOI WEEKLY S04 EP19 with John Caulfield & Ronan Finn

This surreal season is another twist in the lengthy League of Ireland careers of our two guests, both of whom have been around the block New Galway United manager John Caulfield joins the show to discuss his fresh start, the end of his Cork City adventure and coping with the likes of Johhnny Ward. Ronan Finn discusses a hard fought derby win, the experience he hopes to bring to the title-run in and the change of position and change of off-pitch focus that has come hand in hand with his graduation to senior status. We also discuss Stephen Kenny's Irish start, Royal Rumble style entrance and the age old 'Is Finland in Scandinavia?' debate.
9/9/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 43 seconds