Why can’t Rafa be happy?

There is a school of thought amongst the dimmer elements of English football pundits that managerial mavericks such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will only ever truly ‘prove’ themselves in the British game if they were to achieve success with lower league teams such as Darlington or Gillingham. It’s the managerial equivalent of “Could…

HOTD Podcast Episode 8

This week, the original Hurlers (minus a still M.I.A John) chat glorious (and not so glorious) last hurrahs in honour of Robbie Keane sailing off into the international sunset. They discuss sports stars who have burst onto the big stage as teenagers only to fade into relative obscurity under the weight of expectation and ask…

Robbie’s gone, now what?

We all knew the day would come eventually. Some of us, myself included, would have thought it would have been sooner than now. I’m sure many thought the announcement would have been made at the end of the qualifying campaign the national team is about to embark on. However now we know for definite; August…

HOTD Podcast Episode 7

This week’s podcast sees the Hurlers on the Ditch pay tribute to Robbie Keane’s Ireland career  (kind of) before discussing Conor McGregor’s options, inside  and outside of UFC, following his latest win. The lads talk Mayo and that dreaded ‘chokers’ tag and hand out the prestigious HOTD Rio 2016 Awards. They finish up with this…

HOTD Podcast Episode 6

This week on the Hurlers on the Ditch podcast Phil, Graham, Kev and Dara are joined by friend of the show Kevin Dooley. The lads talk about underage success in GAA and how it translates to success at senior level, the changes seen in punditry over the last few years, and finish off with Premier…

Irish football: The next step

What a journey it was. Whether you were over in France or jammed into a packed pub back home, it has been impossible not to be carried away by the ups and downs of the Irish team at Euro 2016. From the kick off in that first game against Sweden to the ultimately futile scramble…