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Posts Tagged ‘ Anthony Stokes ’

Hibs Suffer Narrow Defeat To Champions Celtic

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A brave performance by Hibs was not enough to secure a share of the points against champions Celtic at Parkhead today.

Manager Terry Butcher made two changes to the side from last weekend’s home draw against Partick Thistle with Michael Nelson returning from injury and Scott Robertson resuming his place in the middle of the park following suspension. Continue reading

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Hibs 1-1 Celtic: Brave performance by Fenlon’s men

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Hibs had to settle for a share of the points after champions Celtic came from behind to grab a late equaliser in a 100mph encounter at Easter Road today.

Pat Fenlon made two changes to the side that beat Partick Thistle a fortnight ago with Abdellah Zoubir and Owain Tudur Jones starting in place of Tom Taiwo and James Collins – who dropped to the bench. Continue reading

Stokes Celtic’s Dangerman warns Fenlon

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Pat Fenlon has singled out on form fellow Dubliner Anthony Stokes as the man his defenders will have to watch out for tomorrow when champions Celtic visit Easter Road, and he should know, having managed him as a youngster. Continue reading

Quartet Return To First Post Trapattoni Ireland Squad

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Noel King today announced a provisional 26 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Germany on October 11 in Cologne, and Kazakhstan on October 15 in Aviva Stadium.

The squad will be shortened ahead of the fixtures in order to facilitate injuries with both Robbie Brady and Jon Walters struggling with injury. Continue reading

Fenlon Says Sorry To Fans As Stokes Sets Up All Green Final

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Hibs fans went from despair to anger to hope then finally delirium during a pulsating 120 minutes of football in the ultimate ‘game of two halves’ at Hampden Park yesterday.

Twenty four years ago, at the same stage, Hibs lost three goals in the first 30 minutes against Celtic, with a teenage Stevie Fulton the architect of their downfall. This time it was his son Jay who caused the problems, but unlike Alex Miller’s team, Pat Fenlon’s men fought back in dramatic style to clinch a place in next month’s final. Continue reading

Hibs Fail To Make Top Six For Third Season In A Row

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Hibs’ hopes of a top six finish vanished at Parkhead today as Pat Fenlon’s team lost 3-0 to champions elect Celtic.

Pat Fenlon made three changes to the team who lost to Inverness last Saturday, with Paul Hanlon back in defence after recovering from a hip injury. Jorge Claros and David Wotherspoon also returned, with Lewis Stevenson and Eoin Doyle on the bench and Tom Taiwo out altogether. Continue reading

Exiled Ireland Star Attends Benefit Night For Murdered IRA Leader

Exiled Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has been pictured at a memorial party for a murdered Real IRA boss.

The 24 year-old Celtic player, who is currently out injured was snapped at the Dublin benefit night in honour of Alan Ryan, who was killed in a street execution in September.

The pair are said to have known each other for years through Ryan’s association with the Players Lounge Bar in Fairview, a bar owned by Stokes’ dad, John, who was also at the party at The Submarine Bar in Crumlin.

The photograph, which was first published in The Irish Sun, shows Celtic striker Stokes posing with his arm draped around a woman in a gold dress.

The Players Brigade, a republican band of which Stokes’ brother Michael is a former member played and sold a tribute CD featuring a song called The Ballad of Alan Ryan at the event.

The song includes the lyrics: “We vow to carry on his work/ we will follow in his lead/ we will find out where those gangsters lurk/ we will avenge their cowardly deed.”

Gardaì in Dublin said leading republican dissidents from both sides of the border were present, including a number suspected of involvement in the recent murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

Ryan, 32, was the leader of the Dublin brigade of the Real IRA and is believed to have been responsible for a number of murders in recent years.

He has strong links to John Stokes (54) whose bar has been at the centre of violence and controversy in the past with three men, including a doorman, gunned down outside the bar in July 2010.

John was ordered to remove a 40ft banner barring the Queen from his pub during her visit to Ireland last year.

In August last year, the pub was gutted in a fire allegedly started by robbers.

Gangland enforcer Ryan was gunned down outside his home in Dublin in September.

His killer fired six shots from a Glock handgun, hitting Ryan in the chest before blasting him twice in the head.

On the day of his funeral in Dublin, former Sunderland and Hibernian star Stokes tweeted “Thinking of you Alan…”

Stokes, his agent and Celtic have declined to comment on his attendance at the party.

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