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Posts Tagged ‘ Wolves ’

King Forced To Replace Duo For German Clash

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King has been forced to make two changes to his squad for Monday’s UEFA U21 Championships qualifying round clash with Germany in Sligo.

QPR’s Frankie Sutherland and Bristol City defender Derrick Williams both suffered injuries on club duty in midweek and King has drafted in Derry City’s Barry McNamee and Aston Villa’s Graham Burke.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Frankie and Derrick but Barry and Graham have been in with us before and are very good players whose versatility is important,” said King.  Continue reading

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Busy Transfer Window For Pat Fenlon

 

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It’s been a busy summer period for Pat Fenlon, with an incredible 26 players leaving or arriving at the club.

Of last year’s squad, fans’ favourite Leigh Griffiths returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers where he has since signed a contract extension after making an impressive start to the season, whilst striking partner Eoin Doyle has joined Chesterfield. Continue reading

Creating Paradise : The Jock Stein Story

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It was the September 10th 1985, Scotland had just earned a valiant one all draw with Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff, securing a vital play off with Austria which would eventually lead to Scotland’s qualification for the 1986 FIFA world cup.

The game was rendered meaningless, however, after the news filtered through about the tragic and sudden death of legendary Scottish boss Jock Stein. Continue reading

Five Irish Players Who Need A Move This August

kdAs all football fans know, the summer transfer window is a time of upheaval with fresh starts, new challenges and last chances for managers and players alike. However, sometimes there is a select few players that may be in need of a move to rekindle or enhance their international career.

Here we take a look at five Irish stars who all need a move before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Continue reading

Leigh Griffiths Named Clydesdale Bank Player Of The Year

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Within the space of 24 hours, Leigh Griffiths scored his 100th career goal which helped Hibs beat Hearts at Tynecastle for the first time since May 2009, was named Hibs’ Player of the Year at the clubs end of season dinner, won the club’s Goal of the Season for his stunning right foot volley against Dundee United in November AND won the Clydesdale Bank Player of the Year.

 The 22 year old now hopes to cap an excellent season with a Scottish Cup Winners medal against Celtic on Sunday 26th May, but before that he is determined to help Hibs grab two victories against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night then Dundee this weekend.

 After the Cup Final however, Leigh’s future is still in doubt. His parent club Wolves have indicated that they wanted to take advantage of the one year option and that would mean that he would start next season in the third tier of English football after the Midlands’ Club were relegated at the end of the season.
To make matter even more uncertain, last season’s manager Dean Saunders was sacked and the club are currently looking for a replacement.

 Manager Pat Fenlon insists that Hibs are doing everything within their power to keep the lifelong Hibs fan at Easter Road; however he concedes that that final decision is out-with the club’s control.

 After the ceremony, Leigh said: “It’s down to consistency, even when the team’s not been playing well, I’ve still managed to score goals. I’ve been working on the training park on my link up play and my touches and other things I can add to my game and thankfully it has paid off. I didn’t even know it was my 100th goal, but it was not a bad way to get it. We want to get as much momentum as we can, going into the cup final. There are two important league games to go, we want to get six points and finish in seventh place.

 I’ve spoken to Wolves but I just want to concentrate on the here and now. There’s a lot to play for, and a lot to be decided as well.

Leigh Griffiths Wins Young Player of the Year Award

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Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths won the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year at an awards ceremony in Glasgow last night.

The 22 year old who is currently on loan from Wolves has scored an impressive 27 goals this season and hopes to reach the 30 goal mark, with four games remaining.

This weekend, Leigh visits Tynecastle for the final derby of the season, hoping to overtake Hearts in the SPL, then the game against Kilmarnock which was abandoned yesterday in tragic circumstances will be replayed nest week before the final league game of the season against relegated Dundee at Easter Road. With the SPL out of the way, all thoughts will turn to Hampden for the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic.

Griffiths joins illustrious company, by becoming the fourth Hibs player to win the award, following in the footsteps of John Collins, Kenny Miller and Derek Riordan.
He was also on the shortlist for Player of the Year however Motherwell centre forward Michael Higdon won that award.

Afterwards, Leigh revealed that he will be discussing his future with Wolves manager Dean Saunders this week, and the Hibs fans are hoping that he could return to Easter Road next season following Wolves’ relegation at the weekend.

Leigh will be hoping that Hibs do better in the Cup Final than the great Eddie Turnbull’s team did 41 years ago today when they lost 6-1 to Jock Stein’s Celtic on 6 May 1972.

Doyle Dropped By Text Message

kdIreland striker Kevin Doyle has expressed his disappointment at the manner in which he was dropped from the Ireland squad after Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI acknowledged his omission by text message.

Doyle, an ever present in the Ireland squad for the last seven years, was placed on standby for the crunch World Cup qualifier double header with Sweden and Austria.

The Wolves striker, who scored in Saturday’s crucial 2-1 win over Bristol City revealed that he found out he had been dropped via text message and he feels let down that the powers that be hadn’t the decency to phone him. Continue reading

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