Hold The BackPage: Episode 11

by Neil Sherwin



Or hello, to the rest of you!

It’s that time of the year again – where we ditch our red, blue, or green and white and row together behind the one set of colours.

No, it’s not Ryder Cup mayhem rolling over into another week, it’s international week and as the funny looking alphabet above may have told you, the Russians are coming!

To that end, we’re putting behind us the usual devotion to the club game and hosting a special International-focused Hold the Back Page.

First up, we have ITV sport’s James Appell on to fill us in on just what to expect/fear from little Dick’s team on Friday night in Aviva Stadium.

We have a special guest this week too, former Ireland striker Don Givens is with us to talk about the highlight of his international career – the 3-0 win over USSR in 1974 when Givens scored a hat trick in Dalymount Park.

There’s an exclusive HTBP interview with Ireland winger Liam Lawrence, and James Baxter tells us just why we should be happy we’re going to Zilina and not Bratislava for next week’s tie with Slovakia.

Don’t forget there’s the usual Tweet the Press (Woy Hodgson’s Red Sox special) and our betting competition Tip/Off, thanks to Paddy Power, with this week’s game choice the Slovakia v Ireland qualifier.

> Full details are outlined here

Slovakia v Republic of Ireland – Comment below with the winner, first goalscorer, the minute of the goal as well as the final score to be in with a chance to win this week’s competition.

There’s also the newsround including Shamrock Rovers stutter toward the Airtricity League title, Liverpool’s renaissance/decline and not a high class hooker in sight…

насладитесь! (enjoy!)

41 Responses

  1. Robbie Deighan says:

    Robbie Keane

  2. Neil Sherwin Neil Sherwin says:

    Doyle (21st min)

  3. Ronan says:

    Ireland 1-0 with a lovely header from Kevin Kilbane in the 37th minute.

  4. V says:

    1-0 to ireland.
    Keane to score.

  5. david says:

    1-1 draw
    Richard Dunne
    60th minute

  6. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    1) 1-1 Draw
    2) Stanislas Sestak – 15th minute.

  7. Esox Lucias says:

    Keane 2-0 17th minute

  8. James Boyle says:

    Ireland to win 2-1 with Keane first scorer.

  9. SportsGreatest says:

    Robbie Keane.
    23rd minute.

    Best of luck!

  10. john rossiter says:

    ireland to win 3-1 doyle to score first 10 min.

  11. Michelle says:

    1-1 Draw, with Whelan to score after 42 minutes

  12. Socrates says:


    Doyle 36 min

  13. Gary Fitzpatrick says:

    No goalscorer

  14. marty gallagher says:

    Ireland 1-0, Dunne 13th min

  15. David Holden says:

    No goalscorer

  16. jamie says:

    2-0 to ireland

    Keane to score 1st

  17. 2-1 Slovakia

    Vittek 17th minute

  18. Daniel O Connell says:

    Ireland 2-0
    60th minute

  19. Eoin O'Donoghue says:


    McGeady first scorer

    59th minute

  20. brian hogan says:

    slovakia 1-0
    sestak 21st min

  21. M Gallagher says:

    35 mins

  22. Ronan says:

    Slovakia 0-1 Ireland
    Long 42nd minute

  23. Sean says:

    14th Minute

  24. ed diggins says:

    Ireland to score first, Gibson to score if he starts and the game to end 1-1

  25. Matthew says:

    Ireland to score first.

    Shane Long (39min)

    Final score: Slovakia 1 Ireland 2

  26. Robbie Deighan says:

    Anyone who picked Kevin Doyle as first goalscorer delete/edit your comment and post a new one as he’s injured and won’t feature in the match

  27. Deirdre Durran says:

    Ireland win 3 -1
    Keane first score 4th min

  28. Mark Walsh says:

    0-0 Draw, no goalscorer.

    1. sean hynes says:

      2-1 slovakia long with the ireland goal and vladimir weiss to get a goal also

  29. Ghosttown says:

    Draw 2-2
    14th minute

  30. Mark says:

    Ireland to win 2-1
    McGeady (30th minute)

  31. Kieran Ball says:

    One nil to Ireland.

    Shane Long to score in the 14th minute.

  32. Cian Craddock says:

    Slovakia to win

    exact score 2-0 to Slovakia

    21st minute goal

    Hamsik to score first

  33. Bry says:

    Ireland to win 2-1, Robbie Keane to get the first goal in the 23rd minute.

  34. Barry Naughton says:

    0-0 Draw

  35. Adam Steadman says:

    Ireland to Win, 3-2, Robbie Keane with a 26th minute opener

  36. mick hogan says:

    slovakia 2-0 holosko firstgoal 22nd minute

  37. liam hogan says:

    draw 2-2 lawrance 15th minute

  38. theironsloth says:

    1-0 Slovakia
    61 minutes, 42 seconds

  39. Michael Jordan says:

    Slovakia 2 Ireland 1 Weiss 13th min

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