13 – In number thirteen of Hold The Back Page, Ciaran O’ Raghallaigh is joined as usual by Neil Ahern to talk about some of the hot topics in this week’s footballing circles.
Wayne Rooney is top of the pile, as the lads try to decipher why last season’s player of the season is ready to bail out of debt ridden Manchester United. Shamrock Rovers made it into the FAI Cup Final, and Neil lays his views on the final clash with Sligo Rovers in the Aviva Standium.
First on the phone is Back Page Football and TheJournal.ie‘s Gavan Reilly, who speaks about Wayne Rooney and argues the point that Sir Alex Ferguson is not in the right in this situation. The manager has history of selling some of the best players, but should he hold on to Rooney or risk failing to garner the money to buy a suitable replacement? Does the problem lie with the club, or has Rooney simply reached the stage of his career when he is no longer the goldenboy?
Also on the podcast is Andrew Smith of Scotland on Sunday, to preview this weekend’s Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic. This is their first clash of the season, as Rangers sit on top of the Scottish Premier League – ahead of their neighbours on goal difference.
Former Republic of Ireland international and Arsenal striker Graham Barrett is on the line and talks about his decision to retire, having been plagued with a knee injury for such a long time. Barrett made six appearances for the Irish national team, and was regarded as one of the biggest potentials to come out of the nation. After spells in the lower leagues, the Scottish league and finally Shamrock Rovers, Graham has hung up his boots at just 28-years-of-age.
As per usual, Chris McWilliams drops in to go through the Wayne Rooney betting trends, as well as what you should be looking at this weekend in the market. Congratulations to Colum Derwin, who was closest with his ‘Tip Off’ predictions last week, and we open the floor to this week’s competition which is Manchester City v Arsenal.
Manchester City v Arsenal – 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.
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