There’s an international feel to this week’s Hold the BackPage as Neil Sherwin is joined by Ger McCarthy and Willie Gannon to discuss Ireland’s qualification for the European Championships, as well all the latest on the ongoing racism sagas and the weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
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The first half of the podcast is dedicated to the international scene as Ireland this week qualified for their first major tournament since 1988. Not everyone is aboard the bandwagon however as Neil explains why he isn’t the biggest fan of the national side and international competitions in general. In the midst of calls for a passport to be handed back, Ger and Willie express their delight at Ireland’s progression under Giovanni Trapattoni and also look at the possibilities for the group stages draw in Poland and Ukraine.
In part two of the show there’s plenty to discuss surrounding FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments on racism, as well as the ongoing cases involving John Terry and Luis Suarez in the Premier League. Speaking of England’s type flight, the lads look ahead to the weekend’s fixtures where Manchester City take on Newcastle United and Chelsea face Liverpool in the most exciting matchups.
To round off the podcast, there’s a feel good story involving one of Ger’s neighbours, and possibly cousins, as an Irishman tried his look in Estonia last Friday. Have a listen to hear what he got up to…