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    Claire Tully- That Sense Of Belonging (via extratime.ie)

    Interesting read from Claire Tully over on extratime.ie.

    there’s one type of football fan I just don’t understand it’s the one who declares his undying love for the game in one breath and tells you he ‘wouldn’t support that league’ in the next. It’s sort of like saying you enjoy eating your favourite food - but only on a Tuesday. It doesn’t make sense to me.

    I’m not a football snob and never have been. In the right company (and a warm enough jacket) I’d sit and watch pretty much any game. I follow a team in the League of Ireland in the same way I follow a team in the Premier League and the SPL. Just because they are ‘foreign’ teams doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watching a game. Christ, if we’re going to get all OCD about supporting ‘foreign’ anything, your local football team is about as solid an argument as a piece of Swiss cheese. Local heroes are in very short supply and I think you’ll find that globally.

    Of course not every football fan is going to see things the same way. More often than not, if you are a League of Ireland fan, you will have at least once experienced the sniggering that so often accompanies a comment from a fellow ‘Irish’ football fan who thinks our domestic league is something of a joke. ‘Sure they’re not even real players!’ is a comment I’ve heard more times than I care to remember. So what are they then, imaginary?

    Only last week my brother mentioned he heard two radio DJ’s on air joking that supporting the League here was the equivalent of turning down a 5 star holiday in Dubai for a caravan in Wexford in the pissing rain. No hard feelings to Wexford - I spent plenty of summers there myself, I am a Dub – but you get the point. We’re all partial to a bit of banter but it isn’t really helpful for the national media to take to slagging what is in many ways a struggling league. Talk about a self-depreciation fail.

    But for all the fans that ‘identify’ solely with foreign teams they are matched, by strength of opinion if not in number, by League of Ireland fans who will only support their local team. For them the level of football is irrelevant, it’s all about that sense of belonging and what your club means to you, your life and your community.

    I love my Friday nights in Tallaght. I pick the same place to park in the Square, I meet the same people, we sit in the same spot in the stadium and there is always the familiar smell of vinegar and chips and fried onions. We know the other fans even if we haven’t met them before because we are Rovers. And when you look around the grounds the flags will come from near and far – not just the ‘local’ area – because you can’t put a perimeter on being a fan.

    Likewise I love the trips I’ve made to football abroad, to the Stadium of Light or to White Hart Lane. I love the excitement of match day in the UK and being part of the never ending stream of fans all pouring forth to one place for one reason only – to see ‘their’ team play. Football in the UK is a supersized version of what we have at home – but that doesn’t make it better, just different. The match day experience is a phenomenon we have yet to do justice in our own land.

    I’m not going to dictate to anyone what league or what team they should or shouldn’t support, last time I checked I was a Tully not a Gaddafi. But if you’re not willing to appreciate the standard of football outside your own domestic league for what it is then next time the World Cup is on (and if Ireland are out of it) be sure to switch stations. And likewise if you’re that much a snob to turn your nose up at anything other than the crème de la crème of British football, keep your fingers crossed your kids football coach has a better attitude than you.

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    Be careful shagging tully around here. She has a few henchmen lurking in the shadows

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    She was better one day a saint, than a lifetime a hoop.


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    Good read that..

    Shame she's a hoop..Could do with her knocking around Richmond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seiphil View Post
    Good ride that..

    she's some hoop..Could do with knocking her around Richmond.
    fixed that for ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hano View Post
    fixed that for ya
    haha I like that one better, cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintly View Post
    Be careful shagging tully around here. She has a few henchmen lurking in the shadows
    Is that Freudian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimdagym View Post
    Is that Freudian?
    Lol. Genuinely didn't realise I did that. Maybe I was edited by the dark forces

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    the dark forces being your filthy, normal, mind

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    Out of interest, who is she and why is she worth listening to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggyRotten View Post
    Out of interest, who is she?
    Page 3 bird


    Quote Originally Posted by BiggyRotten View Post
    and why is she worth listening to?
    She's not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slavia View Post

    She's not
    Bit harsh, she is somewhat famous, and she is bigging up our league. No bad thing IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimdagym View Post
    Bit harsh, she is somewhat famous, and she is bigging up our league. No bad thing IMO.
    Have to agree, even tho she did copy it off pretty much what others have wrote before but its still good to see someone respected to big up our league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alstezz View Post
    Have to agree, even tho she did copy it off pretty much what others have wrote before but its still good to see someone respected to big up our league.
    She gets her tits out and shes respected?

    Nice tits i might add before Saintly batters me.

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    Any woman who gets her tits out is respected by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdjac View Post
    She gets her tits out and shes respected?

    Nice tits i might add before Saintly batters me.
    Oh I won't batter you, but one of her 'friends' might

    http://www.facebook.com/clairetully

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintly View Post
    Oh I won't batter you, but one of her 'friends' might

    http://www.facebook.com/clairetully
    lol who is it?

    Cant click that link in here.

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    I'd say there's about 20 Pats fans in there. I'm one anyway. Does hano still have her in his profile pic?

    She was going to do a bit of work for our website too (free) but it kinda fell through. Going to interview old players.

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    Hano you got your leg over with her didn't you ? Rumour...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppo254 View Post
    Hano you got your leg over with her didn't you ? Rumour...........
    Aliens abducting Elvis is a rumour. what you posted is far less believable
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppo254 View Post
    Hano you got your leg over with her didn't you ? Rumour...........
    both feet in, both feet out
    in out in out
    etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hano View Post
    both feet in, both feet out
    in out in out
    etc etc
    Are you saying instead of shagging her ye decided to slide tackle her instead?
    Well done, I'm sure it was only cos she's a scum fan now.

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    shes a cunt, wouldn't waste my time listening to anything she writes or says. comes across as an absolute shithead whenevers shes on the radio, she wants everyones love because shes a page 3 girl with a degree, go fuck yourself love, you are a twat
    One love *** One club

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom the gom View Post
    shes a cunt, wouldn't waste my time listening to anything she writes or says. comes across as an absolute shithead whenevers shes on the radio, she wants everyones love because shes a page 3 girl with a degree, go fuck yourself love, you are a twat
    angry today are we?
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    no im not, most like her because shes blonde with big tits, but when i hear her speak i want to punch her in the face.
    One love *** One club

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    Thats Hano's moth you're bad mouthing.
    No more buses for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom the gom View Post
    no im not, most like her because shes blonde with big tits, but when i hear her speak i want to punch her in the face.
    can't understand how anyone would get this angry about someone on the radio/TV

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    Tell us what you really think Tom.


    Agree with Dodge. No one is making you listen to her. That's what that the "people I'd love to slap" thread is for.

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