Episode 2 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast

On this weeks show, co-hosts Kieran Burke and Jon Brier gave their mid-season report cards on all 20 LOI teams. There were special guests from Cork City, Dundalk and St.Pat’s, while all of this weekends upcoming fixtures were previewed in depth from both divisions, with ‘Stapo’s stats’, the charity betting feature and much much more making up an action packed show. Click the Mixcloud player below to give it a listen, while we ask you to follow the show on http://www.mixcloud.com/BetweentheStripes and show your support!

Between the Stripes charity betting column – Week 2

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The people of Longford show their support for St. Christopher’s at a protest march in 2014.

Last season the Between the Stripes team managed to raise a small profit of €70 for the good folk at St.Christoper’s services in Longford Town through our weekly charity betting column. During the launch of our brand new podcast last week (which you can listen to on http://www.mixcloud.com/BetweenTheStripes) co-hosts Kieran Burke and Jonathan Brier announced the relaunch of this charity betting column in order to raise funds for a local charity yet to be selected (if you have any charity groups in mind feel free to drop us a line on our Twitter account @BetweenStripes, or on our Facebook page).

The opening charity bet on the new podcast got off to an unlucky losing start as Ireland’s late disallowed goal at home to Austria put us a tenner in the red. However, this weekend we have selected a LOI treble that we hope will at least get the kitty up and running for the second half of the 2017 season.

The charity bet will be a weekly feature on our new Between the Stripes LOI podcast but this weeks selection is available below:

  • €10 treble – Cork City, UCD AFC & Waterford FC to return €38.13

Current kitty total stands at minus €10.

Have you heard the all new Between the Stripes LOI podcast? Episode 2 can be listened to on the Mixcloud player below.

Second placed Cobh looking for hat-trick of wins over managerless Longford


Hot on the heels of league leaders and Munster rivals Waterford, Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers head to the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night in search of not only a third consecutive win over “De Town” but three points which could potentially fire the “Rams” to the top of the table. Given Waterford FC’s huge spending power this season many had expected the “Blues” to “do a Limerick” and run away with the First Division title, however with just thirteen matches left to play the “Islanders” are in with a real shout of playing top-flight football in 2018.

As for Longford Town, who remain without a manager following the sacking of Alan Mathews and his assistant Kevin Doherty, the Midlands side played out a dull scoreless draw with sixth placed Shelbourne prior to the mid-season break, with both clubs long out of contention for promotion this season. Having been relegated from the top-flight last term, Town were many peoples tips to challenge Waterford for the second tier title this season, with both clubs forking out on a large playing budget during the off-season.

As already mentioned, Henderson’s men have had Longford’s number so far this seaon with two wins from two over Alan Mathews charges. First-team coach and current caretaker boss Gary Cronin will not only be looking to end that Cobh dominance but claim a big home win in front of chairman Jim Hanley, who will ultimately decide the next name to take up the hot-seat at Longford Town FC. Speaking to Between the Stripes after that recent draw in Tolka Park, Cronin revealed to us first that he had indeed applied for the vacant managers position at the club and the former Town player will surely view this encounter as his final chance to leave a lasting impression ahead of another round of interviews.

In terms of team news for Saturdays game, the hosts will be without perhaps their best centre-half this season in Daniel O’Reilly who is suspended. Meanwhile, remaining sidelined are David O’Sullivan and Mark Langtry, while Enda Curran, Don Cowan and Cody Mulhall are all hopeful of returning to first-team action after injury. Ramblers have no suspension issues to contend with, while there is no injury news to report as of yet.

Kick-off at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night is 7:30PM.

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Between the Stripes LOI podcast successfully launched

After weeks of planning and hours of recording and editing time, on Friday, June 9th at Midday, the Between the Stripes team successfully launched the very first episode of its brand new Between the Stripes LOI podcast. Hosted by Kieran Burke and Jonathan Brier, the two Longford Town fans have not only put huge amounts of time into getting this totally non-profit venture up and running but indeed hard earned money from their own pockets.

The Between the Stripes LOI podcast will not only focus on Longford Town from week to week but indeed the League of Ireland as a whole, as well as Irish football in general. On this very first episode the lads discussed the recent sacking of Alan Mathews from Longford Towm, with former club P.RO. Donald Keogh joining them on the line to debate the decision. Town fan Darren Conway then phoned in with some very passionate views on the possibility of Gary Cronin taking “De Town” hot-seat, while also calling on the board to appoint who he thought was the only man for the job……Listen on below to find out who that may be.

Eir Sports Nathan Kelly was on hand to preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Austria at the Aviva Stadium, while also discussing his work with the popular LOI broadcaster Eir. Finally, Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson was the first big name interview on the Between the Stripes LOI podcast and he was as ever full of insight and opinion.

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Mathews former clubs collide as Cronin leads Longford into battle at Tolka

Alan Mathews was sacked by LTFC last weekend. 

Less than a week on from the shock news that Alan Mathews and Longford Town FC have parted ways, first-team coach Gary Cronin will lead Longford into a battle for mid-table supremacy when they face thirteen-time League of Ireland winners Shelbourne on Friday night.  A 5-0 home win over rock-bottom Wexford FC was not enough to save Longford Town’s most successful ever manager from the chopping board, as a slow start to the season effectively killed off the clubs hopes of an instant return to the Premier Division, with Mathews paying the ultimate price.

Ahead of this final game before the mid-season break, Gary Cronin will be looking to not only throw his name into the hat for the hot-seat position at Longford Town FC, but in the process claim a win which would see “De Town” move four-points clear of sixth placed Shelbourne and potentially within a single point of fourth placed Cabinteely. Continue reading