The best book ever on Irish football (and life)

Discussion in 'Ireland' started by Conor74, Sep 1, 2002.

  1. Conor74

    Conor74 New Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    SW Ireland
    Eamonn Sweeney's "There's Only One Red Army" is a must read for anyone who has experience of the following:-

    The League of Ireland, Sligo Town, alcoholism, raves, family breakdown, republicanism, rural life, money problems, why Irish fans like to watch England lose, hooliganism, insanity and stalking Eastender's Nick Berry.

    A brilliant, bleak comedy looking back on his years spent in The Shed at Sligo's home ground, The Showgrounds. Picked it up yesterday and couldn't put it down. Found a link today if anyone wants a taste of it (though this chapter doesn't really deal with football, but the rest does).
  2. Don Homer

    Don Homer New Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Dublin, Ireland
    Fully endorse that! A fantastic book for anyone who wants an insight into domestic football. Supporting a Dublin team has its differences, but there was a lot I could relate to. He has a great ability to translate emotions into words - not an easy thing to do.

    I read one of his novels as well, which was also a good read. I think it was called "Waiting for the Healer".
  3. NYC

    NYC New Member

    Nov 1, 1999
    Definitely a good read. Muck terraces. Nuff said.
  4. JRedknapp11

    JRedknapp11 Red Card

    Dec 5, 2001
    Ya .. good stuff all around... he's no UCD supporter but I give it a thumbs up. I'm not one for picking up a book but even I was happy to read it. It lasted me a round trip from NYC to Dublin just perfectly.

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