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Irish Premier League: Cork City Stadium Roof Collapses After Being Ravaged By Hurricane Ophelia (Photos)

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The Republic of Ireland bore the full brunt of Hurricane Ophelia when she/it swept in on Monday, with the lashing winds causing damage and even fatalities right across the country.

While thankfully nobody was hurt, the good folk of Cork City awoke on Monday morning to find that Ophelia had had her wicked way with their Turner's Cross stadium, with half of the roof across the Derrynane Stand collapsing in on itself.

Boro snap up Ryan

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Darragh Ryan, formerly of Brighton and St Patrick's Athletic has joined Stevenage Borough on a non contract basis until the end of the season. He is a left sided defender who can play both in the centre or on the left and is boss Graham Westley's first signing of the January transfer window.

New Additions 6: Everton players on the move, Celtic buy English, the hunt for an ex-Fulham goalkeeper and Cork City need your help!

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A few more additions to the list over the past few days while I continue to work on the definitive Les Rosbifs directory. Most of the activity has centred around Scotland, with the big money being spent by Celtic on Daniel Fox. The left-back was purchased from Coventry City for a fee of around £1.5million [.

Fraudulent Dreams: Cork City Wound Up

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Cork City FC have just a few days left. As the club's official statement said today "Following High Court proceedings today, Cork City FC has been given until Friday to settle its liabilities to the Revenue."

That amount is €439,000, and it seems rather unlikely Cork will raise that sum by Friday, despite another appeal to supporters to help out.

Guy strikes late winner

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With so much focus on the USMNT and summer transfer roller coasters, we almost forget that some Americans Abroad are in the midst of their club seasons. One such player, St. Pat's attacker Ryan Guy, fired the 1-0 away winner on Tuesday night to beat Cork City.I'll be on the lookout for a clip, but the club has been slacking on videos this season.

Recap: Cork City 0 - 1 St. Patrick's Athletic

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Ryan Guy's gamewinning goal in the 89th minute sent St. Patrick's Athletic to victory over Cork City on Tuesday evening in League of Ireland Premier Division action.

Mick McCarthy factor proved crucial in Doyle decision

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Ireland striker Kevin Doyle admits the speed of Mick McCarthy's advances convinced him to join Barclays Premier League newcomers Wolves.

Doyle completed his record-breaking £6.5million move from Reading late on Monday night after undergoing a medical.

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From League of Ireland to Football League

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It's hard to guess what level League of Ireland players would be capable of playing at elsewhere, at least I have always found it so. When Kevin Doyle was signed by Reading from my own club Cork City I remember wondering why on earth they overlooked his more prolific strike partner John O'Flynn. Although O'Flynn has since found success at Barnet and Exeter, there are clearly factors for consideration above and beyond strike rates, or their status as local stars.

Young Irish get chance to shine

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Giovanni Trapattoni has made Paul McShane captain of the Ireland team to play their under-23 counterparts in Malahide this evening.

McShane will play at right full back with Eddie Nolan or Greg Cunningham occupying the other flank.

Everton's Shane Duffy, currently at the centre of an eligibility row having played played underage matches for the North of Ireland, is included at centre half alongside Celtic's Darren O'Dea.

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Long aiming for the Premier league

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Ireland striker Shane Long is refusing to rule out a move to the Premier League - but he insists his burning ambition is to get there with Reading.

Long was again instrumental in Reading's 2-1 win over Preston this evening, providing the pass for Jimmy Kebe to put the Royals in front and being a constant menace in front of goal.

Long fast becoming a serious striking option for Ireland

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Shane Long's hunger to further his career has only been increased by his emergence as a top striker on the international stage

The Tipperary born Ireland striker scored his sixth goal in 19 senior appearances for 'The Boys In Green' in Tuesday night's 3-2 friendly defeat by World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay, and was also instrumental in winning the penalty which led to his side's second.

Shane Long deal extends Reading stay

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Ireland international striker Shane Long has penned a new contract deal with Reading that will keep him at the club until 2012.

The Tipperary born player was linked with a move to Birmingham City during the summer, but the deal sees the former Cork City star extending his five year stay with the Royals.

David Meyler returns ahead of schedule

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Ireland international David Meyler makes an ‘ahead of schedule' return to competitive action when he gets a first real run-out for Sunderland Reserves tonight.

The Cork born Under 21 international has been sidelined since May when he ruptured knee ligaments in Sunderland's last home game of the season against Manchester United.

Ireland 1 - Ireland u23's 0

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Anthony Stokes scored the only goal in last night's training match, to give Giovanni Trapattoni's senior Ireland training squad victory over the Ireland u23 team.

The Hibernian attacker fired home from 25 yards midway through the first-half after Cillian Sheridan raided down the left flank and cut the ball across the edge of the box into Stokes' path.

Kits & fashion

Shit Kits: Bradford City 1991-93

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By Ollie Irish

The early 1990s was a halcyon era for shit football kits, especially in Britain. This Bradford City 'diamonds' shirt, worn from 1991-93, is a textbook case in point:

You might recognise a couple of familiar faces in there – but can you name them all?

Shit Kits: Southend United 1996-98 – The Bart Simpson ‘Custard Splat’

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By James Welham

I remember approaching the 1996-97 season with a degree of optimism. Despite a poor finish to the previous Division One campaign, Southend United had been in the running for promotion right up to Easter and, with former Liverpool and Ireland legend Ronnie Whelan in charge, there was a feeling that we could genuinely make a tilt at the Premiership.

Shit Football Kits: Birmingham City 1992-93

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By Ollie Irish

A very bad Influence... Airport departure lounge carpet, anyone?

The keeper's kit was just as bad. Take it away, Sir Les Sealey:

Horrific.

Bonus points for anyone who can identify the outfield players pictured above.

Shit Football Kits: Arsenal Away 1995-96 (Blue Lightning)

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By Ollie Irish

February 1996: Dennis Bergkamp playing in Arsenal's away kit

Now, I know this pick will be controversial and Marmitey, as some Gooners have a soft spot for their 'blue lightning' away kit of 1995-96. (And let's be honest, it is nice to see the classic old Arsenal club crest, which remains a million times better than the current crest, which looks as if it was designed by a New Labour focus-group.

Shit Football Kits: The Hull City Tiger Stripes Disaster, 1992-93

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By Ollie Irish

One of the few kits where you actually want a bigger sponsor's logo...

Well, we had to get around to this infamously shit kit sooner or later. Just because a club's nickname is The Tigers, doesn't mean you have to design quite such a literal-minded kit.

Shit Football Kits: Partizan Belgrade, Early 1990s

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By Ollie Irish

Shocking. Partizan has Swiss manufacturer Vocado to thank for this fine mess.

Many thanks to Pies reader Dejan Zec for the tip. A fine choice, Dejan.

Got a nomination for a Shit Kit? Leave a comment, Tweet me, or email me: ollie@anorak.

Shit Football Kits: Sheffield United 1995-96 (AVEC ‘Diamonds’ Home Shirt)

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By Ollie Irish

Chris Short models Sheffield United's hideous home kit of 1995-96

Diamonds for the Blades? No, it's just wrong. At least United only had to endure this eyesore for a single season, before the kit designers (AVEC, in this case) reverted to traditional stripes for the 1996-97 season.

Shit Football Kits: Cork City 1990-91 (Away Shirt)

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By Ollie Irish

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Nice marbling effect, Mr Adidas.

Cork City fans referred to this exceedingly nasty away shirt as the 'Pigeon Shit' kit. You can see why.

Spotter's badge to Pies reader Cian D for this.

Chris Konopka

Preview: Weekend Irish action

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Ryan Guy returns from suspension as St. Patrick's Athletic prepare to take on Sligo Rovers while Chris Konopka targets a starting spot for Waterford United in their game against Cork City.

Recap: Weekend Irish action

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Ryan Guy played his part in St. Patrick's Athletic's stunning win over Airtricity League Premier Division champions Bohemians while Chris Konopka and Waterford United had to settle for a point against Cork City.

Preview: Weekend Irish action

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Ryan Guy will be hoping to impress new St. Patrick's Athletic manager Pete Mahon in Friday's encounter with Cork City while Chris Konopka and Sporting Fingal take on Finn Harps.

The Rest

Arsenal to rival Manchester United for Cork City youngster Brian Lenihan

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Arsenal face stiff competition from Manchester United to sign Cork City defender Brian Lenihan.

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Liverpool To Make Shock Move For Reading Striker

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Liverpool are lining up a shock summer move for Reading striker Shane Long.
The Republic of Ireland international was named Reading's Player of the Season after scoring 21 Championship goals this season, helping Brian McDermott's side into the play-offs.
Reading take on Cardiff tomorrow in the first leg of their play-off semi-final and Long is expected to start up front.

Official: Burnley Agree To Deal For Long

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According to Burnley's official website, Burnley have agreed to pay "a six-figure fee" for Cork City defender Kevin Long. Long has agreed to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Recap: Weekend Irish Action

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Ryan Guy played his part in helping St. Patrick's Athletic earn a 1-1 tie with Cork City in what was Pete Mahon's first game in charge.

My Night in the Shed

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Live to Fight Another Day

My college days, as for many third level students, are a bit of a blur. A disproportionate amount of evenings were spent in the various public houses and nightclubs of Cork City. Blotched memories of drinking €2 pints in the Maltings, dancing in Fast Eddie's and some harmless boyish horseplay in Gorby's remind of my time in living in the 'Real Capital', as the locals like to call it.

The Transfer Window

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Pre-season friendlies and meaningless tournaments have begun, and teams are shaping up for the new season. Man City have bought half a side, including four strikers, and don't look to have stopped yet. The other big/rich sides have been less active - Zhirkov, Glen Johnson, and of course Michael Owen the most notable.

Liam Miller Exits QPR....Ex-Players Talk....Other Snippets

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- Among the news articles posted today

- Adel Taarabt Rehab Reportedly Going Well
- Ex-QPR Alan McDonald Signing New Glentoran Contract
- 1966 World Cup Winners Medal for Ex-QPR Goalie Ron Springett
- Colorado Rapid's Ex-QPR Goalie, Matt Pickens seeking to Play

- Steve Coppell Resigns as Reading Manager
- Premier Clubs Supposedly Agreeing to "Home Grown" Quota
- BBC Pays Libel Damages to Zola
- FC United's novel "Pay What You Like" Concept


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Recap: St Patrick's 0 - 3 Cork City

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Last season, where they barely missed out on the league title and had a superb run in the UEFA Cup, is but a distant memory as St Patrick's cannot seem to find the back of the net, falling at home to Cork City while giving up three goals.