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1619: Rugby Is The Sport Eating Itself, New Nike Oregon Project Revelations - 11/11/19
Nov 11 • 46 min
The European Rugby Champions Cup starts this week, with last year’s champions Saracens widely tipped to retain their title… or at least they *were* widely tipped, until they were given a 35 point deduction in the English Premiership, and fined £5 million…
1618: Liverpool Simply Stronger, City Get Mugged Off, Title Race Realities, Poppy Heat - 11/11/19
Nov 11 • 74 min
Ep 1618: Liverpool Simply Stronger, City Get Mugged Off, Title Race Realities, Poppy Heat - 11/11/19 by Second Captains
1613: The History Makers, Katie’s Emotional Win, Boks Bludgeon RWC, Ireland’s Big Fix - 04/11/19
Nov 4 • 54 min
The Ireland women’s hockey team can’t stop creating history - from a World Cup final, to record crowds, to The Olympics. We talk to Nicci Daly, one of the stars of a team that keep getting it done in tight games and on big occasions. South Africa were far…
1612: 3pm Frenzy, Pep Points Finger, Bizarro-VAR, Deconstructing Harry
Nov 4 • 73 min
Saturday saw probably the most heartbreaking come-from-behind win of Pep Guardiola’s career, as City returned to their dressing room only to hear that Liverpool had scored a late winner of their own - but were the City manager’s supposed comments about…
A Faint Whisper Of Second Captains
Nov 1 • 5 min
From F2 freestylers, to Xhaka haters, to free love, to Irishmen loving England - its been another big week on the Second Captains World Service, and as its the start of the month, its the perfect time to
1607: Xhaka Meltdown, Trent Masterclass, F2 Freestylers - 28/10/19
Oct 28 • 79 min
Arsenal v Crystal Palace didn’t look a likely game of the weekend beforehand, but at the bloodthirsty cauldron the Emirates has become, anyone can end up being fed to the lions. We also discuss Liverpool’s victory over Spurs and what the future might hold…
1602: Another RWC, Another Disaster - Horgan And Reddan On Another Quarter-Final Exit - 21/10/19
Oct 21 • 67 min
Why always us? It’s been another horrendous Rugby World Cup campaign for Ireland, and we are left with the same old questions. Eoin Reddan and Shane Horgan are both on the show today to try and make sense of our 46-14 mauling at the hands of New Zealand…
1601: Ole Wheels Around The Corner? - 21/10/19
Oct 21 • 56 min
We’ve been trying not to talk about VAR too much but the Premier League isn’t making it easy. With video referees apparently reluctant to intervene, is it time for the referees to be forced to take the opportunity to overrule themselves? We also discuss a…
Ireland Target NZ Wings, Joe Canning On Galway Controversy, Ken V Clean Glass
Oct 17 • 9 min
Its been another wet n wild week on the good ship Second Captains. But amidst all the on- and off-field drama of our national teams competing on two fronts, one constant remains. When we send Ken Early out on assignment, something daft **will** happen.…
1596: It’s The All-Blacks In The Quarter-Final, Sub-Two Hour Marathon For Kipchoge - 14/10/19
Oct 14 • 66 min
Ireland beat Samoa on Saturday morning, but that never looked likely to be enough to get us top spot in the pool, and so it’s New Zealand in a World Cup quarter-final next Saturday morning. Are there ANY grounds for optimism? Eoin outlines a few, and…
1595: Ireland 0 - 0 Georgia, Connolly Conundrum Has Mick Feeling The Pressure - 14/10/19
Oct 14 • 54 min
Ireland and Georgia played out the dullest of 0-0 draws on Saturday, but we must ask an unpalatable question - was it any worse than any of our other performances this year, with the only difference being this time we didn’t score? Any lingering concerns…
A Light Zephyr Of Second Captains World Service
Oct 10 • 7 min
A Light Zephyr Of Second Captains World Service by Second Captains
1591: Richie Sadlier On His New Book, “Recovering” - 08/10/19
Oct 8 • 60 min
Last night we helped to launch Richie Sadlier’s new book, Recovering, at the Chocolate Factory on King’s Inns Street. In this interview, Richie explains how he decided to write the book, discusses some of the personal revelations in the story, and tells…
1590: Typhoon Ahoy, Ireland Need A Bonus Point, Salazar Dominates World Championships - 07/10/19
Oct 7 • 42 min
Ireland have been undone at rugby world cups in many different ways over the years - from Michael Lynagh, to 15-man lineouts, to Juan Imhoff… but we’ve never been knocked out by a freak weather event before - UNTIL NOW. It turns out there are alternative…
1589: Happy Shamrocks, Unhappy Families - 07/10/19
Oct 7 • 71 min
Irish football has been free of John Delaney for just over a week now - and already a great green wave of Gaelic genius threatens to engulf the Premier League. Is it fair that Mauricio Pochettino’s position at Tottenham should be questioned simply because…
Matt Doherty On The Truth, Shane Horgan On Ireland, Pat Kenny On Fitness
Oct 3 • 7 min
It’s the start of the month, which means it’s high time you joined the Second Captains World Service - but if just asking you isn’t persuasive enough, here are some highlights from this week so far. The Players Chair was back this week, with a rollicking…
1584: The 2019 Second Captains Grudge Match Power Breakfast Live From Liberty Hall - 30/09/19
Sep 30 • 56 min
Ireland are still in the Rugby World Cup but… our 19-12 loss to Japan now means we must talk about the bad old days again. We recorded a live podcast moments after the final whistle in our home-away-from-home, the Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin, with…
1583: Delaney Departs, Vardy the Velociraptor, Mahrez Magic - 30/09/19
Sep 30 • 67 min
It’s all over between John Delaney and the FAI. We reminisce about the bad times, and the crazy times. Leicester’s 5-0 demolition job on Newcastle posed a couple of questions. Is Jamie Vardy the most underrated player of his generation? And how has Coach…
1578: RWC Fireworks, How Good Are Ireland, Managing Sexton, Prepping For Big Bad Boks - 23/09/19
Sep 23 • 52 min
Ireland outmuscled Scotland, but that aside, what else did we do right, and what else did we learn? Will Jordan Larmour hold onto the 15 jersey? Is Stockdale now a master defender? Have we the forwards to beat South Africa? We chat to Shane Horgan about…
1577: The Bridge Of Love, Bernardo’s Blunder, Ole Hammered - 23/09/19
Sep 23 • 75 min
Liverpool made it six wins in a row but finished the match clinging on as Chelsea, inspired by their fans’ generosity of spirit, threw everything at them in search of an equaliser. Manchester City won 8-0 and then the hero of the day, Bernardo Silva,…
Champions League Underway, RWC2019 Underway, And Grunge Week Over - Time To Join SCWS
Sep 20 • 7 min
The Champions League is underway, the RWC 2019 is underway and grunge week is over - its the perfect time to join the Second Captains World Service . Shane Horgan told us this week that he reckons England are going to win the whole…
1572: Dublin Win 5-In-A-Row, And Noelle Healy On Completing An Amazing Weekend For Dubs - 16/9/19
Sep 16 • 58 min
‘No-one likes us, we don’t care’ would appear to be the attitude of some Dublin fans… but is there a silent majority of the country who, while they’d rather see the cups getting shared around a bit, are nonetheless more than willing to give credit where…
1571: Pukki Plagues Pep, Lampard Lights The Way - 16/09/19
Sep 16 • 58 min
Eoin returns from Seattle, and he’s bearing gifts, which translates to both good news and bad news for Second Captains listeners. There is no doubt what the theme is today as the dazzling young stars of Frank Lampard’s talent factory blazed far too hot…
Brolly’s Licence To Ill, C’est Troy Bien, Dubs Doubt, Eve Of RWC
Sep 12 • 9 min
The Second Captains World Service aches for you. Here is a taste of what you’ve been missing. Oisin and Mike on Brolly’s Licence To Ill, Richie Sadlier on Troy Parrott’s rise, Ken on Dubs all Ireland ceremony, and RWC 2019 build up.
1566: RWC Panic Button Defused, Ireland Go Big, Camogie Gets All-Ireland It Deserves - 9/9/19
Sep 9 • 55 min
Two weeks ago, Ireland conceded almost 60 points to England… so what the hell are we doing at number 1 in the world rankings? No-one seems to be paying it much heed, least of all here in Ireland, but it suggests we must be doing something right. Eoin…
1565: Guardian Angels Georgia, Mick Shuffles Pack, English Stock Rises - 09/09/19
Sep 9 • 60 min
If Ireland are Homer Simpson, then Georgia are Homer’s assistant and guardian angel Karl, who helps him get promoted to executive in the Dimoxinil episode. Once again they have sabotaged Ireland’s opponents and simplified the task of Euro qualification.…
Twittering And The Nature Of Addiction, Richie Meets Paul O’Connell, Professional Pinting
Sep 4 • 7 min
There simply is no better time to join the Second Captains world service than the first week of the month, with new editions of both Richie Sadlier’s Player’s Chair and Ken Early’s Politics Podcast, and an Ireland V Switzerland review coming on Friday.…
1560: Dublin & Kerry Draw A Pulsating All-Ireland Final, RWC Squad Named, Toner Axed - 02/09/2019
Sep 2 • 63 min
Dublin set off yesterday in pursuit of history, trying to become the first team to win the five-in-a-row. They eventually came within one kick of it yesterday evening, before Dean Rock’s sideline free-kick dropped short and wide, and condemned us to a…
1559: Poch Troubleshooting, Salah/Mane Beef, Ken Teleports to Abbotstown, Colemaniac - 02/09/2019
Sep 2 • 72 min
Mane and Salah provided the drama but as far as the title race is concerned, the most significant moment of the Premier League weekend happened elsewhere. Miguel Delaney was at the Emirates to see Arsenal come back to draw with Spurs. Is Unai Emery…
Andy Moran Retires From Inter-County Football
Aug 26 • 4 min
2017 Footballer of the Year Andy Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football. In a wide-ranging interview for ‘The Players Chair’ with Richie Sadlier on the Second Captains World Service, the man with more appearances for Mayo than any…
1554: Ireland Hit Rock Bottom, McIlroy Wins 15M And Koepka Crumbles, Ashes Superman - 26/08/2019
Aug 26 • 57 min
Ireland suffered a record defeat to England on Saturday, and the rather uneasy rumblings of last week have become fully-realised fears in the eyes of many Irish rugby fans - we press the panic button on today’s show. Shane Horgan sees our hopes of winning…
1553: Silva Sublime And Luiz Ridiculous, Arsenal Take A Pass, Rash Takes Peno - 26/8/19
Aug 26 • 73 min
The Premier League weekend: David Silva sublime. David Luiz ridiculous. Eoin has some questions - cheap, nasty, and obvious ones. Did Unai Emery play it too conservatively at Anfield? Who was to blame for Crystal Palace’s first goal against Manchester…
1548: Tipp Are Champions, Real Life And Hurling, Richie’s Red, Seamie’s Wonder Year - 19/08/2019
Aug 19 • 42 min
It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster year for Tipperary - an All-Ireland win looked pretty unlikely at the end of the league, looked very likely indeed after the Munster championship round-robin, and then after a 12 point hammering from Limerick in the…
1547: Game Of Pedantry, Spurs Stink It Up, Being Frank, “Brexit” Blades, WOW Felix - 19/8/19
Aug 19 • 73 min
It’s Monday, so it’s time to talk about VAR. Ken defends himself against the “gammon” accusations and explains why his critics are wrong. In between there is some time to discuss the details of how Man City took Spurs apart. We also talk about Frank…
Ric Flair, Derek McGrath, When Eoin Met Peter, The Mighty Magyars
Aug 15 • 5 min
Q: What do Derek McGrath, Ric Flair, the Mighty Magyars and Eoin tanking a Peter O’Mahony interview have in common? A: THIS WEEK ON THE SECOND CAPTAINS WORLD SERVICE
1542: Dubs Crush Mayo, History Beckons - 12/08/2019
Aug 12 • 48 min
On a balmy September night in September 2011, Eoin stood outside Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street basking in the celebrations of Dublin’s first All-Ireland title in 16 years. More than that, he was basking in the love being shown by supporters from other…
1541: Frank Tanks At Old Trafford, VAR Annoys World - 12/08/2019
Aug 12 • 60 min
Manchester United destroyed Chelsea at Old Trafford, with Daniel James’ emotional celebrations reminding the crowd why they love football in the first place. It meant Frank Lampard started with the worst result of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League…
1536: Community Shield, and Window Lessons - 05/08/2019
Aug 5 • 58 min
Whether or not the Community Shield counts as a trophy, it’s become plain that there are no friendlies any more when Manchester City play Liverpool. We talk about how the teams seem to be shaping up, the relevance of the old wisdom that you should buy…
Sign Up Or You Get The Eoin T McDevitt Treatment
Aug 1 • 7 min
It’s August 1st, which means this is the PERFECT time to sign up to the Second Captains World Service!! Sign up today, and you get maximum bang for your (5) buck(s), and to pique your interest, have a quick listen to this - as Murph gets humiliated by…
1531: Robbie Don’t Dance, Arsenal’s War Chest, Bale Out, Conway Outmanoeuvres Ross - 29/07/2019
Jul 29 • 59 min
Robbie Keane is not in the mood to reminisce. Funny? Funny how? Arsenal have found some spare cash, or at least some sellers willing to discuss terms. We also talk about why Gareth Bale is not going to China, and whether Real Madrid’s technical committee…
1530: Kilkenny’s Enduring Glory, Un-Tippical, Davy’s Decision, Limerick’s Lesson - 29/07/2019
Jul 29 • 56 min
There really isn’t enough time between All-Ireland hurling semi-finals to digest the full magnitude of what went on this weekend, but we’ll give it a shot today, as we try and sort out just how we’re left with a fifth Tipperary/Kilkenny final in the last…
1525: Lowry Wins The Open, Shane’s Amazing Granny, Kerry & Donegal’s Modern Classic - 22/7/2019
Jul 22 • 83 min
The Open came to Ireland for the first time in 68 years, and the Claret Jug will stay in Ireland, after Shane Lowry’s extraordinary 6-shot win over the field at Royal Portrush yesterday. We salute a man we can all say is as nice as he appears on TV, with…
1524: FAI Under Pressure, City Displease China, Bale Bargaining - 22/07/2019
Jul 22 • 62 min
It’s been another turbulent weekend for the FAI - but on the field maybe there are some signs that Irish football’s fortunes are looking up. Meanwhile Premier League clubs have been touring some humid and not-so-humid locations, aiming to boost fitness…
1519: Super 8s, Wimbledon, Cricket World Cup Won By An Irishman, Return Of Diarmo - 15/07/2019
Jul 15 • 70 min
It was a stunning weekend of sport, which had all the hallmarks of summer - Wimbledon finals in baking heat, GAA in front of massive crowds, with an added soupçon of Cricket World Cup final madness. At the end of it all we have Novak Djokovic as Wimbledon…
1518: Pricing Harry & Koulibaly, AFCON Final, Neymar Wins Friends & Influences People - 15/07/19
Jul 15 • 48 min
It was a sunny Sunday when for once football was pushed into the shadows - but nobody keeps this baby in the corner for long. La Liga clubs have been the most active in the summer transfer market so far. Has there been an outbreak of caution in the…
ZZ Tops, Kerry Mayo, US Murph On Quakes, Uncle Jim Radio
Jul 11 • 7 min
A spritz of the Second Captains World Service
1513: Mayo Keep Summer Alive, Laois Shock World, UnCork, Irish Open Tales - 08/07/2019
Jul 8 • 55 min
After missing out last year, Mayo are in the Super 8s, and they seem destined to keep us entertained for another month or so… at least. Mike Quirke and Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times give us their thoughts on the weekend’s football, with Mayo surging…
1512: Liberté Egalité Fraternité USA, The Humble One, Pogba PR - 08/07/19
Jul 8 • 51 min
Richie Sadlier joins us in studio to discuss covering the FIFA WWC for RTE, Team America, male and female celebrations, and Phil “the humble one”. We talk to Johnette Howard about how the team is perceived in the US, confusing brashness with confidence,…
Glazed Eyes And Slippy Fingers, Money McEnroe, Tiered Schmeered, Cult Hero
Jul 4 • 6 min
Jonathan Pearce went full Jonathan Pearce, England went full England and Dr Ken diagnoses glazed eyes. Plus Murph on the GAA’s Mr fix it, and Frances Murphy’s birthday greeting. Welcome to another taste of the Second Captains World Service.
1507: Good Guys And Bad Guys, Audacity Of Hope Solo, Arsenal’s Lost Decade - 01/07/19
Jul 1 • 56 min
A spying scandal has erupted ahead of the World Cup semi-final between England and the USA and Phil Neville has another national team set-up to criticise. We look back at the quarter-finals and forward to tomorrow’s much-anticipated Anglo-American…
1506: Feel-Good Monday, Wonderful Wexford, The Davy Job, Hungry Hungry Limerick - 01/07/2019
Jul 1 • 39 min
The first part of the hurling summer has ended, and it’s ended with Wexford and Limerick on top in Leinster and Munster. If that sounds like it has a real mid-90s vibe to it, then you’d be right. Hurling Uber-mensch and the soul of Wexford, Liam Griffin,…
1501: Donegal Dominant, Dublin Dismissive, Kerry Unconvincing, The Dublin Q - 24/06/2019
Jun 24 • 50 min
Ep 1501: Donegal Dominant, Dublin Dismissive, Kerry Unconvincing, The Dublin Q - 24/06/2019 by Second Captains
1500: Pip Lets Rip, Ref Quits, LVG On Messi - 24/06/19
Jun 24 • 88 min
Ep 1500: Pip Lets Rip, Ref Quits, LVG On Messi - 24/06/19 by Second Captains
Scotland’s PHD In Pain, Donegal For Sam, High And Goodbye
Jun 20 • 8 min
We didn’t think we’d spend at least part of this week discovering factoids about the many and various ways that Scotland have managed not to qualify from World Cup groups, but after the misadventures of their women’s team against Argentina last night,…
1495: Leinster’s Wild Finale, Tippy Tappy Stuff In Munster, Galway’s Horror Weekend - 17/06/2019
Jun 17 • 46 min
The Munster hurling championship last year had plenty of fire-works, but it didn’t have drama to match the last few minutes of the Leinster hurling championship round-robin series on Saturday, as first Galway, then Dublin, then Wexford, then Kilkenny all…
1494: Pogba Wants out, USWNT Power On - 17/06/2019
Jun 17 • 47 min
Nine of the 16 second round teams at the Womens’ World Cup have been confirmed, and the Americans still look like the team to stop, after following up their demolition job on Thailand with a 3-0 defeat of Chile. Meanwhile Paul Pogba has announced that he…
Do You Want To Be Famous?
Jun 13 • 6 min
Welcome to our weekly sprinkling of the Second Captains World Service.
1489: Glorious Mysteries Of The Ulster Championship, Rory’s Crazily Successful Year - 10/06/2019
Jun 10 • 42 min
It’s been a dark time for the Gaelic football fans out there, as their game has been ignored in favour of the small ball, on television at least. So there’s no better antidote for that than a reunion of the Second Captains punditry dream-team of Mike…
1488: Same Faces Different Footprint, The Norwegian Saipan, De Ligt’s Destination - 10/06/19
Jun 10 • 86 min
The Women’s World Cup is underway in France, but the best player in the world is nowhere to be seen. We discuss the case of Ada Hegerberg and the Norwegian Saipan. Meanwhile Ireland are top of the Euro 2020 qualifying group after an encouraging…
A Shard Of Second Captains World Service Spite - 07/06/19
Jun 7 • 5 min
WELCOME TO HELL, or as its better known, Copenhagen.
1483: Liverpool Win The Champions League - 03/06/2019
Jun 3 • 79 min
Ep 1483: Liverpool Win The Champions League - 03/06/2019 by Second Captains
Champions League Final Fun, Klopp Chill, Ken On Tour
May 30 • 8 min
Champions League Final Fun, chilled Klopp, Ken On Tour and Rice to Man United all feature on our latest snifter of the Second Captains World Service. Disfrutas!
1478: Leinster Reign Supreme, Rossies Reignite Championship, Eoin’s Supreme Segue - 27/05/2019
May 27 • 56 min
Leinster were able to bounce back from defeat in the European Champions Cup final to secure a third trophy in the last 2 years with a 18-15 defeat of Glasgow. Eoin Reddan and Gerry Thornley run the rule over the Pro 14 final - a game where that defeat to…
1477: Khaldoon Makes Eoin Swoon; Chelsea’s Culture War - 27/05/2019
May 27 • 73 min
The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has attacked Manchester City and PSG for inflating the European football market, prompting a spicy response from Khaldoon al Mubarak. The City chairman’s smooth delivery has charmed McDevitt - but do his arguments…
1472: Munster Can’t Break Semi-Final Hoodoo, Armagh Outlast Down, Ken Scouts Glasgow - 20/05/2019
May 20 • 45 min
Munster have now lost 8 semi-finals, and 2 finals since they last won a trophy. Many people saw last Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final against Leinster in the RDS as a must-win game, but what they were left with was more questions, departing coaches and a…
1471: MCFC’s Treble: The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times - 20/05/2019
May 20 • 74 min
“What is life, what is the reason why we live? It is to live these kind of emotions…” So Pep Guardiola told the BBC in his pre-FA Cup Final interview. By this standard Saturday was another great day for the City manager, as he got to live almost the full…
Who “barely fogs a mirror”, and who “is as bould as a pig”?
May 16 • 6 min
Who “barely fogs a mirror”, and who “is as bould as a pig”? These, and other important issues are discussed on today’s mini-promo-pod for non-members of the Second Captains World Service. The two men responsible for those illuminating, evocative phrases…
1466: Leinster Lose To Saracen’s Slow Poison, Eoin On Tour With The Dublin Hurlers - 13/05/2019
May 13 • 37 min
Afterwards, it seemed inevitable that Saracens’ power-game would eventually wear down Leinster in Saturday’s European Champions Cup final. But - was it really all that inevitable? Or were key mistakes at key times the reason why Leinster couldn’t add a…
1465: City Champions 2019 - 13/05/2019
May 13 • 69 min
When City won the league in 2012, Carlos Tevez caused consternation by waving a banner saying “RIP Fergie” at the title party. This time the top two have expressed nothing but mutual respect, gratitude and admiration. It’s all very decent and civilised,…
Thank You Football, Spurs Break History, Ajax Light, Sadlier At Anfield
May 9 • 4 min
A snifter of Spurs lunacy, Richie Sadlier after his trip to Anfield and Ken on Ajax’s trench foot
Liverpool fans! Football fans! And drama fans in general… The SC World Service awaits
May 8 • 8 min
On this week’s message to those of you wavering on the sidelines anxious but still unsure as to whether €5 can be spared for a subscription - we have a soupçon of our coverage of last night’s Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona ‘ridiculo’, a sprig of Murphy…
1460: The Silence Of The Fans, Liverpool’s Luck, Mo Out, FAI Family - 06/05/19
May 6 • 64 min
Everything is settled except the destination of the title. For Manchester City to drop points once already to Leicester City this season might have been bad luck. But twice would look like carelessness. Liverpool are already counting the cost of their…
The Messi Show, Ryan McHugh, Souness And The Night King Of The Tactics Twats
May 2 • 7 min
It’s been another history-making week on the Second Captains World Service, as we call one of our most beloved guests ‘a twat’ live on-air. Come have a listen at some of the other non-insulting stuff we’ve been talking about this week by joining us on…
1455: Marathon Mo Farah/Haile Gebrselassie Beef, Conor Murray Injury Update - 29/04/2019
Apr 29 • 57 min
Ep 1455: Marathon Mo Farah/Haile Gebrselassie Beef, Conor Murray Injury Update - 29/04/2019 by Second Captains
1454: City Closing In, Misery Mini-League, McDevitt v Bielsa - 29/04/2019
Apr 29 • 70 min
Marcelo Bielsa ordered his Leeds team to concede an equaliser against Aston Villa for reasons of sportsmanship, but at least two people aren’t impressed by his act of integrity: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, and our own Eoin McDevitt. The title race…
Ken & Eoin Embrace The League of Ireland, Trauma of Penalties Past With Colin O’Brien, SC Countdown
Apr 25 • 6 min
In this week’s sampling of World Service fare, Ken outlines the cure for dissociation from reality as caused by our obsession with technology: League of Ireland football. We looked back at the trauma inflicted upon the nation during last year’s u17…
1449: United - A Wounded Animal, Or Already Dead? - 22/04/2019
Apr 22 • 66 min
After the hysterical overreaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s initial success, we’re surfing a wave of hysterical counter-reaction to Manchester United’s dismal recent form. After six defeats in their last eight, United face City on Wednesday, at risk of…
Shane Horgan On Champions Cup Semis, Blood-Gate 10 Years On, The Cost Of Ignoring Climate Change
Apr 17 • 5 min
It’s time for us to once again give you a little taster of what you could have been listening to this week, had you taken the plunge and become a Second Captains World Service member. Leinster and Ireland legend Shane Horgan was in rare form looking ahead…
1444: Tiger Wins The Masters, In One Of The Great Sports Stories Of The Decade - 15/04/2019
Apr 15 • 46 min
Tiger Woods has won a few major titles in his time. 22 years ago he won his first Masters title by 12 shots. He won the US Open in 2000 by 15 shots. He won the British Open the same year by 8 shots. But has there ever been anything like the 1-stroke…
1443: Delaney Agonistes, Hendo Unchained, KDB’s Nirvana - 15/04/19
Apr 15 • 79 min
With John Delaney’s departure from the FAI expected - but at time of recording not yet confirmed - we discuss the latest developments at Abbottstown and how Irish football ended up in this mess. It was another sensational weekend in what already looks…
This Is How Ireland Works, Legal Advice On Praise, Forget Your Dreams, Champions League Conserves
Apr 11 • 5 min
Ken’s mood got darker as the week went on, and it started with his philosophy on dreaming big. John Delaney said nothing, which said everything about how Ireland works. And in the Champions League we ask is Ole careering off course? Its our weekly taster…
1438: FAI Set Scene For A Nervy Wednesday, Westmeath’s PhD-Writing Talisman, 7s Win - 08/04/2019
Apr 8 • 45 min
It has been a banner few weeks for FAI statements, with each one more dramatic than the last. Today’s edition featured confirmation that John Delaney would indeed appear at the Oireachtas committee hearing on Wednesday, and a tantalising suggestion that…
1437: The Sack of Troy, Hendo’s Redemption, Spurs on the Launchpad - 08/04/2019
Apr 8 • 62 min
Watford are in the Cup final and Troy Deeney has some learnings he’d like to share. It was another weekend when again City gently outwitted their opponents like a superintelligent AI. The impression of City’s challenge is cool blue and serene, like a…
Kenz Poemz, Horse Play, Premier League Run In, Delaney Daily, Murray On Acting
Apr 5 • 4 min
A lock of Second Captains World Service hair (probably Ken’s)…
1432: Beirne Baby Byrne, Dashing Earls, Leavy’s Knee, Mayo Happy To Be Happy - 01/04/19
Apr 1 • 41 min
It was an utterly brilliant weekend of rugby, with huge wins for Leinster and Munster, and a host of heroes and villains. If Jacob Stockdale had touched the ball down when already over the try-line, or if Tadhg Beirne hadn’t ensured he got the ref’s…
1431: Kop Sucks, Bottle Or Choke, Trolls Beat Hotheads, FAI To Infinity - 01/04/19
Apr 1 • 86 min
Liverpool’s late win over Spurs at Anfield didn’t show either side at their very best - but it sure as hell gave everybody a lot to talk about. Why do we always praise and criticise players and performances based on how they end? When is the right time to…
Sadlier On Football And Fan Free Will, Ole The Only One, Irish Identity Test, Champions Cup QF, AFLW
Mar 28 • 5 min
Richie Sadlier on Mick’s joyful football and fan free will, Ken on Ole (the only choice, James McClean’s scary Irish Identity Test, Irish woman in AFLW Grand Final and Champions Cup QF AHOY!
1426: Tennis Protests, Hurling Semis, Mayo’s Strange Campaign, Ken In OT - 25/03/2019
Mar 25 • 48 min
Ep 1426: Tennis Protests, Hurling Semis, Mayo’s Strange Campaign, Ken In OT - 25/03/2019 by Second Captains
1425: The FAI’s Wild Weekend, Stormy In Abbotstown, Occasional Outbreaks Of Hendrick - 25/03/2019
Mar 25 • 69 min
In the history of totally daft weeks in Irish football, this one would have to rank pretty high - and we still have plenty of drama to come on and off the field. As John Delaney retires from his role as Chief Executive of the FAI, for a newly-created role…
Big Mick Week, Rice Enrages, Dublin Do A Keyser Soze
Mar 21 • 5 min
A taste of the Second Captains world service this week
1420: Joe’s Biggest Challenge, Delaney’s €100,000 Loan, Corofin’s Class - 18/03/2019
Mar 18 • 57 min
Ireland have had a miserable spring, and the scale of the 25-7 defeat to Wales on Saturday could hardly be over-stated. Why do the players lack composure? What has happened their skillset? Why are they so poor at comebacks? Is it time for a major overhaul…
Champions League Drama, Pushy Parents, Take That Germania, Ken Burley
Mar 14 • 8 min
A taste of whats on the Second Captains world service this week…
1415: Ireland Learn And Win, Ken Burley Update, Integration in GAA - 11/03/2019
Mar 11 • 60 min
Ireland seemed to learn something about themselves in the games against Italy, Scotland and England - and that regained momentum led them to a comfortable bonus point win over France. Eoin Reddan joins Gerry Thornley to figure out what changed in the…
1414: Broken Britain, Ramos Speaks Truth To Power, Solksjaer’s Ouija, Ridic Refs - 11/03/19
Mar 11 • 73 min
So looking back, Sergio, what have you learned from your experiences with Real Madrid? Well, that’s a tricky question, Terry. But as I always say, we skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels cross the floor… Sergio Ramos’ Twitter self-interview…
1409: Ciara Mageean Medals At European Indoors, The Third Coming Of Tommy Walsh - 04/03/2019
Mar 4 • 59 min
When Ciara Mageean sat down to record an episode of The Players Chair with Richie Sadlier last year, she was coping with changing coach, living in England, and trying to put disappointment behind her. We’re delighted to catch up with her today to talk…
1408: Ken Returns, Eoin McCatalan, Mo’s Right Foot, Klopp’s Patience Not A Virtue - 04/03/19
Mar 4 • 78 min
Ken is back from Australia and Eoin is back from Premier Sports to talk about the weekend’s football. Jurgen Klopp’s tetchy responses after Liverpool’s draw at Everton suggest that some of those questions about whether they took enough risk in the game…
1403: Ireland Wobble in Rome, England Battered Into Submission, GAA Congress Blunder - 25/02/2019
Feb 25 • 52 min
Just what is going on with Ireland? It might seem a strange question to ask after a weekend that saw England beaten, Ireland win their second game in a row, and secure their first bonus point of the tournament - but that’s where we are. Shane Horgan is…
1402: Football Is The Asylum And The Players Have Taken Over, Liverpool Struggle On - 25/02/2019
Feb 25 • 51 min
The moment when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off at the end of yesterday’s Carabao Cup final might have been sadly indicative of the insanity of Chelsea’s dressing-room, but Eoin McDevitt believes it might have more widespread…
A Gentle Zephyr Of The Second Captains World Service
Feb 21 • 9 min
New slots including McTepid, Irish Scapegoats Of Days Gone By and Nesbitt’s Lonely planet emerged this week but that hasn’t helped Eoin’s ego after once again he was made to look a fool by one of our rugby pundits. We had loads of Champions league…
1397: It’s Limerick’s World, Rest Of Hurling Just Live In It; Kaepernick And NFL - 18/02/19
Feb 18 • 45 min
Limerick ended 2018 as All-Ireland champions for the first time in 45 years, and they’ve started 2019 in menacing fashion - beating Wexford away before hammering Tipperary and Kilkenny in successive games. Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times, and former…
1396: Bayern Beef, Without Virgil, Hakeem, Sports And Politics In Middle East - 18/02/2019
Feb 18 • 42 min
It’s shaping up to be a big week for Jurgen Klopp, as his Liverpool team meet the challenge of Bayern Munich, a team Klopp has had reason to be at logger heads with over the years. Simon Hughes of the Independent joins us to talk about why Klopp so…
Expect The Worst, Declan Rice’s Valentine, Emma’s FAI Stress, Good Clean Fun
Feb 14 • 8 min
Expect the worst says Eoin, after having his Irish heart crushed by England’s Declan Rice. Ken explains this whole sorry saga via a Valentine’s message. Pat Kenny has some good clean fun for you all. And we have a teaser for Richie Sadlier’s latest…
1391: Sarri On The Brink, Sergio The Magnificent, Solskjaer For Keeps - 11/02/2019
Feb 11 • 36 min
Eoin questioned the wisdom of Maurizio Sarri berating his players in public a couple of weeks back - today he informs us that in their last 3 away games since he said those words, they’ve conceded 1.2% of their entire premier league goals against. Dion…
1390: Nervy Ireland, Carbery Class, French Cliche, Kerry The Redeemers - 11/02/2019
Feb 11 • 48 min
Ireland picked up their first win of the 2019 Six Nations on Saturday, but it was pretty hard sledding for most of Saturday. Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley are on hand to adjudicate on where we stand after two games. England’s points bonanza against the…
Six Nations Second Chancers, Facing The Enemy, Wrong Wrong Wrong, Noah McDevitt Needs A Win
Feb 8 • 5 min
Essence of Second Captains World Service - Noah McDevitt is only three weeks old but he needs a win this weekend. Eoin explains.
1385: Ireland’s Out-Fought And Out-Thought By England In Crushing 6 Nations Defeat - 04/02/2019
Feb 4 • 48 min
Ireland had an extraordinary 2018, but in their first game of the 2019 6 Nations, their back-to-back Grand Slam dream came crashing down around them. They were out-fought out-thought, and out-kicked by a brilliant England team. Is it time to press the…
1384: The Miracle Of Manchester, Spurs And Son, Everton Squander, Thoughtless Man City - 04/02/19
Feb 4 • 53 min
Manchester City kept the pressure on Liverpool by beating Arsenal while Manchester United continued their resurgence under The Sunshine Man. Rory Smith was at the Etihad to see Manchester City defeat Arsenal. Is Guardiola overthinking it? What happens…
Calm Obsessive Ireland, US Murph Predicts, Premier League Fright Nights
Feb 1 • 5 min
Have a whiff of the Second Captains musk - from Donnacha Ryan to Mike Tindall to US Murph on the Super Bowl, to Premier League fright nights…. its been a hell of a week. Join the world service for daily shows, Richie Sadlier’s Player’s Chair, top class…
1379: Dublin Skyscraper, The Great Djokovic Mystery, Osaka’s Apologies And Slams - 28/01/2019
Jan 28 • 40 min
It was a rough start to the GAA season on Saturday night, when it briefly looked as if Castlebar’s MacHale Park might be blown away for the opening match of the Allianz National Football League. A hurricane of a different sort ripped through Clones on…
1378: Luke Kelly And Irish Football, McIlvanney’s World, Franno On Football - 28/01/19
Jan 28 • 73 min
It was another FA Cup weekend, so today’s football show is mainly about Luke Kelly. David Sneyd wrote about Kelly’s links to Irish football in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday and he joins us to discuss it further in studio today. We also talk about the former…
Sadlier’s Summers, Kerry Hope, Ulster Ageism, Football identity And Brexit
Jan 24 • 7 min
January is a long, cold month, and sometimes the only thing for it is to wrap up warm, hunker down by the fireside, and download a podcast or two. Ken and Murph talk you through what you missed on this week’s Second Captains World Service - as we hear why…
1373: TOO MUCH WINNING - Shane Lowry Back On Top, All Irish Provinces in QF - 21/01/19
Jan 21 • 42 min
It was a very, very satisfying weekend for Irish sports fans, with one of our most beloved sports-people Shane Lowry back in the winner’s enclosure after a dramatic one-shot win at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Saturday morning. Having led by three…
1372: Sarri’s Calm Rant, Andy Robertson Sells His Soul, The Solskjaer Backstop - 21/01/2019
Jan 21 • 55 min
It seems a little early for the Premier League run-in jitters, but Liverpool were made to sweat for their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. Mo Salah is the fall-guy, but why has everyone conveniently forgotten about Andy Robertson’s handball in the build-up to…
Bielsa-bub, Lampard’s League, Ken Torched On Twitter, Brexeter And The Dying Wasps
Jan 17 • 6 min
Your weekly spritz of Second Captains on the (Leeds) World Service
1367: Leinster, Munster And Ulster In Prime Position, Murray’s Maudlin Goodbye - 14/01/2019
Jan 14 • 44 min
Ireland haven’t had three provinces in the quarter-finals of the European Cup since 2014, but they’re looking good to get it sorted this year, judging by the form shown by Leinster, Munster and Ulster this weekend. There were three fantastic victories,…
1366: Red Hot Rice, Zero Chill Lamps - 14/01/19
Jan 14 • 71 min
It’s been a great weekend for Irish Premier League goalscorers and Brian Clough anecdotes, as Declan Rice, Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick ran riot while Martin O’Neill returned to management with Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is convinced that…
Slating David Silva, Second Captains’ Yoko, 1995 Dunphy, Double Doink
Jan 10 • 7 min
It was the week that very nearly tore Second Captains apart - but we’ve made it to this time of the week again, unscathed, which means it’s time for us to tell you what you’ve missed on the Second Captains World Service over the last few days. We debate…
1361: Carbery Class, Munster’s Muddled Middle, GAA Rules U-Turn, Salt Bae Gold - 07/01/2019
Jan 7 • 53 min
Munster put in their best performance of the season and showed enough quality at the vital moments to keep Connacht at arm’s length, and central to that effort were Joey Carbery and the centre pairing of Dan Goggin and Chris Farrell. But Shane Horgan…
1360: How the Premier League became the richest, most disruptive business in sport - 07/01/19
Jan 7 • 64 min
Josh Robinson and Jonathan Clegg’s new book “The Club: How the Premier League became the richest, most disruptive business in sport” provides a fascinating account of the business development of the Premier League, from the initial realisations in the…
World Service - Premier League 2.5 Horse Race, Ken Quits, Brian Kerr’s 2019, Canny Mackem
Jan 4 • 4 min
Happy New Year! Now go listen to this, our weekly reminder to you of the manifold benefits of being a Second Captains world service member. We will have all the best coverage of the premier league title race - for a race is what we have, after City’s 2-1…
1355: NYE Feel-good Special With Limerick Hurling And Hockey World Cup Stars! 31/12/18
Dec 31, 2018 • 40 min
Sometimes, after a long, tiring festive period, you might feel your energy levels flagging. So as you prepare for another big night of socialising, what you might need right about now is a solid dose of positive vibes, and feel-good stories. So we present…
1351: Happy Christmas Eve - Paul Kimmage Talks To Richie Sadlier - 24/12/2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 64 min
It’s Christmas Eve, and maybe you’re on your way home for a couple of days of peace and quiet with your family. So to ease you on the road, here’s a very special Christmas Eve show containing what might just be our favourite World Service interview of the…
A Shot Of Mourinho Gets The Sack
Dec 18, 2018 • 4 min
A Shot Of Mourinho Gets The Sack, our breaking news podcast on today’s world service.
1346: Munster Take A Beating, Leinster Hum, Ulster Puzzle Taking Shape
Dec 17, 2018 • 46 min
Ep 1346: Munster Take A Beating, Leinster Hum, Ulster Puzzle Taking Shape by Second Captains
1345: Klopp Better Than Fiction, Mourinho’s Olden Days, Saudi Investors - 17/12/18
Dec 17, 2018 • 70 min
Jurgen Klopp knew that the power of narrative was against his team on Sunday evening, if this had been fiction, the writers could probably not have resisted inserting a “Mourinho Masterclass” plot twist. But this was reality not fiction, and Liverpool…
Second Captains World Service Amuse Bouche
Dec 13, 2018 • 7 min
It’s just about that time again, when we remind you what you’ve been missing on the Second Captains World Service. Our members will be hearing plenty from our live shows over the next couple of weeks, including our interviews with US Murph, Eamon Dunphy…
1340: Mullinalaghta Defy The Odds And The Gods, JJ’s 10, Ryan’s Gongs, Happy Ulster - 10/12/2018
Dec 10, 2018 • 46 min
Clubs like Mullinalaghta (population: 447) just don’t beat clubs like Kilmacud Crokes - it just, shouldn’t happen. And yet in Tullamore yesterday, that’s exactly what happened. Gary Rogers scored a penalty in the last minute of normal time to put them…
1339: Lionheart Luiz, Sterling Response, Negative Steve G, Pep Pressure, Copa Loco - 10/12/18
Dec 10, 2018 • 62 min
Saturday was a bad night for all the losers and haters out there as David Luiz showed just what kind of footballer and what kind of man he is against Manchester City. We also talk about the controversy ignited by the apparent racist abuse of Raheem…
1334: Tyson Fury’s Redemption Road, Eamon McGee Still Kicking It With Gweedore - 3/12/2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 47 min
Deontay Wilder was the champ, and the favourite going into this weekend’s World heavyweight title bout, but Tyson Fury emerged with the plaudits and the praise, if not the victory, after their heavily disputed draw in Los Angeles. Legendary boxing…
1333: Klopp Charge, Arsenal Rising, Pogba Virus, Fergie’s Boneyard, Euro 2020 Fun - 03/12/18
Dec 3, 2018 • 71 min
City’s imperious form puts all the challengers under unbearable pressure. Do Liverpool have the nerves of steel to respond? If they don’t have nerves of steel, will luck do? And does there come a point at which repeated doses of luck crystallises into…
Paris Cheek, Noble Englishmen, Irish Manager Stew, Brexit Baloney, ARMAGEDDON
Nov 29, 2018 • 5 min
On this week’s taster menu of the Second Captains world service, we invite you to sample some of our choicest, most delicious bon mots from the week just gone. Angry Richie Sadlier has been replaced by Rock of Sense Richie Sadlier in light of Ireland’s…
1328: Irish Managerial Merry-Go-Round - Schmidt Out, Farrell In, Kenny In (2 Years) - 26/11/2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 52 min
Ep 1328: Irish Managerial Merry-Go-Round - Schmidt Out, Farrell In, Kenny In (2 Years) - 26/11/2018 by Second Captains
1327: McCarthy, Kenny, Robbie - This Just Might Be Crazy Enough To Work? 26/11/2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 59 min
Ken has this unfamiliar feeling….and he thinks it may be optimism?? Seven days ago, Martin O’Neill was preparing his Ireland team to face Denmark in our final Nations League fixture. Since then, he and Roy Keane have left their posts, and the FAI have…
Angry Sadlier, The Stephen Kenny Debate, Smooth Andy Lee, Shane Horgan On Next Step For Ireland
Nov 22, 2018 • 8 min
It’s time for our weekly sneak peek at what we’ve been up to with our brilliant Second Captains world service members, and this week has been pretty bloody dramatic. The reaction to our extraordinary win over the All-Blacks continues with Shane Horgan,…
1321: IRELAND BEAT THE ALL-BLACKS - 19/11/2018
Nov 19, 2018 • 70 min
It was a game between the teams ranked 1 and 2 in the world, and for a breathless 80 minutes, that’s exactly what it looked like - a game of huge quality between two evenly matched teams. That Ireland were able to win such a match augurs well for the…
1320: Gareth Southgate’s Fun House, Throw Like An Englishman, Is This…. Rugby Country? 19/11/18
Nov 19, 2018 • 59 min
Is this… rugby country? The very real chance that life may be imitating advertising is the appalling prospect that greets the Irish football team as they prepare to take on old buddies Denmark in Aarhus tonight. Seamus Coleman and Martin O’Neill insisted…
Alien Invasion, New Zealand Matrix, Dad Of The Year, ROI V NI
Nov 15, 2018 • 8 min
It’s our weekly taster menu of Second Captains fare - and this week things took a turn for the extraterrestrial as Ken wrestled with the news that alien invaders had been spotted along the west coast of Ireland. In light of that devastating bombshell, the…
1315: Now For NZ, Respect And Results, Coping Without Murray, Number 1 Talk - 12/11/2018
Nov 12, 2018 • 46 min
Ireland defeated Argentina on Saturday, the team that has ended our World Cup on 2 of the last 3 occasions lest we forget, but rarely has a win over a bona fide top tier nation been so readily digested and then ignored in the rush to look ahead to next…
1314: City Bring the Hammer Down - 12/11/2018
Nov 12, 2018 • 78 min
Manchester City’s crushing dominance in the Manchester derby means Manchester United are roughly back to where they were before the last international break. It feels now as though their recent string of comeback wins have been papering over cracks that…
Biles The Best, Happy Jose, Economy Schmonomy, Los Pumas, Here Come The All Blacks
Nov 8, 2018 • 5 min
Welcome to our spritz of world service goodness. This week we talked about happy Jose, the Manchester derby, Liverpool’s mojo, and we made the case for Simone Biles as the most influential and most dominant athlete in the world. Plus there’s Ireland V…
1309: Poppys and Papists - 05/11/2018
Nov 5, 2018 • 95 min
As the Centenary edition of Poppy Mania hits full throttle, James McClean and Neil Lennon have both complained that they have become the victims of anti-Irish racism in the UK. Meanwhile Nemanja Matic has unexpectedly entered the drama as a striking new…
1308: Larmour Lights It Up, The Unseen Work, Hurling Gets Respect - 05/11/2018
Nov 5, 2018 • 44 min
Ireland eased their way to an 8 try win over Italy in Chicago on Saturday evening, and the two players many people were looking at to make an impact on their debut starts for their country contributed 5 tries between them - the hard-carrying, turn-over…
Davy Fitz on Settling Scores, All Black Backs Are Up, The Conor Murray Ruse
Nov 1, 2018 • 5 min
A little taster of what was on the Second Captains World Service this week: Davy Fitz on whether he set out to settle scores in his new book, Kiwi conspiracy theories, rattled All Blacks.
1303: The End For Julen Lopetegui And The Leicester City Helicopter Disaster - 29/10/2018
Oct 29, 2018 • 66 min
It’s almost certainly Julen Lopetegui’s last day as coach of Real Madrid, after his side were hammered 5-1 at Camp Nou. We talk through the aftermath of the match and conclude that the European champions have problems that a change of coach is not going…
Man United Punch In The Face, Murray On Gossip, Munster Parish
Oct 25, 2018 • 6 min
A taster of what was on Second Captains World Service this week: Man United’s cunning plan, Murray on privacy and gossip, Champions League fun, beefs and brawls with US Murph.
1298: Katie On “Katie”, Toulouse Throwback, Zebo Wave, Fog Of GAA War - 22/10/2018
Oct 22, 2018 • 71 min
Katie Taylor had a routine defence of her world title in Boston on Saturday night against a fighter who was woefully unable to offer anything on the front foot. Rather more dramatic is a new documentary, “Katie”, which gets a cinema release this week and…
1297: Seamus Takes Aim, The PL Table Lies, Madrid Manage, Joke Is On Bayern - 22/10/18
Oct 22, 2018 • 59 min
The Nations League may be gone for the next few weeks but the aftershocks continue to shake up the Irish punditry scene as Seamus Coleman takes clinical aim at Keith Andrews for criticising the team. Meanwhile the Premier League title race looks…
1292: Munster Mettle, Electric Leinster, Ken Vs Joe Brolly On UFC, God Is Watching - 15/10/2018
Oct 15, 2018 • 52 min
European Rugby is back, and it was an excellent week for the Irish provinces, as Leinster and Ulster both won against English opposition, and Munster came out of Exeter with a doughty draw. Gerry Thornley and former Munster back-rower James Coughlan join…
1291: Good Ship Ireland, McCarthy Charm Offensive, Natural Goalscorer Worship - 15/10/18
Oct 15, 2018 • 61 min
Ep 1291: Good Ship Ireland, McCarthy Charm Offensive, Natural Goalscorer Worship - 15/10/18 by Second Captains
1286: McGregor Taps Out, Khabib Chaos, Leinster/Munster Classic, Connacht Party - 08/10/2018
Oct 8, 2018 • 67 min
So it turns out if you insult Khabib Nurmagomedov’s family, religion, and country… he’s not going to like it very much. Conor McGregor’s pre-fight posturing might have just seemed like good PR, and even a good laugh, but Khabib was deadly serious when it…
1285: Man U Manhunt, Pep Pragmatism, Mahrez Waddles Up, Lopetegui LOL - 08/10/18
Oct 8, 2018 • 59 min
It turns out Pep Guardiola can do pragmatism with the best of them, and the much-hyped clash of Liverpool and Manchester City fizzled out in mild disappointment for an uncharacteristically conservative City and mild relief for misfiring Liverpool. Instead…
BONUS EPISODE 1281: The Player’s Chair With Brian Lenihan
Oct 4, 2018 • 42 min
**NOTE: This was initially a World Service members-only show broadcasted first on 2nd of October 2018. We have decided to re-publish the podcast today, the 4th of October, with the support of our members. For independent, member-led journalism like this…
1280: Europe Toy With Tiger, Leinster Assert, Munster Fly, Grunge Week Ahoy - 01/10/18
Oct 1, 2018 • 62 min
Europe were deemed to be the underdogs going into the weekend’s Ryder Cup, but it was very much an old-school Ryder Cup in the end - the US had all the stars, Europe had all the team spirit, and it ended with a convincing 7 point win for the home side.…
1279: Chelsea And Liverpool Get It On AND Get Along; Der Spiegel Reports On Ronaldo - 01/10/18
Oct 1, 2018 • 88 min
Chelsea and Liverpool used to straight up not like each other. And yet their last two matches, despite being played out in a bizarre atmosphere of mutual respect and admiration, have been remarkably entertaining. Can you get it on even if you also get…
1274: Tiger’s Back, Ryder Sizzle, Joey Carbery’s Munster Jigsaw, Connacht Friends - 24/09/18
Sep 24, 2018 • 48 min
Last year, Tiger Woods could barely walk. Last night, in chaotic, brilliant circumstances, he won his first PGA Tour championship in 5 years to reaffirm his return to the top of the sport. Not only has he battled back from technical, physical,…
1273: Pogba’s Points, The Mendes Derby, Chelsea’s Control Freak, Liverpool’s Headstart - 24/09/18
Sep 24, 2018 • 76 min
Ep 1273: Pogba’s Points, The Mendes Derby, Chelsea’s Control Freak, Liverpool’s Headstart - 24/09/18 by Second Captains
1268: Dublin Tick Cork Off List, Cavanagh’s Face, Dominant Puspure - 17/09/18
Sep 17, 2018 • 41 min
Dublin have been the best team in ladies football for the last two years, but yesterday they finally got the result they needed to truly frank that form, when they beat their old nemesis Cork in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. 10-time All-Ireland…
1267: Hammer-Time For Spurs, Milner-Time, Rice and Doherty Light Up PL
Sep 17, 2018 • 69 min
Stand-in host Ciaran Murphy, like many Manchester United supporters, is angry with the double standards employed by the fake news media. Is it not time to HAMMER TOTTENHAM? Why should they always get off easy? We discuss a Premier League Sunday that was…
1262: Why Serena Is A Nuance-Free Zone, Dominic Ryan Retires, Solos In Slaughtneil - 10/09/2018
Sep 10, 2018 • 76 min
Ep 1262: Serena’s Outrage, Why She Is A Nuance-Free Zone, Dominic Ryan Retires With Concussion, Solos In Slaughtneil - 10/09/2018
1261: Nations League Works, Irish Strife, Peter Crouch On How To Be A Footballer - 10/09/18
Sep 10, 2018 • 52 min
The Nations League turns out to be not bad, eh. We discuss the opening weekend of UEFA’s new tournament, why it seems to be working despite the dull and convoluted format, and the latest reports on the strife in the Ireland camp. Then we talk to Peter…
1256: Harry Takes A Break, Roy’s Beefs, Super Patriots, Dane Chaos - 03/09/18
Sep 3, 2018 • 75 min
Harry Arter has become the latest Ireland international to decide that he’d rather not join up with the squad right now. Martin O’Neill has admitted that his decision may have been influenced by an altercation with Roy Keane during a previous Ireland…
1255: Dublin Make It Four, Begrudgery And Spreadsheets, Ken Surfs - 03/09/2018
Sep 3, 2018 • 55 min
Dublin are now utterly dominant, that dominance franked by a convincing fourth All-Ireland final win in a row against a valiant but outclassed Tyrone team. Oisin McConville thinks Tyrone missed an opportunity, and Mike Quirke tries to put this Dublin era…
1250: Rice Talks To England, Jose’s Existential Vacuum, Mo’s Dispute - 27/08/18
Aug 27, 2018 • 65 min
Oh Declan. The news that Declan Rice is “deliberating” over an offer to play his international football with England has sent Irish football into a tailspin, as many of us had already mentally installed Rice as the bedrock of the team for the next 15…
1249: Seamie O’Shea On Challenging The Dubs, Tyrone’s Hope, Rule Changes - 27/08/2018
Aug 27, 2018 • 39 min
The All-Ireland Football Final is next Sunday, a game in which few people, if anyone, give Tyrone much of a chance of discommoding Dublin. So just how do you get under their skin, and bring them to places they don’t want to go? The only team capable of…
1244: “Hurling’s Just Mad” - The All-Ireland Final Edition, Limerick’s Wait Is Over - 20/08/2018
Aug 20, 2018 • 47 min
Even in a bad game, in this extraordinary year hurling found a way to be exceptional, as Limerick dominated the All-Ireland champions Galway for 70 minutes, and still nearly got caught in injury time. Thus ends a 45-year wait for an All-Ireland title for…
1243: Performing Pep, Jose’s Prep, Pogba’s Attitude, Shane Duffy’s Rise - 20/08/18
Aug 20, 2018 • 68 min
Ep 1243: Performing Pep, Jose’s Prep, Pogba’s Attitude, Shane Duffy’s Rise - 20/08/18 by Second Captains
1238: Are The Dubs Bored Of Winning, Tyrone’s Final, Koepka’s Knocks, Rhys’ Gold - 13/08/2018
Aug 13, 2018 • 48 min
This year’s All-Ireland football final will be between Dublin and Tyrone, after Tyrone pipped Monaghan by a point, and the Dubs eased past Galway in the semis. The question is starting to be asked though - are even the Dublin fans bored by Dublin’s…
1237: Stupid Passing, Big Sam Roars, Mendy Media, Pogba Or Jose, What Are Arsenal? 13/08/18
Aug 13, 2018 • 66 min
Ep 1237: Stupid Passing, Big Sam Roars, Mendy Media, Pogba Or Jose, What Are Arsenal? 13/08/18 by Second Captains
1236: Gary Neville And Second Captains Premier League Night With Cadbury 2018 - 10/08/18
Aug 9, 2018 • 81 min
Welcome to a very special edition of the Second Captains Football Podcast, a live broadcast from the wonderful Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin. Warning: contains *beef Our guest star is one of the best TV analysts in any sport, not just football, who spent…
1232: Monaghan Make Semis, Fitzmaurice’s Fan Fracture, Brogan Back, Alisson’s Aviva - 06/08/18
Aug 6, 2018 • 47 min
The hardest working man in showbiz, Ken Early, has been working right through the Bank Holiday weekend. He soaked up the goodwill towards Alisson Becker in the Aviva stadium, pored over the latest transfer news, and admires Steven Gerrard’s Rangers…
1227: The Ascent Of Hurling, Limerick Refuse To Lose, Clare Can, Mullane’s Spotify - 30/07/18
Jul 30, 2018 • 44 min
Hurling is no longer a sport, more a sneak preview of what the heavenly after-life will be like. Murph is apparently still walking in a daze around Croke Park, so we get Ken’s thoughts on the sport of the Gods. Is this a freakish year, or has the sport…
1226: Jose’s Job Security, Flog Pog, Neymar’s Boy Inside, Wayne Finds Happiness - 30/07/18
Jul 30, 2018 • 45 min
The Premier League season starts on Friday week with Manchester United against Leicester, which is an interesting match-up because Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel are currently the first and second favourite managers to leave their jobs. Mourinho has spent…
1221: David Clifford Saves Football, Tiger’s Heart, Molinari’s Pressure Principle - 23/07/18
Jul 23, 2018 • 58 min
So it turns out those people writing off the Super 8s as a bad idea after one weekend might have been a little premature. It was a brilliant weekend of football, with pride of place going to David Clifford’s injury time heroics to save Kerry from a second…
1220: Özil Drops The Mic, Karius Makes Plea To Humanity, Jose in Cali - 23/07/18
Jul 23, 2018 • 58 min
Mesut Özil has quit the German national team and issued a four-page statement that concludes “I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.” The fact that arguably Germany’s…
1215: Mediocre 8’s, Kerry Flounder, Dull Dublin, Limerick Leverage, Ken Train - 16/07/2018
Jul 16, 2018 • 42 min
The opening weekend of the All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stages, otherwise known as the Super 8s, was supposed to be, well… super. But that’s not quite how it panned out. Can we blame Murph? It was overshadowed entirely by a six-goal World Cup final,…
1214: La Gloire, Didier Deux, Putin’s poodle, Ref Brain, Croatia Never Ever Die - 16/07/2018
Jul 16, 2018 • 71 min
Here ends a bizarre, uplifting, brilliant, outrageous World Cup - France are champions after a 4-2 win against Croatia, in a game where bafflingly they managed to play poorly for large stretches, and still win comfortably. Ken was there to witness Pogba,…
1209: Irish Athletes Ask Euro Championships To Inspect The Damage, Super 8s, Galway Grow - 9/7/18
Jul 9, 2018 • 56 min
It was a brilliant weekend for the Irish girls at the European u-18 championships with four medals from three athletes, and some championship records and PB’s to boot. Sarah Healy was the star of the show, winning a 1500/3000m double, but there was also…
1208: Easy Breezy England, Harry’s Head, Belgium Dazzle, Neymar Punchline - 09/07/18
Jul 9, 2018 • 58 min
It was, for a change, quite routine on Saturday afternoon (by England tournament knockout game standards) as a 2-0 win over Sweden saw them qualify for only their third ever World Cup semi-final, and their first since 1990. Ken is a journalist, and so is…
World Cup Everything, Penalty Positivity, Primeval Ken, Becker Republic
Jul 6, 2018 • 8 min
World Cup Everything, Penalty Positivity, Primeval Ken, Becker Republic by Second Captains
1202: Mbappé Takes The Torch, Russian Comfort, Limp Spain, Alpha Kasper - 02/07/2018
Jul 2, 2018 • 65 min
Another weekend, another barely believable series of storylines. We said goodbye to Messi AND Ronaldo on the same day, clearing the way for the supporting cast to take centre-stage. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are long-established in their own right,…
1203: Mayo’s Story, Kildare Win Wars, Cork Belief, Cody Jape, Boris Becker Diplomacy - 02/07/2018
Jul 1, 2018 • 51 min
Mayo have illuminated the last decade of football, but they were dumped out of the championship last Saturday night when they lost a classic All-Ireland football qualifier to Kildare in Newbridge. Oisin McConville is in studio to talk about the structure…
Argentina, Babushka, Fresh and So Clean, #SoccerIsPopular
Jun 28, 2018 • 4 min
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1197: Arlene In Clones, Provincial Landslides, Ireland Complete The Dream Down Under - 25/06/2018
Jun 24, 2018 • 50 min
Ulster final day is always pretty special, and Oisin McConville has been there for a few of them over the years. Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster was in Clones yesterday for her first, and we ask Oisin about the special significance of her decision to…
1196: Wild World Cup Weekend - Kroos Call For Germany, Swiss Hands, English Swagger - 25/06/2018
Jun 24, 2018 • 59 min
There may have been a few dissenting voices prior to this weekend, but be in no doubt now - this has been a brilliant World Cup. 27 goals in 6 games meant the tournament went turbo-charged in the last two days. Ken was on hand to see England’s hammering…
Ken in Russia, Laughing Gas, Bonus Pod
Jun 21, 2018 • 4 min
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1190: Ireland Learn And Win, Galway Into Super 8s, Connacht Spanner, Eddie’s Future - 18/06/2018
Jun 18, 2018 • 48 min
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1189: Brazil, Argentina, Germany Toil, Ronaldo Soars, Mexico Roars, England Darts - 18/06/2018
Jun 17, 2018 • 64 min
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World Cup Trap, Ken The Samaritan, Spain Shenanigans, Super Eagles Fly
Jun 14, 2018 • 6 min
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1184: GAA Survival Plan, Tipp And Waterford OUT, Ireland Lose, Ken’s Presidential Time - 11/06/18
Jun 10, 2018 • 50 min
The All-Ireland hurling championship was always going to claim a few high-profile early exits, but it’s still hard to believe that two of last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists, Tipperary and Waterford, are gone already. Michael Duignan is in studio to…
1183: RUSSIA 2018 PREVIEW EDITION - 11/06/18
Jun 10, 2018 • 68 min
Ken goes to Russia tomorrow battling accusations that he has been spreading orientalist brain-rot via the pages of the Irish Times. Has he anything to say for himself? Has Putin got to him? Then Tim Vickery and Jonathan Wilson join us for our big World…
James Lowe, King McGregor, Second Captains at the World Cup
Jun 7, 2018 • 6 min
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1178: Why Do We Play, Watch, Love Sport - With David O’Doherty And Adam Hills At Cat Laughs
Jun 3, 2018 • 35 min
We were in Kilkenny at the Cat Laughs Festival this weekend, and took two of our favourite comedians, David O’Doherty and Adam Hills, for a walk on the mild side. With the World Cup starting in Russia in a few days and sports fans everywhere about to take…
1173: Carlow Can’t Stop Winning, Tipp And Cork Classic, Galway Flex Their Muscle - 28/05/2018
May 28, 2018 • 52 min
At half-time in Thurles yesterday, it looked like Tipperary’s hurling world was falling in around them. Nine points down, at home to Cork, and with the criticism of the previous week’s defeat to Limerick still ringing in their ears they somehow managed to…
1172: Champions League Heartbreak For Liverpool, The Essential Meaninglessness Of Life - 28/05/18
May 28, 2018 • 76 min
We expected a dramatic Champions League final, and it didn’t disappoint. Real Madrid are three-in-a-row champions of Europe, and Liverpool are left to rue Loris Karius’ extraordinary, unprecedented performance, and Mo Salah’s first half injury. Ken was…
1167: Hurling Championship Off To A Flyer, Leinster On The Double - 21/05/2018
May 21, 2018 • 44 min
The Leinster Championship was first into the fray last week, and with four games across both provincial round-robins yesterday, Eoin has called it - he’s a big fan of the new-look All-Ireland hurling championship. We have Michael Duignan and former…
1166: Chelsea Win FArewell Cup, Abramovich’s Visa, Jose’s Warrenball - 21/05/2018
May 21, 2018 • 56 min
Chelsea won the FA Cup but the future of the club looks uncertain, with question marks over the future of Antonio Conte, Eden Hazard and even Roman Abramovich, whose investor visa has not yet been renewed by the UK Foreign Office. Jonathan Wilson joins us…
1161: Leinster’s Plan Comes Together, Iron Ryan, Galway Win In Castlebar Again - 14/05/2018
May 14, 2018 • 49 min
Leinster are European champions for a fourth time after their gruelling 15-12 victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao on Saturday, bringing them level with Toulouse as the most-decorated team in northern hemisphere club rugby. Shane Horgan, Matt Williams and…
1160: Season’s Over, Game’s Gone - 14/05/2018
May 14, 2018 • 70 min
Barcelona threw away the chance to complete an unbeaten season in La Liga by resting Lionel Messi to ensure his availability for a moneymaking midweek friendly in South Africa. Meanwhile, Manchester City reached the 100-point mark in the Premier League.…
Ken Early Rules The World, Eamon Magee, Champions Cup Preview
May 10, 2018 • 7 min
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May 7, 2018 • 57 min
Steven Gerrard has agreed to become the new manager of Rangers. Ken, who earlier today was exposed by his own sloppy journalism to the unforgiving nature of the Glasgow football rivalry, expresses his sympathies. Arsene Wenger left the Emirates for the…
1149: Friends Become Enemies, Enemies Become Friends - 30/04/2018
May 4, 2018 • 68 min
In football nothing lasts forever, neither grudges, nor coaching mind-melds. Over the weekend Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho posed for a friendly picture on the sideline at Old Trafford, while Zeljko Buvac, Jurgen Klopp’s “Brain”,…
Liverpool In The CL Final, Murph’s Mammy, Stephen Rochford On Being Called A Donkey
May 3, 2018 • 5 min
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1150: Ulster’s New Head Coach, Katie Wins World Title But Not Fair Share Of Attention - 30/04/18
Apr 30, 2018 • 53 min
Ulster Rugby couldn’t get the bonus point win against Munster that would have given them a sniff at a Pro14 playoff place, and now face a battle to even qualify for next year’s Champions Cup. Shane Horgan give us his view on a turbulent, depressing season…
1144: Leinster Stroll Through To European Cup Final, Munster Monstered By Racing - 23/04/2018
Apr 23, 2018 • 46 min
Leinster marched imperiously through to a first European Rugby Cup final since 2012 on Saturday, but Munster failed to complete the Irish double after a massively disappointing semi-final defeat to Racing 92 in Bordeaux yesterday - European Cup winners…
1143: Arsene Questions the Fanbase - 23/04/2018
Apr 23, 2018 • 66 min
It was a good weekend for Mo Salah, Ander Herrera, Olivier Giroud and Napoli, and a bad one for Shane Long, Declan Rice, Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino. We discuss the weekend of glowing tributes to Arsene Wenger, and what they have tended to leave…
Bye Bye Wenger: SC Breaking News Special for Arsene
Apr 20, 2018 • 4 min
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1138: The Extraordinary Life And Sad Death Of Andre The Giant, Conor Murray Safari - 16/04/2018
Apr 15, 2018 • 38 min
It was Eoin McDevitt’s birthday last week, and since he’s not on Facebook, we all obviously neglected to get him anything. So it is no coincidence that today, our entire pod is dedicated to the life and work of the Eighth Wonder of the World, and li’l…
1137: Are Man City Happy, The Greatest PL Team Of All Time, Salah Days - 16/04/18
Apr 15, 2018 • 68 min
Manchester City have won the league and sponsors Etisalat have saluted the achievement with one of the great football videos. We comb through the many “How City Did It” stories in today’s papers and talk to Howard Hockin of the 93:20 podcast. When Pep…
Champions League On The World Service: Bald Frauds, Ronaldo, Buffon, Liverpool & The Rest
Apr 12, 2018 • 5 min
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1132: Patrick Reed - The Most Hated Man In Golf, Kilkenny Ruthless In League Win - 09/04/2018
Apr 9, 2018 • 54 min
Patrick Reed won his first major title last night at the US Masters, seeing off a seriously off-colour Rory McIlroy, and rather more serious challenges from his American compatriots Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. But why does everyone dislike him so…
1131: Pogba Pops Pep - 09/04/2018
Apr 9, 2018 • 58 min
As one bald fraud to another, Eoin McDevitt has pity for Pep’s pain. Saturday was a good day for the Hairy Man, who heaped indignity upon the Smooth Man. Is there still hope of redemption for City after their nightmare week? As for the matchwinner Paul…
1126: Leinster And Munster March On, Dublin Secure Another Title, Dele Alli Painting - 02/04/2018
Apr 2, 2018 • 65 min
So it’s never happened before, but after this weekend a first Munster-Leinster European Rugby Cup final is looking perhaps more likely than at any previous stage in this competition’s history. Matt Williams and Gerry Thornley talk us through Leinster and…
BONUS EPISODE 1124: Belfast Rape Trial, Sexual Consent, Dressingroom Culture
Mar 30, 2018 • 55 min
**NOTE: Our members have requested that this podcast be made free-to-air and we’re happy to do so. This was initially a World Service members-only show broadcasted first on 29th of March 2018. The podcast was re-published for all today, the 30th of March.…
1121: Andy Moran On Mayo’s Survival Act, Wexford Beat Galway, Dublin Under Gilroy - 26/03/2018
Mar 26, 2018 • 51 min
Mayo needed a win or a draw against Donegal in Ballybofey yesterday, and by hook or by crook, a draw is what they got. We talk to Footballer Of The Year Andy Moran about Kevin McLoughlin’s wonder point to save their bacon, why their league form has been…
1120: Rice, Rugby, Russia - 26/03/2018
Mar 26, 2018 • 46 min
An international football weekend with almost no international football on the actual weekend means that today we are forced to discuss whether rugby really is the heartbeat of the race, as some rugby pundits compulsively insist after every big rugby…
Paul Kimmage with Richie Sadlier, The Podcast That Made People Call Their Dad
Mar 22, 2018 • 6 min
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1115: Ireland Are 2018 Grand Slam Champions! Sean Cronin On Our Mission Accomplished - 19/03/2018
Mar 19, 2018 • 64 min
For just the third time in our history, Ireland are 6 Nations Grand Slam champions. And this one was in a style that brooked no argument - from the moment Le Drop found it’s way over the crossbar in Paris Ireland were the best team in the championship,…
1114: There Will Be Blood - 19/03/2018
Mar 19, 2018 • 49 min
Many managers have spoken about the risks of criticising players in public. The players know when they’ve messed it up, they say. No need to labour the point, they say. Keep the criticism behind closed doors, they say. As his treatment of Luke Shaw…
Eddie Jones Exclusive, Vincent Browne, Paul Kimmage & Michael Cheika
Mar 15, 2018 • 6 min
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1109: Ireland Chase Grand Slam, Schmidt Wins 3 In 5 Years, Eddie Jones Unravels - 12/03/2018
Mar 12, 2018 • 44 min
It’s our fifth birthday, and it’s celebrations all-round as we begin a massive week for the Irish rugby rugby team this Monday afternoon. Ireland are 4 wins from 4 games, scoring 17 tries in the process, and are now just a win in Twickenham away from a…
1108: 5 Years, LFC Get Mourinhoed, Campbell’s Thriller - 12/03/2018
Mar 12, 2018 • 62 min
It’s the fifth birthday of Second Captains and we’ll be bringing you some special interviews over the next month to mark the occasion - But first Eoin wants to know whether Ken is going to give Jose Mourinho the credit he deserves after a trademark…
1103: Team Sky Reputation In Tatters, Scotland’s 2010 Win At Croke Park - 05/03/2018
Mar 5, 2018 • 45 min
The Big Snow of 2018 is over, and after a weekend of sport denuded by the weather, we still have plenty to chew on this Monday afternoon. Team Sky, David Brailsford and Bradley Wiggins stand indicted again after the release of a report by the Digital,…
1102: Glenn’s Gaffe, Conte’s Crime, Arsene’s Analogy - 05/03/2018
Mar 5, 2018 • 55 min
MY lapel badge is apolitical. YOUR lapel badge is a political statement. The FA chief executive Martin Glenn has already apologised for appearing to bracket the Star of David as an offensive symbol alongside the emblems of ISIS and Nazi Germany, but was…
1097: Ireland Beat Wales To Keep Grand Slam Alive, Man Sent Off For No Gumshield - 26/02/2018
Feb 26, 2018 • 57 min
Ireland are three games in, and are still on course for a Grand Slam. And after another hugely enjoyable weekend of Six Nations rugby, certainly the championship appears well within our grasp. Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley talk us through Ireland’s…
1096: Red Rom, Yellow Ribbons, Jealous Hearts - 26/02/2018
Feb 26, 2018 • 72 min
Ken’s absence last week has led some listeners to wonder whether an automated Ken-3000 replacement could be commissioned to cover future time off, remixing and replaying the vast library of past Jose Mourinho commentary. Ken adds some new clips to the…
1091: Ireland Managers Past And Future, Sid Lowe on Barca V Chelsea - 19/02/2018
Feb 19, 2018 • 34 min
Richie Sadlier joins Eoin and Murph in studio to talk about how football management can be an emotional business. When Ipswich took the lead against local rivals Norwich on Saturday, Mick McCarthy couldn’t resist having a go at his own fans. Is there ever…
1090: Winter Olympics Wow, Luge Life, Michael Duignan On Home Advantage In Hurling - 19/02/2018
Feb 19, 2018 • 51 min
Without the burden of knowledge or insight, and freed from the pressure of expectation of Irish medals, the 2018 Winter Olympics has been a non-stop fun-a-thon in Second Captains HQ. Sinead O’Carroll, news editor with The Journal, told us on the World…
1085: Ireland Annihilate Italy, Furlong And Henshaw Injuries, We Love Keith Earls - 12/02/2018
Feb 12, 2018 • 49 min
Ireland remain on track for the Grand Slam after their fully-expected 56-19 win over Italy, but what happened that we didn’t expect? Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley give us their thoughts on week 2 of this year’s Six Nations championship. Tadhg Furlong…
1084: Peace On Earth And Goodwill To All, Except Pogba, Conte Victim Of His Success - 12/02/2018
Feb 12, 2018 • 69 min
It was an amazing weekend for the King of the Golf but a bad one for Chris Smalling who finds himself serving as the Manchester United ‘Pinata of the Week’. Jose Mourinho debuted a new magnanimous personality at St. James’ Park but there is one person on…
BONUS WORLD SERVICE EPISODE: Ep 1077 George Gibney Case 25 Years On
Feb 7, 2018 • 38 min
This is a special World Service episode that we feel everyone should hear so we’ve made it available to all. World Service members will be familiar with our recent coverage of the extraordinary events in a Michigan courtroom, where the victims of ex-USA…
1079: Le Drop, Sexton Transcends, Irish Flaws, Super Bowl Celebrations in Philly - 05/02/2018
Feb 5, 2018 • 57 min
With the clock entering the 83rd minute, things were looking extraordinarily bleak for Ireland. And then, from 42 metres out, with one swing of his right boot, Johnny Sexton reignited Ireland’s Championship hopes and gave us a memory to savour from week…
1078: Step Off Salah and Wanyama, Step Up Moss and Smart - 05/02/2018
Feb 5, 2018 • 57 min
Yesterday, after Crystal Palace drew 1-1 with Newcastle, Roy Hodgson laid down some truth… With Roy’s words in mind, we try to spend as little of today’s show as possible discussing the penalty decisions at Anfield, as some other things happened besides.…
What You Missed On The World Service This Week: World Cup Champions
Feb 2, 2018 • 4 min
Eoin and Ken give you a rundown on what you missed on the world service this week with some help from US Murph, Shane Horgan, Matt Williams, Millie and Gareth Edwards. Join now at
1073: Kerry’s Kids Are Alright, Top-Heavy Footballers Of Ireland, Post-Prime Fed - 29/01/2018
Jan 29, 2018 • 58 min
The National Leagues are back, and first-day drama came mostly from Killarney, where Kerry pulled out a dramatic last-minute win against Donegal with a team full of fresh-faced young guns. Micheal Quirke and Oisin McConville are back in tandem to talk us…
1072: Pep’s Handcuffs, ControVARsy, Buying Aubameyang, FA Cup Tropes - 29/01/18
Jan 29, 2018 • 53 min
A growing number of Manchester United fans are peeved that Pep is getting a pass from the lamestream media despite his increasingly histrionic touchline behaviour. Does the City boss deserve condemnation for his latest display at Cardiff over the weekend?…
What You Missed On The World Service: Shane Duffy
Jan 25, 2018 • 6 min
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1067: Munster March On, Larmour’s Defensive Test, Flouting The Mick McCarthy Rule - 22/01/2018
Jan 22, 2018 • 42 min
After the pool stages of the European Rugby Champions Cup, it’s fair to assume that, despite Ulster’s defeat, we have Irish provinces back at the business end of the competition, and are once again capable of winning the whole thing. Shane Horgan and…
1066: No Loyalty Silva, Newcastle’s Power Struggle, Happy Transfers - 22/01/2018
Jan 22, 2018 • 66 min
Marco Silva, recently the most in-demand coach in the Premier League, finds himself suddenly out of a job. He showed no loyalty. But given that loyalty is not part of Watford’s short-termist managerial model, do they have any right to demand it?…
What You Missed On The World Service: Dunphy v Ken
Jan 18, 2018 • 2 min
Ken remains in the midst of a cigarette crisis. To calm him, we asked someone to rob his bike and invited Eamon Dunphy into studio to debate him. Then, we asked him to jump in a fake shower with Murph to record a promo for the Dunphy v Ken extravaganza.
1061: Irish Provinces In Control, Grobler Makes Munster Debut, GAA’s First Shoot-Out - 15/01/2018
Jan 15, 2018 • 58 min
Munster might be kicking themselves after losing narrowly in Paris to Racing 92, but going into the last weekend of the European Rugby Champions Cup pool stages our 3 provinces all lead their pools. Gordon D’Arcy and Shane Horgan look back over another…
1060: English Football’s New Clasico, Messi’s Millions, MON Remains - 15/01/18
Jan 15, 2018 • 84 min
A seven-goal thriller full of fantastic football and moments of sublime skill executed at blistering speed. And no mind-games, insults or bad feeling - just mutual respect and appreciation. Has Liverpool v Manchester City emerged as the Clasico of the…
What You Missed On The World Service This Week: Showering With Roy
Jan 11, 2018 • 5 min
Jump in with Eoin, Murph and Roy Keane for some of the week’s highlights on the Second Captains World Service.
1055: Coutinho’s Mysterious Move, Anatomy Of A Managerial Feud, Barca Underwhelmed - 08/01/18
Jan 8, 2018 • 79 min
Philippe Coutinho has joined Barcelona, as expected, but why did the Spanish club make it happen now instead of waiting until the summer? Meanwhile today is a historic day for English football, which is introducing Video Assistant Refereeing for the first…
1054: Leinster’s Air Jordan, Munster’s Paris Test, Goal, Try Or Touchdown - 08/01/2018
Jan 8, 2018 • 43 min
The Jordan Larmour hype train has officially left the station and is picking up speed, and heading towards the 6 Nations. After his wonder-try against Munster at Thomond Park, Leinster’s latest superstar-in-waiting scored twice against Ulster to finish…
1049: New Year’s Day Special With Dara O Briain And David O’Doherty - 01/01/18
Dec 31, 2017 • 48 min
Happy New Year everybody! And to ring in 2018, it’s time for one last look at one of the highlights of 2017. Recorded live at Langton’s Ballroom in Kilkenny City for the Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival, here’s our chat with two of Ireland’s greatest…
1039: What Lies Beneath, Man City’s “Glocalisation”, Griezmann’s Gaffe, Sparky’s Blue - 18/12/17
Dec 18, 2017 • 64 min
Manchester City have been making all the other Premier League teams look very ordinary, but how should we feel about the corporate empire that underpins their glorious football? Can we consider the football separately from what lies beneath? We discuss…
1040: Awards Apoplexy, Smart Munster, Dogged Leinster, Moorefield Miracle - 18/12/2017
Dec 17, 2017 • 53 min
For the second time in a week, all 4 Irish provinces were victorious in Europe - Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley give us plenty of reasons to be cheerful heading into the interprovincial games over the Christmas. Munster capitalised on Leicester…
Live At Liberty Hall Theatre: What You Missed On The World Service This Week
Dec 15, 2017 • 3 min
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1034: Zebo Vibes, Leinster Boss Exeter, Munster Monster Leicester, Snow Games - 11/12/2017
Dec 10, 2017 • 46 min
It was billed as a classic battle across the Irish Sea, but when three Irish provinces took on the best from the Premiership, the result was 3-0 Ireland. Leinster took care of Premiership champions Exeter on the south-west coast of England, Ulster beat…
1033: City End Man United, Poets Win Titles, Klopp’s Tinkering, Champions League Draw - 11/12/17
Dec 10, 2017 • 77 min
Manchester City ended Jose Mourinho’s hopes of establishing a new unbeaten home record for Manchester United by establishing their own new Premier League record for 14 consecutive league wins in the same season. Was this, as Mourinho suggested, all the…