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Clubs self interests come to the fore once more during Delaney scandal

BetweenTheStripes.ie founder, Kieran Burke outlines his frustrations at the lack of a coherent response from the League of Ireland clubs on the on-going John Delaney/FAI governance scandal, while also explaining why co-operation between the clubs could play a vital role in shaping the future of the national league.

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Salthill's "favourable commercial rates" comments leave a sour taste

Despite the positive news breaking tonight of Salthill Devon’s agreement to lease the facilities of Drum to Galway United as a training base for the 2019 League of Ireland season, BetweenTheStripes.ie reporter, Kieran Burke has hit out at the junior club over what he describes as a tasteless statement regarding “favourable commercial rates” by the Devon.

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United's pain is Galway's shame

Following the news that Galway United were forced to conduct a pre-season training session in Athlone due to an on-going row with local junior sides, BetweenTheStripes.ie’s Kieran Burke delved deeper into the conflict as well as offering some much needed analysis on the situation.

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Shels early business will see Reds favorites for 2019 title

It’s not even two months since Shelbourne FC last kicked a ball in anger, bowing out of the First Division play-offs in the most dramatic of circumstances against Drogheda United on penalties, however already the famous old Dublin club are looking good to not only improve on 2018’s near miss but rule the rest of the second tier and gain promotion back to the elite level of Irish football for the first time since 2011.

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Devine the man to steady Derry ship

Ian Baraclough and Jim Magilton are just two of the high profile names being linked with the current managerial vacancy at Derry City FC but find out why betweenthestripes.ie reporter Kieran Burke feels Declan Devine is the man to answer the “Candystripes” call.

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Off-season of change sets up a mouthwatering 2019 campaign

The 2018 SSE Airtricity League campaign has only begun to wind down but with a turbulent off-season ahead for many clubs, betweenthestripes.ie reporter Kieran Burke tells us why domestic football fans are already in for a mouthwatering 2019 campaign!

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Shaw should be number one target for Fenn

Gary Shaw has this morning announced his three-year association with Shamrock Rovers has come to an end. Betweenthestripes.ie reporter, Kieran Burke outlines the reasons that Longford boss Neale Fenn should be straight on the phone to the former Longford Town striker.

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Shiels spot on in defence of Derry City FC

Derry City manager, Kenny Shiels yesterday hit out at what he perceives as a lack of willingness from local junior clubs to allow the City’s brightest talents to pull on the “Candystripes” jersey. Betweenthestripes.ie reporter, Kieran Burke explains why the former Kilmarnock boss is right in his assestment and why attitudes need to change as a result.

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David Meier's refereeing column: Cork penalty was a brilliant decision

Betweenthestripes.ie is delighted to launch a brand new weekly column written by former League of Ireland referee David Meier. A Former FIFA Assistant Referee, who nowadays works in the media covering all things refereeing and much more, David Meier has been a regular panelist on Sports Tonight TV and has also worked on the BBC in Ulster on The Nolan Show and numerous other radio shows around the world. On the refereeing front David had many European Trips over his career and was involved in many top games in the Eircom League as it was called then. 

In David’s first piece for Betweenthestripes.ie, the former linesman tells us why referee Rob Rogers got his controversial penalty decision in Dalymount Park recent SPOT ON!

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