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They bled the game dry and for what? FAI to miss 2020 Aviva target

Off the back of FAI president, Donal Conway’s declaration that the association will fail in it’s long-term goal of being debt free by 2020, BetweenTheStripes.ie founder, Kieran Burke asks what the last decade of cost cutting at grassroots, womens and League of Ireland was all for, while also examining the long term damage and potential future challenges for said groups given the on-going chaos within the FAI. Hard hitting views as always from our team of BTS writers.

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NIFL Euro woes could open the door to fresh enthusiasm for All-Ireland league

Off the back of today’s major news headline that the Northern Irish Football League will be restricted to just two European qualifications places from 2020/21 onward, Kieran Burke examines the possibility of renewed enthusiasm for an All-Ireland league from both sides of the border and what said league may look like.

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COMMENT:  If this is a job application for Quinn and the group it’s hard to see how they will reach an interview stage.

New opinion writer, Michael Hayes outlines his feelings on why Niall Quinn’s thirty-page document resembles a shoddy college assignment as opposed to the blueprints for the future of Irish football. Big hitting stuff from our new man.

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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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