Analysis of David Forde's Clearances

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In the 13th minute of the Ireland -v- Faroes match, RTE co-commentator Ronnie Whelan criticised Ireland after David Forde ushered his full backs forward and decided to play it long. In the 53rd minute, George Hamilton said this: "It would make an interesting comparison to see just how many of those long clearances actually lead to Ireland retaining the possession"... We had to get to the bottom of it... we...

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It's been 4 months since we last published a League of Ireland social media table - a table where we rank clubs based on their social media following. We thought this time around we'd not only update the figures but also see which club has the fastest growth rate over the past 4 months online... June 2013 Table Growth over past 4 months for each club Biggest Gains Limerick FC recorded a 50.5%...

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Van Persie to Utd, Sir Alex retiring, Wigan winning the FA Cup, Barcelona getting hammered in the Champions League... we put together a list of 13 things nobody saw coming in the 2012/2013 season... 1. Van Persie would move to Man Utd for £24m Although Van Persie failed to sign a new contract at Arsenal towards the end of last season, nobody could have imagined he'd end up signing on the...

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Late last night, news broke that Sir Alex was considering retiring as Man Utd boss. Early this morning, it was confirmed by Sir Alex himself... Sir Alex has led Utd to an incredible 13 league titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 Champion's League titles among others. He leaves on a high having regained the league title from arch rivals Manchester City. Although he's still staying on as a director at...

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Pundit Paul gives us his predictions as usual for this week's Premier League action... Let’s throw a little conspiracy into the mix to start with this weekend. It’s undeniable that Robin Van Persie has played an invaluable role in Man Utd running away with the Premier League this year. Indeed that stats on this 25/7 Sports infographic indicate that, without his goals (1 every 115 mins of football played), United...

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Up until Suarez got himself a 10 match ban, himself & Van Persie have been every fantasy football player's dream strike force accumulating 47 goals and 23 assists between them. But how would the league table look if the two traded places? Points won by goals scored Suarez's injury time winner against Chelsea last weekend earned Liverpool 1 point. Without that Suarez goal, Liverpool's points tally would be their current tally...

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Pundit Paul gives us his view on this weekend's Premier League fixtures... At some stage I’m going to have to start gambling on Arsenal results. Thanks to a late comeback against Norwich, the 3-1 victory for the Gunners gave me great hope I might top one of the 257 leagues last week.  It was also the second high scoring Arsenal result I’d correctly predicted in the last month, the other...

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There are few bigger names in football punditry than Andy Gray. He may have been relegated to the radio in recent seasons but for two decades he was the main man at Sky Sports. Like us, you're probably curious to see how often he gets it right or wrong... We've already looked at Mark Lawrenson, Lee Dixon and the Fulham Chickens but now it's Andy Gray's turn... Andy makes predictions on...

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As usual, pundit Paul gives us his view on this weekend's Premier league fixtures... This week sees the introduction of Dundalk FC's fabulous competition to win two tickets plus flights and accommodation to watch the Champions League final at Wembley. Over the next 4 weeks I’ll continue to provide some statistical reasoning behind my predicted scorelines for the Premier League games which go towards the potential winning of this prize....

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The Official Airtricity league website is run by the FAI. Most league of Ireland fans / commentators will have come across it at some stage. To non LOI followers, it's the equivalent of England's PremierLeague.com.. it's the official website for our national league, something we can all take pride in and boast about on the world stage... We decided to run through some of AirtricityLeague.ie's unique features to highlight what...