Maik Taylor was far from "not very good".
We didn't take him from any other country. I don't think any of the home nations were that keen on him.
Where did I say on this thread that the Republic taking James McClean was wrong...can you point me to the post???
I even wished the lad all the best for the future!
Your post has baffled me???
Lets just concentrate on James McClean and stop the NI v Irish buzz as we will get nowhere.
Who were they sent bullets by? A Northern Ireland supporters club!
If an individual Man Utd supporter was to send a Liverpool player a bullet in the post...would that say anything overall about all 99.9999% of Man Utd supporters?...not really.
Thankfully McCourt and McGinn both continue to play for Northern Ireland...they both know that their efforts are appreciated by 99.9999% of the fans.
But the whole "NI v Irish buzz" is the crux of this thread mate.
I think you're completely missing my point.
Ireland is an island that consists of two jurisdictions, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland does not equate to the Republic of Ireland but the entire island.
I fully agree with you regarding a unionists right to consider themselves Northern Irish, British whatever they want, that is their right.
However, that doesn't change the fact that if they were born on the geographical island known as Ireland that they could be termed Irish... and many of them consider themselves "Irish" in this sense. The Irish Football Association. The Grand Loyal Lodge of Ireland etc...
I fail to see how I'm being a "dick" or how I'm not showing "common courtesy".
Ok so if the abuse and threats are anonymous theres no problem then.
You can get into semantics all you like but there is a history of abuse and intimidation directed towards players from nationalist backgrounds.
Of course thats not reflective of all NI fans
Stamp it out and ye can have a team truely representative of all of Northern Ireland, a team which everyone north of the border can be proud to play for/support or continue to pretend there is no problem and drive a significant proportion of your players down south.
The proof is in the pudding.
Thats all I have to say about that.
Back on topic McClean will need to play to a high standard right untill the euros to have any chance of making the squad, Trap is rightly loyal to the players who give him everything but Hunts lack of form could open the door.
I am well aware of that disgraceful incident but what i was really asking was when was there any such abuse directed at players in windsor park? See i despise that team, but i do recognize that huge improvements have been made in regard to treatment of players form the nationalist community at windsor park. it seems to me some people prefer to ignore this reality
Obviously I'm not missing your point. But you are arguing a geographical technicality with someone who clearly wants to self identify as Northern Irish rather than Irish. Arguing that technicality rather than just leaving him off, considering the context of the discussion, is extremely dickish behaviour.
And you're dead right about many Unionists considering themselves Irish in the way you describe, but many is not the same as all.
Yes i'm the only loon in Mayo. And why wouldn't we have respect for you? If following NI doesnt cause you enough suffering start following the mayo gaa team, then you'll know what real pain is.
So basically I'm being a "dick" but you're agreeing with me.
Having trouble following a simple discussion now? That's handy for you isn't it. Here's the recap for you so:
Arguing geographical technicalities with a fella because he wants to call himself Northern Irish rather than Irish - I think that's being a dick.
Stating that a lot of Unionists refer to themselves as Irish - I think that's true.
I have absolutely no problem with someone from the north referring to themselves as Northern Irish, it is their undisputable right.
However, this does not negate the fact they're born on the island of Ireland.
Finally, that's now three times that you've played the man and not the ball on this thread.
How does a thread end up like this? Just talk about the player for **** sake
I am ''playing the man and not the ball'' by saying you are acting like a dick because you are acting like a dick. I could hardly say you are acting like a dick without referring to you.
Your continuing attempt to try and wriggle away from the argument is funny. Carry on.
these threads are always the worst. just ends up people bickering.
anywaaaaays. I think McCLean should be given a chance for Ireland since his performances for sunderland who are playing well at the moment have been good. Certainly hes standing out then most other irish players in the prem at the moment