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The Inside Forward - Men in Black: Part Two  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Sat, Nov 29 2014

Adding to the already blossoming potential for disagreement and conflict on the pitch, we play our league games without linesmen so the poor referees have to make the offside calls as well as everything else. This can work surprisingly well with a fit young referee who can keep up with play, but that older gentleman, whose fitness is hampered by a few years of overindulgence, can surely only make a best guess.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/13400/
The Inside Forward - Men in Black: Part One  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Sat, Nov 29 2014

Who in their right minds would ever want to be a referee? Well as it turns out quite a few people would and not just power hungry authoritarians who like nothing more than the sound of their own voice. This type see their whistles as some sort of gift from above bestowing upon them great powers, which they like nothing more than wielding around a muddy field every weekend.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/13155/
The Inside Forward - - Isotonic Bacon Sandwich  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Mon, Sep 08 2014

It’s the night before a match and my mind starts to vaguely drift towards entering the first stages of my far from rigid pre-match routine. Naturally there are the usual sensible options such as eating an energy filled pasta dinner or an early night in. Amongst all these choices lies the one single decision that will have the biggest effect on the next day’s performance. A factor that is taken out of the hands of any professional player but at our level can play a significant, yet unseen, part in shaping the league table at the end of the season: The decision to go to the pub or not.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12982/
The Inside Forward - It's Training Men  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Wed, Aug 13 2014

Love it or hate it most teams will offer something up at least once a week in the way of training. There’s none of that sports science stuff the pros use to gain a five percent advantage and no detailed analysis of what each player’s body needs and will respond to best. It’s more a case of avoiding clashes with Champions League, GAA training or Eastenders so that a few people might actually turn up. Then booking something that will keep the players interested enough to come back each week whilst simultaneously giving them something beneficial that might just possibly, with a bit of luck, add to the weekend’s performance.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12815/
The Inside Forward - Cup Final Glory  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Sun, Jul 27 2014

We all grew up watching it. Cup final day, that most important of all footballing days when spring sun beams down onto lush green grass rolled out like a carpet. Managers wearing flowers in lapels and worried looks on faces. That extra spice in the atmosphere, the heaving crowd knowing it’s all down to one game; death or glory.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12713/
The Inside Forward - Manager merry-go-round  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Fri, Jul 11 2014

Down in the amateur leagues the manager merry go round is more like a decrepit old fairground ride that lurches a few yards every now and then with just a handful of candidates to hop on. Poor run of results in AUL Division 3b? Well it’s probably due to half the team going to a string of weddings, stag dos, birthday parties or simply weekly binges down the pub rather than any lack of tactical knowledge in the manager. He will stay in charge as long as he wants to keep standing on the side of a soggy pitch every weekend shouting at referees. Who’d replace him anyway?

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12613/
The Inside Forward - Conditions  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Wed, Jun 25 2014

Everyone loves complaining about the weather. It’s either too cold, too warm, too wet, too dry, too windy, too sunny, not sunny enough. But as long as the elements remain one notch below catastrophic, us amateur footballers, some willingly, others less so, will take to the field at the weekend to do battle against each other.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12527/
The Inside Forward - Facilities  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Fri, Jun 06 2014

At the bottom of the football ladder, below the Irish team, below the Airtricity league, down another couple of rungs and then just beneath that you’ll find the AUL league where the pitches are rough and the players rougher. The bench is just a bench and the first aid consists of a bucket of icy water and a magic sponge.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12405/
The Inside Forward - An Introduction  from The Inside Forward 
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By Inside Forward on Tue, Jun 03 2014

The rain is lashing down, the skies are a menacing shade of grey and the turning leaves indicate the oncoming season just as I too am entering the Autumn, the Autumn of my career. After a good 15 years of slogging away in various Sunday and Saturday amateur soccer leagues it’s time to lift the lid on the inner machinations of these teams, the politics, the scandals, the characters and the plain bizarre antics that only happen in the amateur arena. It’s time to reveal all before one too many headed kick-outs erases them permanently.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/12378/
The Extratime.ie Sportscast - Episode 24 - Fran Gavin - Natasha Harding  from The Extratime.ie Sportscast 
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By Gareth O'Reilly on Wed, Nov 12 2014

This week on the Extratime.ie Sportscast, we are delighted to have FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin on the show as he talks about the season just gone and looks at the league in general on how it can improve and grow.

http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/13305/
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