Second City by Neal Horgan
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The 2009 season brought my club to a new low. Heed the warning: “Adandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
Did you ever wonder why there is no fully professional football club on the island of Ireland? Or why the Republic of Ireland is an outlier amongst our European neighbours as a country with a population of more than 4 million that has no professional football league? Does the existence of the GAA in Ireland explain this anomaly, or is the existence of the GAA just a convenient answer to a more complex issue?
This book is for the Irish football fan (or anyone else!) who wants to achieve an informed view in relation to these issues. Why are we so different in Ireland? Could we be doing things better, or is our situation (in the Republic of Ireland) so ‘unique’ that we’ve done the best we can, in difficult circumstances, with the League of Ireland?
Horgan argued that the lack of an overarching plan for full-time professional football in Ireland, provides a context for the ‘annus horribilis’ experienced at Cork City FC in 2009 as bounced cheques, delayed payments, evictions, pay cuts and a return to part-time football become the issues that dominate the players’ lives.
In the unfolding drama, that quickly turns from comedy to tragedy, there are appearances by Roy Keane and Ipswich Town, Dermot Desmond and Glasgow Celtic, fans group FORAS, Christiano Ronaldo and the great Real Madrid in a sporting story which will have a deep resonance with Irish football fans today.
‘Second City,’ is the follow up to Neal Horgan’s critically acclaimed account of Cork City FC’s 2008 season, entitled ‘Death of a Football Club?’