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Stuart Byrne column: Unfair to cast aspersions about the league after one match
# Opinion
# Opinion

Stuart Byrne column: Unfair to cast aspersions about the league after one match

Nov 4th 2014, 5:02 PM 2,368 Views 6 Comments

In his final column of the season, Stuey discusses Roddy’s remarks and how improvements can be made to marketing the LOI.

Stuart Byrne column: Saints will win FAI Cup if they overcome defensive issues
# End Of Season
# End Of Season

Stuart Byrne column: Saints will win FAI Cup if they overcome defensive issues

Oct 29th 2014, 1:20 PM 1,470 Views 3 Comments

Stuey looks back on Dundalk’s Premier Division victory and gives his thoughts on Sunday’s big one at the Aviva Stadium.

Stuart Byrne column: Cork and Dundalk would both be worthy champions
# Decider
# Decider

Stuart Byrne column: Cork and Dundalk would both be worthy champions

Oct 21st 2014, 9:15 PM 3,199 Views 10 Comments

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title comes down to one game on Friday night.

Stuart Byrne column: No better feeling than winning the title on the final day
# Run-in
# Run-in

Stuart Byrne column: No better feeling than winning the title on the final day

Oct 15th 2014, 3:00 PM 2,176 Views 3 Comments

If Dundalk and Cork City both claim victories this week, they will clash in a winner-takes-all at Oriel Park next Friday.

Stuart Byrne column: Plenty of others deserve Ireland call-up just as much as Lenihan
# Opinion
# Opinion

Stuart Byrne column: Plenty of others deserve Ireland call-up just as much as Lenihan

Oct 7th 2014, 7:45 PM 5,466 Views 13 Comments

Our League of Ireland expert give his two cents on the latest player to be included in Martin O’Neill’s squad.

Stuart Byrne column: Home advantage should prove key in FAI Cup semi-finals
# Last Four
# Last Four

Stuart Byrne column: Home advantage should prove key in FAI Cup semi-finals

Oct 1st 2014, 2:45 PM 1,320 Views 1 Comment

The semi-finals of the country’s premier cup competition are this Sunday with St Patrick’s Athletic facing Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers taking on Derry City.

Stuart Byrne column: A reserve league would be best for everyone
# Back-ups
# Back-ups

Stuart Byrne column: A reserve league would be best for everyone

Sep 17th 2014, 5:00 PM 2,699 Views 4 Comments

Our League of Ireland columnist believes young players and those on the fringes would benefit from the introduction of second teams.

Stuart Byrne column: They'll have to be mentally strong but the title is Dundalk's to lose
# Title Race
# Title Race

Stuart Byrne column: They'll have to be mentally strong but the title is Dundalk's to lose

Sep 9th 2014, 5:35 PM 1,962 Views 4 Comments

With five league games to play, the Lilywhites have enough experience to hold off Cork City’s challenge.

Stuart Byrne column: €18k fine for Dundalk is extreme but a punishment was merited
# Politics
# Politics

Stuart Byrne column: €18k fine for Dundalk is extreme but a punishment was merited

Aug 26th 2014, 7:39 PM 4,039 Views 15 Comments

The Lilywhites were sanctioned by the European governing body over the weekend.

Stuart Byrne column: If you can’t deal with fans wanting you to win the title, you’re at the wrong club
# Pressure Is For Tyres
# Pressure Is For Tyres

Stuart Byrne column: If you can’t deal with fans wanting you to win the title, you’re at the wrong club

Aug 5th 2014, 8:35 PM 6,087 Views 2 Comments

Our LOI expert looks the current problems faced by Shamrock Rovers and tips Pat Fenlon as a worthy replacement for Trevor Croly.

Stuart Byrne column: Positives to be taken from European performances
# LOI Talk
# LOI Talk

Stuart Byrne column: Positives to be taken from European performances

Jul 29th 2014, 7:25 PM 1,820 Views 2 Comments

All four SSE Airtricity League clubs may be out but the top level experience will be valuable going forward.

Stuart Byrne column: Pat's first leg performance as good as I've seen in Europe
# LOI Talk
# LOI Talk

Stuart Byrne column: Pat's first leg performance as good as I've seen in Europe

Jul 22nd 2014, 5:03 PM 2,660 Views 4 Comments

The Saints have a huge opportunity to book a Champions League meeting with Celtic after a 1-1 draw with Legia Warsaw.

Stuart Byrne column: 250 Limerick fans showing up at Thomond was the final straw for Taylor
# Domestic Game
# Domestic Game

Stuart Byrne column: 250 Limerick fans showing up at Thomond was the final straw for Taylor

Jul 15th 2014, 9:54 PM 11,287 Views 15 Comments

Another SSE Airtricity League Premier Division manager has come and gone while European results have been promising, writes Stuey.

Stuart Byrne column: Fahey shouldn't have seen red but McPhail can have no complaints
# LOI
# LOI

Stuart Byrne column: Fahey shouldn't have seen red but McPhail can have no complaints

Jul 8th 2014, 7:05 PM 2,740 Views 6 Comments

Two of the SSE Airtricity League’s most high profile players were sent off at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday.

Stuart Byrne column: Attitudes must improve if Irish clubs are to compete in Europe
# Opinion
# Opinion

Stuart Byrne column: Attitudes must improve if Irish clubs are to compete in Europe

Jul 1st 2014, 7:14 PM 2,472 Views 1 Comment

LOI teams haven’t been focused on the Champions League and Europa League and that needs to be addressed this season.

Stuart Byrne column: 'It's a harsh reminder that one knee-jerk reaction can cause years of pain'
# Exit Door
# Exit Door

Stuart Byrne column: 'It's a harsh reminder that one knee-jerk reaction can cause years of pain'

Jun 17th 2014, 6:43 PM 3,401 Views 1 Comment

Robbie Horgan has left Drogheda United after string of poor results but the club should never have let Mick Cooke depart.

Stuart Byrne column: Full-time players need to start acting professionally
# Domestic Football
# Domestic Football

Stuart Byrne column: Full-time players need to start acting professionally

Jun 10th 2014, 8:04 PM 5,436 Views 8 Comments

Clubs like Sligo Rovers aren’t performing as well as they should be and our weekly columnist questions where poor player attitudes have something to do with it.

Stuart Byrne column: Fagan ticks all the boxes as the best striker around right now
# Top Marksman
# Top Marksman

Stuart Byrne column: Fagan ticks all the boxes as the best striker around right now

Jun 3rd 2014, 6:25 PM 2,469 Views 3 Comments

The St Patrick’s Athletic man has certainly stepped up to the plate for the Saints this season.

Stuart Byrne column: If Dundalk are to win the title they will have to do it the hard way
# Leading The Way
# Leading The Way

Stuart Byrne column: If Dundalk are to win the title they will have to do it the hard way

May 27th 2014, 5:09 PM 2,301 Views 6 Comments

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders are playing with incredible freedom at the moment but their resilience will be tested later in the season.

Stuart Byrne column: I'm delighted Keely's '42,000 morons' comment has sparked debate
# Opinion
# Opinion

Stuart Byrne column: I'm delighted Keely's '42,000 morons' comment has sparked debate

May 20th 2014, 6:02 PM 8,292 Views 47 Comments

Stuey believes giving LOI players a profile and moving away from summer football are two moves which could attract fans.

Stuart Byrne column: A manager must assert himself. He can't be seen to be weak
# Gone Baby Gone
# Gone Baby Gone

Stuart Byrne column: A manager must assert himself. He can't be seen to be weak

May 13th 2014, 8:00 PM 4,250 Views 6 Comments

This week, our regular LOI expert assesses Roddy Collins’ short reign and recent departure from Derry City.

Stuart Byrne column: If I could pick a game to go see, it would be between these two finalists
# Cup Final
# Cup Final

Stuart Byrne column: If I could pick a game to go see, it would be between these two finalists

May 6th 2014, 7:09 PM 4,175 Views 5 Comments

Our man on all things SSE Airtricity League says he can’t wait for this weekend’s Setanta Sports Cup final between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers.

Stuart Byrne column: Cooke's departure the right call as Athlone have simply shipped too many goals
# Parted Ways
# Parted Ways

Stuart Byrne column: Cooke's departure the right call as Athlone have simply shipped too many goals

Apr 29th 2014, 4:25 PM 1,844 Views 1 Comment

The Airtricity League had its first managerial exit of the season as Cooke walked away from the Premier Division’s bottom side.

Stuart Byrne column: No reason why Forrester can't go all the way to the top
# The Boy's A Bit Special
# The Boy's A Bit Special

Stuart Byrne column: No reason why Forrester can't go all the way to the top

Apr 22nd 2014, 4:18 PM 3,585 Views 4 Comments

After his wonder-strike last night, Stuey sings the praises of St Patrick’s Athletic’s young attacker.

Stuart Byrne column: Sligo show they're a better side than early form suggested
# LOI
# LOI

Stuart Byrne column: Sligo show they're a better side than early form suggested

Apr 15th 2014, 6:31 PM 1,993 Views 3 Comments

The draw away to Cork and a 5-1 Setanta Cup win over St Patrick’s Athletic prove the Bit O’Red should be higher up the table.

Stuart Byrne column: Cork impressive but we've got the makings of a great title race
# Domestic Football
# Domestic Football

Stuart Byrne column: Cork impressive but we've got the makings of a great title race

Apr 8th 2014, 5:38 PM 2,259 Views 0 Comments

Clubs are no longer able to maintain their dominance for more than a year, writes our League of Ireland expert.

Stuart Byrne column: Football has the wrong attitude when it comes to head injuries
# Concussions
# Concussions

Stuart Byrne column: Football has the wrong attitude when it comes to head injuries

Apr 1st 2014, 3:26 PM 6,941 Views 13 Comments

Goalkeeper Barry Murphy needed lengthy treatment during Shamrock Rovers’ win on Friday night but was allowed to continue.

Stuart Byrne column: A tale of two penos -- the one that wasn't and the one that definitely was
# Talking Points
# Talking Points

Stuart Byrne column: A tale of two penos -- the one that wasn't and the one that definitely was

Mar 25th 2014, 6:51 PM 2,901 Views 4 Comments

Stuey takes a closer look at last weekend’s controversies, Pat’s sluggish start, and a possible conflict for the Saints up front.

Stuart Byrne column: Televised Sunday games lack atmosphere and should be binned
# Opinion
# Opinion

Stuart Byrne column: Televised Sunday games lack atmosphere and should be binned

Mar 18th 2014, 5:31 PM 4,663 Views 5 Comments

Showing games like the meeting of Derry and Cork on a Sunday afternoon is doing the SSE Airtricity League no favours, according to our weekly columnist.

Stuart Byrne column: 'I fear for the Setanta Cup as the northern clubs have lost interest'
# LOI
# LOI

Stuart Byrne column: 'I fear for the Setanta Cup as the northern clubs have lost interest'

Mar 11th 2014, 2:40 PM 2,796 Views 6 Comments

Our League of Ireland expert looks back at the weekend’s performances and questions whether the Setanta Cup has a future.

Stuart Byrne column: ‘Some of the bigger clubs haven’t turned up in recent years’
# Supporting LOI
# Supporting LOI

Stuart Byrne column: ‘Some of the bigger clubs haven’t turned up in recent years’

Mar 7th 2014, 12:00 PM 9,190 Views 10 Comments

In the first of his weekly pieces for TheScore.ie, the former Shelbourne midfielder turned soccer analyst previews the SSE Airtricity League curtain-raiser.