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The Irish Soccer Split by [Moore, Cormac]
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Politics have had an immense impact on the beautiful game, both good and bad. Yes, the game has been known to stop civil wars (i.e. Nigeria and the Ivory Coast) or even start a war in the first place (i.e. "The Football War" between Honduras and El Salvador). The recent FIFA scandal shows how dirty politics have stained our beautiful game. In the case of Ireland, politics splintered a football association and a great footballing country. You can't argue the fact that soccer has a great history in Ireland, a land that has played the game since the 1800s. Belfast's Cliftonville FC is one of Europe's oldest clubs, having been founded in 1879. The Irish Football Association (IFA) was founded just a short year later. The Ireland national team made its debut in 1882. But no date is more important or more significant than the formation of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in 1921. So what caused the split? What effect has it had on the game in Ireland? What would the future look like with just one national team? Is reunion even possible? Those are all questions addressed in a new title from the Cork University Press. Cormac Moore's The Irish Soccer Split is the definitive historical account of the beautiful game in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It literally has no equal when it comes to the Irish game. It is well-written in every regard and the author clearly knows his stuff. Moore was at his best in the conclusion where he talked about how the split was "neither inevitable nor unnecessary," showing how there is always a glimmer hope for compromise or even a settlement. But it's always entertaining to come up with "what if" scenarios when you look at history and in our case, the game of soccer. One of the most intriguing has to be the case of a unified national team that would encompass the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Today that combination would be quite the formidable foe with the likes of John O' Shea, Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Kyle Lafferty, and Aaron Hughes playing on the same "All-Ireland" squad. Who might manage this great side? Both sides have a history of big-name coaches thanks to the likes of Jack Charlton, Mick McCarthy, Giovanni Trapattoni, Martin O'Neill, and Billy Bingham. Who knows what history might have been changed in the World Cup thanks to a combined Irish national team. Would they have brought home hardware in 1958, 1982, or even 1990? Historically that "All-Ireland" team could have been even better with George Best, Pat Jennings, David Healy, Kevin Kilbane, and Niall Quinn all legendary players that have played for the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Will a compromise ever happen? Is a reunion possible? Read The Irish Soccer Split to see which is more likely: history repeating itself with further division or a great compromise, almost 100 years in the making, coming to fruition. --International Soccer Network from Ohio, USA

In his latest book, The Irish Soccer Split, author Cormac Moore concludes that "Perhaps the political climate has changed enough and the fortunes of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland soccer teams might compel the FAI and IFA to reconvene and once again realise an international soccer team for the whole island as there was before." As welcome as this optimistic aspiration may be (depending upon your viewpoint) it is not really a reflection of the value of this fantastic piece of work from Moore. For anyone that has an interest in the history of soccer on the island of Ireland The Irish Soccer Split is a must-read as well as a brilliant reference book. Despite the fact that Moore's approach is somewhat academic in style (as befits a PhD student) his book is a thoroughly interesting literary journey through formative passages of the history of Irish football. In the outstanding piece of research that is The Irish Soccer Split Moore looks at the beginnings of soccer in Ireland in the north-east of the island and how it eventually spread south. He reveals that soccer's early years, from 1880, were dominated by clubs from the North, and particularly from Belfast. Moore examines the establishment of the Leinster Football Association (LFA) in 1892, with teams from Dublin, such as Shelbourne and Bohemians beginning to challenge the ascendancy of the Northern set-up. The LFA and the Munster Football Association (MFA), formed in 1901, were affiliated to the IFA at the outset however from the beginning the Southern associations had misgivings about an apparent IFA bias towards clubs based in Belfast in team selections for representative matches, choice of venues, and selection of council members. Moore lays out and examines the events and relationships that existed in the late nineteenth century and in the first couple of decades of the twentieth century. He explores and outlines the incidents that helped to form perceptions and opinions that would eventually lead to the split in Irish soccer when Leinster seceded from the IFA and formed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). Moore makes extensive use of primary sources from the IFA, FAI, the English FA and the Leinster Football Association as well as newspaper sources at the time. He compares soccer to other sports that remained, or became, united after the partition of Ireland. The Irish Soccer Split recounts the early years of the FAI and its attempts to gain international recognition. Many efforts were made to heal the division throughout the 1920s and the early 1930s. Efforts were renewed during the Troubles in the 1970s and 1980s to bring about an all-Ireland international team. Some came very close, all ultimately failed, leaving soccer in Ireland today, as it is politically, divided North and South. The Irish Soccer Split is a brilliant examination and treatise on the origins and development of soccer on the island of Ireland. It is is highly recommend as a fascinating read and a wonderful reference point that deserves a place on the book shelves of all lovers of football. --Soccer-Ireland.com from Maynooth, Ireland

Moore is one of an astonishing number of what might be called brat-pack historians in Ireland at present who, thankfully, concentrate on society and pastimes… It can truly be said that there are a disproportionate number of sporting historians per head in Ireland, but readers are blessed by their work ethic and writing, and the willingness of Cork University Press to produce such works… As a history book, at first glance this can appear like a bit of a breeze, with its large typeface and totalling a mere 235 pages. However, Moore understands the key elements of what this new generation of historical writers seem to have nailed; that stories and anecdotes are the best means of communication. Relate to the reader and the reader begins a relationship with the book… the insights in this book will delight you… As a counterpoint to the tired, hackneyed genre of the sports autobiography, this is a worthwhile venture. We wave our scarves and throw flat caps up in the air as applause for the author --Belfast Telegraph Declan Bogue

About the Author

Cormac Moore is undertaking a PhD in sports history at De Montfort University

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5965 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Atrium (16 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015FJYG5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #643,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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