98FMÂ’s weekly sports show Â“Now ThatÂ’s What I Call SportÂ” airs every Sunday morning from 9-10am.
Presented by myself Johnny Lyons, this weekÂ’s show broadcast on Sunday August 25th features the following guests :
1. Oisin McConville Â–
One of the greatest ever footballers to have played the game, Oisin had more problems dealing with what life threw him off the pitch rather than what conspired on the field of play.
Gambling consumed his every waking moment at one stage of his life and his battles with the addiction are well documented none more so than in his best selling autobiography.
But OisinÂ’s on primarily to talk about the massive upcoming All Ireland football semi finals featuring Mayo against Tyrone on Sunday followed by the Dubs against Kerry Sunday week.
And boy is he entitled to talk about such big occasions.
McConville won the All Ireland with Armagh in 2002 and was an All Star on two occasions.
It was an eventful decider against Kerry with McConville fluffing a penalty before scoring a decisive second half goal.
In fact OisinÂ’s pedigree is such that heÂ’s the all time top scorer in Ulster Championship football with a whopping 11-197.
He also won six All Ireland club titles with the all conquering Crossmaglen.
2. Paul Casey -
PaulÂ’s an All Ireland winner with the Dubs from 2011.
Though fazed out from the core of the team, he remained an invaluable Boy in Blue and fully deserved his gold medal after the win over Kerry.
Casey was kinda being put out to pasture and officially gave up the ghost in October 2012.
He still plays his club football with Lucan Sarsfields.
So Casey knows all about the pressures of performing week in week out at the highest level and is more than qualified to discuss the All Ireland last four affairs.
Paul works in the pharmaceutical industry and certainly knows the highs an ice bath can deliver to the neurosystem!
And youÂ’re right Â– he donÂ’t miss em !
3. David Peace -
Always wanted to shoot the breeze with David but never got the chance to before.
HeÂ’s the author of Â“The Damned UtdÂ” which was all about Brian CloughÂ’s infamous 44 day reign as manager of Super Leeds which ended in tears.
It also resulted in a controversial film culminating in John Giles taking legal action.
David has switched attentions to his beloved Liverpool for his latest book Â“Red Or DeadÂ” which is about Bill Shankly the man who singlehandedly revolutionised the Reds and turned them into a force which would Â– post Shanks Â– conquer all of Europe.
His style is a heady mixture of fiction/non fiction a la Â“The Da Vinci CodeÂ” and heÂ’s a method author - so cos Shanks modus operandi is based on repetition the prose is repetitious.
He juxtaposes Shanks mowing the lawn at the Melwood training ground on his entry there in 1959 and all the meaning attached to that with him performing the same task after his retirement cos thereÂ’s nothing else to do.
A heavy read but ultimately a rewarding one.
4. Michael Turley -
Been sittinÂ’ on this interview for a while but nowÂ’s the time to unleash it on an unsuspecting public !
With all the controversy about Hawkeye weÂ’ve unearthed it from the Now Sport vaults- and itÂ’s still relevant!
WhoÂ’s Michael Turley I hear you ask ?
Well Michael is the gaelic footballer responsible Â– albeit some eighteen years later Â– for the introduction of the score detection equipment.
Turley was the Laois footballer whoÂ’s wide on the day late in a Leinster quarter final against Carlow was awarded and proved vital in a one point win.
With Dublin awaiting the winners, a financial windfall accrued to the winners.
There was an almighty brouhaha in gaelic circles and Laois won a Fair Play award after Â– out of the goodness of their souls! Â– they granted Carlow a replay which Laois won comfortably.
Michael recalls the tale and gives his views on Hawkeye.
But unfortunately I didnÂ’t possess the foresight to ask him what he thought should happen if the system broke down due to human error!
1. A pair of tix for the All Ireland football semi final between Dublin and Kerry at Croker on Sunday week with thanks to Ulster Bank
2. 2 pairs of tix for Leinster against Northampton at Donnybrook on Friday August 30th