Podcast by Gary Parsons & Karl Reilly
2:34:02Mid-season break shmid-season break. We squeeze out every last drop of news, there's a European draw preview with Pico Lopes and Dave Downey before the last hour, In Memoriam: Declan Keogh AKA Big Dec, a larger than life Rovers fan who was loved by so many around the league.
2:27:14There's reaction from our 200th episode in Ringsend before the three games we have to catch up on, from the hill in UCD, to a shock defeat in Drogheda and then back to winning ways against Duffer and Joey's Shels. The last hour is an interview with members of the SRFC Media Team and some of the people behind 'Clear The Head', Barry McCarthy, Phillie 'Captain Hook eyebrows' Maguire and Graham Moran.
3:03:05It's our 200th episode extravaganza~! This special show was recorded a couple of weeks ago in front of a live audience in the Irishtown House in Ringsend, the birthplace of Rovers. Everyone on our guest list is a local and they talk about what the Ringsend community means to them, beginning with current Rovers players Sean Kavanagh and Sean Gannon, who talk about growing up in the area, their careers and being on opposite sides of the 2019 FAI Cup final. Next up are our youngest guests and TFTES bus regulars, Sean Condron and Daniel Keogh (at 27 minutes), until legendary four-in-a-row goalkeeper Jody Byrne (from 39 mins) makes his long awaited debut on the podcast. Jody discusses replacing Alan O'Neill at the age of 19 and the highlights from his hugely successful spell at Milltown, when he twice won the club Player of the Year award in 1987 and 1989. He takes a question each from a new guest beside him, starting with 'Mooner' David Kiernan (51 mins) and his dad Richie (1 hour 15 mins). Then Ciaran Stafford (1 hour 30 mins) takes the hot seat before we hear a pre-recorded interview with Ben Stafford and Ed Saul (1 hour 40 mins), who talks the Pride of Ringsend Supporters' Club and that Cup final march with the iconic white horse. Finally, we chat to Justin Mason, even though he has moved to our neck of the woods in Crumlin now.
2:26:58We have the 3-1 wins over Finn Harps and Sligo to review before looking ahead to the big one against Derry. With three Tallaght games in the space of a week, there's two out of the ordinary but very home based interviews with ballpersons Riley and Faith, and the groundstaff, Billy Mullen and Ciaran Cornwall on what it takes to have the best pitch in the country.
2:12:22The Sligo trip and the possibility of Bradser leaving for Lincoln is mostly on our mind this week but aside from that, it's the Joe Barnes Show~! A legendary Rovers fan who has been supporting the club for an astonishing 82 years, we celebrate Joe's birthday with his first interview on the podcast and by hearing from five of his friends about why they love him.
1:40:00The match reports are held off until next week as we have Sean Francis in studio, who tells us about starting out at Birmingham City and the English non-league, moving to Cobh and then onto Rovers in the mid 90s. We talk our many home venues in his seven years at the club, Rico, his strike partnership with Tony Grant, podium goal celebrations, Cup final days, derbies, dancing, coffee and...hair gel.
2:38:53We talk Greener's rocket and the late win at Tolka Park on Friday, and, to mark 35 years since the loss of Milltown, there's a couple of interviews. First, Robbie Tormey and John Doyle tell us the origin story of the Milltown monument and how it was erected in 1998. The last hour and 25 minutes of the show is a chat with LOI legend and Rovers' 1985/86 Player of the Year Mick Neville, and Hoops fan Robbie Murphy, who got to live the dream by playing alongside the four-in-a-row team in a friendly in Newbridge that same season.