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Brussels British 1 vs FC Irlande 1    24/02/2018 14:00
Pharma 2 vs FC Irlande 2     24/02/2018 15:30
Breu United vs FC Irlande 3     24/02/2018 15:30
Ixelles City vs FC Irlande 4       24/02/2018 13:30
Metrasport vs FC Irlande Vets 1     24/02/2018 14:00
Brussels British 6 vs FC Irlande Vets 2      24/02/2018 14:00
FC Irlande Ladies 1 vs Chastre B       24/02/2018 17:30
FC Irlande Ladies 2 vs Fem Woluwe C      24/02/2018 19:30
Next Fixtures W/E   02-03/03 Date - Time
FC Irlande 1 vs ITT Gecko 1  03/03/2018 12:30
FC Irlande 2 vs J.A.F.T. 03/03/2018 14:00
FC Irlande 3 vs Friends Spirit 03/03/2018 12:30
FC Irlande 4 vs Nivelles AS 1 03/03/2018 14:00
FC Irlande  Vets1 vs Brussels LTC 6 03/03/2018 15:30
FC Irlande  Vets2 vs Brussels LTC 8 03/03/2018 15:30
Perwez vs FC Irlande Ladies 1    02/03/2018 20:00
BX Brussels vs FC Irlande Ladies 2   03/03/2018 19:30

25th Anniversary June 6 - 8, 2014 Sticky

Feb
12

We are fast approaching the deadline set for responses to the 25th Anniversary questionnaire. 

We urgently need the responses to be received by next Monday Feb 17 as we have an important meeting of the Organising Committee in the evening. 

Please click on the link below
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FQP5JMT

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Remembering and Honouring our great friend and teammate Warren - Away matches 1/2/14 Sticky

Feb
01

Today was all about Warren. Warren had been with FC Irlande since most of us joined – the idea of FC Irlande without Warren just doesn’t make sense. Not only does he have so many friends in the club, but his whole family is closely associated with the club – his brothers Sean and Gavin play, his sister Caragh is deeply involved too, and her husband Al is also a player.

How can the FC Irlande family deal with the loss of such a great, loyal and much-loved friend?

The simple answer is that we cannot – we can never replace someone like Warren – he will always be missed. The club will be a less colourful place, we’ll miss his laughter, his constant support and his unfailing good humour.

But the other answer is that if we are to deal with it, and unfortunately we must, then we need to do it together. So the past couple of days have been about that – players getting together in small or large groups, many tears have been shed, but also many laughs as we recall some of the many great stories that Warren has been part of over the years. He was truly a character like no other. In happier times in the future we may make an anthology of them, there cannot be another person who has left so many people with so many wonderful memories.

Until then, we can try to console ourselves with the knowledge that just as Warren has been a giant and wonderful part of FC Irlande over the years, so too FC Irlande has been one of the great sources of positive energy and support for Warren. In a life beset by too many tragedies, Warren always knew he could turn to FC Irlande for support. We all remember that amazing event several years ago when the whole club came together to raise some funds for Warren’s daughter Aileen’s medical care. That day, if he didn’t know it already, he realised how much so many people in the club loved him. Since then, whenever he’s gone through tough times, the people to whom he could turn again and again for support were his closest FC Irlande friends – some of whom were playing today, with very heavy hearts.

We always consider FC Irlande as "more than a football club", and Warren was one of the people who made it that way - he was like family to us, we were like family to him, and we come together like a family to help each other through this terrible time.

In the context of Warren’s tragic passing, today’s football was very much a secondary consideration. In fact, we didn’t want to play at all. Our first reaction was to ask the league if our games could be postponed, but this wasn’t possible, even for the Vets teams. Then we thought about not playing anyhow. Especially the Vets, with so many of Warren’s longest and closest friends, knew they would find it very hard to play today.

But in the end, we did play all our games today, for two reasons. First, we decided it would be appropriate to get the opinion of Warren’s family, and Sean made it clear that Warren would have wanted us to play. And second, we need each other’s support right now, and spending a Saturday afternoon together, playing, talking and remembering, was a good way to enable that.

All teams observed a minute’s silence today – we appreciate the support shown by our opponents and referees in respecting this – and the Vets teams wore black armbands as a mark of remembrance.

 

Vets 1 is the team most associated with Warren these days – several of the lads on the team would be among his closest friends. Before today’s game, Mark gave a short but emotional speech about Warren – football wasn’t even mentioned, beyond the idea of doing Warren’s memory proud. It seems totally appropriate that we got a 1-8 victory (Stevie got 4 goals, Euros got a cracker from 25m, David MR scored a great header, Frazer scored a penalty and David MG (I think) also scored). Furthermore, that victory, combined with a loss by New Inn puts us top of Division 2 for the first time in Vets history. We were not in the mood to celebrate, but it was good to know we had done what we could to send him off in style.

The second vets also won, 0-2, with goals from Oscar and Ken and a spectacular run through on goal without scoring by Robbie.

The firsts got back to winning ways with a 1-3 win, with the ever more resurgent Pat getting a header to add to two spectacular goals by Sylvain (inevitably) and Javier.

The seconds lost 1-0 to Cerco, a result that brings back the spectre of relegation, as Cerco were one of the three teams below us, and now they move to just three points behind us.

The thirds lost 3-0 to a very good Fleur Bleue side, despite activity until midnight as the transfer deadline neared, they were not able to get the reinforcements they needed.

The fourths got a fine 0-3 win against Wappers to stay in second place.

The ladies had no game this week.

Many of the players from all the teams, joined by several former players, went back to the Funky Monkey, our co-sponsors, where many more sad and funny discussions were had as we all struggle to come to terms with the idea of a future without Warren.

 

Today, the O’Connor family issued the details of the memorial services:

The Requiem Mass to celebrate Warren’s life will take place on Friday, 7 February 2014 at 10:30 in St. Anne’s church, Place de la Sainte Alliance, Uccle, Brussels, followed by the cremation at 13:00 at the Crematorium de Bruxelles (Avenue du Silence, also in Uccle) and a reception at the Café du Silence (Avenue du Silence).

Consistent with the character of the man, please dress colourfully.

Rather than flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to, donate to the “Jour après Jour” charity ING bank BE 2531 0121 04 5982, with the mention Warren O’Connor.

 

FC Irlande will also be honouring Warren’s memory in an appropriate manner at a later time. For now our thoughts are with his family.

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Warren O'Connor Sticky

Jan
31

We are extremely saddened to announce the tragic death of one of our longest-serving players, Warren O’Connor, on Thursday. 

Warren has been with the club for 20 years, and during that time has played for every men’s team, including a long period with the first team. He was also a former club-trainer.

Warren was one of our most popular players, rarely seen without a smile or a big grin on his face. Even when he was injured, he was frequently to be seen at pitch-side cheering on his teammates.  

Some of us have lost a valiant teammate, many more of us have lost a loyal friend who has been close to us for 20 years.

We at FC Irlande offer our deepest sympathies to Warren’s family, especially to Shannon,his daughter, his two brothers, Sean and Gavin, also FC Irlande players, his sister Carragh, and his brother-in-law Alan, also an FC Irlande player. We will be planning an appropriate celebration of Warren’s unique contribution to FC Irlande in the coming days. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly

This is one of the saddest days in the Club's history .

 

 

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Chilly Day at Nossegem and the results matched the weather (Games 25/1) Sticky

Jan
25

With a good set of supporters at the ground atmosphere was expectant as the 1sts took the field against runaway leaders Brussels British.

Coming off a bad run of 3 straight losses the 1sts were hoping to put up a good performance . The game started brightly and the match was  fairly even until they broke away and scored the opener after about 20 minutes. Another before the break and the Brits went in 2-0 at HT. We were  playing well but not creating many scoring opportunities. In the 2nd half we competed well and were close to pulling one back but after a bout of pressure they scored again with 10/15 minutes left and effectively that was game over. We continued to push and were rewarded with a clear penalty but this was missed and the game finished 0--3. There were 2 red cards one for them and one for us but the game was played in a good spirit and we wish them well in their quest to win the ABSSA title. 

2nds also played against Brussels British and this was also a good evenly matched game for the spectators to enjoy. Although we played well in the 1st half with Stevie W hitting the bar after a good run we fell behind i and went in at the break 1-0 down. Kieran was introduced early in the 2nd half and it was he who got us a penalty. Ollie stepped up and put it in the corner and we were all square. Shortly afterwards  Ollie sneaked in at the far post to head us into the lead. With 5 to 10 minutes left to go we were in control and looking good to take the 3 points. Unfortunately then we suffered what can only be described as an injustice. Wouter made a great clean tackle in the box to put the ball out for a corner or so we thought !! . Referee thought otherwise and awarded a penalty much to our amazement. The guy stepped up and missed and the ball was cleared much to our great relief only for the referee to bring the play back and order the penalty to be retaken due to an infringement . Against the rules another player took over the penalty duties and this time  he slotted it in and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. 

3rds had no game but a couple of the 3rd Team players turned out for the 4ths who were hoping to continue their good run and push on for that promotion spot. Unfortunately it wasn't our day as we were hit by 2 well worked goals and lost the game 0-2 which has dealt a heavy blow in our quest to go up. Next week we will have to get the ball rolling again if we are to stay in contention.

Vets 1 are also on a promotion puch being in a group of 4 teams only separated by 2 points . With 9 games left it will be an exciting finish. The team was hit by the absence of skipper Mark and Stevie B who pulled out just a few hours before the game. The game stated well and it was fairly even with Chris having to pull off a very good save to keep us from going behind. Midway through the 1st half we were able to witness one of the goals of the season when we took the lead. Inside his own half Christian picked up the ball and after going past a couple of players found himself with a clear run to goal just over the half way line. Running on unchallenged for 40 to 50 metres  he then fired it in the net past the goalkeeper. A truly memorable goal. Not long afterwards we scored a second through an own goal and just before half time Sean added a thid to leave us 3-0 at the break. To their credit Metrasport did not give up and played some pretty decent football and competed.well thoughout the 2nd half. We missed a couple of good chances to put them out of reach but they scored about 10 minutes from the end to make the final score 3-1. This was a good result and keeps us well placed for the final push. In the results from the other games New Inn surprisingly could only draw against lowly Tourinnois so we are even closer to the top. Go on guys let's win this !!

Vets 2 started well in the 3rd game against Brussels British opposition and were 2-1 up at the break. Game was pretty evenly matched but we looked strong enough to take the 3 points but 2 late goals (1 of them an unfortunate own goal) saw us lose the lead and the match ended 2-3 .  A good performance and our results show that the team is improving overall.   .  

.The Ladies game on Friday night was postponed.      

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25th Anniversary June 6 - 8, 2014 Sticky

Jan
22

Draft program has been published for the weekend's events. Please check the Latest Info on the Home Page.

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Fine series of results, despite firsts loss (away games 18/1/2014) Sticky

Jan
18

It's January 18th. It's not supposed to be sunny and 13 degrees. But it was. Lovely day to play football, and several of our teams got fine results to match the weather, most notably our two teams involved in promotion races, Vets1 and 4ths.

The firsts lost 2-0 to Jefke, we’ve now had 3 consecutive defeats, which isn’t the perfect preparation for our game next week at home to runaway unbeaten league leaders Brussels British. Worse is that we lost Sigve with a muscle-tear that is probably season-ending, which is both annoying for him and frustrating for Darragh as he tries to field a team with an ever-dwindling roster. RBB won again today and are now 11 points clear of 2nd place La Lorraine, who lost.

Seconds drew 1-1 with 3rd place Le Clan. 1-1 was a fair result. In a very flat division, we’re only 7 points out of 2nd place, but only 5 points above the relegation zone – so a few wins would be dead handy.

Turds got a great 1-2 win away to 4th place No Boys – which means we overtake them and move up to 5th. No Boys went ahead after 30 seconds, but after that we dominated the game. However, we just couldn’t find the target for the rest of the first half. In the 2nd half, Rodrigo (MOTM for an inspired performance all game) finally got us the equalizer with a fine finish after Pat held the ball up beautifully for him … Pat himself got the winner after rounding the keeper, bundling ball and a defender into the net. Pablo was outstanding on the wing, and Davide, in his last game before his transfer to Singapore Utd., also had a great game. Onwards and upwards.

The fourths won 0-3  - and since the team below us, Black Star, forfeited their game, we’re now 5 points clear of the 3rd place team, which is now Goalois. Leaders Terveuren will not be caught, they’re a further 10 points ahead having only two draws and no defeats all season, but there are two promotion spots available, so this is definitely getting interesting for Manu and his team.

The first Vets got yet another win. We missed a lot of chances, but finally the ever-reliable Stevie put away the one goal we needed to beat struggling Chiefs Kapelleveld. We move up to 3rd, two points behind both Ambience Auderghem and New Inn, although New Inn have a game in hand. We pass Longchamp, who lost to 5th place Metrasport. It’s all to play for in this division, and we are definitely the form team. In fact, we lost our first two games of the season; since then we’ve had ten wins, one defeat and two draws. Mark was the captain who brought the first into division one for the first time - can he repeat the feat and bring our First Vets into Vets division one for the first time?

The second vets lost 1-0 to top-of-the-table Le Clan in a game where we felt we deserved at least a draw. The difference was a twice-deflected shot in the first half, but also we had three or four excellent chances to score and we didn’t take them. In fairness, Le Clan also created chances, and Laurent made one great save from a close-range header. But overall our defense was excellent, led by MOTM Paul Skehan, who brought along a personal cheering section which drowned out the opposition fans with their constant shouts of "well done dad!" and "woof!" ... still, frustrating to come away with nothing after playing well.

Ladies play tomorrow away to Tongerlo. After about 723809 facebook messages, I think we have finally figured out who is giving whom a lift to the game, hopefully everyone makes it. Supporters are very welcome too!

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