Jonny Blair of SOENISC in the Green and White army book in 2008

Working Wednesdays: Interview for a Football Book, Green and White Army (The Northern Ireland Fans)

I was driving through Yeovil in England in early 2008 when a call came through from a renowned Northern Irish journalist “Jonny, I’ve been asked to do a few interviews on Northern Ireland football fans for a new book, are you interested?” Straight away it was a “yes” and that was it – I was Read more about Working Wednesdays: Interview for a Football Book, Green and White Army (The Northern Ireland Fans)[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Finn McCool’s Irish Pub – Quito!

The very words “Finn McCool’s Irish Pub” will linger forever in my own memory and those of 5 other Northern Ireland fans. The reason being that back in 2005 we launched the glamorous and innovative South of England Northern Ireland Supporters Club in a bar of that very name in the seaside town of Weymouth Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Finn McCool’s Irish Pub – Quito![…]

SOENISC Weekend in Brighton, England

I had never been to Brighton. It is very well known – a popular beach resort in Sussex on England’s South Coast which is famed for being very vibrant in the summer. It also has a gay district, but let’s not go into that. The South of England Northern Ireland Supporters Club made a habit Read more about SOENISC Weekend in Brighton, England[…]

The Day We Did Colchester….

The Day We Did Colchester….Crossing into Essex was just something that had to be done by the SOENISC. We had held many meetings in the south of England during our first year of existence, but these were mainly in the south west (Bournemouth, Weymouth, Torquay, Southampton) or as random as Cowes, on the Isle of Read more about The Day We Did Colchester….[…]

“2-0 to Slovenia” – Jono Crute in Maribor

In October 2008, I was in Slovenia for the first time. I have already posted a few times on here about Ljubljana, Bled and also my journey from Italy’s Trieste over the border to Slovenija. This time details the football match Slovenia v. Severna Irska (Northern Ireland), which was held in Maribor. When we had Read more about “2-0 to Slovenia” – Jono Crute in Maribor[…]

Green And White Water Rafting in Bled, Slovenia

When life gets this good, you have to pinch yourself sometimes to check its real. Looking back (only 6 months or so ago…) this memory will linger long forever in my memory. In many ways, my obsession for football and lunacy reached a peak in Bled, Slovenia. A peak which would have been a good Read more about Green And White Water Rafting in Bled, Slovenia[…]