The Lead Story: 2018 – The Sporting Year of Nightmares


While I would normally associate this time of year as the start of the Irish sporting season and a time of positivity and high hopes when anything is possible, here’s a (very) tongue in cheek worst case scenario forecast…

It’s the end of September and I’m slumped in my chair in a darkened corner of the office (Ed – A typical Monday so?). It hasn’t been a good nine months and not even an exclusive interview with the Pope in the VIP section of Copperface Jack’s has been enough to lift my mood.

  It all began back in April. José Mourinho was shown the door at Old Trafford after he blamed Paul Scholes and a full moon for a heavy defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League. Ryan Giggs was given the job until the end of the season and he could only grimace as City won the title unbeaten.

  May didn’t get much better. Liverpool and City met in the Champions League Final where City won their first ever title following a second half comeback from three goals down. Liverpool had beaten United 1-0 in the FA Cup Final the week before after Lukaku had put through his own net.

  The summer was a complete washout! Mayo claimed Connacht bragging rights after a titanic tussle with Roscommon while Dublin were surprisingly dumped out of Leinster by a resurgent Offaly. It was bad enough until Paul Kimmage released a book titled ‘We Need to Talk About Gavin’!

  The 2018 World Cup didn’t go to plan either after hosts Russia were kicked out of their own tournament following crowd trouble at the group stages. England, inspired by Jesse Lingard, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling would go on to win the tournament in emphatic fashion.

  If you thought things picked up in the autumn, you are sadly mistaken. Sam Allardyce lost his first five games as Man United manager, while Liverpool currently sit top of the table following a 5-0 win at Old Trafford.

  Elsewhere, the Irish rugby team has been left devastated following a mass exodus of players to clubs in the UK and France as the World Cup looms.

  Well there you have it, it’s been a nightmare sporting year so far and I long for those dark and stormy days in January when nothing had been decided and anything seemed possible! Still though, at least Conor McGregor’s new line of clothing looks nice!