FAI Dream Team - Ground Rules

Once @Rocko gets around to setting up the subcategory for this I will post up a list of the players available. The winner will be crowned the John Delaney Cup.

I am taking Italia 90 as the starting point and have compiled a list of players who have played competitive games for Ireland since then. I would say that 95% are covered and I have ommitted a few ones like Darren Potter, Caleb Folan etc but can be added if needs be.

I have used the amount of caps won as the guiding principle to apportion out which band lads fit into. The bands go from 2 to 10 points. 100+ cappers and one or two others like McGrath and Roy Keane are in the 10 band while lads with a handful of caps in the 2 band and so on.

66 points to pick a starting 11

You must pick a keeper but you can line out your team in whatever formation you wish

Player positions on the list are a guide - feel free to select Gary Doherty at centre half instead of centre forward if you wish but you will be marked down for shoehorning lads in out of position
So if lads think they can play a two man midfield of Wes Houlihan and Andy Reid or Robbie Keane up front a lone striker expect to be picked apart for it.

Weighting should not be given to club career over international. So lads shouldn’t be picking John O’Shea due to his medal haul at Man United and using that as a valid argument to win with.

Same as the hurling each tie will be decided by a public vote

I will post up the list later and give it a few days for lads to have a think and then a registration thread will be set up later in the week with the competition kicking off next weekend. If anyone would like to suggest anything else for the competition let me know.

Shay given
Ian Harte
Paul McGrath
Richard Dunne
Denis Irwin

Damien duff
Andy Townsend
Roy Keane
Ray Houghton

Robbie Keane
Niall Quinn

That would be a 100 point team - wait til the list is posted. you will only have 66 to spend.

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The early bird …

Sure those Limerick cunts will all have Steve Finnan selected. This wont work as every team will be near identical.

10 8 6 4 2
Shay Given Pat Bonner Darren Randolph David Forde Colin Doyle
Alan Kelly Kieran Westwood Paddy Kenny
Dean Kiely Wayne Henderson
Gerry Peyton
Full Backs
10 8 6 4 2
Steve Staunton Stephen Carr Ian Harte Matt Doherty Greg Cunningham
Steve Finnan Terry Phelan Cyrus Christie Curtis Fleming
Dennis Irwin Chris Morris Stephen Ward Joey O’Brien
Seamus Coleman Chris Hughton Jeff Kenna Kevin Foley
Gary Kelly Enda Stevens Alan Maybury
Stephen Kelly
Centre Halves
10 8 6 4 2
John O’Shea Kenny Cunningham Phil Babb Ciaran Clark Paul Butler
Richard Dunne Gary Breen Sean St Ledger John Egan Alex Pearce
Steve Staunton Mick McCarthy Shane Duffy Richard Keogh
Paul McGrath Kevin Moran Andy O’Brien Darren O’Dea
David O’Leary Paul McShane Alan Kernaghan
Marc Wilson
Centre Midfield
10 8 6 4 2
Roy Keane Glenn Whelan Keith Andrews Lee Carsley Harry Arter
Andy Townsend Mark Kinsella Stephen Reid Rory Delap
Ronnie Whelan Matt Holland Stephen McPhail Keith Fahey
Ray Houghton James McCarthy Stephen Ireland Johnathon Douglas
Jeff Hendrick Darren Gibson Conor Hourihane
Wes Houlihan Liam Miller Stephen Quinn
Alan McLoughlin Colin Healy
David Meyler
Paul Green
John Sheridan
Graham Kavanagh
Wide Players
10 8 6 4 2
Damien Duff Aidan McGeady Robbie Brady Mark Kennedy Alan Judge
Kevin Kilbane Stephen Hunt Liam Lawrence Anthony Pilkington
Jason McAteer Keith O’Neill
Andy Reid Eddie McGoldrick
James McClean
Kevin Sheedy
Centre Forwards
10 8 6 4 2
Robbie Keane Tony Cascarino David Conolly Simon Cox Stephen Elliott
Niall Quinn Kevin Doyle Clinton Morrison Gary Doherty Leon Best
Shane Long John Walters David McGoldrick Dominic Foley
John Aldridge Darryl Murphy Noel Hunt
Frank Stapleton David Kelly Richie Sadlier
John Byrne Anthony Stokes
Tommy Coyne Bernie Slavin
Alan Lee
Jon Goodman

Randolph 6

Fleming 2
McGrath 10
Babb 6
Hughton 6

Brady 6
Houghton 8
Carsley 4
Holland 6
Sheedy 6

Walters 6

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Should there be an extra wide category for Andy Reid?


120+ players listed - feel free to mention anyone else who isn’t and I can look to add them.

Thanks to http://www.soccer-ireland.com/irish-qualifying-campaigns/index.htm which has a list of every player to player Ireland in each qualifying campiagn. Made my life very easy

This is done.

What way is the scoring to be done?

Two teams head to head and a public vote - whoever can make a more compelling argument for or against the teams participating same as the hurling with less parochial nonsense.


I think the teams should be sent to you privately and shouldn’t be revealed until matchday