- Lifestyle & Sports
- 18 Jan 17
Not content with making it three league titles in a row, Dundalk embarked on a history-making European campaign, which resulted in Ireland call-ups for two of their players. Manager Stephen Kenny talks team tactics and coruscating indie rock anthems with Stuart Clark.
He didn’t get a single minute of game time, but let us not underestimate Alex Turner’s influence on Dundalk’s European footballing heroics this year.
“I always stick on Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not before a game, and normally get to ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’ before arriving at the ground,” Lilywhites manager Stephen Kenny laughs. “‘View From The Afternoon’ is a great one to get the blood pumping! I’ve tried converting the lads, but they’re into the dancier stuff. My introduction to music was early Stone Roses like ‘Fools Good’, and nowadays I discover a lot of artists through the Other Voices series. Conor J. O’Brien and Villagers are a bit of a favourite at the moment, and I try and get to gigs whenever I can in the Spirit Store. The Olympia’s another great place to see bands.”
It’s easy to forget amidst all the triumphs which followed, that Dundalk were nearly put to the Euro sword in July by tongue-twisting Icelandic champions Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarar.