Après Match 2008

If there's one thing that always brightens up RTÉ's coverage of the big fitba' tournaments, it's the Après Match team's piss-takes of the Irish TV pundits, which are usually shown at the end of the live coverage or highlights programmes. They remind me a lot of the early Only an Excuse? sketches from back home.

I'd missed most of AM's Euro 2008 efforts so far, so I was happy to find out tonight that they're online here[1]. I presume the site will be updated as they do more throughout the tournament.

Naturally they're much funnier if you're familiar with the Irish TV stations' football coverage, although the targets include the likes of Graeme Souness, Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton who are familiar enough to viewers in the UK and elsewhere. That said, they actually started with a Sky Sports send-up this year—just a pity Gary Cooke's impression of Andy Gray is one of the poorest I've heard any of them do, especially as Risteárd's Richard Keys is right on the money!

[1] RealPlayer plugin required, and doesn't seem to work with Firefox, I'm afraid

Comments:

Almost everything you've said in the above article is so inaccurate it's hard to know where to begin, but I'll give it a go. Risteárd Coopeer does not do an impression of Andy Gray and neither does Barry Murphy. Risteárd does Richard Keys not Barry. If you're going to bother with posting a small minded opinion on a blogs site at least get your facts right you tosser!

Posted by Val on June 17, 2008 at 09:55 AM GMT+00:00 #

Thanks, fixed-- glad you enjoyed reading it.

Posted by Calum on June 17, 2008 at 10:30 AM GMT+00:00 #

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