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Supple Thought Ireland Call Was a Wind-Up
Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 08:52

Former Blues keeper Shane Supple admits he thought it was a wind-up when he was told he had received his first call into the Republic of Ireland squad earlier this week.

The 31-year-old famously retired from professional football when with the Blues in August 2009 aged only 22 before returning to the game in his native Ireland with Crumlin United in 2015 prior to joining his current League of Ireland club Bohemians a year later.

Ireland play France in Paris on Monday and the US at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the following Saturday.

“Having played under [Ireland assistant manager] Roy [Keane] I just thought it was something tongue-in-cheek that he said,” Supple, who joined Town as an academy player at 15, told the Irish Times.

“When I got the call off [Bohemians manager] Keith [Long] yesterday afternoon to say that the email had come in I told him to stop taking the Mick.

“He sent it on to me then and it was real. This week was mad enough week anyway with the game against [Shamrock] Rovers [on Friday] so I’m trying to keep focused on that.”

Keane was the Town manager when Supple made his long-ruminated-upon decision to retire and subsequently criticised team-mates who he felt didn’t care whether the team won or lost matches.

"When I did walk in that day to speak to him, he was brilliant," Supple added, speaking to the Irish Independent.

"I haven't seen him since and it will be nice to meet up and thank him properly for the way he looked after me and getting me out as quickly as possible. Roy was great.

"I was only there for a couple of months with Roy. There was a lot of fuss at the time. Within a few days, he'd sorted it out.

"I knew it wasn't just our club. I had been out on loan [at Oldham and Falkirk]. I probably never fell out of love with the game. It was the people involved in it who disheartened.”

Supple returned home to Dublin and played Gaelic football for his parish club St Brigids and made a couple of appearances for his county side. He picked up an All-Ireland winner’s medal in 2013 but having been on the bench throughout the campaign.

He says he’s now happy at Bohemians, having turned down offers from full-time clubs, and last month gave up GAA.

"It's not fair on Bohs, they've been good enough down through the last couple of years to look after me and let me play,” he added.

“I knew myself the time was right to go. I want to concentrate on the football for the next few years and give it a right go and look after my body right and get the most of it. It's like a GAA club in a sense, there are people here you trust.”

Supple, who made 36 starts and two sub appearances for the Blues, doesn’t know too many of the Irish squad who he will meet up with on Thursday but there will be one familiar face from his time at Town.

“Jonny Walters stayed with me for three months after joining Ipswich until he got his house sorted,” he said.

“I have a lot of time for Jonny, for the person he is and the player he is so it will be nice to see him again but I don’t think there’s too many others.”

He added: "I'll be going in there and believing I'm the best keeper. But I'm a little bit more relaxed about it than I would have been when I was in England."

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greenkingtone added 08:57 - May 23
If we lose Bart, then get the boy back.
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BlueBlood90 added 09:05 - May 23
Such a shame he felt that way as he was a very talented young goalkeeper. I'd love him to reel off a few names who he felt didn't care about winning games here. Good luck to him.
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heavyweight added 10:00 - May 23
I remember being excited at the start of that 2009 season thinking the spine of the team would be based around Supple, Garvan & Rhodes for years into the future - It didn't quite work out like that.
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JohnyJohnson added 10:11 - May 23
I love this guy, proper integrity. All the best for future Shane.
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JohnyJohnson added 10:25 - May 23
I kept at it but still wasn't really enjoying it," Supple added; "At the time we were pushing for promotion, it was the 2004/05 season, the year Wigan went up. We were up there and the lads were worried about if they'd get another contract if we did get promoted, and that if we were in the play-offs their holidays were going to be eaten into for a couple of weeks. It was around that time I started thinking about it."
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spanishblue added 10:45 - May 23
Watched that second leg against Southampton he was fantastic they wouldn't of scored all season long gutted when he packed up,love if he came back
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Jewell_in_the_Town added 10:48 - May 23
Great to see someone playing purely for the love of the game and not chasing the money. The Ireland call up confirms what a talent he is. He might not be as financially rich as some of his former peers, but I'm sure he's a more rounded and fulfilled person.
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 11:00 - May 23
Supple was a very tough lad and a fantastic prospect. It's a pity from our point of view that he didn't feel happy with his continuing his footballing career. I'm sure he's pretty good now, but you wonder what could have been if he hadn't had so much time out of the game. Anyway, good luck to him.
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Europablue added 12:52 - May 23
JohnyJohnson
I'd argue that it is pretty human for the players to be concerned about their livelihoods and their family time. It's sad but true, sometimes getting promoted is not good for job security. Maybe that's why Mick was happy with sticking to the Championship :)
I'm not sure what Supple wanted. I always assumed he hated the money aspect of the game.
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Europablue added 12:52 - May 23
JohnyJohnson
I'd argue that it is pretty human for the players to be concerned about their livelihoods and their family time. It's sad but true, sometimes getting promoted is not good for job security. Maybe that's why Mick was happy with sticking to the Championship :)
I'm not sure what Supple wanted. I always assumed he hated the money aspect of the game.
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bobble added 13:11 - May 23
joe royle was clearly a poor manager along with the dark lord..
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dubblue added 15:37 - May 23
You have to admire his honesty. Have my doubts he would want to come back to Town or any other full pro club.
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blueboy1981 added 09:52 - May 24
Nice one Shane - admire your integrity, and contempt for people who don’t have their true heart in the game.
Many people would welcome you back at Portman Road - was a promising young keeper, with much potential.
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gerryiu added 09:55 - May 24
I have seen him play several times in our Airtricity League in Ireland ....
a brilliant keeper ;
on his day, he is probably the best in our Premiership .
Won a game for Bohs on his own last season in Limerick....


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Ferguson added 14:46 - May 24
Ok here we go.
I think he was saying that he and his manager (yes the Dark Lord) had both come to believe that players weren't committed to promotion and giving us the best they could. Ever wonder why we used to stall when top six looked nailed on.
Just saying...
Any resemblance to players etc etc.
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