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The Score NI

By The Score NI
The Score NI is a sports radio show from Northern Ireland, hosted by Michael Clarke.

Each week we'll bring you an hour of top Irish League discussion and debate with the help of regular special guests.
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The Score - Are you Elite?
Michael speaks to Larne, Linfield, Cliftonville & Glentoran reps after the Co. Antrim Shield Semi-Final draw. Newry City boss Darren Mullen gives his view on the challenges facing his club as they prepare for another 4 weeks without football, we hear from  NI Football Awards Manager of the Year Oran Kearney and Colin Hopkins returns to the show to help us preview the Irish Premiership fixtures this weekend.
53:15
October 16, 2020
The Score - Sarajevo Success & Domestic Progress
Michael Clarke speaks to sports journalist Keith Bailie after Northern Ireland's semi-final shoot-out win in Bosnia, Adam Lecky chats about his move to Crusaders, Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie speaks ahead of a return to competitive action in the Co. Antrim Shield, we hear from NI manager Ian Baraclough, captain Steven Davis and shot-stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell plus there's an update on the Championship and PIL seasons.
50:52
October 9, 2020
The Score - Friendlies, Fans and Fair Play Dundalk
We continue our build-up to the new Irish Premiership season with special guests Roy McGivern (Linfield Chairman) and Andrew Scullion (Larne Vice Chairman) discussing everything from how their teams have coped these past few months to the return of fans and their aspirations for the year ahead. Plus we are joined by football commentator Adrian Taaffe who was at the Aviva last night to witness Dundalk making history as they became the first Irish side to twice qualify for the Europa League Group Stage.
58:27
October 2, 2020
The Score - New Season, New Deals
Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay, Glentoran 'keeper Elliott Morris and Coleraine's latest signing Howard Beverland all join Michael to chat about new deals and gearing up for the season ahead.
55:01
September 25, 2020
The Score - Europa League review and NI preview
Coleraine's Eoin Bradley reflects on his side's European run, commentator Mark Rodden shares his thoughts on seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. playing in Tallaght, Northern Ireland's Simone Magill looks ahead to their Euro qualifier away to Faroe Islands and I share my thoughts on Linfield's loss to Floriana.
48:27
September 18, 2020
The Score with special guest Derek Rae
Renowned football commentator Derek Rae chats to Michael Clarke about the origins of his love affair with German football, the art of commentary and importance of finding your style, those wonderful viral videos from his garden, joining the FIFA franchise and more.
1:03:31
September 11, 2020
The Score: Irish Cup Final Countdown
Ballymena United's Jim Ervin and Ross Glendinning and Glentoran duo Marcus Kane and Robbie McDaid speak to Michael Clarke before the sides meet in Friday's showpiece at Windsor Park.
1:04:32
July 30, 2020
The Score: Irish Cup Semi-Final Special
Oran Kearney, Bryan McLoughlin, Paddy McLaughlin and Mick McDermott speak to Michael Clarke ahead of their crunch Irish Cup semi-finals on Monday.
1:02:45
July 24, 2020
The Score with special guests Ian, Mark and Matthew
Michael Clarke speaks to Mark McIntosh about the end to the Irish League season, Portadown boss Matthew Tipton shares his thoughts on their promotion and plans for next season plus we hear from new Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough.
58:06
July 3, 2020
The Score with special guest Liam Donnelly
Northern Ireland midfielder Liam Donnelly gives us his thoughts on Michael O'Neill's successor and discusses his friendly rivalry with fellow international Niall McGinn, finding form in new position at Motherwell and how early setbacks have made him hungrier than ever to succeed.
59:31
June 28, 2020
The Score with special guest Niall McGinn
Niall McGinn provides an in-depth insight into his career spanning from early days at Dungannon Swifts to his return to Aberdeen and everything in between including his goal at Euro 2016, which was four years ago this week.
1:04:27
June 19, 2020
The Score with special guest Oran Kearney
An in-depth chat with Oran Kearney about his career which has included clean sweep success at Linfield, a spell in the SPFL with St Mirren and transforming Coleraine's fortunes twice.
1:13:45
June 12, 2020
The Score with special guest Stephen Lowry
Fresh from signing a new contract with Coleraine, Stephen Lowry talks about his return to the club, relationship with Oran Kearney and his career so far including time at Linfield and overcoming challenges in the early days.
1:00:16
June 5, 2020
The Score - Brandywell Bosses - North West Special
They share a stadium but face different paths back to playing football under the FAI and IFA. Michael Clarke speaks to Derry City boss Declan Devine and Institute's Sean Connor to find out more.
1:08:08
May 29, 2020
The Score with special guest Gavin Whyte
Gavin Whyte speaks to Michael Clarke about his career so far from winning league titles with Crusaders to linking up with Mark Sykes at Oxford United, his move to Cardiff City and that dream debut goal for Northern Ireland.
52:05
May 22, 2020
The Score: The Bundesliga is back!
Former The Score co-host Jonny Walsh, who now works for Bundesliga side Cologne, chats to Michael about the return of football in Germany and how he has adapted to life in the country.
23:36
May 22, 2020
The Score: The Irish League - What Happens Next?
Michael Clarke speaks to Larne FC owner Kenny Bruce, Coleraine FC Chairman Colin McKendry, sports journalist Mark McIntosh and Lisburn Distillery Director Colin Hopkins to discuss where the Irish League goes from here and how likely a return really is.
1:11:11
May 15, 2020
The Score with special guest Bobby Burns
Hearts defender Bobby Burns reflects on his loan spell in Australia, good times at Glenavon and hopes for the future. He also chats about football behind closed doors, being tested for coronavirus twice and his experiences working with some of the NI managerial candidates.
1:12:17
May 8, 2020
The Score with special guest Paul Heatley
Crusaders star Paul Heatley on trophies, teammates and top moments in football. Plus we find out which rival ground he enjoys playing at most, the former teammate he hated playing against and about the time he made a surprise return to Carrick Rangers.
54:36
May 1, 2020
The Score with special guest Conor McNamara
Match of the Day and 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara talks about his career to date, advice for budding broadcasters and provides an insight into covering high profile matches.
58:01
April 24, 2020
The Score with special guest Paddy McLaughlin
Cliftonville manager Paddy McLaughlin reflects on swapping the North West for North Belfast and discusses everything from youth development and Europe to taking on the best on the touchline. He also looks back on defying the odds at Institute, winning the Championship with only one home game all season.
54:36
April 17, 2020
The Score with special guest Gary Haveron
Larne FC Academy Director Gary Haveron discusses the club's youth development plans and shares memories from playing in England and the Irish League plus we discuss his time at the helm of Carrick and Glentoran.
1:10:40
April 10, 2020
The Score with special guest Jamie Mulgrew
Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew talks about his desire to complete the season, keeping fit during lockdown and career highlights including the home win over Qarabag and his testimonial match against Rangers.
1:05:11
April 3, 2020
The Score with special guest Jim Magilton
Jim Magilton reflects on his playing days, memorable goals, teammates and managers and talks about his aspirations to land the Northern Ireland job.
1:08:14
March 27, 2020
The Score NI Podcast - 20th March 2020
Michael Clarke speaks to NIFL Managing Director Andrew Johnston and the Newry Reporter's Sports Editor Gareth McCullough on this week's show.
50:18
March 20, 2020
The Score with special guest Linda Fettus
Sports physio Linda Fettus has worked with Northern Ireland and Chelsea and is preparing to head to the Euros. We find out what her role entails and challenges she has faced along the way.
36:07
March 6, 2020
The Score with special guest Adam Foley
Newry City's Adam Foley talks about his Irish League career, overcoming injuries, coaching aspirations and the hidden talents within amateur football.
1:01:42
March 6, 2020
The Score with special guest Harry McConkey
Ballinamallard manager Harry McConkey talks about the club's recent love affair with the Irish Cup, the special friendships he has gained through football, events that have shaped his life and his hopes for promotion.
1:09:16
February 28, 2020
The Score with special guest Stephen Small
Former Irish League player and manager Stephen Small reflects on his playing days, winning the title at Cliftonville and going on to manage Carrick Rangers to Championship success.
1:19:42
February 21, 2020
The Score with special guest Stephen Henderson
Glentoran Chairman Stephen Henderson discusses the club's return from the brink, plans for stadium redevelopment and European aspirations.
1:11:38
February 14, 2020
The Score with special guest Callum Byers
Dungannon defender Callum Byers talks about fitting in since his move to Stangmore Park, an injury-disrupted season, his time at Ards, past managers and Love Island.
59:24
February 7, 2020
The Score with special guest Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton talks about management, money in football, playing days, talented ex-teammates and career highs and lows.
1:08:15
January 31, 2020
The Score with special guest Josh Kelly
Ballymena Utd midfielder Josh Kelly reflects on Co. Antrim Shield heartbreak, his time so far at the Sky Blues, playing for "the King of the Irish League", singing his initiation song on an airplane and much more.
57:42
January 24, 2020
The Score with special guest Gary Smyth
Gary Smyth talks about returning to the Welders, their promotion ambitions and reflects on his career in the Irish League as a player and manager.
45:20
January 17, 2020
The Score with special guest Clifford Adams
Carrick Rangers assistant manager Clifford Adams talks about the team's first season back in the top flight, his coaching career, Niall Currie's karaoke antics and playing up top with Antoine Sibierski.
1:08:13
January 10, 2020
The Score with special guest Michael Ruddy
Michael Ruddy talks about settling in at Crusaders, picking up two trophies in his first campaign and his desire to win the Irish League. We also discuss the crazy Christmas fixtures and reflect of his time at Ballymena and Ards.
56:39
December 20, 2019
The Score with special guest John Bailie
New Ards boss John Bailie talks about plans to get the club back to the Irish Premiership, his experiences of youth football and shares memories from his career.
1:05:18
December 13, 2019
The Score with special guest Connaire McGreevy
Warrenpoint Town's Connaire McGreevy lifts the lid on life as an Irish League Chairman, the challenges of competing as a provincial club and the fight for top flight survival.
1:09:18
December 6, 2019
The Score with special guest Robbie McDaid
Robbie McDaid talks about life at Glentoran, enduring a managerial merry-go-round in England and the men who've influenced his career from his father John to Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.
1:02:04
November 29, 2019
The Score with special guest Mark McIntosh
Sports journalist Mark McIntosh talks to Michael Clarke about his career and shares stories ranging from getting his break to working with mischievous managers and managing manic away days. We also get Mark's views on some of the big talking points gripping the local game.
1:28:27
November 22, 2019
The Score with special guest Gary Millar
Portadown striker Gary Millar chats about coming through the ranks at Rangers, making his family proud by signing for Motherwell and predicts a bright future for young players at Shamrock Park.
1:07:52
November 15, 2019
Stephen Craigan on O'Neill, his replacement and the Netherlands
Stephen Craigan speaks to Michael Clarke about Northern Ireland's upcoming clash with the Netherlands, Michael O'Neill's Stoke move and speculation around his successor.
10:59
November 15, 2019
The Score with special guest Aaron Traynor
Coleraine left-back Aaron Traynor talks about the challenges of overcoming a serious injury, maturing as a footballer and finally explains his all-year tan.
1:05:17
November 8, 2019
The Score with special guest Rory Hale
Crusaders midfielder Rory Hale talks about early days at Aston Villa, his time at Derry City and hopes for trophy success this season. We also chat about the All Island League proposal and those games against Wolves in Europe.
57:09
November 1, 2019
The Score with special guest Conor McMenamin
Cliftonville ace Conor McMenamin talks about the impact Paddy McLaughlin has had on his career, how close he came to leaving the Reds and looks back on some memorable moments from recent years including winning the Championship with Warrenpoint Town.
57:58
October 25, 2019
The Score with special guest Andrew Davey
Irish League referee Andrew Davey joins Michael and Colin to answer your questions about being football's fall guy.
1:10:29
October 18, 2019
The Score with special guest Alan Blayney
Former NI & Linfield goalkeeper Alan Blayney discusses the highs and lows of football, from title wins and teammates to battling self-doubt and overcoming a serious illness.
1:04:37
October 11, 2019
The Score with special guest Gareth Clements
Larne FC Chairman Gareth Clements discusses family and football in this in-depth interview where he also speaks about his relationship with owner Kenny Bruce, the club's work in the community and further plans to develop Inver Park.
1:01:05
October 4, 2019
Lisburn Distillery Over 35s competing in Emerge Invitational League
Colly McCarroll and Gavin Prince talk about the formation and development of the Emerge Invitational League and provide more information about how to get involved.
10:44
September 27, 2019
The Score with special guest Kyle Neill
Irish League legend Kyle Neill discusses in-depth his playing days, from favourite teammates to tough opponents and his move into coaching.
58:17
September 27, 2019
Mark Sykes reflects on memorable win over West Ham
Mark Sykes talks to Michael Clarke about how he is settling in at Oxford Utd, their victory over West Ham on Wednesday and his relationship with NI boss Michael O'Neill.
11:50
September 27, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Netball NI Head Coach Dan Ryan speaks to The Score
Northern Ireland's Head Coach Dan Ryan looks ahead to next weekend's netball European Championships, reflects on the World Cup and his hopes for the future.
25:22
September 20, 2019
Graham Bailie on Bangor's return to the Irish League
Bangor FC's Commercial Director Graham Bailie talks to Michael Clarke about about their return to the Irish League, plans to get back to the Premiership and the big role volunteers have to play in their club.
14:46
September 20, 2019
The Score with special guest Stewart Nixon
Carrick's hat-trick hero from last weekend joins Michael and Colin to talk about his career to date, from winning promotion last season to preparing for the Sky cameras on Monday.
20:15
September 20, 2019
Lisburn Ladies reflect on double success
Sorcha Nugent, Jess Poots & Stacey Murdough talk on The Score about their team's double-winning season and the growth of women's football.
20:51
September 13, 2019
The Score with special guest Paul O'Neill
Glentoran teenager Paul O'Neill talks about breaking into the first team, moving towards full-time football and his desire to win trophies.
57:50
September 13, 2019
Jeff Stelling's March for Men comes to Belfast
Popular TV host Jeff Stelling speaks live to Michael Clarke during the Belfast leg of his March for Men to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
08:36
September 6, 2019
The Score with special guest Marshall Gillespie
Northern Ireland's number 1 statto Marshall Gillespie joins Michael Clarke and Colin Hopkins to discuss his love of international football and his career of gathering stats for big broadcasters and the IFA.
54:41
September 6, 2019
The Score: Best Of 2018 - 19 Part 2
Michael Clarke concludes our look back on some our favourite interviews and moments, this time with clips from January - May.
1:58:28
May 31, 2019
The Score: Best Of 2018 - 19 Part 1
Michael Clarke takes you through some of our favourite player and manager interviews from the first half of the season. 
1:55:04
May 24, 2019
The Score with special guest Stephen Garrett
Cliftonville stalwart Stephen Garrett gives his thoughts on their qualification for Europe, his future, Ryan Catney's testimonial and his role with the IFA.
1:02:11
May 17, 2019
The Score with special guest Aaron Hogg
Carrick Rangers 'keeper Aaron Hogg talks promotion after 3 wins in 7 days for the club, what it means to be back in the Premiership and how Niall Currie's tactics contributed to a successful season. 
49:26
May 10, 2019
The Score with special guest Whitey Anderson
Whitey Anderson talks about his love affair with Ballinamallard, their chances in tomorrow's Irish Cup Final and he exclusively reveals his real name!
1:05:04
May 3, 2019
The Score with special guest Sam Johnston
Ards no.1 Sam Johnston joins Michael and Colin ahead of his side's crunch league clash against Warrenpoint. He discusses his early career, penalty-saving prowess and ambitions for the future. 
1:00:49
April 26, 2019
The Score with special guest Tim McCann
Larne FC's first team coach Tim McCann looks back on a glittering career, from friendships to injuries, and talks about life in the Irish League.
1:01:23
April 19, 2019
The Score with special guest Darren Mullen
Newry City manager Darren Mullen talks about the club's dramatic rise through the ranks of Irish League football and the relegation battle that they find themselves in this season.
1:05:20
April 12, 2019
The Score with special guest Ben Roy
Bangor FC are pushing for a return to Irish League football, so we caught up with in-form player Ben Roy who has been enjoying life at the club and a positive force in their promotion push.
56:40
April 5, 2019
The Score with special guest Elliott Morris
Glentoran legend Elliott Morris joined us on The Score to talk takeover, titles, teammates and tough times. 
1:14:02
March 29, 2019
The Score with special guest Michael Hughes
Former Northern Ireland international Michael Hughes looks back on his career with stories from Stockport to Strasbourg. 
53:50
March 22, 2019
The Score with special guest Sean O'Neill
Sean O'Neill reflects on winning the Co. Antrim Shield, his title success with Crusaders, why he handed in a transfer request at Christmas and the team spirit and changing room pranks that make him happy to be a part of the squad. 
53:58
March 15, 2019
The Score with special guest Warren Feeney
Former Northern Ireland striker and current Ards manager Warren Feeney speaks about everything from transfer fees to playing for penalties, with plenty of anecdotes from his club and international career. 
1:14:46
March 8, 2019
The Score with special guest John Connolly
Ballinamallard goalkeeper John Connolly talks about his career, love of the Irish Cup, family life and popstar pals. 
1:09:31
March 1, 2019
The Score with special guest Barry Gray
Former Warrenpoint Town and Cliftonville manager Barry Gray candidly discusses the highs and lows of football management, the difficulties he has faced and some of his biggest achievements. 
1:11:29
February 22, 2019
The Score with special guest Pat McGibbon
Pat McGibbon talks about everything from Man Utd and the late Eric Harrison, to Northern Ireland, Wigan Athletic, Train 2 B Smart and mental health on this week's show. 
1:10:29
February 15, 2019
The Score with special guest Stephen McDonnell
Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell chats about life at Milltown, career ambitions and making the transition from player to manager earlier than anticipated. 
1:09:32
February 1, 2019
The Score with special guest Gareth Tommons
Ards' midfielder Gareth Tommons talks about his career at Limavady, Coleraine and life at his current club as they look to stay in the top flight. He also speaks about falling in and out of love with football, living in Australia and there's even a story about shower gel (yes, really!) 
1:00:48
January 25, 2019
The Score with special guest Curtis Allen
Glentoran striker Curtis Allen discusses notching up over 100 goals for the club, being a team in transition, playing under different managers and his time in England and Scotland.
57:35
January 18, 2019
The Score with special guest Niall Currie
Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie talks to Michael Clarke about his career, his reputation as a wheeler dealer, the pressures of Irish League management and memories from his playing days. We also discuss his ambitions for the remainder of the season with the Amber Army. 
56:22
January 11, 2019
The Score - Best of 2018
Michael Clarke looks back on some of the show's best interviews and clips from this year featuring Irish League stars past and present. 
1:59:49
December 29, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Brad Lyons talks bedding in at Blackburn and hopes for 2019
Former Irish League starlet Brad Lyons talks about his time at Blackburn Rovers so far, ambitions of breaking into the first team, reflections on last season with Coleraine and speculation surrounding a potential January loan move. 
13:26
December 21, 2018
The Score with special guest Gerard Lyttle
Former Cliftonville and Sligo boss Gerard Lyttle gives his views on managing in both leagues, lessons learned and stories from his playing days including rooming with Paul Dalglish.
1:17:33
December 14, 2018
The Score with special guest Dale Montgomery
Newry City's Dale Montgomery talks about his club's desire to prove that they're not a one-season-wonder, sealing their first away win of the season at Coleraine last weekend and reflects on his time at Loughgall which included reaching last year's Irish Cup semi-final.
1:09:11
December 7, 2018
The Score with special guest Diarmuid O'Carroll
Dungannon striker Diarmuid O'Carroll discusses coming out of retirement (for now), winning 4 titles in a row, his career to-date, coaching aspirations and footballing heroes.
1:19:44
November 30, 2018
The Score with special guest Darren Murphy
Darren Murphy discusses his current coaching role at Linfield, playing under some of the Irish League's most successful managers and the lessons he learned at Dungannon.
1:20:32
November 23, 2018
The Score with special guest Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty discusses the Larne revolution, promotion hopes, overcoming challenges and shares some funny stories from his career.
1:18:28
November 16, 2018
The Score with special guest Ryan Catney
Cliftonville captain Ryan Catney chats about playing in England at a young age, working with Brendan Rodgers and his career at the Reds to date.
1:20:09
November 9, 2018
The Score with special guest Matthew Snoddy
Midfielder Matthew Snoddy opens up about his gambling addiction, what motivates him now and life at Crusaders since turning professional.
1:11:43
November 2, 2018
Former WWE superstar Paul London chats exclusively to Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke speaks to former WWE tag team champion Paul London who is appearing at Pro Wrestling Ulster's big event this Sunday.
26:35
October 26, 2018
The Score with special guest Rodney McAree
Bannsiders boss Rodney McAree talks about switching Stangmore for the Showgrounds, sharing a bus with John Barnes and 'that' goal for Fulham.
1:07:21
October 26, 2018
The Score with special guest Mark Sykes
Northern Ireland U21 international and Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes was this week's special guest on The Score. He spoke about the U21 Euro qualifiers, his ambition to progress to full-time football and Glenavon's superb start to the season.
1:09:27
October 19, 2018
The Score with special guest Matthew Tipton
Matthew Tipton joins Michael, Colin and Jonny to chat management, making the move from Warrenpoint to Portadown, putting faith in young players, summer football and more.
1:24:09
October 12, 2018
The Score NI with special guest Mark Patton
Special guest Mark Patton joins Michael Clarke and Colin Hopkins to discuss all things Irish League and share stories from his career, including how he's faring at current club Dungannon Swifts.
1:16:30
October 5, 2018
The Score NI
Special guest Michael Gault joins Michael Clarke, Jonny Walsh and Colin Hopkins to discuss his career to date and managerial plans for the future.
1:19:31
September 28, 2018