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Title: Emma Byrne
Post by: David on April 13, 2007, 10:11:36 PM
Top keeper Byrne eyes Euro glory with Ladies

While one tall, blonde Arsenal custodian weighs up his options for the summer and beyond, another is entering the most exciting few weeks of her career.

Jens Lehmann may be pondering over the offer a one-year deal to remain at The Emirates, but for another respected international goalkeeper, Emma Byrne, the holy grail of European glory is within touching distance.

Arsenal Ladies' indisputable No 1 is regarded as the finest in the Womens' Premier League by some margin.

She is the best keeper in the best team.

With five Premiership titles, four FA Cup and five League Cup winners' medals in her vice-like grip, the Republic of Ireland international is now eyeing the most important club medal in women's world club football, the Uefa Cup.

"This is such an exciting time for us. We've tried so hard to get to the final in previous seasons but not quite managed it," she told Wood&Vale Sport, ahead of the two-legged final later this month against Swedish giants Umea IK.

"We have reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals but the final eluded us for so long.

"Maybe it starts playing on your mind. But this season we have pooled together all those experiences of the past and become a better side for it.

"It is a monumental achievement to do what we have done and each and every member of the squad is so proud."

The 6ft tall keeper knows, though, that the hard part is still to come. It's been a long wait since November's 5-2 aggregate semi-final win over Danish side Brondby IF and in Umea they take on a side recently ranked as the best in the world.

Arsenal are fourth, but Byrne is under no illusions about the task ahead, admitting the gap still needs closing.

"It's a big ask," she admitted. "It is the absolute pinnacle of the women's game and will be the toughest match of all our careers, no doubt about it.

"They have so much quality and strength in-depth and have won this competition three times in the past, which says it all really. But we are a team with a lot of ability and we know that with hard work we can beat anyone.

"Make no mistake, we are there on merit."

It is a different story to the domestic game. While Arsenal have regularly met their match on the continent with strong leagues in Germany, Italy and Scandinavia producing a number of outstanding sides, the women's domestic league back in Blighty is seriously lagging.

Take a look at the current league table and the Gunners - who picked up the League Cup last month and are in the final of the FA Cup next month where they meet Charlton - are staring down from their lofty perch once again.

The reigning champions and dominant force in England for nearly two decades, they currently boast a record of played 15, won 15. A total of 95 goals have been scored, while Byrne has only picked the ball out of the six four times. It clearly frustrates her. "It's been the easiest year of my career, to be honest," said the 27-year-old - and she's not boasting.

"We have not really played any team that have really had a go at us. No other team in England can touch us.

"I'll be honest, the toughest games I have are in training because we play each other. We keep each other on our toes.

"You must also remember we have something like eight of the England team in our squad - and they are the best around."

So why have Arsenal, managed by Vic Akers, been so dominant and managed to attract and develop the best?

"We have the most amazing facilities at our disposal, which is a massive help. We are extremely lucky because we use the men's training ground and that is great," she explained.

"We also have the experience. The standard is getting better at junior level and things will improve some day - but not yet."

Byrne has represented her country at every age group and is currently Ireland's No 1 keeper with 56 senior caps. Since moving across the Irish Sea in 1998 it has been a story of virtually non-stop success at Arsenal.

Along with more than a dozen medals, she has been recognised by her peers, picking up two Players' Player of the Year awards in 2003 and 2005. She said Ladies' boss Akers, who doubles as Arsene Wenger's kit manager, is the reason for so much of her success.

"He is like a father figure to all the girls," she said with genuine affection.

"When I and some of the other Irish girls first moved over we were homesick, but he was always there for us.

"The boss is such a good man who works so hard and cares passionately about the team. I mean it when I say this final is for him - I'm pleased for him more than anyone."

But the Gunners face Umea without their leading player, Kelly Smith, who misses both legs of the final through suspension after an unwise gesture to the crowd in the semi-final was punished by Uefa. Smith is the club's leading scorer with 19 in 22 starts this term and Byrne concedes it is a huge loss.

"We'll miss her because she is class," she said. "But when she doesn't play we change the way we approach the game.

"Everything normally goes through her, much like Thierry Henry. Remember, though, we have a lot of very good players and hopefully we can cope. But yes, it is a blow."

Akers, on the other hand, is already plotting Umea's downfall. And Byrne believes whatever the outcome, he should be rewarded for his contribution to the women's game.

"He needs to be recognised for what he has done," she said. "I don't know how, maybe an MBE or something - it's the very least he deserves.

http://woodandvale.london24.net/woodandvale/sport/story.aspx?brand=NorthLondon24&category=Sportarsenal&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=sport&itemid=WeED13%20Apr%202007%2016%3A59%3A02%3A567
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: David on April 26, 2007, 02:11:05 PM
Goalkeeper Emma Byrne has revealed how Umea’s apparent over-confidence ahead of the Uefa Women’s Cup Final first leg served as a psychological boost to Arsenal Ladies.

The expectation in Sweden was that their champions would ease to victory against the Gunners. Yet Alex Scott’s 90th-minute wonder strike is the difference between the sides going into Sunday’s second leg at Boreham Wood FC.

Republic of Ireland international Byrne admits their opponents’ light-hearted approach to warming up inspired Arsenal’s unexpected triumph.

“They came across as quite confident,” she told Arsenal.com. “Even in the warm up, when we were doing the usual exercises, they were in a circle playing keepie-ups. That wound us up a little bit more I think because they seemed to think they had it in the bag.”

If the hosts were stunned, the win was no shock to Byrne. The 27-year-old, who has won five league titles, two FA Cups and three League Cups in her nine seasons at the Club, is fully aware of Arsenal’s capabilities. For that she credits her manager and the founding father of the Club, Vic Akers.

“Vic has been an absolute pillar in the women’s game,” said Byrne. “I don’t think it’s recognised as much as it should be. For 20 years now his team has dominated women’s football. For somebody to give as much as he does, in every aspect of his life is incredible.

“Everything he does is for the game - he gives up so much time, effort and commitment and he deserves some kind of recognition. If he doesn’t get it from the hierarchies we’ll definitely be winning it for him.”

On Sunday Byrne has the chance to add the most prestigious honour of them all to her already sizeable list. She has called on the fans to play their part with Arsenal needing only to avoid defeat to clinch the Uefa Women’s Cup for the first time.

“We’re thrilled to be going in [to the second leg] with a 1-0 lead,” she said. “I don’t think anybody really expected us to come away from Sweden with that scoreline and it’s nice to bring it back to our fans.

“We know it’s conflicting with the men’s game and people will have their priorities but if people turn out to support us it would be such a boost. We need that 12th man.”

http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=News&article=463442&cpid=703&title=Byrne+-+Umea+under-estimated+us
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: redrobin on June 09, 2008, 09:27:45 PM
Thought Emma needed a bump. :)

Arsenal fans on here are very complacent - you've ignored her since the winning UEFA Womens Cup Final over a year ago.

I reckon you hardly even know she's there at most games. ;) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 09, 2008, 10:13:27 PM
To be fair, we can count on one hand the number of mistakes she made during the season, she is so consistent and reliable, although she decided to leave a few games to her understudy Becky and "Julie"
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 09, 2008, 10:23:10 PM
..is Lehman blond?
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on June 09, 2008, 11:12:19 PM
Emma is always nice to look at and she makes a lot of saves which must be difficult when she often has so little to do for most of the game :D

And - she behaves better than Lehmann ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 10, 2008, 07:21:04 AM
When I saw arsenal v bristol there was an incident where jayne got tackled fairly so kelly flew into a tackle, the ref blew jayne went charging over waving her arms around, the pulled alex away who was getting involved, whilst it was all going on emma was stood at the other end of the pitch shouting to the ref to get on with things ! It cracked me up.  She has a loud voice

She is an excellent keeper, I saw the girls beat notts forrest 9-0 in november 2006 and emma pulled off a great save at the end of the game where she'd had little to do
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 09:32:41 AM
she's tall, agile, elegant, commanding, kicks well, got great technique, handles well and has to have the best concentration in the Premier League....shame she aint English
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 10, 2008, 12:38:33 PM
She is a top keeper and georgous as well
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 12:43:01 PM
typical..........haha thought ud have say that :D.........
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 12:43:58 PM
..what ...Gorgeous~? ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 10, 2008, 12:47:11 PM
She is pretty but who cares as long as she saves goals...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 12:48:25 PM
theres better looking ppl about ya know haha
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 12:48:58 PM
I think Yanks meant she was a gorgeous keeper....as in sweet, eh ;D ;D ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 12:49:40 PM
ya mean Dowie's uncle... ;D ;D ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 12:55:21 PM
hahaha yup mch better looking haha
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 12:56:12 PM
hahaha........ya got good taste up there eh.. :o :o
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 06:24:11 PM
a dont think sm ppl go 2 watch arsenal they go watch emma warm up n stretch........ ave no idea why she does it cause its not like she has much 2 do
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 10, 2008, 06:30:22 PM
Emma is a top keeper and a nice las as well, dowiefan likes to embarass me in front of her though

Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 06:48:39 PM
me never......... had never b embarrasing me lol................
na emma is  top n cool
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 10, 2008, 06:52:02 PM
(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Ffootball097.jpg&hash=3bd8ea873aa9514e418dd17e219bd25b)

Emma concentrating at leeds

Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 07:03:43 PM
see what a mean.......... thats d only photos she can take lol
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 10, 2008, 07:57:00 PM
Emma is a top keeper and a nice las as well, dowiefan likes to embarass me in front of her though
It's true ! I witnessed it  ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 10, 2008, 08:55:56 PM
(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Fcupfinal00135.jpg&hash=ae2a338c29c34d9049565f286f9ad96c)

She's getting ready there to make a save
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 09:40:13 PM
oh my lord am in shock she had do a save lol.........
yup bbut yanksfan so loved me been embarasing lol
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 10, 2008, 09:40:25 PM
she is a top keeper....but not tonite
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 10, 2008, 10:27:42 PM
we had a game tonight??
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 10, 2008, 11:16:51 PM
n ya call rself a fan n u didnt know haha............. was on tv
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on June 10, 2008, 11:40:56 PM
They showed the game against Donnie Belles on ATVO, Arsenal tv etc this evening - Donnie made it 3-3 after Arsenal were 3-0 up, but we won 4-3 ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 11, 2008, 10:12:21 AM
That's an old game from the 21st of February lol I was at the game, we had a poor defending spell  and considering what happened a week later, it was a warning...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 11, 2008, 10:14:17 AM
We scored 4 excellent goals,and they took theirs well.......defended uncharacteristaclly badly....but we won and thats all that matters...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 11, 2008, 12:34:41 PM
(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Fbristol058.jpg&hash=72dbf3d3ff1deb9b6a522802a6f8cbb0)

Glamarous model emma, after the bristol game, some bloke made a comment to her about looking like a model and she was like what do you mean, I kept my mouth  :-X
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 11, 2008, 12:42:51 PM
..and cut yourself outta da picture......
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 11, 2008, 07:51:56 PM
(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Fbristol058.jpg&hash=72dbf3d3ff1deb9b6a522802a6f8cbb0)

Glamarous model emma, after the bristol game, some bloke made a comment to her about looking like a model and she was like what do you mean, I kept my mouth  :-X

I was in Woolworths a while back and there was a type of doll in the toy section that looked like Emma Byrne, there was also one that looked like Unitt...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 11, 2008, 08:03:09 PM
what do they do scary mary dolls
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 11, 2008, 08:33:11 PM
Oh I can't remember what they were called but you could buy all the ones that looked like players and make a little football team out of them....
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 11, 2008, 08:56:34 PM
was they next to shreck
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 11, 2008, 09:07:58 PM
ya av to admit, she's a looker, eh...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 11, 2008, 09:34:37 PM
a suppose............ but no patch on dowie
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 11, 2008, 09:36:34 PM
dowie's a cabbage patch, compared to our Emms........
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: dowiefan on June 11, 2008, 09:42:50 PM
I like cabbage its good 4 ya
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 11, 2008, 09:44:22 PM
with boiled beef.... :o
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 11, 2008, 11:37:14 PM
dowie's a cabbage patch, compared to our Emms........
De gustibus et coloribus, non disputandum  ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on June 11, 2008, 11:48:45 PM
I've not tasted either of them ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 13, 2008, 07:20:07 AM
I have a kelly smith money box with a figure from her philly charge days on it, she looks like a doll on it or something edible
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 13, 2008, 09:02:23 AM
I dont like French food either, Twm.................... :)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 13, 2008, 11:23:57 AM
I might vomit soon...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 13, 2008, 11:48:41 AM
you been eatin french food.... ??? ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 13, 2008, 11:59:39 AM
more likely to be british  :)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 13, 2008, 12:03:42 PM
..thats good then, cos only English food is good .... ;D ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on June 13, 2008, 10:40:18 PM
Welsh food is fine ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Fleetings Feet on June 14, 2008, 12:42:57 AM
not had any welsh food, but think I need a leek now.... ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 27, 2008, 07:46:24 PM
not had any welsh food, but think I need a leek now.... ;)

Maybe its a good thing you've left with jokes like this...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 27, 2008, 07:59:29 PM
lol
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on June 29, 2008, 06:36:51 PM
Some pictures of Emma...

(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg521.imageshack.us%2Fimg521%2F4680%2Femma2hw2.jpg&hash=1f68ec86de0a97d100c9c7480b15e86e) (http://imageshack.us)
Emma v Everton April 08


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(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg410.imageshack.us%2Fimg410%2F2107%2Femmamakesasavekw1.jpg&hash=054b4b8a9defb7781716d809d93e92af) (http://imageshack.us)
Em makes a save...
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on June 29, 2008, 10:12:00 PM
I did not remember we had that goalie kit.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on June 30, 2008, 07:04:01 AM
Here's a couple of emma playing for ireland

No one managed to embarass me last wednesday infront of her

(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Feire167.jpg&hash=5afff1728e5f78492f6e0b9e5156a1db)

(https://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm250%2Flbrown_07%2Feire180.jpg&hash=c3a0bbb40aa11e8bdfd6457747a13895)

Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: yanksfan on July 08, 2008, 07:10:04 AM
Nice pics Toad

Here's a nice emma link may take a second or two to load

www.nike.com/nikewomen/standalone/index.jsp#,en,31,,url;features;pro (http://www.nike.com/nikewomen/standalone/index.jsp#,en,31,,url;features;pro)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on July 08, 2008, 11:42:50 PM
Nice pics both of you ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: OOH Fayefan on July 23, 2008, 12:42:01 PM
I see that MSN Messenger will soon be available in Southern Ireland......about time too..... ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Gooner on October 14, 2008, 01:33:10 PM
A really good interview done by Paul Croughton of the Sunday Times.

Emma Byrne: C'mon, take your best shot, boys

The Arsenal goalkeeper says women’s football may lack the glitz of the men’s game but it is catching up in terms of skill

by Paul Croughton

Ask any footballer about their earliest memories of the game and nine times out of 10, you’ll get a lot of rosy-hued talk of kickabouts in the park. Emma Byrne is less nostalgic. The Arsenal Ladies goalkeeper recalls a childhood initiation that involved standing in goal and trying not to get hit in the face while her two elder brothers mimicked their footballing heroes in the back garden of their home in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Fortunately, it wasn’t long before the brothers tired of their game because, as sisters often do, Byrne spoilt it — after all, George Best never had his shots saved by a girl. The little sister quickly outpaced her brothers, shot up to 6ft by the time she reached her teens and was soon selected for the Ireland female under-16s.

She is now tending goal for the Irish national squad as well as the team that has dominated the Women’s Premier League ever since its inception in 1992. Arsenal Ladies have won the women’s Premier League title seven times in the past eight seasons. Or to put it another way, in all but one of the years Byrne, 29, has been with the club.

In the 2006-7 season, they did what no Premier League team, of either sex, has done before or since, and won all their League games, as well as claiming the Premier League, FA, League and Uefa Cups. At the time of going to press, Arsenal Ladies were top of the League (out of 12 teams), having won all seven of their matches since the start of the new season. Such success breeds an unusual problem.

“It’s harder to motivate yourself,” Byrne admits, “when you know you’re going to dominate teams and probably win by at least two goals.

“We got complacent, and Everton beat us last season in the League Cup final. That was a bit of a disaster. But we’re in the Uefa Cup again this season and we’re playing the team that knocked us out last year, so that’s the best kind of motivation.”

Football is the fastest growing participation sport among women in Britain. There are now 150,000 women registered to accredited teams, compared with just 20,000 a decade ago, according to the Football Association. Byrne insists the women’s game is catching up with the men’s where it matters. “At Arsenal the same tactics are used for the men and the women. Obviously the girls aren’t as strong and as quick as the men, but we have the same level of determination and commitment.

“I don’t think the women’s game will ever be at the same stage as the men’s in terms of profile, but we’re definitely getting better.”

The two games remain a million miles apart in terms of pay and lifestyle. While a top male Premier League player might earn £100,000 a week or more, Byrne is, strictly speaking, only semi-professional. To make ends meet, she works as a coach for Arsenal Ladies Academy, training younger players, and earns less than £30,000 a year.

She boosts her pay by working as an ambassador for Nike’s Here I Am campaign to encourage more girls to get into sport. All the Arsenal Ladies players get a flat-rate bonus for a win, “which wouldn’t buy a round if there were six of you”, she says. She lives in a two-bedroom house in the village of Shenley, Hertfordshire, which she describes as “small and cosy” — not adjectives you’d use to describe Beckingham Palace.

Things could be about to change. It’s testament to the huge worldwide growth of women’s football in recent years that Major League Soccer, the American football league, which includes Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham’s current team, has recently announced plans for a women’s professional league. The new league will kick off next spring and a number of players at Arsenal Ladies have been approached by clubs from Boston, Chicago and elsewhere, including Byrne.

“It’s very flattering, and it puts English football on the map, as they’re chasing the best players in the world, and they clearly think Arsenal are one of the best teams,” she says. “We haven’t even discussed contracts yet, but America’s a long way to go, and at the moment I’m happy here.”

Closer to home, the FA is considering holding the Women’s Premier League during the summer months from 2010. One of the major obstacles for the women’s game at the moment is that their games often clash with the men’s, and most football fans choose to watch the latter. “If I was still a kid, I know I would,” admits Byrne, although she is frequently met by a knee-high gaggle of girls wanting autographs as she leaves the pitch.

With long limbs and big, powerful hands, she’s an imposing presence between the posts. But off the pitch, Byrne insists she loves designer shoes as much as the next woman — “though my boyfriend [Marcus Bignot, who plays for Millwall] is shorter than me so I don’t get to wear high heels that much”.

“I can’t say we’re all exactly like Pamela Anderson,” she says, of her team-mates, laughing, “but the girls in the dressing room are really feminine. To be honest, sometimes they can be a bit too girlie in the tackles.”

The regime

DIET

For breakfast I’ll have cereal, usually Special K Red Berries, with wholemeal toast. I’m never hungry after my lunchtime gym session. I’ll have a strawberry Maximuscle protein shake, which is really sickly, or a protein bar, which tastes worse but at least is easier to get down. I have dinner at about 5pm, usually chicken, fish or pasta. We’re not allowed to drink alcohol during the week. I might have a glass of wine after the game on Sunday, but I generally save it for the end of the season.

TRAINING

Sundays are usually match days and I train from Monday to Saturday, as well as coaching younger players. I pay a lot of attention to core exercises — those that target the abdominal and back muscles and provide strength, stability and flexibility. We have a circuit training routine designed to work these muscle groups. We do each exercise for 45 seconds and the whole circuit takes about 4Å minutes to complete. We follow it with a 12-minute run, then start the circuit again.

Explosive power is also important to give force to your kicks and dives. “Yo-yo tests” can help. These involve alternating from jogging to sprinting between a set of cones.

I do about two hours in the gym every day, then the rest of my time is given to technical aspects of the game, such as what angle to dive, how to dominate the box. There’s a lot to get right.

Byrne's perfect penalty save

Observation is the key. Watch how the penalty taker places the ball — do they look in one direction for longer than another, and which foot do they use? “If the shooter is right-footed they favour down to my right, because they’re kicking across their body, generating more power,” says Byrne. “The way their hips turn on the run-up can also give away the direction they’re going to aim in.”

REDUCE THE TARGET AREA

“The first thing to remember is that the person taking the penalty is much more nervous than you,” says Byrne. “That should work to your advantage.” Stand tall and spread your arms out wide to make the goal look smaller. Distracting movements can also help break the shooter’s concentration. “Players sometimes look at the opposite post to the one their aiming for but, with experience, you can usually tell when they’re bluffing.”

THE DIVE

The rules state that the goalkeeper must wait until the ball is kicked before moving but most referees will ignore a small step. The aim is to dive just before the kick is taken. Commit fully to your chosen direction and cover as much ground as you can to avoid the shot sneaking in. “The only way they should score is if they put it in the corner,” says Byrne, “because my reach is quite long.”

STRONG HANDS

“By diving slightly forward of the goal, you have more chance of turning the ball round the post. Use both hands and push the ball as far away as possible.” If you succeed in saving the penalty, you need to get back on your feet as quickly as possible because the shot could be rebounded.

Kit bag

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Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: smithy on October 14, 2008, 06:12:50 PM
Nice interview there.  Sounds like she wont be going to the states then if she's happy here.

I've had that shake she's talking about and it's really disgusting , never again.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: redrobin on October 15, 2008, 12:17:02 PM
Just to keep the thread up to date, at the end of September Emma was picked by the Boston Breakers as an international player they would like to add to their squad for the inaugural WPS season in summer 2009.

The American league have agreed that the Breakers should have WPS negotiation rights with Emma to see if she is willing to sign for their team.
 
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dezxoxo on October 15, 2008, 05:36:32 PM
Just to keep the thread up to date, at the end of September Emma was picked by the Boston Breakers as an international player they would like to add to their squad for the inaugural WPS season in summer 2009.

The American league have agreed that the Breakers should have WPS negotiation rights with Emma to see if she is willing to sign for their team.
 


im not surprised they want her, but i hope for the british league she doesnt go, top keeper! ;D
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dr Gonzo on October 15, 2008, 06:49:55 PM
Just to keep the thread up to date, at the end of September Emma was picked by the Boston Breakers as an international player they would like to add to their squad for the inaugural WPS season in summer 2009.

The American league have agreed that the Breakers should have WPS negotiation rights with Emma to see if she is willing to sign for their team.
 


im not surprised they want her, but i hope for the british league she doesnt go, top keeper! ;D

Yea we could do a swop...Emma could come to Everton and Brownie down to Arsenal....
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Dezxoxo on October 15, 2008, 08:36:12 PM
Just to keep the thread up to date, at the end of September Emma was picked by the Boston Breakers as an international player they would like to add to their squad for the inaugural WPS season in summer 2009.

The American league have agreed that the Breakers should have WPS negotiation rights with Emma to see if she is willing to sign for their team.
 


im not surprised they want her, but i hope for the british league she doesnt go, top keeper! ;D

Yea we could do a swop...Emma could come to Everton and Brownie down to Arsenal....

when Brownie leaves i want Dani back!
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on October 18, 2008, 12:21:45 AM
Nice interview there.  Sounds like she wont be going to the states then if she's happy here.

I've had that shake she's talking about and it's really disgusting , never again.
Stick to your usual lager ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 27, 2008, 12:30:26 PM
having seen the highlights of the Lyon match, I thought Emma was at fault with all 3 goals.....it wasnt all  bad defending although the ball was lost in midfield for the first goal... :(
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on October 27, 2008, 12:41:26 PM
having seen the highlights of the Lyon match, I thought Emma was at fault with all 3 goals.....it wasnt all  bad defending although the ball was lost in midfield for the first goal... :(
I think she anticipated the shot the wrong way. The defender got beaten by Schelin too easily but the origin of the goal is of course the ball lost in a dangerous area.
Second ball, nobody blocked the cross and the marking wasn't good. Goalie has no chance, header from close range.
Same with third goal, defenders swapped forwards after Necib released superbly Thomis who is a fast player and Schelin finished superbly,  Emma has no chance to get it.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: OOH Fayefan on October 27, 2008, 12:44:23 PM
I disagree with that....from what I saw, Emma could have got to the 2nd and 3rd goals but her anticipation/reaction did not look quick enough, which is unusual for her.....take your point on the first one...it looked worse for us  because it was such a weak looking shot.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: John on February 28, 2009, 12:31:14 AM
A date for your diary. Emma Byrne is the featured player under the Spotlight on Arsenal TV on Monday, March 2. Program is on from 19:00 to 19:15. They will talk about her career. The program is usually then made available to ATVO subscribers.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on February 28, 2009, 02:12:45 AM
A date for your diary. Emma Byrne is the featured player under the Spotlight on Arsenal TV on Monday, March 2. Program is on from 19:00 to 19:15. They will talk about her career. The program is usually then made available to ATVO subscribers.
Again - I have to ask when will ATVO show it?
Arsenal TV used to be available via ATVO last year, but no longer.

I spent years subscribing to Sky, including Sports and Movies, but it was well over £40 pm - I could have saved around £6 by ditching movies, but watched one or two a month, so no point really.
Then - when I moved (after divorce) couldn't be bothered committing myself to that - especially as the Arsenal games shown were quite restricted anyway - and some were ppv - £7 or so extra to watch.
Now Setanta has joined in - I've no idea how much they charge, but can't be bothered.

Games are now generally available through links shown on www.myp2p.eu - a couple of minutes behind the action maybe, but, at least I can watch Arsenal v Fulham tomorrow more or less live  ;)
It's not as good quality watching online as it is on tv, but there's no channel that will be showing 3pm Saturday kick-offs.

Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: John on February 28, 2009, 02:34:14 AM
I have noticed a lot of the spotlight interviews appearing on ATVO. I don't have ATVO but seen the links.

Can you not get cable?
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Gooner on March 09, 2009, 01:23:40 PM
A date for your diary. Emma Byrne is the featured player under the Spotlight on Arsenal TV on Monday, March 2. Program is on from 19:00 to 19:15. They will talk about her career. The program is usually then made available to ATVO subscribers.
Again - I have to ask when will ATVO show it?
Arsenal TV used to be available via ATVO last year, but no longer.

It was confirmed on the Arsenal website that the spotlight interview with Arsenal Ladies goalkeeper Emma Byrne is scheduled to be on ATVO on Wednesday, 18 March.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/your-guide-to-the-week-on-arsenal-tv-online
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on March 09, 2009, 11:28:55 PM
A date for your diary. Emma Byrne is the featured player under the Spotlight on Arsenal TV on Monday, March 2. Program is on from 19:00 to 19:15. They will talk about her career. The program is usually then made available to ATVO subscribers.
Again - I have to ask when will ATVO show it?
Arsenal TV used to be available via ATVO last year, but no longer.

It was confirmed on the Arsenal website that the spotlight interview with Arsenal Ladies goalkeeper Emma Byrne is scheduled to be on ATVO on Wednesday, 18 March.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/your-guide-to-the-week-on-arsenal-tv-online

It seems to be taking longer and longer these days to get these things on ATVO - that's 16 days after Arsenal TV  :(

They seem to forget that we do have to pay to watch ATVO. I'd understand if it was free.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Gooner on March 10, 2009, 01:35:48 PM
It was the featured spotlight interview for about a week on the TV channel.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on March 11, 2009, 12:36:47 AM
It was the featured spotlight interview for about a week on the TV channel.

I don't want to sign up to Setanta for that, but - out of interest, how much is it and what do you get?

I assume you can get it through their Freeview channel?
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Gooner on March 11, 2009, 01:56:49 PM
It was the featured spotlight interview for about a week on the TV channel.

I don't want to sign up to Setanta for that, but - out of interest, how much is it and what do you get?

I assume you can get it through their Freeview channel?

Arsenal TV is only available on satalite and cable platforms.

Cable is only through Virgin Media. Arsenal TV can only be viewed by Virgin Media customers with the XL package.  See the following site for full channel listing: http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/sorter/channels_sizexl.html (http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/sorter/channels_sizexl.html)

Satalite is on the Sky platform. You would have to subscribe to Sky with channels and costs available by looking at the following site: http://packages.sky.com/see/ (http://packages.sky.com/see/). You would then be able to add the Setanta Sports package by going to the following Setanta site: http://www.setanta.com/uk/How-To-Subscribe/Satellite/ (http://www.setanta.com/uk/How-To-Subscribe/Satellite/). The 11 Setanta Sports channels you would get on satalite: Setanta Sports 1, Setanta Sports 2, Setanta Sports News, Setanta Golf, Setanta Ireland, Arsenal TV, LFC TV, Celtic TV, Rangers TV, Racing UK and ESPN America.

It seems like Setanta, Virgin Media and Sky all have offers on at the moment.

Hope the above is of interest.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on March 11, 2009, 02:17:39 PM
For those who missed the comment on the reserve thread, Emma played center forward on Sunday for 10 minutes  :)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: smithy on March 11, 2009, 06:08:01 PM
And how did she do ?
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: shlj on March 11, 2009, 06:18:15 PM
She played well but did not score unlike Becky who scored in a freindly earlier in the season.
She had a chance but passed the ball instead of shooting apparently.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: twmcat on March 12, 2009, 12:15:44 AM
It was the featured spotlight interview for about a week on the TV channel.

I don't want to sign up to Setanta for that, but - out of interest, how much is it and what do you get?

I assume you can get it through their Freeview channel?

Arsenal TV is only available on satalite and cable platforms.

Cable is only through Virgin Media. Arsenal TV can only be viewed by Virgin Media customers with the XL package.  See the following site for full channel listing: http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/sorter/channels_sizexl.html (http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/sorter/channels_sizexl.html)

Satalite is on the Sky platform. You would have to subscribe to Sky with channels and costs available by looking at the following site: http://packages.sky.com/see/ (http://packages.sky.com/see/). You would then be able to add the Setanta Sports package by going to the following Setanta site: http://www.setanta.com/uk/How-To-Subscribe/Satellite/ (http://www.setanta.com/uk/How-To-Subscribe/Satellite/). The 11 Setanta Sports channels you would get on satalite: Setanta Sports 1, Setanta Sports 2, Setanta Sports News, Setanta Golf, Setanta Ireland, Arsenal TV, LFC TV, Celtic TV, Rangers TV, Racing UK and ESPN America.

It seems like Setanta, Virgin Media and Sky all have offers on at the moment.

Hope the above is of interest.

Thanks mate - I think I'll save getting any of these until I get cable  in my area - about 100 years at the current rate  :D

I enjoyed Roma v Arsenal for nowt via pc, even if it was a couple of minutes delayed  ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: smithy on March 12, 2009, 11:47:41 AM
I get sky now and the price is way to high.  I get all the sports channel apart from Sentana and the other's you have to subscribe for.  The prices are just too high.  The offers they have wont last and i just can't afford it.  Shame sky sports lost the rights to the women's game,  at least then a large majority could get to see them.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: redrobin on March 19, 2009, 02:47:40 PM
Courtesy of John, who reproduces the interviews from the Arsenal FA Premiership matchday programmes:-

One of the latest, from last Saturday's programme for the 4-0 win against Sam Allardyce's Blackburn, was on Emma, now mounting a challenge for the No.9 shirt !

These notes were written ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates on Saturday, March 14, 2009.

In each matchday programme between now and the season’s end, a different member of the Arsenal Ladies squad or coaching staff will be guest-writing for us.  This week, it’s star shot-stopper Emma Byrne…


This has been a good season so far from a personal point of view – although I haven’t always had that much to do!

Obviously it was disappointing to lose in the UEFA Cup, especially in the manner we did, but domestically we’ve been looking very strong and have a really big period ahead of us now because we’re playing Everton twice in the space of a week.

From my point of view I’m training well, and a lot, and I feel fit so can’t complain really.  Our clean sheet tally has looked good recently – we always try to set records and to do better than the previous season, because targets like that keep you focussed.  At the start of the season it was a little bit worrying because it didn’t look as if we’d mange that, so we sat down together and thought about it – as a result I think we have tightened us a bit.  In the defence we all speak to each other before the games about what it means to keep a clean sheet and to stay focussed – it can be hard to do that when we’re playing against teams and winning by five or six, but I think that generally we’ve done that pretty well as a ream this season.

We’re really looking forward to those games against Everton because we know we’ll have to be tuned in for every second – you have to make vital saves and takes in these matches, and along with the defenders I really relish this.  Everton’s fine form keeps us training hard – we know they’re right at our tails and we sometimes hear that they’re saying how they are really going for it this year.  We’re glad to have that competition; to see them competing consistently is good for us.  If we can beat them in that first league game our goal difference could be decisive for us, and things would be looking really good.

It was nice to get that first bit of silverware in the League Cup, especially given that we messed up a bit in last year’s final, and now we look forward.  Obviously we miss Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Alex Scott, who all won the UEFA Cup with us – the success of that is something we may not see again and nobody can take it away from us.  But now there’s an opportunity for some of the young girls coming through, and a lot of the Academy players are encouraged by seeing their friends get call-ups to the first-team.  It’s nice to see that change and to be part of it, as well as to have had that wonderful experience with the other girls.

Talking of the players who have left for America, it’s a great opportunity for them and they felt it was a good time in their lives to do it.  Arsenal is such a hard club to leave and I know it was very tough decision for them, so we all wish them well.  Boston Breakers actually named me as one of their drafted players – I briefly spoke to Vic about it but it was a no-go right from the start.  Arsenal’s a huge club, they’ve looked after me very well and I’m really happy here.  I moved here to play for Arsenal, have been here ten years and have many friends here so it was not a hard decision.

One of the great things about Arsenal Ladies is that the goalkeepers receive coaching of the highest quality.  We’re lucky that Mart Poom coaches us, while Manuel Almunia has also taken us a couple of times and been fantastic.  He’s going to be a great coach.  Not many people can say they’ve had that experience and it’s just great fun.  In general, the standard of goalkeeping coaching is improving across the world and that only bodes well for women’s football as a whole.

Thanks for all your support so far this season – please get behind us in the big games to come.

Source: Arsenal matchday programme v Blackburn Rovers. Saturday, March 14, 2009.
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
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Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: OOH Fayefan on August 19, 2010, 05:02:03 PM
that picture reminds of an old childrens story , nowadays a popular Panto for the kids... ;)..and before anyone starts....." oh, yes it does....." ;D ;D
Title: Byrne set to join Ireland's Century Club
Post by: Sylvain on September 26, 2013, 09:52:35 AM
Republic of Ireland captain Emma Byrne will join the Century Club this afternoon in the historic town of Sinj when she lines out against Croatia in a FIFA World Cup Group 1 qualifier (2.30pm Irish time).

It will be the Arsenal's goalkeeper's 100th appearance since she won her first cap in a European Championship match against Belgium as a 17-year-old on March 31, 1996, in Bray.

Now 34, Byrne admits that reaching today's milestone will be more of a relief than anything because it has been looming for some time.

"It feels like I have been waiting a long time for it to come. All my family have been talking about it for quite a while so there will be a sense of relief that the day has finally arrived," she revealed.

"I am delighted to have reached 100 caps because not many players have achieved that milestone. It will be a proud moment for me and my family."

Byrne will become the seventh player, male or female, to win 100 caps at senior level for Ireland and joins a special club that also includes her Arsenal team-mate Ciara Grant (105 caps), Robbie Keane (129), Shay Given (125), Kevin Kilbane (110), Stephen Staunton (102) and Damien Duff (100).

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She admits the details of her debut back in 1996 are sketchy but she vividly recalls the shock she felt when manager Mick Cooke told her she was playing.

"I remember thinking why he putting me into this game. I was only 17 and although I had been in the squad since I was 15, I was reserve goalkeeper to Sue Hayden who was a fantastic goalkeeper. I had sat on the bench for two years and watched outfield players like Ciara Grant come in and make their debut. With goalkeepers there is only one position up for grabs.

"But it was great to get in and I never looked back after that. Being an international player opened doors for me and certainly encouraged Arsenal to bring me over and have a look at me. I went there for a weekend, never went home and I'm still there."

Among Byrne's highlights are several matches against World No.1 USA which she enjoyed for many reasons.

"I always love playing against America. Those are my favourite games even though we have to work very hard in them and usually lose them. I just love the occasion of big games like those and the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world."

Her biggest disappointment came in October 2008 when, after 1-1 draw in Dublin, Ireland lost the second leg of their European Championship play-off to Iceland in a match that Byrne still insists should never have been played.

"That was the one bad moment for me. We had a great chance to qualify but the conditions were awful. The pitch was frozen solid but because the match was on television they went ahead with it and we lost. We were so close to qualifying for a major tournament and I thought we were a better team than them."

Looking forward to today's game against Croatia, Byrne is hopeful that Ireland can follow last Sunday's opening win against Slovakia by taking all three points.

"I really don't want to lose on my 100th cap," she said.

http://www.fai.ie/womens/international-squads/senior-women/103565-byrne-set-to-join-ireland-s-century-club.html
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: AC-FC on September 27, 2013, 08:59:45 AM
Anyone know the score?
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: pat51 on September 27, 2013, 10:23:00 AM
Croatia 1 ROI 1  94th minute equaliser for the Republic
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: Therese on September 27, 2013, 10:43:13 AM
Anyone know the score?

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Title: Re: Emma Byrne
Post by: AC-FC on September 27, 2013, 11:51:58 AM
thanks Therese...... ;)
Title: Re: Emma Byrne
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