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Over the course of 15 years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and the parlous financial situation of the FAI. Delaney's reputation as a great financial manager was left in tatters. He resigned under pressure and the FAI was left hoping for a massive bail-out from the Irish taxpayer.

In Champagne Football, Tighe and Rowan dig deep into the story of Delaney's career and of the FAI's slide into ruin. They show how he surrounded himself with people whose personal loyalty he could count on and a board that failed to notice that the association's finances were shot. They detail Delaney's skilful cultivation of opinion-formers outside the FAI. And they document the culture of excess that Delaney presided over and benefited from, to the detriment of the organisation he led.

Champagne Football is a gripping, sometimes darkly hilarious and often enraging piece of reporting by the award-winning journalists who finally pulled back the curtain on the FAI's mismanagement.

©2020 Paul Rowan, Mark Tighe (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"I read it in one sitting, it's a superb book." (Eamon Dunphy, The Stand)

"An astonishing exposé." (Martin Ziegler, The Times

"Excellent." (Irish Sun)  

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Forensic and fascinating

never flags, always interesting. you'll need to rewind once or twice through a blizzard of numbers but all the bettet. JFM

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Staggering read, but done very well

Fantastic book.

You'll be shocked with everything that went, it's scarcely believable. If you're an Irish football fan you need to read this.

The writing was a bit repetitive (reads at times like a bunch of articles pieced together) but the story is absolutely captivating. I flew through it.

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Great read

amazing to hear what John delaney got away with and how the board were so like sheep, afraid to challenge delaney

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Greed and power

A great read. Delaney should be jailed for his gross mismanagement and conduct. The FAI should be overhauled top to bottom.

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Outstanding

Just finished ‘Champagne Football’ and I can honestly say that it is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Full credit to @marktigheST & @paulrowantree for covering every detail and the many revelations within the book...

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Investigative journalism at its finest

Being Irish you’re used to hearing all about corruption but this is simply unbelievable , each chapter more baffling than the last and brilliantly composed and narrated

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Champagne Football - like champagne, unputdownable

Brilliantly researched and written, gripping. If it was a fictional story one would say it was far to far-fetched.
The Irish football family are indebted to the writers and contributors, esp the main whistle blower. Thank you all.

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Wow, Delaney got away with some amount! Superbly detailed account of the goings on during his tenure

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Beyond Farce

You've read the headlines now delve into the belly of the beast. Excellently written. This is a must read and will serve as a time capsule of mismanagement at the highest level.

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surprisingly enjoyable

a lot of information astonished me.
there's questionable characters in all walks of life, in many places

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A shocking tale of entitlement

Knew a lot of this story before reading but to have it chronicled so well it still has a massive impact. Well done to those that brought the cartel down.