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Adidas supporting our players Amber and Claire with boots ‘n’ clobber…

Amber out and about in Potsdam…

DDG has a long-standing history with the brand, from the “Madchester” era when all things retro were de rigueur along with flared jeans and cagouls

We delivered deals for the likes of Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, WBA and Southampton), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Jores Okore (Aston Villa), Tom Edwards (New York Red Bulls and Stoke City), and Melissa Lawley the brands first sponsored WSL player when she was with Manchester City and England

A youthful Jay Rodriguez during his Southampton days when he made his England debut
Dusan Tadic during his period with Saints… the Adidas deal secured by Steve Harrison, the DDG founder

We are thrilled to have secured boots and kit for the Republic of Ireland international players Amber Barrett and Claire O’Riordan

Pink for Claire with that all important green detailing for the Celtic & Ireland CB

Thanks for supporting

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A “Big Day Out” with our football club…

And THAT is where Erling will score his first goal today!

The Harrison family have supported Manchester City forever… we currently have four generations of season ticket holders at the club spanning eighty years from the youngest to the eldest

The Harrison lineage… season tickets all

DDG used to have a box in the Kippax Street stand at Maine Road for several years. It was extensively used for family, friends and guests from the entertainment industry

We would also supply the music and playlist in the stadium

Over the years guests included the likes of Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order/Monaco), David Potts (Monaco), Mark Radcliffe (BBC), Mark Riley (BBC), the late Caroline Aherne (Royal Family/Mrs Merton), Mark Hodkinson (BBC and author), Craig Cash (Royal Family/Gogglebox), Mark Burgess (the Chameleons), Tim Burgess (the Charlatans), Noddy Holder (Slade) and the late Pete Mitchell (Key 103)

The next generation of Blue already season ticket holders

We were invited by the club to enjoy a day out in one of the West Stand Boxes against Brighton

A wonderful experience for us all… thanks very much to the club

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“This one is for Creeslough, this one is for Donegal…”

DDG’s Amber Barrett delivers the winning goal that secures the Republic of Ireland World Cup dream

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Play-off, Hampden Park, Scotland 11/10/2022 Scotland vs Republic of Ireland WNT Ireland’s Amber Barrett scores their first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

We are so proud of Amber…

Her goal, her commitment, her ability, and moreover her compassion, dignity and courage to make such a poignant and heart-felt tribute to her family and community in the Donegal village of Creeslough where she grew up with her grandparents


Even after scoring the most important goal of her career, Amber Barrett had the people of Donegal in her mind

The Donegal native raced clear of the Scotland defence to score the crucial goal at Hampden Park, as Ireland secured qualification to a first-ever Women’s World Cup after a 1-0 playoff victory

After nudging the ball into the corner, an emotional Barrett kissed her black armband in a poignant message to the those who lost their lives and were injured in the explosion in Creeslough in Donegal

Speaking to RTÉ after the game, Barrett opened up on her relationship to Creeslough and how emotional the last week has been for her

“I know Creeslough like the back of my hand,” she said

“Both my grandparents were Creeslough born and bred. I spent my whole upbringing there, summers and Christmas’, every year I go back. I knew people who died in the tragedy, I know people who were affected, I know people who were first on the scene. I’ve not been able to put it into words. There has been a somberness about me the last few days

“This is the best day of my life in terms of football, but when you put in into perspective, we don’t scratch the surface of what happened there on Friday. This result, this game, that goal, I’m dedicating it to the ten beautiful souls who perished on Friday and to their families. They certainly touched our lives. This is for Creeslough, this is for Donegal.”

Barrett also described what the tense final minutes were like for her after her brilliant goal

“That was the longest 20 minutes of my life. When that goal went in I kept checking the clock every 30 seconds. I do not know what we have just done, I cannot believe it. This is for all the young kids growing up, now they have something to dream for. I’m so happy to be a part of this team
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Play-off, Hampden Park, Scotland 11/10/2022 Scotland vs Republic of Ireland WNT Ireland’s Amber Barrett scores their first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Congratulations to the girls from the Emerald Isle!

DDG has a special relationship with the “Girls in Green”, representing Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Birmingham City), Naoisha McAloon (Durham) and the recently retired Irish Number One, former Manchester City, Chelsea, and SC Braga ‘Keeper, Marie Hourihan, now the manager of London Bees

Now which airline should we book to Australia…

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Josh Kayode Completes a Season Long Loan Deal to MK Dons


DDG is pleased to have handled the deal which takes JJ south the the EFL League One outfit.

Kayode, 22, will spend the 2022/23 campaign at Stadium MK.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Kayode is a product of the Millers’ Academy system and last season made 29 appearances for the Yorkshiremen as they won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship as well the Papa John’s Trophy.

JJ has also spent time on loan away from the AESSEAL New York Stadium, scoring a total of 17 Goals across spells with Gateshead and Carlisle United.

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Kayode in his first interview since arriving on loan. “As soon as I spoke to the Gaffer, it was a no brainer for me that this was the right place for me to develop as a player and a person.

“The style of play is great and it’s something I can see myself fitting into. I’m a hard-worker who likes to get in behind and run at players, and I’m good in the air too – hopefully I can bring all of that in to help the team.

“I knew a few of the lads from being with the Ireland team and I know Griggy from playing with him at Rotherham last season. I’m sure they’ll help me settle in and I just can’t wait to get started.”

Born in Nigeria, Kayode grew up in Dublin, Ireland, JJ has been a client of DDG since his time with St Francis FC U16’s in Dublin.

He made the move to England joining Rotherham United’s Academy. He signed professional terms with the Millers in November 2017, the same season in which he made his senior debut as a substitute in their EFL Trophy tie with Manchester City U21.

Kayode spent a month with Chesterfield during the 2018/19 season before joining Gateshead on loan in August 2019. The forward scored six goals in 22 league appearances for the Tynesiders before returning to Rotherham and agreeing a new long-term contract.

Making a loan switch to Carlisle United in January 2020, Kayode scored three goals in five games for the Cumbrians before the season’s curtailment due to Covid-19. He returned to Brunton Park in 2020/21 and continuing his form in front of goal, netting eight times.

Kayode’s form out on loan earned him the opportunity at first-team football for Rotherham United last season and he played a total of 28 times, playing his part as the Millers won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship as well the Papa John’s Trophy – Kayode started their Final victory over Sutton United.

JJ made his League debut for Don’s away at Exeter City at the weekend


The forward is the Republic of Ireland Under-21 Number 9 international, who has totalled 14 caps since making his debut in November 2020.

Good Luck with the move JJ… we will be headed south to watch a game sooner than later…

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Amber and Claire receive latest Ireland World Cup International Call-Up

Amber Barrett

Team DDG players Amber Barrett (Turbine Potsdam) and Claire O’Riordan (Glasgow Celtic) have both been called-up to the Republic of Ireland squad and the forthcoming critical FIFA Women’s World Qualifiers against Finland and Slovakia

Full Squad

Amber is busy in pre-season with the iconic Bundesliga One club Turbine Potsdam hoping to get that Champions League slot in 2022/23

Claire has hit the ground running with Celtic in the Scottish top league with three wins in three games with the Hoops

Claire O’Riordan

DDG young keeper Naoisha McAloon of Durham WFC is a reserve for the squad…

Good Luck to the Girls in Green

#IRLWNT #COYGIG #Amber Barrett #ClaireORiordan #NaoishaMcAloon #TurbinePotsdam #Celtic #DurhamWFC #WeAreOne

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Deal Done – Claire O’Riordan signs to Celtic from MSV Duisburg!

We are thrilled to announce the transfer of the International defender Claire O’Riordan to Celtic FC of the Scotland Premier League

The centre-half become Fran Alonso’s sixth summer signing after Celtic won the race for the highly-sought after 27-year-old’s signature, joining the club from German side MSV Duisburg

And the experienced Limerick native said she was excited to see how she can fit into Celtic’s system and Alonso’s brand of football

“It feels really exciting,” She said. “I’m really excited for the challenge ahead and it’s been a really nice experience meeting the team, the coaching staff, and everyone has been so friendly and so welcoming so far

“I had a really good conversation with Fran and I really liked his philosophy of playing and that’s something I want to improve in my game

“It seemed like a good fit for both of us and I’m really looking forward to hopefully bringing my experience here.”

Lots of success in her time with Wexford Youths in the Women’s National League in Ireland, and three season’s in the Bundesliga 1, then Celtic’s double cup-winning season last term was bound to attract the defender

And while she is keen to learn and develop in Glasgow, she also can bring that winning experience, alongside her qualities from her time representing her county Limerick in Gaelic football and camogie  

She said: “Being a player, winning trophies and titles are always a goal that you’re aiming to achieve and the club being so successful last season was a great stepping stone for them

‘They want to be progressive and I want to buy into that and be part of it – hopefully going forward we can do that.’

“With my characteristics from playing GAA, I feel I have that physical attribute to my game

“Duels are a big thing and being strong in the air is what I can bring to this team and hopefully I will be able to share my experiences and the knowledge I have gained in the last few seasons, especially being in Germany

“But I want to get information from the team as well and with Fran’s philosophy.”

And now the ambitious Irishwoman is keen to get going in the SWPL season as she looks to deliver more silverware this season

She added: “Before any season I always set some personal goals and hopefully they match the team goals as well

“In the back of my mind, I have them and continue to work on them in training and games, but I’m really happy to be a little closer to home and hope to have more support from my family and friends

“I want to get stuck in. I’ve really enjoyed training so far and I’m already looking forward to the season.”

All the Best Claire and the next and exciting stage of her career

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Marie Hourihan retires from her illustrious playing career in the game

Marie has retired from the “fast lane” following an exceptional playing career with Manchester City, Chelsea, SC Braga, Birmingham City and Brighton and Hove Albion

She was for many years the Ireland Number One

Marie won every domestic trophy in England & Portugal during her playing career and appeared in four Champions League tournaments for four different sides

Marie played her final season in the WSL as Number One at Birmingham City

An incredible and illustrious career and DDG is so very proud to have represented her during this wonderful period and our MD Steve Harrison recalls meeting her originally at Macclesfield station and heading across to the Etihad Stadium as we handled Chelsea to Manchester City transfer deal… the first of many years of advice and friendship

Birmingham City v Manchester City – SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

In Marie’s own words:

“As a kid I didn’t think it was possible for me to become a professional football player. I’m happy I was wrong”

“For the past eleven years I’ve been privileged to play alongside and against some of the best players in the world. Granted, conceding a few goals along the way!

“To my team mates, coaches and support staff that I’ve worked with, I say thank you and wish you all the very best for the upcoming season. Which on the back of the magnificent Euros performance by the Lionesses, will be the best yet.

“For me now it’s time to step away from playing and move into another area of the game and embracing a new challenge.”

A summary of Marie’s decorated career is here:

English WSL Title 🏆🏆

English FA Cup 🏆🏆🏆

English Continental League Cup 🏆

Portuguese League Cup 🏆

In action for SC Braga

European Champions League – Competed for 4 Clubs

International – 24 Republic of Ireland Caps 

Meeting her Irish fans…

Good Luck with the next stage of your career Marie… watch this space folks!

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DDG Secures season long Loan Deal for Reading WFC Midfielder Chloe Peplow

We are pleased to confirm a season long loan deal for the Reading WFC Midfielder Chloe Peplow with Crystal Palace FC as the South London club mounts a serious promotion campaign in the Barclays Women’s Championship

The Eagles are renowned as having one of the most vocal and passionate supporters in the Premier League and the Women’s side are hoping to connect with that outstanding support at the club’s home ground at Bromley, and also specific games at Selhurst Park itself… a very exciting season beckons in the Championship

Palace Kick Start their season in an away day at the London City ‘derby’ on Sunday 21st August 12.30pm luchtime kick-off…

Good Luck Eagles and especially our very own Chloe Pep

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Amber Barrett Signs to FFC Turbine Potsdam – the iconic Bundesliga Club!

Congratulations Amber…

DDG is thrilled to confirm that we have completed the deal which see’s Amber Barrett signing to FFC Turbine Potsdam, six-time winners of the Frauen Bundesliga, and two-time winners of Champions League.

Potsdam finished fourth in the Bundesliga 1 last season, missing out on a Champions League place by one place.

Amber will be seen as a huge asset up top supplying additional fire power and goals into the new 2022/23 season.

The Donegal born striker has enjoyed a successful three season’s in the Bundesliga, playing over fifty games with FC Koln (Cologne), where she rejected a new contract last month.

Amber Barrett “Prost”

Steve Harrison of DDG ‘I am especially pleased with this move to one of the leading and most innovative women’s football clubs in Europe if not the world. The achievements at Potsdam are second to none in the game, and I believe that this move is the perfect place for Amber to progress on a personal level, and achieve realise an opportunity in the Champions League football in the short-term’

‘We tabled a significant number of interested clubs to Amber… from England, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland as well as a number of German clubs already familiar with her status in the Bundesliga’.

‘We see Turbine Potsdam as the perfect fit, following a terrific three years in the city of Cologne, where Amber was a significant favourite with the Effzeh followers’.

Amber commented on her new deal;

‘It’s an honour to play for this club. I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season, and working with the team and the coaching staff’

‘I am really happy to be here in Potsdam, a great club with a great past’

The new season gets underway 16th September away to SV Werder Bremen, and her home debut against Bundesliga 1 newcomers SV Meppen the following week.

Pre-Season Training began this week in Potsdam, a city on the border of Berlin, Brandenburg.

Amber will also be keen to prepare for the crucial World Cup qualifier at the Tallacht Stadium in Dublin on the 1st September, when the “Girls in Green” face Finland.

A hugely exciting period for the immensely talented Striker.

Ireland’s Number 9

Steve Harrison ‘I cannot overstate the importance of this move, and the opportunity for Amber to realise her medium term goals and targets’

‘It really is the right club… at the right time… she will fly’

Congratulations Amber!

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Naoisha returns to Durham for the new 2022/23 season following her “off season” international duties…

They say there is no rest rest for the wicked… well it obviously applies to the good guys too… not that anybody is complaining around DDG Towers!

Naoisha had her 1st Full International Call-Up in the summer break which meant a couple of weeks training in Dublin, and Turkey including the friendly fixture against the Philippines, and the crucial World Cup Qualifier against Georgia

Naoisha in action at the Irish Training Camp

A wonderful experience for the Durham Number 1 who secured an improved and extended contract with the Wildcats for the forthcoming 2022/23 Championship season

Durham Wildcats suitably proud…

Training started today in the superb Maiden Castle facilities in the outstanding Durham countryside

The domestic season begins with a huge local derby against Sunderland on Sunday 21st August which will prove an inevitable sell-out

Good Luck with the new season Naoisha…