The Social Club NI

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Keith Bailie

The youngest member of The Social Club, Keith fell in love with Irish League football in the mid-90s on the terraces of Castlereagh Park. Since the ground was closed in 2001 Keith has passionately followed his beloved Ards wherever they've laid their red and blue hat.The Queen's University Politics graduate is a member of the first generation of local football writers who found their voice on the brave new world of internet mailing lists, guestbooks and forums (no Twitter then kids).

Laure James

The 26 year-old relocated to Northern Ireland in 2005 to write about the international game and now edits NI Football and has written for the Daily Mail and News of the World, popping the occasional feature into the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. If her (very odd) accent sounds familiar, you may have heard her reporting on the Carling Premiership for BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound.Trilingual Laure says one of her favourite things about football journalism is the global travel - and is still waiting for Northern Ireland to draw her beloved France. Allez les Bleus!

Conor McLaughlin

The most anti-social member of The Social Club, Conor's disdain for human interaction even stretches to Twitter where, having resisted signing up until as late as August 2012, he now regularly punishes his followers with wince-inducing puns and an inexplicable fascination with Match of the Day's score graphics. These days, the former St Malachy's College pupil can be found waffling in Sunday Life, The Belfast Telegraph, Daily Mirror, News Letter and a few other publications here and there - but, whisper it quietly, when it comes to international football, Conor's the only member of the panel that supports 'that other lot' and even has an FAI Season Ticket to prove it!

Mark McIntosh

Mark has had work published on a regular basis since debuting in Ireland's Saturday Night when still in High School. Now the Sunday Mirror's Northern Ireland sport correspondent you can regularly catch him having a pop at the latest IFA blunder. As a freelancer, he also writes for the Belfast Telegraph and News Letter from Europe's greatest - and not so lively - destinations when Northern Ireland are in town. He has also written for a variety of papers during his 'international career' including The Guardian, Sunday Times and the Sunday Post but is continually gutted when his name never appears in Nigel Worthington's squad - but he would never defect to the Republic in a huff.