Originally Posted by thegetawaycar
I think this thread just goes in circles.
The reason Irish people follow foreign teams are numerous. For some it's been passed down from family, for some it was to fit in with friends but mostly it's because football in Ireland is seen as a TV program. It's to be watched on TV with the odd trip to watch it live (same goes for a lot of GAA supporters going to championship games only).
Most people will tell you it's due to the quality on show, the same people will tell you they didn't care how Liverpool played or the standard of the final but just that they won the Champions League. People want to be associated with successful brands and teams in England are some of the most successful in the world.
League of Ireland clubs need to focus on getting the passing punter through the door and not an us versus them mentality, Bohs are seeing good return on building links in the community and getting football fans (ones that are used to actually going to live sports) who are visiting Dublin to games. I believe Rovers are doing a deal that anyone on a Ryanair flight can buy a cheap ticket. This isn't a coincidence. In Ireland we don't have a large number of people that are used to going to watch sporting events live week in week out while our participant numbers are high by population.
I think most of what you've said there is fair. It's the glitz, the glamour of it all, basically it's the absolutely superb marketing job that the English clubs have done since the 90s compounded by the fact our national association has been a joke since the 60s/70s.
The bit that really gets me is Ireland could have that, maybe not to the same extent but look at the SPL, I watch a good bit of that and the standard of play outside of Celtic there is really no better if not worse than the LOI but there's a tonne more money there than there is here because Scottish people actually attend their domestic matches in huge numbers, despite being a hell of a lot easier for them to get to a EPL game compared to here.
Its a seriously bad cycle of issues compounding each other and its uniquely Irish that most of the population actually just couldn't care less about it and would rather slag the people trying to fix the issues than help them.