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09-03-2019, 12:54   #211
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It's a cultural problem in this country more than anything. We are event junkies. Kids today wouldn't believe that until 18 or so years ago very few people outside of South east Dublin and Limerick cared for the rugby side.
This is it. Irish people are event junkies. They don't want to go to a game every week. They'll do a few games a year and think they're great. Some will even do a few games in more than one sport and think they're some sort of super fan.
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Article over 5 years old and states:

"anecdotal evidence that, historically speaking, the city’s Catholics were more inclined to become “Blues” "

Hardly proof that it is a Catholic club today. It even says historically speaking. If you think today's fans head to Gooddison after mass with the Eucharist in their belly I don't think you do understand the reality of the club as it is today. You see much more diversity now
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That was mocking you (I assumed clearly). Do keep up mo chara
Fail! Backtracking with your tail between your legs.
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Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport are comparatively ****e.

In a county with a population half of that of Ireland and with four giants within spitting distance they get more through the gates than the whole LOI. Four small teams that share a city with two of the biggest teams in the world get more in the gate of any of the big three Dublin clubs. Tens of thousands through the gates at eternal non achievers in the London area (Crystal Palace, Millwall, West Ham, Brentford, Leyton, Southend, Charlton Athletic, Luton, Crawley, AFC Wimbledon, QPR, Fulham) when the easy option would be to fob these off in favour of Chelsea and, to a lesser extent, Spurs and Arsenal.

It's a cultural problem in this country more than anything. We are event junkies. Kids today wouldn't believe that until 18 or so years ago very few people outside of South east Dublin and Limerick cared for the rugby side.
So what if the popularity of rugby has grown over the last 18 years. It's only been professional for a little over 20 and the irfu is in a much better position to invest in it, than the FAI are, to invest in soccer. But you are comparing 2 different things. Even in rugby the domestic leagues such as AIL, can have issues with attendances. Top tier rugby here and top tier soccer here are miles apart to such an extent that there is no top tier soccer, than can compete to a high level outside of itself.
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I just could never get why most of Dublin and the rest of the country supported the English league .
More exposure to English teams. No LOI teams near where I'm from so no exposure to them and no connection.

Only football I saw was Irish matches and English football on ITV so you'd pick a team and follow then in your formative years.
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More exposure to English teams. No LOI teams near where I'm from so no exposure to them and no connection.

Only football I saw was Irish matches and English football on ITV so you'd pick a team and follow then in your formative years.
There's an excuse when you're a child. Grown adults? It's sad.
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Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport are comparatively ****e.

In a county with a population half of that of Ireland and with four giants within spitting distance they get more through the gates than the whole LOI. Four small teams that share a city with two of the biggest teams in the world get more in the gate of any of the big three Dublin clubs.
But apparently these are still better than the top teams in the League of Ireland. Rochdale play in League One, so the top League of Ireland teams could not live with them we are told. Bury and Oldham were bottom of league one last year, so still probably too good for the League of Ireland, in case anyone gets any ideas here.

They never play each other on a competitive basis, so we will never know for certain will we.

But in this footballing backwater, where even the top clubs can have no realistic sense of competing with League One clubs, people still moan that the national team can't make it to pretty much every tournament. As soon as a manager is in a few months, some cannot wait to get him out. Either because this footballing backwater isn't playing at major championships, or because the football isn't beautiful enough, or most likely a mixture of both. Something doesn't add up about that story.
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Because there's no even semi pro footbal club near me in Mayo that I can support, hence why I support Arsenal.

I could support Sligo Rovers at a stretch but I'm not from there either.

It's grand having loads of LoI clubs in Dublin but for the rest of the country club intensity is pretty sparse.

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Went to work in London after my Leaving Cert exams.
Lived around the corner from Highbury stadium and started going to Arsenal matches. Great year to start following the club, 1971 the first double year. Went to all home games and many away too.
Returned to live in Dundalk years later and have been attending Dundalk games since. I also go to Gaelic games and even went to one Rugby match, Ireland v England. I enjoy all sports except Cricket.
I often refer to Arsenal and Dundalk as “us” or “we”. No apologies either as I feel a part of both clubs. They are also a part of me.
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No, it's barely a sport when you look at the actual skills involved.
The pay is quite decent for the elite level, you should go to your province team and tell them you've decided to tog out for them. That you've seen games on tv and would like to show where they can improve.

And yet in the next sentence you infer the rules are difficult
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There's an excuse when you're a child. Grown adults? It's sad.
If you've spent 10+ years watching an English team you're supposed to just stop and follow an Irish team when you become a 'grown adult'?

Why?

And why is it sad to follow and English team instead of an Irish one?
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Fail! Backtracking with your tail between your legs.
Okay, when I mock you in future I'll try to be more obvious
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There's an excuse when you're a child. Grown adults? It's sad.
Makes people happy though at the same time. I think it's good to have passions.
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Loads of people support counties different to the counties they are from. Go to a Galway Hurling match, let it be an inter-county match or the Galway county final and you'll see people there from Roscommon, leitrim, Mayo, Sligo etc. Some of them are well known to hardly ever miss a match and could teach some local lads a thing or two about Galway hurling in the days gone by. Same story around the country. You're talking out of your arse.
And they'd support them over their own county would they? I'm not on about going along to a cup final and lending support. Straight up supporting a county you've nothing to do with over your own one? Have to say I've never heard of that myself so maybe it's you talking out of your hoop...
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The pay is quite decent for the elite level, you should go to your province team and tell them you've decided to tog out for them. That you've seen games on tv and would like to show where they can improve.

And yet in the next sentence you infer the rules are difficult
I never mentioned the rules being difficult, what hole did you pull that out of? I said most of the daytrippers (and rugby is the biggest array of these) neither know nor care what's going on. So long as they get the selfie.
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