Posts Tagged ‘ Dublin City ’

News In Brief: Danger Looms As Loo’s Demolished

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image: pinterest.com)

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image: pinterest.com)

Step away from the loom bands! They will KILL you. Danger is looming! Turns out the popular little rubber bands that everyone is spending hours tying in knots could actually be highly cancerous. Well not the actual bands, NIB doesn’t want to scaremonger, but the little charms you can add to your creations. They’ve been found to have excessive levels of carcinogens causing global panic. Or a small media panic. With each great craze comes a great fall, remember when Tamogotchis got smart and started taking over the world and the Americans had to be called in?

In other news it’s been Leaving Cert results week and in true Irish fashion a pub has been blacklisted for offering shots to students at 10.30am. The Bishopstown Bar in Cork, had to apologise after tweeting; ‘Best of luck to all getting results. Remember we serve alcohol from 10.30am’ proving just how important it is to pass your exams so you don’t end up running a pub that opens after Jeremy Kyle every morning. Continue reading

Horgan Replaces Cooke As Drogheda United Manager

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Drogheda United have announced the appointment of former United goalkeeper Robbie Horgan as first team manager.

Horgan replaces Mick Cooke at the helm in a decision that will cause much dismay along the banks of the Boyne.

The club has expressed thanks to all those who applied for the position and in particular the three final interviewees who were each “of a high calibre and offered a broad and varied range of experience and ideas.” Continue reading

Waterford To Learn League Of Ireland Faith

wufcWaterford United will know their destiny later this morning after a high court judge gives a ruling in a winding up order issued against the club by former manager Stephen Henderson, who is owed a five figure sum by the Suirsiders.

Local fans will anxiously be awaiting some positive news, in the hope that the club doesn’t follow the likes of Monaghan United, Dublin City and Sporting Fingal into the abyss. Instead they will be hoping their club can follow the lead of Bohemians and Dundalk who have both come back from death’s door in recent years while Cork City have also established a different model following a renaissance at Turner’s Cross. Continue reading

The State Of Our Game

A fans survey on the League of Ireland and Irish football as a whole, run by Dr. Adam Brown of Substance, a Manchester based social research co-op has offered a great insight into the level of involvement fans have with their clubs and how it can be improved.

The Irish study formed a part of a wider European study, where fans in each country would have to answer specific questions relating to the running of their club and football in their country. The surveys, which were conducted online, took place between September and October. 1,262 Irish football fans completed the survey, the vast majority (34.2%) of which were Cork City fans, followed by Shamrock Rovers (15.4%) in second place.

Some interesting findings arose from the statistics relating to which fans completed the quiz. 1.7% or 26 respondents were fans of the now defunct Galway United while fans of Manchester United (1.6%) and Liverpool (1.1%) finished ahead of Longford Town (1%) who had the fewest respondents. Bray Wanderers and  UCD were the only two Premier Division clubs whose fans offered no views while fans of first division sides Athlone Town, Mervue United, Salthill Devon (SD Galway) and Wexford Youths did likewise.

The average age of supporters surveyed was 32 while the average length of time that fans have supported their clubs was 18 years. Unsurprisingly 95% of respondents where male.

Interestingly a large proportion of fans (59.5%) admitted that they are not a member of a supporter’s organisation at their club. Of those who revealed they are a member of such an organisation, 44.4% said the organisation is one which exists as a members group that owns shares in their club. This correlates to the fact that most of the fans who took this survey are Cork City fans and as a result this statistic is unsurprising given the recent ownership history of the famed Rebel Army. Other answers showed that there is little difference between official club sanctioned fan organisations (23.7%) and independent fan organisations (20.9%).

Fans revealed the main purposes of such groups were to get or maintain a share of ownership (30.5%), to raise money for the club (20.6%) and to improve the matchday atmosphere (16.3%). Fans are certainly more involved at club level than national level, perhaps due to the current state of the Irish national team. Only 4.9% of respondents belong to a national supporter’s organisation.

League of Ireland fans are among the most committed in the world, willing to follow their team the length and breadth of the country. It’s therefore surprising that most (41.9%) feel they have little involvement in their club, only on rare occasions. Is it a case that clubs have enough volunteers and support or that fans aren’t too interested in helping out? Clubs should certainly endear themselves more to these fans in an attempt to increase their involvement, something which will be beneficial to all and comes at a time when the League of Ireland is in great need of everyone pulling in the same direction. 22.2% professed they have no involvement whatsoever, claiming they are almost completely ignored. How can any club, be it in Ireland or elsewhere, survive by ignoring such a percentage of fans? 82.7% of fans revealed they have no involvement at national level which is of no surprise as recent trends have shown that the FAI possess little or no desire for fan involvement.

42.4% expressed an interest in joining a supporter’s organisation that had the aim of getting/maintaining an ownership stake at their club with 9.8% saying they wouldn’t be interested, with a further 16.7% believing it wouldn’t achieve anything. Fans highlighted the main benefits of such a move which includes the club board listens to fans more (69.2%), maintaining an ownership stake (55.7%) and getting representation on the board (53.7%). 39.8% of fans revealed they wouldn’t join a national supporters organisation as the association/league will never listen (37.1%) and because they are not interested (34.5%). 33.8% admitted they would join such an organisation.

One of the most striking findings emerging from this study is that 60.4% of respondents are very unsatisfied with the way football is run in Ireland. Bear in mind that the fans answering the questions in this study are by enlarge devout League of Ireland followers, fans that have watched clubs such as Monaghan United, Dublin City, Kilkenny City, Sporting Fingal and Galway United go bust in recent years. Fans that have seen endless scandals from points deductions due to financial irregularities and player registration issues. It’s no surprise they are fed up with the way the footballing authorities allow the game to become a laughing stock, something which won’t help bring armchair Premier League fans to Irish stadiums. Is it not the mission of the FAI and the league to entice such fans to League of Ireland matches? If anything their actions are forcing fans away rather than bringing them in.

51.1% of fans are however satisfied with the way their club is run, with only 8.3% saying they are unsatisfied.

Respondents were asked to list two single words which best described the running of football of Ireland. Among the top answers were shambolic, poor, amateur, shambles ,corrupt, disgraceful, terrible and unprofessional. Positive answers were sadly few and far between, with fans instead tending to focus on the unhealthy state of the game, something that has existed for such a long time yet we are yet to see any significant changes.

Irish institutions are certainly out of touch with the people, be it government or sporting organisation. They fail to see what matters at ground level, they refuse to listen to those who in reality have a far greater sense of perspective and who can build a better future. Football in Ireland is the exact same, 38.9% of fans believe greater supporter ownership or involvement would improve the running of their club a lot with only 3.1% stating it wouldn’t improve it at all. On a national level, 52.4% believe that such would improve the running of football in Ireland. Sadly these figures are unlikely to strike any chord with the powerbrokers at Abbotstown.

24.4% of fans believe that UEFA’s financial fair play rules won’t improve the running of football in Ireland at all.

An overwhelming 97.4% of fans would like to see an organisation established that would allow League of Ireland supporters to have meaningful input into issues affecting the Airtricity League. Fans were also asked what are the biggest factors facing supporter groups in securing a shareholding within their club, with answers including finance (48.9%), little support from the wider football community (33.1%) and current club owners unwilling to cede any control (21.3%).

League of Ireland supporters ranked their main priorities as ensuring the long term stability of their club (78%), being able to watch their team every week (57%) and having an active underage structure producing players (35.3%). 68.9% of supporters believe their clubs main priority is the same.

This study is one that was long overdue. It contains fundamental elements for progress at both national and club level. The opportunities arising from such a study are endless. The way football is run in this country needs a serious revamp but sadly it may take a long time for Brown’s findings to come to fruition such is the ill mannered and outdated policies of both the FAI and the League of Ireland.

Desperate Times Call For Radical Change As Monaghan United Bow Out Of League Of Ireland

Monaghan United have decided to bring to an end their involvement in the Airtricity League of Ireland. The Gortakeegan club have pulled out of the league with immediate effect citing financial reasons, failure to gain an anchor sponsor and a lack of support from the league itself.

The demise of the Mons puts a further blotch on the recent history of the league. On field success such as Shamrock Rovers foray into the Europa League is nothing when one studies the off field antics that led to the demise of Dublin City, Kilkenny City, Galway United and Spporting Fingal. Who can forget the efforts made by fans to save the Hoops, who managed to work their way back to the top after been demoted to the first division. Cork City and Derry City have also shown strength in the face of financial adversity but such financial discrepancies cannot be allowed to continue. 

The FAI and League of Ireland are currently undergoing a period were great change is needed. The future for football in Ireland has often been bleak yet nothing has been done. The two governing bodies must pull together and offer support to financially stricken clubs before any other club goes to the wall. Financial problems have been well documented in Dundalk and at Bohemians, if ever the FAI and League of Ireland are to redeem themselves the time is now.

Monaghan United’s results will now be expunged and the fixture list must be rejigged. As of yet the FAI have yet to make a statement on what is another dark day for Irish football.   

What they said:

The Club

Monaghan United after much deliberation and soul searching have decided to bring to an end its involvement in Airtricity League of Ireland, this decision was a hard one and not taken lightly but it was felt that this was the only real option left to us at this time.
Monaghan United entered the National League back in 1985 and while it’s been tough it has been an enjoyable journey, we have made many friends and forged great links within the football family. However for a number of reasons this was no longer sustainable and with a heavy heart we decided to bring to an end our involvement with the Airtricity League of Ireland.
The reason we have taken this decision is mainly but not only financial. To keep a team playing at the highest level in this country is expensive and with the clubs inability to tie down a anchor sponsor, coupled with the rising costs of membership of senior football and the lack of support from the national league it was felt that no other option was available.
However this is in no way the end of Monaghan United in fact it is a new beginning, a new direction has been chosen by the club, and it is our intention to pour all our energy, experience and facilities into the development of football in the county of Monaghan.
Monaghan United will sit down with all of its members and interested parties to explore how best to achieve this.
Monaghan United would like to extend our gratitude to our manager and players who throughout this time have been very supportive and indeed our decision to leave at this time is to allow these players to find other clubs as soon as possible. We would like to wish them all the best of luck in the future.
Once again may I thank all of our members, supporters, sponsors and the good people of Monaghan for their kindness and we have been assured of their support going forward. 

The Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland (PFAI)

“It is with great surprise and disappointment that news of Monaghan United’s withdrawal from the league has reached us.

“Prior to this, no discussion had taken place with the PFAI nor was any indication of their impending withdrawal communicated to this association.

“No player we have spoken to was contacted by the club prior to the statement being released and many players first heard that they had lost their jobs through Twitter.

“We find it extraordinary that no attempt was made to reach a solution with the players either directly with them or through this association. Situations like this have arisen in the past and agreements have been reached in order to keep a team in the league.

“It is hugely disappointing that players and fans have seen a club withdraw from the league in these circumstances without an effort being made to explore all possibilities with the players.

It is, however, a relief to hear that all creditors will be paid and we assume that players wages which are currently in arrears and the remainder of their contracts will be honoured.

“We look forward to hearing from the club with details of how these payments will be made.”

 

A Dark Day For Irish Soccer

The board of directors at Sporting Fingal have confirmed that the club have ceased operations.

Today`s announcement which was widely expected followed yesterday`s decision by the Santry based club to terminate all 13 professional players contracts.

The club had fallen on hard times after their financial backer Gerry Gannon pulled the plug on his investment at the end of last season. Efforts to find potential investors had been successful however it was the fialure to attract a lucrative sponsor that effectively signalled the end for the club which was established in 2007.

On the pitch the Ravens enjoyed much success in their few short years in existence with an FAI Ford Cup victory in 2009 been their finest hour. Liam Buckley`s side also battled valiantly upon their first European adventure last season, narrowly losing out to CS Maritimo of Portugal in the Europa League.

Speaking of the club`s demise Buckley said ‘I am devastated for all involved with Sporting Fingal, players, staff,
fans, volunteers, directors etc, that we have been forced to bring the Sporting Fingal project to a premature end.

‘Finding a replacement for our supportive backer was always going to be a major challenge but we were pleased with the progress made.

‘Sadly, the suddenness and timing of last week’s sponsorship set-back sent us back to the drawing board, a predicament we were simply unable to overcome so close to the season kick-off.

‘The core aim from the outset of Sporting Fingal’s creation in 2007 was to develop a club with a particular emphasis on using sport as a vehicle for community gain within the Fingal area”.

The departure of Fingal from the domestic game represents an unwanted yet commonly re-occuring theme. In recent years clubs such as Kilkenny City and Cobh Ramblers went to the wall without much interest. Their plight was further added to by that of Dublin City , the predecessors of Fingal who tried to establish themselves in an already clustered Dublin footballing environment.

Cork City were next to bow out of the League, only to re emerge in the form of Cork City Foras Co Op. Their turmoil generated huge national interest as here was a huge footballing fraternity , the rock of a community, that suddenly vanished only to reappear in a diluted form.

Nobody can forget the capitulation suffered by the likes of Derry City and Shelbourne, two of the biggest teams in the country who fell into what was once the graveyard of Irish football. However their presence in the first division along with the rising quality of other teams stripped the league of that unwanted title. The Foylesiders are back in the big tim this year udner the astute guidance of League of Ireland veteran Stephen Kenny.    

Bohemians, Drogheda United and Galway United are some of the big name clubs who are currently in the financial mire. With the new season only a handful of weeks away it is now more than ever important that the FAI steps in to ensure that another club does not go out of business.