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Frank/Gary
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For those so inclined, Eircom Premier Division games are this Friday, with Division 1 on Saturday. A decent Dublin double would see either Bohs v Cork or UCD v Galway (also live on www.rte.ie with a 7.35 kick off) on Friday and Shelbourne v Limerick on the Saturday.

The week after would provide Kildare County v Mervue United in the second leg of the play-off for Division 1 status on the Friday and the cup final between Bohs & Derry at the RDS on the Sunday at 3.00; tickets available from www.ticketmaster.ie from tomorrow. Saturday sees the FAI womens' Cup Final at Richmond Park in Inchicore, at 7.30, with St. Francis taking on Peamount United.



2008/2009

48 games

Last game: Newcastle United 2 Spurs 1 (Premiership) 21/12/2008

9 new grounds

Last new ground: Reyrolle Sports & Social Ground, Hebburn Reyrolle

Heaton Winstons' League Campaign: P13 W6 D3 L4 F38 A30 GD+8 Pts 21 Pos 4/16

Last game: Grindon Vets 0 Winstons 3

"The waiter's stacking the chairs"


StephenHarris
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Nov 11, 2008, 10:47 AM

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Location: Leyton, London, England
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Re: [Frank/Gary] Potential Irish weekends..... [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I'm heading that way myself this weekend. Finn Harps on Friday night (one of the last games on the ground we think), followed by a Dungannon Swifts/Mongahan double-header on Saturday. Only downside is that public transport options in that area appear very limited and we are having to resort to hiring a car - luckily one in our group of four has the necessary technical ability and paperwork.


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StephenHarris
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Nov 17, 2008, 12:00 PM

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My reports from the weekend just gone:

Friday 14 November 2008

Finn Harps 2-0 Shamrock Rovers; Ireland Premier; att: c.2,300; Entry Euro 15, programme issued.

An early arrival in Ballybofey on a dismal, rainy evening saw us ensconced in the U Drop Inn by the ground well before kick-off time. More and more people kept flooding in and our travel secretary’s assurance that this was just a “low-key, end of season, nothing sort of game” began to look decidedly wide of the mark. We soon discovered that Harps had to win and hope that Galway failed to win at UCD for them to avoid relegation. It was actually a crucial game, attracting an above average attendance to Finn Park. So much for our research.

The ground is due to be replaced at the end of next season and is not in good condition. The only cover is provided on the west side in the form of a large barrel roof over very shallow terracing. In the centre section has been added a block of temporary-looking seats on a raised concrete base. The north end has some steep, uncovered terracing, lacking in crush barriers, facing a disused cinder terracing bank at the far end. The north side has a wide but very shallow uncovered terrace and there is a scoreboard in the corner. Three food outlets provided a wide range of food and drink, there was also a popcorn stand and a limited range of club souvenirs on sale. There was a decent atmosphere with a small group of local ‘ultras’ and quite a good following present from Dublin – the away contingent singing the Foundations classic “Build me up Buttercup” as the flasks were emptied and alcohol took effect in the second half. Swarms of unruly children were everywhere and we ended up moving on when several hundred of the little blighters took over the area behind us giving it a ‘playground at lunch-break’ sort of atmosphere.

Finn Harps attacked from the outset and deservedly led 2-0 against a Shamrock Rovers team who looked as if they would rather have been somewhere else. But the body language of the home team and crowd told us that Galway had preserved their narrow lead at UCD and that Finn Harps are relegated – unless of course one or more of the teams above them goes bust during the winter break, as the match programme cheerfully informed us. A good quality full-colour programme it was too, selling for 3 Euro just inside the turnstiles. We had also been given a nice match ticket at the comically tiny ticket hut, only for this to be taken off us and thrown in a bin seconds later at the turnstiles.

Saturday 15 November 2008

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballymena; Northern Ireland Premier; att: c.330; Entry £8, programme issued.

After a good lunch at the Hilden Brewery Tap in Lisburn we were looking forward to our Saturday afternoon game at Dungannon and it did not disappoint, the best game of our weekend threesome. This game pitted second from bottom against bottom in a league which whose scheduling matches those in the rest of the UK, rather than the summer-based pattern now prevalent in Ireland.

Stangmore Park is a very neat and well-maintained little venue at the edge of this small town and close to the motorway junction. It has a small, raised stand on the south side, flanked by little blocks of open terracing. The east end and north side have similar, two or three step terraces with low roofs along their full length. The west end has a slightly deeper terrace with cover in the central section only. There is a large clubhouse just outside the ground. Dungannon deserved their win in an at times fiery encounter which saw an away player sent off for two bookable fouls, later to be joined by his manager, sent off for coming onto the field of play and kicking the ball when he felt his team had been denied a late free kick at a point when they were pushing for an equaliser. Some spectators (a large proportion of whom were from Ballymena) seemed surprised when play was restarted with a drop ball, but I think this was the correct decision.

My photo of this ground is here:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16054283

A tea bar was in operation, although it had no tea or any other hot drinks. A very basic match programme sold outside the ground for £1 (although it had a £2 cover price).

Saturday 15 November 2008

Monaghan United 2-0 Waterford United; Ireland second division; att: c.130; Entry Euro 10, programme issued.

An easy transfer by car saw us re-cross the border, although remain in historic Ulster, to nearby Monaghan for the local team’s last game of the season. Century Park is an out-of-town venue easily found south west of the centre along the Clones Road. A comfortable bar area kept us warm in the run up to kick off on what had become a very chilly evening. The ground is three sided, with grass banking and a gravel walkway on two sides and a small, raised stand on the third. This is set a long way back from pitch-side and has blue plastic seats with ‘MUFC’ picked out in white. The remainder of this side has hard standing in the form of a shallow, tarred slope. At the front is a wall, topped with a rail at varying height. A tea bar dispensed vegetable soup, frankfurters, chocs and hot or cold drinks.

My photo of this ground is here:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16054399

Unexpectedly, in a very small crowd, were noisy support sections for both teams. Waterford were backed by the “Blue Army Ultras” who stood in the stand behind their banners, suitably coated and scarved against the cold. The home contingent (perhaps 30 strong) took up position behind the north goal, totally unsuitably bare-chested, from which they kept up a raucous support in the first half and fired off a couple of small red flares. A walk around here later on revealed their fuel as the area they had occupied was littered with empty vodka bottles. The second half was watched less-bravely by this likeable lot from the safety of the bar as the cold took effect. It was a poor, end-of-term sort of game, so this ‘ultra’ side show had helped with the entertainment.

A typical non-league match programme was issued for Euro 3.


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I was also in Ireland for the weekend but decided to post my report in the normal "where did you go" section as Ireland (or at least part of it - cue political debate) is not really "foreign" !


Frank/Gary
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Re: [Veteran] Potential Irish weekends..... [In reply to] Can't Post or

A charide,

The results from the 26 counties unslaved jury are -:

Da Boez - Champions & Cup Winners - BIG CLUB!!!!!!
St. Pats - Runners Up
Derry City - League Cup Winners
Sligeach - Fourth Place for the lads who're sailing to Byzantium
NOT FORGETTING>>>> Cork City who won the Setanta Cup - well done to The Rebels!

Ah unlucky fellas.... Finn Harps (Culchies), Cobh (Roy Kene's forst teym) & UCD (Kallidge)

The new licence gews tew naht tew de lahds at Tolka az iz um ewfuhl shoym buht tew de fellaz hew covered demsells in pehtrul - DUNDALK

And at the bottom, Mervue in the Galway shawl replaced Kildare

slainte!

SAOIRSE!



2008/2009

48 games

Last game: Newcastle United 2 Spurs 1 (Premiership) 21/12/2008

9 new grounds

Last new ground: Reyrolle Sports & Social Ground, Hebburn Reyrolle

Heaton Winstons' League Campaign: P13 W6 D3 L4 F38 A30 GD+8 Pts 21 Pos 4/16

Last game: Grindon Vets 0 Winstons 3

"The waiter's stacking the chairs"

(This post was edited by Frank/Gary on Nov 24, 2008, 8:20 AM)

 
 


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