Out of the frying pan, into the fire: after losing their opening game at home to promoted Shelbourne last week, Cork City tomorrow night face the daunting task of taking on FAI Cup-winners and predicted title contenders Shamrock Rovers in the new-look side’s their first away test of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.
Former Cork City manager John Caulfield fears the League of Ireland will be scraping a fragile existence a century from now, without major support from the FAI. And he warns Cork City will never be more than a couple of years of poor results from a threat to the club’s survival.
When the FAI and Sport Ireland published the report of their jointly appointed Governance Reform Group back in June, one of its 78 recommendations flew very much under the radar; namely, the inclusion of two seats for supporter representatives on an expanded FAI Council.
With all new year resolutions parked and maybe some broken at this early stage, I noticed a few sporting suggestions and commitments for the future in the 2019 list of to dos. All positive in presentation and thought, but practical in results?
With the sun blazing down on a splendid looking Turner’s Cross for yesterday evening’s international between the Republic of Ireland and Belarus, one couldn’t help but feel not only pride in being Irish, but pride in being from Cork.
NOTHING could more perfectly encapsulate the literal fall-out from a crisis-hit winter for the domestic game than the meeting tonight of two of last season’s Premier Division top four – only this time it will take place in the First Division of the newly named Airtricity League.