The Club Players Association (CPA) weren’t sparing with their language last week, but then, they would have had reason. The description of the fixtures taskforce as “a Trojan horse” was the exact phrase used by Europe chairman Tony Bass at Congress last year when he dismissed their transparency motion, which was then defeated heavily.
Mon, 25 Nov, 2019
They’ve found themselves sat at the same table each summer for the past 16 years and yet if you take out their escapades during June and July of 2011, they’ve never managed to raise their voice loud enough for anyone to notice them.
Sat, 24 Jun, 2017
The Gaelic Players Association has revealed that its players will vote to reject Paraic Duffy’s ‘Super 8’ proposal at Congress, after a poll of members found 70% opposed the proposals, which would see the All-Ireland football quarter-finals replaced by a round robin format from next year.
Thu, 23 Feb, 2017
They’re an obstinate bunch, Tipperary football folk. Small in number but big in pretty much everything else — it took three pleas from the PA announcer in Croke Park to convince them to leave the stadium long after the players had retired to their dressing room.
Tue, 02 Aug, 2016
The GAA president wants it. Aogán Ó Fearghail has never made his secret of his wish to see a “B” football championship, comprising the eight Division 4 counties as was last seen in 2008, returned to the All-Ireland calendar.
Sun, 10 Jan, 2016
REFLECTIONS on the 2015 championships have been under-whelming to say the least. I mightn’t altogether agree with that downbeat assessment, but one has to take the majority view on board and debate what needs to change to improve matters.
Fri, 09 Oct, 2015
It was a gentleman by the name of HL Mencken, a 20th century American journalist, satirist and commentator known as ‘The Sage of Baltimore’, who once declared that he hated all sports “as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense”.
Sat, 20 Jun, 2015
A few years ago, I had the privilege of proposing on these pages how I believed the All-Ireland Football Championships should be restructured to make it more appealing, more relevant and, above all, more rewarding for the most important component — the players and management.
Tue, 16 Jun, 2015
Daniel St Ledger turned to referee Paddy Neilan late on Saturday evening and enquired how much was left on the watch. “12 minutes”, replied the Roscommon official. “It felt like an eternity,” the Carlow football captain admitted yesterday.
Tue, 19 May, 2015
Waterford football boss Tom McGlinchey says there’s merit in Dara Ó Cinnéide’s proposal for a two-tier inter-county football championship but warns the structure and marketing of such a competition would be crucial.
Thu, 22 Jan, 2015