Kildare refuse to play 'home' fixture against Mayo in Croke Park, county board v corporate battle ensues

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The gaa are constantly doing this to make extra cash.
Newbridge can hold well over 10k.
Health & safety is an excuse after they decided on doing a double header for sky.
Croke park with 20-30k is awful.
 


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Kildare should have a cunning plan to wreck the game as a spectacle.Deliberately bad mouth the ref / linesmen /umpire all day.F*** this and that at them and deliberately get more than 5 red cards ,before half- time.Then the GAA will have to call the game off and it will put the cat amongst the pigeons for the GAA administrators what will they do.It will put the GAA into uncharted territory and then in a press call later the Kildare manager can explain his deliberate plan (wreck the game ) and have a good laugh and make a joke about the "Bosses " who are there to feather their own nests, bonuses, pensions etc..
 

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The gaa are constantly doing this to make extra cash.
Newbridge can hold well over 10k.
Health & safety is an excuse after they decided on doing a double header for sky.
Croke park with 20-30k is awful.
It's listed as 6,200 with a H&S maximum of 10,000. It's not a suitable venue for this sort of game.
 

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If Kildare stand their ground (and I hope they do), Sky will have 70 minutes of Mayo scratching their holes and doing a bit of target practice. This is Sky dictating who plays where and the Grab All Assoc willingly going along with it to add more to the coffers. Neither cares about players and fans.
 

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I don’t blame Kildare for kicking up a fuss and it won’t bother the Mayo team where the game is held. Mayo fans would prefer Croker because it would insure a ticket to the game. Mayo cannot comment on the situation but like all matches things need to be planned. Both teams have been instructed to play at Croke Park. Come 7pm Saturday will Mayo be in Croke Park and Kildare will be in Newbridge . It has to be sorted very very soon, the last thing we all want is a walkover.
 

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I don't think there is any GAA fan in the country tonight unhappy at the position the head honchos of the organisation are in right now.
The GAA is in the process of killing the golden goose. I work with a guy who's fairly senior in the local county board. His attitude to any criticism of the selling of TV rights to Sky TV is obnoxious. He dismisses outright the right of anyone to view matches free. Much of the criticism he receives is from loyal fans who attend most games and are thinking of older relatives who don't have paid TV subscriptions.

The GAA is on the verge of losing grassroots support for its county teams, through its mean-spirited moneygrabbing policies. Irish people can go from one extreme to the other and very fast.

Kildare should stand its ground on this.
 

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If Kildare stand their ground (and I hope they do), Sky will have 70 minutes of Mayo scratching their holes and doing a bit of target practice. This is Sky dictating who plays where and the Grab All Assoc willingly going along with it to add more to the coffers. Neither cares about players and fans.
True to a point, but it's not Sky's fault Kildare haven't maintained a decent home ground. They simply can't just the event in question.
 

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The GAA have themselves in a bind here , If they felt Kildare could not hold a home match because of lack of capacity that should have been communicated to them before the draw in the event that they get a home draw V a big team.

But the draw was made under the rule that first out got home advantage , Kildare should stick to their guns , far better chance V Mayo at home than going to neutral Croke Park.

Roscommon set the template by refusing to move the Connacht final from Hyde Park among similar capacity fears , the Connaught County board blinked first in that one and backed down. Headquarters might not be so easy to stare down.
 

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True to a point, but it's not Sky's fault Kildare haven't maintained a decent home ground. They simply can't just the event in question.
Sky shouldn't have a say in this one way or the other. The GAA shouldn't have sold out to them. GAA would need to cop on to themselves soon.
 

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It's listed as 6,200 with a H&S maximum of 10,000. It's not a suitable venue for this sort of game.
A Gaelic stadium not being suited for a GAA match?

Is it currently underwater? Is it infected with locusts?

As long as it has markings and two goalposts, it can serve as a ground.

Mayo don't deserve special treatment. Kildare quite rightly deserve home advantage. Croke Park is not in Kildare. Struggling to see the logic. Is it about ticket sales?

The GAA is on the verge of losing grassroots support for its county teams, through its mean-spirited moneygrabbing policies. Irish people can go from one extreme to the other and very fast.

Kildare should stand its ground on this.
Kildare need to - too much of this cute hoorism from the GAA crowd. They used to be fairly reputable but are now going the way of the rest of Ireland.

Waiting for them to jettison their current sponsors and make a deal with Irish Water. Selling off your national heritage to the highest bidder is shameful.

Kildare fans, having been on the road twice, deserve to have a home fixture. To hell with those gombeens in GAA HQ and their undemocratic diktat.

WTF are Kildare whining about?

Mayo ALWAYS lose in Croker!
Only usually in finals or earlier when pitted against the likes of Kerry or Dublin.

They've one of the most athletic teams in the country which is often the way they overcome smaller teams who gas in the last twenty. As we saw with the Tipp lads.

Kildare know their pitch inside and out; if they want to realistically win, they'll need every advantage they can get.
 

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The Kildare county board made a good point tonight as well about the Super 8 venues , they say the competition was sold to county's on the basis that if you qualified for the Super 8's you would guaranteed at least 1 home game.

They want to know will the GAA back track on that now as well and if Kildare concede on this and still qualify for the Super 8 round robin will they also essentially be giving up their home Super 8 game.
 

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A Gaelic stadium not being suited for a GAA match?

Is it currently underwater? Is it infected with locusts?

As long as it has markings and two goalposts, it can serve as a ground.

Mayo don't deserve special treatment. Kildare quite rightly deserve home advantage. Croke Park is not in Kildare. Struggling to see the logic. Is it about ticket sales?
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It's not suitable for a game of this size. Ticket sales and health and safety come into play when you are testing the capacity of a venue for the first time.
 

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A Gaelic stadium not being suited for a GAA match?

Is it currently underwater? Is it infected with locusts?

As long as it has markings and two goalposts, it can serve as a ground.

Mayo don't deserve special treatment. Kildare quite rightly deserve home advantage. Croke Park is not in Kildare. Struggling to see the logic. Is it about ticket sales?
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It's not suitable for a game of this size. Ticket sales and health and safety come into play when you are testing the capacity of a venue for the first time.
 

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It's not suitable for a game of this size. Ticket sales and health and safety come into play when you are testing the capacity of a venue for the first time.
H&S has never been an issue at any GAA game this century. It's an excuse that's been created to facilitate Sky having both games at Croke Park, rather than send 2 OB teams to the boonies beyond the Pale.
 

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GAA should hire a demolition firm to do a sneaky middle-of-the-night plastique job on St Conleths Park , a known shíthole

Cyp
 

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The Association should now be referred to as SKY/GAA. SKY are now in control and are leading the GAA around on a lead. SKY last week blanked out The Sunday Game in the North and anyone believing that was an accident is a fool. SKY want sole GAA rights in Britain and the North and that was just a tester to see the reaction. Likewise the Super 8 is a SKY/GAA hybrid and SKY will dictate WHO plays WHERE and WHEN. SKY did exactly the same with Rugby League in England where they now effectively control that game. The GAA's policy over the past 5 years has been to get as much money as possible and allow Dublin to dominate. Kildare will be bullied, harangued and hassled over the next few days BUT should stand firm. The GAA now remind me of Michael Douglas and Gordon Gekko in Wall Street where 'GREED IS GOOD' is the motto.
 

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The Kildare county board made a good point tonight as well about the Super 8 venues , they say the competition was sold to county's on the basis that if you qualified for the Super 8's you would guaranteed at least 1 home game.

They want to know will the GAA back track on that now as well and if Kildare concede on this and still qualify for the Super 8 round robin will they also essentially be giving up their home Super 8 game.
Quite possibly.

Its a miss on Kildare boards part as well....Waterford established last year that the changes to. the Munster hurling structures would not yield home games for them .
Also, like Kildare, they have spent 20 years keeping bandwagons going & bringing in outside coaches , bringing large numbers of suburban supporters who dont do a tap for the games to inter county matches while having relatively low club attendances and ignoring the absence of a decent county ground.

On the general point though - i would agree - its a qualifier- play it in Newbridge. The whole everyone getting a ticket thing or worrying about "season ticket" holders is a farce.

regarding sky ,I agree any influence they have is unwarranted. I also agree with the comments bemoaning any officials who trYS and justify the deal on any basis except as a mean to get more money from montrose ( who HAVE been pretty shabby with the gAA historically and shown up badly by TG4 the last 20 years - showing club rugby matches with 40 people in an uncovered stand in clontarf before TG4 demonstrated "look 10,000 people go to league games and club county finals are big events").
But while I abhor putting games , in ireland at least, on pay to watch mediums, not every game needs to be on TV either and a big bug bear of mine is the requests I get for tickets for finals from a$$holes back home in ireland who toddle along to 1 or 2 inter county games a year and as for their club....( and I wont even mention my "gaa dinosaur" reaction to guy who called me saying he wanted tickets for himself the wife and the 3 kids under 7 for an all ireland final...and was seriously pi$$ed off that he hadn't been able to secure them..)
 

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Perfect example of the type of behavior that has the GAA in a state of what appears to be a terminal decline.

Mid championship they start changing the rules.

Absolute carry on.

You'd think that having overseen the reduction of every province to a one county farce they'd be happy, no they want to make total sh1t of it altogether and because someone has a mid season brain fart they start rewriting the rule book.

Parish pump standards.
 

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From the start the GAA should have said to play it at St Conleths Park and then a huge clamour to play it at Croke Park would have started to get as many People to see it as Possible . And then everyone jaunts along merrily to Croke Park .
 


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