The GGA getting desperate

funny shit- the GGA whoring themselves to british football not realising the FAI can veto it :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Liverpool and Celtic have been in talks to play in a high-profile friendly at Croke Park this summer, the Sunday Independent has learned.

They would possibly have been part of a four-team mini-tournament held at the ground and negotiations were at an advanced stage when Liverpool withdrew because Croke Park had not been confirmed as the venue. Speculation that Real Madrid or Barcelona were one of the other teams lined up was denied last week.

Sources close to Liverpool confirmed on Friday that they had agreed to play in the friendly but had withdrawn when they were told the venue was not definitely available. However, they added that the decision to withdraw was not irreversible.

The stadium director of Croke Park, Peter McKenna, told the Sunday Independent that they had been asked about hosting the game.

“We were approached with a view to staging a Celtic/Liverpool pre-season fixture and a number of other exhibition fixtures too. We made it quite clear to the respective agents and promoters who contacted us that we were not in a position to enter into discussions,” he said.

The prospect of the game has not disappeared though, with the possibility that GAA Congress in mid-April will allow Central Council to make their own decisions about how the venue is used. Currently, they can only enter negotiations with the IRFU and the FAI.

“The only organisations we have been directed to deal with are the IRFU and FAI in an arrangement where Croke Park was offered until the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road is complete,” McKenna added. “Any future change to this directive is a matter for the GAA’s Annual Congress in April.”

While many clubs will have their pre-season games already planned by then, Liverpool are known not to finalise their schedule until April, at which point Croke Park may be available.

With the World Cup taking place in South Africa and players like Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard likely to be involved in the latter stages, the club are known to have ruled out a long-haul trip to Asia during pre-season so a game in Dublin would be ideal.

A number of promoters, not all of them Irish-based, are known to be pursuing games in GAA headquarters.

For the GAA, the possibility of having two clubs with strong Irish ties as the first British clubs to play at Croke Park would also be enticing.

Liverpool were once regular visitors to Ireland but the need to exploit marketing opportunities in Asia has seen a change of emphasis. A Liverpool XI comprised of youth players played in Dunmanway last August but a game with established stars facing a Celtic team that may even include Robbie Keane would be a sell-out.

It would be welcomed by the GAA, which is considering how to replace €36m in lost revenue from the soccer and rugby internationals, the last of which will take place at the end of March.

In the medium to long-term, they may be in a position to compete with the redeveloped Lansdowne Road as a venue for major finals in soccer and rugby, but a friendly involving two of the best supported clubs in the country would also be lucrative.

Lansdowne Road will not be available this summer as the first match planned in the new ground takes place on August 7 with Ireland playing Argentina four days later in the first soccer match.

“There is no way the first game in the Aviva will be anything other than rugby,” a source close to the negotiations said last week.

The FAI would have to sanction any soccer match taking place in Ireland and while there might be concern at the competition Croke Park would provide, this is not seen as a difficulty by potential promoters of friendlies. It is a growing market in world football, although one expert believes they may have already reached saturation point.

“There are two pre-season tournaments in London, one at the Emirates and one at Wembley and this is probably too much. Dublin is a much smaller market.”

Yet the possibility of playing at Croke Park is an incentive for many clubs, not just those who have strong Irish links.

The Real Madrid delegation that visited the stadium last year during the trip to Ireland which ended with a friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium, are known to have been overwhelmed by the stadium and baffled why it wasn’t available to them. That may be about to change as Croke Park has an opportunity to capitalise on the breaking down of the barriers.

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thats a sop put in the article by fanning to win over the more gullible gga fans-he is throwing you a bone

Whats your beef with the GAA NCC?

I always had you marked down as a Sunday Independent reader Ncc

i think they are anti Irish

In what way?

read the proclamation mate - its all about equality - the gga modus operandi & principles are insular & all about gaining at the expense of others- should a minority agrisport that is rejected by urbanites & modernists gain so much from exchequer funding. of course not- should there be programmes on our Tv schedules feating this agrigame- of course not

the GGA contravenes the spirit of the 1916 proclamation im afraid Mac

How are they insular and all about gaining at the expense of others?

a- the ban on foreign dances
b- hoovering up grants so they can buid bars rather than been happy with what they had & letting sports with high partcipant levels build playing facilities

at the risk of been curt Mac, we have been through this before so id question the reasoning why you are covering old ground


Some excellent points. The level of cash pumped into the GAA really shows up the imbalance in our society. Rural Ireland’s commitment to education means they regularly produce individuals of higher intellect and organisational ability. So the urbanites, despite promoting a global game, wind up being perceived as bumbling halfwits who can’t be trusted with a bucket of piss, while the better educated muldoons manipulate the political system to their own nefarious ends. The sad thing is until the government make a real commitment to improving the intelligence of the average city dweller they’ll continue to make morons of themselves in front of the whole world.

33rd team anyone?

Sweet Jesus.

your boasting that muldoons have good organisational abilities :lol: :lol: :lol: blessed are the meek indeed


If I didn’t know any better NCC, I’d swear you were trying to avoid the subject. I’ve never seen any one subject irk someone so much before.

[quote=“north county corncrake, post: 442139”]at the risk of been curt Mac, we have been through this before so id question the reasoning why you are covering old ground

Because its funny when you get going :lol:

B) :smiley:

“There is no way the first game in the Aviva will be anything other than rugby,” a source close to the negotiations said last week."

The FAI is the IRFU’s bitch.

And they’re both the GAA’s bitches.

We shouldn’t allow Real in the country, never mind Croker, facist bastards. (Typical that it was Shamrock Rovers they recently played, a meeting of minds no doubt).

Barca are welcome.

Adelante was the cry around Hill side :barcasmile:

Let us all remember them tonight… :clap: :clap: :barcasmile:

And its written ‘organizational’ you illiterate Yankee oaf.