IRISH PREFER TO WATCH ENGLISH KIDS THAN REAL FOOTBALL
ON MONDAY night, 8,000 ‘fans’ crammed into Dalymount Park to watch Bohemians’ reserves face what was effectively a Liverpool Under-19 side.
On Tuesday night, less than a third of that number were in Dalyer to see a big game between two great rivals.
Bohemians and Dundalk dislike each other and their five games to date this season have produced a lot of goals, six red cards and plenty of talking points.
Tuesday night was another great grudge match - full of flash points and eventually won 4-2 by Bohemians in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Yet Irish people would rather watch an English youth team going through the motions than a big FAI Cup tie. I don’t understand these halfwits.
Tuesday night’s match was a great cup tie but it certainly wasn’t a one-off - last year’s FAI Cup final between Bohs and Derry City was probably an even better match.
But it is ignored by most Irish people who would instead prefer to spend their hard-earned cash to cheer on kids wearing Liverpool jerseys.
Every club in the League of Ireland knows that bringing over an English team or their youth team will earn them a big gate.
In a few weeks’ time, Tolka Park is hosting England v Ireland legends - and they are expecting around 4,000!
I hear people go on about how we fought to free Ireland from the British less than 90 years ago, yet they have still taken over Ireland.
But this was not a military attack or even a hostile takeover. Oh no, the Premier League has been welcomed into Ireland with open arms by these fans who rarely darken the door of a League of Ireland ground.
People may think I’m being harsh but I have to say what I feel because I love our league and believe in it.
At times, my criticism of the league and the FAI can give the impression that I think the league is rubbish but I certainly don’t.
And as St Pat’s are showing in the Europa League at the moment, there are top-quality players and teams playing great football throughout the League of Ireland.
I just wish Irish people wearing Liverpool and Manchester United shirts would start wearing Cork or Bohs jerseys instead."