In the course of two weeks, we will have gone from the Brandywell Bar to the Bray seaside, with three nights in Inchicore in between. If you want a cheap hobby, perhaps the League of Ireland isn’t it. Then again, on a good night, is there anything in Dublin better value?
You’re not obligied to show up all the time of course. You still do. ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ should really be changed to ‘Sun,Snow or Champions League on the Telly’, as nothing will keep the diehards away, no matter how many fixtures are suddenly piled on top of one another.
A three nil win at home may sound very convincing, but god the Drogheda United side I saw last night were nothing short of appaling. I have huge respect for the small but loyal band of Drogheda fans in the shed, who defiantly waved their tifo flag (the number 12, to symbolise their role as the ‘twelfth man’) and sung as all collapsed around them. Their team looked uninterested, and it’s unsurprising their wallowing where they are in the league. Of course many of the Drogheda fans in the shed would have been in Inchicore on the night when they lit up the ground late in 2007 with flares declaring themselves champions of Ireland. Those fans know these things go in cycles.
Something I’m hoping to do soon is lure friends BACK to Inchicore. I saw us win the league in the company of schoolfriends in times now long gone. More recently, I saw Keith Fahey dazzle crowds in the company of friends. People vanish from this league. When I began in college I took up a job in a public house (pro-tip: don’t do it kids) and I missed a good 65% of an entire season to Friday night work. Getting people back is harder than getting them down in the first place.
We’re playing Monday at home to Galway, Friday away to Bray and the following Monday at home to Dublin rivals, fellow southsiders and current champions Shamrock Rovers. If you’ve been missing from Richmond Park for a while, why not come down? When things go right on the pitch, there is no better night out. As the defiant mob in the Shed showed last night however, maybe it’s still a good night out regardless.
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