Thursday, December 23, 2010

Morton to Dalymount, Fingal's Stadium Story

Fans sit quite far away from the players, as you can see here

Morton Stadium, even saying the name aloud causes shudders around the football loving faithful in the League of Ireland. 

Fans travel from all over the country to sit in the seats, higher and farther away from the pitch than any other stadium in Ireland's highest tier. Even players won't miss it as we found out when I spoke to Darren Quigley. Morton has a lovely playing surface, one of the best. I'm not sure I will miss it as I, and nearly all players, hate running tracks around pitches. It's OK if balls are flying back on after going out of play but that's not the case. Some times we build momentum and then it may take 30-45 seconds to take a throw in. 

I won't miss it, no.

The running track, ruining view for fans
Fingal were founded late in 2007, and were launched in 2008, and up until an agreement was made yesterday (the 22nd of December 2010) played all of their home games in The LoI at Morton Stadium, Santry.

Morton doesn't meet UEFA grade 2 standards, which means it couldn't host Fingal's home European Games.

Fans and players did not seem happy with a dreaded running track halting fans view of the pitch, which has caused havoc at even Europe's biggest stadiums.
I don't know what sort of fan numbers we will have now but one thing for sure is that any Fingal fan travelling to the games will now feel a closer relationship to the players. This can only be a good move considering the running track around Morton distanced the player and fan interaction.

It only annoys people at one other LoI Stadium, Waterford United's RSC.

Fingal have many fond memories at the stadium however which almost outweighs its problems  My favourite moment from Morton personally was the Fingal v Bray 1st promotion play off leg. Conditions were awful, match should never have been played but it was and I did well to give us a clean sheet going to Bray.

As a team, my definite favourite was 2-0 down at HT to Rovers in the 1/4 final of FAI Cup. Coming back to draw and then going on to win the cup, that was the real moment we knew we could win the cup.

Yesterday it was announced that Sporting Fingal had reached an agreement with Bohemians FC to Ground Share Ireland's most famous LoI stadium; Dalymount Park, which houses Bohemians FC.

Fingal have played at "Dalier" 3 times already, once as the designated home team against CS Maritimo in The UEFA Europa League 2nd Round of qualifying. 

Will This be a good move for Fingal??? We'll have to wait and see.

That's all folks,
Donagh :)

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