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    “Community is everything in this Club”, explained David O’Connor, Fingal County Manager, at the launch of the club in Corduff during February 2008. “Community is the foundation on which the club and our football development plan are built and each football club in Fingal can rightfully feel that Sporting Fingal FC is their League of Ireland club.”
    http://www.sportingfingal.ie/AboutUs...3/Default.aspx

    With all the shenanigans, sharp practice and financial nonsense that has blackened the League of Ireland in recent times, it was fantastic to see Sporting Fingal, a club built on solid, sustainable principles, lift the FAI Cup this evening. (not that fantastic, they knocked the Hoops out and then had the cheek to win it in our gaff ). Although having a club like that win it in a stadium supported by the local authority and packed out weekly by the people of Tallaght and beyond is a fact that should not be lost on other clubs who have brought the game into the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    It was a cracking second half and won with 2 goals in the last 5 minutes. Both teams deserve credit for playing the way they did in those conditions and the Sligo fans should be lauded for travelling down.

    8,000 at the game - good considering the distance Sligo fans had to travel in this weather and the distance Fingal have yet to travel in terms of establishing themselves and a fan base.

    Sympathy for the other Rovers but a good day for Irish football.
    We need to radically change every system that has enabled the wholesale destruction of the Irish landscape, rural and urban. There is no time for incremental step by step measures. The systems have failed utterly and the only hope for a real recovery requires the rule book to be torn up completely.

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    WHAT has this got to do with politics you crazy fool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelpor View Post
    WHAT has this got to do with politics you crazy fool?
    Read the replies to the other hundred posts like yours that have asked the same question in the past.

    Read my post again and if you can't see the link between football and "Culture and Community", leave the site, read some books, then come back and apologise for wasting our time and bandwidth

    (ah hah hah, jelpor, the newbie with a red box for every 20 posts, just tried to neg rep me for this thread... ah hah hah, brilliant)
    We need to radically change every system that has enabled the wholesale destruction of the Irish landscape, rural and urban. There is no time for incremental step by step measures. The systems have failed utterly and the only hope for a real recovery requires the rule book to be torn up completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelpor View Post
    WHAT has this got to do with politics you crazy fool?
    look up the word 'community' on the interweb.

    A few points:
    1. Having a cup final in mid.november does not lend itself to good football and promoting the domestic game.
    2. The use of a small stadium speaks volumes on the popularity of the state of football in ireland.
    3. Having a video ref for the penalty would be of little assistance. It would just delay the game and unless the ref views it, it would be delegation without benefit.
    4.Paul Cook's interview was refreshing in a week of whinging about what ifs.
    5. The match was dreadful for most of it, but did liveo up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post

    A few points:
    1. Having a cup final in mid.november does not lend itself to good football and promoting the domestic game.
    I know what you mean but what is the solution other than reverting to an August to May season? Can we have a mid-season cup final? That'd be weird


    2. The use of a small stadium speaks volumes on the popularity of the state of football in ireland.
    Do they plan on going back to Lansdowne at all?? Tallaght fits around 11,000 with the temp seats whereas the RDS fit around 15,000 or so for last seasons game. The simple fact is, barring a Rovers vs Bohs final, there won't be any more than 15,000 at an FAI Cup final

    4.Paul Cook's interview was refreshing in a week of whinging about what ifs.
    Yeh he's a good man alright

    5. The match was dreadful for most of it, but did liveo up.
    The second half was good and certainly would not have sent the wrong message out about the LoI.

    But the result was about more than that. It's about seeing well run clubs who know where football belongs, being rewarded.
    We need to radically change every system that has enabled the wholesale destruction of the Irish landscape, rural and urban. There is no time for incremental step by step measures. The systems have failed utterly and the only hope for a real recovery requires the rule book to be torn up completely.

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    Go away Alonso you fool!! You deserve your neg rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelpor View Post
    Go away Alonso you fool!! You deserve your neg rep.
    Pity yours don't count then eh.... Start your own thread called "Alonso is a fool" if you like but stay off ones i start. For your own good, as you only come across as a massive tit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alonso View Post
    Sporting Fingal FC > About Us

    With all the shenanigans, sharp practice and financial nonsense that has blackened the League of Ireland in recent times, it was fantastic to see Sporting Fingal, a club built on solid, sustainable principles, lift the FAI Cup this evening. (not that fantastic, they knocked the Hoops out and then had the cheek to win it in our gaff ). Although having a club like that win it in a stadium supported by the local authority and packed out weekly by the people of Tallaght and beyond is a fact that should not be lost on other clubs who have brought the game into the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
    Sporting Fingal are funded by one of Fianna Fáil's biggest property developer mates Gerry Gannon

    yes the same Gerry Gannon who alongside Fingal County Council has screwed up vast areas of Fingal with disgusting poorly planned dvelopments that will have long losting impacts

    and the same Gerry Gannon who is a member of the Golden Circle that will eventually cost the taxpayers god knows how much - 'Anglo 10' each borrowed sums of up to €56.5m - The Irish Times - Fri, Oct 09, 2009

    Sporting Fingal are the most wildly unsustainable entity to ever grace the league of Ireland. Some of their attendances this season have been as low as 200 yet they operate on a full-time professional operation with a playing wage bill of €20,000 per week + perks such as free rent on apartments from Gannon and free university places in DCU. If they were living within their means and not on property developer income I would take an educated guess they could operate on a part-time basis on around €4,000 per week like comparable First Division clubs.

    Gannon is serious financial difficulty, he has had to sign over his house to the wife and is been taken to court over unpaid bills etc. I suspect Gannon will be saved because he is one of Anglos biggest customers and due to NAMA but if Gannon goes bust Sporting Fingal go with him and as this lot are a project of Fingal County Council it would dwarf the laughling stock that has been Cork City, Derry and the likes
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    You sure about all that? There's no mention of Gannon on their site and if they were hiding the link they would certainly also hide their sponsorship by Anglo irish...
    We need to radically change every system that has enabled the wholesale destruction of the Irish landscape, rural and urban. There is no time for incremental step by step measures. The systems have failed utterly and the only hope for a real recovery requires the rule book to be torn up completely.

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    I'd like to think that the above story has no basis in fact, bit there you go.

    That said, its a nice way to wind up the LoI year.

    There's been the good, the bad, and the ugly this year.

    The good was Rovers assault on the title. Its good to see that if you get your affairs in order. you can turn out a great stadium and build a sustainable taem and club that plays good football.

    It has to be said though, that its probably best that Bohs won the league. Were they to go bust, that would be disasterous for the game.

    There's been various bad. Kildare County, for instance.

    The ugly (and ridiculous) involved Cork. Couldn't even pay the bus driver? FFS.

    Looking forward to zipping out to Tallaght a good few times again next year.

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