Right, we’ve had our weekend off, the lads are back from their sojourn in Portugal and now the clock is ticking audibly ahead of next Sunday’s NFL Division One final against Cork at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm). I know it’s only the league and all that but a national title is there to be won on Sunday – if we do it, it’ll be our first since 2001 and only the fourth such title we’ll ever have won since last claiming Sam over sixty years ago. We should, then, be doing everything in our power to make sure that we’re the ones leaving Croke Park next Sunday evening clutching the New Ireland Cup (no, I didn’t know what it was called either until I went googling it).
Obviously the lads on the pitch will be the ones who’ll have to do the business but the role that those of us in the stands can play next Sunday shouldn’t be overlooked either. I’ve no doubt but that the players took heart from the increasingly vocal support they got at Croke Park the last day, where upwards of three-quarters of those present seemed to be our lot. Cork are notoriously poor supporters for fixtures such as this and I’d say they’ll be struggling to have any kind of decent following there on Sunday.
Tyrone and Kildare will, I reckon, bring decent crowds with them but the absence of any sizeable following for the Rebels gives us the opportunity to make HQ a home-from-home for the lads on Sunday. Despite the fact that we had the most supporters there for the Kerry game, we were still down to the bare bones in absolute terms and so we’ll need a big increase on this next Sunday if we’re to turn Croke Park into a home venue for the day.
Ticket information for the game issued by from the county board is here. If you’re a Cáirde Mhuigheo member, you’ll need to get a separate ticket – as was the case for the semi-final – to get into the game; if you’re not you can either get your match ticket in McHale Park or from the usual outlets near the stadium on the day. You’re unlikely to have to queue too long if you choose the latter option but hopefully any such queue will be one that’s populated with our gang.