Re­duced ticket prices could bring the cheer back to G.A.A.

Bray People - - Sport -

LAST WEEK the head of a mod­el­ling agency sug­gested that the G.A.A. should turn to cheer­lead­ers to make the games more sexy dur­ing th­ese times of re­ces­sion.

He ar­gued that more peo­ple would flock through the turns-styles if ex­tra glam­our is in­jected into our an­cient games.

Wouldn’t have any­thing to do with looking for cushy, well-paid jobs for the mod­els on his books then?

Hats off to him for try­ing to drum up a bit of busi­ness for him­self, but clearly dwin­dling at­ten­dances have noth­ing to do with the lack of sex ap­peal.

Ad­mit­tedly the sight of Brian Cody strut­ting the side­line or Brian Dooher bear­ing down on goal would do lit­tle for the li­bido but when we go to Croke Park we want surly not sul­try.

G.A.A. fans are well ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing their own unique at­mos­phere at games without the help of danc­ing dolly­birds, so clearly a re­duc­tion in ticket prices is the only way to en­sure full houses.

Fol­low­ing a county with any mod­icum of suc­cess is an ex­pen­sive hobby th­ese days.

It’s just about af­ford­able for any­one from a county who only get a day or two out in the cham­pi­onship but can be very tax­ing on the wal­let for sup­port­ers from coun­ties that are ca­pa­ble of winning a few matches.

Tak­ing ‘In­side Right’s’ na­tive Wex­ford as an ex­am­ple, last year the foot­ballers played six cham­pi­onship matches on their mag­nif­i­cent run to the All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal, while the hurlers played four times.

That’s ten cham­pi­onship matches for fol­low­ers of the Model county and that adds up to a whole lot of dosh in any man’s lan­guage.

If you‘re ded­i­cated enough to throw all the league matches into the mix, you’d need to re­mort­gage the house to give the county teams your sup­port.

Just like the rud­der­less leaders of this coun­try who aren’t pro­vid­ing much cheer right now, cheer­lead­ers won’t bring any sort of boost to the G.A.A. The bot­tom line in both cases is the amount of money in peo­ple’s pocket, and that’s some­thing that doesn’t look like im­prov­ing any­time soon.

Else­where we had to chuckle when Charles N’Zog­bia claimed he wanted out of the cir­cus that is New­cas­tle United foot­ball club be­cause man­ager Joe Kin­n­ear mis­tak­enly pro­nounced his sur­name as ‘In­som­nia’ at a press con­fer­ence.

A pretty pa­thetic ex­cuse, con­sid­er­ing he has al­ready made it clear of his de­sire to leave the club. What­ever about Charles, if you’re looking for a cure for in­som­nia you could do worse than head­ing down to St. James’ Park to watch a game.

Amidst all the F.A.I. back-slap­ping af­ter the an­nounce­ment that the Europa League fi­nal would be played in Lans­downe Road ‘In­side Right’ would have to ad­mit to be­ing se­ri­ously un­der­whelmed.

Okay, it will bring much-needed money into the econ­omy and hope­fully show­case the new fa­cil­ity in a good light, but the fact re­mains that in all like­li­hood it will be a pretty unglam­ourous pair­ing.

You just have to look at the last few fi­nals, Zenith St. Peters­burg against Rangers, Sevilla against Es­panyol and Sevilla against Mid­dles­brough. Av­er­age teams at best, and hardly go­ing to set the pub­lic’s imagination alight.

It could be good news for Ir­ish Liver­pool fans though. If Rafa’s still in charge they might get a chance to see their beloved team play a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture in Dublin.

would rather see Brian Cody, not cheer­lead­ers, on the side­line in Croke Park.

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