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