Replying To Sligobuck21: "
Replying To Gaa_lover: "paranoid? time that you drop the ignoramus remarks one would expect from 12 year old than grown adult. These are championship matches with the flag ship team in action and Sligo of the 16 teams had arguably the worst support of any county.
Tony McEntee rally call before the group stage has fallen on deaf ears.
"We need that. We need every advantage. Home advantage, the crowd behind us. The players will get a lift from that. This is hard for most players to get; in Division 4 you are looking at hundreds at these matches. You don't get atmosphere. There is no occasion at it. You might get some families and friends but that is all you are getting. Now that we are getting crowds and great success form the 20s, if we get thousands into Markievicz Park it will lift everything.""
It's very simple.
Adult ticket €25, student/oap €20, juvenile €5. Let's say family of 4 you could be paying €60 (2 adults 2 juveniles), family of 5 €65+ (2 adults 3 juveniles), family of 6 €70+ (2 adults 4 juveniles) and chances are most people are going to have atleast one student which isn't even accounted for in my pricing.
So firstly it's costly.
Everyone has come on here from other counties to say that they knew Sligo wouldn't win a game or that they shouldn't be in this competition. So would the Sligo people not know that themselves considering they're from the county. Why would they pay over €70 on tickets, plus money on fuel and food for away games when they could go off with the family on a rare hot day. People can say all they like that it's bad support but it's easy to say that but then contradict yourself by saying that the matches are dead rubbers because they weren't going to win. Which is the exact thing Roscommon people have done saying one second the Sligo support was poor, but the next saying they knew they would win and Shane Curran was 100% correct and anyone with a brain would know that. And I'm not complaining that they said that because it was highly likely they would win. I just don't get the contradiction.
Thirdly, it's easier to support a team that's winning. Yes the u20s had a larger support, yes they are underage, but tell me this : In a county like Sligo who are starved of success would you rather bring your kids and pay money to see a team who's going to lose or pay half the price to see a team who's going to win and have a great day out.
There's no two ways about it the Sligo support for the seniors has been poor. BUT… everyone is here to look at Sligo and saying how their crowds are so poor yet the same people are saying it's going to be a cake walk for Sligos opposition. So should Sligo people be paying the guts off 200/300 euro to see 3 group games that the whole country thinks they're going to lose.
Don't get me wrong, I've gone to 6 games this year in the league and all of the championship ones so far. But I don't expect every Sligo fan to fork out such money and give up so much time when the whole country thinks we are going to lose.
My whole point is : Don't bother complaining about the Sligo support if you're going to say in the next breath that the game was a waste and Sligo were always going to lose. I don't care if you say it's a championship game and therefore there should be more support… because I disagree with that. McEntee from the outset said realistically we aren't going to beat these teams and we are looking to just improve. So in my opinion, if anything Sligo should have bigger crowds at their league games.
Did Armagh pack out their stadium before they went on their run of form the last few years. Did Derry have the same crowds they do now when they were in division 3 and 4. No no they didn't.
I can only imagine the amount of people that are going to come and still give out about the support and give out about this post. But tell me this… honestly if your county was going into a match costing you €50-€100 minimum on tickets, €20 on fuel, money to feed the family for the day, during a heatwave (in a county full of beaches), bank holiday weekend so high chance of family/friends home, not expected to win, not given a beggars chance by anyone but the few die hard supporters. A division 4 team against the 3rd placed Div 1 team.
Would you go???
I've been to over 80% of the games, but I don't expect everyone to do the same until we are a division 2 team. Because then we will have a better chance. That's just life. It's realistic.
We are improving and in a few years I've no doubt we will be competing with the Div 1 and 2 teams. But we aren't there yet but I know for a fact we will be in soon time. And I will come back to this post when we are.
The End. Thank you."