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London clubs All Ireland club 1/4 final pass

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When are the Gaa going to stop this joke of giving the London champions a free pass to the All Ireland club football 1/4 final every year? It's becoming a joke. They are hardly the standard of a decent Intermediate club in any county in Ireland (If even that). They are getting beat easily by at least 10 points or more every year and have never ever threatened anybody. It's a farce. It would be akin to letting the Kilkenny senior footballers into the Leinster final every year to play the Dubs. And we know what would happen there also..........

paddyokane (Longford) - Posts: 69 - 16/12/2015 21:52:14    1813228


Longford clubs have a great record too

hawkeye82 (Kerry) - Posts: 202 - 17/12/2015 08:26:46    1813236


you saying they should play in a provincial championship? Its a way of getting high profile clubs to London to promote the game and also gives players in London a shot at the limelight, its what keeps the gaa alive abroad don't be so bitter

willywonka (USA) - Posts: 50 - 17/12/2015 11:54:00    1813289


They should perhaps play in connaught...but are definitely way above Intermediate standard

samanthamumba (Longford) - Posts: 31 - 17/12/2015 12:40:58    1813313


paddy your spot on no way should the london champions be in the senior club championship they should be in the intermediate championship, the london hurling champions go into the all ireland intermediate but problem is the footballers think there better than what they our the games our always one sided. would they have a better chance of all ireland glory in intermediate i think they would as hurlers have proved.

Yourjoking (USA) - Posts: 532 - 17/12/2015 13:15:23    1813320


I think entering the Connacht championship is the way to go,A realistic shot of beating a few teams there

shea (Kerry) - Posts: 409 - 18/12/2015 12:36:14    1813455


It costs a lot of money and a fair bit of organisation to get a team home from the UK to play a game, or indeed get a team from Ireland over to play in London, never mind 2-3 in a single provincial campaign. Don't see much wrong with how things are done now.
I think there is a debate to be had on whether British sides should be entering junior club competitions. The exposure they give is great and the British sides always put up a great showing, with finalists in both hurling and football in the past few years, but the impression I get is that the best teams are signing up all the best players that come over as they can offer them a realistic chance of playing in Croke Park. This seems to be making the county championships over here less competitive. Would be interested to know others views on this though.

Soma (UK) - Posts: 2547 - 18/12/2015 14:22:49    1813482


I think the London champions should enter the Connacht Provincial Championship, firstly better chance to maybe win and a game but the main reason is I think they should do this is so that we have the London Championship played off earlier in the year, playing in the Provincial championship would mean that the London Championship would need to be finished by Mid Oct at the latest. As it stand they have up until the end of Nov to complete it.

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 2013 - 21/12/2015 12:52:35    1813784