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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:06:13 PM »
Venue aside, (I hate CP by the way, not because of where its at, but because facilities and parking are sh*te), when Derry are doing well, the support swells.
The core support as people talk about, are football people. People who want to see the best players in a county from different clubs pull on the county jersey and make a statement that, as a county, this is the best we have to offer and we'll put it up to anyone.
Its parochial, clannish and about earning respect from the other competing counties. You dont have to win, you just have to compete and give a good account of yourself. By doing that, the county fills with pride and the support grows and more of the better players want to play as they see a chance of success, which makes the managers job easier and the upward cycle can continue.

The problem as I see it, is that at county level we do not have the best the clubs have to offer. We are playing sh*te football, burning through managers like there's a never ending supply, are falling down the rankings and as a result losing the respect of our peers and of the football people within the county. There is no faith in the ability of the county board and when you put all these things together it actually starts to breed contempt towards the county setup. It's morale sapping for supporters to see this happening, even more so for players i'm sure. Especially when we had that fleeting visit to the top table, it feels all the worse.

I think this is where we are now. There is no pride in the county so supporters wont go to games as they think we are not going to put in a performance and probably get beat.

This, in my mind cannot be fixed easily. It will have to be small steps.
Confidence in the county board needs to be restored.
We need to make it as easy as possible for the football people to see games, should this mean move games closer to south derry I'm all for it. No-one is going to travel 30-40 miles to watch a sh*te match. They'll go and watch the mcrory game as the football will be good. Not because its in a south derry venue, but I'd guess the fact it is in south derry will mean more neutrals attend.
Improving the standard of football, by ensuring the best players are on the panel will encourage the support to come out. The support can encourage the players, which in turn can help improve the football more. And so the cycle continues.
When we are playing better football, the pride will return and people will be more likely to travel the 30-40 miles to CP to watch a match (even if they do have to walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke to go to the toilet).

All this bickering of North vs South, just a load of infighting balls that perpetuates the problem.

Rant over for now.
Good post.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:27:45 PM »
The surface in Celtic park is no longer the best in Derry. It resembled a bog in places yesterday. A fine total of 570 paid in,570. When are we going to learn. On a positive note at least we won. A fine start and a good finish but we were poor in between. But I could see signs of improvement

Interesting comment. . . which pitch in Derry do you think would have been better than Celtic Park yesterday?

Any highlights I saw of matches over the weekend the pitches were all bogs all over the place!
Supposedly,there was a school game played on Celtic park on the Saturday and then they played the Hurling before the Derry v Offaly game. That was silly at best. The pitch surface was terrible. My point is and always will be,if the pitch in Celtic park is like it was yesterday then why take the matches there as no-one wants to travel. Derry,as a team would gain an advantage by playing in frount of a bigger crowd at a South Derry venue. 570 people attended that Double header yesterday,that number is pathetic. And it isn't going to change for the foreseeable future whilst the matches are played at Celtic park.
The matches are going to be at Celtic Park for the foreseeable future though. Maybe it's the attitude of the South Derry 'supporters' that needs to change?
Given there were 550 at the match i think the North Derry (including a City with over 100k people) supporters attitude needs to change especially when its only 10 mins away from them.
How many clubs in North Derry are 10 mins away? Coleraine, Limavady, Magilligan, Ballerin, Glenullin, Drumsurn, Dungiven, Banagher, Craigbane, Foreglen, Drum, Claudy, Faughanvale, Glack - none of them would get to Celtic Park in 10 mins. 
I'm from North Derry and would be quicker getting to Glen and just as quick getting to Screen so that's not my issue. It's just that there are going to be matches at Celtic Park for the foreseeable future.
I am concerned with there being a North/South Derry divide. If we are to achieve anything it needs to be as one whole county and we need to encourage Gaelic games to be thriving in Derry City.
This whole ' we need more games here because we're bigger and better' sounds like a spoilt child not getting what they want. I could take it if I thought it was a bit of craic but some people post and speak seriously like this.
Your point stands though, the whole county can't be bothered going to see the team at the moment. The low attendance at the weekend reflects the position of the county team at present at the bottom of Division 3 and the bad day probably didn't help. Hopefully improved performances will increase the appetite for people to go to the games. In reality it shouldn't matter where in the county the game is we should be able to go and support. It seems to be a bigger issue here for some reason than in other counties. Someone mentioned having say 2 home league games at Celtic Park and 2 in South Derry and I don't think that's a bad idea, Monaghan have spread out their home games to good effect so far.
Gaelic games thriving in Derry? How many years have we sent coaches to Derry City?? What has the benefit been thus far?? Derry City is a soccer environment. Any lad worth his salt in Derry only aspires to play professional soccer no matter how terrible he is and Gaelic games comes well down the list-FACT. Toby is correct,there will be a crowd of more than 1000 in bellaghy on Sunday for 1 schools match. 570 in Celtic park last Sunday for a double header-it doesn't take much working out

f**k it. Bring back the North/South Derry League.
There already is North/South Derry leagues. 1 is called Senior Football,the other is called Junior Football. Just because you're in Liverpool is no excuse for not knowing this.

I’ll meet you at the top of Glenshane Braveheart at high noon on Saturday- you bring your best 15 warriors from the south and I’ll bring the 15 best from the north and we will do battle.
No point. The whole of Swatagh will be gone to watch the Slaughtneil game!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:32:33 PM »
The surface in Celtic park is no longer the best in Derry. It resembled a bog in places yesterday. A fine total of 570 paid in,570. When are we going to learn. On a positive note at least we won. A fine start and a good finish but we were poor in between. But I could see signs of improvement
Pitch, venue, support and performance can be linked, but not at present.  If we had a great team, support would follow, no matter what venue. Celtic Park was heavy yesterday but very playable and certainly not a bog.  Overall, I saw no improvement. Some good individual performances but lacking stamina, no team strategy from kick outs to link play, many players out of position and we let one of the worst county teams I have seen for many years back into contention. To watch, it was Division 4 stuff. We have one win from 3, quite likely 1 from 5 soon.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:05:58 PM »
Who is Aaron Bradley? I've never heard of him before-Has he been called up recently?

He’s full back from our minor team last year. He’s a very good player he would have been a guaranteed starter for the minors last year only he did his cruciate and was only coming back around the time Derry got past Ulster I think so opted not to join the panel.

Hopefully he gets 10/15 minutes here or there it will be great experience for him.
Out of interest, has he started for Screen seniors yet?

I don’t think so but not totally sure.
Well, he made his Derry senior debut today, albeit very briefly! 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:40:47 PM »
Your wrong on Cassidy, he selected Bradley on the panel, Bradley walked off the panel.
True. Fairly sure he was not on starting 15 v Carlow in qualifier, huffed and did not travel. 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:59:15 AM »
Who is Aaron Bradley? I've never heard of him before-Has he been called up recently?

He’s full back from our minor team last year. He’s a very good player he would have been a guaranteed starter for the minors last year only he did his cruciate and was only coming back around the time Derry got past Ulster I think so opted not to join the panel.

Hopefully he gets 10/15 minutes here or there it will be great experience for him.
Out of interest, has he started for Screen seniors yet?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:10:57 AM »
Is this the same Cassidy Mc Erlean didn’t select for his first 15 in the minor semifinal and final, is now assessed as being a county senior, similar to Brown who was selected to play for the seniors st the start of the season, although he couldn’t get a starting spot on the same minor team 5 months ago. Is Mc Erlean close to being wise
Yes, same player. It is now getting scary.  Not sure who is advising McErlean at this stage, if anyone.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:37:34 PM »
With a stated ambition of utilising U20 players throughout the league there are first senior squad places for Ballinascreen’s Aaron Bradley and the pacey Bellaghy, Wolfe Tone’s attacker, Declan Cassidy.
Having come up short in their previous two league games, Derry’s players will know that Sunday’s game is a vital one in what is a tough and competitive division.

Derry (v Offaly): Oran Hartin; Michael McEvoy, Kevin Johnston, Ruairi Mooney; Michael Bateson, Carlus McWilliams, Conor Doherty; Conor McAtamney, Emmett Bradley; Padraig McGrogan, Enda Lynn (C), Benny Heron; Peter Hagan, Terence O’Brien, Niall Toner. Subs: Ben McKinless, Aaron Bradley, Declan Cassidy, James Kielt, Mark Lynch, Conor McCluskey, Danny Tallon.


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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:38:36 PM »
You always take the bait.  Pm you?! Do you think this is a dating site?  Celtic Park is indeed a fine pitch but I would never abuse it to slag others, as you were trying to do on Sunday.  Until it backfired on you!  You sleep well now and dream you play for Steelstown.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:34:37 PM »
A squad of 45 named in the new minor squad. Very noticeable the amount from South Derry on it-33 from South Derry,12 from North Derry. This squad has been picked by a Donegal man and a Tyrone man so no biased opinions this time

No surprise in that, south derry has always been where the football strong hold is in the county, your stating the obvious, however I fully take your point that it has been selected by a Donegal man.
Why does it matter where in Derry they are from? So long as the best players are picked I couldn't care less if they are from Bellaghy or Magilligan.
I was just stating the facts. It was very obvious and really stood out to me.

Take a look at the grading of teams from u14 to senior. More South Derry than North Derry teams in Divison 1 at every age group. Meaning the teams from South Derry are the stronger teams, because they have the better player and obviously if we are picking a panel of the best players their is going to be more from South Derry?

it's the exact same in the senior panel announced this morning.
Having read this post,isn't it ironic that the county training facility is in in North Derry and our County pitch is in Derry city. It makes you wonder. They invest so much money in the city yet all we have as a county to show for it so far is Neil Forester.
I'm not from the city but that's a negative post. There is some good work going on in the city and coaching at underage level in the city clubs has improved greatly. 3 city players on the minor squad just announced. There is a great opportunity to improve our Derry teams through the city and it is only beginning to be realised in my opinion.

45 is a ridiculous number. Even with the change to u17 there are far too many 2001s in there. Paddy Campbell will look after his own. The county is bending over backwards to push his club on.
Ye what? Pushing his club so much that they allow another club to form in the same catchment area? Please stop talking cac.

I take it you dint know city too well. Steelstown is in shantallow(although they'd like not to be). Culmore is not in shantallow. Anyhow sure they suck the poor wee Ardmores of this world to death whether by design or otherwise. How many steelstown players pass clubs closer to them?. They have 35 of a panel at most ages and don't make many subs. It only deprives lads an opportunity. Plenty to go around. They let? Wise up its not a nazi state we run. I speaketh no Cac good sir.
Above is how the most progressive club in the city is viewed with jealousy by others - in the city. Steelstown rises above the rest and let the moaning jealousy begin. Some pitch though.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:16:11 PM »
Take your anti-city bias and ram it up your hole.

Too right Tickle.
Take your anti-Steelstown bias and stick it up your apostrophe!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:32:56 PM »
Today’s @UlsterGAA match v @GortinGAA has unfortunately been postponed due to the weather https://t.co/HZ9tTJ9npN

The sleet showers were bad alright in the city today
Some pitch. That is the main thing.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:48:28 PM »
Pitch inspection done 15mins ago; game still on! Whats the Glenshane pass like??

Celtic Park.  Some pitch
What does one think now?

Best pitch in County . Nothing could withstand them showers which is what I intimated in my last post.  Wouldn't worry about the supporters. Our u12 hurlers made it to screen. No moaning either
it's 1 of the best pitches in the county. And it only so because nobody plays on it! Loup has a pitch equal to it. Ballinderry's pitch is close also. Ballinascreen has a great surface. Glen and Bellaghy have great facilities. That's just for starters so get off your high horse. We are missing a trick. To my knowledge,Glen,Bellaghy and Ballinascreen can all host county games. So why are we taking games to the city when we are playing so poorly in front of poor crowd's?

It because we can use apostrophes correctly.
Structuring a sentence properly seems to be beyond you though!!!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:54:08 PM »
Pitch inspection done 15mins ago; game still on! Whats the Glenshane pass like??

Celtic Park.  Some pitch
What does one think now?

Best pitch in County . Nothing could withstand them showers which is what I intimated in my last post.  Wouldn't worry about the supporters. Our u12 hurlers made it to screen. No moaning either
Showers of sleet maybe. Some pitch.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:10:24 PM »
Pitch inspection done 15mins ago; game still on! Whats the Glenshane pass like??

Celtic Park.  Some pitch
What does one think now?

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