Antrim boss reiterates tiered championship call

February 12, 2019

Antrim manager Lenny Harbinson. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Lenny Harbinson is adamant that there should be a tiered intercounty football championship, similar to hurling.

Harbinson’s Saffrons will be pitted against either Tyrone or Derry in their Ulster SFC quarter-final this summer, but he believes county football should be structured the same way as club football:

“I have always advocated that there should be a tiered championship,” he told The Belfast Telegraph. “Every county in Ireland agrees in many aspects when you look at the senior, intermediate and junior championships. They have looked at the clubs within their own counties and asked who is capable of playing senior championship and so on.

“It is no different from a county perspective. When Sean Kelly introduced the Tommy Murphy Cup, he introduced it for the right reasons. The problem was it wasn't fairly supported by Central Council in terms of playing matches before big games to give due recognition.

“From a PR point of view, maybe having an All Star scheme for your intermediate champions or whatever you want to call it is an idea. Maybe they get to play the senior guys in an exhibition match in New York or wherever, All Stars against All Stars.”

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