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Replying To tommy k:  "When you say "slow weather" what do you mean as apart from the last couple of days when it has been showery the weather has been very sunny and warm (for the time of year at least) so much so that Irish Water are already talking about conserving water and possible hose-pipe bans?!"
I mean weather where you don't have to go to championship matches in coats, wooly caps etc.

Triffic (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 11/05/2022 15:54:34    2416543

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The cost going into the match v Leitrim the last day was crazy the Connacht council have no regard for the supporters especially in this current climate surely €15 -€20 was plenty to get into the stand considering if he was raining everyone in first 20 rows Woukd get soaked ; God only knows what they charge for the Connacht final , if they want get 15-20 thousand at it they need to keep price down I definitely think € 25 fir stand and 15 for terrace is plenty ,, but no doubt it be € 35 and € 30 ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 609 - 11/05/2022 17:22:16    2416574

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Replying To Triffic:  "I mean weather where you don't have to go to championship matches in coats, wooly caps etc."
I thought that type of weather would encourage more people rather than less people.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2735 - 11/05/2022 18:03:10    2416582

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Replying To Triffic:  "I think post-Covid crowds in general are down, not just us, the 'floating' fans haven't yet returned. Was quite disappointed with the attendance for the KK game last week; place was packed 4 years ago for the same fixture if I recall. Maybe the slow weather is also a factor? Saturday week's match with Dublin should be a barometer of sorts I guess."
Our attendances at football matches have been poor for a long time, well before Covid. Even during Kevin Walsh's reign and before, we were regularly outnumbered by Roscommon supporters (and of course by Mayo - but they have exceptionally high numbers).
I started a thread on this topic a few years ago in our dearly departed Galway forum. There were many reasons given, such as half the county having no interest in football, likewise most of the city, north Galway supporters not happy about travelling to Salthill instead of Tuam, the poor football we were playing at the time etc.
Even taking all of that into account, we should have much greater numbers at our games. There are plenty football supporters in Galway and crowds are good at senior club championship matches.
As someone mentioned, I do think an exciting run could be a catalyst to get supporters back. Limerick have great support in hurling at the moment, but their numbers were very low, not too long ago.
The team are putting in a huge effort. They really do deserve a big crowd shouting them on. There's also the fact that a good atmosphere and support could give them some energy when badly needed.
Plenty are able to give out about players and management performances (and rightly so at times), but as supporters we perform even worse than our team on a bad day.
As I said, I hope to see a big number of Galway supporters in Pearse Stadium for the Connacht final.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1436 - 11/05/2022 18:45:27    2416592

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One might be forgiven for thinking on reading some of the posts on this thread, that Roscommon are world beaters and that Galway should nearly be filled with a sense of dread about meeting them in the Connacht final. For God's sake have we lost all sense of perspective and common sense? Roscommon are a mediocre team. This is a county that last won Sam in 1944, that is 78 years ago. They fancy themselves to have a chance of beating Galway. They are driven by the sight of the famous Galway jersey. They are deluded. This is their All Ireland. If Galway are not capable of beating Roscommon in the championship, then they have no right to consider themselves top contenders. Galway are a quality side. Pearse Stadium should be their fortress. Roscommon should get a friendly hostile reception and be sent packing back to look after their sheep.

FatLadySinging (Galway) - Posts: 33 - 11/05/2022 18:50:27    2416594

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It was 30 euro for terrace? Jesus
A game that Garway were always going to win and not even a final.

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FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2487 - 11/05/2022 19:01:35    2416596

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Replying To kiloughter:  "A lot of what you say is correct. There are reasons for this some which you have articulated well. The GAA don't do PR well and the disconnect between schools/clubs and the county set up is stark in terms of promoting games, providing packages etc. I always wonder if we were a one code county (either football or hurling) would our support be more consistent or would the hardcore number be bigger. In fairness the hurling side have had their bad days support wise as well but hurling does capture the hearts and minds of the casual Galway fan more easily and I can only put thus down to the fact it is a better game to watch from that cohort's perspective. I know you have no time for the ticket price issue but I guarantee you if the prices were halved last weekend the attendance would have been doubled. 30 blip for a ticket was a bit much purely from a value perspective given that it had all the hallmarks of a turkey shoot. Mind you for all the talk of the great value to be had at the Gal KK hurling match I thought the crowd would be bigger. You also mention we must be one of the poorest supported football counties. In fairness you would have to take away large swathes of the county who have little interest in football. I think that honour would have to go to Cork. Speaking to a local at the Cork Galway league game in PUC back in February he bemoaned how poorly supported his team has been for a long time and also how 80% of the crowd left after the hurling when Cork played Clare in a league double bill some weeks before our match."
Support for football in galway is usually down to a few thousand die hard followers unless the team gets to an all Ireland final then they will come out of the woodwork another thing I notice is that in my place of work the vast majority of the 20 to 40 year olds are English premier league supporters have very little interest in galway football they do follow the hurling occasionally going to games a lot wouldn't even know the football team was playing and this is in galway city

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 123 - 11/05/2022 19:12:07    2416598

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Do you remember the year we had 'the Red Arrows' on the prom, after bating Mayo in the final. That was awesome, as our USA posters might say. Might have been 2003? I'd have tolerated watching Leitrim last Sunday, if we had the Red Arrows on the prom afterwards!!

Football attendances might have downturned a bit anyway, after the Jim McGuinness/possession football era emerged 10-12 years ago. Sure KW was 'ran' in 2019, after winning 2 Connacht titles from rubble, just because his 'brand' became insufferable for the Galway football cognoscenti. Fans of a certain vintage found 'the new game' hard to support even, with a new vocabulary required. No more 'let it go long will yah' without getting stares on the terrace. Supporting football became a bit of a snooze fest, watching fine strapping young lads 'hold possession' passing it back and over, and back and over, and yes you guessed it, back and over again. Not every 'fan' pinched themselves, and asked 'is this a good watch', but some did, and they could be the ones who no longer show up every time.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 2648 - 12/05/2022 10:22:37    2416630

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Replying To minor77:  "Support for football in galway is usually down to a few thousand die hard followers unless the team gets to an all Ireland final then they will come out of the woodwork another thing I notice is that in my place of work the vast majority of the 20 to 40 year olds are English premier league supporters have very little interest in galway football they do follow the hurling occasionally going to games a lot wouldn't even know the football team was playing and this is in galway city"
Sport is always about coexisting with other codes, this is good.
Galway football can win back the crowds with a couple of back-to-back
performances. This Connacht Final is a huge opportunity.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1559 - 12/05/2022 11:00:17    2416638

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The Connacht Final in Pearse Stadium could get 20,000.
Roscommon always travel well and could bring 10,000 fans.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1610 - 12/05/2022 11:17:45    2416646

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Replying To minor77:  "Support for football in galway is usually down to a few thousand die hard followers unless the team gets to an all Ireland final then they will come out of the woodwork another thing I notice is that in my place of work the vast majority of the 20 to 40 year olds are English premier league supporters have very little interest in galway football they do follow the hurling occasionally going to games a lot wouldn't even know the football team was playing and this is in galway city"
Agreed.

I went to the terrace last weekend because to meet friends without stand tickets. I noticed the state of the roof of the main stand and couldn't believe how dilapidated it looked along with the faded maroon seats. The toilets were desperate, covered in cobwebs, exposed pipes etc. I'd say the terraces have never been properly cleaned and the toilets certainly haven't. Unless you are a football/hurling diehard there is nothing about the match day experience that would bring you.

My kids school tour is to Bekan this year. Seemingly there is areas for kids games etc.

Even McHale Park tried the legends wall (even if they made a balls of the tiles:-)

I thought we had a commercial manager Pearse Stadium is really run down and offers very little. If this is truly our home surely we could have a museum of Galway football, have Corporate events there, School tours (could have a tour involving pureskill and then onto Pearse Stadium Museum) etc.

Match days - proper PA system around the ground. One scoreboard was left unused on Sunday.

Galway Utd & Connacht Rugby struggled for crowds but they have been working on match day experience and the numbers are improving big time. I would say they have a smaller support but they are definitely getting a higher percentage of their support to matches.

Also issues with pricing were pointed out. this is probably outside county board hands but they have a voice on Connacht Council. Galway v Mayo is the money game irrespective of it being first round. Leitrim game was overpriced. They need to stop pricing just based on the round of the championship.

I could type about these things all day. So frustrating. So many easy fixes. Talk about Tuam or Pearse Stadium....... none are fit for purpose!

The Croke Park model of a separate Company (owned by GAA) running the stadium is the way to go. I would expect any decent Stadium manager should be able to increase revenue big time and this could be pumped back into the county coffers. Loads of things they could do. Probably some initial investment but it wouldn't be huge ......floodlights would help!

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1623 - 12/05/2022 12:04:12    2416657

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Replying To katser:  "The Connacht Final in Pearse Stadium could get 20,000.
Roscommon always travel well and could bring 10,000 fans."
We'll be there. I expect a large Roscommon support to travel.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1727 - 12/05/2022 13:12:13    2416677

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Replying To Mayonman:  "Agreed.

I went to the terrace last weekend because to meet friends without stand tickets. I noticed the state of the roof of the main stand and couldn't believe how dilapidated it looked along with the faded maroon seats. The toilets were desperate, covered in cobwebs, exposed pipes etc. I'd say the terraces have never been properly cleaned and the toilets certainly haven't. Unless you are a football/hurling diehard there is nothing about the match day experience that would bring you.

My kids school tour is to Bekan this year. Seemingly there is areas for kids games etc.

Even McHale Park tried the legends wall (even if they made a balls of the tiles:-)

I thought we had a commercial manager Pearse Stadium is really run down and offers very little. If this is truly our home surely we could have a museum of Galway football, have Corporate events there, School tours (could have a tour involving pureskill and then onto Pearse Stadium Museum) etc.

Match days - proper PA system around the ground. One scoreboard was left unused on Sunday.

Galway Utd & Connacht Rugby struggled for crowds but they have been working on match day experience and the numbers are improving big time. I would say they have a smaller support but they are definitely getting a higher percentage of their support to matches.

Also issues with pricing were pointed out. this is probably outside county board hands but they have a voice on Connacht Council. Galway v Mayo is the money game irrespective of it being first round. Leitrim game was overpriced. They need to stop pricing just based on the round of the championship.

I could type about these things all day. So frustrating. So many easy fixes. Talk about Tuam or Pearse Stadium....... none are fit for purpose!

The Croke Park model of a separate Company (owned by GAA) running the stadium is the way to go. I would expect any decent Stadium manager should be able to increase revenue big time and this could be pumped back into the county coffers. Loads of things they could do. Probably some initial investment but it wouldn't be huge ......floodlights would help!"
I agree 100% with everything you say and regards the floodlights a few years back the country board tried to pull a fast one on the local residents got caught so the chance of revisiting it again is very unlikely

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 123 - 12/05/2022 13:23:41    2416682

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Replying To FatLadySinging:  "One might be forgiven for thinking on reading some of the posts on this thread, that Roscommon are world beaters and that Galway should nearly be filled with a sense of dread about meeting them in the Connacht final. For God's sake have we lost all sense of perspective and common sense? Roscommon are a mediocre team. This is a county that last won Sam in 1944, that is 78 years ago. They fancy themselves to have a chance of beating Galway. They are driven by the sight of the famous Galway jersey. They are deluded. This is their All Ireland. If Galway are not capable of beating Roscommon in the championship, then they have no right to consider themselves top contenders. Galway are a quality side. Pearse Stadium should be their fortress. Roscommon should get a friendly hostile reception and be sent packing back to look after their sheep."
Galway All Ireland success in 98 to 2001 has the same zero relevance to what Roscommon won in the 40s.

Packing after their sheep, are you 12 or unable to discuss this final like an adult?

You also seem to a trouble at reading posts here. Who is claiming Roscommon are world beaters or that Galway is dreading them? The fact is both are of a simliar standard at the moment or indeed the last 8 years with both sharing two Connacht titles each and both promoted back to Div 1 this spring. The winner of this final will have a better opportunity of reaching the All-Ireland semi final and a reminder Galway have reached just 1 All Ireland semi final since 2001 so consider it a very good season if that is achieved.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 633 - 12/05/2022 13:57:42    2416686

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Replying To FatLadySinging:  "One might be forgiven for thinking on reading some of the posts on this thread, that Roscommon are world beaters and that Galway should nearly be filled with a sense of dread about meeting them in the Connacht final. For God's sake have we lost all sense of perspective and common sense? Roscommon are a mediocre team. This is a county that last won Sam in 1944, that is 78 years ago. They fancy themselves to have a chance of beating Galway. They are driven by the sight of the famous Galway jersey. They are deluded. This is their All Ireland. If Galway are not capable of beating Roscommon in the championship, then they have no right to consider themselves top contenders. Galway are a quality side. Pearse Stadium should be their fortress. Roscommon should get a friendly hostile reception and be sent packing back to look after their sheep."
I know ye more than deservedly won in McHale Park but you should never underrate a Roscommon team in the championship. Any Roscommon team. Ever.

I'll leave it there.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6648 - 12/05/2022 14:34:31    2416698

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Replying To Yondu:  "Galway All Ireland success in 98 to 2001 has the same zero relevance to what Roscommon won in the 40s.

Packing after their sheep, are you 12 or unable to discuss this final like an adult?

You also seem to a trouble at reading posts here. Who is claiming Roscommon are world beaters or that Galway is dreading them? The fact is both are of a simliar standard at the moment or indeed the last 8 years with both sharing two Connacht titles each and both promoted back to Div 1 this spring. The winner of this final will have a better opportunity of reaching the All-Ireland semi final and a reminder Galway have reached just 1 All Ireland semi final since 2001 so consider it a very good season if that is achieved."
Ignore the messers. You'll see that's the only post in that tone in this thread about the Connacht final. Anyone who has paid attention to recent history knows it could go either way.
That's not to say we won't win or even win well, that's a possibility too as games can take on a life of their own, but the chances are it's going to be a right battle.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1436 - 12/05/2022 15:00:09    2416708

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "I know ye more than deservedly won in McHale Park but you should never underrate a Roscommon team in the championship. Any Roscommon team. Ever.

I'll leave it there."
In fairness that is only 1 poster out of several. I think you will notice most Galway posters are certainly not underrating Roscommon and most say it will be a dogfight with little to separate the teams as do I.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2735 - 12/05/2022 15:14:19    2416714

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Roscommon are narrow favourites to win this. I think Galway need this more
given our age profile and lack of silverware. Can't wait.
Gaillimh Abu.

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 1131 - 13/05/2022 10:33:17    2416813

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Great to see the leadership developing all over the field in these lads. Galway hadn't enough leaders in recent years and now we've players taking real ownership and showing leadership in every part of the field. That leadership and cool heads will be essential as Roscommon will try to turn this into a very physical war of attrition.
As regards our management team, they seem to be developing this team well now. Still a work in progress but it's starting to really gel now. One fault I and others are hearing from a few sources is that lads that were dropped from the squad, or the match day panel, or first 15 aren't adequately communicated with on why it's happening. In fact, in a number of cases there was zero explanation or any communication at all. These are not kids in cul camps - they deserve and merit full and detailed explanation as to where they were deemed to fall short, areas to work on to break back into the squad, the 26 or the 15. That communication has to improve and would be appreciated through the entire squad. A relatively easy thing to address.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 669 - 13/05/2022 14:14:38    2416878

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Replying To maroondiesel:  "Roscommon are narrow favourites to win this. I think Galway need this more
given our age profile and lack of silverware. Can't wait.
Gaillimh Abu."
I guess you haven't checked the odds. Galway 4/9 Roscommon 9/4.

The likes of Silke, Conroy,Heaney, Comer, Walsh have been around for years and won a few Connacht senior titles. McDaid, McHugh, Molloy, S Kelly, R Finnerty, D Conneely all part of the 2017 Connacht winning team that reached the All-Ireland all aged 25 or 26 now?

The youth would be mainly from the Connacht and All-Ireland U20 All-Ireland winning team possible starters Jack Glynn, Patrick Kelly, Tierney and If introduced Paul Kelly, McGrath, Culhane,Gill, Sweeney. One thing this group of Galway players don't lack is silverware.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2852 - 13/05/2022 15:28:08    2416896

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