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I think we need to make peace with the fact that Michael won't be back and be thankful for all that he gave us.

But the mind does wander, imagine a tight championship game where you could spring him from the bench with 10 or 15 to go.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9007 - 06/12/2023 12:04:07    2515729

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Big Difference mc Guinness said he was concentrating on soccer, Murphy announced he retired and wasn't coming back. No wild debate. Murphy has done his time now it's imperative that we keep gallen fit. We are short of marquee forwards."
No big difference in that you quashed both rumours and laughed at those who suggested either could return. It takes a good man to admit when he gets it wrong, which you did on Jim. You wanted to believe the bad old days were on the way so that Bonner's tenure could look decent. I see your game! Anyway, I agree that Gallen is special and hopefully stays fit but I also look forward to Jim getting the best out of all our players and finding tactical innovations to be creative and cohesive going forward. Not simply hand passing laterally with the feint hope of a Thompson or Langan Hail Mary point. For all we can say about the O'Rourke era, he did at least show we can attack and score well if encouraged to do so. We are a lot better in attack than some think, if we get players fit and committed.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1315 - 06/12/2023 12:10:30    2515730

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Replying To tickets:  "Did many go on the training trip? Any players away playing Sunday for their u21 club? If so, will it be full steam ahead at the training camp for them?

Are the glenties lads away or did they miss out?"
Hi tickets: So many questions so few answers. Great way to have it.

AudiMan (Donegal) - Posts: 639 - 06/12/2023 12:40:07    2515732

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Michael has a handy number now with GAAGO and he's just married and has other things on his mind, but he is still the one of the best players in the country, I know if it was me they'd have to drag me away from the chance to keep playing for the county as long as I was able to contribute at all, when you see the likes of Conor McManus and what he can still do at his age."
By all accounts Murphy went through the ringer to play for his county as long as he had, and so has Paddy McBrearty. You don't have to look too far to see what damage being double and treble-marked for 20 years can do to the body. He will carry the scars, but is likely counting his blessings he didn't come out the other end worse-off considering the punishment he took.

SurelyToGod (Donegal) - Posts: 355 - 06/12/2023 13:52:57    2515746

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I think we need to make peace with the fact that Michael won't be back and be thankful for all that he gave us.

But the mind does wander, imagine a tight championship game where you could spring him from the bench with 10 or 15 to go."
I agree and as I said previously the man is living legend as we all know for what he done for this county and his club and he has more to offer the club still as well as hopefully in a long career in management.
It's just wishful thinking on my part I suppose, as the other poster above said he has had tough road for the county, I don't know how he held the head all the times he was being ragged and fouled by stoppers who still couldn't stop him.
Anyway draw a line under it and on we go, is there many heading to this Roscommon game to open the new pitch in Ballyshannon? Jim's first game back in charge on the 17th I think.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2656 - 06/12/2023 15:00:58    2515754

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "No big difference in that you quashed both rumours and laughed at those who suggested either could return. It takes a good man to admit when he gets it wrong, which you did on Jim. You wanted to believe the bad old days were on the way so that Bonner's tenure could look decent. I see your game! Anyway, I agree that Gallen is special and hopefully stays fit but I also look forward to Jim getting the best out of all our players and finding tactical innovations to be creative and cohesive going forward. Not simply hand passing laterally with the feint hope of a Thompson or Langan Hail Mary point. For all we can say about the O'Rourke era, he did at least show we can attack and score well if encouraged to do so. We are a lot better in attack than some think, if we get players fit and committed."
No need to attack everything I say are yous looking for likes. Hopefully we'll have an Ulster c ship at the end of this year and a few days out in croker. What people don't realise is that I travel everywhere to watch a county game and please god will continue to do so this year. As I said before I support every donegal manager.but what annoyed me is the abuse bonner got from nobodies.. hopefully the mc Guinness reign will not end the same way..

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2308 - 06/12/2023 15:28:54    2515758

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi tickets: So many questions so few answers. Great way to have it."
Hard to keep tabs on things when overseas

tickets (Donegal) - Posts: 76 - 06/12/2023 23:45:52    2515812

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Replying To tickets:  "Hard to keep tabs on things when overseas"
You'll have more of a chance of finding out the 3 secrets of faitma than what's going on in Tenerife.

Although, I did see KJ Molloy missed the AI fresher final lastnight because he's over there.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 743 - 07/12/2023 10:09:41    2515828

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Replying To Whateveryourhavingyourself:  "My club has lost players to Eunans, Gweedore and Convoy and to Armagh to name a few so well used to players moving. But you never replied to the substantive part of my post how does league standings reflect on discipline.

Stand over your argument."
Look at the team that finished bottom of division 3 this year and consider their discipline record over the last number of years. Same goes for the team that finished second bottom. Your own club.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 743 - 07/12/2023 17:52:44    2515900

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "You'll have more of a chance of finding out the 3 secrets of faitma than what's going on in Tenerife.

Although, I did see KJ Molloy missed the AI fresher final lastnight because he's over there."
That's true. Ah well we can only wait and find out.

Looking forward to see what Donegal brings come championship time. I don't think McG will show his cards in the league.

On club scene, it'll be interesting to see if clubs lose players to oz. I've heard a few myself from Glenties and Glenswilly. GD losing Odhran Mc Neilis to oz- I don't know how good the source was as he had a few gargles in him in Soho.

tickets (Donegal) - Posts: 76 - 08/12/2023 09:33:34    2515946

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Replying To tickets:  "That's true. Ah well we can only wait and find out.

Looking forward to see what Donegal brings come championship time. I don't think McG will show his cards in the league.

On club scene, it'll be interesting to see if clubs lose players to oz. I've heard a few myself from Glenties and Glenswilly. GD losing Odhran Mc Neilis to oz- I don't know how good the source was as he had a few gargles in him in Soho."
I think McGuinness will have to show some of his cards in the league.

If we aren't pushing for promotion we are in danger of not being in the All Ireland Series

And the team is in bad need of a winning run to get the confidence flowing.

Al_Maguire (Donegal) - Posts: 236 - 08/12/2023 10:10:37    2515953

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Look at the team that finished bottom of division 3 this year and consider their discipline record over the last number of years. Same goes for the team that finished second bottom. Your own club."
Fair enough then, lay out the discipline record of both of the teams you mention for the 2023 season.

Then do the same for your own club for 2023 and we can do a comparative.

Making a blanket statement about "over the years" is not a debate, lay out your facts. I don't know the story in relation to the bottom placed team but in relation to my club the playing group is so young that they weren't involved years ago so let's go on what the current position is.

Whateveryourhavingyourself (Donegal) - Posts: 32 - 08/12/2023 12:01:23    2515982

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Replying To Whateveryourhavingyourself:  "Fair enough then, lay out the discipline record of both of the teams you mention for the 2023 season.

Then do the same for your own club for 2023 and we can do a comparative.

Making a blanket statement about "over the years" is not a debate, lay out your facts. I don't know the story in relation to the bottom placed team but in relation to my club the playing group is so young that they weren't involved years ago so let's go on what the current position is."
Leave it with me.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 743 - 08/12/2023 20:19:05    2516066

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Sean Martin from McCumhaills is at the Tenerife training camp for definite. Seems Jim bringing plenty of young players into the senior fold early

NPadraigAbu (Donegal) - Posts: 24 - 09/12/2023 00:48:30    2516080

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Mad how how low club adult membership has dropped since 2019.

What is the cause?

Newman21 (Donegal) - Posts: 35 - 09/12/2023 10:24:54    2516090

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Replying To Newman21:  "Mad how how low club adult membership has dropped since 2019.

What is the cause?"
The crazy cost of living and the decline of the senior intercounty team?

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1315 - 09/12/2023 11:02:49    2516092

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Replying To rorysboys:  "No need to attack everything I say are yous looking for likes. Hopefully we'll have an Ulster c ship at the end of this year and a few days out in croker. What people don't realise is that I travel everywhere to watch a county game and please god will continue to do so this year. As I said before I support every donegal manager.but what annoyed me is the abuse bonner got from nobodies.. hopefully the mc Guinness reign will not end the same way.."
Likes… doesn't cross my mind. It's an anonymous forum, not a political election. Bonner was appreciated for his achievements from the vast majority of Donegal supporters including myself, who were at pains to say this, but you wanted zero critique of his tenure. Anything bordering on unhappiness with the general direction of the team was called 'abuse' by you. Which is nonsense. Bonner did well but his tenure petered out tamely enough, that's life. But call things as they are. We can agree then so that we want Donegal to be successful under Jim. Hopefully a good few years await one step at a time.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1315 - 09/12/2023 11:08:12    2516093

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That was an interesting article from The Democrat regarding the fallout from the Co Final last year. Whatever about the issue raised, it seems to have been well timed to affect the voting for convention next week.

SignTheContract (Donegal) - Posts: 194 - 09/12/2023 11:57:17    2516097

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Replying To Newman21:  "Mad how how low club adult membership has dropped since 2019.

What is the cause?"
Most I know don't bother going to club matches any more as they are a "bore fest" (Their words).
I also think a big reason is that you can buy county match tickets now on-line rather than needing to be a club member.

Together both of these reasons mean people don't see the benefit of club membership.

PeterQ92 (Donegal) - Posts: 89 - 09/12/2023 12:02:14    2516098

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Replying To Newman21:  "Mad how how low club adult membership has dropped since 2019.

What is the cause?"
Difficult to know for sure but likely Covid and the lock downs from March 2020 onwards played some part. Some people are really only members of their club in order to be able to get tickets for the big all ticket inter-county matches. When spectators were not permitted at games for some there was little reason to be members. Why they haven't come back to their clubs is the question. If Donegal start to look like they may be close to an All-Ireland final again we'll likely see those numbers rise.

BeardedBorderGael (Donegal) - Posts: 36 - 09/12/2023 13:21:00    2516110

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