All-Ireland club final saga comes to an end as Glen withdraw objection

February 04, 2023

Ethan Doherty of Glen and Kilmacud's Dan O'Brien ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Glen have withdrawn their appeal against the result of the All-Ireland club senior football championship final.

After the saga over the past dozen days, the Derry champions confirmed last night that they would not be pursuing the appeals process as the club “do not believe the conditions exist for a replay to be contested.”

Earlier this week, the CCCC ordered the club final between Kilmacud Crokes and Glen to be replayed after it became clear that Crokes had 16 players on the field during the closing stage of their 1-11 to 1-9 victory at Croke Park.

Yesterday (Friday) afternoon saw the Dublin champions lodging an appeal against the CCCC’s decision, but Glen’s decision to withdraw their own mean that the Stillorgan will not have to plan for a replay as they keep their title.

“Watty Graham’s GAC, Glen lodged an objection to the result of the All-Ireland club final because we believed that grounds existed for a replay to be held if Rule 6.44 had been broken,” a club statement from Glen read.

“Due to the ongoing proceedings we as a club now do not believe the conditions exist for a replay to be contested.

“Consequently, Watty Graham’s, Glen would like to withdraw from this process.

“As a club, the sense of pride and respect we have for our team and management will endure. They have treated us to countless moments of joy, which until recently, we didn’t even know were possible.

“Watty Graham’s GAC would like to thank our members for all the support they have given to our players, management and committee.

“The club would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the messages of help and support we have received from throughout the country.

“We will go again. Onwards and upwards.”

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