GAA vote to change Rule 42

The GAA has voted for the temporary lifting of Rule 42 at its annual congress. Details not available yet. It was decided by a secret ballot.

126 thoughts on “GAA vote to change Rule 42”

  1. The real worry for me is that the FAI will take their circus to the cheapest tent. CP may be available but they will still play in Britain if it means a few extra bob in their own pocket and to hell with the fans. Appealing to their national pride won’t work, they don’t have any. The IRFU are a different story IMO.

  2. Barney

    “and to hell with the fans.”

    You seem to think most of the fans come from England anyway,so whats your problem

    I can of course put you right on this point if you like.

  3. Franc
    “I think your getting confused with the ammount of permanent seating at the ground (west & east stands)”

    No confusion Franc – new FIFA rule – no temporary seating allowed! Capacity reduced to approx 20-24K, came into effect 2004.
    Although, to make a point in your favour, I just discovered that FIFA have agreed that temporary seating is allowed in Lansdowne for now i.e. until the new stadium is finished.

  4. A rule banning the use of temporary seating at grounds was introduced by FIFA

    This however was put on hold by the governing body due to the pending renovation plans announced for Lansdowne

    This brings me back to my original point..

    The capacity of Lansdowne for Ireland soccer matches is 36000.

    This has been the case since terracing was banned by FIFA

  5. franc,

    There are more fans of the Republic of Ireland soccer team in Britain than in Ireland. So what? The fans in Ireland could go to hell as far as the FAI are concerned if there’s a chance to make a few more bob by taking the show on the road. Personally, I’d be happy if they moved the whole thing to England permanently and renamed themselves London Irish, like that rugby team. It would be more honest. The players are in England, there’s more fans in England, the TV money is in England and there are cheaper stadia for hire in England. Hard to see why they hang around Dublin at all when you think about it.

  6. [quote]London Irish, like that rugby team. It would be more honest.[/quote]

    Not that honest. They have very few Irish players these days and they play their home games in Reading.

  7. “This has been the case since terracing was banned by FIFA”

    Except when the capacity was reduced you mean.

  8. I’m curious to know were the point about more Ireland soccer fans comimg from England comes from

  9. Maca

    Yes , the capacity was reduced from 49000 (with terracing) down to 36000 (with temp. seating)

  10. Frane
    And reduced futher when the temporary seating was banned. And then brought back up of course by agreement. I’m a pedant.

  11. PS,

    “”The SDLP is 100% for a United Ireland.”

    If memory serves, can’t stomach their new-look website, they are also 100% for the GFA. Yet they invented the tactic of collapsing the Assembly whenever the humour took, a lesson not lost on David Trimble. 100% for the GFA in theory but not exactly borne out in practice. I take everything they say with a pinch of salt. They also swear allegiance to the queen of england, hardly compatible with “”The SDLP is 100% for a United Ireland.” If the opportunity were to arise then I have no doubt Michael McDowell would also swear allegiance to England while giving 100% support to his beloved 26 county Ireland. The guy is full of shite.

  12. “I’m curious to know were the point about more Ireland soccer fans comimg from England comes from”

    Did you not see the BBC coverage of the Irish team in the American World Cup, the one where no British team qualified? ROI were adopted as the the true represenatatives of the Premier League, fair enough. Ever since, and probably before for that matter, they have been accepted in Britain, and England in particular, as everybody’s second favourite team. Hence, there are more fans of Irish soccer in Britain than in Ireland. And that’s without counting the millions of ex-pats and 2nd generation fans.

  13. Maca

    To quote from your previous post

    “Capacity reduced to approx 20-24K, came into effect 2004.
    Although, to make a point in your favour, I just discovered that FIFA have agreed that temporary seating is allowed in Lansdowne for now i.e. until the new stadium is finished.”

    The capacity was never reduced to 20-24k

    The buckets seats have been in use for over 5 years.

    They were never banned at Lansdowne

  14. It doesn’t convince as other news reports contradict those. Which is all meaningless anyway Franc as we know the current situation.

  15. Barney

    I think being everyone’s ‘second favourite team’ and ‘more Ireland supporters in England’ is slightly misleading.

    Perhaps i’ve grasped the wrong end of the stick
    Here,Barney

    Are you talking about supporters at games or watching on television?

    As regards USA 94,yes many in Britain did follow Ireland,why not.

    The premiership is a top class league,i can’t think of a better place for Irish players to play their club football.

  16. Maca

    For someone who can’t be arsed,

    You waist a lot of time on the subject.

    Anyway,glad to see you have accepted your errors on the issue.

  17. “You waist [sic] a lot of time on the subject”

    It’s called boredom.

    “Anyway,glad to see you have accepted your errors on the issue”

    I didn’t make any error. I posted what the papers said.

  18. Maca

    Just be careful about the boredom.

    Take up a hobby

    D.I.Y for example

    You could build yourself some temporary seating in the back garden

  19. Barney

    I think being everyone’s ‘second favourite team’ and ‘more Ireland supporters in England’ is slightly misleading.

    Perhaps i’ve grasped the wrong end of the stick
    Here,Barney

    Are you talking about supporters at games or watching on television?

    As regards USA 94,yes many in Britain did follow Ireland,why not.

    The premiership is a top class league,i can’t think of a better place for Irish players to play their club football.

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