Green and White Army Prepare for Orchard Battle

Not to be confused with the GAWA, the Erneside Gaels have been busy painting the various towns and villages of Fermanagh the county’s colours as they approach Ulster Final day and their date with destiny. Fermanagh are aiming to end their unfortunate distinction of being the only Ulster county to never have won the Ulster Senior Football Championship title. Up to 40,000 fans will jam into Clones for their date with destiny agin the formidable Armagh team, who are certainly no strangers to this big occasion. The big debate dominating pre-game discussions in the county is which song is better: Come on Fermanagh or Fantastic Fermanagh. Your thoughts and predictions….

  • RG Cuan

    It would be great to see Fear Manach win their first Ulster title, just not this Sunday.

    Ard Mhacha Abú!

  • I hope that Glentoran’s Shane McCabe does not get injured before a crucial away UEFA Cup tie with Metallurg of Latvia.

  • George

    As I am supporting an underdog (plus pushing Armagh one game away from the exit door is better for the Dubs), I hope that 3 days isn’t too short a recovery time for Shane McCabe and that he can still do his talent justice this weekend.

    Coming off the bench to score a late winning goal will do. Then it’s back to Glentoran no matter what Fermanagh do.

    Good to see the Glens realised how important this game against Armagh is and released him. Good management by McDonald in my view.

    Think Armagh will do it though.

  • Ally

    Although I come from Fermangh, I know nothing about Gaelic and so this Sunday really doesn’t mean much to me. However, by chance I have actually trained as the same time as the Fermanagh players in the gym when we happened to be using the weights room together. They are a nice group of guys and I hope they do well.

    On a side note, the devil in me wants to drive up to Brewster Park on Saturday night and put up a banner saying “Come on the Orangemen!” so that people see it on the Sunday heading to the game. Nothing sectarian, just for the laugh.

  • pacman

    Head says Armagh, Heart (and I suspect the heart of the other 31 counties) says Fermanagh.

    I even know a few Armagh supporters who won’t be unduly upset if they lose on sunday as they expect bigger things this year. I do, of course, have to remind them that they need another three All-Ireland’s until they can talk at the same level as a Down man. 🙂

  • pacman

    BTW Chris, the video for Fantastic Fermanagh can be found here:

  • Concerned Loyalist

    There’s only one Green And White Army; UEFA’s pick for best fans in Europe, the supporters of the Northern Ireland football side…

  • Ard Mhacha Abú

    As much as I and many others would like to see Fermanagh win their first Ulster title, my head and heart still rest with Ard Mhacha.
    The sub-editors will have a field-day. Will it be
    “Orchard fail to blossom beneath Lakesiders waves” or
    “Lakesiders flounder as storm-force Orange strikes”

    Ard Mhacha by at least 4 points, with Stevie and Clarkie each putting one in the net.

    All the same, there would be fantastic celebrations on St Tiernach’s pitch in Clones if Fermanagh did pull it off, akin to that when Ard Mhacha lifted the Sam in 2002. (Not too mention in the days afterwards)

  • RG Cuan

    ALLY

    Armagh’s games are already always graced by a similar banner – ‘Garvaghy Road Orangemen On Tour’.

    PACMAN

    Enough of that An Dún craic now, you’ve had your years in the spotlight. Hasn’t been for a while though… 😉

  • mcg

    The Ernemen by two points.

    Anglo-Celt will be in Enniskillen on Sunday night.

  • RosleanaEireann

    There’s only one Green And White Army; UEFA’s pick for best fans in Europe, the supporters of the Northern Ireland football side…

    Stop trying to highjack our GAA thread with your soccer rubbish.

    There wont be work done next week around the county if we manage to win the “big one” at last.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    R.E.

    There’s no such thing as soccer, it is a name invented by the Americans to describe “The beautiful game” of football. In the most popular sport on Earth there are 10 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper in each team. Outfield players are not allowed to use their hands or rugby tackle their opponents and they will not get “points” for hoofing the ball over the bar. This unskilled, redneck, agricultural hybrid of football, rugby, Aussie Rules and Cage Fighting, that I have described, is referred to around the world as Gaelic football, NOT football…

  • RG Cuan

    CL

    Wise up… boring…

    SONGS

    I prefer the Fantastic Fermanagh one. Maybe youse can use it again next year!

  • Spud

    There’s only one Green And White Army; UEFA’s pick for best fans in Europe, the supporters of the Northern Ireland football side…

    Posted by Concerned Loyalist on Jul 18, 2008 @ 03:17 PM

    Catch yourself on, it does not say much for the NI fan base when there will be more fermanagh supporters at the match at clones on sunday than would attend a NI home match at windsor.

    That is roughly 20,000 fermanagh supporters from the smallest county with the least population and with almost half the county unionist and yet NI couldnt muster 18,000 from the whole of the north.

    All together now, “We`re not Tyrone we`re Co Fermanagh”!!!

    Anyway all the best to Fermanagh on Sunday from a Tyrone man, we will finish off Armagh in the Qualifiers!!

  • ernie

    cl

    Soccer is the poorest supported code in the North.

    For example, Shane McCabe played for the Glens in europe during the week, less than a thousand supporters turned up to watch the team in the soulless, near empty ground.

    No real comparison with turning out for Fermanagh in front of a capacity 36,000 crowd on Sunday.

    As regards the Northern Ireland soccer supporters & team, if the latest Belfast Telegraph poll is anything to go by, almost as many people would prefer to see a single Ireland team.

  • Greenflag

    Fermanagh ? Fermanagh ?
    Where’s that ? Is it near Leitrim by any chance ?

    😉

    Good luck to the green and whites on this occasion 🙂

  • Dolly

    Come on Fermanagh! I hope Shane McCabe isn’t over-awed playing in front of 36,000 GAA fans compared to his soccer norm of being watched by Jim Rodgers and his dog at the Oval.

  • Spud

    “Although I come from Fermangh, I know nothing about Gaelic and so this Sunday really doesn’t mean much to me. However, by chance I have actually trained as the same time as the Fermanagh players in the gym when we happened to be using the weights room together. They are a nice group of guys and I hope they do well.”

    Ally,

    Reminds me of a story I heard about Charlie Mulgrew who took over as manager for Fermanagh in 2004.
    At the start of the season when Charlie was having his first meeting with the team he had a Q&A;with the panel and someone asked if Fermanagh were going to employ a weights coach to help the lads with weight training like Tyrone and Armagh were doing, Charlie replied in his no frills attitude ” look Lads I dont know much about lifting weights but if they get to heavy just set them down again.” Sure what could you say to that.

  • RepublicanStones

    Fermanagh will need to bring their shooting boots and a big bus to park infront of McDonnell and Clarke. As a red hand man, I’ll be rooting for the Ernemen to wither the Orchard.

  • here’s hopin’

    Looking forward to the game. Fermanagh need a good start as they very nearly got overwhelmed in the early stages of the semi against Derry.

    Lady Luck has been conspicious by her absence over the last century when needed by the Fermanagh Gaels. Time for her to make amends tomorrow. FERMANAGH ABU!!

  • paddy moriarty

    let´s hope oul Sam comes home this year, we will sing a few rebel songs and remember the hunger strikers before we go out and beat seven bells of one another. Ya can´t beat the sectarian thugery of the GAA.

    Let´s get oul sam home.

  • Say No To Sectarian Sports.

    Comparing Glentoran attendances to an Ulster final is completely stupid to say the least.

    A more fair comparison would be whichever GAA club Shane McCabe plays for, compare their average attendance with that of Glentoran.

    Irrespective of attendances you should remember who pays Shane for his sporting services.

    I hear many nationalists are staying away from the Ulster Final on Sunday as they are offended by the red hand of Ulster.

  • RepublicanStones

    Paddy i think your bigotry is clear, particularly from your email.

    ‘dirtymicscum@ahoo.com’

    Back to the bookies with you.

  • Spud

    Comparing Glentoran attendances to an Ulster final is completely stupid to say the least.

    A more fair comparison would be whichever GAA club Shane McCabe plays for, compare their average attendance with that of Glentoran.

    Irrespective of attendances you should remember who pays Shane for his sporting services.

    I hear many nationalists are staying away from the Ulster Final on Sunday as they are offended by the red hand of Ulster.

    Posted by Say No To Sectarian Sports. on Jul 19, 2008 @ 01:12

    What does that last sentence mean what does the red hand have to do with anything??

  • ggn

    “I hear many nationalists are staying away from the Ulster Final on Sunday as they are offended by the red hand of Ulster”.

    Of course you did, and Elvis isnt dead, he just went back to his home planet!

    Of course neither Armagh nor Fermanagh are Ui Neill heartlands outwith some septs in South Armagh, therefore it would hardly be surprising if few red hands will be seen aside from the Ulster flag itself.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘I hear many nationalists are staying away from the Ulster Final on Sunday as they are offended by the red hand of Ulster.’

    Well done for winning the ‘make-up any old bullshit’ award. As a proud red hand man, i love irish cultural symbols, and do get a giggle at the fact it has been appropriated by those of a colonial mindset. Tir Eoghain abú !

  • ggn

    RepublicanStones,

    I suppose it was me that took the bait, but of course we should all learn to giggle when we come upon the real silly stuff.

    Lamh dearg abu – Ulaidh Abu!

  • Ulster Native

    There will be no people at the match offended by the Red Hand you numbskull, the image of the Red Hand is the essence of Gaelic culture itself. And the very Gaelic, Red Hand, will proudly fly high within the true Ulster Flag and…. proudly next to the Irish Tricolor.
    Lámh Dhearg Abu!

  • RG Cuan

    Lámh Dhearg Uladh Abú!

    And am saying that as an Ulsterman from Ard Mhacha Theas, not Tír Eoghain.

    The lack of education and knowledge from certain posters here is staggering by the way.

  • Mike

    Good luck to Shane (and his team-mates) from this Glentoran fan for tomorrow.

    Trying to ignore the predictable snide comments (from both directions).

  • jone
  • Doctor Who

    republicanstones, ggn, ulster native etc.

    I think the troll was highlighting the fact Nationalists get offended when Unionists use the red hand symbol because it isn´t on all ireland terms. This may come as a surprise but there still is an international recognised border on this island.

    RS as for your chuckles you are obviously easily amused, perhaps you should get out more.

  • Spud

    Great 2nd half performance from Fermanagh they deserve another day out. Armagh went asleep half way through the 2nd half and fermanagh could regret missing those scores in the last 10 mins as Armagh are not easy to beat in a replay, but they have proven they have what it takes to put it up to Armagh.

  • Ulster Native

    “I think the troll was highlighting the fact Nationalists get offended when Unionists use the red hand symbol because it isn´t on all ireland terms. This may come as a surprise but there still is an international recognised border on this island. ”

    Er..What? You aren’t making sense here, like the ‘troll’.
    The ‘very Irish’ Red Hand is representative of a province that ‘spills’ over the imposed border,this may come as a surprise to you- three sizable ULSTER counties, almost half of the Irish province, lies in the Republic.

  • Rapunsel

    Was at the match today and great occasion it was too. I didn’t see much thuggery only Armagh and Fermanagh fans including lots of families and children having a good day out. I’d happily bring my 5 year old daughter to the replay. Not sure how it could go next week felt that Armagh the more technically competent team but don’t have the same fitness levels as the Erne men.

  • arty

    Thought Fermanagh were dead and buried early in the second half, but fought back well and deserved at least a draw.

    Fermanagh certainly won the battle for supporters in Clones today, nearly 20,000 fans.

    Incredible support and they were a credit to the whole county.

    Now they have to do it all again next week

  • RepublicanStones

    Good on Fermanagh, although something tells me, the orchard will blossom in the replay.

    What about the red hands gettin past Louth, good result for the occupied territories.

    ‘RS as for your chuckles you are obviously easily amused, perhaps you should get out more.’

    This from a man who named himself after a Television programme. Lmao.

  • willowfield

    ERNIE

    Soccer [sic] is the poorest supported code in the North.

    How do you know?

    For example, Shane McCabe played for the Glens in europe during the week, less than a thousand supporters turned up to watch the team in the soulless, near empty ground.

    How do you know the attendance at the Glentoran match?

  • El Paso

    “How do you know the attendance …” from “I’m not a hairsplitter” LMFAO!

    Well done Fermanagh, great inspiration for the ‘lesser’ counties. I’ll try to make the replay.

  • willowfield

    Seems you don’t understand what the term “splitting hairs” means.

  • El Paso

    Enough already! You’re killing me.
    Fair play though W, you’ve gone up in my estimation.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Spud,
    Catch yourself on, it does not say much for the NI fan base when there will be more fermanagh supporters at the match at clones on sunday than would attend a NI home match at windsor.

    That is roughly 20,000 fermanagh supporters from the smallest county with the least population and with almost half the county unionist and yet NI couldnt muster 18,000 from the whole of the north……………………………………..

    It’s not our fans’ fault that Windsor only has a capacity of 14,000. It can actually hold 20,332 to be exact, but only 14,000 of these are seats and supporters aren’t allowed to stand at international matches. There is a large waiting list for the “Block-Booking” tickets for home matches. To see a Norn Iron home match supporters have to buy a Block-Booking ticket, which gets them into all of the Euro/World Cup Qualifying games at Windsor. If the Belfast sites at Ormeau Park in the South or Danny Blanchflower pitches in the East of the city are given the go-ahead for a new national football stadium, the capacity will be around 25-30,000, which I am confident will be filled every home game. This total would far surpass the “roughly 20,000 fermanagh supporters” at Clones, thus disproving your argument.

    The fact of the matter is that the international side’s success and support is at it’s highest since we qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. We are currently ranked 33 in the World, 8 places above our Free State neighbours with a population almost 3 times greater than ours – NI: 1.7 million, IFS/ROI: 4.3 million. Football here in Ulster should be celebrated and encouraged, not put down and criticized by people like you, Spud. Our national side and supporters have come a long way. Even someone like you can appreciate that, surely?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    As regards the Northern Ireland soccer supporters & team, if the latest Belfast Telegraph poll is anything to go by, almost as many people would prefer to see a single Ireland team.

    Posted by ernie on Jul 18, 2008 @ 07:18 PM…………………………………………

    In short, that poll isn’t anything to go by. I would quite confidently say that 99%+ of Northern Ireland fans who go to the games regularly would never support a so-called All-Ireland team. We are officially recognised by FIFA as the superior footballing nation on the Island. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html

    Why would we want Ulster to be represented by a side that, if the FAI had their way, would have 10 players from south of the border, with Sir David Healy up front taking the place of the token Ulsterman?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Paddy i think your bigotry is clear, particularly from your email.

    ‘dirtymicscum@ahoo.com’

    Back to the bookies with you.

    Posted by RepublicanStones on Jul 19, 2008 @ 01:12 PM……………………………………

    POT, KETTLE, BLACK…

    PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES…

    That’s a bit rich coming from you, don’t you think? Your attitude towards our people and our culture stinks, to put it mildly…

  • Ulster Native

    “Why would we want Ulster to be represented by a side that, if the FAI had their way, would have 10 players from south of the border, with Sir David Healy up front taking the place of the token Ulsterman?”

    You would also have the great Shay Given, a fantastic Ulster soccer player! From Ulster!

    Back to the main topic, a great Ulster game was played on Sunday, in the great wee Ulster town of Clones, next week could see Armagh being crowned the Kings of Ulster, as it would seem they would have the upper hand in experience and fitness.

  • ggn

    Maith sibh Fir Manach. Cead uair eile? Ca bhfios.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘POT, KETTLE, BLACK…

    PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES…

    That’s a bit rich coming from you, don’t you think? Your attitude towards our people and our culture stinks, to put it mildly…’

    Well CL, do i have an email adress with dirtycolonistscum or dirtyprodscum???? the short answer is no. But hey, lets celebrate this great culture of yours, whadda ya got?

  • RepublicanStones

    Now now ggn the ernemen need not be sorry. I doubt they’ll get another chance though.

  • ggn

    RS,

    Oh they definitely have another chance, it is what they do with it it that counts.

    I think most Ulster men outwith the Orchard County will be behind them, because they deserve it and because it would be good for Gaelic football.

  • Mick Fealty

    Only now managed to watch a recording of the match. Looking forward to the next time out. Fermanagh’s inexperience showed through and lack of a reliable free taker. They absolutely swamped Armagh in the last 10/15 minutes, and had they taken their easier chances would surely have won this match. Keenan seemed particularly flaky with his kicks both from the ground and the hand.

    More importantly, it was good to see both Down and Donegal convincingly win their qualifiers.

    BTW, just once, I’d like to see a thread about sport that didn’t descend into a mutual sectarian bating match.

  • RepublicanStones

    Is bra liom fioru mo chara. Ni maith leat Ard Macha….agus Baile atha Cliath….agus Ciarrai.

  • RepublicanStones

    Ni maith liom Ard Macha….* (d’oh)

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘More importantly, it was good to see both Down and Donegal convincingly win their qualifiers.’

    What about Tyrone Mick, don’t like the Red Hands?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Well CL, do i have an email adress with dirtycolonistscum or dirtyprodscum???? the short answer is no. But hey, lets celebrate this great culture of yours, whadda ya got?

    Posted by RepublicanStones on Jul 21, 2008 @ 11:02 PM……………………………………

    Neither do I, I don’t put a proper e-mail address into the public domain because I couldn’t be arsed reading abuse sent by republicans who disagree with my Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist culture and beliefs.

    However, you DO constantly attack my culture and attack my co-religionists, referring to us as us “colonially-minded” in one post. Do you deny that?
    If that’s not a pejorative term, I don’t know what is…