Republican News · Thursday 19 November 1998

[An Phoblacht]

Galway keep up the pace

All-Ireland football champions Galway had a one point victory over Donegal on Sunday to notch up two wins out of two in the National League. Not very surprising, you might think, but the character of the victory said a lot about Galway's continuing hunger for success.

The team would have been forgiven if they had taken the wellwishers' pints and slaps on the back and celebrated up until Christmas, ready to start serious training for the big prize in the New Year. But they had other ideas, or their manager John O'Mahony had. He has them fired up and determined enough to go out on a cold November Sunday and come through a tough match.

Galway have a favourable draw in next year's Championship (which was announced at the weekend). They have to beat London and Sligo for a place in the Connacht Final against Mayo, New York, Roscommon or Leitrim. They should be happy with that.

Donegal, like Down and a number of other teams, are using the League to blood some new players and they'll have been happy with their display on Sunday. They meet Armagh in the first round of the Championship and the winners take on either Derry or Cavan in the semi-final. That certainly looks like the tough side of the draw.

In the other half Tyrone meet either Monaghan or Fermanagh and Down play Antrim, hopefully in a fully redeveloped Pairc an Iuir. Some commentators have speculated that Antrim are in with a chance of winning their first Championship match this decade. Certainly they have improved steadily over the last few years but they'll be long odds to topple Down in their spanking new back yard.


The instability at Glasgow Celtic continues, both on and off the pitch. They are now ten points behind Rangers and face the possibilty of that gap increasing when the two sides meet this weekend. There have been few indications in recent weeks that Celtic will make a serious attempt to hold onto their title.

In the boardroom speculation and intrigue continue apace with the supposed bid from ex-Celt Kenny Dalglish and Jim `The Tim'' Kerr of Simple Minds to take over the 51% shareholding of Fergus McCann.

Meanwhile the fans sit with a 26% shareholding and very little real influence. They should look to Barcelona, one of the most successful clubs in Europe, who are controlled by their fans. They vote for the club President every year. Time for real fan power in Glasgow.

By Brian Campbell

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