Taking a ramble across the pitch is a long-standing tradition for supporters at the conclusion of matches held at MacHale Park. For younger patrons the ritual usually involves dashing at high speed onto the playing area as soon as the final whistle sounds. In a way, it’s part of what we are.
This coming weekend, however, sees not one but two big championship games being played at the Castlebar venue. This increased activity has obvious implications for the playing surface at MacHale Park. In light of this, the County Board have this evening issued a request to both sets of supporters heading to Saturday’s game to refrain from entering the pitch after the match is over. Their statement is here.
This sounds like an eminently reasonable request to me. Even my young lad – a gent who relishes making a beeline for the green sward as soon as the final whistle sounds at matches in MacHale Park – agreed when I told him about it earlier on. He even said he’d abide by the request.
We have to think of the neighbours here. Jaysus but we’ll never hear the end of it from them if we ploughed the place up and them with their Nestor Cup business to attend to the following day. Not only that, we’d no longer be able to moan with conviction about the waterlogged swamp that is Hyde Park or what a pain in the hole it is to battle through the traffic away from Pearse Stadium if we make a hames of our joint on Saturday night.
So that’s it: no Plan B mucking around once our Round 3B action is over, y’hear?