Cork Take on Dubs and City V Sligo
Plenty of Fish in the ‘C’
Beating the life out of our rivals was the sporting theme of last weekend as the footballers trounced Kerry in Tralee by 10 points and City trashed Shamrock Rovers 3-0 at Turners Cross.
The two C’s, John Caulfield and Brian Cuthbert, are both in their first seasons as managers and their teams have got off to the best starts possible – sitting pretty on top of the Airtricity and Allianz leagues respectively. It’s where Corkonians expect to be and the Corkmen’s stocks are rising quickly on Leeside.
|Highlights from CCFC's 3-0 whipping of Shamrock Rovers last week|
It’s very early days in both seasons so we’re not taking our clothes off and dancing in the Grand Parade fountain just yet but the buzz around town is noticeable whether your preferred code is that of Brian C or Johnny C.
The official ‘grand stretch in the evenings’ has arrived and Friday night football at the Cross has drawn huge crowds of well over five thousand.
Despite some fears about a price increase at the gate this season it has become clear that fans don’t see the 15 euro door tax as an obstacle when they know they’re going to see quality football and players that fight for the cause. Incidentally a Sunday afternoon’s entertainment at Pairc Uí Rinn costs 15 euro too.
|Brian Cuthbert has already steered Cork's victory over the Dubs and Kerry|
City had their biggest attendance in six years on Friday night and that was despite weather conditions that you wouldn’t put a Shams fan out in.
If Johnny C can maintain the fighting spirit his team has shown so far this season then the good feeling around the city will snowball. More takings at the gate means more buying power, means better players, means more wins, means bigger crowds and so on.
A club owned by fans rather than frosty foreign investors or local chancers masquerading as ‘businessmen’ means the club can act in the best interest of its long term future and not some short term gain or personal ego trip. That’s good for Cork a whole and not just fans at the Cross.
|Johnny C: the buzz is back at Turners Cross|
We note the rebranding of RTE’s soccer highlights programme has taken on a distinctive People’s Republic look too – the ‘Soccer Republic’ logo even has the obligatory star. Add to this the ten minute plamás of the Rebel Army by a string of Dubliners on the latest episode and it looks like the national broadcaster has positioned itself carefully for the way they think the season is going to go.
CCFC play Sligo at Turner Cross this Friday April 11th at 7.45pm and Cork footballers play Dublin in Croke Park at 4pm on Sunday April 13th
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