Cork Footballers

We're a dual County, where football actually has higher participation than hurling. Despite that, we have a much richer intercounty tradition in hurling, and the hurling team has a massive level of public support as a result, especially in the City. The intercounty football team has become more of a niche interest with a history of underwhelming and underachievement.

A big factor also is the Munster Hurling championship, and the contrast with the football equivalent where it's one big game with a lopsided history, especially more recently.

The parts of the County where football is the most popular sport and hurling is pretty non existent is larger than Kerry, Mayo, or Donegal, and even the green parts of Tyrone, Armagh or Derry. The prospects for football in this County doesn't have to be dictated by the strength and reach of hurling - it can and should stand on it's own 2 feet.

We have to get a handle on how we cater for the likes of Hayes, but you're going to have to accept that top dual players are going to drift to hurling if called in. The door should never be closed on anyone, but the future of Cork football needs to be built around footballers from football clubs rather than dual players from dual clubs who'll jump when given the first opportunity. And that needs to start at minor.

If a lad who chooses hurling is coming into his mid 20's and going nowhere with the hurlers, then we need to make sure there's structures there where they have an avenue to senior football if they're interested and good enough. You'd have loved to see Alan Cadogan come back into the football fold, and could say the same for Shane Kingston to be honest. What needs avoiding at all costs is a repeat of the Aidan Walsh shit show.
Other side of this coin is given the under 21 conveyor belt there’s a lot of fine hurlers who might have had long careers had they emerged in the last two decades that will never get near the Cork senior hurling team. They need to be aggressively courted and see the merit of committing to the Cork footballers.
 
We're a dual County, where football actually has higher participation than hurling. Despite that, we have a much richer intercounty tradition in hurling, and the hurling team has a massive level of public support as a result, especially in the City. The intercounty football team has become more of a niche interest with a history of underwhelming and underachievement.

A big factor also is the Munster Hurling championship, and the contrast with the football equivalent where it's one big game with a lopsided history, especially more recently.

The parts of the County where football is the most popular sport and hurling is pretty non existent is larger than Kerry, Mayo, or Donegal, and even the green parts of Tyrone, Armagh or Derry. The prospects for football in this County doesn't have to be dictated by the strength and reach of hurling - it can and should stand on it's own 2 feet.

We have to get a handle on how we cater for the likes of Hayes, but you're going to have to accept that top dual players are going to drift to hurling if called in. The door should never be closed on anyone, but the future of Cork football needs to be built around footballers from football clubs rather than dual players from dual clubs who'll jump when given the first opportunity. And that needs to start at minor.

If a lad who chooses hurling is coming into his mid 20's and going nowhere with the hurlers, then we need to make sure there's structures there where they have an avenue to senior football if they're interested and good enough. You'd have loved to see Alan Cadogan come back into the football fold, and could say the same for Shane Kingston to be honest. What needs avoiding at all costs is a repeat of the Aidan Walsh shit show.
I largely agree.

Another factor is that, island-wide, hurling is played at adult level by far less people than football. It's thus a significantly smaller mountain to climb, but getting to the top of that mountain gains at least equal billing - "national sport" and all that. So most genuinely-dual players country-wide will lean towards hurling if they feel their county has a chance of winning a hurling AI.

Thrilled to see us doing so well at the hurling - and I think a factor at the moment too is the style of hurling we are playing. Hope we win it now. And our football should stand on its own 2 feet as you say - we have plenty football and plenty footballers to achieve more (we should expect equality at administration level though - scheduling club league matches on the day of the Louth match was not equality of administration).
 
Wonder will we ever see the same excitement and passion from supporters for the footballers . It’s in the hands of the ballers to create it and get that buy in from fans. Sunday was incredible. Best of luck to all the small ball players , management , officials and supporters . What a magnificent 2 weeks ahead… maybe 3 weeks fingers crossed
 
Wonder will we ever see the same excitement and passion from supporters for the footballers . It’s in the hands of the ballers to create it and get that buy in from fans. Sunday was incredible. Best of luck to all the small ball players , management , officials and supporters . What a magnificent 2 weeks ahead… maybe 3 weeks fingers crossed
2010 was pretty close. Buzz at the semi v Dublin was incredible. That was a special bunch.
 
I Hope we win it now. And our football should stand on its own 2 feet as you say - we have plenty football and plenty footballers to achieve more (we should expect equality at administration level though - scheduling club league matches on the day of the Louth match was not equality of administration).
There was hurling league matches on the same day as Cork played Waterford
 
Going to football matches around 2010 I don't think the support was any less passionate than it was for the hurlers.

The death of the Munster Championship is massive problem for the building support for the footballers. It's hard to see those days of packed stadiums in Killarney or Pairc Ui Chaoimh ever coming back if the structure doesn't change.
 
Football can become popular for supporters to follow again buy a huge amount needs to happen around the rules


The game is absolutely shite to watch.
It's horrendous stuff.
Mundane.
Boring.
Slow.
Pedestrian in pace.
Safety first.
No physical contact.
Orgy of handpassing
Lack of risk.
Defensive shite..

Huge change is required.
If we get it football can become a very good game to watch and play again.
 
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