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    Irish League Season 125


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    How are the Reds doing ? Two back to back league titles a few years ago. Heady days. To be repeated ? Can they not get ground sponsorship and change the name of the stadium from the depressing Solitude? My old team, Ards, have dropped out of the league
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    How are the Reds doing ? Two back to back league titles a few years ago. Heady days. To be repeated ? Can they not get ground sponsorship and change the name of the stadium from the depressing Solitude? My old team, Ards, have dropped out of the league
    what happened to Ards Owlsfan and who came in their place?
    Daire Doyles red and black army

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    Ards are like my first love, Shamrock Rovers, who for many years survived without a ground and were kept alive by the passion of a group of their supporters. Obviously, Rovers are a bigger club but Ards should take inspiration from Rovers that where there is a will, there is a way. Their ground was sold off a number of years to pay off creditors but there was supposed to be some left over to finance a new ground but it didn't happen.

    Institute replaced Ards in the top tier.

    I follow teams in all Ireland/UK leagues and have always done so since a kid. Rovers were down the road from me and I went to all their home games and away games in Dublin and still go to the odd one in Tallaght but my heart remains in Milltown. I also keenly followed on TV Raith Rovers, Ards and Sheffield Wednesday. Makes life interesting from a sporting point of view. The only other club I support is Yorkshire Cricket Club. The rugby (eg Leinster) I never really got in to as there weren't really around when I was a kid, as least not like they are now. GAA I would follow Waterford because my mother was from there but the Dubs don't really mean much to me.

    I know you didn't ask any of that but I thought I might explain the Ards connection. I seldom let go of sport I followed as a kid.
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    and what division are Ards in now? are they in the non league?
    Daire Doyles red and black army

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    They're in the Championship with the likes of HW Welders and Donegal Celtic who strangely enough are based in Belfast.
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    Bizarre video that glosses over a rich part of Irish footballing history in that the league once represented the whole island

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    How are the Reds doing ? Two back to back league titles a few years ago. Heady days. To be repeated ? Can they not get ground sponsorship and change the name of the stadium from the depressing Solitude? My old team, Ards, have dropped out of the league
    I have always thought Solitude was a class name for a ground!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr A View Post
    I have always thought Solitude was a class name for a ground!
    Does it not conjure up for you one man and his dog in an otherwise empty stadium ?
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    No. To me it conjures up an "us against the world, feck everybody else" kind of thought

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    Synonyms Examples Word Origin
    noun
    1.
    the state of being or living alone; seclusion:
    to enjoy one's solitude.
    2.
    remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity:
    the solitude of the mountains.
    3.
    a lonely, unfrequented place:
    a solitude in the mountains.
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    1 covers my interpretation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanDMRooney View Post
    Bizarre video that glosses over a rich part of Irish footballing history in that the league once represented the whole island
    It wasn't designed as a historical piece, but rather a promotional one for the start of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    How are the Reds doing ? Two back to back league titles a few years ago. Heady days. To be repeated ? Can they not get ground sponsorship and change the name of the stadium from the depressing Solitude? My old team, Ards, have dropped out of the league
    As an Ards fan, you'd do better to find your own ground before advising others what to call theirs!

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    Do you like the name? Any idea why it was given that name?
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    I always loved Solitude as a name for a ground, it stands out, evocative.

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    Why not go the whole hog (whatever that means - hmmm, may be best not think) and call it Desolation ? Surely the antonym TOGETHERNESS is better or is that a bit too touchy feely ? Doesn't appear in this list although Hunky Dorys Park does http://www.goal.com/en/news/2377/top...-stadium-names
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    Irish Premiership: Linfield 1-1 Glentoran 10/10/15.

    What was the attendance at the first Belfast derby this season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nr637 View Post
    Irish Premiership: Linfield 1-1 Glentoran 10/10/15.

    What was the attendance at the first Belfast derby this season?
    4057...might have managed 5000+ if Glentoran werent in the doldrums at the minute...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    Do you like the name? Any idea why it was given that name?
    The ground was built on a piece of land that was originally outside the town (city) boundaries and was known as Solitude as was the house that also was located their until the mid 1800's.

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