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    The season should be extended by 4 or 5 weeks.
    That may mean additional costs for the clubs not on 52 week contracts but the higher gates from no midweek matches would close the gap to some degree and its crazy that the league season is so short.

    I can understand why the FAI keep weekends exclusively for the cup as the sponsor probably doesn't want their sponsorship to be of an event that takes place midweek to which nobody go's.
    Would Harps agree to a 4 week season extension to avoid all the midweek trips? I'm not picking on Harps btw just as they are the most recent example of the problem of crazy scheduling

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    This is something I often wonder about. I suspect for a lot of clubs it's something that the board and manager/coaches/players wouldn't necessarily agree on. Most managers would presumably prefer more time between games but can clubs stretch contracts for longer on the back of slightly higher attendances over a longer period of time?

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    The vast majority of clubs end up with a load of blank weekends towards the end of the season any way. If we managed the time we had better, there would be no huge need to extend.
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    The league fixtures around the time of the start of europe should have the teams who play in Europe scheduled to play each other, then let's say dundalk v shams and cork v Waterford being moved only effects 2 games instead of the 4 teams effecting 4 games and moving games should suit all involved theoretically anyway, is this solution too obvious or am I missing something?

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    You'd get another two weekends in if they didn't cancel all league games for FAI Cup quarter and semi finals.

    Ridiculous that no other games go ahead those weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbgawa View Post
    Would Harps agree to a 4 week season extension to avoid all the midweek trips? I'm not picking on Harps btw just as they are the most recent example of the problem of crazy scheduling
    I don't know about Harps, but the clubs generally have repeatedly rejected this on the basis of cost, according to Fran Gavin

    For example a club with a 6,000 budget would obviously add 24,000 to their costs and would get the benefit of 2 home games being weekend instead of midweek. This would need in the region of 1,000 extra people to attend on the weekend slot over the current midweek fixtures. Naturally the number of extra punters required rise along with any budget. Clubs have this won't work

    The answer lies elsewhere - such as some of the suggestions above on better use of the current calendar

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    It doesn't necessarily have to cost more to play a little longer. If we're playing for 44 weeks instead of 40 everyone gets 10% less pay every week/month and gets the same amount per year or a small fraction more. The only real problem with that is it impinges on certain players' ability to claim the dole, but if we're going to factor that into our decision making process we might as well just jack it in now.

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    I think last year something like two thirds of League games were played half way through the season so a better spread and utilizing some of the suggestions above could lead to no Mondays (except replays or postponed games) without extending the season by 5 weeks.But that would require somebody in the FAIlure to actually care and put some thought into it.
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    We could move stuff around , play on FAI cup weekends etc etc but i honestly think that is just fiddling around without really solving the problem.
    We need to extend the season by 4 weeks AND schedule things better to allow for postponements due to weather / Europe/ Internationals or whatever.

    I have no idea what budget Harps have but if i was playing for harps and was told i was getting the same money (in total) for an extra 4 weeks of training / playing but i wouldn't have to play midweek matches and look for two half days from work in the same week i would be happy with that compromise. With better attendances you could probably pay for 2 weeks of the 4....

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinobohs View Post
    I think last year something like two thirds of League games were played half way through the season so a better spread and utilizing some of the suggestions above could lead to no Mondays (except replays or postponed games) without extending the season by 5 weeks.But that would require somebody in the FAIlure to actually care and put some thought into it.
    While it cant be organised in advance, if two teams are out of the cup then allowing leagues go ahead on Cup weekend, where possible, could help with fixture congestion or reduce midweek games later in the sseasom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dundalkfc10 View Post
    Cork fans were far sounder when they were one of their 20 previous clubs!
    Good one. *thumbs up*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sullanefc View Post
    Good one. *thumbs up*.
    If only there was some sort of thanks button on this forum...

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    420 at Limerick and Drogs, lol.

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    Don't think there were any more than 1,000 in Finn Park. Maybe less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Don't think there were any more than 1,000 in Finn Park. Maybe less.
    Was surprised by how small the crowd was myself. Thought the visit of Cork would have been a lot busier.

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    Anyone know why we have a mid-season break in years where there are no big international tournaments - like 2019 ?

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    Healthy crowd of 1,216 at Terryland Park tonight.

    A decent hit off the opening night, but still quiet good for First Division. That's two home losses though, we need to start getting a few results at home or our next attendance will drop to 800-900 or worse even.

    TBF to Bray, they brought a decent away support, maybe 50ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    420 at Limerick and Drogs, lol.
    Half the attendance of the previous game. Everyone pre match expected no goals due to the lack of any scoring threat.

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