And So We Go Again

And so we go again, after a thrilling All Ireland Football Final that pretty much had it all.

This will be the 14th time that the Football showpiece has gone to a second game and we have dug deep into the history books to see if there are any trends for fans of either side to take comfort from over the next two weeks.

Kerry have been involved in no fewer than seven of the previous 13 and boast a strong record with five wins and only two defeats.

The most recent was in 2000 when they overcame Galway by 0-17 to 1-10 in front of a crowd of 64,094. They overcame Roscommon in 1946, Cavan in 1937, Kildare in 1926, and Wexford in 1914.

The two they lost were against Offaly in 1972 and Galway in 1938.

Dublin have only had to go again twice, beating Mayo by a single point in 2016 and being awarded the 1894 Fianl replay in contriversail circumstances after a number of Dublin players were attacked on the field by Cork supporters and the game being abandoned in Thurles before being awarded to Dublin by Central Council.

So much for history and fast forwarding to the future the GAA will announce today the details of ticket distribution for the replay.

In recent years there has been a reduction in the price of tickets for the replay from what was the price of €80 down to €60 and from €40 on the Hill 16 and Nally Terraces down to €30.

In addition there were a limited number of juvenile tickets priced at €10 made available through County Boards and the clubs.

The competing counties and clubs will gain more tickets for the replay with around 8,000 tickets that had gone to Cork and Galway for the Electric Ireland Minor Championship Final going straight to that most direct form of allocation to those with the greatest involvement in the sport.

In each of the four Final replays, one in football and three in hurling that have taken place this decade, the attendance at the Replay has matched that of the first game and this will be no different. Another 82,300 will flood the street of Dublin for the 6 PM throw in.

It promises to be some weekend for Dublin with the Ladies team bidding to win their own three in a row on the following sunday afternoon.

The one shame of the replay is that it will deflect some of the media and public interest that would have been more exclusively focused on the Women’s game and also put financial pressure on those who would like to be there for both but that’s the hand which was dealt after yesterday’s classic.

Image credit: James Crombie, Inpho.ie

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