Liverpool FC playing a post EPL friendly fixture was something most of the fans did not quite understand but in Dublin this was a massive game attracting 40K plus fans mostly wearing the Liverpool colours and very few in the green and white hoops of Shamrock Rovers.
Whilst the people of Dublin thoroughly loved the experience RTE program Soccer Republic had mixed thoughts about the fixture. Panelists Dermot Keely, Richard Sadlier and Stuart Byrne give their view on whether these games are good for the Irish game.
Topics around impact of attendances at friendly matches between big English teams and League of Ireland clubs have on Irish soccer? What about the fans who attend these games but have no interested in the domestic game in Ireland?
I have posted the video with a very mixed reaction about the Shamrock Rovers v Liverpool FC with an historian Brian Hanley who sheds a light on how cultural influences drew Irish to follow English football beyond the glamour of Premier league
In true honesty Richard’s opinions were most realistic but Dermot and Stuart had their own explanations leading to a very interesting debate highlighting issues like international friendlies, people being conned with high ticket prices and they get to see a reserve team, popularity of football in Ireland and what needs to be done improve football in Ireland.
It all kicks off but at the end of the debate it really makes fans, associations and others related to football think of the state of football and the changes it needs to improve its profile.