A new League of Ireland season starts tonight in the RSC with Waterford United playing host to Wexford Youths. Just about every stratagem deployed by those involved in the domestic game is designed to boost attendance figures, and playing matches on a Friday night is surely no exception. It certainly suits me as I’ll be able to toddle down from work and arrive at the ground just before kick off.
I can’t pretend that the winter has seen any grand epiphany in my attitude towards the Blues. The mere fact that the evening they are playing on could prove decisive in whether I show up demonstrates that. Still, in a summer which has seen the edifice of the League of Ireland crumble still further with the calamitous experiences of Derry and Cork Cities, the calm manner in which the Blues have approached the new season is worthy of support. And the presence of those two heavyweights should inject some real energy into the division. Onwards and upwards, eh?