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Tyrone Legend Wants Club Finals Played On St Stephen's Day

Tyrone Legend Wants Club Finals Played On St Stephen's Day

Enda McGinley would like to see the All-Ireland senior club finals played on St Stephen's Day in years to come.

The 2020/21 campaign ended for Ballyhale, Borris-Ileigh, Kilcoo and Corofin at the weekend. Next year, it is likely that the club finals will take place even earlier as they slowly progress towards being played within the calendar year.

Next year's senior club semi-finals are scheduled to be played on December 12th and 13th with the finals most likely in early January.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound Extra-Time, the Tyrone All-Ireland winner argued that a set day - like the club finals had with St Patrick's Day - would make the occasion more of a spectacle.

"A permanent fixture in the calendar will always catch the imagination," said McGinley.

"It will be more of a fixture in people's lives than a random day in the calendar. If you look at the Premiership, the Boxing Day and New Year's fixtures are part of people's routine.

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"St Patrick's Day was always school and club finals day, and I'd be a big fan of moving the competitions so we can have them in the same calendar year.

"I would love to see it get a Boxing Day slot. Maybe some in Croke Park don't want to open Croke Park on Boxing Day, but it would be a great yearly occasion to sit down with the family and watch the club final.

"As it is, it is sort of moving house and this is its halfway slot at the minute. That said, I played a lot of football and would have given anything to play in a club final - I wouldn't have cared what day it was on."

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