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'That's Maybe Why You Don't Hear Sligo Lads Preaching For A B Championship'

'That's Maybe Why You Don't Hear Sligo Lads Preaching For A B Championship'
By Aaron Strain
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This week's big guest on the Three Man Weave came in the form of Sligo captain Niall Murphy.

Regular listeners to the show will remember the Coolera/Strandhill man got in touch a few weeks back to put forward his proposals that the league should revert back to the 1A/1B and 2A/2B divisional formats of yesteryear.


He explained to Maurice how he thinks that the opportunity to play better teams across the divisions would help improve struggling sides, citing his own experiences of learning from playing in big games such as the 2015 Connacht Final defeat to Mayo.

"If you're playing higher teams, you're going to see the benefit", said the Yeats County skipper, before giving his two cents worth on the idea of running a B Football Championship. Tune in around 54.35  to hear what the man had to say.

Niall: There's probably a lot of counties out there hoping for a B Championship - I'm struggling to agree with the idea as of yet. I suppose down here, Sligo would have been competing at a fairly high level. I've been involved with teams that have beaten Galway, have beaten Roscommon and I've been involved in a team or two that has ran Mayo close as well - the 2012 Connacht final. So Sligo has the experience of competing with teams at that level, so that's maybe why you don't hear many Sligo lads coming out and preaching for a B Championship.

I seen a Tweet either today or yesterday about the Joe McDonagh Cup and they were giving out that there had been no dates set for the fixtures. The fixtures have been set for six or seven months but they have no date or time yet, which is a bit mad, a bit mental like. But that's the repect given towards those lesser competitions and I wouldn't want to be involved.

Maurice: In an ideal scenario, if all the boxes were ticked, would you see a benefit in a B Championship then?

Niall: I do think everyone should be given a chance in that A division. At the end of the day lads want games. If it's a fout-tier or a four team league in a Champions League format and if you came third or fourth and pushed into a B Championship, I think lads might be more happier. At the end of the day it's more games again.

I don't think players would have much hope for it, even if the boxes were ticked, I'm not sure how well it would work going forward.


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