Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Armagh and Galway share concern over quarter-finals draw

Armagh and Galway will await the All Ireland football Championship quarter-final draw tomorrow night with a degree of scepticism.

Not only will they be concerned with just who they will meet in the last eight but both counties share grave anxieties that their respective matches may now be staged at venues other than Croke Park.

Already Armagh chairman Kevin Brady and Galway manager Liam Sammon (pictured) have made their views known, with the latter particular lyvociferous in pressing the case for all quarter-finals to take place at Headquarters.

Indeed, Sammon has described plans by Croker chiefs to book losing provincial finalists into headquarters in front of provincial champions such as Galway and Armagh as “crazy”.

"We assumed that our quarter-final would be in Croke Park, so it has come as a real shock to hear that it might not be there, "said Sammon,"We want our game in Croke Park and obviously Armagh feel the same.”

Kevin Brady made the point that while the fixture-makers may have problems, the fact that both Galway and Armagh enjoy big support should ensure they get to play at Headquarters.

“It’s the only place for teams like these,” he added.

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