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By Micheal McGeary

Mourne and District Council will decide on the capacity for Armagh’s All Ireland football qualifier against Donegal in Crossmaglen on Saturday week.

They are likely to set a figure in the region of 6,500 for what will be an all-ticket game, which will also be shown live on RTE that Saturday afternoon.

Health and Safety is now a major concern within sport but especially the GAA.

It’s a Croke Park fixture, organised by the Central Competitions Control Committee but the Ulster Council will effectively be responsible for the stewarding on the day and other related matters.

Armagh county secretary Patrick Nugent said: “We reckon we're going to have a crowd of six to seven thousand. We feel that will be adequate to cope with whatever crowd turns up.

“The fact the match has been fixed for half three on a Saturday afternoon with live television means we should be able to cope quite comfortably and I don’t envisage any problems.”

Echoing those sentiments Ulster Council Secretary Danny Murphy said: “The Ulster Council met with the Mourne and District Council and were involved in coming up with the actual capacity for the match.

“But a final figure won’t be finalised until later in the week as the allocation of tickets are dependant on it.”

The home draw is a huge boost for Paddy O’Rourke’s men and a much needed one after their dramatic eclipse by Monaghan in Casement Park earlier this month.

Donegal won the last Championship game between the sides, but Armagh crushed John Joe Doherty’s side when they crossed swords in the league earlier in the season in Letterkenny.

Donegal’s motivation is that last season after losing to Antrim in the Championship they turned their season around making it to the All Ireland quarter final.

Armagh’s first priority will be to banish the memory of their dreadful showing against Monaghan.

Meanwhile, captain Ambrose Rogers and Aidan Carr have every chance of being available for Saturday’s Ulster Championship semi final against Tyrone in Casement Park, while Conor Gormley will be back after injury to boost the chances of the Red Hands of making it through to the decider.

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One of the last remaining links with Armagh’s 1953 All Ireland team has been severed with the death of Gene Morgan, brother of Margaret McConville, Oisin’s mother and a lifelong Armagh supporter.

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