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Not getting kick out of lockdown: The Irish League fans waiting for Saturday to come

The Irish League paused in March due to the pandemic. Fans miss it and now struggle to fill their Saturdays, as four of them tell us...

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Michael Scott (right) with mates from the Victoria Glenavon Supporters’ Club during a trip to Coventry

Michael Scott (right) with mates from the Victoria Glenavon Supporters’ Club during a trip to Coventry

Anyone who has attended an Irish League game will know that it is not just about the drama on the pitch - it is about the friendships, the camaraderie and the characters you meet along the way

Anyone who has attended an Irish League game will know that it is not just about the drama on the pitch - it is about the friendships, the camaraderie and the characters you meet along the way

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Newry City fan Laura Hillen with Newry player Mark McCabe

Newry City fan Laura Hillen with Newry player Mark McCabe

Glentoran fan David Kerr with his dad Andrew

Glentoran fan David Kerr with his dad Andrew

Ralph Hewitt, his sister Laura and niece Mollie the night Glenavon beat Linfield 2-1 in 2016 Irish Cup final

Ralph Hewitt, his sister Laura and niece Mollie the night Glenavon beat Linfield 2-1 in 2016 Irish Cup final

Michael Scott (right) with mates from the Victoria Glenavon Supporters’ Club during a trip to Coventry

Anyone who has attended an Irish League game will know that it is not just about the drama on the pitch - it is about the friendships, the camaraderie and the characters you meet along the way. But, for now, all that has stopped.

Fans of the local game have been left scratching their heads wondering what to do with their Saturday afternoons since the game came to a halt in March due to Covid-19, never mind trying to wrap their minds around the proposals to bring back the action.

Whether the club you love often basks in the glory of lifting the Gibson or Irish Cups, or you trod home thinking what might have been, the Irish League is like no other in terms of the friendships forged on those Saturday afternoons.