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Don't dictate over DCAL millions

Irish League football received an early Christmas present recently when the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) announced they would be handing over a total of £36m to a host of clubs here for stadium improvements.

It has been interesting listening to various people in the local game in relation to all that government cash.

The Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer said he would prefer to see the money spent on training facilities instead of enhancing stadiums.

Glenavon, of course, already have a fantastic ground at Mourneview Park and deserve credit for that.

They went down the route of making Mourneview a good place to go and watch football and you could argue the team on the pitch suffered as a result. Mind you, they are strong at the moment.

My view is that Irish League football should be grateful to DCAL for the cash and avoid dictating how it should be spent.

There are many other areas in society - and other sports - crying out for the millions coming local football's way.

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