| 12.9°C Belfast

Close

Premium

All-Ireland move would kill off most Irish League clubs, warns Dungannon Swifts chief

 

Close

Republic of Ireland sides could become regular visitors to Stangmore Park if an All-Ireland competition is adopted but Dungannon Swifts chief Keith Boyd is pessimistic over the potential of such a model.

Republic of Ireland sides could become regular visitors to Stangmore Park if an All-Ireland competition is adopted but Dungannon Swifts chief Keith Boyd is pessimistic over the potential of such a model.

© Gareth Irvine / Presseye

Dungannon Swifts chairman Keith Boyd

Dungannon Swifts chairman Keith Boyd

Republic of Ireland sides could become regular visitors to Stangmore Park if an All-Ireland competition is adopted but Dungannon Swifts chief Keith Boyd is pessimistic over the potential of such a model.

Dungannon Swifts chairman Keith Boyd says he fears northern clubs could be killed off if Danske Bank Premiership sides accept an All-Island League proposal.

The Swifts, along with Cliftonville, were the only two top-flight sides not to place their signatures on a letter sent to Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson requesting input from Uefa regarding an All-Island format.

A new suggestion from Dutch media group Hypercube and the AIL Working Group has sparked considerable debate but the Irish FA remain strongly opposed.