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All Ireland Football Championship: Ambrose Rogers’ availability boosts Down campaign

A major fund-raising drive has been launched by the Down county board in conjunction with the team’s appearance in the All-Ireland football final against Cork on September 19.

And given that skipper Ambrose Rogers has now intimated that he hopes to play “some part” in the decider the board’s campaign has been given the perfect send-off.

Chairman Seamus Walsh has urged fans throughout the county to support a series of initiatives designed to generate funds that will help finance the training and preparation programme which has been mapped out for James |McCartan’s squad.

“There is a tremendous groundswell of goodwill within the county and we are striving to harness this into practical help for the squad. The fact that Ambrose hopes to be available for the final after his injury is a huge bonus,” explains Dundrum man Walsh.

Already arrangements have been finalised for a major Golf Classic at Spa on Sunday, September 12 at which several leading GAA personalities from Down will be in action.

Manager McCartan has already given the green light to a ‘meet the players’ event which will take place at Pairc Esler, Newry, on Monday next (7pm).

It is expected hundreds of fans will avail of this chance to rub shoulders with their heroes before they are left in seclusion to focus on bringing ‘Sam’ back to the county.

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