Domestic woes leave LoI’s players with little to cheer
Falling attendance and plunging prize money will result in many League of Ireland players facing the prospect of Christmas on the dole, writes John Fallon
Celebrations from their historic FAI Cup triumph last Sunday had barely subsided for the St Patrick’s Athletic squad when the stark reality of being a modern-day footballer in Ireland hit home. For most, the prospect of facing Christmas on the dole has become an annual custom.
Football may have the biggest participation levels of any sport in this country, yet the opportunities to make a decent living from the game domestically are scarce.
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