Two decades on from Wexford’s All-Ireland glory and now trying to solve GAA’s club fixture crisis

September 18, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Wexford’s 1996 All-Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin

IT’S JUST OVER 20 years since he steered Wexford to their last golden September day in Croke Park.

Now Liam Griffin wants to help solve a problem that has been afflicting the GAA since his youth – the scheduling of club fixtures in a frequent and efficient fashion.

He was happy to join the Club Players Association – founded by Monaghan’s Declan Brennan – that are trying to tackle the issue.

“I see this as positive discontent where we are now. I don’t see it as adversarial,” outlined Griffin, when speaking passionately at the launch in Ballyboden St-Enda’s yesterday.

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Griffin was attracted to getting involved with the new organisation on the proviso that it was voluntary and unpaid.

But he doesn’t want to see players resort to the nuclear option of going on strike

“No I wouldn’t. For the simple reason I want fellas to play games, I don’t want to stop them playing games.

“I don’t want to see a situation where we take games away, I want to work in a meaningful way.

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“I think we can improve the inter-county and improve the club at the same time in a parallel universe. Why not?

“If it’s nearly doable within a year as it is at the moment in a piecemeal bad fashion then it is therefore doable in an organised fashion.”

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