We have been blown away with the response so far from people mailing in to the JSP Mailbox. We must admit it is a feature we love and it really does give supporters of amateur football a chance to have their say on any issue.
Here, we have the latest installment for your reading pleasure. Free to send us a mail by CLICKING HERE
The JSP Mailbox –Wednesday 27th January
Another AUL team bits the dust!
Another AUL Premier A side bites the dust. Good to see that O’Devany aren’t folding altogether though. A worrying trend in the AUL now. Seems at least one Premier A side folding each season for whatever reasons. Generally its due to lack of quality players. Having played in both AUL and LSL, the LSL is a much higher standard across the board and apart from Phoenix and Mount Merrion (AKA Money Bags FC) you rarely see LSL top end clubs folding. Its a regular occurrence in the AUL.
There needs to be a serious vetting system put in place as regards to formation of clubs. New clubs are springing up every year and while it’s good to see it is damaging the longer established clubs in the area. Lads dont want to play top level because they might not win a trophy? So are happy to drop down the leagues so they have a chance at lifting a Division 1 Sunday league title (no disrespect meant). They want to be the big fish, scoring meaningless hat tricks week in, week out all while they could be playing for a team in the top division in there respective code testing themselves against the best the league has to offer week in week out. This I feel is one of the root causes to why clubs are consistently folding or dropping back down the leagues in the AUL after losing players. Iv played AUL/LSL for over ten years now and the standard has definitely dropped right across the board. LOI included? Would others agree? (Anon)
The most underrated player in Amateur Football?
I saw ‘Gypsy Paddy’ in the mailbox say that Darren O’Brien off Sheriff is the most underrated player in Junior football and while I agree he is a great player, for me the best and probably most underrated baller around is another Finglas man Karl Somers. How is that lad not playing at a higher level is beyond me! (Settled Man Paul – Dublin)
Do teams bottle it against Sheriff YC?
Myself and the lads were chatting in the pub the at the weekend and we all agreed that while Sheriff are a good side, when teams from Dublin play them they have lost before they step on the pitch coz they have already bottled it.
The only time I ever see Sheriff get a good game is when they play one of the country teams. Those teams come up to Dublin and have a go at least and are not beaten before they kick a ball.
I mean look at Kilbarrack. How many times have they gone out against Sheriff, been the better side and still lost. Its because they bottle it every time. When I was playing ball my side used to love playing the top team at the time – be it Ballymun, Usher, Portmarnock or Killester. Nowadays teams and players don’t like playing against the best and testing themselves. Its a shame to see. (Darragh – Dublin)
A response to Andy Mc on the fixture pile up.
I have to agree with Andy Mc about the fixture pile up every year. Its a same old story every year where pitches are grand at the start of the season and teams are playing once a week, then towards the end of the year teams are being asked to play 3 times a week!
The fault of it has to lay with the fixture secretaries. Surely they can foresee this happening every year and LEARN from their mistakes.
Where is the love for the Inishowen League?
Why is the Inishowen League never mentioned? Oscar Traynor champions last year and Glengad FC into the last 16 of the FAI junior cup (7 play in the Oscar Traynor side) (Anon)
The FAI Junior Vs Intermediate Cup debate rumbles on… and on…
In response to Philly. You need to inform yourself a little more. The Aviva sponsorship should apply to both competitions and this should have been done by the FAI but this year the Intermediate cup will take centre stage at the Aviva as the premier amatuer competition in the country and rightly so.
Lets do some numbers first, there are 4 intermediate divisions in the LSL containing 14 teams in each so a total of 56 teams, there is another 28 in the MSL and 7 intermediate clubs based in the USL so that totals 91 clubs, now bear in mind that most if not all of these clubs probably also enter their reserve/2nd teams into the FAI Junior cup making up roughly 15% of the 700 clubs who partake in the junior version.
Now lets be very clear and honest here, the vast majority of those 700 teams have little or no chance of making an impact and that would include the 2nd teams entered from the intermediate clubs, just because the numbers are high does not make it the best!, its often claimed that the DDSL is the largest schoolboy league in Europe but while the top clubs can hold their own on the international stage in the likes of the Milk cup it’s size in terms of numbers does not make it the best schoolboy league in Europe.
The Intermediate cup starts out with 91 teams and the opening round of games leaves it with a last 64, if you don’t get a bye your looking at 7 games to sin the title and thats without replays, the Junior cup is about 10 rounds most of which will be against fairly poor opposition.
A last 16 berth earns you qualification for the senior cup compared to a semi final place in the Junior cup. Finally I challenge you to name more than 3 Junior clubs from that 700 who could survive on the top internediate divisions? AUL is gone to the dogs with just 10 teams and no relegation this season, Junior football is on it’s knees. (Dave – Dublin)
Bye bye Super Mario!
I feel like my SNES has just been smashed up.. Super Mario is gone!! What a player he has been for Firhouse this season with 10 goals in 10 games doesn’t even say it all. He really was stand out this year. He added that little bit of class to the side. I Just hope he isn’t too big a loss and that Firhouse keep up their good form this season. (John – Tallaght)
The Silver Fox – A great signing for Crumlin!
Not sure if it’s too late, but I just wanted to say Anto McCormack is a great signing for Crumlin.
They always seem to pull one from left field. This is more out of the blue than Andy Cole leaving Newcastle for United. McCormack has been THE best finisher in the AUL over the years. He is pure class.
Some might say it’s strange but to me it makes sense to sign him. Greg Moorehouse has been leading the line with distinction for Crumlin of late, but Crumlin need cover. McCormack might be a different kind of striker, but he can certainly provide cover. Also he would be a great addition off the bench when you are looking for a winner or a leveler.
I bet he scores his fair share of late and crucial goals for them in the title race. He also has link up play abilities and could allow them to go 4-4-2 if needs be. I am looking forward to seeing the silver fox in action.
And Buzzer to Bluebell.. please god let them draw each other in the Intermediate Cup (Anon)
More coverage of the game is always good news! A question for CCFL followers.
Starting to see some coverage from the CCFL appearing on site. Great to see as I used to live in Athlone and Willow Park and St Peters always put together some good FAI Junior Cup runs as Peters are doing this year. But what has happened to the league with only seven teams in the Senior division and the likes of Tullamore Town, Mullingar Athletic, Portlaoise, Edenderry in the Dublin leagues. Why are they not competing in the CCFL?
And finally, some love for the JSP!
I am not sure if you can or will print/publish this, but I said I would give it a go anyway. At the very least you can take the praise!!
I have been a fan of the site since it launched. People won’t admit it but you are providing a great service to grass roots football. Raising it’s profile, making it more attractive to play and so on… things that are great in a era of ‘get people active’ for physical and mental health issues.
Now only today I heard that this was a one man and his dog project and you are a site that makes no money.. (I won’t reveal my sources 🙂 ).
To say I was shocked was an understatement..The talk I heard before today, talk which I know has roots in a pull out in a paper, was that the site was a money making machine and that was run by money hungry vulchers. ‘They take and then put noting back into the game’ was the line I was sold. It never really bothered me as I enjoyed the service and most media companies can be accused of making money.
Now to hear the opposite has not only shocked me but angered me. I don’t know if you are aware of the back stabbing done behind your back and if not it is something you should look into.
I think what you are doing for the game is wonderful and I know that the majority of football fans at grass roots level enjoy the site.
To hear you have no support from the FAI as well as pressure from other media has sickened me. The FAI are there not just for the Irish team but to promote and help football grow across the country. I am not expert but I assume with support and funding your service could improve further. Why in gods holy name would they not rejoice in the fact you are doing a major part of their job.. promoting the game, engaging amateur, players and fans and encouraging more people to play football. Is that not what its all about. Im sure the English FA would be on to the Queen to have you knighted if you done something similar across the water.. Especially with obesity and mental health issues prevalent at the minute and the fact sport is a known help for both!
Again my ‘source’ and I am sorry if I am talking out of school here says it’s all based on money? The sponsorship of leagues and threat that money will be pulled is the issue. Firstly how can people Who say they are in it for the love of the game threaten to pull money?
Secondly it’s amateur football – money shouldn’t be a core issue. Do the clubs run by volunteers and represented by players who don’t get paid need big money? And if so is it not the FAI’s job to ensure that money is provided not any sponsorship. Where did the FIFA few million go?
My mood might be affected by all the on goings at the top of Irish politics, but this just stinks to me.. It seems like greed over whats best for football..
I know it’s a bit rant like and I may not have made the point properly, but I just wanted to lend my support. I plan mail the FAI and even my local councilor (the left wing one of course 😉 ) about this see if I can get you support in anyway.
I think others should voice support here and follow suit.. People power for the love of football.
Oh and to those detractors I challenge you to logically explain why the FAI and some leagues are not cooperative with the JSP. I’m sure it would lead to debate here!
and oh again, if there are any people with legal knowledge could you tell me if there is any legal grounding for leagues to order clubs not to work with the JSP.
I am assuming the rumours the FAI didn’t grant you access to Cup finals is bull.. surely they wouldn’t or couldn’t do that? (Mark – Dublin)