The JSP Mailbox is back again with another hugely entertaining batch of mails that were sent in to us over the past week.
Here, we have all the previous installments for your reading pleasure and below them is this weeks mails. Free to send us a mail by CLICKING HERE
Media overstepping the mark?
I’m a huge fan of junior & amateur football in our country and love to see stories of volunteers, reports of games, video’s of goals etc and I applaud anyone out there trying to promote our beautiful game. It’s a thankless task travelling around the country in cold wintry conditions meeting so many people, just to get a story up on sites, in papers and be the first to post it. But today media & administration hit an all time low when a media outlet who claim to be the best posted a image of a players form from a league in Dublin just ”to claim first past the post rights” as his impending transfer just went through with an ”official stamp”. At no point should any person’s form or contract become public knowledge and to top off matters the form was completed incorrectly & stamped!! Is it time for leagues to cop on and stop been bullied by Media for a quick buck or will they dictate when clubs play their games next? (Anon)
Can Cherry Orchard go all the way in the FAI intermediate?
Managed to catch Greystones v Cherry Orchard tonight and the Orchard were more than deserving winners. Will be interesting to see how far they can go this season as they seem to be flying in Senior 1 too (A Fan)
Lord have mercy on Ferns?
Lord have mercy on Ferns this weekend..For our country cousins that don’t know Sheriff go into the match on the back of a 10-0 win over Trinity Donaghmede. Unbeaten in all competitions this season. I hope Ferns can give them a run but I doubt it!!
Firhouse can still be super without ‘Mario’!
I seen John in Tallaght have a little cry last week about the departure of ‘Super Mario’ (Where do you get Mario from Shane Dolan?) and while any team would miss a regular goal scorer I wouldn’t worry too much about Firhouse Clover.
Firstly considering they have been in relegation battle over the last few seasons anything from here on out is a bonus. They are still in the Intermediate Cup and had a good win over Cork’s Rockmount and they are at the top end of the table.
Secondly they still have some talent at their disposal. The Boy Wynne looks a player. You can tell when he plays FIFA he picks Real Madrid all the time and just gives the ball to Ronaldo. There is a touch of the Christiano’s about him. Before people go mad I am not comparing them talent wise I am just saying you can see he emulates his game on the skinny Ronaldo. Defo a shout for a future Jnr international.
Also The bigger Forsyth brother (not sure who is odler, but the one at Firhouse who is taller) is one of the most under estimated players in the league. Can dribble, has an eye for a pass and chips in with the odd goal. Plus wasn’t Amour banging them in before Mario signed?
So John, it could be worse much worse- no need to cry.. (David – Dublin)
Some JSP love ..
Forget Sky Sports, Jim White and his yellow tie I was on the JSP on transfer deadline day. Refresh, refresh, refresh watching the moves as they come in…
The UEFA Regions Cup selection policy.
Here we go again! The FAI really are a shambles aren’t they. We go and win the Regions Cup back in July – the most successful team we have ever had and they go and change it for the next Regions Cup. What an absolute joke!
I know a lot of people complained when the country was split into East and West last time and to be honest I always liked playing with the Limerick lads and was disappointed when they were moved ‘west’ but the split worked and we had a very strong team last year.
To change it now again because some officials from the West or Ulster are moaning that they never get a look in is tragic. But I have come to expect this type of carry on. I still think with Leinster and Ulster we can win it but it is a shame to break up the title winning team. (Irish Regions Cup winner)
More Regions Cup debate.
I seen that they have changed the way they select who will represent Ireland at the Regions Cup again. A lot a people will not agree with the FAI but at the end of the day it has to be changed to be fair and so all parts of the country get a fair crack, not just Leinster ad Munster.
I think there is a better way to select a team to be honest. Why not make it a Champions League group. Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht. Each province plays each other twice and the top two either have a play off to see who will represent Ireland or are joined together to represent.It seems like the fairest option to me and rewards the teams (provinces) that are the strongest teams. Just a thought! (Shane B – Dublin)
Gerry Smith exits the stage.
I was very sad to hear Gerry Smith retired during the week. He was a very talented manager and deserved the success he had last year.
A lot of people slagged him off and said he was in the job too long but at the end of the day the proof is in the pudding and he won the highest prize on offer.
Whoever gets the job with have big shes to fill. I think myself that Joey Graydon is the best man for the job but I doubt he will get it. It will most likely go to an FAI yes man. (Terry – Dublin)
A Shortt in the arm!
I just wanted to say I am delighted to see Anto Shortt get a shot at Senior Sunday. What a servant he has been for St Francis. He has been their best player for years and is a great addition to the Glenville squad. He will bring goals and assists. Is it enough to keep them up? I don’t know! (Anon)
Clubs should not give in to ‘bullies’!
There has been a long debate over the last couple of seasons because of the extra attention Amateur leagues receive from media outlets trying to promote grassroots football. I seen the debate start in the league committee rooms where they welcomed the extra outlet as a source to promote their clubs and their league in general, it then traveled to the Provincial Association committee rooms for debate and though they welcomed the extra attention for their leagues, money issue were raised and ‘sponsors’ from the media were not happy. As every football man knows, the Media only pay for the ”First fixture” , this means that the league cannot print or have any other outlet print fixtures first before chosen media outlets, this contract has never been breached by any league yet they are bombarded with pressure from certain outlets with threats of sponsor money cuts.
Where does this money go?
No club should be hoodwinked into believing that they shouldn’t work with a media outlet as the league have signed a deal, this club do not receive any of this money and they don’t receive any coverage they can’t get off the JSP. Leagues fail to understand that Clubs have their own sponsorship deals and coverage helps these clubs gain more deals, by them pressuring clubs into submission is effectively ruining their clubs that they claim to promote.
I think its time now for Clubs & Leagues to stand up to the bullying, and promote their sport to the best of their ability. Every Club has a facebook account. Facebook is a social media platform and by any media outlet sharing your club news is really just the same as a re tweet ? A certain media outfit claim to be the best for information in PRINT, they probably are as no one else can barter for the contract and they are trying to stop everyone else providing information, so when they win awards at the FAI table in my opinion it’s not because they are the best, its because they are the only one in the competition !!
The dynamics of football promotion has changed so much in the last few years that the idea of reading a match report or a team image in Print a week after the game is gone, its now turned into a report and image within an hour of the beautiful game… Hopefully all Club Officials will see past what to me looks like a bullying tactic from Media & the League that so called has their best interest at heart and put football first !! Rant over (Anon)
The Herald Striker is not the enemy!
Just sad the way the row with the JSP and leagues and Herald is heading. You seem to think that the Herald is some type of enemy but I thought it was time someone stood up for them because lots of people like what they do. I think if you keep lifting fixtures and the leagues are concerned that their sponsorship will be cut is understandable and that’s what I am hearing. Nothing going back in from the JSP, so you can appreciate why people get pissed off…..the Herald pay good money to lots of leagues – and no one seems to appreciate that – but you just ignore the arrangement that has been in place for years and that’s really why people are annoyed.
You need to stand back and realise that this has all escalated because you made a unilateral decision to start taking fixtures from Striker without consultation with anyone- the paper doesn’t want you to do it or the leagues don’t want you to do it. Seems that a lot of the stuff aswell is lifted and rewritten by Derek McKenna who puts his name to most stuff which must mean he’s working 24 hours a day and attending three matches at the same time.
Social media is great but so too is the pullout supplements but you’ve never given credit to any of the guys there have covered the game for years…. people talk about respect but I really don’t think the JSP is showing respect to the leagues and that’s disappointing really. Worked in Dublin for years and always a enjoyed Monday and Tuesday’s for the junior soccer pages and still look forward to a read here in Monaghan….and it’s just sad you lot in Dublin cant get on. (Eddie McGinley – Monaghan)