Kildare's demise hits Croker crowd

June 07, 2019

Kildare supporters arrive at Croke Park for their side's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase 1 clash against Monaghan.
©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Leinster Council chairman Jim Bolger says the low turnout expected for Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final double-header at Croke Park can be partly attributed to Kildare's decline.

Just 16,000 tickets had been sold for the Dublin v Kildare and Meath v Laois double bill on Thursday, and while it's predicted that the crowd will be around 30,000, it's almost half the 58,723 that attended the last provincial semi-final meeting of Dublin and Kildare - which was also part of a double-header - in 2011.

"I think that reflects on Kildare really, they were really up there at the time, probably in Division 1 which is always a help. Last year, Kildare had a great run in getting to the Super 8s and so on," Bolger is quoted as saying in the Irish Daily Star.

"So maybe now they will get some momentum and more supporters might come out for Sunday's game."

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