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Peter Canavan: Let the championship ‘revolution’ begin

Read Peter Canavan's exclusive column only in tomorrow's Irish Independent

Peter Canavan

Published 24/07/2015 | 16:47

Tyrone Legend Peter Canavan
Tyrone Legend Peter Canavan

The GAA needs to overhaul the structure of the football championship, or risk alienating players – both club and inter-county.

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That’s the view of Peter Canavan who outlines his case for change – which includes retaining the provincial championships – in Saturday’s Irish Independent.

“I have my own ideas,” the Tyrone legend writes. “Some might say this is revolution, but I would argue that it’s simply evolution of what we already have. I also believe that any possible change for the football Championship should be given three years as a trial period, with a by-product of freeing up more weekends for club action.

“That means the club scene finishing entirely by December. There already has been some opposition to this from county boards, but this method ensures they would be able to get all their competitions run off comfortably.

“There should be no more replays in my proposal. Club Championships will also be the same, with extra-time for a drawn game, and a ‘golden score’ if teams remain level after that.

“This one rule change would revolutionise the game. It might not go down well with administrators but it would certainly clean up the calendar, give supporters an extra dimension of excitement and I don’t think players would object to it either.”

Read more in Saturday’s newspaper.

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