Friday 30 September 2016

Colm Parkinson: Seanie Johnston case shows GAA fans as fickle as they come

Colm Parkinson

Published 01/06/2016 | 02:30

Seanie Johnston. Photo: Sportsfile
Seanie Johnston. Photo: Sportsfile

It was nice to see the prodigal son, Seanie Johnston, back leading the Cavan forward line on Sunday. He was excellent throughout the game, doing what he does best - finishing moves off.

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The last time I watched Seanie play in Breffni Park was back in 2011 and he was a Lilywhite.

He was roundly booed on his introduction in the 62nd minute. The atmosphere was toxic. Kildare won the game by 17 points and were going places under Kieran McGeeney. Cavan were going nowhere.

What a difference five years makes. Four Ulster U-21 titles in a row later and Cavan football is on a high.

Seanie has even won over the crowd that once jeered and booed him - not that he should have spent one minute worrying about winning them over.

GAA supporters, in my experience, are as fickle as they come. I dropped off the Laois panel on many occasions, usually to spend the summer in America, and was public enemy number one.

One or two good games on my return and I was forgiven - their ire usually aimed at one or two of the poor souls that spent the previous summer slogging away for Laois.

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