Sporting to play home games at Dalymount until 2013
SPORTING FINGAL will play their home games outside Fingal for the next three seasons after confirming they will become tenants to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
They are leaving Morton Stadium in Santry, and have long-term plans to move to Lusk -- although the club are currently engaged in a search for investment that could impact upon their future, after the loss of main benefactor Gerry Gannon.
Fingal secretary John O'Brien has defended the move to Phibsborough, pointing out that the access routes to the venue are more convenient than the journey to Morton Stadium for a large number of people who live in their intended catchment area. He says they moved away from Santry due to scheduling complications.
"The reality is that, without the availability of Morton Stadium, Sporting Fingal could not have come into being. At this point in our existence, however, we have to plan the next phase of our development," said O'Brien.
"We must always recognise that Morton is the National Athletics Arena and, acknowledging this, football has to fit in with the needs of athletics in their spiritual home. It has not always been easy to manage our playing programme, particularly when revisions to the fixture list, replays, etc were necessary.
"While there may be some disappointment among our supporters at this decision to move, another consideration for us is the accessibility of Morton for our overall catchment (area).
"Approximately 40pc of the population of Fingal lives in Dublin 15. We have long been conscious of the fact that Santry is not an easy place to get to from this area. Phibsborough, however, is readily accessible by public transport from most parts of the county."
Fingal's small fanbase will learn today whom they will play in their first game at Dalymount, when the League of Ireland fixture list for 2011 is released.
Meanwhile, Cork have re-signed popular defender Danny Murphy, an experienced addition that will boost their promotion chances next year. He links up after parting company with Shamrock Rovers.
"I think anyone who knows me knows that I love this club and that I always wanted to come back," said Murphy.