Friday 21 September 2018

Cork's loyal fans and their underappreciated manager finally get the trophy they deserve

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John Caulfield. Photo: Sportsfile
John Caulfield. Photo: Sportsfile

Eamonn Sweeney

The hurricane-battered stand at Turner's Cross provided the perfect backdrop for Cork City to finally clinch the League of Ireland title on Tuesday night. For one thing it represented the somewhat beleaguered look of John Caulfield's side over the last few weeks as, having built up an apparently unassailable lead, they made extremely heavy weather of taking the final steps to glory.

At times City seemed like a darts player who kept missing double after double to end a game yet kept getting additional opportunities because his opponent was so far behind. That they won the title with a 0-0 draw seemed entirely appropriate in the light of recent travails.

I even asked someone last week if they thought Cork's stuttering run-in would to some extent knock the good out of their title victory. "Not if you support them," said your man, which struck me as an extremely wise answer. Because that buckled stand also represents a pretty good metaphor for the resilience which City's fans have had to show over the past decade or so.

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