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Dubs to spring Croker surprise


ALL-IRELAND champions Dublin are primed to play their home National Football League matches in Croke Park next year, contrary to speculation.

The Herald understands that senior Dublin County Board officials are still determined that they retain their successful Spring Series initiative at the GAA's headquarters despite the lack of double-headers with Anthony Daly's hurlers.

Provisional fixtures released by the CCCC for next year's football and hurling Leagues show no weekend on which both Jim Gavin's and Daly's men are at home simultaneously, which had drawn the future viability of the Spring Series into question.

Earlier this week County Board chairman Andy Kettle (pictured) stated that Dublin were considering their 2014 options, including hosting the senior football team in Parnell Park for their spring campaign for the first time since 2010.

However, this would not appear to be the case now as the County Board's position on the matter looks to have hardened in favour of playing their games against Kerry (Sat, February 1), Cork (Sat, March 1), Kildare (Sat, March 28) and beaten All-Ireland SFC finalists Mayo (Sat, March 29) in Croker.