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Fans in favour of new provincial boundaries

THE 2013 All-Ireland senior football championships could be the second last played under current provincial boundaries.

It follows big public support for re-positioning four counties to accommodate four groups of eight in a north/south/ east/west alignment and will be among the options considered by the Football Review Committee (FRC), who will publish their recommendations in the autumn.

Around 55pc of respondents to an FRC survey proposed redrawing provincial boundaries, making for a more streamlined structure. An equal number of counties in each region would also make it easier to schedule the All-Ireland qualifiers and, by extension, club activity.

It remains to be seen how counties react to a suggestion that they compete outside their traditional provincial hinterlands, but the prospect of enhancing their chances of winning regional titles might prove a big incentive.

Irish Independent