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GAA should take note: Sport without roar of crowd is hardly sport at all

Michael Verney


 

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'The thoughts of club action without spectators simply doesn’t bear thinking about.' (stock photo)

'The thoughts of club action without spectators simply doesn’t bear thinking about.' (stock photo)

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'The thoughts of club action without spectators simply doesn’t bear thinking about.' (stock photo)

The best way to describe the experience of sport without spectators is to compare it to a party without people where tumbleweed sweeps the room and those few in attendance are just anticipating their imminent departure.

It quickly became apparent long before entering the gates of Limerick racecourse last Wednesday afternoon that this would be a meeting like no other with deserted roads en route to the ghost town that was the Patrickswell track.

A solitary lorry carrying Ado McGuinness's subsequent winner Laugh A Minute was the sole vehicle encountered making the same journey to the races and the five-year-old's name was in stark contrast to the experience of racing behind closed doors.