Wednesday 24 January 2018

Bohs keeper Shane Supple explains why he would prefer if the club did NOT renovate Dalymount Park

There are plans to re-develop Dalymount Park
There are plans to re-develop Dalymount Park

BOHEMIANS goalkeeper Shane Supple has admitted that he would prefer if the club was not pressing ahead with plans to renovate Dalymount Park.

Dublin City Council have taken ownership of the stadium in a deal which helped to secure Bohs' future and the Gypsies will have to move out of the famous old venue while it is redeveloped and brought up to modern standards. As it stands, that plan will also involve North Dublin neighbours Shelbourne moving into a few facility.

But former Ipswich netminder Supple has admitted that he will miss the old Dalymount and would be quite happy if it remained untouched.

"To give you my honest opinion, I'd love Dalymount to stay as it is," said Supple. "I just think it has a bit of character about it, something special about the place with the history there and the players that have played there down through the years. It's a great ground to play in.

"I worry sometimes about the move. Clubs have done it in the past and haven't got the response and the all weather pitch coming in (part of the plans) doesn't appeal to me. But I love Bohs. God knows what's going to happen now next season wherever we'll be or wherever anyone will be but I'd love it to stay the way it is to be honest."

Supple was speaking as a guest on this week's edition of LOI Weekly where he dropped into studio to join Daniel McDonnell, Damian Lynch and Aidan Fitzmaurice to discuss his time in the League of Ireland. He is enjoying a return to football after taking a break following his shock decision to quit Ipswich and return to Ireland.

The 29-year-old initially turned his attentions to GAA and was part of the Dublin panel behind Stephen Cluxton and he is still togging out for St Brigid's although Bohs commitments are taking up most of his time at the moment.

Ex-Dundalk defender Andy Boyle was also on the show to discuss his move to Preston and his inclusion in Martin O'Neill's provisional squad for next week's World Cup qualifier with Wales. And Derry City attacker Nathan Boyle spoke to the lads about his fine start to the campaign for the in-form Candystripes.

Regular presenter Johnny Ward, the Irish Independent Racing Correspondent, is at Cheltenham this week and he phoned home to give listeners his idea of Friday's Gold Cup winner.

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