Swifts boss appeals for summer football

Swifts boss Darren Murphy

DUNGANNON Swifts boss Darren Murphy has said it is time to consider summer football after yet another match fell victim to the weather.

Friday night’s eagerly awaited game against Linfield was called off because of a waterlogged pitch – the second week running that Dungannon have been left without a fixture.


A huge question mark also hangs over tomorrow night’s clash with Ballymena United, with the Stangmore Park pitch still saturated.

The series of postponements have prompted Murphy to call for radical changes to local football.

He believes switching to a summer season – similar to the Republic of Ireland – would benefit the game and supporters alike.

“It is maybe time to give summer football a go,” he said.

“Every year we seem to be going through the same problems with matches being called off because of the weather, and it can’t go on.

“The sceptics will say that it won’t work, but no-one knows for sure until it is tried out.

“A lot of leagues in Europe have also switched to summer football and it is working there.

“A good example is the League of Ireland. They have had summer football for several years now, it’s working there and without any major problems. They have moved with the rest of Europe and it’s time we looked at doing the same.”

Friday night’s game against Linfield was the fourth Dungannon match to be postponed this season.

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