One of the complaints levelled against the League of Ireland is that the ‘product’ isn’t enough to entice supporters through the turnstiles.
Those who might otherwise be persuaded to attend a game in Ireland’s domestic league, it is said, are not going to be attracted to half-full, semi-delapidated venues in order to watch the average game in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
However, while it is true that the match-day experience in some grounds around the island of Ireland leaves much to be desired, there are clubs and supporters who work extremely hard to nurture a unique and exhilarating atmosphere to complement the efforts of their teams on the pitch.
In a recent FAI Cup semi-final clash between St Patrick’s Athletic and Finn Harps at Richmond Park, the supporters of both teams added colour and noise to the occasion. One such example was caught by the good people of the StPatsFCTV Youtube channel.
With their side cruising to victory, the Saints fans’ ‘slow-clap’ build-up which preceded Christy Fagan’s goal was the perfect accompaniment and truly a sight to behold. It begins early in the video and builds up to a mighty crescendo towards the two minute mark.
Watch it below and while you’re at it, why not have a look at their other videos? Enjoy.