Nugent says Munster senior title win a must for Tipperary

County Board Chairman Sean Nugent in his address to delegates laid down the challenge to the senior football team to win a provincial crown.

County Board Chairman Sean Nugent in his address to delegates laid down the challenge to the senior football team to win a provincial crown.

This, he said, is the only way that Tipperary football will get the support it really deserves from around the county and he offered the view that while support is forthcoming at Board level and in terms of facilities for the players, this is not being matched by supporters at games.

“Football is not getting the support it deserves in this county and it is hard to explain why that is so. The investment we are making is not backed by support and I think it is only when a Munster senior football title has been won by Tipperary that people will really get behind the team.

That has to be the target for Peter Creedon and his team and I wish them well in their quest,” Mr Nugent said.

The Chairman spoke at length about the new Football Review Committee recommendations which were published last week and expressed disappointment that the handpassing issue was not addressed in greater detail.

It was hard to call the game ‘football’ when the ball can travel all the way from one end of the field to the another without being kicked, he said. “It’s a pity, in my view, that they didn’t bite the bullet on this issue while they were at it,” he added.

Having congratulated the Chairman and Secretary of the Football Board for the manner in which the Board was run, he also mentioned the success of the minor footballers who secured back to back titles – a fantastic achievement.