Calls made for fans to boycott Irish Cup final

Darren Murray and Portadown supporters celebrate the final goal in the Irish Cup victory against Portstewart. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Darren Murray and Portadown supporters celebrate the final goal in the Irish Cup victory against Portstewart. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Calls from a leading Glentoran supporter to boycott this year’s Irish Cup final if the IFA fail to provide greater clarity on arrangements has provoked debate across the fanbase.

Michael Wilson, chairman of the Cookstown Glentoran Supporters’ Club, is concerned that the decision made last week to switch the showpiece game to The Oval, following safety concerns over Windsor Park, could result in thousands missing out on a spot in the ground.

He feels it is time Glentoran and Portadown supporters teamed up to consider a boycott of the match if the IFA do not present acceptable answers relating to why, as claimed by Ulster Rugby, an official approach was not made for use of the Kingspan Stadium or the decision to use the Ticketmaster system.

Portadown club secretary Bill Emerson last week confirmed that 1,700 tickets for seating will be made available to the Shamrock Park supporters, with 1,300 for terracing at The Oval.

Tickets are expected to go on general sale later this week as the countdown continues toward May 2.

We want to hear from Portadown fans - do you agree that supporters of both clubs should “speak with one voice” and “send out a message”?

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