"What the CPA are putting forward today, I think it's going to happen"

Anthony Moyles and John Fogarty discuss CPA fixture calendar proposals on Off The Ball

BY Raf Diallo 20:07 Tuesday 25 July 2017, 20:07 25 Jul 2017

Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Grealy

The fixture issue in the GAA has not gone away and today the Club Players Association published some proposals to amend the current calendar in both hurling and Gaelic football.

Among them was a Purple Plan and Green Plan, both of which for example reserve the month of April for club fixtures and schedule the All Ireland Senior finals for August.

Former Meath footballer Anthony Moyles, who is a member of the CPA, and John Fogarty of The Examiner joined us on Off The Ball to discuss the proposals and the battle to amend fixtures.

For Moyles, the crux lies around the month of April.

"What we're trying to say is 'listen, whatever you do with purple, whatever you do with green, whatever way you want to tier this, if you want to put in straight knockout, whatever it is, we have to get at least April for clubs,'" he said.

Anthony Moyles in the commentary box ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

"It has to be the same for everyone. So in other words, every single county in Ireland has April free and they can do with that what they want. Individual county boards will have their star games, there's straight knockout championship, all the different stuff."

He continued: "So April finishes. Fine. Intercounty lads, back with the county. We continue out as back with the club. We play league, we play - if there's different types of cup teams - cup competitions or whatever it is and then we gear up potentially for the end of July and most certainly into August because most of the teams will be gone. The only teams that will be left intercounty are the ones who are in the All Ireland Finals Series. So August will start and you kick straight back into it then."  

Meanwhile, Fogarty discussed the potential impact of the proposals and the likelihood of implementation either as a whole or in part.

"I think this day could be in four or five years time as a seminal day for the GAA and CPA. I think it could be a 'told you so' moment in a way," he said. 

"I think what the CPA are putting forward today, I think it's going to happen. But it's a slow train with the GAA and it's going to take some time."

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