Reclaiming The Dyke
United are aiming to get the season off to a good start when Shelbourne come visit Galway on February 22nd- both on and off the pitch. Club VP Bernie O’Connell recently spoke about the “Reclaiming The Dyke Road” event planned for the first game of the season. O’Connell is calling on everyone associated with sports in the county to meet up at Woodquay before the first game of the season against Shelbourne and march the Dyke Road to Terryland.
Organisers of the event are calling on fans to assemble in Woodquay from 6PM onwards, the march from Woodquay to Terryland will begin at 6.45PM. Ticket prices have been cut to €10 for adults and €5 for concessions, for this game only. With this being a once-off for the game, I’m personally hoping to see the match attendance on the day break the 3,000 mark. It will take a considerable amount of effort to get that number through the gate, however, it would be significant for the club and make for a far better atmosphere for both spectators and players.
The Maroon Army
With just a week left to go until the start of the season it is time for players, staff, and supporters alike to begin preperations in anticipation of a new season. The staff and players have already been hard at work for a while now, and the supporters need to repay their efforts come the start of the season. Undeniably, a sizable portion of United’s support base gave a poor representation of themselves as the season progressed. Perhaps it was understandable under the circumstances, however I believe it should the aspiration of everyone affiliated with the club to improve attendances and reignite the atmosphere at Terryland.
One noticable aspect of last year’s slump was the visble decline of the Maroon Army, down to the bare bones at times as shown in the attached image. While the Maroon Army alone cannot be blamed for the decline in attendance or atmosphere, a reinvigoration of the Maroon Army would definetly go a long way towards restoring the atmosphere at Terryland.
Like we said in the statement made at the end of last season, “if you sing when we do why not join us in the section? Doesn’t cost anything, if anything it would help the atmosphere grow together”. With an increased attendance expected for the season opener against Shels, hopefully it will have a knock-on effect of improving the numbers in Block F, and the atmosphere in the stadium.