Limerick FC CEO, John Oâ€™Sullivan, is pleased with the home crowds the club has so far attracted to Thomond Park this season and believes a European spot may not be beyond the realms of possibility.
â€œIt would be a stretch for us but I think weâ€™ve been competitive in a lot of games and the teams around us eyeing up up the European spot - weâ€™ve already proved ourselves their equal - so why not,â€ said Oâ€™Sullivan.
Speaking of the clubâ€™s support he said: â€œWeâ€™ve been happy with the crowds so far. Again you can be greedy and want six or seven thousand at a game but we have to build the support base. At the moment only Shamrock Rovers and and Cork have a higher average home attendance and they are well established teams with strong support.
â€œThe people of Limerick have been fantastic, theyâ€™ve come out and I think theyâ€™ve been entertained as well - there is good football being played. The players and the management team have been hugely complimentary of the support we have been getting. After the Shamrock Rovers game last week, every single person involved in the football side made a point to single out the fans saying - you have to acknowledge it.â€
Away fans have also been impressed with the facilities on offer at Thomond Park this season. â€œThomondâ€™s been great, weâ€™ve gotten really positive feed back as well - especially the last two games - from St Patâ€™s fans and Shamrock Rovers fans. One Roversâ€™ fan called it the best away experience heâ€™s ever had in the League of Ireland, in his 17 years going to games. Thatâ€™s a testament to Thomond and the welcome other fans are getting when they arrive in Limerick. So itâ€™s good news for us, itâ€™s good news for Thomond and itâ€™s good news for the city as well,â€ added Oâ€™Sullivan.
Of the financial implications associated with using Thomond park as their home ground for the season, Oâ€™Sullivan said: â€œThere is a cost involved but we knew that going into it. Thomond Park is a world class stadium and Limerick FC want to do things in the right way - we donâ€™t cut corners. No one at the club is panicking over things financially. We knew there was going to be a cost associated with opening up Thomond and running it and thatâ€™s factored into our budgets. We are very comfortable - the crowds have been slightly ahead of our projections.â€
Oâ€™Sullivan is looking forward to welcoming Bohemians to Thomond on Tuesday night and is hopeful of a decent turnout: â€œWeâ€™re hoping so, weâ€™re conscious that a lot of people are going to be in Thomond Park on Saturday for the rugby but the football club is part of the sporting fabric of the city, so weâ€™re hoping theyâ€™ll come back out on the Tuesday night. The Bohs fans tend to travel in numbers and we donâ€™t want to be out-sung and we havenâ€™t been yet this season.â€